The best place to have local fare in Singapore is not in restaurants or food courts in the malls.
It's in Hawker centres or Coffee Shops (kopitiams in local term, not to be mistaken for the food-court franchise Kopitiam).
Cheap and yummy food from all cultures in singapore. Malay, Chinese, Indian and even western food.
A typical meal with a drink can cost S$3 to S$5
Just take the MRT to any residential area, you are bound to be able to walk into one.
Large groups should try having Cze Char, you have rice or noodle dishes with various type of dishes with meat, vegetable or soup. But these are usually only opened for dinners. Can be spotted in a coffee shop as one of the larger food stalls. Sometimes there's a helper on hand to pass you a menu.
websites to check out..
Favorite Dish Stuff to try:
> Half-boiled eggs & kaya toast
> Roti Prata
> Nasi Lemak
> Chwee Kwey (Steamed rice cakes with preserved radish)
> Fried Carrot cake (with & w/o sweet black sauce)
> Fried dough fritters (You Tiao) dipped in local coffee
> chee Chong Fun (Rolled up rice noodles in sweet sauce)
> Mee Siam
> Mee Rebus
> Bao (Steamed Dumplings, can have various fillings inside, sweet or savoury)
> Teochew porridge
> Char Kway Teow (fried mee & rice noodle with sweet black sauce, chinese sausage & etc)
> Kway Chap (Rice noodles in light soya sauce based soup, served with pork meat, innards, tofu, tau kwa, braised egg and salted veggies), by the way you can choose what you want to eat it with so if you are not an innards fan you still can enjoy this!
> Bah Chor Mee (you can choose different types of mee with minced meat & mushrooms, must try with chilli!)
> Fishball noodles
> chicken rice
> Laksa (not penang)
> Popiah (spring-rolls with shredded chinese turnip, vege & chinese sausage)
> Duck rice/porridge
> Economical mixed rice (pick whatever dishes you want to go with your rice)
> Mee Goreng (Fried noodles indian style)
> Sliced-fish noodles (can choose your fish slices to be fried, & choose your broth with milk)
> Hor Fun (flat rice noodles served in sauce with seafood, though there are variations)
> Satay (Malay satay comes with Beef, Mutton or Chicken. chinese satay comes with the additional Pork)
> Cantonese congee
> Wanton/char siew mee (Wanton = dumplings with prawn & pork, char siew = honey roasted pork)
> Or-luak (Fried oysters with egg)
> Mee Soto (Malay style chicken noodles in broth)
> Nasi Padang (similar to Economical mixed rice, but with malay dishes)
> Murtabak (Huge roti-prata with filling)
> Red bean soup
> Green bean soup
> Tau Suan (split mung beans in a sweet fluid paste)
> Orh Nee (Yam paste)
> Soya Bean Curd aka Tau Huay
> Cheng Tng (sweet dessert with herbs)
> Chin Chow (Grass Jelly)
There are many more :)
One of my favourite Yu Sheng & Frog Legs Porridge stall is located in Chinatown.
Tiong Shian Porridge Centre is located at a corner coffee shop at New Bridge Road.
You could order their Yu Sheng from $3.20, $4.20 to $5.20 a plate. They are very generous with their servings of raw fish. The ginger, slice red chilli, green onions, fried onion and lime goes very well with the raw fish. A bowl of plain porridge cost only $0.50.
You could also order their Frog Leg Porridge from $8 a claypot. You could have it cooked with the porridge, fried with dried chilli or fried with ginger and onions.
The stall sells other porridge like chicken, fish, century egg, prawn, pork liver, cuttlefish, intestine and pork for those who prefers other types of porridge.
Business Hours are 7am - 2.30am.
Favorite Dish Raw Fish!
p_yenyen and me eats here almost every time we meet.
There are a number of food stalls at the Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre so jump on the MRT and head down there to mix in with the local crowd.
Just follow them to the busiest stalls and you will find the best ones.
I can't remember the stall number but I had some absolutely delicious Hainanese Chicken boiled until tender and served with a groovy gravy.
I also sampled a small piece of lovely Roasted Pig from someone else's plate so check that out as well.
I'd go back there any day.
Hainaness Chicken Rice is a very popular authentic Singapore dish. You will be surprise that you cant find it on Hainan Island in China.
A good Hainaness Chicken Rice must have fragrant rice, tender meat that are de-bone, excellent soup, great chilli, ginger and sweet sauce, nicely cut cucumber, archa (preserved vegetable) or salted vegetables.
You could order oyster sauce or chicken feet (de-bone) to complement your Chicken Rice.
I love to order my plate of chicken drumbstick rice at Tiong Bahru Market.
There is also roasted chicken rice and claypot chicken rice.
Favorite Dish where are the good chicken rice?
Tiong Bahru Market
The stall next to the staircase where the esclator is.
Boon Tong Kee
425 River Valley Road
Five Star Chicken Rice
7 Cheong Chin Nam Rd
417 River Valley Road
25 Purvis Street
There is so much to eat at Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre.
From Hokkien Nooldles, Chicken Rice, Roast Meat Rice, Fish Soup, Ju Kueh, Fried Kway Teow, Rojak, Nasi Lemak, Sting Ray, Porridge, Zhi Cha, Curry Rice, Fish Ball, Pastry stall and many drink stall.
All under a temporary market location at Tiong Bahru. There is a wet market section. The Market is divided into the day section and nite section.
There is only one Indian Muslim food stall.