A Guide to Local Food in Chinatown Singapore: A DIY Walking Tour
Historically, Chinatown has been the hub for Chinese immigrants when they first migrated to Singapore. It’s known for its bustling and vibrant streets, with traditional temples and shops. However, its best known for its abundant hawker centres, which sell an array of local dishes. Whether you’re a tourist or a resident, Chinatown’s local food delicacies should most certainly not be missed! With a variety of dishes from different cuisines like Malay, Hainanese, and Indian, there will be plenty of local delicacies for you to sample. We have curated a DIY Walking Tour with a list of the top 10 local food delights in Chinatown just for you!
Crispy Beef Noodle and Fish Head Soup
Within Chinatown’s Complex Market and Food Centre is nestled ‘An Ji Crispy Beef Noodle and Fish Head Soup’ which is known to be selling fish head bee hoon for eons. The highlight of this dish is the perfect amalgamation of the tender beef and crunchy noodles in a creamy broth, which makes the dish worth every bite. Also, be sure to try this place out if you’re interested to try the fish head soup, it’s a classic dish!
335 Smith Street, Chinatown Food Centre, #02-193/194, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 230pm and 4:30pm to 1030pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Toh Kee Roast Duck
Toh Kee Roast Duck offers a very unique take on the classic Roast Duck dish. In fact, you will instantly notice that the roast duck here is notch darker, but that’s because the meat has been roasted in an oven that’s over sixty years old! This is perhaps why Toh Kee’s Roast Duck can’t be imitated or copied, because it is the oven that brings out the true flavor in the meat. This hawker stall is perfect if you want to taste excellent Roast Duck, which is juicy and packed with rich flavors.
People’s Park Food Centre #01-1016A, Singapore
Opening hours: 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM.Closed on Mondays.
Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee
Michelin recommended dishes don’t always burn a hole in your wallet! That’s right, Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee has a Michelin recommendation, which is reason enough to visit this stall! Their famous dishes include Spicy Curry Noodles with crispy chicken ranging from $5 to $7 depending on the dish size. The oily and spicy curry may not be ideal due to the excess calories, but it’s a perfect pick-me-up dish to indulge in on a cold and rainy day!
Blk 531A, Upper Cross Street #02-57/58, Hong Lim Market and Food Centre, Singapore 051531
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 9pm (Sat – Sun)
Grand Stewed Herbal Soup
Authentic Chinese cuisine is packed with flavor and herbs, and Grand Stewed Herbal soup is known for it. The Imperial Herbal Chicken is their most popular dish, priced at only $6.50. The juicy chicken is packed with herbs, making it more flavorful and is paired with a light broth to wash it down. It’s healthy and flavor-packed in a bowl!
#02-136 Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Blk 335, Smith Street, 050335
Opening Hours: 12 pm – 9 pm (daily; closed on Tue)
Traditional Nyonya Flavour Emotion
Traditional Nyonya Flavour Emotion is best known for its Laksa, A Peranakan spicy noodle soup cooked in coconut milk. Laksa is an integral part of the local delights in Singapore, and almost all hawker centers prepare the dish. For only $3, indulge in authentic Laksa, packed with noodles, coconut milk and spices, making it a perfect indulgence!
#02-96 Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Blk 335, Smith Street, 050335
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 3:30pm (Thu to Mon; Closed on Tue & Wed)
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle is one of the first hawker food stalls to be awarded one Michelin star, and that too at an economic price! For only $2, indulge in the Soya Sauce Chicken rice, one of their signature dishes, and pair with a chili sauce for the perfect punch. Expect to see long lines because this is the hawker stall most tourists would go for, and for the right reasons!
335 Smith St, #02-126, Singapore 050335
Mon-Sun- 10:30am – 8:00pm
Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Xiao Long Bao (Dumplings) are an integral part of local cuisine, and sometimes can be a costly affair as well! Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao is known for its decadent Pork Dumplings at a surprisingly economic price of $6 for 10 dumplings! Be prepared to be met with dumplings stuffed with a scrumptious and tender pork filling. You certainly wouldn’t want to have dumplings any other way once you’ve had this!
#02-135, Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 089152
Opening hours: 11.30am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 8.30pm Wednesday to Sunday, closed on Monday and Tuesday
Ann Chin Popiah
Popiah is a Fujian spring roll, originally from Fujian, China, which is also now a popular local delicacy in Singapore. Ann Chin Popiah was founded in the 1940s and still sells some of the best authentic popiahs in the country. The popiah skin is handmade, which is quite rare as most popiah skin is machine-made, but that adds to the texture of the dish. Top it with delicious fillings and you’ve got an appetizing dish waiting for you.
335 Smith Street, Chinatown Food Complex #02-112, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 8:30 am – 8 pm (Mon-Sun)
Lian He Ben Ji Claypot
Lian He Ben Ji Clapot started in 1979, and has been sailing through since then! Their claypot rice is class apart primarily because of fresh it is. Every ingredient and dish is freshly prepared and cooked from scratch, which makes the meal toothsome and the claypot is also cooked over burning charcoal for over twenty minutes, giving the dish a strong yet tasty texture. The prices start from $2.50, making it very affordable for tourists and residents alike.
335 Smith Street Chinatown Complex #02-198/199
Opening hours: 4.30pm to 10.30pm, closed on Thursdays
Old Amoy Cendol
It’s finally time for dessert!
Cendol is an iced sweet dessert made from coconut milk, green rice flour jelly and palm sugar. It’s a south-east Asian delicacy, and extremely popular in Singapore. Old Amoy Cendol is known for selling the most authentic form of cendol and every ingredient is made from scratch-daily. The palm sugar (gula Melaka) is special bought from Sarawak, Malaysia, ensuring that every inch of authenticity remains in the dish. Give this dish a go if you’re looking for a local Singaporean dessert!
335 Smith Street, #02-008 Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 10.30 am to 8:30 pm daily