Have You Tried Them? Must-Eat Local Food In Singapore!

As a Singaporean, there is no excuse not to try these foods we all grew up with. Even if you are not a Singaporean, you got to check out this list of must-eat local cuisine in Singapore that you cannot give it a miss.

  • Chilli Crab

Singapore’s Chilli crab is a local seafood dish in which stir-fried crab is coated with sweet, savoury and spicy tomato-based sauce. This dish is often accompanied by steam or deep fried buns (also known as mantous). Chilli crab has also been ranked 17th in a league table of the world’s 500 best food experiences in the pages of Ultimate Eatlist, a new book by travel guide publisher Lonely Planet.

Here are the Top 3 best seafood restaurants in Singapore for you to have the best chilli crab.

  1. No Signboard Seafood Restaurant –  Order your chilli crab, served with the level of spiciness on your taste.

 

Outlets

Vivo City
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #03-02 Vivo City, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 23:00

Esplanade
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue, #01 – 14/16 The Esplanade, Singapore 039802
Tel: (65) 6336 9959
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 23:00

The Central
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street#04-63 The Central @ Clark Quay
Tel: (65) 6221 9959
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 14:30; 17:30 – 22:30

  2. Jumbo Seafood Restaurant – The sauce is why Jumbo stands out from the rest. The chilli sauce of Jumbo lives up to its reputation – a classic version, which is thick, sweet, and slightly spicy. Its spiciness level is at the lowest one, compared with its other seafood restaurants. They also have outlets opened in China, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Outlets

The Riverwalk
Address: 20 Upper Circular Road, #B1-48 The Riverwalk, S058416
Tel: (65) 6534 3435
Daily lunch: 12:00 – 15:00 (last order at 14:15)
Daily dinner: 18:00 – 00:00 (last order at 23:15)

Riverside Point
Address: 30 Merchant Road, # 01-01/02 Riverside Point, S058282
Tel: (65) 6532 3435
Lunch: 12:00 – 15:00 (last order at 14:15)
Dinner: 18:00 – 00:00 (last order at 23:15)

East Coast Seafood Centre
Address: Blk 1206 East Coast Parkway #01-07/08, East Coast Seafood Centre, S449883
Tel: (65) 6442 3435
Mon to Sat: 17:00 – 23:45 (last order at 23:15)
Sun & P.H: 12:00 – 00:00 (last order at 23:15)

SAFRA Resort
Address: 10 Changi Coast Walk, SAFRA Resort, S499739
Tel: (65) 6552 3435
Daily lunch: 11:30 – 15:00 (last order at 14:15)
Daily dinner: 18:00 – 23:00 (last order at 22:15)

Dempsey
Blk 11 #01-16 Dempsey Road, S249673
Tel: (65) 6479 3435
Fax: 6476 6329
Mondays to Fridays: 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 00:00
Saturdays, Sundays, Eve of PHs: 12:00 – 15:00, 17:30 – 00:00

  3. Long Beach Seafood Restaurant – Long Beach’s is famous for their high level of spiciness. The gravy is an impeccable combination of spiciness, sweetness, and saltiness, complementing perfectly with mantous. Another specialty of Long Beach Seafood Restaurant is undoubtedly their Black Pepper Crab.

Outlets

KING Seafood
Address: 220 Stadium Boulevard, Singapore
Tel: (65) 6344 7722
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 15:00; 17:00 – 01:15

UDMC Seafood Restaurant
Address: 1202 East Coast Parkway, #01-04 East Coast Seafood Centre
Tel: (65) 6448 3636
Opening hours:

  • Mon-Thu: 14:30 – 00:15
  • Fri: 13:30 – 00:15
  • Sat: 11:30 – 01:15
  • Sun & PH: 11:30 – 00:15

DEMPSEY
Address: 25 Dempsey Road, opposite Singapore Botanic Gardens
Tel: (65) 6323 2222
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 15:00, 17:30 – 13:30

IMM Seafood Restaurant
Address: Jurong East St 21, Level 3, IMM Building, Next to Rooftop Garden
Tel: (65) 6566 9933
Opening hours:

  • Mon to Fri: 11:00 – 15:00, 17:45 – 23:00
  • Sat, Sun & PH: 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 23:00
  • Bak Kut Teh

 

Have you tried the best Bak Kut Teh restaurants in Singapore?

  1. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh-  Song Fa Bak Kut Teh started from a small pushcart stall and the interior of the outlets now has the atmosphere of the 60s’ roadside dining. The Teochew style Bak Kut Teh has the clear, peppery and garlicky taste while having fall-off-the-bone tender pork meat.

 

Outlets

Chinatown Point 

Address: 133 New Bridge Road Singapore 059413
Tel: (65) 6443 1033
Opening hours: Daily 10.30am – 9.30pm

The Centrepoint

Address: #02-29/30 176 Orchard Road
Tel: (65) 6734 8498
Opening hours: Daily 10.30am – 9.30pm

11 New Bridge Road 

Address: 11 New Bridge Road Singapore 059383
Tel: (65) 6533 6128
Opening hours: 9.00am – 9.15pm (Closed on Monday)

17 New Bridge Road

Address: 17 New Bridge Road Singapore 059386
Tel: (65) 6438 2858
Opening hours: Daily 11.00am – 10.00pm

UE Bizhub East 

Address: North Tower Office #01-38, 6 Changi Business Park Ave 1, Singapore 486017
Tel: (65) 6694 8098
Opening hours: Daily 10.30am – 9.15pm

The Seletar Mall

Address: #01-39/40/41 33 Sengkang West Avenue Singapore 797653
Tel: (65) 6702 7688
Opening hours: Daily 10.30am – 9.30pm

JEM

Address: #B1-09 50 Jurong Gateway Road Singapore 608549
Tel: (65) 6262 4818
Opening hours: Daily 10.30am – 9.30pm

Northpoint City

Address: 930 Yishun Ave 2 Singapore 769098
Tel: (65) 6257 8616
Opening hours: Daily 10.30am – 9.30pm

        2. Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh –  The NG AH SIO Bak Kut Teh brand has since become synonymous with delicious and authentic pork ribs soup. Served with chilli and dark soya sauce and accompanied by servings of freshly-brewed Kung Fu tea.

Outlets

Rangoon Road

Address: 208 Rangoon Road, Hong Building Singapore 218453
Tel: (65) 6291 4537
Opening hours: Daily 7 am – 10 pm

Chui Huay Lim Club

Address: Chui Huay Lim Club, 190 Keng Lee Road #01-03, Singapore 308409
Tel: (65)  6250 4537
Opening hours: Daily 9:30 am – 9:00 pm

The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands 

Address: Rasapura Masters, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B2-50, Stall 15, Singapore 018972
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm

Resorts World Sentosa

Address: 26 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, #B1-217/218, The Forum, Singapore 098138
Tel: (65)  6835 7540
Opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays, Sundays & Public Holidays 9 am to 10 pm
Fridays, Saturdays & Eve of Public Holidays 9 am to 12midnight

         3.  Outram Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh –  The stall is a bustling late-night dining site since revelers usually gather to have a bowl of Teochew peppery Bak Kut Teh to boost energy after a night of fun.

Outlets

Keppel

Address: 7 Keppel Road, #01-05/07 PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex, Singapore 089053
Tel: (65)  6222 9610
Opening hours: Tue-Sat: 07:00 to 03:00, Sun: 07:00 to 01:00 (Closed on Mondays)

Havelock

Address: 593 Havelock Road, Singapore 169641
Tel: (65)  6235 7716
Opening hours: Tue-Thur: 11:00 to 02:00, Wed, Fri, Sat: 11:00 to 03:00. Sun 11am- 10 pm  (Closed on Mondays)

Kovan

Address: Heartland Mall Level 2, 205 Hougang Street 21
Tel: (65)  6282 5818
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11 am – 10 pm

ION

Address: Food Opera @ Ion Orchard #B4-03/04
Opening hours: Mon-Thur & Sun: 10.30 am – 10 pm, Fri & Sat: 10.30 am- 11pm

Raffles City Shopping Centre

Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-44B, Singapore 179103
Tel: (65)  6264 7066
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10.30am- 10pm

Bedok Point

Address: 799 New Upper Changi Road #01-05, Singapore 467351
Tel: (65)  62820958
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11.30am- 10pm

Northpoint

Address: 1 Northpoint Drive #B1-196/197, Singapore 768019
Tel: (65)  6258 6441
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11.30am- 10pm

Parkway Parade

Address: 80 Marine Parade Road #01-17, Singapore 449269
Tel: (65)  6346 4178
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11.30am- 10pm

  • Wanton Mee- A Hong Kong influenced local cuisine, the Singaporean version of the Wanton Mee is usually eaten ‘dry’, drenched with light sweet sauce, slices of Char Siew and Wanton dumplings filled with pork. 

Tried the recommended Wanton Noodles below? If not, it’s time to head down to try them.

Fei Fei Wanton Mee

Address: 62 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427785
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 24 hours

Parklane Zha Yun Tun Mee House:

Address: 91 Bencoolen Street, #01-53, Sunshine Plaza, Singapore 189652
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 9.30am – 9 pm

Lo Chan Kee Cantonese Wanton Noodles

Address: Block 44 Holland Drive, #02-23
Tel: (65) 9111 6614
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 9.30am – 9 pm

  • Bak Chor Mee (Minced Meat Noodles)– Originally a soupy dish with minced pork, liver, meat balls/ fish balls, fish cake slices and broth served with egg noodles.  It now comes with the dry version as well.

Here are the favourite stalls I patron when I have to satisfy my Bak Chor Mee cravings. Check if you’ve tried them out as well!

Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian 

Address: Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 12.30 pm-1230 am

Seng Hiang Bak Chor Mee 

Address: Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 5 pm- 1 am

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

Address: Blk 466 Crawford Lane #01-12, Singapore 190465
Opening hours: 9.30am – 8 pm (Closed on 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month)

Fu Yuan Minced Pork Noodles

Address: 201C Tampines Street 21 Singapore 523201
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 6.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-8pm, Sunday: 6.30am-2.30pm

Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Mee

Address: Blk 51 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #01-62, Singapore 310051
Opening hours: 8.30am – 4 pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

  • Char (Fried) Kuay Teow- It is a mixture of flat rice, noodles, eggs, prawns, and cockles. And it has a mixture of sweetness, saltiness, crunchiness, and chewiness.

Here’s the list of the best places to have your Char Kuay Teow

Hill Street Fried Kway Teow

Address: #01-41, 16 Bedok South Road, Singapore 460016
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am – 6 pm

Ang Mo Kio Char Kway Teow

Address: #01-28 724 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, Singapore 560724
Opening hours: Daily (closed ad-hoc), 11am – 7pm

18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow

Address: 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow: 70 Zion Rd, Zion Riverside Food Centre, #01-17, Singapore 247792
Opening hours: Daily 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm – 11 pm (Daily) (Closed on alternate Mondays)

Killiney @ Siglap 

Address: Killiney Kopitiam (Siglap): 11 Upper East Coast Rd, Singapore 455205
Opening hours: Daily 7 am- 11 pm

  • Hainanese Chicken Rice- A dish that could be found in any food courts and hawker centres. Chicken rice is a tasty and reasonably priced food is one of the daily meal choices for both locals and tourists

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice 

Outlets

Maxwell Food Centre
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre
Tel: (65) 9691 4852
Opening hours: Tue to Sun 11:00 – 20:00

Bedok
Address: 12 Jalan Pari Burong, Singapore 488678
Tel: +65 6448 0120
Opening hours: Tue to Sun 11:00 – 21:00

Clementi
Address: 450 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120450
Tel: +65 9771 2985
Opening hours: Tue to Sun 10:00 – 20:00

Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice

Outlets

Balestier
Address: 399 /401 /403 Balestier Road, Singapore 329801
Tel: (65) 6254 3937
Opening hours:

  • Mon to Sat: 11:00 – 16:45, 17:30 – 04:30
  • Sun: 11:00 – 16:45, 17:30 – 03:00

River Valley
Address: 425 River Valley Road, Singapore 248324
Tel: (65) 6736 3213
Opening hours:

  • Mon to Sat: 11:15 – 16:00, 16:30 – 04:00
  • Sun: 11:15 – 16:00, 16:30 – 03:00

MacPherson
Address: 470 /472 MacPherson Road, Singapore 368188
Tel: (65) 6746 2774
Opening hours:

  • Tue to Sat: 11:00 – 14:30, 17:00 – 21:45
  • Sun: 11:00 – 14:30, 17:00 – 20:45

 Whampoa West
Address: Blk 34 Whampoa West #01-93, S330034 (Beside Boon Keng MRT Station Exit B)
Tel: (65) 6299 9880
Opening hours:

  • Mon to Fri: 11:00 – 14:45, 17:15 – 22:00
  • Sat, Sun & PH: 11:00 – 15:00, 15:30 – 22:00

East Coast
Address: 199 East Coast Road, Singapore 428902
Tel: (65) 6478 1462
Opening hours:

  • Mon to Fri: 11:00 – 14:45, 17:15 – 22:00
  • Sat, Sun, PH: 11:00. 15:00, 15:30 – 22:00

Bukit Timah
Address: 18 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599742
Tel: (65) 6463 2289
Opening hours:

  • Mon to Fri: 11:00 – 14:45, 15:30 – 01:00
  • Sat, Sun & PH: 11:00 – 15:00, 15:30 – 01:00

Ang Mo Kio
Address: Blk 233 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #01-1194, Singapore 560233
Tel: (65) 6457 2696
Opening hours:

  • Mon to Fri: 11:00 – 15:00, 17:30 – 22:00
  • Sat, Sun & PH: 11:00 – 22:00

Num Hiam Curry
Address: Blk 350 Jurong East Ave 1 #01-1227, Singapore 600350
Tel: (65) 6569 2963
Opening hours: Daily from 10:00 – 21:30

Century Square 
Address:  2 Tampines Central 5, #B1-18, Singapore 529509
Tel: (65) 6260 1218
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 3.30pm, 5pm-10pm

Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice

Address: 101 Thomson Road, #01-08 United Square, Singapore 307591
Tel: (65) 6255 6396
Opening hours: Daily from 10.30am-10 pm

  • Laksa- According to the Singapore Tourism Board, there are various types of laksa in Singapore – from the tamarind-tang of Penang Laksa to the curry-like Sarawak Laksa. But none is more famous than the home-grown Katong Laksa. Inspired by the Peranakans (Straits Chinese) who live in the Katong area, laksa has a spicy soup stock the colour of a flaming sunset, flavoured with coconut milk and dried shrimp, and topped with ingredients like cockles, prawns and fishcakes.

 

328 Katong Laksa

Address: 51 East Coast Road, Singapore 428770
Tel: (65) 9732 8163

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