Lau Pa Sat
Built in the 19th century with distinctive colonial architecture, Lau Pa Sat was declared a national monument in 1973. Located in the heart of the financial district, this open-air food court offers local dishes as well as international cuisine such as Costa Rican, Filipino,
Indian and Vietnamese. At 7pm, an outdoor dining area is transformed into a mini satay (grilled meat skewers) street. Stalls 7, 8 and 10 are popular for their tasty skewers of chicken, lamb, beef and pork. Some satay stalls are halal certified. Lau Pa Sat operates 24-hours a day, so visitors can drop by any time to enjoy the wide array of local hawker food within an elegant old world setting.
Address: 18 Raffles Quay, Nearest MRT: Raffles Place Station
Maxwell Food Centre
What was once a wet market in the 1950s has become the popular Maxwell Food Centre today. One of its biggest draws is Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (#01-10/11) — whose world-famous chicken rice beat chef Gordon Ramsay’s version in the Hawker Heroes Challenge. Also popular is Zhen Zhen Porridge (#01-54) for its comforting bowls of thick porridge cooked with chicken or fish, while the crispy, deep fried oyster cake snack at Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake (#01-05) has become a rare speciality.
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar Station
newton Food Centre
This famous hawker centre located near Orchard Road remains a favourite of locals and visitors. With numerous barbecue seafood stalls to choose from, visitors should compare= prices from different vendors before ordering. Iconic hawkers serving non seafood local fare include Kwee Heng (#01-13), known for dry duck noodles with a distinct star anise and vinegar sauce; Bee Heng Popiah (#01-12), which makes Hokkien-style popiah (fresh spring rolls); and Hup Kee Oyster Omelette (#01-73), which uses plump and fragrant oysters. For dessert, try the cheng tng (a light, sweet soup with longan, barley and white fungus) from 88 San Ren Cold and Hot Dessert (#01-05).
Address: 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Nearest MRT: Newton Station
Chinatown Food Street
Travellers can take a break while exploring Chinatown to enjoy local food at these two spots. At Chinatown Complex Food Centre, seek out one-Michelin-starred Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle Stall (#02-126), where there is always a queue. Starting at S$2 per plate, it is one of the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred meals. At Lian He Bei Ji Claypot Rice (#02-198), visitors can try slightly charred sweet soy sauce rice studded with chunks of meat. Over at Chinatown Food Street, the area has been converted into an alfresco food trail. Visitors should try Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters (Stall 5) and Newton Circus Ahmad Ibrahim Satay (Stall 19) among the 24 street hawker stalls and six shophouse restaurants.
Address: Chinatown Food Street. Along Smith Street, Nearest MRT: Chinatown Station