Many locals proclaim that Singapore’s hawker food (street food) is the pride of our city, and the latest Bib Gourmand awards — the ‘value-for-money’ counterpart to the globally recognised Michelin Star — further places the island’s food scene on an international stage.

The release of the Bib Gourmand list has whet our appetites for hunting out reasonably-priced, high-quality food. The people behind the MICHELIN Guide Singapore led the way and scoured the island for food finds that are under S$45 and a total of 34 eateries have been found to make the culinary cut.

The accolades are split evenly between the restaurants and hawker food stalls, too, with 17 eateries each given the distinction. And the picks are as diversified as Singapore’s melting pot of cultures, with over 19 types of cuisine gracing the list — Indian, Cantonese, Vietnamese and even Turkish fare make an appearance.

If you’re on a tight schedule or have no idea where to start, food centres are veritable hotspots of winning finds. Head to the 33-year-old Amoy Food Centre for local fare from stalls such as A Noodle Story, Famous Crispy Curry Puff, Hong Kee Beef Noodle and Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling. Just a hop, skip and jump away, Maxwell Food Centre beckons with the celebrated Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice of Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Hawker Heroes Challenge’ fame.

Here are some ‘die-die must-try’ eateries to get the party in your tummy started. 


RESTAURANTS

1 Alaturka

Nestled in Singapore’s Arab Quarter, Alaturka serves up delicious Turkish and Mediterranean dishes in cosy interiors lined with intricate mosaic tiles

16 Bussorah Street
Singapore 199437
Tel: +65 6294 0304

Website: www.facebook.com/Alaturka-Turkish-Mediterranean-Restaurant


2 Hajah Maimunah

Feast on traditional kampong (Malay village) cuisine in the heart of Malay enclave Kampong Glam. You can’t go wrong with this 20-year-old restaurant that has been spotted on celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s television show.

1-15 Jalan Pisang 
Singapore 199078
Tel: +65 6297 4294

Website: www.hjmaimunah.com


3 Ka Soh

‘Ka Soh’ means mother-in-law in Cantonese, so expect homey Canto favourites worthy of any matriarch at this 1950s-inspired eatery. It’s also known as Swee Kee Fish Head Noodle House, in recognition of its must-try fish head bee hoon (vermicelli) soup. 

2 College Road
Singapore 169850
Tel: +65 6473 6686

Website: www.ka-soh.com.sg


4 Kok Sen

Try some heartwarming zi char (home-styled Chinese cuisine featuring à la carte dishes) at Kok Sen, an old-school three-generation hawker stall. Enjoy classics such as claypot yong tau foo (a Chinese Hakka dish consisting of tofu, vegetables and meat) or hor fun (thick flat rice flour noodles) topped generously with huge prawns.

30 Keong Saik Road
Singapore 089137
Tel: +65 6223 2005


5 Lagnaa

Kick off your shoes and enjoy a “barefoot dining experience” at this bistro in Little India that serves both North Indian and South Indian cuisines.

6 Upper Dickson Road
Singapore 207466
Tel: +65 6296 1215

Website: www.lagnaa.com


6 New Ubin Seafood

Head to this off-the-beaten-track restaurant for seafood — order the chilli Sri Lankan crab — alongside fusion selections such as Angus beef steak paired with smoky, glistening fried rice.

Sin Ming Industrial Estate Sector A
27 Sin Ming Road #01-174 
Singapore 575680
Tel: +65 6466 9558

Website: www.ubinseafood.com


7 Peony Jade at Keppel Club

Peony Jade is your go-to for quality Szechuan and Cantonese fare — the spectacular views of Keppel Club’s golf course are an added plus, too. 

Keppel Club
10 Bukit Chermin Road
Singapore 109918
Tel: +65 6338 0305

Website: www.peonyjade.com


8 Shish Mahal

Awaken your taste buds with Indian and Nepalese cuisine and savour fragrant Basmati rice specially imported from Nepal. For those who can’t take the (gastronomic) heat, you can even choose the level of spiciness that comes with your food.

Albert Court Hotel
180 Albert Street #01-20
Singapore 189971
Tel: +65 6837 3480

Website: www.shishmahal.com.sg


9 Song Fa Bak Kut Teh

This hawker stall started out as a pushcart store and is now well known for its piping hot bak kut teh (pork rib soup), where tender pork ribs are immersed in clear, peppery and garlicky soup.

11 New Bridge Road #01-01
Singapore 059383
Tel: +65 6533 6128

Website: www.songfa.com.sg


10 328 Katong Laksa

Laksa (spicy Peranakan noodle soup) is one of Singapore’s most iconic dishes and the aromatic coconut milk-based curry soup of 328 Katong Laksa is where it’s at, with the stall emerging champions in a food challenge with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

51 East Coast Road
Singapore 428770
Tel: +65 9732 8163


11 True Blue Cuisine

Located beside the Peranakan Museum on Armenian Street, the restaurant serves up rich delicacies alongside a museum preserved like a traditional Peranakan home.

49 Armenian Street
Singapore 179937
Tel: +65 6440 0449

Website: www.truebluecuisine.com


12 Whole Earth

Get an exotic blend of fusion food at Singapore’s first and only Peranakan-Thai restaurant. With no use of mock meat or MSG, this vegetarian hotspot goes easy on your health, too.

76 Peck Seah Street
Singapore 079331
Tel: +65 6323 3308

Website: www.wholeearth.com.sg


13 Yhingthai Palace

This Thai-Chinese restaurant features unique dishes like sliced chicken feet salad and fish maw fried with crabmeat, all in a bustling shophouse setting. 

36 Purvis Street
Singapore 188613
Tel: +65 6337 9429

Website: www.yhingthai.com.sg


14 Zaffron Kitchen

This Indian restaurant offers authentic North and South Indian cuisines, plus local delights — all under one colourful roof.

137 East Coast Road
Singapore 428820
Tel: +65 6440 6786

Website: www.zaffronkitchen.com


15 Bismillah Biryani

Head to this South Indian restaurant and savour its fragrant biryani (mixed rice dish of Indian-Pakistani origins).

50 Dunlop Street
Singapore 209379
Tel: +65 9382 7937

Website: www.facebook.com/Bismillah-Biryani-Singapore


16 JB Ah Meng Kitchen

No need to head over to neighbouring Johor Bahru — you can feast on these authentic Malaysian zi char dishes right in town.

2 Lorong 23 Geylang Road
Singapore 388353
Tel: +65 6741 2418


17 Sin Huat Eating House

This eating house in Geylang serves up zi char and seafood, but what really draws the crowds is its raved-about crab bee hoon.

Lor 35 Geylang Road
Singapore 389589
Tel: +65 6744 9755

HAWKER STALLS


18 Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa

For those who like their laksa, try this claypot version, which boasts thick, delectably rich gravy.

Alexandra Village Food Centre
120 Bukit Merah Lane, #01-75
Singapore 150120


19 A Noodle Story

Styled as “the first-and-only Singapore-style ramen”, this stall serves up noodles that fuse the best of European techniques and Asian flavours.  

Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road #01-39
Singapore 069111
Tel: +65 9027 6289

Website: www.facebook.com/ANoodleStory/


20 J2 Crispy Curry Puff

The signature Crispy Curry Puff (pastry with filling) charms with a layered flaky crust and generous ingredients within — great for a teatime snack.

Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road #01-21
Singapore 069111


21 Hong Kee Beef Noodle

This old-school hawker stall has been around for more than 50 years and has perfected its beef noodles to an art. 

Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road #01-42 
Singapore 069111 


22 Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling

Unwrap traditional bak zhang (glutinous rice dumplings) made from premium ingredients.

Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road #01-18
Singapore 069111
Tel: +65 6221 1155

Website: www.hookeebakchang.sg/


23 Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa

Other than their signature laksa, try the unique and tangy fruit juice crayfish mee siam (a Malay noodle soup).

Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
Blk 531A Upper Cross Street #02-67
Singapore 051531


24 Na Na Curry

Head here for all things curry. Opt for its best-selling fish head curry, as well as the wide range of meat and vegetable selections.

Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre
115 Bukit Merah View #01-28
Singapore 151115


25 Chey Sua Carrot Cake

Dig into its specialty white fried carrot cake (radish cake without dark soya sauce) made painstakingly from scratch.

Toa Payoh West M&F Centre
127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #02-30
Singapore 310127 


26 Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

This renowned chicken rice store was once featured on Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations. Tip: expect long queues.

Maxwell Food Centre
1 Kadayanallur Street #01-10/11 
Singapore 069184
Tel: +65 9691 4852

Website: www.tiantianchickenrice.sg


27 Shi Hui Yuan Hor Fun Specialty

Try its super smooth hor fun topped with a variety of side dishes.

Mei Ling Market & Food Centre
159 Mei Chin Road #02-33 
Singapore 140159


28 Alliance Seafood

Get your fill of fresh seafood at this Newton Circus establishment.

Newton Food Centre
500 Clemenceau Ave North #01-027
Singapore 229495


29 Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice

Locals often head to this 20-year-old stall for their chicken rice fix, so be prepared to wait during peak hours.

Tiong Bahru Market
30 Seng Poh Road #02-82
Singapore 168898


30 Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee

For full-flavoured tastes of prawn, you can’t go wrong with Hong Heng’s signature Hokkien mee (fried prawn noodles). 

Tiong Bahru Market
30 Seng Poh Road #02-01
Singapore 168898


31 Balestier Road Hoover Rojak

Its famous rojak recipe is laden generously with fried dough fritters, fruits and vegetables, and elevated with hae kor (prawn paste), assam (tamarind) water and sugar.

Whampoa Drive Makan Place
Block 90 Whampoa Drive #01-06
Singapore 320090


32 Liang Zhao Ji

This mouthwatering braised duck rice comes with potent chilli for that extra kick.

Whampoa Drive Makan Place
Block 90 Whampoa Drive #01-07
Singapore 320090


33 Fishball Story

Formerly at Golden Mile Food Centre, this stall helmed by young hawker Douglas Ng impresses with handmade fishballs that have just the right measure of bounce and firmness.

Timbre+
73A Ayer Rajah Crescent
Singapore 139957

Website: www.facebook.com/fishballstory/


34 Wedang

Chomp on Indonesian classics such as beef tripe and liver satay (grilled skewered meat).

Block 117 Aljunied Ave 2
Singapore 380117

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