There’s just no telling when the hunger pangs would start kicking in. Whether you had a super late day at work, or you’re just craving for a snack. Luckily, Singapore is in fact the food city that never sleeps.
No matter what time it is, come rain or snow (I wish), these places open all day err day to satisfy your tummy rumblings. So grab your nearest BFF and head down to these food joints for a sinful night of indulgence.
1. Fei Fei Wanton Mee
Undoubtedly one of the most raved about Wanton Mee in Singapore, it is perhaps unfortunate that portions are quite small. However, the springy texture and delicious flavor of the noodles make up for it. At ($4), I would recommend ordering it dry with added chilli sauce to complement the overall taste.
Fei Fei Wanton Mee
Location: Sin Wah Coffeeshop, 62 Joo Chiat Place, S (427785)
Contact: 6345 7515
2. Diandin Leluk
Situated in Little Thailand, as it is affectionately known by locals, Diandin Leluk is the biggest Thai eatery in Golden Mile Complex. Popular dishes include Green Curry Chicken ($10) and Red Ruby ($3), a Thai coconut-milk dessert to cool off the spiciness. To sweeten the deal, there is also no service charge and GST!
Location: #01-67/68/69, Golden Mile Complex, 5001 Beach Road, S (199588)
Contact: 6293 5101
3. RK Eating House
Regularly packed with a plethora of youths, especially late at night, RK House offers an extensive menu of North Indian Cuisine. Nestled in the boisterous Serangoon Gardens, give their crispy Plain Roti Prata ($1.20) a go. For drinks with friends, go for a Milo Tower ($12) to share.
RK Eating House
Location: 1A Kensington Park Road, S (557253)
Contact: 6289 5379
4. 333 Bak Kut Teh
It’s a shame that this place doesn’t get nearly as much attention as compared to Founder’s Bak Kut Teh. Their Pork Ribs Soup ($6) is on par with Founder’s in terms of flavour and tenderness. The peppery aftertaste of the refillable soup really hits the spot too! I recommend completing your meal with Salted Vegetable ($2) and Tou Fu Skin ($2).
333 Bak Kut Teh
Location: 333 Balestier Road, S (329765)
Contact: 6352 6192
5. Meng’s Kitchen
Aww yesss, this Bak Chor Mee ($4) is so good that it deserves visits at least 2-3 times a week. The chilli and vinegar base perfectly provides the platform for the bouncy and chewy noodles to truly shine. Don’t get me started on the meatballs. Trust me, a single bowl is never enough.
Location: 246B Upper Thomson Road, S (574370)
Contact: 6455 4890
6. Yong He Eating House
Located at a place synonymous with Singapore’s red light district, Yong He is the ideal place to try or reminisce Taiwanese delights at any time of the day. Their signature dishes include the Soya Bean Drink ($1.50), Beancurd ($2), and of course, who can leave out the silky vermicelli in a thick, flavorful broth – the savoury Mee Sua ($4) aka Taiwanese noodles.
Yong He Eating House
Location: 517 Geylang Road, S (389473)
Contact: 6745 5682
The North has always been kind of a downer for supper, with almost a very limited selection of places that you could go for that 4am craving. Not anymore! Branching out from their origins in Bukit Timah, Al-Ameen serves up Thai Muslim favourites. For a gratifying experience, Butter Chicken ($7) with a side of Naan is the way to go.
Location: #01-11, 35 Marsiling Industrial Estate Road, S (739257)
Contact: 6366 1740
8. Changi Airport 24 Hr Food Gallery
We all know that Changi Airport houses many 24-hour food choices. There’s McDonalds, KFC, 1983, Swensens, and so on… But, for a true dining experience that showcases Singapore’s cultural diversity, look no further than the 24 Hr Food Gallery at T1. Hey, what can go wrong with a plate of chicken rice or a bowl of steaming Laksa?
Changi Airport 24 Hr Food Gallery (T1)
Location: Airport Blvd, Changi Airport International Airport Terminal 1, S (819642)
Contact: 6543 4881
One of my favourite places to go to for a quiet read, TCC at the International Building at Orchard Road is a quiet and cosy location for late night mugging or meet-ups. The food is delicious and portions are generous, albeit on the pricier side. I would recommend a Dark Devotion ($13) to go with a cup of House Blend ($5.80).
TCC at International Building
Location: #01-01, 360 Orchard Road, International Building, S (238869)
Contact: 6732 3696
Closed for renovation from 3 May to 2 June 2016
10. 126 Dim Sum
As a regular patron, ‘Wan Dou Sek’ offers a no-frills dining experience of value for money dim sum. Usual delights include Carrot Cake ($4), Siew Mai ($3.20), and Man Tou with Chili Crab Sauce ($6). The major downside is that it may be hard to find a parking spot, and dishes may not be consistent from time to time.
126 Dim Sum
Location: 126 Sims Avenue, S (387449)
Contact: 6746 4757
Another place that serves Indian cuisine, Al-Azhar also offers an extensive menu which includes some Western cuisine selections. A food rival with Al-Ameen, which coincidentally is a mere walking distance away, Al-Azhar has its own charm. Tuck in to popular dish Butter Chicken ($7), and complement it with a side of Egg Thosai ($2).
Location: 11/11A Cheong Chin Name Road, S (599736)
Contact: 6466 5052
12. Wong Chiew Restaurant
Renamed from Wong Chiew Eating House, this humble food joint serves a ‘chapalang’ of dishes. They offer dim sum and porridge for a delicious light meal or roasted meat and plenty of zi-char style dishes for a satisfying heavy meal. Not forgetting to mention, Wong Chiew’s famous Kampong Bucket Chicken ($14 for half-chicken), chicken served in herbal broth marinade. Till this day, the recipe remains a closely guarded secret.
Wong Chiew Restaurant
Location: 19 Sembawang Road, S (779075)
Contact: 6456 6838
13. New Mahamoodiya
What better way to end off the list with yet another Prata place! Situated just outside the effervescent Simpang Bedok area, New Mahamoodiya emanates a rustic, kampong style atmosphere. Pratas are their specialty, which come freshly made and piping hot. Their Egg Prata ($1.50) comes with chopped onions, adding a distinctive taste to the dish.
Location: 335 Bedok Road, S (469510)
Contact: 6243 2086
Ladies and gents, with such an avalanche of food options at your fingertips, there’s no need to be hungry at any time of the day anymore. I know I won’t be!
(Header image credit: Steel Wool, words by editor)