We Uncovered The Hidden Char Kway Teow Gems In Singapore. You’ll Be Surprised.

On the list of any Singaporean’s top five national food, one can undoubtedly find Char Kway Teow; because why not? Char Kway Teow is in fact, quintessentially a Singaporean dish.

Think about it, Char Kway Teow is relatively affordable (averaging $3 per plate),  full of flavours, can be quickly prepared (talk about efficiency), and is simply just shiok.

Read any article that promises a write-up for the best Char Kway Teow in Singapore, and you’ll probably recognise the same recycled popular Char Kway Teow enclaves. No.18 Zion Road, Hill Street, Circuit Road, Heng Huat, Outram Park @ Hong Lim.

For the adventurous foodies, it is simply unsatisfying to just dine at the “won’t go wrong” choices. After all, some of the greatest joy in eating is discovering surprisingly delicious and affordable food fare in uncharted territories.

At Discover SG, we did the hard work and present 10 obscure Char Kway Teow in Singapore that gives the oft-mentioned Char Kway Teow stalls a run for their money.

1. Fried Kway Teow Mee @ Seah Im Food Centre

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2. Chomp Chomp Char Kway Teow @ Chomp Chomp Food Centre

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What Time? 4pm-12am (Daily), Closed on Alternate Tuesday
Damage Leh? SGD$3


3. Apollo Fresh Cockles Fried Kway Teow @ Marina Parade Food Centre

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4. Green Sky Char Kway Teow @ Bedok Food Centre

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Beyond the palates, Green Sky is probably one of the most inclusive stalls on this list. Their Char Kway Teow is Halal-Certified. In keeping up with the times, Green Sky also has a FaceBook page as well.

A hidden gem indeed.

Where? 1 Bedok Road, Bedok Corner Food Centre, #01-14, Singapore 469572
What Time? 11:00 am – 9:30 pm on Mondays, 11:00 am – 9:30 pm on Tuesdays to Sundays
Damage Leh? Cockles Char Kway Teow @ SGD$3/4/5, Seafood Char Kway Teow @ $4/5


5. Dong Ji Char Kway Teow @ 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre

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6. Choon Hiang @ East Lagoon Food Village

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The East Coast Lagoon stall has been gathering popularity in recent years for both of their popular accolade-worthy dishes, Char Kway Teow and Fried Hokkien Mee.

Although it is the Fried Hokkien Mee that is more popular at Choon Hiang, the Char Kway Teow is equally delicious. This dish is a good balance of fresh hums, aromatic wok hei, tangy eggs, and perfectly fried noodles. The East Coast Lagoon stall offers a wholesome plate of Char Kway Teow.

Choon Hiang is currently managed by FaceBook page.

At this rate, it won’t take long before the queue at Choon Hiang starts to stretch out of East Lagoon Food Village. Feast on it while the waiting time at the queue is still wait-able

Where? #01-46, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, 1220 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 440000 
What Time? 12pm-10:30pm (Daily)
Damage Leh? SGD$3/4/5


7. Lai Heng Char Kway Teow @ Shunfu Mart Food Centre

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What Time? 11am-8pm (Daily, closed on Mondays)
Damage Leh? SGD$2.50/3 + Otah (SGD$1)


8. Ang Mo Kio Fried Kway Teow @ Ang Mo Kio Central Food Centre

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9. Armenian Street Char Kway Teow @ Anchorvale Link

[caption id="attachment_12622" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Image Credits: Burpple Image Credits: an active FaceBook page. The Anchorvale Link outlet certainly retains tradition in the style and taste of the Char Kway Teows, it is surely worthy of a trip.

Where? Blk 303 Anchorvale Link, Singapore 540303
What Time? 1130am-7:30pm (Friday-Wednesday), Closed on Thursdays
Damage Leh? SGD$3/4


10. Guan Kee @ Ghim Moh Market

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Together with Dong Ji at number 5 on this list, Guan Kee is one of the highest profiled Char Kway Teow stall on this humble list. This Ghim Moh Market stall shows multiple characteristics of a hugely well known hawker stall; long queues (FaceBook page. There’s a short video that quintessentially captures the spirit of the head chef behind Guan Kee when he is not behind his wok.

Where? #01-12 Ghim Moh Road Market and Food Centre, Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
What Time? 9am-2:30pm (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) 8am-2:30pm (Fridays and Saturdays) Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays.
Damage Leh? SGD$3/4/5


And that’s a wrap up! 10 Unfamiliar Awesome Char Kway Teows around Singapore to try! What are you waiting for? Lace up your shoes and hunt these stalls down!

(Header Image Credits: Burpples and Guan Kee’s Facebook)

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12 Best Breakfasts To Start Your Day Like A Typical Local

The concept of brunch –  sipping a cuppa in between mouthfuls of “insta-worthy” eggs benedict in a café ornamented with wooden furniture – has evolved into a millennial lifestyle. Brunch is now everyone’s favourite meal of the day, and our city is abuzz with an abundance of cafés serving beautifully plated food. While we wholly embrace this global trend, it should not keep us away from our local breakfast spread.

From good ol’ kaya toast to a fluffy egg prata, these are some humble and familiar food options that are authentically Singaporean. Take a step back from the hype of fancy cafés and fusion cuisines, we’ve compiled 12 of our favourite places for your local brekkie fix. One more thing: they are all open before 11 am. Sometimes breakfast is better than brunch.

  1. Keng Wah Sung

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  • Chen Shun Mei Tau Huay

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    The pudding-like beancurd (think Lao Ban) craze once hit our shores and drove Singaporeans to queue for hours on end. However, it couldn’t stand the test of time in the end.

    At the end of the day, we will always go back to our traditional tau huay. Tau huay is the ultimate comfort food and there’s no better way to start your day than with a warm bowl of velvety goodness dosed in sugar syrup. This traditional offering at Chen Shun Mei has an impeccably silky texture and a homely taste to match.

    Chen Shun Mei Tau Huay
    Address: Serangoon Gardens Market & Food Centre, 49A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 550267
    Operating Hours: 08:00 – 20:00 (Tue-Sun)

    1. Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak

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  • Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh

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    There’s something about steamed rice cakes and chye poh (preserved radish) eaten together that makes it so divine. This unassuming local delight deserves more love than it gets, and Ghim Moh is a long-time bigwig in the chwee kueh scene.

    Helmed by the original owner who has 37 years of experience under his belt, rest assured that the quality of this traditional treat will always be top notch – the saltiness of their chye poh complements the supple rice cakes perfectly.

    Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh
    Address: Ghim Moh Road Market and Food Centre, Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road #01-31, Singapore 270020
    Operating hours: 06:00 – 19:00 (Daily)

    1. Zhen Zhen Porridge

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  • Mr & Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata

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    Needless to say, a staple in our local food culture. Think fluffy-on-the-inside-crispy-on-the-outside prata dipped in a tangy curry sauce. The dough is made in house, and Mr Mohgan has over 30 years of prata-making experience.

    They have the standard plain, egg, mushroom and cheese variations, but we recommend the kosong prata which is the crispiest out of the lot. Their freshly made pratas and fragrant curry have won the hearts of prata lovers all over Singapore.

    Mr & Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata
    Address: Poh Ho Restaurant, 7 Crane Road, Singapore 429356
    Operating Hours: 06:30 – 13:30 (Closed Tue & Wed)

    1. Tian Tian Lai (Come Daily) Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee

    [caption id="attachment_8457" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Source: yoursingapore Source: thick yellow noodles and bee hoon is perfect to soak up the fragrant gravy at Tian Tian Lai. Forget chopsticks, scoop your noodles up with a soup spoon for a mouthful of rich, flavourful gooiness.

    Apart from seafood, pork lard is also fried together with the mee for added depth in flavour. They serve $4, $5 and $10 portions so you can slurp to your heart’s content!

    Tian Tian Lai Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
    Address: 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #02-27 Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre, Singapore 310127
    Operating Hours: 09:30 – 21:00 (Daily)

    1. Ghim Moh Carrot Cake

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    Address: #01-16, Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road Market & Cooked Food Centre, 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
    Operating Hours: 06:30 – 12:00 (Tue-Sun)

    1. Serangoon Gardens Bakery and Confectionery

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    This traditional bakery kneads and prepares their own dough, and bakes over ten variations of old school buns and cakes everyday. Do drop by early to try their best-sellers; the potato curry buns and luncheon meat buns! These hot favourites are usually sold out by noon.

    Serangoon Gardens Bakery and Confectionery
    Address: #01-45, Serangoon Garden Market and Food Centre, 49A Serangoon Garden Way
    Operating Hours: 0700 – 1200 (or when buns are sold out, closed on Mon)

    1. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

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  • Afandi Hawa & Family Mee Rebus

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  • Xin Xin You Tiao

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    Best savoured with kopi or a warm cup of soya milk, the handmade you tiao at Xin Xin has a crispy exterior and also comes with a generous spread of kaya on the side. Truly is the epitome of shiok.

    Xin Xin You Tiao
    Address: Hainanese Village Food Centre, Blk 105 Hougang Ave 1 #02-19, Singapore 530105
    Operating Hours: 06:00 – 11:00 (Closed on Mon)

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so do it right with these delish, time-tested local treats. No one deserves to stomach a mouthful of disappointment first thing in the morning!

    (Header image source: foreword)

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    Springleaf Prata Joint Serves Over 50 Flip-tastic Flavours – Here Are The Highlights You Cannot Miss

    Springleaf Prata Place is known among Singaporean foodies for having an extensive menu featuring a smorgasbord of Indian eats. With a menu boasting more than 50 flavours of pratas, it’s no wonder Springleaf Prata Place is a favourite among late night supper eaters!


    This Halal-certified Indian food chain has a menu that would blow the competition out of the water. At first glance, it would be a daunting task for newcomers to decide what exactly to eat with the number of prata variants available for choosing. But never fret, we have you covered on where exactly to begin your journey for some greasy goodness!


    For those wishing to start thing slow, perhaps browsing through the list of specialty pratas would be a good idea. Many people swear by Portobello Mozzarella prata, which goes at an affordable price of $5, expressing delight at the delectable combination of melted cheese with mushrooms. Just remember to put the cameras down and tuck in before it gets cold under the air-conditioner though! (Yes, there is air-conditioning, rejoice!)


    For those who prefer a more simple gastronomical experience, perhaps the plain prata would be more to your liking. At a price of $1.10 for a piece, it’s hard to resist. Don’t be turned off by the lack of toppings, the crispy texture that it boasts should be the set standard of prata kosongs around the island. Each bite just gets way better when dipped into their delicious curry.

    If you’re feeling a little braver, why not dive into their Ultimate Hawkerfest tab? These are their signature dishes created for the Annual Hawker Festival (UHF), a charity event which celebrates our diverse street food. With huge amounts of innovation in these masterpieces, we are certain you will definitely be left wanting more once you’re done with your order.


    For people looking for a blend of Eurasian and Indian cuisine, the $5 Prata Blaster has you covered. A wonderful dish featuring plain prata combined with scrumptious eggs benedict and two slices of turkey ham, topped off with savoury hollandaise sauce. The creation has definitely gained a lot of die-hard fans and is often recommended over the island.


    Others who are looking for a more filling fare should consider the $7 Murtaburger. Exactly as its name sounds, the people behind the recipe have meshed two juicy mutton patties with egg prata serving as the buns, spread with generous helpings of mayonnaise, black pepper sauce and mozzarella cheese. It’s like the Indian burger you never knew you wanted!


    Want a dish that can satisfy not only your prata cravings, but your friends as well? Look no further, the Ultimate Murtabak will make certain of that. At a hefty price of $12, this enormous dish of prata filled with juicy tandoori chicken, mushrooms and melted cheese will definitely leave you and your friends in a food coma for the next few hours! It’s definitely not a meal you should tackle alone, unless you pride yourself as a heavy eater.


    An honourable mention would be the $4 Prata Goreng, a delectable symbiosis of the traditional fried Mee Goreng with bits of crunchy prata thrown into the mix. If you ever find yourself craving for noodles and prata at the same time, this meal is specially made just for your troubles.


    Don’t forget to quench your thirst after all that heavy eating, I’d personally recommend their Teh Tarik. The hot one goes for $1.20, while the cold one would set you back 30 cents more, but so worth it when you consider the hot weather we’ve been having these few months!

    Have we convinced you yet to make Springleaf your next favourite prata spot? Tell all your friends about it and set a day when everyone’s free for a visit. And don’t worry about the address, we’ll provide it at the end. You can thank us by buying a Prata Blaster and sending it our way! (Joking, but we don’t mind if you really do.)

    Springleaf Prata Place @ The Rail Mall
    Address: 396 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 678048
    Opening Hours: 7AM – 12 Midnight, last order at 11.30 PM

    Springleaf Prata Place @ Upper Thomson
    Address: 1 Thong Soon Avenue, Singapore 787431
    Opening Hours: 7AM – 12 Midnight, last order at 11.30 PM
    Phone Number: 6459 5670

    Springleaf Prata Place @ Jalan Tua Kong
    Address: 57B Jalan Tua Kong, Singapore 457251
    Opening Hours: 7AM – 12 Midnight, last order at 11.30PM
    Phone Number: 8693 5393

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/realspringleafprataplace

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    Only Have 1 Day in Singapore? Here Are Some Must Visit Food Places – For All Budgets!

    Everyone loves hosting friends from overseas in Singapore! Watching them marvel at how delicious hawker food is or how clean the streets are stirs up an unmistakable sense of patriotism. However, once in a while we face our worst nightmare – the friend who only has 1 day to spare.

    Where should you bring him/her to eat? How much is him/her willing to spend? Worry no more, as we have compiled 4 different eating itineraries for any budget!

    Low $ (Average spending per meal – Below SGD $10)

    Breakfast at YA KUN; Local – Chinese
    Indulge yourself with a treat in the local kopi (coffee) culture within the cozy atmosphere. With more than 50 stores island wide, make sure you lay your hands on its famous kaya butter toast set from SGD$4.90. If you fall in love with its kaya (coconut jam) flavor, you can also bring back these jars of homemade spread. 

    Lunch at BOON TONG KEE; Local – Chinese

    Known for their silky white sauce chicken rice, this well received chain serves this popular local dish from as low as SGD $5. If you become a fan for its delicious dipping sauce, you can purchase these in house sauces that they have used in their dishes.

    Dinner at SPIZE; Asian Fusion and Mediterranean

    Serving both Eastern and Western cuisine food from evenings till wee hours in the morning, this vibrant restaurant chain is the perfect hang out especially for night owls. The must try dishes include assorted pratas, nasi lemak, maggie goreng, roti john and not forgetting milo dinosaur drink!

    Mid $$ (Average spending per meal – Below SGD$30)

    Breakfast at SONG FA; Chinese – Teochew

    With its signature dish Bak Ku Teh “meat bone tea” from SGD $7, Song Fa promises their loyal patrons its tingling peppery aftertaste in their soup, accompanied with succulent and tender pork ribs. If you cannot get off the flavourful broth off your mind, simply bring home a box of 10 sachets of Song Fa spices at SGD$22.

    Lunch at THE CURRY HUT; Asian – North Indian

    Aimed to attract all the curryholics island wide, The Curry Hut serves sumptuous true Indian Curry dishes as their specialties. Using various unique spices such as cumin, mustard, turmeric, fenugreek and black pepper, every dish is made to perfection. Must try dishes include Purdah Biryani, Dhehati Murg curry, Tandoori kebabs and of course, Mango Lassi drink to finish off the meal.

    Dinner at I’M KIM KOREAN BBQ; Korean barbecue

    With dinner starting from SGD $22.90, guests can pick from a free-flow selection of cooked Korean dishes, fresh poultry, condiments, drinks and more. Often populated for its attractive price and seasonal Facebook promotions, it will be recommended to book in advance for reservation before you miss its signature volcano chicken and irresistible chicken wings!

    High $$$ (Average spending per meal – Below SGD$50)

    Breakfast at WILD HONEY; International

    Enjoy all day breakfast at anytime of the day at Wild Honey! Be it signature dishes like The English, Tunisian or European, or new modern favourites such as Norwegian or Aussie, you will fill that craving spot for sure. Be sure to make an advanced reservation at this popular joint!

    Lunch at COFFEE LOUNGE; Chinese – Taiwanese

    Situated within Goodwood Park Hotel, get to enjoy the extensive Taiwan Porridge and local degustation menu. With its lunch bento starting from SGD $21, it also serves a la carte buffet with 31 traditional favors, accompanying piping hot bowls of rice or sweet potato porridge. Be sure to make an advanced reservation.

    Dinner at JUMBO SEAFOOD; Local – Chinese

    Garnering prestigious culinary and service, JUMBO Seafood captures the diners’ hearts with its fresh seafood cooked to perfection. With its award-winning JUMBO Chili Crab, it also serves black pepper crab, golden salted egg prawns, crispy-fried squids and other innovative seafood cuisine. Reservation required.

    Super High $$$$$ (Average spending per meal – Above SGD$50)

    Breakfast at YAN TING; Chinese – Cantonese

    Located at The St. Regis Singapore, Yan Ting showcases the exquisite yet hearty Cantonese fine dining. Aside from Executive Chef Tony Wun’s signature creations on the a la carte menu, patrons can also enjoy the Weekend Dim Sum Brunch from SGD $53. This style of Cantonese cuisine prepares steamed or fried food that are traditionally served in streamer baskets or small plates. Due to its bite-sized portions, get to try a wide variety! Reservation required.


    Showcasing Singapore’s culinary treasures and heritage from Nyonya, Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisines, local chef Violet Oon’s latest addition at National Gallery Singapore celebrated the authentic colorful flavours. Treat yourself to a luxurious meal from Tumeric Chicken Rings, fragrant Beef Rendang, Daging Chabek Beef Cheek and top off with a must try Roti Jala with Gula Melaka and Bananas. Reservation required.

    Dinner at WILD ROCKET; Asian Fusion

    Opened by local Chef Willin Low, he described himself and his food as “Mod Sin” cuisine – Modern Singapore fusion food of local delight and European cuisine. Apart from a la carte menu, four-course meal is also served from SGD $75. Do contact the restaurant to find out the specials created on its omakase tasting menu at the chef counter.

    7 Best Non-Local Cuisines Under S$10 You Can Find In The CBD

    If you’re working in Singapore’s CBD, you would have experienced the bittersweet feeling that floods you when lunch hour arrives. Your growling tummy has been waiting all morning for food, but you secretly crave something other than typical local dishes like hokkien mee or chicken rice – you want something different. 

    Fear not, for we have collated 6 different types of cuisines in various CBD hawker centres (and a bonus Italian store at the end!) that you can try during your next lunch break. And don’t worry, they won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

    1. Mamacitas @ Lau Pa Sat or Amoy Street Food Centre (Costa Rican food)

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    If you’re working in the Tanjong Pagar or Raffles Place area, chances are you already know about or have tried Mamacitas. But their store is definitely unique enough to deserve another mention!

    Since 2012, Costa Rican owner Ms Cindy Castro Vega has been serving up traditional Costa Rican cuisine such as beef burritos ($6.90), crispy taco bowls ($7.90, pictured), chicken fajitas ($6.80) and their signature dish, arroz con mariscos (seafood fried rice, $6.80).

    And remember, all these prices include a side of rice and stewed potatoes! So trust us when we say a meal at Mamacitas is value for money.

    And where else in Singapore can you get a generous topping of avocado for just $1? 😉


    18 Raffles Quay
    Lau Pa Sat Stall 6
    Singapore 048582


    11:30am – 09:00pm (Daily)

    2. A Noodle Story @ Amoy Street Food Centre (Japanese/Hong Kong noodles)



    Run by 2 Shatec-trained chefs who have worked for top restaurants like Iggy’s, A Noodle Story is dedicated to serving gourmet noodles at affordable prices.

    Coming in 3 different sizes ($5.50, $6.50 and $7.50), their Singapore Style Ramen is an ingenious fusion of HK style wonton noodles and Japanese ramen.

    Dig into a delectable bowl of chinese egg noodles, pork cha-su, hot spring egg, HK style wontons and potato prawn fritters. And don’t slurp up the accompanying bowl of pork broth too quickly!

    Whilst waiting for your order, take a peek into the kitchen: A Noodle Story uses unique cooking techniques such as an immersion circulator for precision cooking of the eggs and cha-su.


    Amoy Street Food Centre
    7 Maxwell Road
    Singapore 069111


    11.15am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 7.30pm (Mon-Fri)
    10.30am – 2.00pm (Sat)
    Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays



    3. Soi 55 @ Golden Shoe Food Centre (Thai drinks)

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    We really have to hand it to this young couple for bringing another treasured piece of Thailand’s food/drink scene to Singapore.

    Soi 55 serves famous Thai drinks such as Thai Milk Tea, Thai Milk Coffee, Thai Rose Milk Tea and Thai Green Milk Tea at very affordable prices (Hot for $2.30, Cold for $2.50). They are also well-praised for taking it easy on the milk, sugar and ice, thus creating the perfect balance.

    Top ups of sago, red ruby and pearls are available (50c each) to add some texture and childhood nostalgia.


    50 Market Street
    Golden Shoe Food Centre#02-19,, Singapore 048940


    8:30am – 5:00pm (Mon-Fri)
    Closed on Sat and Sun


    4. Taqueria @ Golden Shoe Food Centre (Mexican tacos)

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    Cheap. Halal. Mexican. Tacos.

    Need we say more? 😉

    If you’re feeling peckish, opt for an individual taco – you can choose from chicken ($2.50), breaded fish ($3), prawns ($3.50) and grilled steak ($4).

    Each taco come with a generous serving of pico de gallo (a Mexican topping of diced tomatoes, onions and cilantro) and are wrapped in soft tortillas that are handmade every morning with love. The considerate owners even provide plastic gloves for a hygienic eating experience.

    a $12 set of all four variations is available for those looking for a complete meal. What’s more, you get free mild or hot salsa AND guacamole!


    50 Market Street
    Golden Shoe Food Centre #03-29,
    Singapore 048940


    11.30am – 2pm (Mon-Fri)
    Closed on Sat and Sun


    5. Fork N’ Fingers @ Chinatown Complex (Japanese Izakaya-style bites)

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    Located in one of Chinatown’s most famous eating hubs, Fork N’ Fingers is a  Japanese store selling izakaya-style food (that goes perfectly with #6 on this list!)

    If you’re looking for something heartier, dig into a bowl of Oden – a mild japanese stew of shitake mushrooms, hard boiled egg, daikon and carrots in a dashi broth ($3). Pair this with a plate of Hae Bee Hiam Rice ($3) to meet your daily carb requirements.

    Don’t forget to try the Spicy Sesame Tofu with Spinach ($2)- served cold. You’ll love this refreshing side dish that is great for Singapore’s sweltering heat.

    335 Smith Street
    Chinatown Complex Food Centre #02-54
    Singapore 050335
    12pm – 8.30pm (Tue – Sun)
    Closed on Mon

    6. The Good Beer Company @ Chinatown Complex (Craft beers)



    Yes, beers count as a cuisine. Especially when it comes to the huge variety of craft beers, which The Good Beer Company serves up at its humble hawker stall. With over 50 different types of beers and ciders from all over the word, you will definitely be spoilt for choice!

    Unfortunately, it’s not open for lunch. But why not swing by after a hard day’s work to chill out with your colleagues?


    335 Smith Street
    Chinatown Complex Food Centre #02-58
    Singapore 050335


    6pm – 10pm (Mon-Sat)
    Closed on Sun




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    [BONUS]  7. Ah Bong’s Italian @ Tiong Bahru

    For those who don’t mind travelling a teensy bit  further or who work in the Tiong Bahru area, you’ve surely heard of Ah Bong’s Italian. This non-pretentious and simple eatery serves up super affordable Italian fare – where else can you get Basil Pesto Pasta or Squid Ink Pasta for just $7-$10?

    We can’t give you the exact items/prices because their menu changes every single day. Guess you’ll just have to head down there to check it out yourself 😉 Trust us, it is definitely worth the extra distance.


    56 Eng Hoon St
    Singapore 169793


    10am – 2pm (Daily)