This listicle is for travellers to Singapore who would like to cross out a bucket list of Michelin-listed hawker stalls.
While Bangkok’s street hawker Jay Fai has also been given a star, she has a physical shop.
The other 8 hawker stalls I have included are those listed or previously in the Michelin Bib Gourmand.
While these stalls might be listed, some locals would comment they are not the best around, but are generally of above-average quality.
10 “Michelin” Hawker Stalls In Singapore
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles 大华猪肉粿条面
466 Crawford Lane, Tai Hwa Eating House #01-12 Singapore 190465 (Lavender MRT)
(Behind Immigration and Checkpoint Authority Building)
Tel: +65 6292 7477
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 9:00pm (Closed on 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month)
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles is commonly known as the best Teochew style Bak Chor Mee aka minced pork noodles in Singapore.
Here’s the magic: Al dente springy noodles tossed in a savoury vinegary sauce, filled with tender pork and liver slices, minced pork, dumplings, and a sprinkling of fried sole fish.
Each bowl is priced at $5 – $10.
The queue is crazy though, and can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Please be ready for the heat if you intend to join in the line.
With that said, I used to find it better in the past, somehow the proportion of the vinegar and other sauces seemed slightly off the last I tried. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles (Crawford Lane)
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle 香港油雞飯麵
Blk 335, Smith Street #02-166, Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 7:00pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Fri), 8:30am to 7:00pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Wed
One of the 2 hawker stalls with a Michelin star. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle sells Soya Sauce Chicken Rice, Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle, Roasted Pork Rice, Char Siew Rice, and Char Siew Noodles are unbelievable prices of $2 – $3.
It is otherwise known as the “Cheapest Michelin Star Meal In The World”.
Don’t like the word “cheapest”, though Hawker Chan has found his world opening branches throughout the world, from Bangkok, Jakarta, Taipei to Melbourne.
However with commercialisation, customers have reflected disappointment (especially in Bangkok where it opened with a bang and is now relatively quiet), and perhaps the best place to have it is still at the original stall. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle (Chinatown Food Complex)
A Noodle Story – Amoy Street Food Centre
Amoy Street Food Centre #01-39 7 Maxwell Road Singapore 069111 (Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit G)
Opening Hours: 11:15am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am – 1:30pm (Sat) , Closed Sun, PH
This is not the typical local food. Opened by young hawkerpreneurs, A Noodle Story serves “Singapore-style ramen” ($7, $9).
A bowl with Japanese style charshu, soy-flavoured braised egg, Hong Kong style wontons, potato wrapper prawn fritter for that crunch.
Aesthetically pleasing and well-arranged, for a hawker stall. I like it – you don’t get a bowl like this anywhere else. A Noodle Story (Amoy Street Food Centre)
Hong Kee Beef Noodle – Amoy Street Food Centre
Amoy Street Food Centre #01-42, 7 Maxwell Road Singapore 069111 (Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit G)
Opening Hours: 11am – 7:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 2:30pm (Sat – Sun), Closed PH
This stall is said to be around for more than 50 years, moved from Tanglin Koek Road, to Cuppage Centre to its current location at Amoy.
Gooey gravy, tender beef slices, slippery kway teow and a sprinkling of salted vegetables make a satisfying bowl ($4, $5, $6). Hong Kee Beef Noodle (Amoy)
J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff – Amoy Street Food Centre
Amoy Street Food Centre #01-21, 7 Maxwell Road Singapore 069111 (Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit G)
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun, PH
Also known as J2 Crispy Curry Puff, this comes with layered flaky pastry and spicy potato, black pepper chicken, sardine and yam paste fillings. Each at $1.20.
Chef Willin Low recommends the sardine ones, “One of the best around”. I agree.
For locals who have yet to try this brand, their skin is most similar to A1 Curry Puffs. J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff (Amoy)
Balestier Road Hoover Rojak – Whampoa Market Place
Whampoa Drive Makan Place #01-06, Block 90 Whampoa Drive Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 4pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon – Tues
The special blend of Penang Prawn Paste is addictive. DO NOT miss ordering the divine century eggs to go along.
If you are at Whampoa Market, do check out the other gems in the vicinity, from Hokkien Mee, Lor Mee, to Chicken Rice.
Liang Zhao Ji (soy duck) – Whampoa Market Place
Whampoa Drive Makan Place #01-07, Block 90 Whampoa Drive Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 10.45am – 3pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Right next to Hoover is this braised duck stall. Many grow up having Liang Zhao Ji’s Braised Duck Rice, affordability priced at $4 – $5.
I did think that the best part of the plate was NOT the duck, but perhaps everything else that came together.
The savouriness of the flavoured rice (didn’t taste any yam though), the texture of the tau kwa (beancurd) and the tangy-spiciness of the chilli sauce. Liang Zhao Ji (Whampoa)
New Lucky Claypot Rice
Holland Drive Market and Food Centre, 44 Holland Drive, Singapore 270044 (10 min walk from Buona Vista MRT)
Tel: +65 6778 7808
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00am – 1:00pm, Dinner 5:00pm to 8:00pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun) Closed on Wed
The signatures at New Lucky Claypot Rice include the Claypot “Wu Wei” Rice for two pax ($10/$15), 3 pax ($15/$20), 4 pax at ($20/$25). The “Wu Wei” rice includes a mix of both chicken and Chinese sausages.
The waiting time is estimated to be between 20 to 30 minutes for off-peak periods, and 45 to 90 minutes for peak period.
Some diners any ask – why so long, why can’t fast fast?
That is because traditional Claypot Rice requires the rice to be cooked within the pot itself, with appropriate control of the fire. Plus the fact the stall is using charcoal, which would take up at least 45 minutes of cooking. New Lucky Claypot Rice (Holland Drive)
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice- Maxwell Food Centre
Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street #01-10/11, Singapore 069184
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Tian Tian’s winning formula to me has to be its rice. Even Anthony Bourdain said that the chicken rice is so fragrant and delicious that it can be eaten on its own. Gordon Ramsey ‘lost’ a hawker challenge here.
Probably (used to be) one of the best chicken rice in Singapore, as it was warm, fluffy, fragrant and tasty. However, with increasing fame comes greater inconsistency. Tian Tian Chicken Rice (Maxwell Food Centre)
Wedang (Indonesian food and satay)
Golden Mile Food Centre B1-19, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 10am – 3pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun
Wedang was the only Muslim-owned Halal hawker stall which was listed under the Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016 Guide.
It was unfortunately not listed in Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore 2017 , likely because the stall did a few rounds of moves – from its original location at Golden Mile to Blk 117 Aljunied Ave 2 Food Centre, back to Golden Mile again.
Wedang’s offerings are straightforward – Tahu Goreng (Malay style fried tofu with spicy peanut sauce., Gado Gado (a style of Indonesian salad with peanut sauce), Mee or Bee Hoon Soto Ayam (yellow spicy chicken soup with noodles or rice vermicelli) and Nasi Ayam (chicken rice), all at $3.00 per plate or bowl.
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