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This page is about the rich Asian and International cuisine that is offered by a multicultural Singapore.

This article is divided into local hawker food offerings and a restaurants section.  The expose here is curated by a local foodie cum oxymoron amuetur food connoisseur and strictly my personal taste.

This article has been curated for the locals with many personal tips to get the best.  This is also a handy reference guide for the travellers on a free and easy itineary.    Emjoy!

Food courts are located in almost all shopping malls and in food markets.

There are usually between 10 to 40 stalls in each food court.  Food served are varied local food and priced very economically from S$ 3 to S$ 7 a dish.  Chinese, Indian and Malay food are available in all the food courts.

Below is a selection of my favourites.

Here are some of my favorite hawker food.

Cooked Food Stall offers the best value for money.

It offers 10 to 20 dishes to choose from ranging from vegetables, meat, fish and egg.

It is often offered as a set of  1 veg + 1 meat for S$ 3,  1 veg + 2 meat for S$ 3-5.  You may also select ala carte.  You get a sumptous meal for less than S$7

Bak Chor Mee or White Vinegar Noodle

Bak Chor Mee
translates to minced meat noodles

Is a noodle dish tossed in vinegar, minced meat, pork slices, pork liver, stewed sliced mushrooms, meat balls and bits of deep-fried lard. The addition of chilli is optional, and you have a choice of mee pok (flat egg noodles) or mee kia (thin egg noodles). You can also choose between the dry version and the soup version.  Here is a collated list of 27 Singaporeans’ favourite bak chor mee stalls for you!

Tah Wah Bak Chor Mee
at 466 Crawford Lane 

This all time favourite Bak Chor Mee stall in the whole of Singapore is Michelin starred in 2021.  The que is long at lunch time on weekdays and you may have to wait for an hour.  Que is shorter at dinner time. 

Picture show me enjoying my bak chor mee at Tah Wah.  It comes in small S$6, medium S$8 and large S$8. I recommend you get the small for S$6 and add on S$3 of crispy fried sole fish (seen on my right).  Ask for extra fried lard pieces to enhance the taste.  Enjoy just like I did.

Stall is conveniently located at 466 Crawford Lane minutes walk from the ICA building and Lavender MRT

Hill St Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, #01-12, Blk 466 Crawford Ln, S190466. Open daily, Sun & Mon 9.30am-9pm, Tues & Wed 9.30am-8.30pm, Thur 9.30am-8pm, Fri & Sat 9,30am-8.30pm. www.facebook.com/people/Hill-Street-Tai-Hwa-Pork-Noodle/100063491712419

Bak Kut Teh 肉骨茶 one of my all time favorite Singapore dish.

Bak Kut Teh aka Meat Bone Tea

Bak kut teh is actually a pork ribs soup.  This is a popular Chinese dish in Singapore. The dish consists of pork ribs stewed with a mixture of fragrant herbs and spices such as garlic, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds and coriander.  Referring to the main ingredient in the dish, bak kut teh (Hokkien) and rou gu cha (Mandarin) translate literally to “meat bone tea”. A distiguishing feature of the soup is the whole boiled garlic cloves and fragrant herbs. 

The introduction of the dish to Singapore and Malaysia is attributed to Hokkien immigrant coolies who moved to the Klang port in Malaysias in the 19th century.  The dish is said to have been concocted by the Chinese coolies as a hearty breakfast using pork bobes to make soup as they could not afford meat and spices was added to make the soup tasty.

How to eat Bak Kut Teh?
Bak kut teh is typically eaten with steamed white rice, you tiao (dough fritters), offal, preserved vegetables and braised beancurd skin. Soup is refilled free flow at all restaurants.  Dark soy sauce is the prefered dip. Sliced chilli, minced garlic or chopped chilli padi are often added to the dipping sauce. Strong Teow Chew tea is the preferred beverage when having bak kut teh, as it is believed to help wash down the oil and fat from the dish.

Song Fa is the most popular Bak Kut Teh restaurant.

By legend the best Bak Kut Teh restaurant is the Founders Bak Kut Teh restaurant on Rangoon road.

Song Fa has 3 outlets.  The main outlet by the river is always fully packed by 6pm every night for dinner.  But there are two other outlets within walking distance from away so you will always be able to find seats for your dining party

Serving at Song Fa is fast and furious as the pork rib soup is precooked and restuarants' operation is fully streamlined.  You are served free flow of soup refill even before you ask.

This main Song Fa outlet at
the corner of 11 New
Bridge Road is always packed.  It is located right next to the Singapore River.
OPEN  9:30 am – 9:30 pm
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay

Just a few doors away from the main outlet at 17 New Bridge Road is this Song Fa where you can always find seatings.  The menu and opening hours are the same as the main outlet.

There is a Song Fa outlet at Chinatown Point just 5 minutes walk from the New Bridge road outlets.  It has large seatings so you will always find a place.  The menu is identical to the other  two outlets

You can also make your own Bak Kut Teh at home just like Song Fa.  

Chinatown Complex Food Centre located at Block 335 Smith Street is the largest hawker centre in Singapore with over 260 food stalls also boosting the world’s first Michelin hawker stall.  
More details about the must try stalls here.