Hawker Food Trippin in Singapore

We came to Singapore for one main reason – to eat hawker!

After the amount of money we were spending on food in New Zealand and Australia, we were beyond thrilled to be heading to Singapore, literally our gateway country to our Asia jaunt. They say Singapore is expensive but we found it to be quite the contrary. Maybe it’s because we ate hawker food for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Singapore’s hawker centers, essentially food courts, are everywhere offering delicious cheap eats. They’re great if you want to try a little bit of everything. We gorged during our 4-day stay. Here are some of the food centers we ate at.

Albert Centre

This was our first stop and we did not hold back. It was a bit overwhelming at first with the rows of food stalls so we took a few laps around to check out the scene. That lasted a good 15 minutes before we both decided to just get in the one with the longest lines. Lines are always a good sign anywhere you go.


We tried our first Nasi Lemak at stall #01-62, fried carrot cake at #01-59 and freshly squeezed sugar cane juice – all in one meal and less than $6!

Maxwell Food Centre

Once again, thanks to Anthony Bourdain, we found ourselves in Chinatown at Maxwell standing in half-hour long line at Tian Tian’s Hainanese waiting for.. chicken and rice. Sounds ridiculous considering there are plenty of other stalls selling chicken and rice but “because Anthony Bourdain said so..” we happily lined up.


And thank goodness we did! It’s so simple I’m in awe at how addicting chicken and rice can be. I wonder why people don’t make this at home instead of queuing up for hours and hours and then I realized – it’s all in the dipping sauce. The perfect blend of ginger mystery fish sauce that makes every bite a happy dance on your taste buds. Trust me, it’s just that good.


We also had our first peanut iced kachang – a Malaysian dessert of mixed tapioca, brown sugar, corn, beans, coconut juice and peanuts.. and a whole lot of other stuff we don’t really know. Sounds funky but Gerard ate every bit of it like mother’s milk down to the last drop.

Lau Pa Sat Festival Market

We wanted to see the Marina Bay Sands light show so we came here for dinner due to its close proximity to Clifford Pier near One Fullerton. Here we tried fishball noodle soup.


I’ll admit, it wasn’t one of my favorite dishes from Singapore. Harold thought this one lacked some flavor too. But fishball noodles is apparently a very popular dish here in Singapore so I recommend you try it and let us know what you think. I opted for the Shanghai dumplings which was pretty good.

We also ate in Chinatown and the food court inside Marina Bay Sands which was the most expensive hawker food we’ve had during our hawker hoppin’ days in Singapore. But that’s not a surprise considering we were dining next to Gucci and Chanel shops.

Oh and one more thing, it’s no hawker food, but it’s a must eat. When in Singapore, make sure you don’t leave before trying an ice cream sandwich!


But not just any sandwich, ice cream blocks with flavors like mint chocolate, coffee, durian and mango are cut into smaller slices and then sandwiched between your choice of Pandan bread or wafer cookies. We were hooked on mango with wafers!

What were some of your favorite hawker food dishes in Singapore?




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29 Responses to Hawker Food Trippin in Singapore

  1. Ayngelina April 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    I would love to go to Singapore to eat, the food looks amazing.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

      It’s definitely a foodie paradise. I have no doubt you’ll enjoy it when you go. :)

  2. TravelBudgetCouple April 17, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Food -gasm for sure. ahha. Yummmm!

  3. Edna April 17, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Well, congratulations, you’ve officially made me homesick for a place that isn’t even my real home. The food is definitely what I miss most about Singapore! I lived right down the street from Maxwell, and ate many a lunch and dinner there (until I discovered the salad lady at nearby Amoy Hawker Center, that is). And these photos are GORGEOUS. Btw, did you see Lau Pa Sat at night when they set up stools and tables and throw up kebab stands? Definitely a must if you haven’t.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

      Haha.. sorry. Aww man, we didn’t hear about the salad lady at Amoy. So many hawker, so little time. We did go to LPS for dinner but did not see the kebab stands. So sad.. Oh well, there is always next time. :D

  4. Technosyncratic April 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I would totally be down to eat “Hawker-style” — the markets and street food of SE Asia were my favorite parts. I love sampling little dishes here and there to discover all the delicious things I didn’t know about.

    And yeah, chicken and rice is unreal. So simple, but so perfect.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      So cheap I don’t feel guilty stall-hopping for food. LOVE chicken and rice!

  5. Coralmusgrave April 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    The ice cream sandwich, in multi coloured bread, awesome! My biggest food memory of Singapore, because, I think, it’s what we used to have as kids in the 60’s in England.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

      It was strange for us to see ice cream wrapped in bread. Really wish we tried it once because everyone else was trying it. We chickened out and wafer’d it. I had no idea that’s also a thing in England. Cool!

  6. The World of Deej April 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    You guys are killing me…Singapore is #1 on my list because of the hawkers, and the Marina Bay Sands. Seeing you’ve done both, I’m supremely jealous:)

  7. Andi Perullo April 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Ice cream blocks!?! That looks/sounds AMAZING!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

      Right?! It’s so simple, it’s genius. The wafer really puts it over the top. Hehe

  8. Leah Travels April 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    Let me just tell you, I spent a month living in Singapore three years ago and I gained probably 10 pounds. My husband was working all day, so I just roamed the city trying out a different hawker center/stand each day. I’m not kidding when I say I ate my way around the city state. We’ve had invitations to return, and I really want to, if only for the black pepper crab, roasted pork, and chicken and rice. I’m just afraid my waistline can’t handle it. Ha!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 18, 2012 at 6:49 am #

      I’d be afraid of my waistline as well if I had a month there. LOL. Good thing we only had 4 days. haha

      • Leah Travels April 20, 2012 at 7:48 am #

        You got that right. It was like I’d never seen food before I arrived in Singapore.

  9. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family April 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Looks delicious!

    Did you go up to the top of the Marina Bay Sands? Is it worth it?

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 18, 2012 at 6:50 am #

      Yes, we went up to the bar – the view is incredible. There is a club up top which you have to pay for, but if you say you’re just going to the bar, it’s free to get up to the top. Definitely worth it if you’re visiting Singapore.

  10. Mark Wiens April 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Mmmm, just woke up and my mouth is watering. I really want that first plate of nasi lemak for breakfast! Great food photos!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin April 19, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      o0o… Maybe we should wake up tomorrow morning with some black sticky rice & custard. =)

  11. Albert Binghan April 19, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    You make me want to go to Singapore and ate hawker! I tried it once and it’s really good!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin April 19, 2012 at 11:32 am #

      It’s easy to eat well in SG. Once is never enough. Good hawker is so plentiful there!

  12. Anonymous April 22, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    I am sooooo homesick right now! These food looks so delicious! Can’t wait till I get back this June to Malaysia!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 23, 2012 at 7:18 am #

      Haha, sorry guys but you people eat so well we couldn’t help it. ;)

  13. DebbZie April 25, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Ice cream sandwich, rojak, roast duck rice and oyster omelete are my “must eat” everytime I visit Singapore. Heavenly….as long as I stay away from the scale :p

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 29, 2012 at 1:59 am #

      We didn’t get to try rojak! Boo… next time. Oh.. I always stay away from the scale when I’m in Asia. Lol :D

  14. Anonymous April 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    I *totally* want to go to Singapore for the street food!!! Hoping to do a japan/singapore/penang run next year! :)

    • Kieu - GQ trippin April 29, 2012 at 1:59 am #

      OOo, we will be in Japan next week! I cannot wait to eat! Lol

  15. barbylucedistelle June 25, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    I want the hippo!!!!!!!

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