Last Updated on May 16, 2022 by queenie mak
Singapore is known for their delicious local cuisine. And to eat some of the best food in Asia, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Many Singaporean street food have earned either a Michelin star or is awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand title. And best of all, eating Michelin star street food in Singapore is very affordable.
If you are only in Singapore for a few days and want to try many types of Michelin level gourmet food, follow my guide and eat all the best Michelin street food in hawker centres.
In this post, I’ll show you my top picks for the best Michelin street food in Singapore that are scattered over ten hawker centres throughout the city. I included the locations and hours of operation for each of the Michelin street food stall so you can plan your own culinary tour in Singapore.
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What you need to know before trying Michelin street food in Singapore
Before you try all the yummy Michelin street food in Singapore, take a look at my Singapore Solo Travel Guide and get an overview of the city first.
Here are a few additional tips for eating Michelin street food around Singapore:
- If you are not familiar with local food, read my post on the best Singaporean food and get an introduction first.
- Bring cash as all of these hawker stalls only take cash.
- Prepare for long queues, especially for these Michelin-rated hawker stalls. But the wait is worth it!
- Bring your own tissue because hawker stalls do not give out napkins.
- Check hours of operations for each hawker stall because they open at various hours and days.
- Try to go early – some hawker stalls will close when they run out of food.
10 Best Michelin Star and Bib Gourmand hawkers in Singapore
There are many hawker centres with Michelin-level street food in Singapore. But if you only have a few days in Singapore and maximize your time and fill up on all the best Michelin hawker food, here are my top 10 picks for best street food that received either a Michelin star or Bib Gourmand recognition.
- Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
- Chinatown Complex
- Amoy Street Food Centre
- Maxwell Food Centre
- Tiong Bahru Market
- Albert Centre
- Old Airport Road Food Centre
- Newton Food Centre
- Alexandra Village Food Centre
- Yuhua Market & Hawker Centre
1. Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
Hong Lim Market & Food Centre is one of my favourite hawker centres for Michelin-level food I included the hawker market in my 2-day Singapore itinerary. It probably has the most number of Michelin-level hawker stalls so you might want to visit when you are hungry. And order the smallest portion so you can try several Michelin dishes.
Best days to go: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (most hawkers are closed on Mondays and Sundays)
Michelin street food to try at Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
- Tai Wah Pork Noodle (#02-16; Hours: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm; closed Mondays) – order Bak Chor Mee (flat yellow noodles with pork meatballs, liver, minced pork) with or without soup.
- Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee (#02-17; Hours: 6:00 am – 3:00 pm; closed Sundays) – their Char Kway Teow (flat rice noodles with fish cake, bean sprouts, egg, and cockles) is my absolute favourite in Singapore!
- Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist (#02-48/49; Hours: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm; closed Thursdays) – I tried their Ji Ji Signature Char Siew Wanton Noodle and it was one of the best I found in the city.
- Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee (#01-58; Hours: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm; closed Sundays) – order their Chicken Curry Bee Hoon Mee (noodles with fried beancurd, fishcake, beansprout and Hainanese chicken)
- Ah Heng Duck Rice (#02-64; Hours: 6:30 am – 4:00 pm; closed Mondays) – try a small plate of duck rice so you can try something else at the food centre too.
- Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa (#02-66; Hours: 10:15 am – 3:00 pm; closed Thursdays & Sundays) – I really like their Laksa (rice noodles with fishcake, prawns, bean sprouts in a spicy coconut broth) – it’s not too spicy and very coconutty!
- Hokkien Street Bak Kut Teh (#01-66; Hours: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm) – order Bak Kut Teh (pork ribs in a herbal tea broth) with a side of fried dough, rice and meatball soup.
Address: 531A Upper Cross Street, Singapore | How to get there: Take the MRT to Chinatown Station (NE4/DT19) on the north-east (purple) line or downtown (blue) line and walk 5 minutes.
2. Chinatown Complex
There are many hawker stalls at the foodcourt of Chinatown Complex and there are a handful of ones that belongs in the Michelin recommended category. The food court is big – the largest in Singapore! So it would super helpful if you locate the map on the second floor and find the individual food stalls.
Best days to go: Tuesday to Saturday
Michelin street food to try at Chinatown Complex
- Fatty Ox HK Kitchen (#02-84; Hours: 7:30 am – 2:30 pm) – I tried the roast duck with noodles.
- Ann Chin Popiah (#02-112; Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm) – both popiah (thin crepe roll with stuffings) and spring roll are affordable and delicious.
- Hawker Chan (#02-126; Hours: 10:30 AM – 3:30 pm; closed Sundays) – is famous for its soya sauce chicken rice. If you are visiting on a Sunday, you can sit in at their other location on 78 Smith Street which is just north of Chinatown Complex.
- 168 CMY Satay (#02-168; Hours: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; closed Mondays) – a minimum order includes 10 satay skewers (pork, chicken, or mutton).
- Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice (#02-198; Hours: 3:00 – 9:00 pm) – go early for their famous mixed clay pot rice. Order one and roam around the food court while you wait.
Address: 335 Smith Street, Singapore | How to get there: Take the MRT to Chinatown Station (NE4/DT19) on the north-east (purple) line or downtown (blue) line and walk 2 minutes.
3. Amoy Street Food Centre
Amoy Street Food Centre is popular with office workers because there are many commercial buildings in the area. So if you don’t want to try affordable Michelin street food, make sure to go during off-peak hours.
Best days to go: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Michelin street food to try at Amoy Street Food Centre
- Ah Ter Teochew Fishball Noodles (#01-14; Hours: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm) – choose from eight types of noodles in either a small, medium or large bowl.
- Hoo Kee Bak Chang (#01-18; Hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; closed Mondays, Saturdays & Sundays) – they are famous for its rice dumplings.
- J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff (#01-21; Hours: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm; closed Saturdays & Sundays) – their crispy curry potato chicken puff makes an excellent afternoon snack.
- Hong Kee Beef Noodle (#01-42; Hours: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm; 9:00 am – 2:30 pm Saturdays & Sundays) – they don’t have a visual menu but you can find photos of their Hainanese-style beef noodles on Google Maps.
- Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee (#02-80; Hours: 7:30 am – 2:30 pm; closed Thursdays & Fridays) – try their Lor Mee (flat yellow noodles with fried fish, braised pork belly in a thick gravy soup) if you like noodles with a thick and goopy flavourful sauce.
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, Singapore | How to get there: Take the MRT to Tanjong Pagar Station (EW15) on the east-west (green) line and walk for 2 minutes.
4. Maxwell Food Centre
Many people may know Maxwell Food Centre because of Anthony Bourdain because he raved about the Hainanese chicken rice at Tian Tian. And it’s true – it’s pretty damn good! So even if there aren’t that many (only two) Michelin-level food at Maxwell you should still go and try the famous chicken rice.
Best day to go: any day but Monday
Michelin street food to try at Maxwell Food Centre
- Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (#01-10/11; Hours: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm; closed Mondays) – order their hainanese chicken rice and see if you agree with Anthony Bourdain.
- Rojak Popiah & Cockle (#01-56; Hours: 11:30 am – 8:30 pm) – their rojak (Chinese salad made with cucumber, jicama, dough fritter in a peanut sauce), popiah and fresh cockles are all very popular.
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore | How to get there: Take the MRT to Tanjong Pagar Station (EW15) on the east-west (green) line and walk 5 minutes.
5. Tiong Bahru Market
Tiong Bahru is a cool and hip neighbourhood with post-war architectural buildings, colourful wall art murals, trendy cafes and restaurants. Plus, there are several Michelin-level street food hawker stalls at Tiong Bahru Market that you shouldn’t miss.
Best day to go: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Michelin street food to try at Tiong Bahru Market
- Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee (#02-01; Hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and 4:30 – 7:30 pm; closed Mondays & Sundays) – try their Hokkien Mee (stir-fried noodles with squid, sliced fish, prawn and lime)
- Jian Bo Shui Kueh (#02-05; Hours: 6:30 am – 9:00 pm) – they have been serving Chwee Kueh (water cake with preserved radish and chilli) since 1958.
- Lor Mee 178 (#02-23; Hours: 7:00 am – 1:45 pm; closed Mondays & Wednesdays) – I’ve known of their Lor Mee for a long time but I have yet to be there when it is open. Let me know if you tried this.
- Koh Brother Pig’s Organ Soup (#02-29; Hours: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm and 5:00 – 7:45 pm; closed Mondays) – this isn’t my go-to food but if you like Pig Organ Soup then definitely give it a try.
- Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice (#02-82; Hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; closed Mondays) – their Hainanese Chicken Rice is so popular that there are several other locations around Singapore.
Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore | How to get there: Take the MRT to Tiong Bahru Station (EW17) on the east-west (green) line and walk 9 minutes.
6. Albert Centre
Tucked between Bugis Junction and Little India, Albert Centre has several Michelin hawker stalls serving typical Singaporean and Indonesian food. Not many tourists visit this food centre but locals love coming here.
Best day to go: any weekday except Tuesdays
Michelin street food to try at Albert Centre
- Singapore Famous Rojak (#01-45; Hours: 1:00 – 8:30 pm; closed Tuesdays) – get a small, medium or large rojak (Chinese salad made with cucumber, pineapple, jicama, dough fritter, beancurd and peanut sauce).
- Ang Seng Teochew Noodle (#01-69; Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; closed Saturdays and Sundays) – splurge and get an Abalone Bak Chor Mee.
- Pondok Makan Indonesia (#01-123; Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm) – many bloggers said to try their satays, Mee Rebus (yellow noodle with spicy-sweet creamy gravy), and Lontong (rice cakes with coconut vegetable stew) but I went on a Monday and a Thursday and the hawker stall was closed. Let me know if you have any luck trying these!
- New Rong Liang Ge (269B Queen Street #01-235; Hours: 6:30 am – 8:00 pm) – try their Cantonese roast meats (char siew, roast duck and roast pork) with noodles or rice and double-boiled soup on the south side of Albert Centre.
Address: 270 Queen Street, Singapore | How to get there: Take the MRT to Bugis Station (EW12/DT14) on the east-west (green) line or downtown (blue) line and walk 4 minutes.
7. Old Airport Road Food Centre
I knew about Old Airport Road Food Centre because of several non-Michelin food stalls (Roast Paradise and Cantonese-styled Chee Cheong Fun). But when I dug deeper, I realized there are a handful of Michelin hawker stalls. So bring an empty stomach or visit the hawker centre several times to try everything!
Best day to go: any day except Mondays and Tuesdays
Michelin street food to try at Old Airport Road Food Centre
- Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wan Ton Mee (#01-02; Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm; closed Tuesdays) – try their signature Wanton Mee and add chilli if you like can handle the heat.
- Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow (#01-12; Hours: 11:45 am – 10:00 pm) – choose white or black Fried Kway Teow in small, medium or large plate.
- Whitley Rd Big Prawn Noodle (#01-98; Hours: 9:30 am – 8:00 pm; closed Mondays) – there are nine different Prawn Noodles to choose from.
- Xin Mei Xiang Zheng Zong Lor Mee (#01-116; Hours: temp closed for upgrades) – they have been making Lor Mee since 1973. There are four other locations where you can try their speciality.
Address: 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore | How to get there: Take the MRT to Dakota Station (CC8) on the circle (yellow) line and walk for 3 minutes.
8. Newton Food Centre
Newton Food Centre became super popular when the movie, Crazy Rich Asians, highlighted the hawker centre. While there are many seafood and barbecue food stalls at Newton, pick the ones below and try some of the best Michelin food for next to nothing.
Best day to go: any day except Mondays and Tuesdays and go late in the day
Michelin street food to try at Newton Food Centre
- Alliance Seafood (#01-27; Hours: 3:00 – 11:00 pm on weekdays and 1:00 – 11:00 pm on weekends; closed Tuesdays) – the Chilli Crab and Barbecue Stingray are must-trys!
- Heng (#01-28; Hours: 5:00 – 11:00 pm; closed Tuesdays) – their Carrot Cake with Prawn was really good but next time I’ll try their Black Carrot Cake for more flavour.
- R&B Express (#01-76; Hours: 6:00 pm – 3:00 am) – the barbecue hawker stall is known for their Chicken Wings and Satays.
- Kwang Kee Teochew Fish Porridge (#01-20; Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm; closed Mondays) – if you still have room in your stomach, try their tasty Sliced Fish Porridge or Fried Sliced Fish Bee Hoon.
Address: 500 Clemenceau Avenue N, Singapore | How to get there: Take the MRT to Newton Station (NS21/DT11) on the north-south (red) line or downtown (blue) line and walk 4 minutes.
9. Alexandra Village Food Centre
Located in Bukit Merah, Alexandra Village Food Centre is not as popular as other hawker centres (maybe because its not exactly next to MTR stop), but it has so much Michelin level street food that you may need several visits to try everything. So, my suggestion is to try the noodles or soups and buy the glutinous rice cakes to eat later.
Best day to go: Thursday or Friday
Michelin street food to try at Alexandra Village Food Centre
- Tiong Bahru Lien Fa Shui Jing Pau (#01-10; Hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm; closed Mondays & Sundays) – order their sweet (red bean or sweet yam) and savoury (turnip) Crystal Dumplings.
- Hong Kong Yummy Soup (#01-51; Hours: 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm; closed Saturdays & Sundays) – try one of their Traditional Herbal Soups.
- Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Laksa (#01-75; Hours: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm: closed Mondays & Sundays) – get either a small, medium or large bowl of spicy Laksa.
- Xiang Jiang Soya Sauce Chicken (#01-77; Hours: 8:00 am – 1:45 pm; closed Mondays & Tuesdays) – try a plate of Dry Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle made by Uncle Sun (ex-Raffles Hotel head chef).
- Leon Kee Claypot Pork Rib Soup (#01-81; Hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm; closed Wednesdays) – there are many types of Claypot Pork Soup to choose from.
- Poh Cheu Soon Kueh and An Ku Kueh (127 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-222; Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; closed Mondays & Sundays) – I tried several flavours of the handmade Ang Ku Kueh (glutinous rice cakes) including coconut, black sesame, and red bean.
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore | How to get there: Take bus 14, 33, 51, 61, 93, 100, 120, 195, 195A or 197 and alight at bus stop Opp Queensway Shop Centre.
10. Yuhua Market & Hawker Centre
Yuhua Market & Hawker Centre is not as well known as the other hawker centres but it has several Michelin-level hawker stalls that locals love. If you are visiting the Chinese Garden or Jurong Lake Gardens on the west end of the city, try some of these Michelin food street hawker stalls before you wander around the parks.
Best day to go: Thursday to Sunday
Michelin street food to try at Yuhua Market & Hawker Centre
- Hua Xing Bak Kut Teh (#01-171; Hours: 8:30 – 7:00 pm; closed Mondays) – locals love their Singaporean Bak Kut Teh and Steamed Fish.
- Xing Yun Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice (#01-202; Hours: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm; closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays) – can’t go wrong with a plate of steamed Chicken Rice.
- Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh (#01-218; Hours: 6:30 am – 2:30 pm; closed Mondays) – there is always a long queue for buying their steamed and pan-fried Soon Kueh (turnip and bamboo shoot dumpling).
- Joo Siah Bak Ku Teh (Jurong East Ave 1, Block 349, #01-1215; Hours: 8:00 am – 7:15 pm; Sundays 8:00 am – 3:30 pm; closed Mondays) – I thought I ordered too much food when I got the Pork Belly, Rice, Dough Fritter and Beancurd but it was just perfect for one person!
Address: 347 Jurong East Avenue 1, Singapore | How to get there: Take the MRT to Chinese Garden Station (EW25) on the east-west (green) line and walk 8 minutes.
Are you ready to try Michelin star street food in Singapore?
Singapore can be an expensive city for solo travellers. But there are plenty of free things to do in the city and also very affordable Michelin star street food in Singapore.
If you are only spending only a few days in Singapore, definitely try to make it out to several of these hawker centres to try Michelin-level street food.
And let me know in the comments which one you like the most. Or if I miss any Michelin hawker food, let me know as well.