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5 Best hawker centres in Singapore – Get a taste of local Singaporean life

Hawker centres or food centres are where you get to eat local food in Singapore at reasonable prices. The food you find at these places is extremely delicious and excellent in terms of quality.


Old Airport Road Food Centre

This iconic food centre has been there for many years and has been providing Singaporeans with delicious food. If this is your first time touring Singapore, you should definitely visit Old Airport Road Food Centre as you can find almost every authentic Singaporean dish there. The speciality of this food court is the soya beancurd stalls; if you were to name two of those, they would be Lao Ban Soya Beancurd and 51 Soya Beancurd. You can see people queuing up for these stalls, a bowl of soya beancurd is offered at $1.50. Among other popular dishes are char kway teow, rojak and satay noodles.


Maxwell Road Hawker Centre

Anyone who’s tasted Singaporean chicken rice will absolutely love this place. Featuring one of the popular stalls, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice Stall, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre attracts locals and tourists in equal measure. Among the other stalls you are going to find at the centre are Zhen Zhen Porridge, Marina South Delicious Food, Hoe Kee Porridge and China Street. It is easy to track down the place, and the food centre is so famous, you shouldn’t be surprised if a travel agent Sri Lanka offers you a package inclusive of this.


Chinatown Food Street

An extension of Chinatown Night Market, this food street might not impress you in terms of appearance. However, it doesn’t say anything about the quality of the food. All the shops are roofed under one glass ceiling, and they all offer Chinese favourites – like every other Chinese food place, noodles and roasted duck are the most popular. But you can also find grilled meat, seafood, and satay skewers. Most travel agencies such as Aitken Spence Holidays include Chinatown in their travel itinerary.


Tekka Centre

With the choice dish being biriyani, Tekka Centre is found on Serangoon Road. One of the best hawker centres in Singapore, Tekka Centre is all about Indian dishes. Might be a bit rough around the edges, but it doesn’t do anything to keep the roaring crowds away, who want their fill of Indian food. Trekka Centre is open from 6.30am to 10 pm and offers adequately proportioned dishes of rice, chicken and mutton.


Tiong Bahru Market

For breakfast and brunch, there’s no better place than Tiong Bahru Market. The market has quite an early start, and they close early too – the place is open from 7 am, and that’s the very reason why it’s ideal for a spot of breakfast. But it doesn’t in any way mean that Tiong Bahru Market doesn’t offer delicious lunch dishes. Most of the dishes are meat-based, and the favourites include boiled pork leg, pork ribs with noodles, roasted duck and Hainanese chicken with rice. The prices are pretty reasonable – most rice and noodle dishes start from $3.

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