Old Airport Road is one of Singapore’s largest hawker centres and a house full of several hawker legends! It’s a paradise for any foodie but with so many options to choose from it’s pretty damn hard to narrow down the best stalls. Luckily through a few locals and a bit of online research, I managed to create a list and put it to the test. Remember to avoid lunch hours. It’s best to arrive around 11 rather than after lunch because a lot of popular stalls sell out of their food. See my favourites below.
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Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow $3
One of the most popular hawker stalls at Old Airport Road is Domg Ji Fried Kway Teow. With popularity comes lots of queues so be prepared. This Kway Teow has a nice lovely flavour with prawn and lup cheong Chinese sausage. The soft noodles are cooked with crispy bean sprout, spring onion, egg, prawn and oyster sauce. It’s worth the hype!
Open: 8am to 1pm
Toa Payoh Rojak $3
Rojak is an odd dish but in a good way. It’s a mix between a dessert and a savoury salad. The dish includes pineapple, jicama, spinach, beansprout, crushed peanut and tofu. The rojak is drenched in sauce made of prawn paste, sugar, ginger flower, freshly-squeezed calamansi zest and juice. It’s a really interesting mix.
Open: Mon-Sat 9am to 10pm.
Kai and Randall behind Roast Paradise introduced this Singapore favourite all the way from Kuala Lumpur. Their Char Siew and Roast Pork is one of Singapore’s best. Don’t miss this tender, juicy and crispy meat glazed with delicious caramelized honey.
Open: Tue-Sun 11am to 4pm, or until sold out. Closed on Mondays
Lao Ban Soya Beancurd $1.5
Lao Ban Soya Beancurd has recently become more of a chain, also located at Maxwell Food centre and Singaporeans love it. They have 2 flavors, original and almond. I’d recommend to try the original soy beancurd. It’s a silky, natural and sweet dessert. The texture looks like jelly but is so light that is melts in your mouth, highly recommended.
Open: Mon-Sat 12pm to 8pm. Closed on Sundays.
Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee $5
Another classic Singaporean dish to add to the list is Hokkien Fried Mee. It’s a mix of thin rice vermicelli and thicker yellow noodles. The noodles are fried with prawns, squid and eggs. It’s also cooked in seafood stock so the flavours are intense and delicious.
Open: Tue-Sun 10am to 5pm, or until sold out. Closed on Mondays.
In terms of drinks make sure you try Soursop juice and if you’re feeling adventurous also try Sour plum. Enjoy!