Geylang food places to check out
Update: Geylang Claypot Rice has moved to Beach Road.
We’ve all seen Geylang supper guides featuring 126 Dim Sum and frog porridge spots. But there’s a whole uncharted territory that hasn’t been covered ─ round-the-clock dining in the red light district.
Compared to the bustling scene at night, Geylang is like a ghost town in the day, which makes it perfect for foodies to explore. Here’s a guide for people who want to explore this treasure trove of Geylang food haunts beyond just suppertime.
Please note that opening hours may differ due to current restrictions.
1. Penang Seafood Restaurant
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If you love Penang food as we do, head down to Penang Seafood Restaurant and try their Assam Laksa (from $4.80) or Penang Char Kway Teow (from $6). The tangy fish gravy starts off with an explosive burst of flavour and mellows into a mild heat that will leave you wanting more. The char kway teow, on the other hand, is made in true Malaysian fashion and is laced with smoky, moreish wok hei.
Check out our full review of Penang Seafood Restaurant.
Address: 32 Aljunied Road, Singapore 389817
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 12am
2. BBQ Box
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If you’re new to the world of Chinese barbecue skewers, there’s no better place to get acquainted than BBQ Box. They offer a variety of meats from chicken wings to pork intestines and beef tendon. These meats are seasoned with a spicy Chinese spice rub and skewered before they are grilled to perfection over a charcoal fire. Other classic skewers you shouldn’t miss out on include enoki mushrooms, mantou, and asparagus. Skewers start at $1, so feast away on these affordable skewers and wash everything down with a bottle of Tsingtao!
Address: 103 Geylang Road, Singapore 389212
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 2pm to 2am, Sun 1:30pm to 1:30am
Tel: 9234 8659
3. The Skewer Bar
If you’re on the search for good yakitori, look no further than The Skewer Bar. Located at a corner of a kopitiam, this quiet joint is jam-packed with customers daily. The menu is extensive, with items such as Teriyaki Unagi ($3.50) and Bacon Wrapped Quail Egg ($2.40). They also have non-skewered dishes such as Oysters ($11 for three pieces) and, our favourite, Grilled Eggplant with TSB Signature Sauce ($5). Locally-inspired pasta and rice bowls are also available, with the Lu Rou Pasta ($10.90) being a hot favourite.
Address: 2 Geylang Lorong 25, Singapore 388297
Opening hours: Daily 5pm to 12:30am
Tel: 9642 0837
4. Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh
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There are two kinds of people in the world: people who love the peppery style of Teochew bak kut teh, and people who love Malaysia’s herbal version. If you’re a fan of Klang bak kut teh, Leong Kee Bak Kut Teh ($7.70) is a must-try. The soup is full of aromatic herbal notes, and the pork ribs are fork-tender and well infused with earthy flavours.
For greater satisfaction, pile on the beancurd skin and get ready to sweat it out over this robust pork stock. Leong Kee also does a mean Stewed Pork’s Leg ($7.70), so brace yourself for a feast if you happen to find yourself on this side of Geylang. Their Dry Bak Kut Teh ($10) also comes highly recommended.
Address: 251 Geylang Road, Singapore 389309
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 1:30am
5. Swee Guan Hokkien Mee
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Opened in 1968, Swee Guan Hokkien Mee, or better known as Geylang Lorong 29 Hokkien Mee, serves one of the best hae mee I’ve ever tried. Prepared the traditional way over a charcoal fire, the noodles are laced with a wok hei aroma. Plus, they are pretty generous with the ingredients, and the prawns are juicy and crunchy. A wait is, of course, necessary, as this spot is really famous. Prices start at $6 for a plate.
Check out our full review of Swee Guan Hokkien Mee.
Address: 549 Geylang Road Lorong 29, Singapore 389504
Opening hours: Mon-Tue, Thur-Sun 5pm to 11pm
6. Mongkok Dim Sum
Open 24 hours, Mongkok Dim Sum was my go-to supper joint when I was living in the East. On the menu are an array of dishes, priced at an average of $5. An interesting dish to order is their 3 Yolk Crab Porridge ($9), which can easily satisfy the bellies of three to four people. Their Custard Bun ($4.20) is done right too, and a pool of smooth, runny custard spilled out as we broke open the pillowy bao.
Check out our full review of Mongkok Dim Sum.
Address: 214 Geylang Road, Singapore 389274
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
7. Geylang Claypot Rice
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There’s a reason why Geylang Claypot Rice commands a long queue. The wait for their Signature Claypot Rice ($16.80 for two, $28.80 for four, $38.80 for six people) can range anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour, and the owners advise customers to call ahead to make their orders. It might feel like a great deal of effort just for a meal, but it’ll all be worth it once you mix that fluffy, charred rice up and pop a piece of succulent chicken into your mouth.
Address: 639 Geylang Road, Singapore 389570
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2:30pm, 5pm to 10pm
Tel: 6744 4574
8. Koung’s Wanton Mee
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A taxi driver was the one who introduced me to Koung’s Wanton Mee. And you know you can trust a cabbie’s food recommendation. Around since 1964, the humble stall roasts their char siew in a charcoal oven, which boasts a good ratio of fats to tender meat. The egg noodles were firm too, and glistened with their house-made chilli sauce that packed a fiery punch! Prices start at $4.
Address: 205 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387506
Opening hours: Mon 8:30am to 7:30pm, Tues-Sun 8am to 8:30pm
Tel: 6748 0305
9. Hong Qin Fish & Duck Porridge
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$8 at Hong Qin Fish & Duck Porridge will get you a liberal amount of flavourful pig trotters served alongside rice. The meat could have been more tender, but the sauce was not cloying or salty. Their fish soup ($5) fared much better, with the clear savoury broth and generous slices of fresh fish. Although Piao Ji Fish Soup still ranks first in our hearts, this is an alternative that doesn’t involve a 30-minute wait!
Address: 134 Geylang East Avenue 1, #01-217, Singapore 380134
Opening hours: Daily 5:45am to 3:30pm
10. L32 Handmade Noodles
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Foodies seeking one of the best ban mian in Singapore must head down to L32 Handmade Noodles. You can immediately taste the difference once you take a bite of their firm yet bouncy noodles ─ it is worlds apart from the factory-made noodles most stalls use. The broth is also not at all oily, and the ingredients they use are of superb quality. This bowl of ultimate comfort food is definitely worth battling the heat for! Prices go from $4 and they even have a Mala Dry Chicken Ban Mian ($5.50).
Address: 558 Geylang Road Lorong 32, Singapore 389527
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 9770 2829
11. Bali Nasi Lemak
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Having been around in Geylang since 1985, Bali Nasi Lemak is a casual dinner and supper eatery that serves “Chinese-style” nasi lemak. Pick and choose what liao you’d like to go with your coconut rice, whether it be the classic crispy fried chicken, otah, sambal petai or their special kicap manis fried chicken, which comes glazed in the sweet and sticky brown sauce. Expect to spend around $7 a person.
Address: 2 Geylang Lorong 15, Singapore 388596
Tel: Mon-Sat 5:30pm to 4am
12. Banh Mi Thit
Good banh mi is not the easiest to come by, but at Banh Mi Thit, you can be rest assured that you’re getting as close to the banh mi you get in Vietnam as possible. Even the price point is wallet-friendly. Unlike the usual sub-$10 tag, all sandwiches at Banh Mi Thit are just $3.80, filled with your choice of chicken, beef or egg, fresh vegetables and a special secret sauce. The humble eatery also has Vietnamese coffee ($1.80), which costs just $1 when you order it with a banh mi.
Check out our full review of Banh Mi Thit.
Address: 543 Geylang Road, Singapore 389498
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am to 10pm
13. Sia Kee Duck Rice
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Whether you buy into the fact that Sia Kee Duck Rice makes Singapore’s best boneless braised duck rice or not, it can’t be denied that this Geylang hawker is a staple in the neighbourhood. The duck is tender and marinated well, drenched in gravy and served along with a herbal soup made from scratch daily. Opt to have it with either yam rice or porridge. If you are dining with companions, get the Mixed Duck Platter ($18), which comes with duck meat, egg, fishcake, peanuts and beansprouts.
Address: 659-661 Lor 35 Geylang, Singapore 389589
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, Sun 11:30am to 6pm
Tel: 9757 5255
14. Yong He Eating House
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Yong He Soy Milk is on every foodie’s guide to Taipei because it is a quintessential breakfast destination. The Taiwanese cafe specialises in soy milk, beancurd, egg crepe, and you tiao, so good that there are snaking queues even at 5:30am. Their Singapore outlet resides in Geylang, serving the same fare, but 24 hours a day. Their Saltish Beancurd ($2.50), topped with minced meat, is definitely a unique bowlful that all tau huey fans should try, best paired with their Mochi Youtiao ($3).
Address: 458 Geylang Road, Lorong 24A, Singapore 389417
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
Tel: 6745 5682
Geylang food stalls worth visiting
With all the good food available in Geylang, it’s no wonder people from all over Singapore would take the train down for a feast. Tell us in the comments section below where your favourite food spots in Geylang are!
This article was originally published on 25 May 2018.