Best rojak in Singapore
Think of national dishes, and the likes of chicken rice, chilli crab, prawn noodles, and roti prata will come to mind. Rojak, an Asian salad of Javanese origin, doesn’t come to mind as much, but locals love this quintessential dish in both its Chinese and Indian versions enough to justify its place amongst some of Singapore’s greatest food hits.
From classic dark rojak with crisp vegetables and fritters tossed in sticky, savoury sauce, to the lesser-known white and fruit rojak, here are some of the best Chinese-style rojak in Singapore.
1. 684 Black & White Rojak
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This rojak stall in Hougang is a hidden gem with over 20 years of history. They make two types of rojak: the traditional black rojak, and the rarer white rojak, priced from $4. Their black rojak is a substantial serving of all the usual suspects: a sauce with fermented prawn paste, lime, and sugar, as well as fruit and vegetable chunks such as pineapples, cucumber, turnip, tau pok, apples, and the all-important you tiao.
The white rojak, on the other hand, comes with the same fixings, but with a sour plum sauce instead. Tangy and sharp, the dressing complements the crisp vegetables and fruits to a T.
Address: 684 Hougang Avenue 8, #01-983, Singapore 530684
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 11pm
2. Lau Hong Ser
One of the household rojak stalls in Singapore is Lau Hong Ser, run by an elderly hawker who wakes up at 12am to prepare the ingredients for the next day. With 45 years of experience, owner Mr Lim is a second-generation rojak hawker, and that expertise shows in each element; the chilli is house-made, youtiao and tau pok are charcoal-grilled to order, and everything is cut by hand. Be prepared to queue for almost an hour!
Rojak starts at $3, and you can add on you tiao, as well as century egg for $1. There is also a set with cuttlefish for $5.60.
Read our Lau Hong Ser review.
Address: 281 Onan Road, #02-14, Singapore 424661
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 4:30pm to 12am, Thurs-Fri 4:30pm to 1am, Sat 4pm to 12am
Tel: 6346 6519
3. Soon Heng
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If you enjoy your rojak with lots of peanuts and a prominent punch of shrimp paste, then get your hands on a packet of rojak from Soon Heng in Toa Payoh. A portion starts from $3.50 here, and you can choose either a traditional plateful, or one with just fried fritters. Add an extra $1 and get century egg as a topping, or order the big ($5.50) or large portion ($6.50) and get cuttlefish with your order.
Address: 480 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310480
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9:30pm
4. Lim Bo Rojak
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If you know Uncle Lim’s from KL and love them, then you’ll be happy to find their offshoot, Lim Bo Rojak, located in Joo Chiat. The recipe has a 40-year history and prioritises fruit as the main ingredient. You can expect to find green mango and rose apples in the mix, giving you a refreshing uplift from their deep-fried, equally tasty youtiao. The dish is also served with prawn crackers, which many fans dub to be their favourite part! Prices start from $5.
Address: 64 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427786
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am to 8pm
Tel: 9711 1342
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Living up to its name is Hojiak, located in Yishun. This stall is another one that serves both black and white rojak, from $3, with the option to add on century egg and cuttlefish at a cost. The white rojak is refreshing thanks to the bright sour plum sauce, while the black rojak is moreish thanks to its thick, dark sauce. Some say the white rojak’s sauce can be just a touch too sweet, though, but that is easily remedied by a dose of chilli.
Address: Blk 848 Yishun Street 81, Singapore 760848
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8am to 11pm
6. Singapore Famous Rojak
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It’s no bold claim for this stall to be called Singapore Famous Rojak, as they’ve made a name for themselves in many local food guides, including the Michelin Guide. Located in Albert Centre Market & Food Centre, this stall draws queues for their heaping platefuls of chopped greens, fruit, and fritters, tossed in their house-made sauce.
The sauce is light on the prawn paste, so it lets the tamarind, sugar, and sweet soya flavours stand out. The youtiao here is very crunchy too, great for those who eschew softer fritters and prefer a good bite. Plates start from $3.
Address: 270 Queen Street, #01-45, Singapore 180270
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 1pm to 8:30pm
7. Balestier Road Hoover Rojak
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Another major player in the scene is Balestier Road Hoover Rojak, also a permanent fixture on the Michelin Bib Gourmand lists. The recipe has been around since 1961, and the dish remains packed with ingredients, from the usual suspects to intriguing ones such as century egg, jellyfish and torch flower ginger buds. The sauce is full-bodied, with notes of tamarind and prawn paste shining through the peanuts and coriander served on top. Prices start at $4.
Address: Blk 90 Whampoa Drive, #01-06, Singapore 320090
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 10:30am to 4pm
8. Rojak Popiah & Cockle
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One more Michelin-minted name for the books is Rojak Popiah & Cockle, a fixture in Maxwell Food Centre. The rojak (from $3) comes with a truly fragrant sauce and a generous serving of roasted peanuts that coat every single piece. The Chinatown Popiah ($2.80) here is also dubbed as one of the best in Singapore, so get that along with your order. Be ready to stand in line for a bit.
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 11:30am to 8:30pm
9. Brothers Rojak
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If you’re ever in this hawker centre and see a long queue, chances are they’re coming out of Brothers Rojak. This popular stall has a very balanced sauce that delivers hits from the prawn paste, torch ginger flowers, and a zing from squeezed lime to finish. Prices start from $3, but portions tend to be smaller, so if you’re sharing, top-up and add-on ingredients such as the hard-to-find tau kwa pao, or buy the whopping $8 plate.
Address: 449 Clementi Ave 3, #01-211, Singapore 120449
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am to 7:30pm
10. Tow Kwar Pop
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Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-06, Singapore 168898
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9:30am to 5:30pm
Rojak stalls in Singapore
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