Best food stalls at Hong Lim Food Centre
As compared to the nearby Chinatown Complex and Maxwell Food Centre, Hong Lim Food Centre is quieter, with shorter queues and empty tables when it’s not lunch hour. However, that doesn’t mean this two-storey hawker centre is not filled with good food. From curry chicken noodles to crayfish hor fun, here are the 14 best Hong Lim Food Centre stalls to visit!
Table of Contents
- Best food stalls at Hong Lim Food Centre
- 1. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee
- 2. Tai Wah Pork Noodle
- 3. Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee
- 4. Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist
- 5. Tuck Kee (Ipoh) Sah Hor Fun
- 6. Fan Ji Bitter Gourd Fish Soup
- 7. Coffee Break
- 8. Ah Heng Duck Rice
- 9. Granny’s Pancake
- 10. Cantonese Delights
- 11. Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee
- 12. The Noodle Memories
- 13. Midas
- 14. Tang Kay Kee Fish Head Bee Hoon
- Hong Lim Food Centre guide
1. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee
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Boasting a 90-minute queue at certain hours, Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee fries up a plate of wok hei goodness. Peppered with cockles, crunchy tau gay, and pork lard, the smokey noodles will only set you back $4.50 or $5.50—depending on how hungry you are. It’s uber-addictive, as the heat from the chilli balances out the flavours, cutting through the grease and sweetness of the black sauce.
Unit number: #02-17
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6am to 3pm
Tel: 9838 7619
Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Tai Wah Pork Noodle
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Many confuse this hawker stall with the famous Michelin-starred Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle. After all, they are very similar in presentation, name, and some even say taste. Though Tai Wah Pork Noodle isn’t Michelin-starred, their bowl of Pork Noodles (6/$8/$10) is just as satisfying. The fried sole fish adds a certain smokiness to the bowl of springy noodles coated in a dark, vinegary sauce that packs a sour punch. It is difficult to resist buying a bowl of BCM from them as the tantalising aroma of their dish hits you when you walk pass.
Unit number: #02-16
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 7:30am to 3pm
Tai Wah Pork Noodle is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee
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Said to be the original curry chicken bee hoon mee in Hong Lim Food Centre, Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee always has a long queue. While its fiery red, robust soup and generous toppings may have played a part in drawing customers, it is their house-made sambal chilli that stole hearts – it adds depth to the dish with its savoury and spicy notes. At $6 a bowl, the tender chicken pieces, juicy tau pok, creamy coconut milk and al dente noodles will leave you feeling full and satisfied. There’s also a $9 option if you’re extra peckish!
Unit number: #01-58
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am to 3:30pm
Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee is not a halal-certified eatery
4. Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist
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Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist is a Michelin-approved stall with its roots in 1965. Today, it’s helmed by third-generation stall owners, who dish out plate after plate of their famous Ji Ji Signature Char Siew Wanton Noodle. For all noodle dishes, you can choose from four sizes: $4.50, $5.50, $6.50, $8.50. Their signature wonton mee sees springy egg noodles tossed in a house-made sauce and chilli mix on the side, topped with deep-fried wonton, char siew, and crispy lard. They also serve other noodle dishes such as Soy Sauce Chicken Noodles and Chicken Feet Noodles.
Find out more about Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist!
Unit number: #02-48/49/50
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 9:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 7pm
Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist is not a halal-certified eatery.
5. Tuck Kee (Ipoh) Sah Hor Fun
Tuck Kee (Ipoh) Sah Hor Fun dishes out a glistening plate of Crayfish Prawn Hor Fun ($11). Laced with starchy gravy, every ingredient is cooked brilliantly. The smooth, silky noodles are crowned with crayfish and succulent prawns. Finishing it with fried shallots adds that little oomph to pull the dish together. Those who want something more budget-friendly can opt for the Chicken Prawn Hor Fun ($7) or Pacific Clam Hor Fun ($7) instead.
Regulars love the sweetness and freshness of the seafood, so you can expect a queue at the stall at any point in time!
Read our Tuck Kee (Ipoh) Sah Hor Fun review.
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11am to 2:45pm
Tuck Kee (Ipoh) Sah Hor Fun is not a halal-certified eatery.
6. Fan Ji Bitter Gourd Fish Soup
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Fan Ji Bittergourd Fish Soup sure serves a comforting bowl of soup. The signature Sliced Fish Soup ($5.50/$6.50/$9.50) from this stall features a substantial amount of thick fish slices and thinly sliced bitter gourd. There will be no issue slurping up every last drop of the soup, as it is light and refreshing, yet flavourful. The dish gets sold out pretty fast, so make sure you head down early to get a bowl of this simple, comforting fish soup.
Unit number: #02-70
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 9:30am to 2pm
Fan Ji Bittergourd Fish Soup is not a halal-certfied eatery.
7. Coffee Break
If you frequent Hong Lim Food Centre, you might be familiar with Coffee Break, a third-generation kopi stall that dates back to 1935. This Hong Lim outlet is their second outlet, following their successful launch in Amoy Street! Those who love goma need to try their Black Sesame Iced Kopi ($3.50), made with a nutty and earth house-made black sesame paste. They’re also known for their Black Sesame Butter Toast ($3.50), starring uber-thin slices of toast with the same black sesame spread.
Unit number: #02-41
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am to 2:30pm
Coffee Break is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Ah Heng Duck Rice
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With Ah Heng Duck Rice‘s thinly sliced braised duck, silky smooth kway with a slightly herby zhup, and their super shiok chilli dip, I was sold. A serving of duck rice is $4 while the kway chap is priced at $4.50. Prices can go up depending on whether you want to add liao or not. Dishes such as Pig Skin ($1/$2) and Pork Belly ($3/$5) are also available. Add on a braised egg, tau pok, or tau kua at $0.60 each! The old-school Teochew braised duck stall is also featured on the Michelin Guide.
Find out where to get more delicious braised duck rice!
Unit number: #02-64
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6:30am to 3pm
Ah Heng Duck Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. Granny’s Pancake
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Read more about Granny’s Pancake!
Unit number: #02-39
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 2pm
Granny’s Pancake is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Cantonese Delights
Cantonese Delights’ signature dish, Fried Chicken Cutlet Noodle ($5), features a tender golden brown chicken cutlet. The noodles are left to sit in flavourful curry, soaking up the delicious Chinese-style gravy. Don’t be frightened by the queue! It moves quickly and you’ll be rewarded by this flavour-packed dish. For something lighter, order their Shredded Chicken Hor Fun ($4), or Dumpling Noodles ($4) instead.
Check out our full review of Cantonese Delights!
Unit number: #02-03
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am to 1:30pm
Cantonese Delights is not a halal-certified eatery.
11. Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee
Besides Heng Kee, another must-try curry mee stall is Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee, which has been recommended in the Michelin Guide. They’re one of the few stalls at Hong Lim that are open till 9pm, so you can pop in for a late dinner fix if you work nearby. Choose from small ($5.50), medium ($6.50), large ($7.50), and your preferred noodles: yellow mee, bee hoon, or a mix of both. Each portion comes with a generous serving of noodles, tau pok, and poached white chicken on top. The highlight of this dish is the rich and creamy curry that ends on a spicy note.
Read our full Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee review!
Unit number: #02-58/59
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 9pm
Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee is not a halal-certified eatery.
12. The Noodle Memories
Run by two KL-born young hawkers, The Noodle Memories serves up hearty and delicious noodle dishes from just $4. Their Specialty Dry Chili Noodle ($5) is a must-try; this umami-packed meal comes with fresh you mian noodles, house-made chilli, minced pork, black fungus, and a perfectly poached egg on top. There’s also a cheaper Signature Dry Noodle ($4) if you’re not into all the extra fixings. Mala fans can also try their Signature MaLa Soup Noodle ($5.50): springy noodles paired with a numbingly spicy mala soup. The noodles here are made fresh on-site!
Read our full review of The Noodle Memories.
Unit number: #02-27
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7am to 4pm
The Noodle Memories is not a halal-certified eatery.
For healthier prata that doesn’t sacrifice taste or texture, head to Midas on the second floor of Hong Lim. This humble hawker stall specialises in oven-baked prata, paired with a fragrant Thai-Indian curry that’s made with over 10 ingredients. Get the Midas Touch Chicken Curry Set ($8.40) that comes with two pieces of prata: Original and Spring Onion. If you’re not up for a full meal, get the baked prata alone, priced at $1.40 each! Each piece is uber-crispy on the outside, with layers of flaky goodness within.
Check out our full Midas review!
Unit number: #02-07
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10am to 4pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 3pm
Tel: 9129 8884
Midas is not a halal-certified eatery.
14. Tang Kay Kee Fish Head Bee Hoon
For lunch, Tang Kay Kee Fish Head Bee Hoon serves up zhnged-up rice bowls that don’t break the bank. The Slow-cooked Spicy Braised Pork Belly Rice Bowl ($6.50) is one must-order; this hearty dish comes with tender pork belly that’s marinated in a house-made rempah, alongside battered enoki and a poached egg. There’s also their best-selling Fish Slice Bee Hoon (price TBD), which features their famous soup, made with a secret recipe that traces back to the 1940s. It’s prepared without milk—fish bones are simmered for many hours for a creamy and robust flavour.
Read our review of Tang Kay Kee!
Unit number: #01-70
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 2:30pm, Tue-Thurs 5pm to 9:30pm, Fri-Sun 5pm to 10pm
Tel: 8157 2641
Tang Kay Kee Fish Head Bee Hoon is not a halal-certified eatery.
Hong Lim Food Centre guide
Chinatown is truly a neighbourhood filled with food gems. For more delicious eats in the area, read our full guide to the best food in Chinatown, including cheap hotpot, dim sum and more! There’s also our Chinatown Complex Food Guide if you’re still feeling peckish after your meal in Hong Lim.
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