Lok lok in Singapore
Road trips to and around Malaysia are always punctuated by lok lok breaks. I remember far too much time spent outside mobile trucks, putting away skewer after skewer, all made more delicious by how cheap it was.
Get the very same on home ground with our guide to lok lok in Singapore. From hawker stalls to buffets, and even eateries with China-style skewers known as chuan chuan, here are some of the best lok lok stalls we know.
1. Go Lok Lok
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Everything is $1 at Go Lok Lok, a hawker stall in Jurong West. Choose from classics like fishball, hotdogs, broccoli, and cheese tofu, and enjoy them in either Original or Mala dressing. Just a short walk away from Lakeside MRT, enjoy their skewers from 4pm till late—great for satisfying those late-night hunger pangs.
For more to eat in the area, check out our Lakeside food guide.
Address: 494 Jurong West Street 14, Singapore 640494
Opening hours: Daily 4pm till late
2. BBQ Box
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Northern Chinese cuisine’s take on lok lok is known as chuan er, or chuan chuan. These have taken off in Singapore, in part thanks to places like BBQ Box. Having been around since 2016, BBQ Box sells a lengthy host of chuan chuan that spans classics like beef, mutton, and sausages, to Singaporean-style bites like ngoh hiang. Choose from original, spicy, or mala spicy skewers, with prices starting from $1.20.
They also have four outlets islandwide, in Chinatown, Bugis, Bukit Timah, and Geylang.
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Based in Ang Mo Kio, Joysticks sells over 30 different kinds of skewers, available for $1 each, grilled or fried. Apart from classic deep-fried items, they also have unique mantou sandwich skewers with cheese and luncheon meat available on the menu.
Address: 122 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Fortune Coffee Shop, Singapore 560122
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 5:30pm to 10:30pm
4. 早乐 Zao Lek Lok Lok
When it comes to value-for-money buffets, it is impossible not to mention Zao Lek Lok Lok. For $22 nett per adult from Thursday to Saturday, 5pm to 10:30pm, they serve a free-flow spread of skewers including pork belly, prawn, and duck slices.
For those who cannot do without the fried items, you can also order fried tempura-coated skewers topped with what they call a “Special Powder”.
If you head by for lunch between 10am to 3pm, on menu is Zao Lek Mala Xiang Guo instead, starting at just $5 a set.
Check out our full review of Zao Lek.
Address: 28 Tai Seng Street, #01-03, Singapore 534106
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday 5pm to 10:30pm (last order at 11pm)
Tel: 9456 7002
5. Dai Lou
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Punggol kakis looking for a suppertime binge can look to Dai Lou. Starting at 10:30pm daily, and running till 2am, choose from over 40 types of lok lok with prices starting at $1. Four different types of sauces accompany the skewers: satay, salted egg yolk, sambal, and Thai chilli.
What’s even more unique is that this dining spot is in Marina Country Club, so you dine while overlooking a bay full of yachts. Beer prices here are cheap too, so you can easily spin this into a TGIF activity.
For more food in the area, check out our Punggol food guide.
Address: 11 Northshore Drive, #01-0R, Marina Country Club, Singapore 828670
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2am
Tel: 6920 7494
6. Satay Lok Lok
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Newly-opened Satay Lok Lok at Sin Ming sells a trio of delicious skewers: lok lok, satay, and moo ping (Thai skewer street food). Prices for lok lok are a flat $1 a stick, while charcoal-grilled satay goes as low as $0.70, and moo ping is priced at $2 each.
If you work in the Midview City area, you definitely want to check this out after work.
Address: Blk 22 Sin Ming Road, Wan Hao Kopitiam, Singapore 570022
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 4:30pm to 10:30pm
7. Malaysia Local Delights
Malaysia Local Delights serves lok lok buffet at Tanjong Katong. For $24.80 on weekdays and $26.80 on weekends and public holidays, you can feast on unlimited lok lok sticks. The restaurant offers more than 70 different skewers and 22 dipping sauces. Besides the old-school peanut satay sauce and chicken soup, one of their specialities is Penang Prawn Soup. One feature that makes Malaysia Local Delights stand out is their free-flow ice-cream section. With flavours including mocha, cookies and cream, and strawberry, this buffet is surely a steal.
Check out our full review of Malaysia Local Delights!
Address: 224 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437015
Opening hours: Daily 5pm to 2am
Tel: 6440 8378
8. Yi Zi Wei
Yi Zi Wei is famed for having one of the most value-for-money six-in-1 buffet concepts around. Choose from mala xiang guo, hotpot, mala tang, army stew, barbecue, and of course, lok lok. Prices start from just $19.90+ per adult for their lunch buffet, and $29.90+ for dinner, which starts after 3pm.
One downside to the selection here is that there aren’t many actual meat items, more so vegetables and processed meats like crabsticks. Still, for the price and variety, you do get a lot of bang for your buck.
Check out our full review of Yi Zi Wei.
Address: 1 Sophia Road, #02-01, Peace Centre, Singapore 228149
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 11pm
Tel: 6358 3368
9. Loklok 1991s
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Loklok 1991s is another Ang Mo Kio gem, with skewers priced from $1, available in a variety of flavours, including chilli and condensed milk. Their skewer menu also has standout items like siew mai, wanton, chicken wings, and abalone slices, apart from the usual classics.
The stall often has off-menu items too, so be sure to check out their Facebook page for all the intel.
10. 桃园串烧 Tao Yuan Chuan Shao
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Tao Yuan Chuan Shao sells chuan chuan skewers and hotpot in Jalan Besar. They have a minimum order of 100 skewers for $49, but this boils down to just $0.49 per skewer. Split four ways, and you’re spending less than $15 per person for a satisfying meal. Soup and four canned drinks are included in the cost too!
Tel: 6291 1810
Lok Lok and chuan chuan spots around Singapore
It is not every day that you will pass by an eatery specialising in lok lok, so with this list you will know exactly where to go to satisfy your craving. Whether you are a meat-lover or someone who prefers greens, these eateries have something for everyone. If you are looking for a similar experience for the next gathering with your friends, check out our list of affordable steamboats!
This article was originally published on 9 October 2017