Lok lok spots all around Singapore
I have to admit that the first time I heard about lok lok was just last year when I visited Kuala Lumpur. Although the huge variety of ingredients spread out in a tiny van was impressive, I was mostly turned off by how unhygienic the whole experience looked. After much persuasion by my parents, I gave in and had my first lok lok stick. Dipping the deep-fried broccoli into the communal pots of satay sauce and devouring the skewer was oddly satisfying and since I returned to Singapore, I have been craving for a similar experience.
Here, it is almost impossible to find the iconic lok lok vans but finding shops that serve lok lok is still possible, though rare. Here are seven lok lok places in Singapore for you to jio for squad down when you run out of dinner plans!
1. Chuan Le Xiang Lok Lok
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Hidden in the West along Pioneer Road North, Chuan Le Xiang Lok Lok is an eatery that specialises in lok lok. At $1 per stick, the restaurant offers more than 60 different types of skewers, including both fried and soup-based items. To go with the skewers, Chuan Le Xiang offers a variety of dips, including satay sauce, mala, and chicken soup. You can choose to order just one dip or have all three of them at $15!
Address: 23 Neythal Road, Singapore 628588
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 5:30pm to 11pm
Tel: 9880 4584
2. Lok Pot
Found at Toa Payoh Lorong 7, Lok Pot serves skewers that can be cooked in three different styles – boiled, barbequed, and deep-fried. For about a dollar each, you can choose from 85 ingredients including quail eggs, meatballs, and fish balls. While their well-seasoned fried skewers and barbecued meats are popular, a lok lok experience is not complete without dipping the skewers in hot soups. At Lok Pot, you can choose two soup bases ($3 each) from their five options – tomato, ma la, tom yum, dried scallop and herbal.
Check out our experience at Lok Pot!
Address: Blk 18 Toa Payoh Lorong 7, Prime Court Coffeeshop, Singapore 311018
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 4pm to 12am, Fri-Sat 4pm to 1am
3. Hock Leng Satay Bee Hoon & Lok Lok
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Found in Old Airport Road Food Centre, Hock Leng Satay Bee Hoon Lok Lok serves a great variety of skewers with two soup broths to dip the skewers in. With a minimum order of $15, you can choose to cook your lok lok sticks either in a satay-based broth or a clear broth that comes with a separate dip. While there, it is also a must to try their signature satay bee hoon!
Address: 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre, #01-141, Singapore 390001
Opening hours: Thur-Sun 4pm to 8pm
4. Zao Lek Lok Lok
When it comes to value-for-money lok lok buffets, it is impossible not to mention Zao Lek Lok Lok. For $24 (Mon-Thur) and $27 (Fri-Sun), Zao Lek Lok Lok serves a spread of skewers including pork belly, prawn, and duck slices. Besides meat, vegetables, and noodles, the buffet also includes free-flow skewered fruits, ice-cream, and syrupy fruit drinks! For those who cannot do without the fried items, you can also order fried tempura-coated skewers topped with what they call a “Special Lok Lok Powder”.
Find out more about the buffet at Zao Lek Lok Lok!
Address: 208 Hougang Street 21, Paya Lebar Kovan CC, Singapore 530207
Opening hours: Daily 5:30pm to 11:30pm (last order at 11pm)
Tel: 6282 4005
5. JQ Pot
Finding a place in SIngapore that serves lok lok is rare, not to mention a cheese fondue lok lok. However, that is exactly what JQ Pot serves. Their Cheesy BBQ Lok Lok Buffet ($25.90 from Mon-Thur, $28.90 from Fri-Sun) includes a BBQ plate served with cheese fondue and comes with free-flow sticks, with choices such as enoki mushroom wrapped in bacon, and chicken yakitori sticks. For those who prefer something simpler, you can also go for their Mini Hotpot Sets (from $5) with soup bases like chicken, laksa, and milk.
Check out our full review of JQ Pot!
Address: 157 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208529
Tel: 8187 9797
6. Tian Fu Hong Kong Steamboat Restaurant
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At first look, Tian Fu Hong Kong Steamboat Restaurant looks just like any other steamboat restaurant in Singapore. However, unlike the rest, you can enjoy a lok lok experience in this restaurant with their House Special Satay Soup ($10). Although the ingredients do not come in skewers, the food selections are similar and you can still enjoy the usual lok lok items such as vegetables, meatballs, and seafood!
Address: 214 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437007
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5pm to 2am, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 2am
Tel: 6345 9272
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 among other lok lok buffet eateries would be their free-flow ice-cream section. With flavours including mocha, cookies and cream, and strawberry, this lok lok 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 1am
Tel: 6440 8378
BONUS: Wang BBQ Lok Lok
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Besides getting your hands on the gigantic sugar cane drinks and fried carrot cake, one stall that you should not miss when visiting Chomp Chomp Food Centre is Wang BBQ Lok Lok. With prices ranging from $1.20 to $2, you can choose from over 50 different skewers and hand them to the store owners who will coat the meat with house-made sauce before grilling or deep-frying them. Even though the stall does not serve satay sauce, pulling their grilled and barbequed meat off satay sticks can still do a decent job of satisfying your craving for lok lok! Some of their most popular skewers are Udon with Sliced Pork Belly ($1.50) and Fried Wonton skin with Bak Kwa ($1.50)!
Address: 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Chomp Food Centre, Singapore 600001
Opening hours: Mon 6pm to 12:30am, Wed-Thur 6pm to 12:30am, Fri-Sat 6pm to 1am , Sun 5pm to 11:45pm
Tel: 9474 1323
No need to travel out of 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 the greens, these lok lok 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!