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 such as fishballs, 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 4:30pm to 1am
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 including beef, mutton, and sausages, to Singaporean-style bites such as 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.
3. 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
4. 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: Daily 3:30pm to 10:30pm
5. 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: Wed-Mon 5:30pm to 2am
Tel: 6440 8378
6. 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, and instead have more vegetables and processed meats such as 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 2am
Tel: 6358 3368
7. 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 including siew mai, wanton, chicken wings, and abalone slices, apart from the usual classics.
Address: 340 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 560340
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 6pm to 2am
8. 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 $49.90, but this boils down to just $0.49 per skewer. Split it 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!
Address: 216/1 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207750
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 6291 1810
9. Fei Lou Fatt
Opened by White Restaurant founder’s children, Fei Lou Fatt serves prawn mee and affordable lok lok. There are over 20 kinds of lok lok to choose from, with prices ranging from $1.20 to $3 per stick. You have your typical lok lok offerings such as broccoli and crabsticks, which are priced at the lower end, and premium offerings such as abalone ($3).
Besides the lok lok, go for their Signature Fei Lou Noodle ($20) or the Prawn Noodle ($8/$11), both popular items on the menu.
Check out our Fei Lou Fatt review here!
Address: 928 Upper Thomson, Singapore 787121
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10pm (last order at 9:30pm)
Tel: 6252 3400
10. DLLM Lok Lok
Located along MacPherson Road, DLLM Lok Lok is another lok lok eatery to look out for. Each stick is priced at $1 and deep-fried till crispy. The lok lok is also covered in a slightly sweet glaze for a salty-sweet combination. There is a good variety of meats to choose from, including Smoked Duck, Otah, Fish Cake and Taiwan Sausage. Pair your lok lok with six of their sauces available, including the Salted Egg Sauce, which is one of the crowd’s favourites.
Check out our DLLM Lok Lok review here!
Address: 171 MacPherson Road, Singapore 348536
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6pm to 4am
11. Lok Lok Loh
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Lok Lok Loh is a takeaway kiosk located in the basement of VivoCity. Their sticks are priced at $1 for vegetables, $1.50 for meat, and $1.80 for seafood. You can have the skewer on its own, or pair it with their fluffy pearl rice for an additional $1.20 for a more filling meal. You can also opt for their rice box with prices ranging from $4.80 to $6.50. It comes with your choice of house-made sauce, with options including Chilli Crab, Torched Mentaiko and Wasabi Mayo. Lok Lok Loh also does occasional promotions, so be sure to keep a lookout on their Instagram page.
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, VivoCity, B2-K15, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 9.30pm
12. Lok Me Up
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With over 40 varieties to choose from, Lok Me Up is a great option when it comes to affordable lok lok in Toa Payoh. This place opens till 3am, so it’s the perfect supper spot to hang out with your kakis. While the majority of the offerings are priced at $0.60 per stick, the rest are priced at $1.20 each. Pair your lok lok with any of their sauces available, including free and unlimited servings of nacho cheese sauce. You can also opt for delivery and takeaway if you wish to dine at home instead.
Address: 9 Toa Payoh Industrial Park, Singapore 319061
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 5pm to 3am (Last order at 2:30am)
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 17 December 2020.