Newton Food Centre is your one-stop food fix near town
Apart from famous food centres such as Golden Shoe and Old Airport Road Food Centre, Newton Food Centre is another popular eating spot that can satisfy your cravings for hawker food. And with close to 100 stalls, it’s no wonder this food centre got chosen to be featured in Crazy Rich Asians. Here is a guide to making your experience in Newton Food Centre one that’s as awesome as Rachel Chu’s first meal here.
1. Guan Kee Grilled Seafood
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Guan Kee Grill Seafood’s BBQ sambal stingray ($12/$15/$20) comes with an excess of hot hei bi sambal on top of fleshy fish, and this dish is enough to set your taste buds on fire. While it is being barbequed, it gives off a distinct smokiness that produces another layer of flavour. On the side, chinchalok and lime juice are served with this flaming dish to neutralise the spiciness by providing a sharp tartness to the fiery punch.
Unit number: #01-53
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 12am
Tel: 9766 3531
2. Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette
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If you spot a stall with a beeline of customers, chances are the stall belongs to Hup Kee. Ever since their days in Glutton’s Square at Orchard Road in the 1960s, Hup Kee has been known for tasty fried oyster omelette ($6). This dish consists of starchy egg batter that turns into a crispy omelette upon frying, and each plate comes with huge juicy oysters. Fresh parsley is served as a garnish, alongside house-made chilli.
Unit number: #01-73
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 6pm to 12am
3. Soon Wah Fishball Kway Teow Mee
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Opened only for dinner and supper, Soon Wah’s fishball noodles ($5) offers springy, al dente noodles with fish balls the size of ping pong balls. You don’t have to be a fan of kway teow to enjoy this dish because the highlight at this stall is their famous fish balls and fish dumplings. Their fish balls are handmade early in the morning every day and are exceptionally bouncy.
Unit number: #01-69
Opening hours: Mon-Tue, Thurs-Sat 6pm to 10pm
4. Alliance Seafood
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Alliance Seafood was awarded a spot on the Bib Gourmand list in last year’s Michelin guide. Michelin guide inspectors recommended their chilli crab (seasonal price), which comes with a stellar version of the familiar sweet-savoury and spicy tomato-based sauce mixed with silky bits of egg. Despite being covered in sauce, the crab still preserves its natural sweetness. This dish is best paired with, needless to say, lots of deep-fried mantou.
Check out other mantou dishes you can get in Singapore!
Unit number: #01-27
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun 1pm to 11pm
5. TKR Satay
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Satay makes a good choice if you don’t want something too heavy. There are several satay stalls in Newton Food Centre, but the sticks of satay from TKR Satay are exceptionally juicy. The stall offers choices of chicken, mutton, and pork satay priced at $0.60 each. The meat has a charred aroma from being barbecued over a bed of charcoal, and is irresistible when dunked in chunky peanut sauce served on the side.
Unit number: #01-33
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 4pm to 1am
6. Heng Carrot Cake
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Claimed to be among the best chai tow kuay in Singapore, Heng’s fried carrot cake ($4 onwards) certainly lives up to expectations. Their fried carrot cake is coated with a seasoned eggy mixture, and mixed with chunks of pillowy carrot cake that contain small pieces of turnips for an extra crunch. Lastly, it is topped with a handful of spring onions for the full experience. Offering white and black fried carrot cakes, eating here is definitely worth your time, money and stomach space!
Unit number: #01-28
Opening hours: Sun-Mon, Wed-Thurs 5pm to 1am, Fri 6pm to 1am
7. Bee Heng Popiah
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Bee Heng has been around since 1930, so you can expect a fine-tuned recipe of flavour-packed popiah (from $4.40 for two) that has earned them a loyal following. The turnip filling packs a punch because it’s simmered in prawn stock, and retains a crunch when you bite into it. The rest of the filling is simple—chilli, lettuce, bean sprouts, eggs, shallots and peanuts. Overall, this steaming hot popiah is really value for money.
Unit number: #01-12
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11:45am-11pm
8. Kwee Heng Duck Noodle
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Kwee Heng offers an extensive menu of roast chicken and duck dishes, but the one to go for is their dry style duck noodle ($4/$5). It sells out quickly even with the stall’s short opening hours, so make sure to head down early. To amp it up, request for a bowl of herbal soup on the side for when the noodles get dry. The soup has a strong herbal taste but is surprisingly pleasant on the palate.
Unit number: #01-13
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 12pm
9. 88 San Ren Cold and Hot Dessert
Ice cream may be great and all but nothing hits the spot like a good ol’ ice kachang and chng teng ($3 each). 88 San Ren Cold and Hot Dessert does a good rendition of both. The ice kacang features finely shaved ice and toppings such as red beans and atap chee that are not too sweet, boding well with the heavy hawker feast you will have at Newton Food Centre. The Chng Tee too is great on a hot sunny day, and comes with the usual ingredients of gingko nuts, red dates, and dried longan to give that deep sweetness.
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 11:30pm
10. OG Lemak
Famed private dining chef Shen Tan has opened OG Lemak, a hawker stall selling her famous, twice-steamed, 11-ingredient nasi lemak. Made with a four-hour cooking process, the nasi lemak here is well worth the splurge. Try their Beef Rendang ($9.90) nasi lemak, which stars generous chunks of melt-in-your-mouth beef, and a bright chilli sambal to cut through the richness. If you prefer your nasi lemak with chicken, then the Crispy Chicken Thigh ($9.90) option is a must.
Read our OG Lemak review.
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 8:30pm (or sold out)
11. Kwang Kee Teochew Fish Porridge
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Michelin Bib Gourmand-minted Kwang Kee Teochew Fish Porridge is where you want to go for comfort food when you’re at Newton Food Centre. The stall has over 60 years of legacy, and is run by a second-generation hawker. They sell all the usual suspects found at a fish soup stall, with prices starting at $6 for sliced fish soup or porridge, and $7 for mixed fish instead. The bantang fish here is sweet and fresh, complementing their flavourful, light Teochew-style broth that is slowly simmered from fish bones.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 8pm
12. 31 Heng Heng BBQ
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Another hot favourite for zi char in Newton Food Centre is 31 Heng Heng. Expect the usual suspects such as Black Pepper and Chilli Crab, both priced from $35, but other finger-lickin’ delicacies such as their Tiger Prawn (from $16), and Cereal Prawns (from $25) too. The latter is one of their signatures, featuring succulent rings of prawns topped with a sweet-salty cereal crumble.
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10pm
13. Krapow Boy’s
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A relatively new opening in the food centre is Krapow Boy’s, serving up pad kra pow, aka Thai basil stir fry and rice. Choose from a medley of proteins, from the classic pork and chicken for $6.50, to the likes of prawn ($9.90), and lala ($8.90). There’s even a vegetarian option with tofu for $6.50! You can opt for a spice level between 0 to 3 as well. Pair your pad kra pow with some of their pork-based Thai snacks on offer—we recommend the Crispy Pork Skin ($5).
Opening hours: Tue-Thurs 11am to 11pm, Fri 11am to 1am, Sat 3pm to 1am, Sun 3pm to 11pm
What to eat at Newton Food Centre
Just a short walk away from Newton MRT Station, Newton Food Centre is often called Newton Food Circle because of how the stalls are arranged. A few quick tips: stalls numbered 31, 53, 74 and 78 are certified halal, and stalls numbered 35 and 49 label themselves as “no pork, no lard”. Come in the evening to avoid the scorching heat, plus, it is livelier at night too!
Address: 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Newton Food Centre, Singapore 229495
Nearest MRT Station: Newton
This article was originally written on 16 March 2017.