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20 Old-School Breakfast Spots For Charcoal-Grilled Kaya Toast, Putu Mayam, And Chi Kak Kueh

27th March 2024

Best old-school breakfast spots in Singapore

Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day, and Singapore provides a plethora of options for us to choose from. However, before aesthetic cafes and grab-and-go sandwiches became our go-to breakfast options, Singaporeans’ typical breakfasts included charcoal-grilled kaya toast, butter coffee, chwee kueh and more. So, if you are on a hunt for a good ol’ kaya toast to reminisce about the past, here are the best old-school breakfast spots in Singapore you should try!

1. Heap Seng Leong

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Blast to the past by dining in at Heap Seng Leong. Open since 1974, this coffee shop has captured and preserved the essence of what dining in the 90’s was like—rustic kopitiam tables and chairs, old-school cabinets, and iconic tibit containers.

Instead of the thin, crispy kaya toast that we are familiar with, Heap Seng Leong’s Kaya Toast ($1.40) comes in the form of thick, fluffy white bread, toasted on a charcoal grill before it’s slathered with a generous amount of kaya. For a full breakfast, consider upgrading your a la carte toast to a set ($3.90), which comes with the usual soft-boil eggs and coffee on the side. While you’re there, don’t forget to try their famous Kopi Gu You ($1.30) that’s said to be akin to bulletproof coffee—silky and rich in flavour.

Address: 10 North Bridge Road, #01-5109, Singapore 190010
Opening hours: Daily 5am to 3pm
Tel: 6292 2368
Heap Seng Leong is not a halal-certified eatery.

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2. Tong Ah Eating House


Another eatery to check out for traditional kaya toast is Tong Ah Eating House. They are known for their Crispy Thin Kaya Toast ($3.20), which is said to be so crispy that it shatters when you bite into it. To obtain this level of brittleness, the bread is toasted three times, till an evenly golden-brown exterior is obtained.

Alternatively, you can consider going for the Traditional Kaya Toast or Steamed Bread with Kaya. Both are priced at $2.60 for an a la carte meal, and $6.20 for a set that includes soft-boiled eggs and coffee or tea of your choice.

Address: 35 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089142
Opening hours: Wed 7am to 2pm, Thurs-Tue 7am to 10pm
Tel: 6223 5083
Tong Ah Eating House is not a halal-certified eatery.

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3. Say Seng Famous Tau Kwa Pau

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Say Seng Famous Tau Kwa Pau, located in Dunman Food Centre, has been serving Tau Kwa Pau ($2) since 1959. If you didn’t know, Tau Kwa Pau is a traditional Teochew-Nonya delicacy that consists of fried beancurd, stuffed with fishcakes, cucumbers, braised egg and yam, doused in a housemade braised sauce.

Although Tau Kwa Pau is usually served as a side dish, you can easily have it as a snack, or as a small, and light breakfast to start your day.

Address: 271 Onan Road, #01-05, Dunman Food Centre, Singapore 424768
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 7am to 4pm
Tel: 9488 7736
Say Seng Famous Tau Kwa Pau is not a halal-certified eatery.

4. Kuehs and Snacks

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You might or might not have heard of Chi Kak Kueh, AKA Black Herbal Kueh, or Shu Ke Kueh. This features a mugwort-infused kueh, with an unusual black-coloured skin, encasing a green bean or black sesame filling.

This is one of the rarest items in Singapore, and fortunately, you can find it at Kuehs And Snacks. Priced at $14 for a box of six, you’ll have a choice between black sesame, or salted green bean filling to pair with the herbal flavoured skin. Chi Kak Kueh is said to aid digestion, so this might be a good snack to end your breakfast!

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Kuehs And Snacks is not a halal-certified eatery.

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5. Fu Zhou Poh Hwa Oyster Cake

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Situated at Berseh Food Centre in Jalan Besar, Fu Zhou Poh Hwa Oyster Cake is one of the last few stalls in Singapore that specialises in traditional oyster cakes. Originating from Fuzhou, this disappearing snack is shaped like a UFO, encasing a medley of ingredients: oysters, peanuts, prawns and parsley. This dough is then deep-fried till it reaches a deep golden colour.

The menu at Fu Zhou Poh Hwa is simple. You can either get a normal-sized oyster cake ($2.80) or an upsize version ($3.30), which is said to have more filling and an extra prawn. If you’d like to get your hands on one, we recommend heading down early as they tend to attract a queue, and sell out before closure.

Address: 166 Jalan Besar, #02-34, Berseh Food Centre, Singapore 208877
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 10:30am to 6pm
Tel: 8112 5286
Fu Zhou Poh Hwa Oyster Cake is not a halal-certified eatery.

6. Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh


You might easily find Teochew Kueh peppered around Singapore, however, having them handmade is hard to come by. Enters Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh. As the name suggests, this hawker stall makes their kueh from scratch, which may be hard to come by these days.

At Lai Heng, you can opt for your kueh to be either steamed or fried. Go for the crowd favourite, Soon Kueh (from $1.10), which is said to have a lovely QQ skin when steamed, and a crispy, charred exterior when fried. Otherwise, check out the Png Kueh (from $1.40), Chives Kueh (from $1.10), and Cabbage Kueh (from $1.10).

Address: 347 Jurong East Avenue 1, #01-218, Yuhua Place, Singapore 600347
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 6:30am to 2:30pm (or till sold out)
Tel: 9455 6341
Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh is not a halal-certified eatery.

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7. Heaven’s Indian Curry

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If you are looking for putu mayam, head down to Heaven’s Indian Curry. Located in Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre, this hawker stall specialises in South-Indian cuisine. They’re known for their thosai, appam, and putu mayam.

Priced at $2.50 for two pieces, the Puttu Mayam is served with the usual suspects: a web-like rice vermicelli disc, with grated coconut, and bright orange brown sugar on the side. While you are there, try the Masala Tosai ($3) and Princess Appam ($3.50), which are said to be popular choices.

Address: 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-26, 20 Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre, Singapore 270020
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6am to 1pm
Tel: 9185 2251
Heaven’s Indian Curry is not a halal-certified eatery.

8. Hum Jin Pang

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Maxwell Food Centre is well known for housing the famous Tian Tian Chicken Rice stall, causing some hidden gems such as Hum Jin Pang to be easily overlooked. If you are working near the food centre, consider visiting Hum Jin Pang for a quick, and cheap breakfast fix.

You can expect fluffy and chewy fried fritters, stuffed with either red bean fillings or seasoned with five spices. These are sold in a bag of six fritters for $1, which is incredibly worth your buck, even for a hawker stall.

Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
Opening hours: Daily 4:30pm to 8pm
Hum Jin Pang is not a halal-certified eatery.

9. The Beef House

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For a traditional Hakka-style breakfast, visit The Beef House. Their menu includes items such as Soon Kueh ($1) and Abacus Seeds ($2), which are rather light and perfect for breakfast. The former is said to feature a QQ skin, loaded with bamboo shoots, mushrooms, dried shrimps and more.

If you are more used to a hearty breakfast, you can consider the Beef Ball Soup ($5), or the Slice Beef Kway Teow Dry Set (from $5).

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Address: 217 Syed Alwi Road, Gar Lok Eating House, Singapore 207776
Opening hours: Sat-Thurs 8am to 5pm
Tel: 9665 4919
The Beef House is not a halal-certified eatery,

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10. Millennium Glutinous Rice

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You may be familiar with lor mai gai, or ba zhang. However, there is one more type of glutinous rice that is slowly disappearing from the hawker scene, and that’s HK-style glutinous rice. This no-frills dish is served with either sweet or savoury glutinous rice, atop with shallots, and peanuts.

To get your hands on this rare dish, head down to Chinatown Complex Hawker Centre, where Millennium Glutinous Rice is located. They only serve one dish: sweet or savoury Glutinous Rice ($2.50). This stall has been open for over six years, and the fact that there is a huge line every morning attests to its popularity.

Address: 335 Smith Street, #02-092, Chinatown Complex, Singapore 050335
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 7:30am to 12pm
Millennium Glutinous Rice is not a hal-certified eatery.

11. Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh

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Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh is another breakfast spot you can consider while you’re at Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre. This stall has been using the same ol’ recipe that they did 60 years ago, yet many of its long-time patrons just keep coming back for more. Priced at $2.40 for four pieces, the chwee kueh here stands out from the crowd with its smooth and soft texture, topped with its robust, savoury chye poh.

Address: 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-54, 20 Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre Singapore 270020
Opening hours: Daily 6:30am to 5pm
Tel: 9176 6850
Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh is not a halal-certified eatery.

12. Mei Zhen Hakka Delicacies

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Located at Shunfu Market, Mei Zhen Hakka Delicacies serves a range of Hakka-style breakfasts to kick-start your day. If it is your first time, go for the popular choice—Taro Skin Turnip Dumping ($1.50), and Yam Porridge (from $3). The former has been highly praised for its thin and chewy skin, making customers come back for more.

Alternatively, you can check out other traditional items, such as the Yam Cake (from $3), Abacus Yam Ball (from $5) and more.

Address: 320 Shunfu Road, Shunfu Market, Singapore 570320
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 6:30am to 1pm, Sat-Sun 6:30am to 2:30pm
Tel: 9799 0397
Mei Zhen Hakka Delicacies is not a halal-certified eatery.

13. Chin Mee Chin Confectionery

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If you are looking for something truly nostalgic and old school, visit Chin Mee Chin Confectionery. Here, you’ll be able to find the iconic Singaporean breakfast done traditionally—charcoal-grilled kaya toast ($2.40), soft-boiled eggs ($1.80), and coffee however you like it. You can also have it as a set that is priced at ($5.40).

They have also brought back their classic baked goods—Plain Cupcake ($1.80) and Chocolate Cupcake ($2), and expanded their baked options to artisanal items such as Cream Horn ($2.20), Cheesecake Brownie ($2.60), Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart ($2.20) and more.

Address: 204 East Coast Road, Singapore 428903
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am to 4pm
Chin Mee Chin Confectionery is not a halal-certified eatery.

14. YY Kafei Dian

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YY Kafei Dian is another breakfast spot for you to explore. They specialise in Hainanese-style dishes such as Lemon Chicken Rice ($5.80), Hainanese Pork Chop (from $10), and Kaya Toast (price TBD). Similarly to Heap Seng Leong, their buns are extremely thick and fluffy, with a beautifully charred exterior. For a full traditional breakfast experience, opt for the kaya toast set, which comes with two soft-boiled eggs and a cup of aromatic coffee.

Address: 37 Beach Road, #01-01, Singapore 189678
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am to 7pm, Sat-Sun 8am to 7pm
Tel: 6336 8813
YY Kafei Dian is not a halal-certified eatery.

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15. Keng Wah Sung

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With over 70 years of history, Keng Wah Sung is one of the longest standing coffeeshops in Singapore serving kaya toast. Over here, the Kaya Toast Set is priced at $3.80, but if you want to get even more bang for your buck, just the Kaya Toast alone will set you back $0.90. If you are a fan of the kaya used here, you can even take some home with you for the price of $4.50.

Address: 783 Geylang Road, Singapore 389672
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5:30am to 11pm
Keng Wah Sung is not a halal-certified eatery.

16. Hassan Stall

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If you’re looking for old-school Mee Rebus ($3.50) or Mee Siam ($3.50) for breakfast, then you can’t go wrong with Hassan Stall. Having started as a stall in a kampung house in 1959, Hassan Stall is now located in Changi Village Hawker Centre, where it serves up homely dishes to this day. Aside from the two aforementioned dishes, the stall also offers solid plates of Laksa ($3.50), Lontong ($4), and more.

Address: 2 Changi Village Road, #01-29, Changi Village Hawker Centre, Singapore 500002
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 2pm
Hassan Stall is a Muslim-owned eatery.

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17. Sin Ming Roti Prata

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There are plenty of roti prata places in Singapore to have breakfast at, but few have the legendary status that Sin Ming Roti Prata has. The stall is known for its crispy yet chewy prata made with handmade dough that leaves a fragrant, buttery taste in your mouth. Options include the ever-popular Coin Prata ($4.50 for five pieces) and Chicken Floss Prata ($3.50), but if simplicity is what you want, go for the Kosong Prata ($1.40).

Address: 24 Sin Ming Road, #01-51, Gim Huat Coffeeshop, Singapore 570024
Opening hours: Daily 6:30am to 6pm
Sin Ming Roti Prata is a Muslim-owned eatery.

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18. Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak

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Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak makes nasi lemak a little differently from the rest; they use long-grain basmati rice instead of jasmine rice. As a result, their version is light and fluffy, which goes well with the sweet sambal. Prices here begin from $4 for a Regular Meal that comes with basic ingredients such as ikan bilis, egg, coconut rice, cucumber slices, and sambal. If you’re feeling especially hungry, go for their Royal Rumble ($7), which packs a fried chicken wing, ikan kuning, otak-otak, and begedil—a hearty start to your mornings.

Address: 2 Adam Road, #01-02 Food Centre, Singapore 289876
Opening hours: Sat-Thurs 7am to 3pm
Tel: 9843 4509
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak is a Muslim-owned eatery.

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19. 327 Fried Beehoon

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Nestled within a conclave of HDB estates in Hougang, 327 Fried Bee Hoon is a great spot for classic economic bee hoon that offers a variety of delicious ingredients. Fried to an inviting coffee brown, the Fried Chicken Thigh is well-seasoned and succulent, and costs only $3.20 with a serving of fried bee hoon. The eatery also serves a good Nasi Lemak ($2) that’s known for its smooth and aromatic coconut rice.

Address: Blk 327 Hougang Avenue 5, #01-156, Kimly Coffeeshop, Singapore 530327
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 5am to 11am
Tel: 9758 2693
327 Fried Bee Hoon is not a halal-certified eatery.

20. Molly’s Nyonya Kueh


If you’d like some old-school nyonya kueh for breakfast, then Molly’s Nyonya Kueh is a great option. It has a wide selection of kueh, bao, and rice dumplings, with prices that are kept affordable. For example, a Bean Ang Ku Kueh goes for just $0.60 a pop, or $2.80 for five. Another underrated item is their golf ball-sized Ondeh Ondeh ($0.90), packed with shredded coconut that’s cooked in fragrant and sweet gula melaka.

Address: 104 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1121, Singapore 530104
Opening hours: Mon, Sat 4am to 6:30pm, Tue-Fri 4am to 7:30pm, Sun 4am to 5pm
Tel: 6286 4234
Molly’s Nonya Kuehs is not a halal-certified eatery.

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Where to get authentic Singaporean breakfast

Head down to any of these eateries to either satisfy your cravings or to relive your childhood. If you are on a lookout for more traditional items, check out our traditional Chinese desserts guide, which includes Almond Cream, Sesame Paste, Bobo Chacha and more. For individuals who are looking for more traditional kaya toast spots, we’ve got you covered with our kaya toast guide over here.

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