Tampines hawker food
We’ve long heard of the debate on which side of Singapore has the best food. To add fuel to this very entertaining fire, we’ve found 20 hidden Tampines hawker food gems to help East-siders prove their point, in addition to these Tampines cafes.
Whether or not the East side is really the best side, we’ll definitely be willing to travel across the island for these cheap Tampines hawker food.
1. Fu Yuan Teochew Bak Chor Mee
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Fu Yuan Teochew Bak Chor Mee will do the trick whenever you need a satisfying bowl of bak chor mee. This hawker food stall occupies a small section of a Tampines kopitiam, and serves Teochew-style BCM with mee pok and handmade dumplings. Teochew Bak Chor Mee ($3.50) includes sliced pork, liver, minced meat, meatballs and a full-flavoured soup. Plus, the dish is dressed in an addictive and fiery chilli sauce that has a hint of sweetness to it.
Address: 201C Tampines Street 21, Singapore 523201
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 8pm
2. Yummy Sarawak Kolo Mee
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Located at Tampines Round Market and Food Centre, Yummy Sarawak Kolo Mee serves some of the finest Sarawak hawker cuisine. They’re known for their signature Sarawak kolo mee, and they also offer wonton mee, spare ribs noodles, and chicken feet noodles.
Their Signature Sarawak Kolo Mee Set ($5) is topped with generous amounts of fried and boiled wontons, char siew, and thick pieces of braised pork. Taste-wise, the noodles are far from Maggi mee because of their springy texture and packed flavour. The braised pork is equally good. Despite being a little tough, it pairs well with the rest of the dish.
Address: 137 Tampines Street 11, #01-45, Tampines Round Market and Food Centre, Singapore 521137
Opening hours: Daily 5am to 3pm
Tel: 9866 2244
3. Song Han Carrot Cake
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Song Han Carrot Cake serves traditional handmade carrot cake that includes curry powder, resulting in a special blend of fried goodness. The curry taste is not overpowering or spicy, and gives the dish extra texture and flavour. The Curry Powder Carrot Cake ($2/3/4) is available in both black and white versions. The latter has a very light and soft texture, with each bite coming with a generous serving of small prawns. Do come early because it usually gets sold out pretty early!
Address: 137 Tampines Street 11, #01-07, Tampines Round Market and Food Centre, Singapore 521137
Opening hours: Tues–Sun 6:30am to 1pm
4. Al Mahboob Indian Rojak
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Located five minutes away from S-11 Food Court at Tampines MRT Station, Al Mahboob Indian Rojak has a variety of freshly prepared choices lined up at the front of its counter. You’ll find ingredients made from scratch such as handmade dough balls and prawn fritters, ngoh hiang, tofu, and fishcakes. All these are fried before being garnished with onions and cucumbers.
Let’s not forget their highly addictive Indian rojak sauce which has a nice balance of sweet, spicy and savoury flavours. Prices here range from $3.50 to $10, and you can definitely pick enough ingredients to make you full.
Address: 300 Tampines Avenue 5, #01-02, Income @ Tampines Junction, Singapore 529653
Opening hours: Daily 12:30pm to 9pm
Tel: 6788 2257
5. 137 Lor Mee Prawn Mee
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Located just two stalls away from Song Han Carrot Cake, 137 Lor Mee Prawn Mee is popular for their lor mee and prawn noodles. Their Signature Lor Mee ($4) comprises a bowl of thick yellow noodles and gravy, topped with a generous portion of fried fish, fish fillet, and egg. The sauce is thick and fragrant with lots of garlic, without being overpowering.
Address: 137 Tampines Street 11, #01-09, Tampines Round Market and Food Centre, Singapore 521137
Opening hours: Daily 6:30am to 2pm
6. Mui Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice
Those living near Tampines Street 21 will be familiar with Mui Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice which always has long snaking queues on weekends. They’ve been here for close to seven years, and the quality has not changed one bit. Besides serving a mean plate of Chicken Rice ($3), this stall also specialises in char siew rice which has a sweet and smoky finish.
Their roast pork comprises crispy skin, a marbled layer of fat, and tender meat. What makes this place stand out is their sweet and fragrant char siew sauce that’s drizzled over your plate. You can order the dishes separately at $3 each, or mix and match the meats for a steal at only $3.50.
Address: 264 Tampines Street 21, Singapore 520264
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 3pm
7. Soi Thai Kitchen
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Soi Thai Kitchen has a similar concept to Nakhon Kitchen, serving Thai dishes that are hard to come by in the East. These include the Beef Paneang ($11)—stewed beef that melts in your mouth. Also go for the Thai Yellow Ginger Chicken ($9) where succulent pieces of chicken are stir-fried in a mild, flavourful sauce with hints of lime and ginger. A meal for two here can cost less than $25 with three dishes, so pop by if you’re up for some cheap Thai food!
Address: 824 Tampines Street 81, #01-28, Singapore 520824
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6784 2421
8. Tokyo Western Food
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Tokyo Western Food serves up a feisty selection of Western cuisine, with the usual fare of chicken and pork chops ($5.50 each). One thing you can be sure of is the quality of the meat, which is well marinated and served with generous portions of fries, baked beans and toast. It’s hidden in a kopitiam at Tampines Street 81, so keep an eye out for it if you’re in the area.
Address: 823A Tampines Street 81, Singapore 521823
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 9351 3077
9. Jin Hock Seafood
Most East-siders would be familiar with Jin Hock Seafood, especially for their much raved White Bee Hoon ($9 for medium). Expect a generous portion of seafood such as sliced cuttlefish and prawns, topped with a moist bundle of white beehoon beneath a flavourful broth of eggs and vegetables. Aside from their White Bee Hoon, you can also order other common zi char dishes such as Homemade Toufu with Fried Enoki Mushrooms ($18 for medium) and Steamed Fish Head with Chai Poh ($18 for medium).
Read our full review of Jin Hock Seafood.
Address: 844 Tampines Street 82, #01-131, Singapore 520844
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 3pm, 4pm to 11:30pm
Tel: 6787 4255
10. Shun Shun Prawn Noodles
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Aside from a generous serving of prawns and fishcakes per bowl, Shun Shun’s Prawn Noodles’ namesake dish ($3.50) boasts a rich broth. A large portion of fried shallots also adds fragrance to the dish. If you prefer it to be a lil’ spicier, add $0.50 to get the dry version.
Address: 824 Tampines Street 81, #01-38, Singapore 520824
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 2pM
11. Teo Kee Mushroom Minced Pork Noodle
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Although ‘mushroom minced pork noodle’ is in their name, Teo Kee Mushroom Minced Pork Noodle is best known for their Pork Ribs Noodles ($3). The pork ribs are so tender that they easily yield to your chopsticks, letting you pull the meat clean off the bones. Coupled with the herbal five-spice noodles, the ribs make for a hearty breakfast bowl.
Their Mushroom Minced Meat Noodles ($3) is a lighter breakfast option, coming with minced pork and braised shiitake mushrooms paired with a light sauce.
Address: 137 Tampines Street 11, Tampines Round Market and Food Centre, #01-05, Singapore 522137
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 6am to 2pm
12. Xing Ji 星记 Wanton Mee
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Xing Ji 星记 Wanton Mee serves up a mean plate of Wanton Mee (from $3), which you can pair either with sambal or ketchup. The sauce is well absorbed by the springy noodles, which are complemented by the generous servings of char siew and handmade wontons.
Xing Ji is also known for their spicy Curry Noodles (from $3), which comes with tender chicken meat and pork ribs.
Address: 137 Tampines Street 11, Tampines Round Market and Food Centre, #01-35, Singapore 521137
Opening hours: Sat-Mon, Thurs 6am to 2pm
13. Ri Ri Sheng Mala Pot
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If you’re in the mood for a bowl of spicy mala for lunch or dinner, head down to Ri Ri Sheng Mala Pot, where you can get a mala bowl for three under $10! Be careful with the spiciness level that you choose though, as xiao la is strong enough to numb your mouth through and through.
Apart from mala, the stall also serves other Sichuan dishes on the side such as the Chong Qing Grilled Fish (from $19) that’s doused in piquant chilli oil and boiled over a portable stove.
Address: 823A Tampines Street 81, #01-02, Food Park, Singapore 521823
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9pm
14. Granny’s Pancake
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Granny’s Pancake specialises in min jiang kueh (Chinese pancakes) which are baked on the spot. What you get is a piping hot pancake that’s tender and packed with a generous serving of the filling of your choice: peanut, coconut, red bean, or peanut butter.
Address: 137 Tampines Street 11, #01-148, Kim San Leng Kopitiam, Singapore 521138
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am to 2pm, Sat-Sun 7am to 3pm
15. Rajarani Thosai
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For a meal that’s on the healthier side, head down to Rajarani Thosai, which uses less oil in their thosai. Their Plain Thosai ($1.50) has crispy edges and a smooth centre that’s tender and moist even after being taken off the skillet. Other flavours of thosai are also available such as Egg ($2.20) and Onion ($2.20).
Address: 137 Tampines Street 11, #01-33, Tampines Round Market & Food Centre, Singapore 521137
Opening hours: Daily 7:15am to 1:30pm
16. L32 Handmade Noodles
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Originally located in Geylang, L32 Handmade Noodles also has a branch at Tampines Central where you can find their signature Mee Hoon Kway ($4.80). Cooked in a robust and savoury broth, the thick and chewy flat noodles come paired with meat of your choice—such as minced pork, chicken, prawns, and fish balls. House-made chili sauce is served on the side, for a spicy tang.
You can also opt for their you mian option, where the noodles are thinner and longer. Dry versions of the Mee Hoon Kway are also available, with the noodles coming doused in a savoury dark sauce with soup served on the side.
Address: 10 Tampines Central 1, #05-05, Tampines 1 Kopitiam, Singapore 529536
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9:30pm
17. Hai Chang Fish Head Steamboat
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Hai Chang Fish Head Steamboat serves Teochew-style fish head steamboats that are heated with charcoal instead of gas. This keeps the steamboats warm without overcooking the food.
These steamboats are packed with fried fish fins, Chinese yam, Napa cabbage, and fish. You can choose from three types of fish: Sea Bream ($18), Red Snapper ($25), and Pomfret ($30). The fish are served in thick slices, ensuring that they remain firm even after being boiled in the steamboat.
Address: 137 Tampines Street 11, #01-03, Tampines Round Market and Food Centre, Singapore 521137
Opening hours: Daily 5:30am to 9pm
18. Botak Delicacy
Get yourself a comforting bowl of Cantonese congee at Botak Delicacy, starting from their Century Egg With Lean Meat Porridge ($3.50). Unlike other stores that use century egg as a garnish, Botak Delicacy incorporates it into the cooking process. This imbues the congee with a well rounded aroma, along with an irresistible medley of flavours.
They also whip up a great bowl of Fish Porridge ($3.80) that’s made with fresh Batang fish, which gives the congee a burst of brininess.
Read our full review of Botak Delicacy.
Address: 1 Tampines Avenue, #01-65, The Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529684
Opening hours: Daily 6:30am to 11:30pm, closed on alternate Wednesdays
19. Bobby’s Delicacy
Don’t let Bobby’s Delicacy’s nondescript location fool you. They are specialists in Western cuisine, and the best part is that they charge wallet-friendly prices for their food. Try their popular Grilled Chicken Chop ($6.90), which comes with two sides and a sauce of your choice. You’ll find that the chicken is grilled to perfection, coming with an even sear and a smoky aroma.
Pasta is also available here, with their Wild Mushroom Aglio Oglio Pasta ($6.50) designed to be vegetarian-friendly.
Read our full review of Bobby’s Delicacy.
Address: 929 Tampines Street 91, Singapore 520929
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 11pm
20. House of Dessert 甜品之家
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If you’re bored of the usual BBTs, try the traditional desserts at House of Dessert 甜品之家. Their Tau Suan ($1.30) comes highly recommended; the beans are steamed just right to ensure that they have a chewy texture and will become powdery when bitten into. A Lotus ($2.20) version of the tau suan is also available, where the lotus seeds become a delicious savoury paste when chewed.
Address: 137 Tampines Street 11, Tampines Round Market and Food Centre, #01-21, Singapore 521137
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 3pm
Munch on these delicious Tampines hawker food
With so much good food in Tampines, we can understand why the area is perpetually crowded. Westies, now might be the time to pay a visit to the East for these Tampines hawker food gems before the rest of Singapore finds out!
Let us know in the comments if you know of any other awesome Tampines hawker food.