Zion Riverside Food Centre offers plenty of good food
River Valley Road is a snaking road of private properties and popular eating spots such as Boon Tong Kee and Spize. Despite being an atas area, you can still find cheap grub at Zion Riverside Food Centre. Located right in front of Singapore River, it is a haven of good food albeit being one of the smallest food centres. Here are our picks of food you should try when you’re at Zion Riverside Food Centre.
1. No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow
When talking about the food at Zion Riverside Food Centre, No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow tops the list without fail. Ladened with pork lard and wok hei, many customers fall head over heels for their popular Char Kway Teow ($4/$5/$6). Not only is the portion substantial, the dish doesn’t lack in the taste department. Every mouthful is a blessing; the matrimony of savoury soya sauce, crispy lard, and a breath of the wok packs a flavoursome mouthful which hits all the right spots.
Unit number: #01-17
Opening hours: Daily 12:30pm to 10pm (closed on alternate Mondays)
2. Boon Tong Kee Kway Chap Braised Duck
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Another crowd-favourite would be Boon Tong Kee Kway Chap Braised Duck. This stall has a queue even during non-peak hours. At $3, you can get their Kway Chap. Their kway chap comes with a substantial amount of pig’s intestines, braised duck meat, hard-boiled eggs, and tofu. It is then drenched in savoury lor which seals the deal for most customers. Dip the tender duck meat into the thick sambal for an added spicy kick. You can also get their Duck Rice Set ($4) if you need your rice daily.
Check out more braised duck rice stalls that offer delicious duck rice and kway chap!
Unit number: #01-24
Opening hours: Thur-Tue 11am to 10pm
3. Lau Goh Teochew Chye Thow Kway
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Should you have any craving for good carrot cake, Lau Goh Teochew Chye Thow Kway has got you covered! A plate of this stir-fried radish cubes sets you back $4 to $8, depending on the portion size that you want. If the thought of just black or white carrot cake doesn’t entice you enough, you can have the best of both worlds with both white and black versions on your plate. Their chai tow kway isn’t as artery-clogging as some out there as the owner uses vegetable oil instead of pork lard.
Find out where to get more cheap and good fried carrot cake!
Unit number: #01-26
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Sat 12pm to 2pm, 7pm to 11pm, Sun 10am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm
4. Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Mee
As its name suggests, Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Mee is an outlet of the main stall located at Adam Road. A bowl of hae mee, or what we know as Prawn Mee ($6/$8/$12/$16/$20/$25) comes with sweet prawns, lard, pig skin, and noodles. The cream of the crop here is the soup, which is what customers are coming back for. Boiled over time using prawn heads and pork ribs, the full-bodied broth is packed with a rich umami flavour. The size and amount of prawns increase proportionately with the price.
Find out where to get more cheap and good prawn mee!
Unit number: #01-04
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 11.30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 1am
5. Ah Wang La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Spice up your life with a plate of Szechuan Spicy Wanton ($4.50 for 10 pieces) from Ah Wang La Mian Xiao Long Bao. Sichuan dishes are not complete without the hot spices; the chunky morsels are doused in red oil and red chilli paste, living up to its fiery reputation.
If handling spicy food isn’t your forte, go for their guo tie, or Pan Fried Dumplings ($6 for 10 pieces) instead. The crispy yet juicy dumplings go really well with their salty and vinegary dip.
Unit number: #01-18
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 10pm
6. Seng Huat Western Food
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If you want a break from all of those Asian delicacies, Zion Riverside Food Centre also has Seng Huat Western Food. At $4.30, you can get a plate of Chicken Chop Rice. Consisting of chicken chop drenched in mushroom sauce, rice, cucumber slices, and a sunny-side up, it offers a bang for your buck. For the same price, you can also get Grilled Fish Rice, Burger Steak Rice, and Chicken Cutlet Rice.
For more value-for-money Western food, check out 5 Star Corner at Hougang!
Unit number: #01-12
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 11:30am to 8:30pm
7. Chong Pang 1 Chicken Wing & Satay
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If you’re constantly craving for some chicken wings, Chong Pang 1 Chicken Wing & Satay will not disappoint. Their BBQ Chicken Wings ($1.30 per piece, minimum order of two pieces) are barbecued till coppery in colour with the right amount of char. Its glistening skin and juicy, tender meat is best eaten with lime juice squeezed all over it. Dip it into their house-made chilli sauce for a tangy, spicy kick.
For those who love wings, check out these unique chicken wings such as sriracha wings!
Stall number: #01-07
Opening hours: Daily 4pm to 11pm
8. Hock Heng Fish Soup
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At Hock Heng Fish Soup, you can get a huge bowl of fish soup with rice at $3. The clear, savoury soup is great for those who want something lighter in taste. The owner is generous with their portions; a bowl consists of slices of mackerel, prawns, meatballs, seaweed, and a substantial amount of veggies. Add $2 for a plate of good ol’ omelette. You can choose to have your fish soup with milk if you love the creamy and savoury taste of milky fish soup.
Check out these famous fish soup stalls as well if you’re craving for the dish!
Stall number: #01-08
Opening hours: Thur-Sat 11am to 8pm, Sun 11am to 2pm
Value-for-money food at Zion Riverside Food Centre
The next time you’re at this prime area, you can choose to eat good food and scrimp at Zion Riverside Food Centre. Leave a comment down below if we missed out your favourite stall from this hidden gem! If you want a change of ambience, check out these hipster hawkers centres instead!
Address: 70 Zion Road, Singapore 247792
Nearest MRT Station: Tiong Bahru