Zion Riverside Food Centre food guide
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 the Singapore River, it is a haven of good food albeit being one of the smallest food centres.
They have recently undergone a five-month renovation stretch, but have now reopened, which gives you all the incentive to pay them a visit. 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
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When talking about the food at Zion Riverside Food Centre, No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow tops the list without fail. Laden 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, but the dish also 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 that hits all the right spots.
Unit number: #01-17
Opening hours: Daily 12:30pm to 9pm (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.
Their kway chap, priced from $3.50, 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 (from $3.50).
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 11am to 3:30pm, 6pm to 11pm, Sun 8:30am to 4pm
4. Zion Road Big Prawn Mee
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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, pigskin, 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: Daily 11:30am to 2am
5. Ah Wang La Mian Xiao Long Bao
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Spice up your life with a plate of Szechuan Spicy Wanton ($5 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: Daily 8am 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.
Unit number: #01-12
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 11:30am to 8:30pm
7. Xin Fei Fei Wanton Noodles
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Though Xin Fei Fei Wanton Noodles has a long queue, it is very much worth a wait for their old school Wanton Mee (from $5.20). A bowl comes with QQ noodles, a dark sauce that’s both sweet and glistening with lard, char siew, and deep-fried wantons.
Unit number: #01-06
Opening hours: Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun 9:30am to 1:30pm
8. Mohamed Sultan Road Hot & Cold Cheng Tng
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This ultra-traditional stall serves its namesake dessert, cheng tng, in both hot and cold versions for over 50 years. Prices start from $1.50, and for that, you get a bowl loaded with liao like longan, gingko nuts, and a generous amount of sago. It’s perfect to cool off in hot weather, or great to enjoy as a dessert on rainy days.
Unit number: #01-24
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 9pm
What to eat at Zion Riverside Food Centre
The next time you’re in this prime area, you can choose to eat good food and scrimp at Zion Riverside Food Centre. 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
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