10 fantastic hawker stalls and where to find them
Hawker centres are uniquely Singaporean, where local and international dishes are served at remarkably affordable prices. Out of 107 hawker centres scattered around the island nation, the petite Sims Vista Food Centre and culturally significant Geylang Serai Food Centre are located near Sims Urban Oasis. Check out the top 10 mouth-watering dishes at these 2 hawkers centres, guaranteed to satisfy your discerning taste buds without burning a hole in your pocket!
Sims Vista Food Centre
4 minutes’ walk from Sims Urban Oasis
Sims Vista Food Centre is not known to many unless you live or work around the vicinity. However, within the Javanese-inspired facade houses an extensive variety of delicious food stalls that will cater to your cravings on any particular day.
49 Sims Place, Singapore 380049
Opening hours: 6am to 4pm (closed on Mondays)
Teochew Kueh Stall
#01-23; Opening hours: 6am to 4pm (closed on Mondays)
These painstakingly handmade Teochew traditional delicacies are prepared using fresh ingredients daily. Best known for their signature soon kueh, the rice flour skin packs the right amount of chewiness. Generous fillings of turnip and hei-bi (dried shrimps) also gives this dish value for money. To give an added kick, dip into the sweet black sauce and chili sauce for the extra piquancy to this near-perfect soon kueh. A must have here at Sims Vista Food Centre, even renowned food blogger Miss Tam Chiak, has declared this to be the best soon kueh that she has ever tasted. Do try their other specialty dumplings like Glutinous Rice Dumplings (Png Kueh) and Crystal Dumplings.
Soon Kueh - $0.70 each, Png Kueh - $0.80 each
Nain Food Stall
#01-17; Opening hours 7am to 7pm (closed on Public Holidays and Ramadan)
Highly regarded for their spicy sambal and flavourful rendang, Nain Food Stall offers a wide variety of offerings for their Nasi Padang. Beef rendang is cooked to the right tenderness, drenched with a generous serving of rich gravy which is a perfect companion for the plain rice. Other noteworthy dishes include Sayur Lodeh (vegetables simmered in coconut curry), fried ikan kembong fish and traditional dishes like Lontong and Mee Goreng in the morning. Last but not least, drench your orders with their fiery sambal chili to complete the authentic Muslim cuisine experience.
Nasi Padang - Prices vary depending on choice of sides
He Xin Ban Mian Zi Jia
#01-45; Opening hours 8.30am to 7pm (closed on Saturdays)
Despite the stall name, their signature dish is not the common Ban Mian. Using the same noodles as the You Mian variation, their Chicken Chop Noodles is guaranteed to please any growling tummy. Topped with a generous serving of crispy fried chicken, the crunch of the chicken perfectly complements the starchy gravy of the noodles. Handmade noodles retains its bounciness, while the garlicky chili sauce adds another dimension to this seemingly ordinary dish. Never judge a book by its cover!
Chicken Chop Noodles - $4.00
Hollywood Braised Duck
#01-73; Opening hours 9.30am to 3.30pm daily
Always adorned by a constant snaking queue, this famous hawker stall serves tender and succulent braised duck rice in traditional Teochew style. Be sure to snap up their famous braised rice before it sells out. The fowl is without a doubt, the star of the dish. Thoroughly infused with the essence of braised sauce, the meat emanates the right amount of sweetness and saltiness with every bite. Douse a generous serving of their dark gravy to intensify the flavours, and complete the meal with equally delectable braised egg and “taupok”.
Braised Duck Rice - $3.30, Braised Egg, $0.50, Braised Taupok - $0.50
Jia Xi Confectionery
#01-46; Opening hours 6am to 4pm (closed on Wednesdays)
Mass-produced Chinese pastries often disappoint with their overwhelming sweetness and lack of finesse. Freshly made daily, this confectionary stall serves various traditional pastries like their signature Wife Cakes (Lao Po Bing) and Red Bean Cake. Flakey and aromatic, it is best eaten fresh off the oven. The perfect blend of winter melon and almond paste within its signature Wife Biscuit emits a subtle sweetness which entices you to reach for a second serving. Do not hesitate to ask the amicable lady boss for a free sampling and try their other offerings like Walnut Cake, Kaya Puffs and various tarts.
Wife Cake - $1.00 each, Red Bean Cake - $0.90 each
Geylang Serai Food Centre
8 minutes’ drive from Sims Urban Oasis
An epicentre for local Malay culture, Geylang Serai Food Centre serves up the most authentic Malay cuisine found in Singapore. Also do explore the myriad of stalls in the wet market on the first floor, for a wide selection of spices and ingredients found nowhere else in Singapore.
1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001
Opening hours: 7am to 7pm
Hajjah Mona Nasi Padang
#02-166; Opening hours: 8am - 7pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
With their bright neon signage, it’s difficult to miss the eye-catching Hajjah Mona’s Nasi Padang stall. Famous for high quality Nasi Padang, one must try their Beef Rendang, which is bursting with coconut fragrance. Another signature dish is their spicy Sambal Ikan, which is doused in the fiery yet delectable sambal chili. Finally embellish the dish by drizzling fragrant curry over the plain rice. For diners who love their food to be intensely flavoured, be prepared to fork out more money than usual but you are guaranteed it’s worth every penny.
Nasi Padang - Prices varies
#02-139; Opening hours: 7am - 7pm daily
Gado Gado is a simple dish where slightly boiled vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, fried tofu, tempeh and lontong (rice wrapped in a banana leaf) is served with a peanut sauce dressing. On paper, it seems easy to prepare, but the main differentiating factor is the gravy. At Alrahman Kitchen, the peanut gravy is especially thick and satisfying with the right amount of sweetness. Make sure to have it while it’s hot though, as the tofu does turn soggy after a period of time. Other dishes to try out here includes Mee Rebus and Ayam Penyet.
Gado Gado - $3.50
Geylang Briyani Stall
#02-146, Opening hours: 9am - 7pm (Closed on Mondays)
While it is easy to find Briyani stalls all over Singapore, it is tough to find one that stands out. Geylang Briyani Stall uses high quality basmati rice which is fluffy and fragrant when cooked. The main attraction of this dish is definitely the chicken, where it is perfectly tender and packed with intense curry goodness. Complemented with the tarty and appetising acar acar, Geylang Briyani Stall has captivated famed food blogger Leslie Tay so much that he returned to the stall 3 times in one week!
Chicken Briyani - $5.50
#02-165, Opening hours: 10am - 8pm daily
Totally different from mass-produced otah commonly found in most stalls, Otak-otak Kampong uses purely fish meat rather than fish paste mixed with flour. This means that the otah here is rather delicate and difficult to consume as a solid piece. An acquired taste for some, the coconut flavour is instantly discernible in this traditionally prepared otah. While some may find this a tad too sweet, coconut lovers will revel in the rich flavour that this otah offers.
Otah - 4 for $2
Geylang Serai Chee Kong
#02-149, Opening hours: 9am - 7.30pm daily
Chee Kong is essentially a Malay translation of the popular Chinese dessert Cheng Tng. A perfect thirst quencher for a blazing hot day, this dessert is laden with ingredients like longan, sweet potato and candied winter melon. Rather than piling shaved ice over the ingredients, this stall uses normal ice cubes so that the sweetness of the dessert is not diluted. Try this light dessert after a heavy meal to complete your Geylang Serai food adventure.
Chee Kong - $2
CHOOSE A GREAT PLACE TO INVEST AND LIVE IN!
Sims Urban Oasis’ prime location ensures that one can enjoy a myriad of dining options in the vicinity. Eat well and destress with the tastiest hawker food Singapore has to offer! Visit Sims Urban Oasis now at our in-situ sales gallery at the junction of Sims Drive and Aljunied Road. Open daily from 10am to 7pm.