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Singapore Information Overload

I have spent the last weeks pouring over this site, pouring over Leslie Kay's site, reading reading reading and I officially have a hellish case of information overload. We are going to be in Singapore for 5 days, which by my count means at LEAST 15 separate stalls. We plan to eat out every single meal (unless our hosts insist on feeding us). Can some delightful person give me a top 15 stall/dish list? Your absolute must not miss meals? Otherwise I fear I will end up paralyzed in the street, my chin smeared with sauce, weeping over lost possibilities.

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  1. What are the stalls on *your* list? It'll give us an idea on your food preferences (Chinese, Malay, Indian or others). I'd been eating out in Singapore since the 70s, patronized thousands of places, but still haven't been to some supposedly legendary, must-not-miss stalls/eateries!

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    1. re: klyeoh

      All stalls! Every kind of food!

      1. re: ayeletw

        Do you know where you'll be staying yet? It'll give me an idea on where to recommend that you go. Many Singaporean street foods are offered by different stalls spread out in various parts of the island - and we'd normally recommend those more accessible to you.

    2. I'm a Californian who lived in Singapore 2006-2008. To some extent, the answer depends on where you live now -- if you can get good Indian food at home, spend less time in Little India, for example. If you can't, go there more than once. The below are the things I miss the most; most are pretty common (some might say "basic"), so there are many options for the "where," and as klyeoh says.

      There's a book called makansutra which is organized by dish rather than restaurant, which I think works great for Singapore. It then gives the top 3 or 10 or whatever places to get each dish.

      Remember, if there's more than 1 of you, you get more than 1 dish per meal!

      Steamboat on Beach Street or Liang Seah
      Murtabak
      Roti prata
      Chili crab or pepper crab or champagne crab
      Kang kong with garlic
      Rendang beef
      Soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung
      Chicken rice
      Won ton noodles
      Curry puffs
      Char kway teow
      Popiah
      Yong tau foo
      Banana leaf indian food
      Satay (if you can't get good ones where you live)
      Tropical fruit, mango juice, fresh young coconut...
      Teh Tarik (hot tea) or ginger tea

      1. What?! Only FIFTEEN stalls?!!! My dear, that is not even scratching the surface of the wide choice of food which Singapore hawkers can offer!

        Anyhow, my choice of 15 stalls would be the following:-
        1) Tian Tian Chicken Rice, Maxwell Market
        2) Pariamman Biryani rice, North Bridge Road
        3) Blanco Court Kway Chiap, Serangoon Gardens Way
        4) Ah Heng Curry Mee, Hong Lim Food Centre
        5) Jian Bo Shui Kueh, Tiong Bahru Market
        6) Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake, Maxwell Rd Food Centre
        7) Parklane Zha Yun Tun Mee House, North Bridge Commercial Complex
        8) Newton Fried Prawn Mee, People's Park Cooked Food Centre
        9) Old Stall Hokkien Street Famous Prawn Mee, Hong Lim Food Centre
        10) Tuck Kee (Ipoh) Sar Hor Fun, Hong Lim Food Centre
        11) Roxy Laksa & Prawn Noodle, East Coast Lagoon Food Centre
        12) Alauddin Biryani Rice, Tekka Market
        13) Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak, Adam Road Food Centre
        14) No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow, Zion Road Riverside Food Centre
        15) Nam Sing Fried Hokkien Mee, Old Airport Road Food Centre

        Oh my, I can go on all night and hardly cover 5% of the places I think you should try!!

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        Hong Lim Food Centre
        531A Upper Cross St, Singapore 051531, SG

        1. My choices for 15 best stalls -

          1) Kwee Heng duck noodles & rice, Newton Hawker centre

          2) Balestier Road Hoover Rojak, Whampoa Food centre

          3) Koo Kee wanton mee, Lavender Food Sq

          4) Nam Sing Hokkien Mee, Old Airport Rd food centre

          5) Tian Tian chicken rice, Maxwell Road Food Centre

          6) Yuan Chun Lor mee, Amoy Street Food centre

          7) Selera Rasa nasi lemak, Adam Rd food centre

          8) Hua Kee Hougang famous wan ton mee, Old Airport Road Food centre

          9) Yuan Fa Claypot Chicken Rice, Chinatown Complex Food Centre

          10) Tiong Bahru Bao & Dianxin, Tiong Bahru Food Centre

          11) Jian Bo Chwee Kueh, Tiong Bahru Food Centre

          12) Changi Village Nasi Lemak, Changi Village Food Centre

          13) B-B-Q chicken wings, Chomp Chomp Food Centre at Serangoon Gardens

          14) Mei Xiang Fish Soup, Golden Shoe Hawker Centre

          15) Yong Xiang Xing Yong Tau Fu, People's Park Food Centre

          Oh oh, looks like I ran out of my allocation of 15 recs for you. It's very very hard to choose 15 out of tens of thousands of stalls!!! Maybe you don't understand the length and breadth of hawker food culture in Singapore! Can you tell us where you are staying? It might make it easier so we can recommend places close to you!

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          1. re: makanputra

            The problem is that I DO understand, but that we only have 5 days!! We will be staying at raffles. But we also are happy to travel far and wide to eat.

            1. re: ayeletw

              Keep in mind that stalls are in hawker centers, which means you can try multiple stalls in one meal. You aren't limited to 1 stall per meal. I often will order 1 dish from each of 2-3 stalls for a meal, or if we have several people there (ie my extended family), we'll order multiple items from different stalls and then steal bites from each other (or order family style).

              1. re: ayeletw

                The Raffles Hotel is pretty central, but Singapore's compact enough for you to easily reach most of these food centres. Do keep in mind that food centres can be pretty crowded at lunch-times, especially on weekdays, so if you want to avoid long queues & having to wait for an unoccupied table, try and go there either very early (e.g. 11am) or else in-between peak-mealtimes.
                I'd grouped my recommendation of 15 dining options to the respective food centres & the most famous stalls located therein:

                OLD AIRPORT ROAD FOOD CENTRE
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                1) Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Noodles http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/800439
                2) Hua Kee Hougang Wan Ton Mee http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744161

                HONG LIM FOOD CENTRE http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/800314
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                3) Tai Hwa Pork Noodles
                4) Ji Ji Wanton Noodles Specialist
                5) Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee
                6) The Old Stall Hokkien Street Famous Hokkien Prawn Noodles
                7) Sungei Road Trishaw Noodles
                8) Outram Park Fried Koay Teow

                MAXWELL ROAD FOOD CENTRE
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                9) Tian Tian Hainanese chicken rice http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4749...
                10) Zhen Zhen Fish Congee
                11) Big Scissors Curry Rice

                The queues are especially long at #9 - do come early. #10 is also very popular, but rice congee may appear similar to oatmeal porridge to Westerners, so may not be to youe taste.

                TIONG BAHRU FOOD CENTRE http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/743406
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                12) Jian Bo Shui Kueh - these are steamed rice cakes (custard-like texture) with salted veg topping
                13) Koh Brother Pig’s Organ Soup - the name of the stall said it all. You get a salty-sweet soup with pig's intestines, liver, stomach, pork slivers, tomatoes, salted mustard leaves. Very tasty though, and Singaporeans come from all over the island to eat this.
                14) Lao Chen Fried Carrot Cake

                SERANGOON GARDEN FOOD CENTRE (CHOMP CHOMP
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                15) Barbecued chicken wings http://alfredeats.com/chomp-chomp-chi...

                1. re: klyeoh

                  Placemark for Maxwell Road Food Centre - often regarded by us Singaporeans as the best food centre in Singapore after the Old Airport Road Food Centre.

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                  Maxwell Road Food Centre
                  1 Maxwell Rd, Singapore, Singapore 07, SG

                  1. re: klyeoh

                    Placemark for Old Airport Road Food Centre. Nearest MRT subway station is either Mountbatten or Dakota on the Circle Line.

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                    Old Airport Road Food Centre
                    Singapore 390019, Singapore, 19 Old Airport Road 390019, SG

              2. This is wonderful! Keep 'em coming!!!