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Aug 29, 2012 04:07 AM

Late night/24 hr eating options in Singapore?


Am planning a trip to Singapore in October and my sister is joining me a few days after I arrive. her plane lands just before midnight and we were thinking, rather than waking the entire house in the early hours of the morning, to go out and get something to eat and drink before returning to the house at breakfast time when everybody is likely to be up. My question is: Is there anywhere that opens really late or 24 hrs that is worth seeking out? From what I've seen so far, the few 24 hour hawker centres or food courts tend to be more expensive?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. The best bet would be Lau Pa Sat - it's open 24 hours:

    If your sister's plane lands before midnight, and knowing the efficiency of Changi Airport, you'll probably be in Lau Pa Sat by 1am. Too much time to be hanging around before breakfast-time! You may want to check out Mustafa shopping centre in Little India - it's open 24 hours. You'll be surprised to see how many people are there doing grocery shopping, or else buying clothes, electronic stuff, etc at 3am in the morning!

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    1. re: klyeoh

      Also, if you're coming from a place where you may not be able to change the currency at Changi, Mustafa Centre might be able to help you out...say, with anything South Asian for instance.

    2. Boon Tong Kee on Balestier Road, which is famous for its chicken rice, is open until 4.30 am Mon-Sat and 2.30 am on Sundays. It's air-conditioned as well, so your sister won't be brutalised by the humidity upon landing. And it's not very far from Mustafa if you are keen on doing that also.

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      1. re: Julian Teoh

        Boon Tong Kee @ Balestier Road is my fave outlet in the chain :-)

        1. re: klyeoh

          Must admit I haven't tried the others, but I live down the road from the Balestier branch and have always been perfectly happy with it. Their rice in particular is very good, although I reckon Wee Nam Kee down the road does a better chilli sauce.

          1. re: Julian Teoh

            I've been going to Wee Nam Kee since the late-80s. Very popular with Filipinos - it's even opened a posh branch in a mall in Manila subsequently.

            1. re: Julian Teoh

              Thank you Julian and klyeoh. Trust me, my sister and I are quite happy to eat and explore until breakfast time! Chicken rice will be perfect as that will be the first thing she will want to eat after she lands! I've heard that Lau Pa Sat isn't as good as it used to be, but may be a nice way to kill a few hours, perhaps?

              1. re: YSL

                Lau Pa Sat has its ups-and-downs thru' the years - not too sure where it stands now.

                Another "colourful" place which never sleeps is, of course, Geylang - with its frog porridge, beef noodles, etc.

                1. re: klyeoh

                  Ah Geylang.. I've heard it's "colourful" there! I was thinking of heading there at some point during my trip for Geylang Claypot Rice and to go to Sin Huat - Really want to try the Crab Bee Hoon!

                  Boon Tong Kee @ Balestier Road sounds ideal for my sister once she's off the plane and jetlagged. And well, her first Chicken Rice should be a pretty good one, I think :)

                2. re: YSL

                  well i could be wrong about this but although Lau Pa Sat may be open 24/7, there are actually very few food stalls that remain open after a certain time at night. i think there are bar-like stalls that open for the rest of the night. most of the proper food type stalls stay open in the mid-morning till late evening. i think lps is kind of empty after 10pm, unless you are into the satay street side, which does serve beer and satay (and a few other things) till a bit later.

                  for 24/hr, there's a chain called Xinwang that has a lot of menu items that claim to be Hong Kong and Taiwanese style. casual. Not all their outlets are 24/7 though - you can see their menu and outlet addresses here:

                  don't know if this will suit you, but you might try Chatterbox, which closes at 1 am on weekdays and 2am on weekends. it is a hotel restaurant, so more expensive. Its quite well -known and the quality is quite ok. It has the roundup of all the usual recommended singapore favourites: laksa, chicken rice, nasi lemak, etc. this restaurant is always commonly on someone's list for best chicken rice in Singapore (i would say top 25 at least).

                  if someone is throwing holland v into the mix, then don't forget Swenson's as well. its on the same row as wendy's and last i checked they were 24/7. they have a local dishes menu also, that is quite ok (hokkien mee, laksa, fried rice, chicken rice) - although they do change the menu around.

          2. I'm probably going to get sic'ed by other Chowhounds for suggesting this, but Wendy's at Orchard Road and Holland Village are open 24 hours. Starbucks at Orchard Road is also open 24 hours in case you want caffeine injection to feed your insomnia at 3am in the morning.

            1. You may want to consider Sin Hoi Sai at Tiong Bahru. I think they closed at 3 or 5am. It is a tze char place, meaning local style Cantonese. Though the price is actually rather steep for tze char as it caters more towards the higher end local crowd. Food is quite decent, more emphasis on seafood.

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              1. re: FourSeasons

                " It is a tze char place, meaning local style Cantonese."
                If it was Cantonese, wouldn't it be "jyu2 chaau2" ? But I guess the local vernacular is Hokkien, even if a place is Cantonese?

                I gathered from another thread that these places tend to be a mixture of local styles, not strictly Cantonese - . Could you elaborate a bit on what "tze char" style involves?

                1. re: huiray

                  Tze char is 煮炒 pronounced in Hokkien. I would say most of the dishes are Cantonese-based, but you are right, with a mixture of local styles and according to how the chef want to interpret the dishes. Tend to be more in the shop houses (or Kopitiam, as the locals will call it) and cheaper than the restaurants scene. (though Sin Hoi Sai, just like Sin Huat in Geylang, ain't cheap)