Hawker Centres are THE PLACEs to get cheap and good food. Low Budget friendly, yet you can find some of the stalls serve very high quality food at very competitive pricing.
Here are some interesting insights about Singapore Hawker Centres for budget budget foodies to navigate through the Hawker “Jungles” or “Forests”.
104 Hawker Centres, 5800 cooked food hawker stalls in Singapore!!
When asked about the Total number of Hawker Centres in Singapore, most Singaporeans will guess some numbers in the region of 40-60.
There are walloping 107 Existing HAWKER CENTRES !!!
However, in actual fact, there are 3 of them with ZERO cooked food stalls, meaning all the stalls are wet market stalls selling “raw” food e.g raw fish, chicken, vegetables….
We are more interested in cooked food, therefore, you have 104 Hawker Centres locations to get your budget budget food!!!
And you have a total of 5800 cooked food stalls to choose from. You will be spoilt for choice !
10 more hawker centres to be built by 2021 and another 10 more by 2027.
The first 10 proposed sites are:
- Bt Panjang : Vacant land next to Blk 259 Bukit Panjang Ring Road, S(671259)
- Hougang : Vacant land next to 932C Hougang Avenue 9, S(533932)
- Yishun : Vacant land next to Blk 355 Yishun Ring Road, S(760355)
- Pasir Ris: Within Pasir Ris Town Park near Blk 530D Pasir Ris Drive 1, S(514530)
- Jurong West: Vacant land next to Blk 637 Jurong West Street 61, S(640637)
- Woodlands: Kampung Admiralty, 676A Woodlands Drive 71, S(731676)
- Punggol: Vacant land opposite Blk 306A Punggol Place, S(821306)
- Tampines: Vacant land opposite Blk 856E Tampines Street 82, S(525856)
- Sengkang (Location to be determined)
- Sembawang (Location to be determined)
The location of next 10 hawker centres by 2027 include Bidadari, Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang, Choa Chu Kang and Sengkang. Remaining locations of new hawker centres will be announced later.
The first two new hawker centres will open this year 2015 at Bukit Panjang and Hougang (see above for location).
Biggest Hawker Centres
- Although 104 Hawker Centres with cooked food stalls. Some have only 10 to 20 stalls. For those foodie looking for more choices, you may have to look at some of the BIGGEST Hawker Centres in Singapore with 100+ to 200+ cooked food stalls. Due to more number of stalls, the prices tend to be more competitive and you can easily find more than a handful of stalls serve very high quality of food.
- 1 : Chinatown Complex Market (226 Stalls), Blk 335, Smith Street, S(050335)
- 2 : 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre (168 Stalls), Blk 51, Old Airport Road, S(390051)
- 3 : Amoy Street Food Centre (134 Stalls), National Development Building, Annex B, Telok Ayer Street, S(069111)
- 4 : Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre (123 Stalls), 3, Yung Sheng Road, S(618499)
- 5 : Tekka Centre (119 Stalls), Blk 665, Buffalo Road, S(210665)
- 6 : Golden Mile Food Centre (112Stalls), 505, Beach Road, S(199583)
- 7 : Maxwell Food Centre (106 Stalls), 1, Kadayanallur Street, S(069184)
- 8 : Blk 79/79A Circuit Road (106 Stalls) , Blk 79/79A, Circuit Road, S(370079/371079)
- 9 : Hong Lim Food Centre & Market (103 Stalls) , Blk 531A, Upper Cross Street, S(051531)
Chomp Chomp & ABC Brickworks have the most Unique Names.
These 2 Hawker Centres were not named after any building / estate or historic area names.
Chomp Chomp Food Centre, which is located at 20 Kensington Park Road Singapore 557269, is a key landmark in Serangoon Gardens famed for its tasty local hawker food such as Barbecued Sting Ray, Satay, Barbecued Chicken Wings, Char Kway Teow, Oyster Omelette, Satay Beehoon, Hokkien Prawn Noodle and many more. (Total : 36 Cooked Food Stalls).
It was rumoured that name of Chomp Chomp Food Centre was actually derived from the sound of frenzied eating as patrons “chomp” down tasty food at this hawker centre! However, Others say its catchy name was not linked to food sound, but rather from the Hokkein / Teochew pronounciation to Chinese words（忠忠）Zhong Zhong which meaning loyalty.
ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre is situated at Blk 6 Jalan Bukit Merah Singapore 150006. (Total: 96 Cooked Food Stalls)
Some say “ABC Brickworks” was named in memory of Alexandra Brickworks Company, previously sited at Alexandra Road.
But Most say that name of ABC Brickworks Market was derived from the shortname of Archipelago Brewery Company (First Commercial Brewery in Singapore established in 1931), whose former site is just a stone throw.
Archipelago Brewery Company was previously located at 370 Alexandra Road Singapore 159953 (now occupied by AnchorPoint Shopping Centre), and possibly a very prominent landmark at junction of Alexandra Road and Jalan Bukit Merah in the past.
(Some jokingly said ABC Brickworks was then a popular food place to drink ABC Extra Stout. (btw, ABC extra Stout is not a product by Archipelago Brewery Company !)
As ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, as known as “ABC Market” is “hidden” away from main road ( Jalan Bukit Merah ), many would have miss it unless you are living or working in the vicinity. There are many food GEMs which are constantly written by numerous food bloggers. Noteworthy MUST TRY food are as follows;
Handmade Char Siew Bao @ Bao Zi (飽仔),
Roasted Char Siew @ Fatty Cheong (肥仔样)
Yong Kee Famous Fishball Noodle (榮記馳名魚圓面)
Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Hokkien Fried Prawn Mee (中峇魯益生炒福建蝦面)
Estate that has got Most number of Hawker centres – Ang Mo Kio (10)
Although Ang Mo Kio has got 10 Hawker Centres, their sizes are not Big. The number of cooked food stalls range from 10 to 52.
The largest Hawker Centre in Ang Mo Kio has 52 cooked food stalls.
Ang Mo Kio 628 Market @ Blk 628, Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, S(560628)
Noteworthy Hawker Centres
85 Feng Shan, affectionately called “Bedok 85” by local foodies.
Blk 85, Bedok North Street 4, S(460085)
Bukit Timah Market
51, Upper Bukit Timah Road, S(588215)
Privately-run Hawker Centres
Most Hawker Centres are managed by government agencies, except for a few by private operators. A popular “Hawker Centre”, Lau Pa Sat, which literally mean Old Market in Hokkien, is one hawker centre that is managed by private company, KopiTiam Group.
Lau Pa Sat, a gazetted national monument (since 1973), was first completed in 1894 at its existing site @ 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582 in the heart of Singapore Central Business District. It completed its lastest facelift in June 2014.
A very prominent landmark with its distinctive octagonal shape, victorian columns, and tower clock.
54 food stalls offering international cuisines ( Japanese, Turkish, Costa Rican, Vietnamese , etc) and local delights ( Chicken Rice, Laksa, BBQ Sting Ray, Char Kway Teow).