Singapore’s highlights include the Merlion, Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa Island, and, most importantly, the local hawker stalls. As a result, no matter how much you shop or enjoy sightseeing, hunger pangs and local food options will never leave you. So, whether you’re a tourist or a local in Singapore, Maxwell Food Center is a must-see attraction.
From China Street Fritters, Lao Ban Beancurd, and Hoe Kee Congee to Lim Kee Banana Fritters and Fried Sweet Potato Dumplings, there’s something for everyone. These are some of the perennial favourites that have remained popular over the years. However, don’t be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available to you; we’ve got your back!
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of the most delectable Food Stalls at Maxwell Hawker Center that will make for a perfect feast just for you!
1. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Who believes in Celebrity Chefs Gordon Ramsey and the late Anthony Bourdain’s choices? Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is one of their favourites, which demonstrates how popular their signature Chicken Rice is. Chicken Rice is not only Singapore’s favourite local delicacy, but it also comes in a variety of authentic preparations. As a result, you can get the best version right here at Maxwell Food Center.
Apart from throwing a party in your mouth, they are known as the best Chicken Rice stall in Singapore, with a Michelin Bib Gourmand award as a gold feather in their cap. With such a prestigious award, you can only imagine how delicious their dish must be. The fragrance of the rice can be smelled from a long distance away, and the succulence of the chicken is divine in and of itself. Because they are so popular in Singapore, they have even expanded to Hong Kong. Nonetheless, their prices remain the same – reasonable and well-priced. Finally, a word of caution: there is always a line at Tian Tian, so try to avoid peak lunch hours if possible.
What to expect: Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice costs $3.50 per serving and is available in three sizes: small, medium, and large. You should also try the Ah Tai Hainanese Chicken Rice, which is two stalls away from Tian Tian.
|Contact||+65 9691 4852|
|Timings||10 am to 7.30 pm daily
Closed on Mondays
2. Jin Hua Fish Soup
One of Maxwell Food Center’s oldest stalls. Jin Hua has sat atop the fish soup throne for the past 20 years. They not only serve tender and thick chunks of deep-fried fish, but also rich broth with silky noodles packed with flavour. As a result, it’s the ideal place to expect mouthwatering bowls of hearty fish soup.
The Grouper Fish Head, on the other hand, is unquestionably more flavorful. When the strong tinge of ginger cancels out the fishiness, the goodness of the grouper and the richness of milk balance beautifully. You can also select whether you want your fish fried or sliced. You can also choose whether to add rice or noodles as a carb. Most importantly, you have the option of including or excluding milk from your dish. Overall, it’s an iconic hawker dish that’s much tastier than it appears.
What to expect: Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon starts at $4 for richly flavoured Cantonese-style fish soup. The Fried Fish Meat Noodles are $5, while the Grouper Fish Head Noodles are $8.
|Timings||Daily, 11.15am – 8.30 pm
Closed on Thursdays
3. Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake
A true artist is required to create something as well-balanced as an oyster cake. Despite its deceptively simple appearance, each oyster cake contains minced meat, fresh prawns, and oysters embedded in a rice batter with cilantro. It should ideally be soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. In fact, the most enjoyable part is drizzling it with chilli sauce!
Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake serves the most amazing hand-made Oyster Cakes while keeping the crunch and fluffiness where they belong. Furthermore, because it is an old and traditional dish, it will not be widely available throughout Singapore. Maxwell Fuzhou is one of the few restaurants that has kept the dish’s recipe, vibe, and authenticity. To put it another way, it’s worth a shot!
What to expect: Oyster Cakes costs $2 each piece.
9am to 8pm daily
Closed on Sundays
Anyone who has lived in Asia understands the significance of’set meals.’ It’s value for money, and it’s evenly distributed on your plate. Unlike many other hawker centres, Popo Nana serves Peranakan and Eurasian cuisine. In fact, they power a daily rotation of four set meals, each of which includes your choice of white or brown rice, vegetables, and a bowl of the day’s soup.
As a result, all set meals are extremely affordable. Furthermore, they contain no MSG. As a result, people feel at ease and want to return for more. This can be a serious comfort addiction for those who want to grab a quick bite between shopping sprees or weekday lunches. Moreover, they use only fresh ingredients and no frozen meat.
What to expect: Each set costs $6. Try the Chicken Rendang, which is moist and tender chicken that has been well-marinated and is served with a thick rendang sauce.
|Timings||11am to 3:30 pm daily
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays
5. Ye Lai Xiang Tasty Barbecue
What other mood-lifters are there besides pizza and dessert? Chicken Cutlets, that’s what I’m talking about! Chicken Cutlets are unquestionably delicious, and Ye Lai Xiang Tasty Barbecue serves an exceptional rendition of them. In fact, one portion includes a large slab of crispy and aromatic Chicken Cutlet, some mixed vegetables, crinkle-cut fries, and a fluffy sweet bun. Doesn’t that sound good? Yes, it is! Most importantly, they serve generous portions of grilled meat. As a result, they are one of the best Hainanese Western food stalls in Singapore.
As a value-for-money dish, it is also served with an in-house sauce that is sweet and perfectly complements the cutlet. You also have a sweet bun to soak up the excess sauces and juices. Are you drooling yet? Then consider this: Succulent chicken chop topped with a special brown sauce and served with a butter bun and canned beans. It’s not a dream, so open your eyes. Maxwell Food Center has everything!
What to expect: Chicken Cutlet costs $8 and the Hainanese-Western food for $7
12 pm-2.30pm & 6pm-9.30pm daily
Closed on Saturdays & Sundays
6. Hum Jin Pang
The seasons change, but the warm and fuzzy feeling of wanting a delicious fried dish on your palate does not! In this stall, we have the universally popular dish – Dough Fritters – to satisfy all of your hunger pangs. What makes it so unique? You can join the team and make your own by helping them fry the delights for you. So, come on down to Hum Jin Pang and have some fun!
They do, however, serve dough fritters in two flavours: Five Spice Salt and Sweet Red Bean. They are chewy and fluffy, as well as savoury and sugar-coated. Furthermore, the lady at the fryer coats the dough in sesame seeds before frying it, which adds crunch. As a result, you’ll get a toasty aromatic flavour. This is a traditional snack that is great for grabbing a quick bite.
What to expect: Five Spice Salt and Sweet Red Bean cost $1 for 6 pieces.
3pm to 8pm daily
There is a subset of humans who adore porridge, and if you are one of them, this stall is a must-see! Zhen Zhen serves a thick porridge made of broken grains with generous portions of meats, vegetables, and seasonings. As a result, it cannot taste bland or subtle, but rather dense and wholesome. To all those who think porridge is boring and flavourless, this recipe will forever change your mind!
The long line at Maxwell Food Center’s Zhen Zhen stall speaks volumes about the dish’s high quality. As a result, it has achieved worldwide acclaim. Furthermore, they close early in order to control the crowd that has gathered. As a result, go slurp a bowl as soon as possible in the day.
What to expect: Despite its popularity, their bowls are still $3 with a lot of toppings. Try their sliced fish with shredded chicken and century egg to satisfy your taste buds all at once.
|Timings||Wed-Mon 5:30 am to 2:30 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays Closed
7. Special Shanghai Tim Sum
Those who had their hearts set on the now-defunct Queenstown Magaret Drive Food Centre will be overjoyed to learn that their Special Shanghai Tim Sum is now available at Maxwell Food Centre! Special Shanghai Tim Sum is a truly ancestral brand that is now managed by their great-grandchildren. It is famous for making its own dumplings every day. In fact, the freshness of these dumplings will be apparent as soon as you take your first bite and it melts in your mouth.
Furthermore, these soft dumplings are made with a flavorful mixture of well-marinated minced meat and chives, and are coated with a crunch on the outside. As a result, dunk it in some Vinegar sauce whenever it feels like the best match to tantalise your senses. Finally, the unique Chilli sauce steals the show!
What to expect: Try the Guo Tie or Fried Dumplings ($4 for 8 pieces) or the Tong Xin Ju Special Shanghai Tim Sum ($4 for 8 pieces).
|Timings||11 am to 8 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays
Closed on Mondays
Slurpy Noodle is a timeless classic from Singapore’s sacred history of hawker cuisine. For the past 70 years, China Street Rickshaw Noodles has reigned supreme, and it is likely the only stall on the island that still sells this dish. Meanwhile, an interesting fact about their names is that it was originally intended to be a dish used to sustain rickshaw drivers in Singapore.
As a result, their prices are very reasonable, and their storey is very thoughtful. If you’re looking for a sinful twist on the dish, try the chewy and delectable Economy Noodles coated in a sweet-savoury sauce. Don’t forget to top your dish with their fried toppings. To round out your meal, order the battered prawns.
What to expect: There are two kinds of noodles: yellow noodles and mee sua. While regular Rickshaw Noodles are $1, Economy Noodles are $1/$1.50 and come with battered prawns worth $0.40 per portion.
|Timings||Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun: 6.30 am – 1.30 pm
Closed on Fridays
This is a stall frequented by many famous celebrities, including Chow Yun Fat. The aroma and sound of wok-fry is an organic way to attract customers to you. As a result, Marina South Delicious Food naturally entices people at Maxwell Food Center. So, if you’re looking for some exceptional but perfectly authentic Singaporean wok-fried staples, this is the place to go.
Marina South Delicious Food’s specialty is preserving the traditional Wok Hei flavours in their dishes prepared by frying masters. Nonetheless, if you’re going on a local food spree in Singapore, make sure to include this stall on your itinerary. Aside from the usual carrot cake, oyster omelette, hokkien mee, and so on that you’d find at Maxwell Food Center.
What to expect: The small version of char kway teow costs $4, while the large version costs $5. Try the $1.50 Fish Cakes as well.
|Timings||Daily, 7am – 8pm|