The Chinatown Food Street comprises of a selection of 24 hawker stalls which offer a variety of local food (dishes priced between S$2.50 to S$10.00). These hawker stalls take the appearance of street carts, reminiscent of the olden days at Chinatown. There are also 6 shophouse restaurants in the vicinity, some of which are branches of well-known restaurants in Singapore.
If you are a night owl and wondering where to go for supper, this is one of the places in Singapore which may be able to satisfy your cravings with the wide selection of food found in a single location! From now until 18 Feb 2015, the Food Street will be open until 2am (usual operating hours are from 11am to 11pm).
Just for CNY, festive decorations can be found at the Chinatown Food Street, as well as the surrounding area. There will be games which families can participate in, as well as the lighting of sparklers.
This can also be a non-traditional venue for you to have your reunion dinners or have a casual CNY celebrations with friends as Yusheng is available here ($28 for small, $38 for large).
Don’t worry if you are a newbie to this Chinese New Year dish or if you’ve forgotten the steps required to mix in the various ingredients, as a fact sheet is provided with the Yusheng.
We had an Emcee to guide us through the steps – doesn’t he look familiar? I used to see him on local TV but I can’t recall his name. (Note: He was there much earlier when the TV crew was shooting a CNY show with some MediaCorp artistes, after which we were privileged to have him come over to help us with the “lo hei”)
Before the tossing of the yusheng:
Thankfully, we were quite civilized and didn’t create a mess, so not much was wasted. ^_^
The dishes featured in this post were part of a “lo hei” supper with some fellow food bloggers last weekend and we had a great time! However, I don’t normally take supper so I couldn’t really eat much after the yusheng. :p
Chong Chong Ngoh Hiang Prawn Fritter (忠忠五香酥虾饼) – Mmm…tasty and the prawn fritter was crispy.
Newton Circus Ahmad Ibrahim Satay – The satay was quite nice and it would have been perfect if it wasn’t that charred at the top.
Char Siew and Siew Yoke Rice from Tiong Bahru Meng Kee Roast Duck (中峇魯明记烧鸭) – the char siew was not bad and I loved the crackling on the siew yoke as it was very crunchy!
Char Kway Teow from Food Street Fried Kway Teow Mee (美食街炒粿条面) – I have certain favourite stalls in Singapore for this dish, so to me this was just passable.
Mala Beef Noodle Soup from Odeon Beef Noodles (奧典牛肉粉) – the beef was tender but somehow the soup wasn’t as spicy as I thought it would be (i.e. it doesn’t numb your lips and mouth) and I guess probably the level of spiciness caters more to tourists.
Sin Ming Road Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh (新明路榕城肉骨茶) – this is the peppery version
Bugis Street Famous Hainanese Chicken Rice (白沙浮亚发驰名海南鸡饭) – I was too full to try this!
Rojak (a local Chinese salad of sorts)
Popiah (non-fried spring roll) from Maxwell Road Soon Soon Popiah . Laksa (麦士威路顺顺薄饼. 叻沙)– Don’t let this sit for too long else it will turn soggy.
Kueh Pie Tee – one of my favourite foods!
Goreng Pisang (fried banana fritters), Samosas and a Spring Roll from Chinatown Enak Fritters (牛车水炸香蕉) – These were quite nice snacks and the bananas were sweet! A friendly uncle mans the stall and if you buy more, he might surprise you and give you a small discount! ^_^
How about washing all that food down with a refreshing Coconut from Chinatown Food Street Hot/Cold Beverage . Fresh Fruit Juices (牛车水美食街冷热饮料 . 鲜果汁)? Soo good!!
Well, we didn’t managed to eat from all 24 hawker stalls but here’s a listing:
|Street Hawker Stalls||Specialty||
Stall Unit Number
|Boon Tat Street BBQ Seafood (文达烧烤海鲜)||Singapore||
|Thim Kee Curry Chicken Noodle (添记咖喱鸡面)||Teochew||
|Bugis Street Famous Hainanese Chicken Rice (白沙浮亚发驰名海南鸡饭)||Hainanese||
|Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters (加东加记蠔煎)||Teochew||
|Balestier Abalone Noodle (马里士他鲍鱼面)||Singapore||
|Tiong Bahru Meng Kee Roast Duck (中峇魯明记烧鸭)||Cantonese||
|Food Street Fried Kway Teow Mee (美食街炒粿条面)||Teochew||
|Chinatown Cheng Kee Hokkien Mee (牛车水成记炒福建面)||Hokkien||
|Geylang Lor 9 Fresh Frog Porridge (狮城芽笼九巷活田鸡粥)||Singapore||
|Chomp Chomp Goodluck BBQ Chicken Wings (忠忠好运烧烤鸡翅膀)||Singapore||
|Odeon Beef Noodles (奧典牛肉粉)||Hainanese||
|Chong Chong Ngoh Hiang Prawn Fritter (忠忠五香酥虾饼)||Teochew||
|Sin Ming Road Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh (新明路榕城肉骨茶)||Teochew||
|Joo Chiat Ang Moh Noodle House (如切红毛面家)||Cantonese||
|Chinatown Ah Hock Steamed Fish Head (牛车水亚福松鱼头)||Singapore||
|Serangoon Raju Indian Cuisine||Indian||
|Chinatown Crab Master (牛车水蟹厨神)||Singapore||
|Newton Circus Ahmad Ibrahim Satay||Malay||
|Maxwell Road Soon Soon Popiah . Laksa (麦士威路顺顺薄饼. 叻沙)||Singapore||
|Chinatown Food Street Hot/Cold Beverage . Desserts (牛车水美食街冷热饮料 . 甜品)||Singapore||
|Chinatown Food Street Hot/Cold Beverage . Fresh Fruit Juices (牛车水美食街冷热饮料 . 鲜果汁)||Singapore||
|Chinatown Enak Fritters (牛车水炸香蕉)||Singapore||
|Chen Fu Ji Restaurant||23 Smith Street|
|Fatty Weng Restaurant||39 Smith Street|
|Koo Kee||21 Smith Street|
|Holland Village X.O. Fish Head Bee Hun Restaurant||15A Smith Street|
|Noodle Man||19 Smith Street|
Not quite the best of the best versions of local food, but it is a convenient location which houses a wide selection of different dishes if you are dining with a group of friends who have different cravings.
I would recommend this place to those visiting Singapore for the first time as it has a good representation of the various local cuisine and would be an excellent place for tourists to be initiated into the flavours of the country!
Chinatown Food Street
335 Smith Street, Chinatown, Singapore 050335.
Daily 11am – 11pm
The operating hours for the Chinatown Food Street have been extended until 2am daily from now to 18 Feb 2015 (i.e. only the 24 hawker stalls), i.e. leading up to Chinese New Year (CNY). Closed on 19 Feb 2015.
There is also an ongoing promotion – from 13 Feb to 3 March, spend S$10 in a single receipt at Chinatown Food Street and get a 20% discount voucher off Trick Eye Museum admission tickets (up to 4 tickets) – remember to collect the discount coupon directly from the stall holders. Terms & Conditions apply: The voucher is valid until 31 March 2015 only.
Getting There by MRT:
Chinatown MRT, Exit A.
Chinatown is bustling with activity during the few weeks leading up to Chinese New Year. If you are shopping at the night markets and feel famished, just hop over to the Food Street as it’s just a stone’s throw away.
Who knows – you may even spot a UFO there! ^_^
Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Year of the Goat!!