Thursday 23 July 2015

10 Hawker Food You Must Try in Tiong Bahru

Nowadays when people think of Tiong Bahru, they immediately think of the spunky cafes that sprouted up all over the neighbourhood. However, what Tiong Bahru is more famous for (and has been for the last decade or more) is its cheap and good hawker food! Each dish does not cost more than $5! So the next time you're hungry in Tiong Bahru, pop by these places instead of the cafes =)


Tiong Bahru Market

The Tiong Bahru Market that you see now is a new building that was built after the old market was torn down. Only a few of the stalls from the old Tiong Bahru Market are still in existence in the new Tiong Bahru Market today. There are many "fake" stalls trying to pass off as the "original" but come on, I know a fake when I see one (I've been eating at Tiong Bahru Market since 2002 okay!). These are some of the stalls that I remember since way back when:


Jian Bo Shui Kueh

This stall survived the move from the old Tiong Bahru Market to the temporary market at Kim Pong Road and back to the new Tiong Bahru Market. Even the signboard remains the same, just like how I remembered it.

The Shui kueh, also known as chwee kueh (soft rice cakes topped with fried preserved turnip), that is sold here is super tasty albeit very oily. Eat only if not on a diet. This used to be my family's favourite food until we decided that it was too fattening to be eating it every week. Nowadays, we only eat it once a year! =P

Address: 83 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Market #02-05, Singapore 168898


Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee

Again, our family used to eat this fried sotong prawn mee aka hokkien mee every other week (especially when it was at the temporary market) till the hubby and I discovered that we could no longer lose weight that easily anymore (getting older mah). Nowadays it's a more like a once in a blue moon thing.

Address: 83 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Market #02-01, Singapore 168898


Tiong Bahru Lor Mee

This lor mee is quite decent though my family gave up our loyalty to this stall when we discovered the amazing lor mee at Taman Jurong! My mum still prefers this lor mee though. Try it and make your own verdict.

Address: 83 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Market #02-80, Singapore 168898


This stall has been around since the original Tiong Bahru Market. I remember because we love to buy the fishball and otah fishcake from this stall! So many years on and they are still selling their famous fishballs. Of course over the years their standard has dropped a bit but still good by my standards.

Address: 83 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Market #02-20, Singapore 168898


Teochew Fishball Noodle Dry/Soup

I can't remember if this stall was from the original market but I love it ever since the mum-in-law introduced it to me a number of years ago. The fishballs are bouncy and nice while the dry mee pok is cooked just right. There is usually a long queue at this stall (especially during lunch hours) so be prepared to wait!

Address: 83 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Market #02-13, Singapore 168898



Coffeeshop at the junction of Tiong Poh Road & Eng Hoon Street
Tiong Bahru Yong Tao Hu

Our family finds this yong tau fu palatable but nothing special even though hordes of people crowd the stall during lunch (a lot of them from nearby offices and SGH). Their business is so good that they are only opened for breakfast and lunch (closed at 3pm) and not opened on Sundays. Hence, be prepared to wait for your food!

Address: Blk 56 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160056


Ah Chiang's Porridge

Located diagonally opposite the house of the hubby's late grandfather (ah gong), this porridge used to be one of ah gong's favourites when he was still alive. I have never eaten there oddly enough but the hubby and his colleagues love to eat there once in a while. This is on my to-try list!

Address: 65 Tiong Poh Road, #01-38, Singapore 160065.


Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh at Seng Poh Lane

Another one of ah gong's favourites, I remembered ah gong treating us to lunch here after a difficult day at the courts. Quite a memorable day for us.

Address: Blk 58 Seng Poh Road, #01-31 Singapore 160058.


Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre

This food centre is also called the "L-shaped market" by yours truly due to the unique L-shape of its building. Taxi uncles used to flood this place because they could park their cars for free as anytime the summon aunty came, they could easily run back to their cars and avoid getting caught. Nowadays there's a parking system installed so people can't do that anymore (sadly haha). Nevertheless, the food here is still worth it though. Although there are a number of stalls that are good (such as the bak kut teh and prawn noodles), I'm focusing on our two favourites that we eat almost every week:


Ivan's Porridge
Fresh raw fish with various spices

The hubby loves the raw fish salad even more than the porridge itself! Nevertheless, the mum-in-law finds the mixed meat porridge full of ingredients and value for money.

Address: Blk 22 Havelock Road, Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre, #01-06, Singapore 162022.


Yu Mei Mei Shi fish noodle
Fish soup and fish beehoon soup

I can't believe that after staying in Tiong Bahru for so many years, I had only recently discovered this stall! The fish is very fresh (except during CNY when fish is expensive though) and the soup base is sweet and essentially very awesome! My picky foodie kids both love the fish so you can imagine how good it is. Sigh, I'm going to miss you when I move :(

The stall is quite popular so you might need to wait if there are a lot of people. The best time to go is when it's raining, virtually no one is there *grin*

Address: Blk 22 Havelock Road, Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre, #01-15, Singapore 162022.

P.S: Apologies that this post contains limited pictures of the food. We almost always take away our food and eat in the comfort of our home rather than at the crowded hawker centres. Anyway, I'm not a food blogger :P


This post is part of I Love My Tiong Bahru series, which is my way of bidding farewell to my favourite neighbourhood that I had called my home for the last 14 years. As I move to another neighbourhood, join me in celebrating Tiong Bahru! =)

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