30 Stalls Worth Your Dime at Alexandra Village Food Centre

Located just opposite IKEA in Queenstown is Alexandra Village Food Centre, a great spot for fueling up after furniture shopping, browsing for bargains at Queensway Shopping Centre or following the youngins’ enrichment classes at Anchorpoint. Besides multiple Michelin-recognised stalls, you’ll also find hawkers selling classic local and regional Chinese dishes, as well as lesser-known finds that are also worth your dime. Without further ado, here are 30 stalls to check out at Alexandra Village Food Centre. You’ll never run out of things to try here!

#1 Chef Goo’s Fried Hokkien Mee

One of the newer stalls at Alexandra Village Food Centre, Chef Goo is founded by an ex-limousine taxi driver who made the switch to F&B after Covid-19 affected his livelihood. The stall serves fried Hokkien Mee made with Red Sea prawns imported from Saudi Arabia, and the dish is of the wetter variety made from a collagen-rich seafood stock simmered for 12 hours without MSG. It’s served with pork belly slices, prawns and squid, with additional unique topping options from waffle fries to unagi!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-13, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 11 am–8 pm daily

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#2 Ashes Burnnit

Many stalls at Alexandra Village Food Centre go back decades, but Ashes Burnnit is a modern stall that stands out in a good way. Serving up halal burgers, popular items include the Truffle Mushroom Burger and the Ashes Smash Cheeseburger. Psst… There’s also an off-menu burger called the Best of Both Worlds – a sinful combination of creamy mac & cheese on top of a juicy beef patty!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-61, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–3:30 pm, 4–8 pm daily

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#3 Xiang Jiang Soya Sauce Chicken

Arguably the most famous stall here, Xiang Jiang Soya Sauce Chicken is helmed by an ex-Raffles Hotel chef and has been recognised with a Michelin Plate. You can choose to have the tender, moist chicken with either rice or a selection of different noodle types. We recommend pairing the flavourful chicken with egg noodles, which soak up the special soya sauce, pork lard oil and chilli sauce mixture well. The shrimp wantons are beautifully done too, with fresh prawns and a delicate skin.

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-77, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 8 am–2 pm Tues to Sat. Closed Sun & Mon

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#4 Leon Kee Claypot Pork Rib Soup

This Hokkien-style bak kut teh is a hot favourite at Alexandra Village Food Centre, with its signature broth cooked for hours using dang gui, dang shen, and many other different Chinese herbs. The soup is not too intense but flavourful with a sweet-savoury aftertaste. The pork ribs are tender and fall off the bone with ease. Be sure to accompany your soup with some white rice, preserved vegetables and braised peanuts. And if you’re feeling really hungry, you can sample other items on their menu, such as Pig Trotter and Sesame Oil Chicken!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-18, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 9 am–9 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Mon

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#5 Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Laksa

A Michelin Bib Gourmand awardee, Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Laksa was founded in 1995 and is now manned by its second-generation hawker. They are known its Laksa served in a claypot, however, the claypot has been dropped in recent years. This is probably one of the reasons why its popularity has dwindled, but we think the stall is still worthy of a visit. The broth is slow-cooked over two hours using a unique blend of spices and ingredients, resulting in a thicker and more flavourful gravy. The noodles are nice and firm, and you’ll also find a mix of prawns, shredded chicken, fish cake, cockles and coriander.

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-75, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 9 am–3:30 pm Tues, Thurs to Sat. Closed Mon, Wed, Sun

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#6 Tiong Bahru Lien Fa Shui Jing Pau

Good Teochew-style crystal dumplings with a supple and translucent skin are hard to find in Singapore these days. This Michelin-approved stall has been operating since 1951 and you can choose from three different fillings: savoury turnip that goes perfectly with their signature sambal sauce, as well as two sweet varieties in the form of red bean and yam. This might just be the only stall left in Singapore with this nostalgic taste!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-10, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 8:30 am–3 pm Tues to Sat. Closed Sun & Mon

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#7 Tai Liok Claypot Chicken Rice

Tai Liok Claypot Chicken Rice is frequently on the lists of best claypot rice in Singapore, with its moist and fluffy rice packed with chicken chunks, Chinese sausage and leafy greens, then generously drizzled with dark sauce and sesame oil. Queues can get really long, especially since the dish is made from scratch in the claypot. We do recommend calling ahead, otherwise, be prepared to wait 40 to 60 minutes! They also serve a range of soups to complement the main dish, such as Water Cress with Pork Ribs, Herbal Black Chicken, and Preserved Vegetable with Duck Meat.

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-68, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 5–10 pm Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues

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#8 Lau Phua Chay Authentic Roasted Delicacies

Lau Phua Chay Authentic Roasted Delicacies serves traditional Teochew-style char siew, roast pork belly and roast duck drenched with a thick, gooey sauce. Their char siew is nicely caramelised without being burnt. There is a good ratio of fat to meat, resulting in a tender and juicy bite. Also, be sure to try out some of their crispy roasted pork belly, which retains its crunchy texture despite being drenched with their specialty sauce!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-20, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 11 am–7 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon

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#9 Hor Fun Premium

The sloppy mess at Hor Fun Premieum sees velvety smooth rice noodles that have been fried to wok hei perfection. The signature Beef Hor Fun is paired with tender beef slices and stalks of kailan swimming in an eggy garlic gravy. You can also order an extra bowl of rice here so you won’t waste any bit of that sauce! Other items on the menu include Sliced Fish Hor Fun and also comforting Mui Fan.

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-78, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–2:30 pm, 5–8:30 pm Sun & Mon, Wed to Fri. Closed Tues & Sat

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#10 AJ Delights

Those who love pastries should most definitely check out AJ Delights, a bakery run by former home bakers. They have some of the best muffins in town, which are baked fresh every morning in a variety of flavours: Raspberry Streusel, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Cranberry, Peanut Butter, Green Tea and many more. Grab them as a sweet way to end off your meal, or as a snack for tea time!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-82, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 9 am–6:30 pm Tues to Sat. Closed Sun & Mon

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#11 Hock Sin Kee Tze Char

Hock Sin Kee Tze Char used to be located at Magaret Drive before moving to Alexandra Village Food Centre. It is run by an elderly couple serving homely dishes such as Hainanese-style Pork Chop, Onion Omelette, Fish Soup and many more. Insert some heft to your meal with some Fried Rice that is full of wok hei, or the luscious Hor Fun!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-56, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 10 am–9 pm daily

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#12 Dover Road Kai Kee Wanton Noodles

Originally located at Dover Road Market, Kai Kee Wanton Noodles has been in operation for over 30 years. Get your fix of genuine old-school Wanton Mee with a nostalgic flavour here. Springy noodles are tossed with soy sauce, pork lard oil, sesame oil and chilli, creating the perfect balance of sweet and salty, with a kick of spice that evenly coated every strand of noodle. Complementing the noodles are morsels of well-seasoned wantons. While the char siew and vegetables are nothing to shout about, they are the perfect sidekicks and complete the dish!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-09, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 7 am–3 pm Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues

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#13 Star Yong Kwang Seafood

Now helmed by the second-generation, Star Yong Kwang Seafood is where to go for your BBQ seafood and tze char fix. Many people come for their signature BBQ Sambal Stingray, which is served with a thick layer of sambal chilli on chunky fleshes of meat. Other bestsellers include the Salted Egg Pork Ribs which is blanketed by a thick layer of liquid gold, and the Sambal Sotong which is well-marinated with a springy bite.

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-04, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 3–9:45 pm daily

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#14 Old Punggol Satay

Originally located in Punggol, the stall was closed for some time until the son of the original owners decided to revive the family business. Find juicy sticks of chicken, pork, beef and mutton satay, all chargrilled to perfection. Be sure to dunk your sticks in the satay sauce that’s made by mixing peanut sauce with pineapple puree to help cut through the fattiness!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-52, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 4–8 pm Mon to Fri, 12–8 pm Sat & Sun

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#15 Lian Kee

One of the popular names that constantly appear on the lists of the best bak chor mee in Singapore, Lian Kee serves both the dish in soup or dry, however most people tend to go for the dry version. The not-so-secret recipe for their addicting bak chor mee lies in the sauce, which is braised with minced pork broth and mushroom sauce in a claypot over charcoal. The mee pok is firm and springy, and soaks up the sauce easily. The bowl of noodles also comes with braised mushrooms, pork slices, meatballs, fishballs, minced pork, and lettuce. No liver here!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-50, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 7:30 am–2 pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon

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#16 Lye Bo

Find high-quality roast meats and Hong Kong-style noodles at Lye Bo. The char siew meat is perfectly charred for that smoky flavour and juicy fatty bits, while the roast pork has a tantalising crispy crackle. Take your pick from white rice or egg noodles, and you can also help yourself to the free-flow crispy pork lard.

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-27, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 8 am–2 pm Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs

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#17 Thuan Viet Authentic Vietnam

Be transported to Vietnam with the authentic Vietnamese cuisine at this stall, which is operated by a family that hails from Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a comforting bowl of Sliced Beef Pho which is MSG-free, robust and rich. The bowl also comes with fresh herbs, silky rice noodles and lean slices of beef. You will also find popular street food items such as Bun Cha, Vietnamese Spring Rolls and Banh Mi!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-02, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–8 pm Tues to Sat, 12–8 pm Sun. Closed on Mon

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#18 New Market Teochew Braised Duck Rice

The queue starts forming even before the stall opens, so you know their Teochew-style braised duck is something to shout about. Their braised duck is tender and comes with a sauce that is very fragrant and flavourful. Be sure to dip the duck meat into their homemade chilli sauce which is the perfect mix of tangy and spicy. For a little bit of everything, go for the Mixed Braised Duck platter which comes with intestines, braised tofu, braised egg and pig skin!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-84, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 11 am–3 pm Mon to Wed, Sat & Sun. Closed Thurs & Fri

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#19 China Square Beef Noodles

Dry, soup, or with rice, the various menu items at China Square Beef Noodles are equally tasty. There’s even an option to have it at your preferred level of doneness, depending on how you like your meat! The Dry Beef Noodle comes drenched in a thick, dark sauce and a healthy helping of beef sauce. The sauce has just a bit of herbal notes and not overly starchy. The bowl of beef soup is clear, but don’t be deceived as it’s full of flavour!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-45, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–8 pm Fri to Tues. Closed Wed & Thurs

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#20 The Thunder Tea Story

Amongst all the heavy hawker delicacies is a humble stall run by a mother-son duo. There is only one item on the menu here – Thunder Tea rice, a traditional Hakka dish that stands out with a nutritious mix of greens, grains and legumes. You can also opt to replace the white rice with brown rice if you’re feeling extra healthy. On the side is a bowl of swampy green soup that, unlike its intimidating appearance, is fresh, vegetal and herbaceous. 

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-55, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 11 am–2:30 pm, 5:30–8 pm Sat to Wed. Closed Thurs & Fri

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#21 Pu Tian Delights

Tucked in a corner of the hawker centre, Pu Tian Delights is one of the hidden gems at this famous food spot, serving up authentic Heng Hwa cuisine that you’ll usually find at restaurants but at affordable prices! Their Putian Lor Mee is a bestseller, with its rich seafood broth and silky, chewy noodles. As a signature dish of the cuisine, the Xing Hwa Bee Hoon is also another must-try.

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-88, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 10 am–9 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed

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#22 Danger Close Beverage Co

Instead of your usual teh or kopi, you’ll find sparkling earl grey and osmanthus tea at this urban hawker stall. Everything is even hand-bottled and canned by the owner on-site! There are plenty to choose from but the best-seller remains the Lady Grey – a tall glass of smoked Chinese red tea accented with citrus peels. In search of a pint? Boozy options are also available with craft beers drafted from a rotating line-up. The joint also frequently spotlights local brewers with a tap dedicated to local beers!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-05, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 12–2:30 pm, 5:30–9:30 pm Tues to Sat. Closed Sun & Mon

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#23 Green Grass Garden

As the stall name suggest, here you’ll find a wide range of grass jelly desserts and drinks. There is almost every kind of traditional local dessert such as beancurd, attap seed and coconut jelly mixed with grass jelly. The stall also has items more catered to modern tastebuds, such as the Matcha Milk Tea with pearls, which you can request your preferred sugar level. The pearls are chewy and don’t change in texture even after sitting out for awhile. Hands down one of the better matcha milk teas around!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-73, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 10 am–9 pm daily

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#24 Selero Minang Nasi Padang

Operated by a husband and wife duo that hails from Sumatra, the humble stall serves up hearty Indonesian food. You won’t go wrong with a serving of their Beef Rendang – tender chunks of beef covered with an aromatic, sweet-spicy gravy .Other yummy companions include the moreish fried chilli egg as well as some stir-fried vegetables. Make sure to complete your plate with a splash of their signature brown gravy and zesty sambal!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-65, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–3 pm Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun

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#25 Xiao Ji Noodle House

While most people would go to the popular Zhang Ji for their Xiao Long Bao cravings, the lesser-known Xiao Ji serves up dumplings that are just as good, but with half the waiting time! The stall is run by a Chinese couple specialising in pot stickers. Each and every one is made up of a crispy yet chewy skin and a juicy combination of well-seasoned pork with chives and white pepper. There are also hand-pulled noodles which are quite well-received, but the underrated Mee Hoon Kuey that is doused in homemade chilli oil is very good too!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-36, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–8:30 pm daily

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#26 Hong Kong Yummy Soup

Opened by a couple from Hong Kong, this Michelin Bib Gourmand stall delivers all the good stuff. For the days when you’re craving for something hot and comforting, they have soups such as  pork rib and lotus root, cordyceps flower with chicken, and cereus with spare ribs, all made without MSG. Just as healthy are the sides such as steamed pork spare ribs and steamed pumpkin and minced pork. Unsurprisingly, this stall is always filled with customers queuing up for their fix! 

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-51, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 12–2:30 pm, 3:15–8:30 pm Mon to Fri. Closed Sat & Sun

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#27 Zhang Ji Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Those who love hawker dim sum, definitely give this stall a try. They specialise in Xiao Long Bao, Pan-Fried Dumplings and Sichuan Spicy Dumplings. If you prefer something more substantial to go with your dumplings, take your pick from their la mian offerings such as Dan Dan Mian and Zha Jiang Mian!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-56, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 11.30 am–2.30 pm, 5 pm–8 pm Thurs to Sun. Closed Mon to Wed

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#28 Haji K.Abdul Muslim Food

Run by a friendly cik trio, the menu at Haji K.Abdul Muslim Food is filled with the usual pickings of Prata, Nasi Biryani, Mutton Chop, and Mee Goreng. The Chicken Curry Biryani includes a heaping pile of basmati rice comes and a curry chicken leg, and the flavour of the curry is well-soaked into the chicken. The tender chicken flesh comes off easily, and it even comes with a big chunk of potato! If you feel like having noodles, go for the Mee Goreng which is sweet, spicy and smoky. You can also ask to add-on chicken for some meatiness in the dish!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-76, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 6 am–8 pm daily

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#29 Zi Jin Cheng Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice

Most people would not even know that Zi Jin Cheng is mentioned in Michelin Guide! Serving up tender Hainanese poached chicken rice, the chicken is smooth and juicy while retaining a good bite, and the rice is cooked with chicken broth making it rich and fragrant. The sauce is delightfully tasty and slightly sweet, and the dish also comes with a side serving of achar to cut through any fattiness!

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-15, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–4 pm Tues to Sat. Closed Sun & Mon

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#30 Mr Avocado Exotic Juice

What better way to wash down a great meal than to get a refreshing and creamy cup of avocado milkshake? Mr Avocado Exotic Juice’s milkshake is fresh, silky and dangerously addictive, achieving a fine balance between the rich avocado blend and the gula melaka sweetener.

Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-19, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–9:30 pm Tues to Fri & Sun. Closed Sat & Mon

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