Located on the top floor of an old school building, Beauty World Food Centre is probably one of the most underrated hawker centres in Singapore. Having been around since the 1980s, today you’ll still find some of the OG stalls around along with newer kids on the block. With around 40 stalls here, here are some of the best to check out.
The owner’s family has been making beef balls for over 60 years now, with his brother running the stall in Penang. Everything here is $5, and you’ll find dishes such as Beef Ball Noodle Soup, Mixed Beef Noodle Soup, Braised Brisket Noodle, Beef Hor Fun, Beef Fried Rice and more. For those who love collagen-rich food, we’ve also heard great things about their Braised Beef Brisket and Tendon Noodles!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-43, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 9:30 am–8 pm Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
Top 1 Home Made Noodle is one of the most popular stalls here and it’s not uncommon for folks from all over the island to make their way here just for their ban mian. Here, you can customise it how you want it. Pick from four different types: soup, tom yum, hot and spicy, or dry. Noodles wise, you have mee hoon kway, you mian, ban mian, mee suah, bee hoon, Hong Kong mee, and egg noodles. There are also premium ingredients available, such as fresh prawns, fish maw or abalone. No matter what you pick, it’s sure to make for a real hearty and satisfying meal!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-44, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 11 am–6:30 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Mutton soup is something that is becoming more uncommon in Singapore, as not everyone likes the gamey taste and scent. But Hong Wen Mutton Soup is still going strong and they’ve been at it for over 40 years! Choose from Mutton Stomach Soup, Mutton Soup, Mutton Tendon Soup or Mixed Mutton Soup. Expect fall-off-the-bone meat and fragrant soup with herbal notes!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-20, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 11 am–3 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Yes, you can get a great bowl of ramen in a hawker centre too! Buta Kin serves hearty ramen and udon for just under $7, and they’re full of ingredients like veggies, charsiu, black fungus and an onsen egg. The broth is tonkotsu-based and you can customise it how you like with black garlic oil or spicy chilli paste.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-28, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 11 am–9 pm Mon to Fri. 10:30 am–9 pm Sat & Sun
Run by a mother-daughter duo, this stall draws in the relatively long queue so be prepared to wait during peak hours. You can get their soya sauce chicken with hor fun, rice or noodles. Another great option is the dumpling noodles. The dumplings are filled with minced meat, prawns and black fungus and are freshly hand made daily!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-48, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 12–7 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Craving for Korean food? Pink Candy is one of the newer stalls around dishing out a variety of Korean classics. You’ll find bibimbap, ginseng chicken, seafood stew and of course – fried chicken! Bigger groups can go for the army stew, and their kimchi also deserves a special shoutout. Made with apples for a sweeter taste, it is a definite must-try!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-60, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–2:30 pm, 5–9:30 pm Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
New visitors to Beauty World Food Centre might be surprised to see XLBs at a hawker centre, but regulars know that You Peng Noodle Dumpling House have been selling handmade dumplings for over a decade. Their Shanghai Fresh Meat Juicy Buns are prepared from scratch daily and are filled with a glorious meaty broth. You’ll also find other Chinese delights like Dan Dan Noodles, Egg & Tomato Noodles and Sour & Spicy Soup. Don’t leave without trying the Sheng Jian Bao too! Filled with minced pork, they are pillowy and have crispy, golden-brown bottoms for a lovely crunch.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-23, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 10 am–9 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Offering a variety of dishes like Turkish kebabs, Greek souvlaki, and Italian pizzas, Hapiha will definitely satisfy your cravings for hearty Mediterranean food. Best of all, they are all made without any MSG! Get the chicken kebab for a fuss-free lunch, or the kofta platter for a filling dinner. End it on a sweet note with a slice of sticky-sweet baklava. Other must-trys include the San Daniele Parma Ham & Rocket Pizza that’s made with 18-month aged parma ham and their oven-baked Lemon Wings Mediterranean!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-55, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 11 am–9 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
If you’ve never had a mochi pie, make sure to get a taste of it at Syiok. They are not overly sweet and come stuffed with plain mochi and your choice of peanut, chocolate and even bobo chacha filling. We love the textures of the flaky pastry crust and the chewy interior! Syiok also sells other creative baked goods, such as Apple Egg Tart, Taro Egg Tart and Yam Puffs.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-59, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 9 am–4 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
The famous fried chicken wing brand was established in 1989, and has since expanded to three other outlets, including one at Beauty World Food Centre. They’re best known for their chicken wings that are crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. They are well-seasoned with an extra crispy batter that’s not too oily. Other than chicken wings, you can also find other snacks that are usually found at most economical bee hoon stalls.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-46, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 9 am–4 pm Tues to Fri, 8 am–3 pm Sat & Sun. Closed on Mon
After a culinary stint at a Ritz-Carlton hotel, chef-owner Janson decided to put what he learnt into a western food stall of his own. Big Boys Sizzling Hot Plate creates interesting flavour combinations – their vongole features hae bee hiam made from an old family recipe dating back over 50 years! Another special dish to try here is the Signature Cornflakes Chicken which is extra crispy thanks to the cornflake crusted outer layer, while the meat remains succulent and juicy.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-25, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 11 am–8:45 pm daily
Another reliable spot to get a taste of Malaysia without having to cross the causeway, some 15 different herbs and spices go into making Feng Xiang’s signature broth, and the result is a deeply comforting soup that feels like a hug for the soul. Tinged with a slight sweetness and herbal notes, tender pork ribs complete the hometown dish. The Dry Bak Kut Teh) is worth a try too. The usual hot broth is replaced with an umami, slightly spicy dark sauce, coating every single pork rib.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-65, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–3 pm, 4:30–8 pm Mon to Fri. 9 am–3 pm, 4:30–8 pm Sat & Sun
Feng Ji has been serving up plates of char kway teow for over 30 years. The style is moist but not wet with a good wok hei, and a plate comes with beansprouts, egg, fish cake, Chinese sausage, fresh cockles and lard bits. While it might not be the most popular stall at Beauty World Food Centre, it is a reliable choice to quell any char kway teow cravings!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-45, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 10 am–9 pm Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues
Blanco Court Fresh Fish Soup should be a familiar name for fish soup lovers, with its main branch located at Beach Road. Made using Batang fish, the Sliced Fish Soup is fresh and tender and goes perfectly with the rich broth. You have the option of adding milk or without. They also serve Fried Fish Soup that comes with the addition of salted fish, which adds depth and dimension to the soup. Just be careful to not take an unsuspecting mouthful as you’d be in for a salty shock!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-21, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 10 am–8 pm daily
Traditional North Indian food is, sadly, still very uncommon in hawker centres, but Dhaba 1376 makes a strong case for why there should be more of them. Their menu is very extensive, with over 40 items featuring starters, kebabs, biryanis and more. The bestseller here is the Chicken Tikka Biryani. Marinated in a variety of spices, the chicken is tender and succulent, and the accompanying curry is spicy, tangy and rich. Wash it all down with a cup of Mango Lassi!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-64, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–3 pm, 5:15–9:15 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
An unassuming stall, Little Red Dot House Of Noodles used to be at Upper Aljunied Road before moving to Beauty World Food Centre in 2020/ Here you’ll find classic Hong Kong noodle dishes such as Wanton Mee, alongside more uncommon dishes like Prawn Paste Pork Chop Noodles and Braised Pork Trotter Noodles. They are generously portioned and well executed, definitely worth checking out the next time you’re here!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-46, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 6:30 am–2 pm Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
Kopifellas first opened at Timbre+ and has another stall at Beauty World, serving traditional and modern beverages in a hawker setting. Expect Black and White Cold Brew, along with Kopi made with coffee beans that are freshly grinded and brewed to bring out the best flavour. Prefer tea instead? You’ll also have a wide selection of options such as Earl Grey Milk Tea, Lychee Tea, Lime Tea, Honey Milk Tea, Honey Oolong Tea and even Thai Milk Tea!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-50, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 7:30 am–5:30 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Started by the same folks behind Kopifellas, find classic Singaporean noodles such as the Signature Smoked Duck Lor Mee, Abalone Noodles, Laksa, Minced Meat Noodles and more at Noodlefellas. The Lor Mee features a generous mound of flat yellow noodles topped with ngor hiang, fish cake and hard-boiled egg, and the smoked duck adds a new dimension of flavour that surprisingly works. The Laksa is also something to shout about with a delicious broth that is not too spicy or salty, too creamy or too watery or too coconut-y.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-49, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 8 am–3 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Zheng Xing Desserts' claim to fame is their tau suan (mung bean). The dessert has a good consistency – it is not too starchy nor diluted. The beans are steamed beforehand and aren’t too mushy or overdone with a good bite. It also comes with you tiao that is freshly toasted at the stall. Apart from tau suan, the stall also sells Green bean with Sago and Coconut Cream, Bubur Terigu (wheat porridge) and Bubur Pulut Hitam (black glutinous rice porridge).
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-58, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 9:30 am–7 pm daily
For a cold dessert instead, head over to Ye Tang Chendol. Here you can get a classic Chendol with attap chee, or other variations such as Red Bean Chendol, Corn Chendol and D24 Durian Chendol. The Gula Melaka that they use here has a rich depth in flavour, and the green chendol jelly is freshly made with pandan leaves!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-26, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 11 am–8:45 pm Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues