Built in 1968, the standalone Blk 75 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Food Centre comprises 36 cooked food stalls. A humble neighbourhood coffeeshop, it is a few minutes from Toa Payoh MRT and bus interchange. While it may not be as famous as other big hawker centres in Singapore, it is still home to many beloved food haunts such as He Jia Ban Mian Mee Hoon Kuay and Song Kee Kway Teow Noodle Soup. Here are more food stalls to try from Blk 75 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Food Centre!
Da Ji Hainanese Chicken Rice is super popular with the dinner crowd. Their plate of chicken rice stands out from everyone else because instead of the usual roasted or steamed chicken, they pair their chicken rice with fried chicken wings instead! The fried wings are crispy and well-marinated with an old-school flavour, and pairs perfectly with the accompanying chilli dip. But if you’re not a fan of fried stuff, Da Ji also has your regular chicken rice with roasted or steamed chicken too.
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-31, Singapore 310075
Opening Hours: 6:30pm–12am, Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
Now run by the third generation, Fang Yuan Satay was founded in 1966 by the current owner’s grandfather. Serving both pork and chicken satay, the grilled skewers have a nice combination of succulent meat and fat. Grilled over charcoal fire, each satay is well marinated and very flavourful. They also had a beautiful char, so you get a little bit of those smoky dark bits with every mouthful!
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-25, Singapore, 310075
Opening Hours: 6–11pm daily
You’ve probably heard of the famous Song Kee brand in Singapore, and one of its outlets, Song Kee Kway Teow Noodle Soup has been at Blk 75 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Food Centre for almost two decades. The menu is straightforward with just fishball noodles in dry or soup. Each bowl of noodles includes a generous amount of ingredients, from their signature fish dumplings, fishballs, meatballs and fish cakes. While their fishballs are just average compared to the other Song Kee outlets, their fish dumpling is stellar with a well marinated filling. The broth is light and flavourful with a touch of shallot oil, and for the dry version al dente noodles are also tossed in fragrant pork lard, chilli and vinegar.
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-20, Singapore 310075
Opening Hours: 10:30am–10:30pm, Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Craving for a steaming hot bowl of noodles in the middle of the night? He Jia Huan Ban Mian serves a variety of noodles like ban mee and mee hoon kway until 3am! The bowl of soupy goodness is a combination of salty ikan billis with meatballs and minced pork, along with your choice of starchy noodles. While the soup is already great on its own, those who like a spicy kick can always add some chilli into the noodles!
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-14, Singapore 310075
Opening Hours: 3pm–3am daily
Another queue-commanding stall, Cockle Fried Kway Teow is run by an old couple. Each plate of fried kway teow has an alluring smoky flavour and the pork lard offers a crunch amongst the slippery kway teow, along with lup cheong (Chinese sausages), cockles, eggs and beansprouts. They also serve White Kway Teow, which is fried kway teow without dark soy sauce.
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-08, Singapore 310075
Opening Hours: 5–11pm, Wed to Sat. Closed Sun to Tues.
Another fried kway teow stall at Blk 75 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Food Centre, Soon Lee Fried Kway Teow serves a fried kway teow with a wet texture and a mild bit of wok hei, along with the typical ingredients of cockles, fish cake slices, eggs, beansprouts and bits of lard. The stall has been around for over four decades and has its fair share of loyal customers, however it seems that the standard hasn’t always been consistent in recent years.
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-09, Singapore 310075
Opening Hours: 12:30–8:30pm, Tues to Fri. Closed Sat to Mon
Craving for some BBQ stingray? Toa Payoh Hotplate BBQ Fish will satisfy all your cravings. The stingray is fresh and tender, cooked to perfection with a spicy aromatic sambal. Other sambal dishes include lala, sotong and prawns. It is also said that they have one of the best sambals in Singapore – we’ll leave it to you to be the judge!
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-27, Singapore 310075
Opening Hours: 4:30–10:30pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Mei Ji Rojak is one of the popular Chinese rojak stalls around with its own loyal followers as well. You will find the usual rojak ingredients here, such as crispy you tiao (deep fried dough fritters), pineapples, cucumbers, apple, beansprouts, turnips, young mango and bunga kantan (ginger flower) mixed in a sweet rojak sauce and topped with grated peanuts, coating the bits and pieces nicely.
Address: 75 Lor 5 Toa Payoh, Lorong 5, #01-04, 310075
Opening Hours: 2:30pm–12am, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
A less-commonly seen Thai version of the Teochew dish, Thai kway chap features a broth that’s significantly more on the peppery side. A bowl of kway chap here includes roasted pork, boiled pork, pork balls, pig skin, an array of innards and rolled rice noodles. Dip the meaty elements into the accompanying chilli sauce available, which cuts through the meatiness with a tangy note!
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-26, Singapore 310075
Operating till 1am, Chaoyang Prawn Noodle is also a popular spot for supper at Blk 75 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Food Centre. What makes this prawn mee unique is that it includes a serving of braised pork which you might expect to see at a kway chap stall instead! The soup base is also delicious and has a natural sweetness to it. Aside from prawn shells, the soup is also made with a host of other seafood such as blue swimmer crabs, dried scallops and other secret ingredients!
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-15, Singapore 310075
Opening Hours: 5–11pm, Tues to Sat. Closed on Sun & Mon
Serving up old school bak chor mee, the bowl of noodles comes with the usual suspects such as fish balls, pork slices, minced meat, braised mushrooms and some veggies. It is also paired with a bowl of tasty soup! Open till 11.30pm, Somerset Minced Meat Noodle makes for a great late dinner or supper choice if you’re in the mood for some comforting bak chor mee.
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-11, Singapore 310075
Opening Hours: 11:30am–11:30pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Round off your meal with some desserts from Sweet Heart Dessert. They serve a variety of hot and cold desserts. One popular item you should try is the refreshing Commando Dessert, which sees a mountain of shaved ice topped with longans, red tea jelly and condensed milk! If you’re looking for a small snack, the stall also sells handmade curry puffs, sardine puffs and spring rolls!
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-06, Singapore 310075
Opening Hours: 12pm–12am, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Huat Heng Fried Hokkien Noodle serves one of the best fried Hokkien mee in Toa Payoh, with thick yellow noodles and rice vermicelli noodles fried in a rich prawn and pork stock, served with some amazing sambal on the side. The broth is absorbed nicely in the noodles and yet retains a nice bite. Crispy pork lard adds a crispy texture and nice bite along with sotong, pork belly and prawns.
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-29, Singapore 310075