Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre has a long history, dating back to the 1930s when it was just a rural market to purchase fresh produce and meats. In the 1960s and 70s, what we now know as Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre underwent major renovations to re-home street hawkers along Bukit Timah Canal. Fast forward to today, it is home to over 80 hawker stalls and especially known for the variety of great local food. To help you narrow down your list of must-trys, here are 20 stalls at Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre worth checking out!
Another one of the pioneering stalls here at Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre, Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon consistently draws in a long queue so be prepared to wait up to half an hour. However, the wait is well worth it for one of the best satay bee hoons in Singapore. Sumptuous with thin rice vermicelli, cuttlefish, pork slices, and tau pok, the dish is generously drenched in a luscious rich peanut sauce made with special spices. This is truly a taste that you will not get anywhere else!
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-162, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 11 am–2:30 pm, 5–8:30 pm Wed & Thurs, Sat & Sun. Closed on Mon, Tues, Fri
Another popular stall at Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre, Terry Katong Laksa promotes its noodle dish as a healthier option for it contains no pork, no lard, no MSG, no added sugar and no evaporated creamer. However, even without these ingredients the taste of the laksa broth is still robust, thick and creamy, and blends well with the ingredients of springy noodles, prawns, fishcake slices, and plump cockles.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-194, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 9:30 am–5 pm Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
He Zhong Carrot Cake has been here at Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre since 1973. What is it that makes them special, you ask? First of all, they only do white carrot cake here. Secondly, their carrot cake is still handmade to this day according to a special secret recipe! The resulting dish is a plate of flavourful, eggy and springy carrot cake chunks, generously topped with mildly salty chai poh. Chilli is also smeared on the top to add some additional flavour and spice!
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-185, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 6 am–8 pm Thurs to Tues, 6 am–1 pm Wed
Unlike other hokkien mee, Xie Kee Hokkien Mee uses flat wide yellow noodles much like the ones used in lor mee. It’s full of wok hei and thick gravy clings to the noodles, and it also includes some prawns, sotong and eggs. Some say that it used to taste better in the past, but the long queue seems to say otherwise. Try to get here before peak lunch and dinner hours to avoid a painfully long queue!
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-174, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–11 pm daily
Fans of Yong Seng Satay are not just here for the meat, but for everything that comes with it! Available in either chicken, pork, or mutton, the stall is also known for their satay sauce which is considerably sweeter and tangier than usual. That’s because the owner uses slightly over-ripe pineapples in the recipe, giving the sauce its sweet and tangy flavour profile.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-123, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–9 pm Thurs to Sun. Closed Mon to Wed
The thing that draws customers to Leng Kee Fish Soup is the light and clean-tasting soup. They are also generous with the fish slices, which are firm, tender and fresh, alongside other ingredients like tofu and vegetables. Other than fish soup, they also serve up Fish Porridge, Sliced Fish Mee Sua, Pig’s Liver Mee Sua, and Braised Pig’s Trotter.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-192, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 9 am–6 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
A family-run business, Seng Heng Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice is another one of the stalls at Bukit Timah Food Centre that consistently has a snaking long queue during lunch hour, and they’re only open for four hours! The stall serves up both steamed and roasted chicken along with soups such as Black Chicken, Watercress and Bittergourd with Pork Ribs. The chicken meat is soft, juicy, and thick, while the rice is fragrant with savoury flavours of the chicken stock. Don’t forget the chilli too!
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-177, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 11 am–3 pm Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
You’ll find white bee hoon here alongside a variety of different seafood: sliced fish, la la (clams), prawns, crayfish, squid, and red grouper. Don’t let the light and murky brother deceive you – it is actually incredibly flavourful. The white bee hoon were also a flavour bomb, boasting an intense wok hei fragrance.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-180, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–8 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Here’s something a little different from the usual hawker fare. Living Wholesome Vegetarian Food specialises in a healthy, vegan version of hakka thunder tea rice. The signature packs brown rice with tofu, peanuts and vegetables together, and they also offer a bee hoon version and low-carb version called Kosong!
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-188, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–2 pm Mon to Sat, 10:30 am–12 pm Sun
Be prepared to queue at Jie Ji Boneless Braised Duck if you’re here for lunch! The menu features Duck Noodles, Duck Porridge and Duck Rice along with a set meal. The duck is meaty and tender, and the set meal makes it more hearty with tofu, peanuts and egg, all marinated in the same luscious braised sauce. The soup is light, but it perfectly complements the overall dish.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-151, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 11 am until sold out. Closed on Fri
A Penang specialty, the Penang prawn noodle, is slightly different from the local variation we have in Singapore. 133 Penang Authentic serves up hearty bowls of Penang prawn noodles, with a broth that is cooked for more than five hours with pork bones, prawns, and secret ingredients! In addition to Penang prawn noodles, the stall also sells delicious Penang char kway teow that is moist, chewy, delicate and refreshing!
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-193, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 9 am–3 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Apart from 133 Penang Authentic, there are another three stalls dishing out fragrant plates of char kway teow, and Lian Seng Fried Kway Teow is one of them. This char kway teow is on the drier side, with a mixture of kway teow and yellow noodles, eggs, bean sprouts, vegetables, fish cake and cockles. It is slightly sweet with a good wok hei, and certainly hits the right spot.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-172, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 11 am–8 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Adventurous eaters can make a beeline for Hong Wen Mutton Soup, which serves mutton and a variety of offcuts in a rich herbal broth. Compared to the Indian-Muslim version of the dish, this Chinese-style mutton soup is sweeter and less gamey, all thanks to the generous amount of goji berries added into the soup. You also get big chunks of meat and offals, which are especially tasty when paired with their chilli sauce!
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-160, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 10 am–2 pm, 5–7 pm Sun to Fri. Closed on Sat
For the days when you just want a comforting bowl of porridge, head over to 粥品 where you’ll be spoilt for choice by the variety of congees they have. Every bowl that you order also comes with a youtiao! The porridge base is creamy with broken grains and just the right consistency, and we highly recommend adding an egg too!
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-121, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 8 am–9 pm daily
For some herbal kway chap, visit 138 Kway Chap & Porridge. They have the usual ingredients of tofu, offal and egg braised in a dark, savoury sauce, along with some salted vegetables. Soak up the broth either with noodles or porridge! Also be prepared for a short queue, though the line moves rather quickly.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-138, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 7:30 am–2 pm Fri to Mon. Closed Tues to Thurs
This hawker stall serves only wok-fried dishes such as Ham & Egg Fried Rice, San Lou Hor Fun, Sour & Spicy Hor Fun, alongside their signature Beef Hor Fun and White Bee Hoon. You’ll get to choose from various combinations including sliced beef, seafood, sliced fish, prawns and lala for their white bee hoon, while the Beef Hor Fun is delightfully smooth and saucy with a nice wok hei.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-168, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 10 am–1:30 pm, 4:30–7:30 pm Wed to Sat, 10 am–1:30 pm Sun. Closed on Mon & Tues
One of the newer stalls at Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre. Curry On is operated by a former hotel chef who specialises in turmeric curry rice that comes with either barbecued spare ribs, beef rendang or chicken. Alternatively, you can also have it laksa-style with noodles!
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-133 , Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 10 am–8pm daily
If you’re looking for a snack to share, head over to Hock Le Xiang Rojak for some popiah and rojak. The popiah is filled with juicy turnip and carrot fillings and makes for a great small snack, but the star here is the rojak. Expect crisp you tiao, cucumbers and turnips generously tossed together in a dark glossy prawn paste, along with a shower of ground peanuts on the top.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-152, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 11 am–8 pm daily
Leave some room for Nyonya Chendol, where is only one item on the menu, which is – you guessed it – chendol. Take your pick from four different variations: original, red bean, sweet corn, or D24 durian. No matter which you pick, the chendol is doused in gula melaka syrup and ribbons of pandan jelly, and a great way to end your meal on a sweet note.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-147, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 10 am–9 pm daily
What’s different about Bukit Timah Eating Hut is that the owner does not believe in artificially fattened chickens, so the chicken rice here is made with kampong chickens! They are less oily, sweeter, and healthier than normal chicken meat, however as they are skinnier they tend to have less meat, thus why they’re not commonly used by hawkers. The stall also serves herbal soup instead of the usual chicken soup, making this meal extra healthy and tasty too!
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-197, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 6 am until sold out. Closed on Wed