Ci Yuan Hawker Centre is the very first food centre in Singapore to be located in a community club. Managed by the social enterprise subsidiary of Fei Siong Group, the food centre has a mix of established hawkers as well as young hawkers who went through Fei Siong’s hawker-preneurship program. The program pairs retiring hawkers with budding entrepreneurs, with the objectives of encouraging and providing these young people with a chance to operate their own food stalls as well as to preserve our local traditional hawker food heritage. At Ci Yuan Hawker Centre, food options range from local favourites like chicken rice and fried hokkien mee to other international food items like Shanghainese guo tie and xiao long bao, Western food fare as well as Japanese cuisine. Apart from! Without further ado, let’s delve into the best stalls to try at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre.
Jue Dai Lor Mee seems to be quite the hit with a frequent queue here, and you’ll have not one, or two, but four different variations of lor mee here: Yam Roll Lor Mee, Chicken Cutlet Lor Mee, Traditional Lor Mee and Cod Fish Lor Mee. As for the gravy, think dark brown, starchy goodness that clings onto the noodles and ingredients with ease but isn’t overwhelming on the palate!
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-13, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 8 AM–9:45 PM daily
Run by Madam Gao and her husband, this stall specialises in fried delights, such as Fried Kway Teow, Fried Oyster and Fried Carrot Cake. Madam Gao first learnt how to prepare these dishes from her husband’s family and has been running her own stall at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre since 2015. Her Oyster Omelette, made with fresh imported oysters from Korea, is a must-try!
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-04, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–3 PM, 4–8:30 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
One of the graduates of Fei Siong Group’s hawker-preneurship programme in 2015, Derrick subsequently started operating his own stall at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre with the help of his mentor, veteran hawker Foo Joon Khoon. Derrick’s rendition of the Hainanese Chicken Rice stands out thanks to his self-developed recipe that features wild rice grains cooked with aromatic ginger, garlic and homemade chicken stock. The dish is completed with moist and tender slices of poached chicken!
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-05, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 11 AM–8:30 PM Mon to Sun
Marrying two Malay and Indonesian specialty dishes, Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang gives you the best of both worlds. Their signature dish features aromatic coconut rice served with Lombok-style marinated and grilled chicken. If you love your spice, you’ll be spoilt for choice here with not two, not three, but four different types of chilli sauces: Taliwang, Balado, Cabe Ijo and Kichap Sambal!
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-40, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 7 AM–8 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Looking for affordable and delicious Korean fried chicken? Jade's Chicken & Korean Cuisine will fulfil your craving with baskets of crispy chicken in addictive flavours, such as Original Crispy, Soy, Sweet Spicy, and Honey Butter. The Original Crispy also comes with three choices of dipping sauce: wasabi mayo, honey mustard, and plain ketchup. The chicken is well-marinated and juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside. Also order up a side of Topokki or Tofu Stew for a truly hearty and satisfying meal!
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-18, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–9 PM daily
Run by a second-generation hawker who learnt from his father how to cook fish soup when he was just 8 years old, Mr Wu has been carrying on the trade for almost four decades. The Teochew fish soup here is described as having a “traditional taste”, brewed purely using batang (Spanish mackerel) fish bones and fish head. Customers love the light and clear broth, which is flavourful with the natural sweetness from the fish, and the thick slices of batang that are firm and perfectly cooked.
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-15, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 7 AM–9 PM daily
With roots dating back to 1960, Leo Satay is part of a family heritage spanning three generations. The Leo family takes pride in using choice cuts of meat and fine spices to produce delicious satay. You can order their chicken and pork satay by the stick, or in a set consisting of five skewers and one ketupat (rice cake). And don’t forget the accompanying peanut sauce, blended with sweet and tangy pineapple sauce.
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-31, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 3–10 PM Tues to Fri, 12–10 PM Sat & Sun
Having been in the business for over 20 years, lady boss Sandy has a wealth of experience as a hawker. The menu here is extensive and counts Hong Kong-style Wanton Noodles, Dumpling Noodles, Braised Soft Pork Ribs Noodles and Mushroom Chicken Feet Noodles as customer faves. All the dumplings and braised meats are freshly prepared every day, and only select cuts with a good ratio of lean meat to fat are used!
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-06, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 7 AM–10 PM daily
A hawker-preunership programme graduate, Yi Jie spent three months gaining work experience at Nam Kee Pau. Following the traditional method he learned, the Mee Hoon Kueh dough here is freshly made and torn by hand to achieve the perfect, chewy bite. The noodles are served in a comforting homemade broth brewed over several hours using pig’s bones for natural sweetness. Other popular dishes include Koka Noodle, Ee Mian and Pork Porridge!
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-08, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 11 AM–9 PM Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
No matter the hour of the day, you are likely to see a queue in front of this stall. The main attraction? The Signature Noodle which comprises springy egg noodles topped with handmade fishballs, slices of fishcake, and a special meatball made using a blend of minced fish and pork. If you are craving a simple but hearty bowl of noodles, this is sure to hit the spot! Did we also mention that they’re open for 24 hours?
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-07, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 24 hours. Closed on Tues
With over 40 years of culinary experience and having worked at Crystal Jade and Royal London Duck previously, veteran chef Mr Leung switched to the hawker trade in 2015. From Guangdong and Putien cuisine to Mala Xiang Guo, there is plenty to be savoured here. Try the White Beehoon, White Lor Mee, and Spicy Fried Chicken!
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-26, Singapore 538776
Established in 1961, Yu Kee started out as a hawker pushcart stall in Nee Soon selling braised duck rice. More than 30 years later, today Yu Kee is a well-known heritage brand that is popular for its Teochew duck rice. The tender meat is doused in a secret traditional recipe braised gravy and served with delicious chilli sauce made with ikan bilis.
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-12, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 10 AM–7 PM Thurs to Mon, 10 AM–5 PM Tues & Wed
Man Man Chi is helmed by Kit, who specialises in authentic and nostalgic delights like Soon Kueh, Png Kueh, Yam Cake, Glutinous Rice and Chee Cheong Fun. Not only are these items made from scratch everyday, Kit also concocts his own sauces for the perfect pairing with each dish. A must-try is definitely the Curry Chee Cheong Fun which is something you don’t find commonly in Singapore!
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-38, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 7 AM–3 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Having graduated from Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme, Ivan is one of the pioneer hawkers at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre. Noting that there are many Teochew residents in the neighbourhood, he fine-tuned his recipes to cater to their preference for stronger flavours. If you’re a bak chor mee fan, make sure to try his Meatball Minced Meat Noodles! Other recommended dishes include Mini Pot Noodles and Teochew Handmade Fish Dumpling Noodles.
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-20, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 9:30 AM–8:30 PM Mon & Wed, 8 AM–8:30 PM Tues, Thurs to Sun
The best of Chinese food all in one stall! Here, you get to savour handmade Xiao Long Bao and noodles. Catch the chef in action kneading the dough and making them into thin delicate wrappers for the dumplings. Other highlights include the Guo Tie and Chong Qing Mala Noodles.
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-37, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 10 AM–9 PM Sun & Tues, 9 AM–9 PM Wed to Sat. Closed on Mon
Unlike most other vegetarian hawker food stalls with a smaller selection, Shu Shi Piao Xiang Vegetarian offers a variety of 20 to 30 dishes daily! You can pick your favorite dishes economical rice-style, and have them with brown rice or bee hoon. Try the vegetarian kidney, sweet and sour beancurd, and rendang soy-based “mutton”, and remember to add a dollop of their homemade chilli sauce!
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-33, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 6 AM–2 PM Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
Previously working at Crystal Jade, the chef-owner of this stall hails from Hong Kong and now serves sumptuous yet affordable Chinese Cantonese tze char fare in the heartlands. He has about 50 dishes he considers his signatures, including Pork Rib with Coffee & Sliced Almond, Salted Egg Shrimp Ball, Homestyle Beancurd with Mushroom, and Hong Kong Yew Mee.
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-23/24, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 11 AM–9 PM daily
Serving up a unique Western fusion menu, Brostern has received many rave reviews since its opening in 2020. Highlights include the Roti John Tarik, the Jumbo Burg, and the massive Ambeng Deluxe Platter which is great for sharing amongst family and friends. You can also Make Your Own Meal by putting together your own combination of carbs, protein, sauce and sides!
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-39/41, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 12–9 PM Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
Formerly a restaurant chef, Vijay opened his stall at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre 3 years ago, selling Indian food and beverages. Vijay keeps his food affordable so everyone can enjoy it – his Plain Prata costs just $1 each! Other popular dishes here include Masala Thosai, Briyani and Mee Goreng. To complete this utterly satisfying meal, end off with a fragrant cup of Teh Tarik or Teh Halia.
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-43, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM–8:30 PM daily
Being a lover of traditional dessert, Aericurl took up the challenge of opening a traditional dessert stall upon graduating from Fei Siong’s hawkerpreneur program. Assisted by her mother, Aericurl came up with her own dessert recipes. Their bestseller is the Chendol, drizzled with rich Gula Melaka and coconut milk. Other well-loved desserts include the bubur hitam and earl grey longan ice!
Address: 51 Hougang Ave 9, #01-25, Singapore 538776
Opening Hours: 11 AM–8 PM daily