Havelock Road Food Centre is also known as the L-shaped hawker centre, known for its food and packed crowds especially during peak hours. It is a relatively small hawker centre housing about 30 hawker stalls and still considered to be somewhat of a hidden gem, as it is situated away from the main streets. However, it is filled with lots of great food, which also includes heritage stalls that have decades of legacy. Without further ado, let’s delve into 15 stalls that you should most definitely try at Havelock Road Food Centre!
Amidst the rows of stalls in Havelock Road Food Centre stands one stall that has over 60 years of legacy. Previously helmed by an elderly couple, the stall has since been handed over to Ms Yim to continue their legacy. The menu is concise with just two items: Prawn Noodles and Pig Tail Noodles. And as with most noodle stalls, you can opt for the dry or soup version, and you also have the option of adding pig skin and intestines to your prawn noodles, in addition to fresh prawns, sliced meat slices, fish cake and a sprinkling of fried shallots.
Address: 22A Havelock Road, #01-24, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 6 am–1:30 pm Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
You Yi Fish Soup is another stall at Havelock Road Food Centre selling fish soup, but the highlight here is the fried fish. They are golden and crispy on the outside thanks to their style of batter. Their tom yum soup also comes highly recommended, and you can take your pick from six different noodles such as bee hoon, ban mian, you mian, mee hoon kuey, mee sua and more.
Address: 22A Havelock Road, #01-30, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–4 pm Mon to Fri. Closed Sat & Sun
Laksa is a popular local favourite, and Guang Fa Laksa certainly serves one that is deliciously satisfying. Thick and rich, the laksa broth here is savoury and fragrant from the addition of coconut milk and hae bee hiam. A standard bowl of laksa comes with your typical ingredients like beansprouts, fish cake, a whole hard boiled egg and tau pok, along with a dollop of sambal chilli. Fans of cockles also have the option of going for the Only Cockles Laksa!
Address: 22A Havelock Road, #01-08, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 8 am–1:30 pm Mon & Tues, Thurs to Sat. Closed Wed & Sun
Meng Kee Fried Kway Teow has been in business for over 40 years. The stall was run by a father-daughter duo for a long time, before the daughter took over completely. You can find Fried Kway Teow and Beansprout Cockles on the menu here. The kway teow is charred perfectly with hints of smokiness and comes with lup cheong, beansprouts, cockles and pork lard bits. It is definitely one of the more underrated char kway teow stalls in Singapore and totally worth checking out!
Address: 22A Havelock Road, #01-07, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 9 am–2:45 pm Mon to Fri, 9 am–5 pm Sat. Closed on Sun
Covent Garden Kway Chap is another popular stall in Havelock Road Food Centre, and with almost 60 years of history it’s not hard to see why. The family-run business specialises in kway chap with all the usual fixings: intestines, pig skin, braised egg, tau pok and more. The broth is well-balanced – neither too light nor too jelak, with a tinge of herbal notes. Fried shallots are also scattered on top before serving, adding another layer of flavour and texture to the dish.
Address: 22A Havelock Road, #01-05, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 9 am–2:45 pm Mon to Fri, 9 am–5 pm Sat. Closed on Sun
Turtle soup is one of those things that are getting increasingly hard to find in Singapore, but one place where you can still get it is Havelock Turtle Soup. The turtle meat is tender while the soup is light bodied, savoury and sweet with some light herbal notes. It is perfect to pair together with their fluffy yum rice and garlicky chilli sauce!
Address: 22A Havelock Road, #01-04, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 9 am–3 pm Wed to Sat. Closed Sun to Tues
Located at the corner of Havelock Road Food Centre is Yu Mei Mei Shi, which specialises in fish soup and has been around for over 20 years. The stall offers a slightly wider variety than the usual, so besides the commonly found batang fish, they also have prawns and red grouper, as well as more unusual items such as fish roe and shirako. The soup base may look light and clear, but it is actually very sweet and flavourful.
Address: 22A Havelock Road, #01-15, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 9 am–3 pm Tues to Sat. Closed Sun & Mon
Tutu kueh is one of those old-school snacks that are getting increasingly hard to come by. You can still find them at Du Du Cooked Food, a popular stall selling old-school tutu kueh with coconut and peanut. Here, each tutu kueh is made fresh to order, and their rice flour is freshly pounded each day using an old-school machine from the 1960s. Apart from the regular sized tutu kueh, you can also get an XXL version here. Best enjoyed piping hot!
Address: 22B Havelock Road, #01-05, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 7 am–1 pm Tues to Sat. Closed Sun & Mon
Soon Heng Hong Kong Style Charcoal Roast at Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre serves the usual roasts like char siew, roasted pork, roasted duck and roasted chicken. You can get them in a variety of combinations, and they come with white rice that’s drizzled with dark soy sauce and a hard boiled egg. You can also add on additional ingredients like pig skin, which is nicely braised and still retains a bite to it. The chili sauce here is also not the sambal kind, but one closer to chicken rice chilli. Slightly sourish, it definitely whets the appetite!
Address: 22A Havelock Road, #01-03, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 8 am–3 pm daily
Founded in 1965, the fishballs, fish dumplings and fish cakes at Khin Kee Fishball Kway Teow are all handmade by the owner, so no factory made ingredients here. A bowl of fishball noodles features al dente noodles, tossed with a mixture of lard oil, lard bits and a spicy-vinegary sauce. The fishcakes and fish dumpling are yummy, but the star of the show here is the fishballs which are bouncy with a good bite.
Address: 22B Havelock Road, #01-06, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 8 am–5 pm Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues
IAAI sells traditional Malay food including curry puffs, lontong, mee rebus, mee siam, mee soto and nasi lemak. The mee siam comes with a generous amount of ingredients such as beansprouts, hard boiled egg and tau kwa, instead of the usual tofu puffs. The mee siam also has similar ingredients, but it is made with yellow noodles bathed in a thick gravy that is flavourful but not too oily, salty or sticky. The dishes here taste homely and they often sell out by 11 am, so make sure to get here early!
Address: 22A Havelock Road, #01-23, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 7 am–9 pm daily
Ivan’s Porridge serves a variety of Cantonese-style porridge. The stall has been around for quite some time now, and their popular dishes include Pork Porridge, Sliced Fish Porridge and Chicken Porridge. Each bowl is prepared individually, and the rice grains are broken and creamy. If you’re not feeling like porridge, the stall also has fried bee hoon that are just as popular!
Address: 22B Havelock Road, #01-11, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 7 am–1 pm Tues & Wed, Fri to Sun. Closed Mon & Thurs
Zheng Nasi Lemak at Havelock Road Food Centre serves Chinese-style nasi lemak. The stall offers six simple set meals for you to choose from, including Chicken Drumstick Set, Chicken Wing Set, Fish Set, Otah Set and more. The rice is nice and fluffy with a coconut-y aroma, while the chilli is hot and spicy. The rest of the ingredients are what you’d expect from a nasi lemak stall, and although nothing to shout about, it’s still a great spot to have your nasi lemak fix.
Address: 22A Havelock Road, #01-12, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 10 am–1 pm Mon, Wed to Sat. Closed Tues & Sun
Economic Food sells simple old-school food like fried bee hoon, fried noodles, chee cheong fun, chwee kueh and wah kueh. Some days all you need for breakfast is a simple plate of fried bee hoon with an egg, luncheon meat and cabbage. Granted it’s not the most healthy, but it sure is comforting. Furthermore, the stall cooks their ingredients in small batches so they are fresher.
Address: 22B Havelock Road, #01-17, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 11 am–3 pm Sun & Mon, 9 am–6 pm Tues to Fri, 9:30 am–6:30 pm Sat