It might not be among the most well-known hawker centres in Singapore, but Mei Ling Market & Food Centre boasts of a long history. Established in 1969, it has undergone multiple renovations since then with the most recent one being in 2021, remaining a firm favourite for residents of the surrounding Queenstown area. From Michelin-approved Hor Fun to Chicken Rice, Hokkien Mee and Carrot Cake, here are 20 stalls to check out at Mei Ling Market & Food Centre!
A Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient, Shi Hui Yuan is a simple stall specialising in one thing – hor fun. They come in a selection of toppings that include braised duck, chicken, pork ribs, chicken feet and mushrooms. The hor fun is then doused with up to three kinds of braised gravy that come from the stews of the different ingredients, creating a rich, robust, delicious yet complex flavour. Apparently, the braising sauce has been stewed continuously over the last 30-plus years!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-33, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 9 am–2 pm Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues
Good Beef Brisket Noodles are hard to come by in Singapore’s hawker centres, but this is one of them – it’s even featured in the Michelin Guide! Dig into Lao Jie Fang’s Hong Kong-style Braised Beef Noodles, which comes with al dente egg noodles coated in a savoury, umami and slightly spicy braised sauce, topped with tender chunks of beef brisket and some leafy greens. Apart from the Braised Beef Noodles, the stall also serves Pork Rib Noodles and Pig Trotter Noodles, the latter of which is slow-cooked so the meat is fall-off-the-bone!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-15, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 8 am–2 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Originally from the now-defunct Margaret Drive Food Centre, Xin Lu has been serving their handmade fishball noodles for more than five decades. Currently helmed by the third generation, the fishballs are still handmade in-store with wolf herring and yellowtail fish. They are shaped slightly larger than usual, with a supple bounciness and chewiness. They can also be purchased raw to be cooked at home! These are especially popular around Chinese New Year when many would order in advance for their steamboat dinners at home.
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-05, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 5:45 am–3 pm Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
If you’re in the mood for a yummy serving of Hainanese chicken rice, make your way to Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice, where you’ll get a plate of fragrant rice topped with your choice of tender steamed or roasted chicken, along with some slivers of cucumber and a small bowl of soup on the side. Sin Kee also takes up two stalls, with the right side serving porridge and other dishes such as fried bee hoon and chicken wings – worth a try too!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-22, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 10 am–3:30 pm daily
This is another famous Teochew-style fishball noodles stall in Mei Ling Market & Food Centre. The stall is always busy, even at off-peak hours! Compared to Xin Lu, the noodles at Hup Kee come with more ingredients such as tasty fishballs, pork balls, fish cakes and fish dumplings. The fishballs here are very soft and quite bouncy – easily the best part of the meal. A little bit of their chilli goes a long way!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-38, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 6:45 am–2 pm Sun to Thurs. Closed Fri & Sat
Amoy Street Boon Kee Prawn Noodle has recently relocated to Mei Ling Market & Food Centre. This humble stall has a loyal following for its mouthwatering prawn noodles, so come prepared to queue! Whether you prefer the dry version with their house-made chilli sauce or the comforting and rich prawn noodle soup, their yummy offerings will leave you impressed and craving for more. Expect a robust but well-balanced broth, with a light hint of pork bones and an intense prawn-y aroma!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-06, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 7 am–1:30 pm Tues to Sat. Closed Sun & Mon
Find simple offerings of Fried Fish Lor Mee and Prawn Noodles in both soup and dry at Hui Wei. The lor mee was loaded with all sorts of ingredients – fried fish, egg, pork slices, and beansprouts, all soaked in a thick, starchy gravy together with thick yellow noodles. While the texture is on point, the flavours are on the lighter side, so load up on the vinegar, chilli and garlic condiments if you’re a fan of heavier flavours!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-14, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 7 am–1:30 pm Tues to Sun. Closed Mon
Another Michelin-recommended stall at Mei Ling Market & Food Centre, Heng Long BBQ Chicken Rice was previously located at the nearby Stirling Road. Well known for their Cantonese-style roast meats, expect all the classics such as Poached Chicken, Roast Chicken, Honey Char Siew and Roast Pork. The Roast Chicken sports a thin and crispy skin, and the Char Siew is covered in a yummy marinade while the Roast Pork features a crackly skin. Some regard should be given to the rice too, which is fragrant, fluffy and not too oily!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-42, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–7:30 pm daily
Hokkien Mee lovers can make a beeline for Newton Tan Song Heng. As its name suggests, it used to be located at Newton Food Centre. Each portion of Hokkien Mee comes with yellow and white noodles, pork slices, fresh beansprouts and juicy prawns, along with a healthy whiff of wok hei. Tie the dish all together with a plentiful squeeze of lime and a spoonful of their chilli sauce! If you’re particularly famished, you can also try out their fried kway teow.
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-40, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 10 am–12:30 pm Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues
This carrot cake stall sells out quite early in the morning, sometimes by 9 am which is before their stated closing time, so come as early as possible to secure yourself a plate. They serve both white and black versions made with soft cubes of carrot cake that are made and fried onsite. Featuring punchy flavours and a great wok hei, it’s not hard to see why they have so many regular customers. Though portions are on the smaller side and big eaters may need more than one plate to feel fully satiated!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-41, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 7–10 am Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues
For traditional and delicious Malay dishes at wallet-friendly prices, you can’t beat the offerings from Muslim Delicacies & Food Stall. Take your pick from the menu which feature the the likes of mee siam, mee goreng and mee rebus; or rice-based meals such as nasi lemak with your choice of protein; and other items from lontong to tahu goreng!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-46, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 5–9 am daily
Who says you need to go to Hai Di Lao or Beauty in the Pot to enjoy a steamboat meal, when you can do so right at a hawker centre at a fraction of the price? Ah Pang Steamboat Seafood has been around for 25 years, and here you can have a steamboat feast with all the usual fixings: pork, beef, chicken, seafood, mushrooms and Chinese vegetables, alongside an array of warming broths. The homemade chilli is fragrant with a fiery spice that would definitely entice chilli lovers, and it serves as a really good accompaniment to all the steamboat ingredients!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-21, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 5–10 pm Thurs to Mon. Closed Tues & Wed
Here for breakfast but need something more than kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs? There are a couple of economic bee hoon stalls in Mei Ling Market & Food Centre, but You Huat easily draws in the longest line. Items that you can order include chicken wing, fish cutlet, ngoh hiang, fried popiah, fish cake, otah, hotdog, cabbage, chicken cutlet and egg. Also on the menu are Chee Cheong Fun, Nasi Lemak, and Peanut Porridge!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-19, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 6 am–12 pm Thurs to Mon. Closed Tues & Wed
This tze char and claypot stall may be under-the-radar, but it serves up affordable and comforting dishes very much worth a try. Items on the menu include Claypot Pork-Rib or Beef Noodles, Sliced Fish with Spring Onion and Rice, Fried Beef Kway Teow and more. The Pig Trotter Fried Bee Hoon brings back nostalgic memories with silky beehoon cooked with melt-in-the-mouth pig trotters. The smoky wok hei makes it even better!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-13, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–7:30 pm Wed, Sat & Sun. Closed Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri
Serving up economic rice and beehoon, He Li Cooked Food serves a white beehoon that may look bland and tasteless at first glance. Looks are deceiving, and the white beehoon is honestly good enough to eat on its own! After the stall has sold out of their white beehoon, they'll fry up the normal light brown version which is just as good. If you’re here at noon, you won’t go wrong with a plate of economic rice and your choice of ingredients to fuel you up.
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-29, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 6 am–2 pm daily
What’s special about this carrot cake is that affable cook does not use any preserved radish. In fact, this version is similar to Penang’s plain koay kak that relies very much on the seasoning and frying skill. To compensate for the lack of chai poh, a generous amount of chopped garlic is used – which adds a distinctive aroma and flavour. The plate of carrot is very well fried with a good wok hei, and together with the eggs and robust seasoning, this becomes very enjoyable plate of carrot cake.
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-44, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 8 am–2 pm daily
At first glance, this humble looking stall does not seem to offer much. You’ll find a small range of sides to go with their Nasi Lemak, along with local breakfast fare such as Yam Cake, Pumpkin Cake, Chee Cheong Fun and Peanut Porridge. The Yam and Pumpkin Cake may look small, but they’re satisfyingly wobbly yet softly firm, and generously filled with dices of yam, pumpkin and bits of hae bi. It is flavourful and actually quite substantial for its size!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-10, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 4 am–3 pm daily
Jia Wei serves Nasi Lemak that is both cheap and affordable! For under $3, you will be able to get a plate of Nasi Lemak with fluffy coconut rice, chicken wing and egg. Don’t be surprised to find a snaking queue here – this is simply too good of a deal to miss! Make sure to also get a generous helping of their sweet and spicy sambal to tie the meal all together.
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-17, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 10 am–3 pm daily
While Huat Kueh is usually be associated with festivals and offerings, Mr Bready appeals to the modern and younger market with their unique flavours that includes matcha, dark chocolate, gula melaka and mango peach! They are also less sweet and healthier than traditional pastries like cakes and cookies, as their sweetness mainly come from sweet potatoes. Other than steamed cakes, Mr Bready also offer different types of bread, such as Wintermelon Mochi Wholemeal Bun. The mochi stuffed in the bread was chewy, sticky and imparts a subtle sweetness. The varying textures in the bread makes it really fun to eat!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-31, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: 9 am–3 pm Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues
Craving for a light local breakfast with a hearty fix? With a history dating back to 1993, Delisnacks does a variety of fried dough snacks like you tiao, ham chim peng, butterfly bun, goreng pisang and more. We can’t turn back time, but these fried fritters fondly savour the past. Best paired with a cup of kopi or soya bean!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Rd, #02-28, Singapore 140159