Opened in 1971, Newton Food Centre is Singapore’s first hawker centre built without a wet market. Street hawkers had been gathering at this crossroad for a weekly bazaar since the 1950s, and by 1960 it had become so popular the bazaar was held three times a week. Realising it was a significant intersection entering into town, the government decided to build a hawker centre here and touted it as “hawker stalls in a garden setting,” in line with PM Lee’s vision to turn the island into a garden city “within three years”. Since then, Newton Food Centre has remained as one of Singapore’s most popular food centres, and it has long been regarded as a must-visit tourist hotspot. Many locals were excited to see it featured in Crazy Rich Asians, but getting featured in a Hollywood movie probably didn’t help its case much. The prices here might be a tad higher but that’s not to say that it’s without its fair share of delicious local grub. With over 100 stalls to choose from, here are some of our favourite stalls in Newton Circus Food Centre!
Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette has a history that dates back to 1966, first operating at Glutton Square in Orchard Road before moving to Newton. Widely considered to a local hawker legend, the oyster omelette stall still draws in a queue day after day. The oyster omelette is fried till it has a crispy exterior. The fresh oysters kiss the hot skillet ever so slightly, so they’re still plump and creamy. The blend of textures and flavours is simply swoon-worthy. Pair that with some of their homemade chilli, and you have a perfect bite right there!
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave N, #01-73, Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: 6pm - 12am, Tues to Sat. Closed on Sun & Mon
You can't make a trip to Newton Food Centre without ordering some grilled seafood. Guan Kee is at the top of the game when it comes to sambal stingrays. The sambal chilli here has just the right level of sting with a subtle smokiness. The fish is fresh and falls apart beautifully. On the side, lime juice and cincalok cuts through the fire.
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave N, #01-53, Singapore 229495
Opening hours: 11am - 12am daily
This Michelin Bib Gourmand stall has been serving up piping hot plates of carrot cake for over 50 years and are touted to have one of the best carrot cakes here in Singapore! Their white carrot cake is well covered in fried eggy goodness, while its black counterpart has a nice hint of wok hei and is satisfyingly soft on the inside. Can’t decide? Get the mixed plate so you have the best of both worlds!
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave N, #01-28, Singapore 229495
Operating Hours: 6pm - 12.30am, Wed - Mon. Closed on Tues
Soon Wah used to operate out of an Orchard carpark before moving to Newton in 1977. Until today, their fishballs and giao (fish dumplings) are still made by hand daily! The size of ping pong balls, the fishballs are the perfect complement to the springy, al dente noodles. In fact we're quite sure they will bounce if you try to throw it, but please let's not waste yummy food.
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave N, #01-69, Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: 6pm - 9.30pm, Mon & Tues, Thurs - Sat. Closed on Wed and Sun
To be honest, you’ll rarely see popiah stalls make the list of ‘must-eats’ in hawker centres. Bee Heng is one of the exceptions! Now run by the third generation, this grandfather of popiah stalls has been around since the 1930s. Their turnip is cooked in seafood stock and still retains a crunch when you bite into it. It is wrapped in a papery thin skin with the rest of the filling such as hard boiled egg, beansprouts and some chilli sauce.
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave N, #01-12, Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: 11.45am - 11pm, Tues - Sun. Closed on Mon
Chicken wings and satays are another must-have at local food centres. There are several stalls in Newton Food Centre, but one of the best has to be TKR! Their chicken wings and satays are juicy, well-marinated, perfectly caramelised and charred. And as far as we know, they’re the only stall in Singapore with prawn satays! Best with some friends and ice cold beer or over a meal!
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave N, #01-33, Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: 4pm - 12.30am, Wed - Mon. Closed on Tues
Fancy some chilli crabs? A Michelin Bib Gourmand stall, Alliance Seafood has been in business for over 30 years. They do not compromise on any of their ingredients, so you can be assured you're getting fresh seafood everytime. We highly recommend the set menu for two persons, which includes one whole crab prepared either in chilli or black pepper sauce, cereal prawns, fried rice and fried mantou.
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave N, #01-27, Singapore 229495
Opening hours: 12.30pm - 12am, Tues - Mon. Closed on Wed
Fancy seeing fish porridge in a "best of" list? Well, you'll be even more surprised when we tell you that Kwang Kee Teochew Fish Porridge is a Michelin Bib Gourmand stall! They've been serving up hearty fish soup dishes for over six decades. The fish soup is made by simmering fish bones, with no pork or lard at all. Enjoy it with rice, noodles, or as a porridge dish.
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave N, #01-20, Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: 11am - 8pm, Tues - Sun. Closed on Mon
One of the most popular Muslim stalls in Newton, Hajah Monah Kitchen serves up homely nasi padang with ingredients such as sambal goreng, curry chicken, chicken wings, begedel, tempeh, squid, beef rendang, and many more. They are known for their tender rendang with an almost melt-in-your-mouth texture. If you're in the mood for something else, they are also famous for their mee siam, lontong and nasi lemak!
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave N, #01-83, Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: 6am - 3pm daily
How about some dessert to wrap up your meal? The cheng tng at 88 San Ren Cold and Hot Dessert is full of ingredients with natural sweetness that shines through. Be sure to try out their other desserts such as mango snow ice, red ruby and ice kachang!
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave N, #01-05, Singapore 229495
Operating Hours: 11am - 11pm daily