Built on the runway of Singapore’s old Kallang Airport following its closure in 1955, Kallang Estate Fresh Market & Food Centre was established in 1958 to serve the residents of Kallang Airport Estate. It had 172 stalls and was further extended in 1963, but was still inadequate in coping with the neighbourhood’s demand. The solution was Old Airport Road Food Centre in 1972. When it was completed, it was the most modern hawker centre of its time with the latest architectural designs. The Old Airport Road Food Centre reflected the same design of food centres built in New Towns like Woodlands and Commonwealth Avenue in the 60s and 70s. These hawker centres were flat roofed and had two levels to cater to the needs of a dense neighbourhood. However, unlike the other hawker centres of the time, Old Airport Road Food Centre also had enough space to house other public and civic functions, such as a Post Office branch and a POSB ATM. Right from the get-go, the food centre became a popular haunt for locals in search of the cheap and good food. It was a convenient supper stopover for revellers after a night out in town. In recent years, the food centre also started seeing more tourists, and it is still regularly voted as one of the most popular hawker centres in Singapore!
Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wanton Mee has clinched several awards over the years, including a mention in the Michelin Guide Singapore! They serve a variety of noodles, from their signature wanton mee, dumpling noodles and chicken feet noodles. We love that the noodles are cooked perfectly al dente, and the wanton mee is served with a sweet and savoury sauce that’s quite unlike the other wanton mee you find out there!
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-02, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm, Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
Often called Old Airport Road lor mee, Xin Mei Xiang Zheng Zong Lor Mee is known as the lor mee in Singapore. While other lor mee joints may offer fancy toppings to catch up with the trend, Xin Mei Xiang focus is on perfecting the key elements of lor and mee. The result? A slurp-worthy bowl that is really hard to beat. And ICYMI, they've also expanded to a full-fledged eatery at Balestier.
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-116, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 7am - 4pm daily
There's actually a fried oyster rivalry going at Old Airport Road Food Centre, and one of the parties is Famous Old Airport Fried Oyster. Gossip aside, the orh lua here is the perfect mix of cornstarch, egg and oysters. The outside is crunchy while the inside is soft, and the oysters are super fresh and huge! Of course, you have to pair it with their chilli that has a tartness that cuts through the grease. Compared to its rival who has the better fried oyster? We'll leave it to you to decide 😉
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-54, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 11am - 2pm, 5.30pm - 9.30pm, Tues to Fri. 11am - 9.30pm, Sat & Sun. Closed on Mon
First a stall at at Whitley Road Hawker Centre in the 70s, the prawn noodle stall has since expanded to two more outlets. The branch at Old Airport Road achieved the Michelin Plate in 2019 and continues to draw long queues of customers during lunch hour! The robust prawn stock is just the right amount of sweet and briny. The fresh plump prawns, fried scallions, fragrant lard and al dente noodles all come together to create a satisfyingly harmonious dish!
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-98, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 9am - 8pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Funnily enough, Toa Payoh Rojak isn’t located in Toa Payoh, but is instead here at Old Airport Road Food Centre. Now in the hands of their second generation owner, the stall has been in business for at least half a century! Feel free to customise your ingredients and level of spice, which is perfectly complemented by the sweet and tangy prawn paste dressing.
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-108, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 12pm - 7pm, Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
Made by hand daily by the couple who operates this hawker stall, Wang Wang probably has some of the flakiest curry puffs you can find in Singapore. Take your pick from the classic curry chicken and potato puff or other flavours such as the sardine puff. Not only is the pastry shell light, buttery and flaky, the curry filling of chicken and potato was also moist and savoury with just the right amount of spice.
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-126, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
The owners of Roast Paradise spent four months learning the ropes of KL-style roast meat in Kuala Lumpur before setting up their very own stall. Despite being a young stall at Old Airport Road Food Centre, they have already garnered quite the following! Look forward to enjoying char siew that was cooked in a drum under charcoal for three hours, then basted with a special sweet sauce.
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-121, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 6.30pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Another must-try at Old Airport Road Food Centre, Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee sometime demands a wait of up to 45 minutes! The hokkien mee comes piled with a mix of bee hoon and yellow noodles, fresh seafood and eggs soaked in a seafood stock. They're so popular because of the combination of smoky wok hei and savoury flavours slathered on the al dente noodles!
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-32, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Hua Ji's fish soup is so addictive you just can't help but slurp up every last drop. Simmered with fish bones for over six hours, the broth is sweet and full of umami. They are also incredibly generous with their servings and ingredients are almost overflowing out of the bowl! The subtle hint of XO was just right and not overwhelming in a way that steals the spotlight from the natural sweetness of the fish and broth.
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-118, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 12.30pm to 9pm, Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
Be prepared for a wait especially during lunch time, as the owner fries each plate of char kway teow individually. His rendition is more similar to Penang char kway teow than the usual black, dark soy sauce-laden char kway teow that’s more common in Singapore. Each plate is smoky and slightly charred with good wok hei, and comes generously packed with fresh ingredients such as prawns and fish cakes.
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-138, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 11am - 8pm, Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
Take your pick from kway teow, thick bee hoon, or yellow noodles for your bowl of beefy goodness. For a little bit of everything, go for the Supreme Mix which consists of sliced beef, beef balls, beef tendon, beef tripe and beef shank. If you prefer the soup version of the dish, the Sliced Beef & Beef Shank Noodles features an intense beefy broth with a hint of herbal flavours!
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-22, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 11am - 7.45pm daily
The endless debate over Whitley Road Big Prawn Noodle vs. Albert Street Prawn Noodles will probably never end as everyone has different opinions of the dish. Brimming with noodles in a brown broth with bean sprouts and prawns, the dish was not overly oily and we enjoyed the balance of flavours. However, we just can’t seem to pick one over the other! Who reigns supreme in your books – Albert Street or Whitley Road?
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-10, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 8.30am - 9.30pm, Thurs to Tues. Closed to Wed
One of the newer players in Old Airport Road Food Centre, Minced Pork Bros is modern bak chor mee stall and a second venture here by the brains behind Roast Paradise. Hand-making their own noodles, you can also expect zhush-ed up recipes such as the Modern Teochew Abalone Noodles, which comes with abalone, scallops, pork slices, and a hanjuku egg. Feeling indulgent? Check out the Seafood Minced Pork Noodles which comes with a dollop of ikura, homemade herh keow, and scallops!
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-113, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 9am - 5.30pm, Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
We’ve all seen Japanese bento sets in hawker centres like these, but Unkai Japanese Cuisine takes it a step further and serves up affordable fresh oysters, scallops and sashimi! The best part of all these is its affordable prices. While you’re here, order a main and take your pick from classic Japanese dishes such as tempura, soba, and udon dishes to complete the entire meal!
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-88/89, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm, Mon, Wed & Thurs. 4pm - 10pm, Sat. Closed on Tues & Fri
This humble chee cheong fun stall has consistently been hailed as one of the best chee cheong fun in Singapore. Apart from the usual fillings like char siew and prawns, you'll also find quite unorthodox fillings such as century egg and otah! The real draw is the delicate, silky-smooth thin rice sheets which are made by hand. We love its velvety texture, and it’s simply a delight slurp down with some fried shallots and chilli.
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-155, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 8.30am - 2.30pm, Tues to Thurs. 8am - 7pm, Fri to Sun. Closed on Mon