Oyster omelette, otherwise known locally as orh jian or orh luak, is a hawker dish consisting of potato starch, eggs and of course, oysters. The dish is pan-fried and usually further enhanced with a spicy chilli sauce with lime. Other Asian countries have their own variation of the dish, for example, in Taiwan you can find versions that are served with a ladle of sauce! Here in Singapore, shrimp can sometimes replace oysters, and there is also a version without the starch called hao dan, or oyster egg. While the dish might not be very IG-worthy and it doesn’t enjoy the same level of fame as char kway teow or carrot cake, for hawker aficionados there are few dishes less satisfying than a good plate of oyster omelette. Without further ado, here are the best oyster omelettes in Singapore!
While you’re at Bedok 85, make sure to also add some orh luak to your supper feast! The one served at 85 Bedok North Fried Oyster is unique in that a thick spicy chilli gravy tops the entire oyster omelette. The dish leans towards the soft and soggy side, so crispy orh luak fans might wanna look somewhere else. Nonetheless, it makes a good pairing with their tangy chilli sauce, and the dish is very flavourful.
Address: 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-09/10, Singapore 460085
Opening Hours: 4 PM–2 AM daily
Those who like the oyster omelettes on the starchy side will adore Lim’s Fried Oyster. They’ve perfected their recipe over forty years and the balance of flavours is what makes them so popular. Think a good mix of egg and starch batter fried in garlic infused oil, topped with succulent oysters and charred to perfection. Dress the dish with some spicy, sour chilli mix and you have the perfect bite.
Address: 166 Jln Besar, #01-32, Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: 6 PM–12 AM Wed to Sun
Prefer crispier oyster omelettes instead? The Hougang Fried Oyster is starchy on the inside while delightfully crispy on the outside. The portions are also pretty huge and mega worth your money! Unlike other orh luak stores, the oyster omelette here is served with lime. We have to say that we’re huge fans of how the acidity really ties the whole dish together!
Address: 435A Hougang Ave 8, Singapore 531435
Opening Hours: 11 AM–7 PM Wed to Sun
The original owner of Ah Chuan has retired and the new owner that has taken over seems to have kept the queue coming, and they are also now open for longer hours! The secret is in their batter and the crispy edges create a perfect consistency against the soft centre and juicy oysters.
Address: 22 Lor 7 Toa Payoh, #01-25, Singapore 310022
Opening Hours: 6 AM–6 PM Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
Listed in the Michelin Guide with a Michelin Plate, Huat Heng Fried Oyster leans towards the eggier side, and chilli is mixed into the batter. The way they fry the baby oysters with the eggs is different from other stalls, so you don’t get the usual large, clumpy, pieces of fried batter. Everything is chopped up with the spatula so you get more even, bite-sized pieces, and the sour chilli ties everything together.
Address: 90 Whampoa Dr, #01-26, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 1–10 PM Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues
Serving up fluffy oyster omelettes at Old Airport Road Food Centre, Xing Li Cooked Food’s version of orh jian is very eggy and not heavy on the starch. The stall is helmed by an elderly uncle who’s a one-man show, so you may need a little more patience than usual! The wait is very much worth it, once the fresh oysters explode with freshness in your mouth.
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-28, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 11 AM–11 PM Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Newton Circus Food Centre is known for its great eats and you can add Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette to the list. The only downside is that you have to be prepared to wait! Thankfully, you’ll be given a buzzer so you don’t have to hang around. The oyster omelette here has a wonderfully crispy exterior with a generous smattering of briny oysters, while the chilli sauce has great tangy tones that help to cut through the greasiness.
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave N, #01-73, Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: 6 PM–12 AM Tues to Sat. Closed Sun & Mon
As one of the most popular Singapore’s hawker centres, you can expect Chomp Chomp Food Centre to be packed with good food, including a great plate of orh luak. The owners do not use an excessive amount of starch and there is a good ratio to the eggs. The dish is a little on the mushier side without those crispy edges, and the chilli is sour but not overly spicy. Spice fiends might prefer something with a stronger kick!
Address: 20 Kensington Park Rd, #01-33, Singapore 557269
Opening Hours: 4:30–11 PM Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Geylang Lorong 29 Hokkien Mee is one of the few stalls that still uses charcoal to cook its dishes, and the owner has been in the business for well over forty years. The orh luak here boasts a rich, smoky flavour that’s enhanced by the briny notes of the oysters that are shipped directly from Korea. And the chilli that’s served alongside the dish is a unique recipe containing dried prawns, onions and fried shallots!
Address: 396 East Coast Road, Singapore 428994
Opening Hours: 12–9 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Uncle Law has been in the business for 50 years and says that his entire family sells orh luak, with different stalls around the island. His oyster omelette is fluffy and more flavourful than usual, as he actually stir-fries the egg together with the oysters without starch. The result is a yummy pairing of crispy fried egg with chewy and oozy oysters, best paired with some homemade chilli sauce!
Address: 29 Smith St, Singapore 058943
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–9PM daily
If you like them crispy, Green Sky Fried Kway Teow has some of the crispiest fried oyster omelettes in Singapore. Every bite produces a crunch that’s ASMR-worthy, and is elevated by a decadent amount of creamy, briny oysters. The chilli served here is also very different – expect a thick and sweet chilli with garlicky tones!
Address: 1 Bedok Road, #01-14, Singapore 469572
Opening Hours: 12–9 PM Tues & Wed, Fri to Sun. Closed Mon & Thurs
Another stall at Chomp Chomp serving up oyster omelette, Chomp Chomp Fried Oyster was previously known as Ang Mo Kio 409 Fried Carrot Cake. Their batter was browned, flavourful and seemed less greasy than many others out there. The smoky wok hei is robust and further enhanced by the soft and creamy oysters!
Address: 20 Kensington Park Rd, #01-24, Singapore 557269
Opening Hours: 6PM–1AM daily
Heng is a Michelin Bib Gourmand stall at Newton Circus Food Centre. While most customers seem to come for the carrot cake, their fried oyster omelette is what we would also return for time and again. It has a nice crisp layer of egg without being too starchy, accompanied with tasty plump oysters and a tangy chilli!
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave N, #01-28, Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: 6–11 PM Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
Situated in Serangoon Gardens Market & Food Centre, Hock Kee Fried Oyster is an unassuming stall. Here, you can get a traditional version of fried oyster omelette that is a little different from conventional types. Known as Tang Shan fried oyster, it is a wetter and gooier rendition as it uses more potato starch. It’s a hit amongst the elderly, but not to worry if you’re not a fan, as Hock Kee also dishes out the usual crispy fried oyster omelette to suit the masses.
Address: 49A Serangoon Garden Way, #01-19, Singapore 555945
Opening Hours: 7:15 AM–2 PM, 5:45–10 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Another stall that serves orh luak a little differently, this stall at Hougang adopts the concept of using fried egg instead of omelette to pair with the oysters. The oyster omelette here is made up of fried egg without any charred bits. Every piece of oyster is smooth and moist and has a smooth texture when devoured with the eggs.
Address: 435A Hougang Ave 8, Singapore 531435
Opening Hours: 11 AM–7 PM Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues
Ghim Guan Fried Oyster does a fried oyster omelette that comes doused in a yummy sambal sauce that goes really well with the eggy batter. It’s not super spicy, so if you can’t tolerate spice well this would still go down nicely. If you like more spice, a limey chilli dip is also included on the side. While the oysters are on the smaller side, they are incredibly fresh and juicy.
Address: 79 Circuit Rd, #01-60, Singapore 370079
Opening Hours: 4:30–9:30 PM Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Located at East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Song Kee Fried Oyster is every bit deserving of its mention in the Michelin Guide. The oyster omelette is pleasantly crispy and not too starchy, a definite winner for those who are not a fan of chewy textures. They oysters are fantastically plump and creamy and it pairs nicely with the spicy-sour tang of the chilli.
Address: 1220 ECP, #01-15, Singapore 468960
Opening Hours: 4:30–9 PM Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Ah Orh Seafood Restaurant is touted by its loyal customers to be one of the best places to get oyster omelettes. The secret apparently lies in their preparation, as the oysters are pre-boiled, cooked and fried with a gravy containing oyster sauce. Their rendition of the dish is not starchy at all, and it is mostly eggs with scrumptious oysters. No wonder they’re such a hit!
Address: 115 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-1627, Singapore 160115
Opening Hours: 11 AM–2 PM, 5:30–9 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Katong Liu Ji Oyster Omelette sees quite a number of customers be it in the day or night and for good reason. The oyster omelette here has a good egg-to-potato starch ratio and it is well-seasoned, mixed with some chilli that leaves your mouth tingling. Even though the oysters are on the smaller side, they are aplenty, fresh and briny. Make sure to eat it with the tangy chilli that really ties the whole dish together!
Address: 208B New Upper Changi Rd, Singapore 462208
Opening Hours: 12PM–12 AM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Serving delicious Teochew cuisine since 2011, Chui Huay Lim is the stage for Teochew cooking at its finest. An upscale spot to try some oyster omelette, the oyster omelette at this restaurant tastes special indeed. It has a slightly gooey texture while the taste of oysters is fresh and subtle without any rawness to it. A delightful indulgence indeed and worth every penny.
Address: 190 Keng Lee Rd, #01-02, Singapore 308409
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–2:30 PM, 5:30–10 PM daily