Established in the mid-70s, Sims Vista Market & Food Centre was originally built to cater to the needs of residents around Sims Drive. Many of the older HDB blocks have now been replaced with condos, or are empty lots now waiting for the next government tender. The food centre remains standing, and most recently underwent a renovation in 2021. It is packed with many Singapore hawker favourites with over 70 food stalls here! From braised duck to chicken rice, traditional kueh and nasi padang, here are some of the most interesting stalls to check out.
As its name suggests, this relatively new stall used to be located in the basement of Changi Airport T3. The owner, Madame Lang, hails from China but has mastered the art of preparing a comforting bowl of Bak Chor Mee. Noodles here are al dente while the chilli and black vinegar create the perfect spicy and sour kick. Do note that fishballs don’t come with their bowl of BCM, you will have to order it as an add-on!
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-49, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 5 am–2 pm daily
Green Chilli Chicken Rice commands one of the longest queues in Sims Vista Market & Food Centre with their one-of-a-kind chicken rice. What makes them so special is the green chilli sauce that sits atop a lightly fried chicken thigh! Served with basmati rice, the green chilli is sweet, savoury, slightly spicy, crunchy and addictive. The spice is manageable even for those who can’t tolerate spice well, but if you’d like to take it up a notch, you can pair it with some chilli padi!
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-09, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–1:30 pm Sun to Fri. Closed on Sat
Xing Hua cuisine is more commonly found in restaurant, but here in Sims Vista Market & Food Centre there is a hawker stall that sells Xing Hua-style dishes as well as handmade noodles. One unique item is the Xing Hua Rice Cake, which comes with a generous portion of ingredients such as prawns and clams sitting amidst the sliced rice cakes. Coated with an aromatic and savoury sauce, this is a dish that you’d be hard-pressed to find in any other hawker centre! Other great dishes to check out include the Xing Hua Bee Hoon, Mee Hoon Kway and Fried Chicken La Mian!
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-45, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 8 am–8 pm Mon to Fri. 8 am–4 pm Sat & Sun
Previously located in Tanjong Katong and known as Lian Kee Duck Rice, the stall rebranded itself to Hollywood Duck Rice after moving to Sims Vista Market & Food Centre. Well known for its tender braised duck with a thick, gooey, mildly herbal and sweet-savoury sauce, don’t forget some of the homemade chilli for your dipping pleasure and complements the meat nicely. Besides white rice that is cooked in the same braised sauce, they also have yam rice, porridge and kway chap that is served with a light herbal stock.
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-73, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 9:30 am–3:30 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
For a comforting bowl of fish soup, head on over to Loo Kee. While they’re not uber famous and the dishes aren’t necessarily one of those die-die-must-try, but it is very decent for someone who’s in the mood for a light meal. The batang fish is fresh, tender and has a nice bite to it. The soup extra sweet, thanks to the addition of seaweed in the cooking process!
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-71, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 10 am–3:30 pm Mon to Sat. 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun
Soon Lee Fried Carrot Cake
Soon Lee Fried Carrot Cake is one of two popular carrot cake stalls in Sims Vista Market & Food Centre, often selling out by 1 pm. Serving both black and white versions that are eggy, savoury and fragrant, the plates of carrot cake are remarkably less oily than many other stalls out there!
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-25, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 6 am–2 pm daily
The other carrot cake stall in Sims Vista Market & Food Centre, Kim Lee is healmed by a husband and wife duo. Come prepared to wait as they are very popular during breakfast hours, and the wait can sometimes go up to 40 minutes. Soft, moist and full of wok hei, the stall also makes their own carrot cake!
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-30, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 7:30 am–12 pm Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues
Warong HJH Kamisah is now run by the third generation and it hails rom Solo, Indonesia. Find Indonesian staples such as Mee Rebus, Lontong, Tauhu Goreng, Ayam Penyet and Ikan Penyet here. Their Nasi Ayam Penyet set comes with a huge fried chicken thigh and a side of flavorful soup, as well as two different kinds of sambal for the spice fiends out there! They do tend to sell out before closing time, so try to get here early.
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-13, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 6 am–1:30 pm Mon to Thurs, 6–10:30 am Sat & Sun. Closed on Fri
Find comfort food at Hock Heng which include the likes of Sliced Fish Soup and even Sliced Fish Noodles, which is cooked al dente with every strand well coated with a ketchup based sauce! The star is of course the ultra fresh batang fish which is flaky and tender to the bite. If you’re looking for something more premium, the stall also sells a value-for-money Seafood Soup with a generous amount of fresh ingredients.
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-31, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 8:30 pm–8 am Tues, Thurs & Sun. Closed on Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat
Run by an elderly couple, though they close from time to time whenever one of the them needs to see a doctor. However, the stall delivers an impressive poached chicken. The skin is jelly-like, the meat is juicy and tender with a slight bounce. It is drenched with a very robust, heavier than usual soy and sesame oil sauce, perhaps to compensate for the not so oily rice. Each grain is fluffy though and it serves as the perfect vessel for the yummy chicken
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-15, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 9 am–6:30 pm daily
The owner of Dubai Express is the grandson of the founder of Islamic Restaurant, one of Singapore's oldest and most famous briyani houses. Made with a recipe that over 100 years old, the signature item here is Mutton Beeryani that’s served with papadum, a bowl of Dalcha curry, achar, and some sauteed long beans. The mutton is well cooked with spices and coated in a savoury sauce which goes well with the meat and basmati rice. There’s also Chicken Beeryani, served with the same ingredients alongside a chicken thigh that’s doused in a spiced sauce. The stall is extremely generous with their rice, so if you are a small eater, do ask them for less rice!
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-02, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 6:30 am–3:30 pm daily
Nain Food Stall is your go-to for some Nasi Padang in Sims Vista. While the selection isn’t extremely wide, their staples such as Beef Rendang and Ayam Masak Merah usually do the trick. They execute their chillies and sambal really well, with just garlic, shallots, sugar and a blend of chillies that is intensely rich and spicy. They also have another version that uses belacan.
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-07, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 7 am–7 pm daily
Jin Feng Fried Bee Hoon Nasi Lemak serves Chinese-style nasi lemak and fried bee hoon with sides such as chicken wings, otah, fried cabbage, hash brown, and more. There seems to be a perpetual queue but not to worry, it moves pretty fast. The food is always hot and fresh cooked in small batches. The rice is fluffy and slightly sweet, while the bee hoon is fragrant and well-fried.
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-22, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 9 am–5 pm Sun & Wed, 5 am–1 pm Mon & Tues, Thurs & Fri. Closed on Sat
With over 30 years of history, Tai Dong Teochew Duck Rice used to be at Circular Road. The menu is straightforward with only two options: Duck Rice (per plate) or Duck Rice (per serving). The difference between these two options is in their portion and plating style, with the former consisting of duck slices on rice, while the latter had the duck slices served separately. Their braised duck meat is succulent but depending on which cut of the duck meat you receive, some can be drier than others. Additional sides are also available, such as Braised Peanuts, Tofu and Cabbage.
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-04, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 10 am–2:30 pm Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
Hao Qing Xiang serves an excellent steamed tapioca cake or kueh ubi kayu that is completely handmade at the stall. Their kueh has just the right soft-tender texture and level of sweetness. It's a delicate balance of textures and flavour that the stall has completely nailed. If you’re interested in other bites, Hao Qing Xiang also serves chee cheong fun, yam cake and glutinous rice.
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-05, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 5:30 am–3 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Liang Ji Ban Mian
Liang Ji Ban Mian is popular for their handmade ban mien and mee hoon kueh. Both dry and soup versions are available but the latter is more popular for the sweet-savoury sauce that the noodles are tossed in. It also comes with a good amount of ingredients, such as prawn, minced pork, fried anchovies and pork ball.
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-55, Singapore 380049
Jia Confectionery bakes the majority of its pastries in-house. This is where you can get well-known bakes such as Wife’s Biscuit, Walnut Cake, Pong Piah, Egg Tart, Beh Teh Soh and many more. During major festivals, they also sell seasonal products such as mooncakes and pineapple tarts!
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-46, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 6:30 am–4 pm daily
This stall at Sims Vista Market & Food Centre is a branch run by relatives of the original stall in Toa Payoh. If you prefer soup ban mian and mee hoon kway, be sure not to missed this! The mee hoon kway is hand-pulled while the soup is boiled with pork bones and ikan bilis which imparts a delicate sweetness. A bowl of noodles also includes fresh prawns, minced meat, pork, vegetables and egg!
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-73, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 6:45 am–2 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
For some nourishing herbal soups, head over to Da Jia Hao Delicacies. Yummy soups include the Shi Quan Duck Soup and the Signature Emperor Herbal Chicken. Sealed in an aluminium foil, the aroma hits your face when you open it up. With all the goodness locked in, this dish warms you up from the inside out with a sweet-savoury herbal taste. Perfect with a bowl of rice on a chilly day!
Address: 49 Sims Pl, #01-54, Singapore 380049
Opening Hours: 5:30 am–2:30 pm Tues & Wed, Sat & Sun. Closed Mon, Thurs & Fri