One of the most iconic landmarks in the neighbourhood of Tampines, Tampines Round Market & Food Centre was established in 1983. It was expected to be one of the last few wet markets to be built, due to changing lifestyles and the growing popularity of supermarkets. The market is occupied by a mix of amenities and services, while the market’s hawkers draw customers from all over the island. This area bustles with activity, especially before the massive shopping malls in Tampines Central were developed. There is also a strong sense of camaraderie amongst the hawkers here – many of them relocated here together when a food centre in Toa Payoh had to close, and some of them have been operating their stalls for over three decades! Without any further ado, here are some of the best hawkers to try at Tampines Round Market & Food Centre!
Chai Chee Pork Porridge serves piping hot bowls of Cantonese-style porridge with various ingredients such as century egg, pork, chicken and fish – along with crispy fried youtiao (dough fritters) and topped with a smattering of spring onions. The porridge with its broken grains is silky and smooth, and well-seasoned on its own. You can also opt to add in an egg for extra decadence and creaminess! All in all, a comforting way to start off the day.
Address: 137 Tampines St. 11, #01-39, Singapore 522137
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–7:30 PM daily
One of the most famous stalls at Tampines Round Market & Food Centre, Yummy Sarawak Kolo Mee calls in the queue with its perfectly springy noodles and yummy ingredients like dumplings, char siew, fried wantons and pork ribs. This is all tossed in a savoury and appetising sauce that ties the whole dish together. Other delectable items on the menu include Penang bee hoon and chicken feet noodles.
Address: 137 Tampines St. 11, #01-45, Singapore 521137
Opening Hours: 6 AM–3 PM daily
Open from 6.30am, this is another popular breakfast option at Tampines Round Market & Food Centre. They serve just two items: lor mee and prawn mee, but it's more known for the former. Unlike other lor mee stalls the lor mee includes a superb fried fish which remains crispy despite being submerged in the thick and savoury sauce. They usually sell out by 10.30am, so make sure to get here early if you want a lor mee fix!
Address: 137A Tampines St. 11, #01-09, Singapore 522137
Opening Hours: 11 AM–9:30 PM daily
As the stall name suggests, soft bones are used in the pork rib noodles here. They are well-braised, tender and perfectly melt-in-your mouth! At just $4, the portion is also very generous. Braised gravy is generously slathered onto noodles and together with the house-made chilli, the entire dish came together perfectly.
Address: 137A Tampines St. 11, #01-23, Singapore 522137
For fried carrot cake with a twist, head over to Song Han Carrot Cake. Instead of the traditional methods of preparing carrot cake, this stall adds a few extra ingredients such as curry powder, turmeric and cumin. Purists may roll their eyes, but the additional spices actually creates a rather delicious take on the dish. The carrot cake itself is soft and supple consistency, and they even have a version that includes prawns.
Address: 137 Tampines St. 11, #01-07, Singapore 522137
Opening Hours: 6 AM–12 PM, Tues & Wed, Friday to Sunday. Closed on Mon & Thurs
Get in line for a bowl of minced meat noodles or pork rib noodles. No stranger to media coverage and attention, it’s not hard to see why Teo Kee is so popular. The minced meat noodles include a generous serving of braised mushrooms and a moreish sauce, while the pork rib noodles are topped with succulent hunks of meat coated in a sticky marinade. You can also supplement your dish with an array of sides such as braised egg and tender stewed chicken!
Address: 137 Tampines St. 11, #01-05, Singapore 522137
Opening Hours: 6 AM–2 PM, Wed to Sun. Closed on Mon & Tues
It’s hard to miss this stall as they tend to have a line no matter the time of day. Serving up pork ribs prawn noodles and pig viscera noodles, the star of the show here is the soup stock, which is made of pork bones, prawn head, garlic, pepper and a variety of “secret ingredients”. It’s definitely not something that you can easily replicate at home, which explains why the stall is so popular because it keeps the people coming back for more!
Address: 137 Tampines St. 11, #01-43, Singapore 521137
Opening Hours: 7 AM–2 PM, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Best known for their nasi lemak, best get out of bed early if you want a taste of this, because it’s not uncommon for them to sell out by 8.30am! (Yes, you read that right.) If you miss it, fret not, because they also have other items such as bee hoon to go with your chosen sides. Items on offer include the likes of chicken wings, cabbage, fish cutlets, spring rolls and fried egg.
Address: 137 Tampines St. 11, #01-10, Singapore 521137
Opening Hours: 8 AM–9 PM daily
Acai bowls, BBT and gelato are all the rage lately, but sometimes, something simple and traditional is the best. House of Dessert provides comforting desserts like tau suan, where the beans are adequately steamed to provide a gooey and chewy texture, as well as bubor pulut hitam that's made with rich coconut milk.
Address: 137 Tampines St. 11, #01-02, Singapore 521137
Opening Hours: 7 AM–1 PM Tues & Wed, Fri to Sun. Closed on Mon & Thurs
According to Indian friends, Rajani Thosai has some of the island’s best thosais and appams. Made with fermented batter they have a slightly tangy taste. The thosai is spongy in the middle with crispy edges, while the appams are also delicious, served with orange sugar with a crunchy border and coconut-y fragrance.
Address: 137 Tampines St. 11, #01-33, Singapore 521137
Opening Hours: 7 AM–1:30 PM, Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed