Boon Keng may not be the first place that pops up in your mind when it comes to food. An underrated hawker centre, Upper Boon Keng Market and Food Centre is often overshadowed by its more famous counterparts. However, there is actually a whole host of yummy bites here, including a wide range of halal options! From kambing soup to Penang char kway teow, handmade kuihs and even Thai food, here are 20 stalls to try at Upper Boon Keng Market and Food Centre!
Looking for a quick bite to eat? Head here for a wide selection of sweet and savoury treats like curry puffs and kueh salat. Malay traditional kuehs are getting rare these days, so this is a great place to keep in mind where you can get your kueh cravings satisfied! Other items on the menu includes Nasi Sambal Goreng and Nasi Lemak.
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-23, Singapore 380017
Get in line for a taste of the noodle dishes at Hock Heng Fish Soup. Take your pick from their Fishball Noodles, Fish Soup, Fish Head Soup or Seafood Soup with your choice of noodles or rice. Even though the fishballs are not handmade they are still bouncy and fresh and with a good bite, while the fish soup and seafood soup is sweet, comforting and features an abundance of fresh ingredients.
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-42, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 6 am–12 pm Sun, Mon, Wed & Thurs. Closed on Tues, Fri, Sat.
Zao Dao Shu Shi is another stall that commands a snaking queue. Serving up delectable plates of Malaysian-style wanton mee, they are tossed in a luscious black sauce and then topped with thin slices of char siew, some veggies, fried wantons and boiled wantons in a bowl of soup. The dish is simple but executed perfectly, and we highly recommend getting an additional serving of fried wantons!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-78, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 6 am–1 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
What’s a hawker food centre without some chicken rice? Xin Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice serves up yummy chicken rice, and you can expect to get some decent steamed or roasted chicken coupled with tasty chilli and a side of soup. The chicken at Xin Kee’s is juicy and tender, and the bowl of chicken soup comes with cabbage pieces too!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-20, Singapore 380017
Hock Huat Fried Kway Teow only has one item on their menu (no prizes for guessing what it is) and their char kway teow draws in a queue. Charred to perfection with subtle hints of chilli, scattered abundantly between the flat noodles are the usual suspects: lap cheong (Chinese sausage), fish cake, bean sprouts and bits of fried egg. The dish also seems less oily than other CKTs out there, making it extremely light and easy to chow down!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-37, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–3:30 pm Mon to Wed, Fri & Sat. Closed Thurs & Sun
With a history dating back to 1955, Haji M. Abdul Rajak is often touted to have the best mutton soup in Singapore, and one sip from their bowl might have you agree! There’s only Soup Kambing on the menu, but the stall allows you to choose your preferred cut of mutton. They also have many exotic cuts, such as tongue and brains. The soup is incredibly aromatic, thanks to the blend of spices that goes into it, and the taste of mutton permeated the soup without an overt gaminess. Rich, savoury and warm, it is simply perfect with some of their fluffy bread on a chilly day.
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-03, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 11 am–11:30 pm Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
You’ll be hard pressed to miss their bright yellow signboard with the words ‘APPAM’ across it, and the light and fluffy Indian pancakes that they dish out are simply perfect to start your day with, especially if you’re not going for something heavy. The appams come stuffed full of crushed peanuts to provide some contrast to the soft and airy pancakes!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-75, Singapore 380017
Craving for some homely Malay cuisine? You’ve come to the right place. Serving up classic dishes like Nasi Rawon, Nasi Sambal Goreng and more, HJH Yang Chek Family dishes out meals that are equal parts hearty and delicious. Their Mee Soto is a crowd favourite, and it also comes with shredded chicken. You can also opt to add on additional ingredients such as begedil!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-26, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 7:30 am–1 pm daily
For a classic, affordable Chinese breakfast, make your way down to YZ Food for a plate of Chee Cheong Fun, Yam Cake or a piping hot bowl of Porridge. They also have an array of other breakfast foods like a Singaporean favourite, Lo Mai Kai or Char Siew Pau!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-79, Singapore 380017
Run by a husband-wife duo, this stall serves a delectable range of Nasi Padang dishes which will have you drooling at first sight. Rendang, fried chicken, you name it, they probably have it. They also serve other dishes such as Lontong, and Tauhu Goreng that's made with refried tau kwa, cucumber and beansprouts drenched with a yummy peanu sauce. The tau kwa was hefty and soft with a mild crisp on the outside, while the spice level is just right.
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-34, Singapore 380017
Run by an elderly auntie who has over 30 years of experience, the stall name is literally what the stall sells – Penang-style fried kway teow with an abundance of ingredients like prawns, beansprouts, eggs, lap cheong and veggies. It has an appetising wok hei and it isn’t too oily, making it all too easy to chow down.
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-08, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 11 am–7 pm Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues
Helmed by born-and-bred Thais, Chok Dee Thai Food adds to this list of great food in Upper Boon Keng Market and Food Centre. Try their Tom Yum Soup or Pad Thai and be prepared to be blown away by the authentic Thai flavours. Or, go for the Thai Basil Rice instead if you want something a little heavier! There is definitely a queue here during peak hours, so be sure to drop by earlier if you want to avoid the lunch crowd.
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-65, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 12–8 pm Mon to Fri. Closed on Sat & Sun
For some great Ayam Penyet, make sure to head over to Effandi Food Corner. Besides the usual chicken wings and drumsticks, you can also opt to add on chicken skin, neck, liver, gizzards and backside. The chicken is well marinated and not overly oily, and the generous amount of fried batter adds a crunch to every bite. The chilli sauce is on the sweeter side, and tastes even better with a squeeze of lime!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-02, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 7 am–8 pm daily
Come in the late afternoon and evening and you’ll be able to have a satay feast right here, and there are also BBQ chicken wings and prawns on the menu! But if you’re here early, you can get a taste of their special menu: nasi lemak berlauk. It’s a decadent bowl of delight, and only early birds get to savour it!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-22, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 4:30–9 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Head over to Shahana Fatimah Food Stall for some delicious mamak food like Mee Goreng, Mee Kuah, Roti John, Nasi Pattaya and many more. The stall has been around for decades, and from what we hear, its taste has remained unchanged through the years. Its no wonder why they have so many loyal customers!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-06, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 11 am–11:30 pm daily
Love carrot cake? Then you most definitely have to try Geylang Traditional Carrot Cake. Although, you should get here as early as you can, as it’s not uncommon for them to sell out by 10:30 am! They’re touted to have one of the best carrot cakes in Singapore, with the white carrot cake coming with julienned slices of fresh carrots within, while the black carrot cake is a caramelised, eggy and smoky plate of goodness.
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-21, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 6:30 am–12 pm daily
Another great spot for mamak dishes, Mohd Ariffin Mohd Rashid Stall serves comforting favourites like Mee Goreng, Roti John and Mee Kuah. Make their Mutton Chop your go-to mamak stall dish, and the folks here sure whip up a mean plate of it. Nothing beats this greasy plate of red-hued goodness when you’re hungry!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-01, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 10–11 pm daily
You’re craving BBQ seafood but your foodie friend or partner is craving Chinese cuisine instead. From grilled sambal stingray to a satisfying plate of hor fun, you’ll find it all here at Batu Berapi Grill & Chinese Muslim Food. For an afternoon snack instead, try their curry puffs which comes in potato or sardine, just for a dollar each!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-13, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 2–9:30 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Have your desserts any time of day at Lit Lit Sin Cold & Hot Desserts. Whether you’re just cooling off from a hot day or ending your meal on a sweet note, you’ll be able to find something here to satisfy your tastebuds. Their extensive dessert menu includes items like Ice Kacang, Durian Chendol and Cheng Tng. And great for those who prefer to go cashless – the stall supports electronic payments!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-45, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–8 pm daily
While its neighbours doles out full meals, Rotitiam is a bakery specialising in freshly baked buns and breads. You'll have a wide range to choose from here, from cheese to yam, hotdog and red bean paste. They are usually sold out by noon, so if you want a piece of this action, make sure to come by early before they sell out!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-16, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 6 am–2 pm Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun