Whampoa Makan Place, otherwise known as Whampoa Market, dates back to 1973 when it replaced now-defunct Rayman Market. What’s different about it from other food markets is that it occupies two blocks, with the morning market at Blk 91 serving the early birds, while the next-door Blk 90 gets busier later in the day. Home to nearly 150 stalls, it also houses a couple that were awarded with the Michelin Bib Gourmand. One thing for sure is that you’ll be spoiled for choice here, so we’ve rounded up 15 stalls at Whampoa Market worth queuing for
Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee seems to have a perpetual long queue, and it’s also open till 1.30am, so it’s great for late night suppers! The hokkien mee here features thick bee hoon along with yellow noodles, and it also comes with loads of minced garlic for plenty of flavour and depth. The accompanying chilli also packs a punch, and comes with sliced green and red chillies.
Address: 90 Whampoa Dr, #01-32, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 3:30 pm–1:30 am, Mon to Wed & Fri, 2 pm–1:30 am Sat & Sun
For a snack instead of a full meal, you’ll find curry puffs filled with a spicy potato-and-egg curry filling, along with other fritters and snacks such as fried carrot cake, and a unique fried soon kueh with a crispy outer skin!
Address: 90 Whampoa Dr, #01-05, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 9 am–7 pm daily
The first thing you’ll notice about 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodle is the queue, but if you can get over the intimidating line, you’ll be treated to dry and soup prawn noodles made with only sea-caught prawns! We prefer the dry version, where the noodles are tossed in a combination of chilli sauce, sweet ketchup, and a mixture of fried garlic and shallots.
Address: 91 Whampoa Dr, #01-39, Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 5:30 am–12:30 pm, Wed & Thurs, Sat & Sun. Closed on Mon, Tues, Fri
Beach Road Fish Head Bee Hoon is another Michelin Bib Gourmand stall in Whampoa Market, specialising in fish dishes, different soups, and sliced fish bee hoon. You can taste the freshness of the fish and the light milkiness of the broth, while the fried battered fish is golden brown and remains soft on the inside with a crispy outside even after it is soaked in the flavourful broth.
Address: 91 Whampoa Dr, #01-46, Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 9 am–2 pm, Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun. Closed Mon & Wed
When it comes to orh jian and orh luak, Huat Heng Fried Oyster is definitely one of the most famous names in Singapore. Every plate is made fresh to order, and the egg is fried till it has a crispy layer, so you get different layers of texture with every bite. The oysters are fresh and briny, while the potato starch imparts a delightful chew.
Address: 90 Whampoa Dr, #01-26, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 1–10 pm, Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
Liang Zhao Ji Duck Rice has been around for more than 40 years and is famous for its braised duck rice and duck porridge, clinching the Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2016 & 2017. The braised duck rice is generously drenched in gravy with tender and succulent duck meat, while the porridge is velvety and comforting, with a splash of braised gravy to uplift its flavour.
Address: 90 Whampoa Dr, #01-07, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–2 pm, Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
Founded in 1989, China Whampoa Home Made Noodles is easily one of the most popular ban mian stalls in Singapore. Find them in both soup or dry versions along with special ingredients such as prawns, razor clams and fish maw to set their handmade noodles apart from the rest. The broth is flavourful and light with a delightful sweetness, while the dry version is tossed in a premium dark soy sauce and chilli sauce mixture for an umami flavour.
Address: 91 Whampoa Dr, #01-24, 320091
Opening Hours: 7 am–2 pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Tan has two identities, serving up fishball noodles in the morning and fishhead steamboat in the night. The fishball noodles comes with the typical slices of fish cake, fish balls, wontons, and a few slices of lean pork, and the noodles are cooked perfectly. In the evening, the stall remains just as crowded once fishhead steamboat becomes available, with charcoal simmering the rich broth along with side dishes to go with.
Address: 91 Whampoa Dr, #01-1415, Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 4–10 pm, Wed to Mon. 5 am–12 pm, Tues
Hi Leskmi Nasi Lemak is another stall with snaking queues. Serving up plates of nasi lemak, the green-tinged rice boasts of a subtle coconut fragrance, while the fried chicken is delightfully crispy despite being fried beforehand. However, the true star of the show here is the sambal, which is sweet yet has an uplifting kick of spice that ties the entire dish together!
Address: 90 Whampoa Dr, #01-67, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–9:30 pm, Sat to Thurs. Closed on Fri
Balestier Road Hoover Rojak is a multi Bib Gourmand awardee, first starting out at Hoover Cinema in 1971 before moving to Whampoa Market in 1978. Now run by the second generation, the rojak here combines fresh fruits, vegetables, taupok, youtiao, cucumber, along with unique traditional ingredients like jellyfish, green mango and century egg. It’s no wonder why they remain so popular!
Address: 90 Whampoa Dr, #01-06, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 10 am–4 pm, Wed to Sun
As its name suggests, Yu Chu La Mian Xiao Long Bao churns out long after long of steaming xiao long baos. Each dumpling features silky, thin skin, with a minced pork filling swimming in a savoury broth. You’ll also find ramen dishes on the menu, including their signature Beef Ramen, where al dente noodles are served with beef slices swimming in a hearty beef broth.
Address: 91 Whampoa Dr, #01-45, 320091
Opening Hours: 6 am–2 pm, Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
This Halal stall is famous for its authentic ginger fried chicken rice, with the chicken being delightfully crisp and aromatic with ginger notes without being overly greasy, and the rice is just as appetising. You can also order additional sides to go with your meal, such as extra fried chicken skin!
Address: 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-27, 320091
Opening Hours: 9 am–3 pm, Mon to Sat
Say “carrot cake” and most people will think of black or white carrot cake. But contrary to traditional fried carrot cake, Deep Fried Carrot Cake offers patrons a bag full of thick fried carrot cake strips. They look like fries and are just as addictive! Bite into the crisp exterior to reveal soft toasty carrot cake underneath.
Address: 91 Whampoa Dr, #01-36, Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 6:30 am–12:30 pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
There is only one item on the menu, which is – you guessed it – chendol. Take your pick from four different variations: original, red bean, sweet corn, or D24 durian. No matter which you pick, the chendol is doused in gula melaka syrup and ribbons of pandan jelly, a great way to end your meal at Whampoa Market on a sweet note.
Address: 90 Whampoa Dr, #01-17, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 11 am–9 pm daily
Now rebranded as Amoy St Lor Mee, the stall’s signboard used to read ‘The Best Lu Mian in Town’! Is it really the best? Well, that’s pretty subjective, but the lor mee is certainly delicious. A satisfyingly goopy mess, the bowl is heaped with a smattering of fried ingredients such as fried fish, chicken pieces and braised meat, and you can also customise your bowl with vinegar, minced garlic, and chilli!
Address: 91 Whampoa Dr, #01-19, Singapore 320086
Opening Hours: 8 am–2 pm, Thurs to Sun. Closed from Mon to Wed