Zion Riverside Food Centre, also known as Zion Road Food Centre, has a rich history that dates back to the 1970s. It was one of the first hawker centres to be built in Singapore and was officially opened in 1974. Through the years, Zion Riverside Food Centre has become a popular food destination among locals and tourists alike, known for its wide variety of food stalls offering delicious and affordable dishes. It continues to be a hub of activity and a cultural landmark in the River Valley area, and here are 15 stalls to try the next time you’re here!
Zion Road Big Prawn Noodle is one of the most popular stalls at Zion Riverside Food Centre, and it’s been awarded with the Michelin Bib Gourmand for several years. If you find that it reminds you of the prawn noodles at Adam Road Food Centre – that’s because the owners are siblings! Prices for the prawn noodles start from $8 and go up to $25, and the more you pay the bigger the prawns, and they are significantly larger than the typical big prawns you get from other stalls. The stall serves both dry and soup versions, and the soup is incredibly robust and rich with umami. Definitely deserving of all the accolades they have!
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-04, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–3 pm, 6–10 pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Easily the stall with the longest queue, the line at No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow even extends till the adjacent sheltered entrance before it’s lunch time! Known as one of the best char kway teow in Singapore (Michelin-approved too), it is packed full of wok hei with springy flat rice noodles, along with a medley of fresh cockles, fish cake, crunchy bean sprouts, egg, and lup cheong (Chinese sausage), all blended in a black sauce and topped with gu chai (chives).
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-17, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 12–10 pm, Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
Don’t be mistaken, this Michelin-recommended kway chap shares no relation with the famous chicken rice. But they’re just as well loved, drawing a queue even during non-peak hours! The kway chap comes with the usual items such as braised duck, braised egg and pig’s intestines, and the soup carries a flavourful herbal note. You can also get duck rice here with the same braised duck, tofu, egg and a bowl of soup. The stall also has two types of chilli sauce, and we recommend a combination of both!
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-24, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 10 am–8:30 pm daily
Craving for good carrot cake? Lau Goh Teochew Chye Thow Kway will not disappoint. Now run by second-generation hawker Peter and his wife, do be patient with your orders as both husband and wife are hearing-impaired and they take your orders through pictures, signages or gestures. You can enjoy a mix of both black and white carrot cake here. The white carrot cake is eggy and crispy, while the black carrot cake is fried with dark sauce and chilli for a yummy balance of sweet, savoury, and spicy!
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-26, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 12–9 pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Previously Xin Fei Fei Wanton Noodle, Kang’s Wanton Noodle has rebranded and dare we say, even better. Their dumplings, char siew and sauces are all handmade early in the morning everyday to ensure utmost freshness, and their springy noodles are tossed in a of lard oil, sesame oil, chilli, and seasoning sauce mix. Paired with the char siew, boiled dumplings, and crispy fried wantons, this tasty dish is sure to hit all the right spots.
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-06, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 9 am–1:30 pm, Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
Helmed by a husband-wife duo, Riverside Good Food serves up yummy local delights like hokkien mee, oyster omelette and fried beansprouts with cockles. But the special item here is the fried white kway teow, a deviation from the usual black char kway teow we’re used to. Made without the addition of sweet black sauce, it definitely feels ”healthier” but it might not be everyone’s cup of tea!
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-20, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–10:30 pm daily
Those who love hawker dim sum, definitely give this stall a try. They specialise in guo tie (pan fried dumplings), xiao long bao, and steamed pork and chive dumplings. If you prefer something more substantial to go with your dumplings, then take your pick from their la mian offerings which range from the Dan Dan Noodles, Beef Noodle Soup, Zha Jiang Mian, and Sour & Spicy Noodles.
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-22, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–3:30 pm, 4:30 pm–8:40 pm, Wed – Fri. 9am–3:30pm, 4:30pm–8:40pm, Sat & Sun. Closed on Mon & Tues
This old school western stall is a family-run business and has been around since 1986! Find western dishes on the menu like Mixed Grill, Grilled Fish, Chicken Chop, Chicken Cutlet, Pork Chop, Sirloin Steak and more. The sides include baked beans, a slice of garlic bread, and thick-cut fries. It will leave you very satisfied especially if you’re looking for something other than the typical Asian fare at hawker centres!
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-12, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–2 pm, 4–8:30 pm, Tues & Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun. Closed on Mon & Thurs
Feeling a little under the weather? Then you can’t go wrong with some comforting fish soup. Ming He Fish Soup serves regular Sliced Fish Soup along with other types of soups like Batang Fish Head and Red Garoupa Fish Head. The sliced fish is generously thick and firm to the bite, while the thick vermicelli noodles are silky. The clear soup is lighter, perhaps even lighter than other fish soup stalls out there, but it still makes for a comforting meal. You can also opt to add milk to it!
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-31, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 9 am–8 pm, Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
One of the more underrated stalls, their menu here includes Mixed Pig Organ Soup, Lean Meat Soup, Meatball Soup and more. The soup is aromatic, tasty and made without MSG! While the soup might look like any other pig organ soup out there with the usual ingredients, the soup is so addictively flavourful. Rice lovers can also look forward to specials such as Pig’s Trotter Rice, Braised Intestine Rice and Minced Pork Rice. You can also top up to make it a set meal!
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-13, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 10 am–2:30 pm daily
Craving for a simple plate of chicken rice? Sheng Kee Traditional Chicken Rice serves up both roasted and steamed chicken. The chicken meat is tender and the rice is surprisingly much more fragrant than you might expect, and it provides a textural contrast to the chicken. Soup refills are also free here!
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-08, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 11 am–9 pm daily
Zion Riverside Nasi Lemak serves up nasi lemak sets including one that comes with just a fried egg and a fried chicken wing, served with a dollop of lightly sweet tasting chilli on the side. The rice is fragrant with a mild coconut-y flavour, while the fried chicken wing is crispy with moist meat, however, the seasoning could be amped up more! Still, it makes for a nice and simple meal for days when you’re lazy to think of what to eat and not keen to join in the queues!
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-28, Singapore 247792
With several outlets islandwide, including one at Zion Riverside Food Centre, Chong Pang Huat is the place to go for some great satay and BBQ chicken wings. Expect fragrant, crackly and caramelised skin and a succulent interior that’ll have you licking your fingers in glee. Don’t forget the lime and chilli sauce!
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-15, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 11 am–10 pm daily
Previously housed at Chomp Chomp, House of Soya Beans now calls Zion Riverside Food Centre home. Unlike traditional beancurd desserts which are scooped into the bowl and completed with sugar syrup, House of Soya Beans carries something closer to a pudding. It had a consistently smooth texture and has a really pleasant mouth feel.
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-11, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 9 am–8 pm daily
Before we go on, let us just say that this version of cheng tng is completely different from the traditional types you may be used to. It comes with canned longans and lychees which may put off cheng tng purists, and the base is also clear instead of brown. However, they’ve been doing things this way for over 50 years, so something must be working! True enough, the soup is refreshing and sweet, and a great way to cool off in the afternoon heat.
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-32, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–8:30 pm daily