Secret Eating Places In Singapore Chinatown That Only The Local Knows

Chinatown food option is endless. It is a paradise for food lovers! There’s a lot of great food for you to choose from, be it from food street, hawker center, to individual store, there’s so many hidden gems for you explore. Today, GoGo Budget Travel is going to bring you to the secret eating places in Chinatown that only the local knows. Let the treasure begin!

Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice

Located in the middle of middle of the buzzling area, the chicken rice store is highly popular among the locals and tourists. The boneless chicken is easy to eat and is just so fragrant and tasty! The meat is tender and juicy, and with the rice with such a strong aroma, it is easily one of my favorite chicken rice in Singapore. What’s more, it only costs $3 a plate!



Food tips: Dip the chicken into the chili and ginger sauces provided, as they will make the meat even more fragrant.

And just in case you are wondering, “Chicken Rice” in Chinese “Ji Fan”. And the whole term “Hainanese Chicken Rice” is “Hainan Ji Fan”. Watch the video now to check out the proper pronunciations.


Maxwell Food Centre

If you want something more than chicken rice, do check out Maxwell Food Centre nearby. Once you enter the food centre, you will be awed by the number of stores and the variety of food it has to offer. One of the most famous store inside the centre is Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. This store earned the Michelin Guide recognition in July this year. With a plate of chicken rice that costs less than $5, the queue is always very long, as many people are dying to taste the highly acclaimed chicken.


Even Anthony Bourdain said the rice is so good that you can eat it on its own. So you should definitely give it try if you have the time to queue.


Chinatown Complex

Another hawker centre you should check out is inside the Chinatown Complex. After you walk through this long stretch of shops, you will finally reach the escalators, leading you up to the hawker centre. Inside the place, you will also find different local delights that satisfy your taste bud.



Chinatown Food Street

Some people do find hawker centres too hot, if you are one of them, you can go check out the open-air food street.The food street is a miniature of a hawker centre, where you can find signature local delights such as Hokkien Mee and Chao Kuai Tiao. However, the food here is more expensive than the hawker centres I mentioned earlier. The choice here is also far less compare to a hawker centre.

Hong Lim Market & Food Centre

Last but not least, you shouldn’t miss out the Hong Lim Market & Food Centre. One of the places I particularly like is the Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa. The store also earned the Michelin Guide recognition this year. It specialises in selling Laksa, but its Fruit juice Mee Siam is also highly popular among the customers.


I really love eating the sweet and sour Fruit juice Mee Siam. It’s really refreshing and light. Trust me, you won’t suffer from food coma afterwards!



Have you started drooling after seeing all the great food? When you visit Chinatown, remember to check out these wonderful places, and truly appreciate the beauty of local delights. Until next week, gogo budget travel!

Lazy to read? Watch the video below for the awesome food guide!

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