Best Serangoon food places
As a North-Eastie, one place that I can always count on for a satisfying meal is Serangoon, which boasts many great eats at famous food centres such as Chomp Chomp Food Centre and Serangoon Gardens. But that’s not all there is━here, we’ve curated a list of 16 best Serangoon food places that are lesser-known, yet just as delicious.
1. SimpleBurger Inc
SimpleBurger Inc is a unique stand-up burger joint opened by the same owner of the popular Western food chain, iSteaks Diner, so you can be certain the food here won’t disappoint. They adopt a DIY concept, where you get to customise your own burger. There’s even a vegetable station where you can pile up on free-flow veggies!
We loved the Natural Beef Patty Burger ($9/$13), which contained a mix of striploin and ribeye. The beef was smoky, grilled and juicy, despite containing no seasoning. There are also other additions that you can include such as Parmesan Tuile ($1.50) and salty Bacon ($1.50) strips among other add-ons. If you haven’t tried building a burger before, SimpleBurger Inc is definitely worth a visit.
Read our SimpleBurger Inc review.
Address: 1177 Serangoon Road, #02-01, Singapore 328231
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6285 8839
SimpleBurger Inc is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Kelim Dakdoritang
Kelim Dakdoritang, a popular Korean restaurant chain with a history dating back close to 60 years, offers a rare treat in Singapore━dakdoritang, AKA braised spicy chicken. As the restaurant’s name suggests, their must-try dish is the Dakdoritang, which is available in three different sizes, suitable for groups of up to four people: Small ($36.90+), Medium ($59.90+), and Large ($69.90+).
The dish comprises generous amounts of rice cakes, potato chunks, tender and juicy chicken, and a substantial amount of minced garlic. For those who can’t take spice, go for the Dakhanmari (from $36.90) instead: it’s a non-spicy alternative to dakdoritang.
Read our Kelim Dakdoritang review.
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3. Lau Wang Claypot Delights
Lau Wang Claypot Delights is located in a coffee shop just a short seven-minute walk away from NEX. The Sesame Chicken ($6.30/$8.30) is a popular choice here. Every piece of chicken was tender, well-marinated, and fragrant with sesame oil.
If you’re in the mood to challenge your taste buds, give the spicy Sambal Seafood ($11.50) a try. It was delivered to our table with fish, squid, crab stick and lady’s finger simmering in a bubbling hot sauce. For something wholesome and comforting, get a bowl of Sliced Fish Herbal Soup ($7.30/$9.80) to sip on. The broth was rich and contained hints of sweet goji berry, with a slightly bitter aftertaste, while the fish had a pleasant bite to it.
Read our Lau Wang Claypot Delights review.
Address: 263 Serangoon Central Drive, #01-43, Singapore 550263
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9:45pm
Tel: 9001 0814
Lau Wang Claypot Delights is not a halal-certified eatery.
4. Srisun Express
Srisun Express is the perfect late-night spot to makan with your friends after work. Not only is this prata eatery open for 24 hours, it also has a huge menu to cater to every palate. Apart from classics such as Maggi Goreng ($5.50) and Plain Prata ($1.40), Srisun Express also puts a spin on everyday fare, fusing it with Western and even Mexican cuisine.
Take their Tissue Prata Butterscotch ($7) for instance, a massive, cone-shaped prata dripping with butterscotch syrup. Other dishes worth trying include their Tikka Tacos ($10), with your choice of fish or chicken, and Masala Fries ($4.40). They even have giant drink towers ranging from $13 to $22 so you and your pals never run out of a good beverage!
Read our Srisun Express review.
Address: 56 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555952
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
Tel: 6282 2325
Srisun Express is a halal-certified eatery.
5. Chong Qing Grilled Fish
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If you love mala, head down to Chong Qing Grilled Fish for a delightful taste of Chongqing’s red, hot, and spicy cuisine. This eatery specialises in none other than grilled fish. Pick your desired fish, such as Sea Bass ($36++/$43++), Golden Snapper ($42++/$46++) and more, and select a flavour: Spicy Fragrant, Fermented Black Bean, Pickled Cabbage, Hot and Sour, Fresh Chillies, or Mushroom Herbs. You can then add standard mala ingredients such as Lotus Root ($4.80++), Potato Slices ($3++), Pork Slices ($5.80++) and more to your dish.
If you’re not a fan of fish, don’t let the store’s name chase you away! Chong Qing Grilled Fish has a lot more to offer, from vegetables to seafood and more meats. Some interesting dishes to try include their Hot-Plate Mutton with Cumin ($16++) and Salted Egg Calamari with Thai Herbs ($16++). This place also opens till 1am, making it an ideal location to jio your friends for supper.
Address: 2 Maju Avenue, Singapore 556680
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30am to 1am, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 2am
Tel: 6702 6680
Chong Qing Grilled Fish is not a halal-certified eatery.
6. Bossi Ban Mian
Located in Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre, Bossi Ban Mian isn’t your average ban mian stall. What sets them apart is their Hakka-style ban mian with the addition of chye poh. Like your typical ban mian stall, here you can choose between soup or dry. A must-try is their Signature Noodle ($8/$9), which features a generous bowl of dry ban mian that’s tossed in a dark sauce with ingredients such as chye poh, minced meat, baby abalone, scallop, and prawn.
Their Noodle Soup ($4/$5) is also worth trying. It comes with handmade minced meatballs, plenty of leafy greens, and an egg. Noteworthy is their house-made green chilli that has a fiery kick and a hint of refreshing zesty lime.
Read our Bossi Ban Mian review.
Address: 49A Serangoon Garden Way, $01-18, Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre, Singapore 555945
Opening hours: Tue 8:30am to 4pm, Thurs 8:30am to 4pm, Fri-Sat 8:30am to 8:30pm, Sun 8:30am to 4pm
Tel: 8833 8118
Bossi Ban Mian is not a halal-certified eatery.
7. Tian Jin Fong Kee
If you’re dining with friends and family, consider ordering some handmade dumplings that are great for sharing at Tian Jin Fong Kee, located in the same food centre. This stall, boasting 75 years of history, offers both Steamed Dumplings and Fried Dumplings, each priced at $7 for 10 pieces.
The former serves plump dumplings, with just the right thickness of skin and filled to bursting with well-marinated meat that’s enriched with sesame oil and chives. The latter features a crisp, golden-brown bottom with a juicy filling and a good skin-to-meat ratio. Besides the dumplings, a standout dish is their Fong Kee Rice Cake ($5), which is similar to the Korean tteokbokki. It comprises soft rice cakes immersed in a garlicky gravy alongside some stewed vegetables.
Read our Tian Jin Fong Kee review.
Address: 49A Serangoon Garden Way, Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre, Singapore 555945
Opening hours: Tue 8:30am to 8pm, Thurs-Fri 8:30am to 8pm, Sat-Sun 7:30am to 8pm
Tel: 9656 4459
Tian Jin Fong Kee is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Kim Heng Roasted Delights
Kim Heng Roasted Delights has garnered a fair amount of media attention for their mouthwatering charcoal-roasted meats. There’s the classic Char Siew Rice ($4.80), which stars smoky char siew that’s perfectly roasted with just the right amount of char, and a good meat-to-fat ratio.
For something different, you can consider going for the Pork Ribs Rice ($4.80) instead. A plate comes with four huge chunks of succulent pork ribs that are fall-off-the-bone tender and pair well with a splash of lemon juice.
Read our Kim Heng Roasted Delights review.
Address: 214 Serangoon Avenue 4, #01-88, Singapore 550214
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 7:30pm
Tel: 6283 3695
Kim Heng Roasted Delights is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. 18 Seafood
The next time you plan a family dinner, consider visiting 18 Seafood for their unique takes on popular zi char dishes. For instance, their Champagne Spare Ribs ($14/$22/$28) offer a flavoursome rendition of the classic pork ribs with coffee or oyster sauce. This dish features juicy and meaty ribs with a fragrant aroma and a nicely caramelised finish. Alternatively, try the XO Sauce Fried w HK Mee Pok ($6/$12), a plate of springy mee pok tossed in addictive XO sauce and laced with a smoky, wok hei flavour.
Read our 18 Seafood review.
Address: 2 Lorong Lew Lian, #01-56, Singapore 531002
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11am to 2:30pm, 4:30pm to 9pm
Tel: 8828 6222
18 Seafood is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. First Street Teochew Fish Soup
If you’re on the hunt for the best fish soup in Singapore, you’ve probably heard of First Street Teochew Fish Soup for their clear, sweet soup with super fresh fish and a history dating back to 1988. You can’t miss out on their Pomfret Fish Soup with Rice ($15.90/$19.90), which comes with 10 or more slices of tender fish and tang oh, in a deep, flavourful soup base that incorporates shallots, ginger slices, salted preserved vegetables, and dried sole fish.
Otherwise, get the most bang for the buck with the Seafood Soup with Rice ($6.90/$9.90), a bowl packed to the brim with slices of batang fish, small prawns, fresh squid, and seasoned minced meat.
Read our First Street Teochew Fish Soup review.
Address: 1014 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534752
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 3pm
First Street Teochew Fish Soup is not a halal-certified eatery.
11. Waa Cow! Yakiniku
Visit Waa Cow! Yakiniku for a budget-friendly option averaging below $10 to satisfy your Japanese BBQ cravings. Go for the most value-for-money Trio Meats Set ($9.90++), which comes with a plate of karubi, pork collar, and chicken thigh. If not, you can also get them separately, priced at $6.90++/$11.90++, $7.90++, and $4.90++ respectively. Besides those, they also offer sashimi platters as well. One that’s perfect for two is the Amaebi Platter ($21.90++), which features a trio of sweet shrimp, Hokkaido scallops, and Norwegian salmon slices.
Read our Waa Cow! Yakiniku review.
Address: 1 Maju Avenue, #02-10/11, myVillage, Singapore 556679
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 9836 0693
Waa Cow! Yakiniku is not a halal-certified eatery.
12. JU Signatures
In Serangoon Gardens, you’ll also find JU Signatures, a contemporary dim sum eatery run by Chef Wong Kok Shyong, an ex-hotel chef with a wealth of experience. Opt for the reliable classics such as the JU Treasures Trio: Tri-Colored Har Gao Gems ($7.80++), a trio of colourful prawn dumplings, each bursting with juicy and succulent prawns, including interesting variations━one with crab meat, and another with grouper fish.
Alternatively, a standout is the Wok-fried Chilli Crab In Mantou Tureen ($8.80++), which consists of a crispy tureen-shaped mantou filled with a rich chilli sauce containing crab meat.
Read our JU Signatures review.
Address: 4 Maju Avenue, Serangoon Gardens, Singapore 556682
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 9am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 9pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am to 2:30pm, 3pm to 5pm, 5:30pm to 9pm
Tel: 8876 7498
JU Signatures is not a halal-certified eatery.
13. JB Tai Pai Tong
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For a taste of Malaysian-style zi char, JB Tai Pai Tong offers an extensive menu with all the perennial favourites that can be found across the border, as well as some local items. Don’t leave without getting the KL Dai Lok Mee ($6/$10), AKA KL Hokkien Mee, which features thick noodles wok-fried in a sweet soya-based sauce.
Another dish to go for is their signature Dai Pai Tong Fried Bee Hoon ($6/$10). Otherwise, if you’re looking for something to share with a group, or family, consider going for the Hot Plate Stingray ($16/$22), Oyster Omelette ($9/$12), or Hot Plate Seafood Tofu W/ Mushrooms among many other options.
Address: 261 Serangoon Central Drive, Singapore 550261
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 11pm
Tel: 9242 2088
JB Tai Pai Tong is not a halal-certified eatery.
14. Nanyang Dao
Another eatery that serves solid Malaysian fare is Nanyang Dao, a modern cafe conveniently situated just a five-minute stroll away from Serangoon MRT Station. One highly recommended dish is their Penang Fried Kway Teow ($6.80+), which boasts a smoky wok hei flavour. This dish is stir-fried with a plethora of ingredients including bean sprouts, plump prawns, slices of fish cake, and Chinese sausage.
To share, get the Nan Yang Deep Fry Platter (from $8.90+), which offers an assortment of four different fried goodies including Fried Wu Xiang Ball and Yam Roll. Round off your meal with a refreshing bowl of Chendol ($3.50+), which comes with luscious coconut milk and sweet gula melaka.
Read our Nanyang Dao review.
Address: 262 Serangoon Central, #01-85, Singapore 550262
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9pm
Tel: 9056 8766
Nanyang Dao is not a halal-certified eatery.
15. Bread First Everyday
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Swing by Bread First Everyday in the morning for a hearty breakfast featuring their all-day brunch menu. Their menu offers a variety of options including rosti, fried chicken on waffles and more. The Chicken Cutlet on Waffle ($10.90) is a crowd favourite, starring buttery waffles with a crispy exterior, a juicy fried chicken cutlet, and fluffy scrambled eggs. Alternatively, go for another popular pick, their Rosti Platter ($10.90) that’s freshly made in-house daily, loaded with sour cream, scrambled eggs, a pork sausage, and a side of salad.
Address: 969 Upper Serangoon Road, Mee Sek Food Court, Singapore 534723
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 5pm
Tel: 8808 6730
Bread First Everyday is not a halal-certified eatery.
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If you’re looking for a cafe that’s great for the ‘gram, visit Clovelly, a stylish industrial cafe that serves a well-rounded menu with all-day brunch menu items, desserts, pastas and more. A must-try here is the Crab On Crab ($24.90++) pasta, which comes with handmade gemelli pasta in a creamy white wine sauce enriched with butter and garlic and topped with a whole soft shell crab. For something light, get the Crab Croissant Florentine ($22.90++) instead, featuring a buttery croissant filled with crab meat, baby spinach, and a runny egg, all lightly drizzled with a tangy hollandaise sauce. Round off your meal with the Banana Orange Foster ($14.90++), a dessert featuring slices of orange, topped with caramelised banana-infused bourbon sabayon sauce, toasted almonds, and a scoop of milky coconut gelato.
Address: 15-2 Jalan Riang, Singapore 358987
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 8835 8987
Clovelly is not a halal-certified eatery.
What to eat in Serangoon
Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer savoury food, Serangoon’s food has got you covered. Most of the eateries here offer budget-friendly options, making it the perfect spot for gathering with friends and family.
If you plan to spend some time in the area, check out our compilations of must-try eateries in myVillage mall or Serangoon Garden Market Food! Alternatively, read our guide to the best cafes in Serangoon, perfect for brunch and desserts.