The best stalls to eat at Old Airport Road Food Centre

Established in 1973 and featuring a whopping 168 stalls, Old Airport Road Food Centre is one of the oldest and largest hawker centres in Singapore. Having been around for decades, it has had the time to collect a good number of well-known food stalls. Here, we highlight the best Old Airport Road Food Centre stalls to dine at.

1. Nam Sing Hokkien Mee

They close on random days, and when they are open, they sell out fast. So if you ever catch the stall with their shutter up, call it your lucky day and order their Hokkien Mee ($5/$8). Nam Sing uses thin bee hoon to absorb all the sweet seafood stock, resulting in a drier but more flavourful and well-balanced dish.

Read our Nam Sing Hokkien Mee review.

Unit number: #01-32
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am to 6pm
Nam Sing is not a halal-certified eatery.

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2. Chuan Kee Satay

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There are a few satay stalls in Old Airport Road Food Centre, and we like Chuan Kee for its Hainanese-style satay (from $0.60 per skewer). Juicy skewers of meat are slowly grilled over charcoal to give it charred edges, and each stick is not overly sweet or caramelised. The peanut sauce here is served the traditional way with a dollop of pineapple sauce, and its tanginess is pleasantly appetising.

Unit number: #01-85
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 5pm to 9pm
Chuan Kee is not a halal-certified eatery.

3. Toa Payoh Rojak

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Rojak can be easily put together, but the key is to make sure every ingredient is prepared well. At Toa Payoh Rojak, the fruits are ripe enough to be sweet and tart, but not overly ripe to the point that they are mushy. In this rojak (from $3), the fried dough sticks are crispy and the prawn paste is thick enough to blend everything together.

Unit number: #01-108
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 7pm
Tel: 6958 9380
Toa Payoh Rojak is not a halal-certified eatery.

4. New Eastern Kim  Tee Xin Dong Fang

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Xin Dong Fang, also known as New Eastern Kim Tee, sells bak kwa, ngoh hiang and fried intestines. It might not look particularly inviting, but their Fried Intestines ($7) are a must-try. Braised ’til tender, the intestines are thoroughly cleaned and rid of any unpleasant smell. It is then deep fried to give it a crisp exterior, while the interior is juicy and almost buttery. A side of chilli helps to cut through the fat in this dish.

Unit number: #01-112
Opening hours: Thurs-Mon 7am to 6pm
New Eastern Kim Tee is not a halal-certified eatery.

5. Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee

Xin Mei Xiang serves arguably one of the best lor mee in town, drawing long queues and selling out fast. The Signature Lor Mee ($6/$8) is generously topped with flaky white fish instead of the usual deep-fried fish. The gravy, which is made with a combination of herbs, is savoury and has a thick consistency that lasts until the last drop.

Read our Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee review.

Unit number: #01-116
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 4pm
Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee is not a halal-certified eatery.

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6. Wang Wang Curry Puff

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This unique curry puff crust at Wang Wang is a result of hours of assembly by hand. Every day, the owner folds and rolls each curry puff to create this layered flaky crust. Aside from the usual curry chicken, they also offer puffs (from $1.50) with other fillings such as black pepper chicken, yam, and sardine. The curry chicken filling is generously packed with juicy chunks of chicken, potatoes, and a wedge of boiled egg—a sure crowd-pleaser at gatherings.

Unit number: #01-126
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am to 3:30pm
Tel: 9090 7009
Wang Wang is not a halal-certified eatery.

7. Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow

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Fried kway teow ($4/$5/$6) at Dong Ji is reminiscent of Penang-style char kway teow. Compared to the Singaporean version we’re familiar with, the kway teow here is drier and less sweet. Each plate of kway teow is painstakingly fried one at a time, and come out savoury, slight spicy and full of wok hei. The wait can be long, but it’s worth it.

Unit number: #01-138
Opening hours: Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 11am to 2pm, 6pm to 8pm
Dong Ji is not a halal-certified eatery.

8. Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun

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This chee cheong fun at Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun beats those at fancy Chinese dim sum restaurants. All the components are delicate, from the almost translucent rice roll, to light soy sauce with sesame oil, and carefully placed ingredients such as prawns and char siew. Best of all, each plate comes at $2.50.

Unit number: #01-155
Opening hours: Tue, Sun 8am to 2:30pm, Wed-Sat 8:30am to 7pm
Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun is not a halal-certified eatery.

9. Roast Paradise

Roast meat rice stalls in Singapore are a ubiquitous sight, but few do it like Roast Paradise. This popular unit often sports long queues for their treasure trove of KL-style roast meats, with recipes perfected by two cooks who travelled to Malaysia to learn how to properly barbecue sio bak and char siew. Try their Char Siew Rice ($4.50), which comes with fatty, caramelised cuts of pork served with a side of buttered rice, cooked in pork oil. Don’t forget to add on some Roast Pork ($2.50), which comes with a shatteringly crisp crackling, and tender meat. 

Read our Roast Paradise review.

Unit number: #01-121
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10:30am to 6:30pm
Tel: 9786 7396
Roast Paradise is not a halal-certified eatery.

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10. To-Ricos Guo Shi Blanco Court 3rd Storey Kway Chap 

An OG in Singapore’s kway chap scene in To-Ricos Guo Shi, AKA Blanco Court 3rd Storey Kway Chap. Its many names aside, the stall serves up consistently delicious kway chap that has earned themselves regular spots on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list. A Mixed Platter starts at $4 and gets you a variety of innards, as well as their thinly sliced braised pork belly, and a bowl of kway topped with aromatic fried shallots.

Unit number: #01-135
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 10am to 2:30pm
Tel: 8923 0892
To-Ricos Kway Chap is not a halal-certified eatery.

11. Nyonya Chendol 

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Seek respite from the sweltering heat in a bowl of chendol from Nyonya Chendol. Bowls start at $1.80 for the original, served without red bean, and go up to $3, depending on your topping of choice. They’re known to be generous with their gooey gula melaka syrup and ultra-creamy coconut milk. They also serve a Durian Chendol ($3.50) if you want to go all-out and indulge!

Unit number: #01-115
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9:30am to 9:30pm
Nyonya Chendol is not a halal-certified eatery.

12. Xiang Ji Lor Mee

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Another contender for the best lor mee in Old Airport Road Food Centre is Xiang Ji. The gravy here is flavourful and discernibly spiced, with a generous dollop of garlic to add oomph. Each bowl comes with ample portions of fish flakes and pork belly, as well as fish cakes for chew. Note that waiting times can go up to an hour some days.

Unit number: #01-81
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 7am to 3pm
Xiang Ji Lor Mee is not a halal-certified eatery.

13. Hua Ji XO Fish Head Bee Hoon

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Hua Ji XO Fish Head Bee Hoon serves fish soup that’s a cut above thanks to its collagen-rich soup that achieves its milkiness from the slow-boiling of fish bones for a minimum of six hours. The soup’s sweetness is enhanced by fresh fish, as well as leafy nai bai cabbage. Choose from fish head bee hoon ($6), or sliced fish bee hoon ($4.50), and opt for either poached or fried fish to go with your order. 

Unit number: #01-118
Opening hours: Tue-Wed 12:30pm to 12am, Thurs 9am to 12am, Fri-Sun 12:30pm to 12am
Hua Ji XO Fish Head Bee Hoon is not a halal-certified eatery.

14. Famous Old Airport Fried Oyster

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This orh luak stall is as famous as it claims, as many fans will travel down to Old Airport Road Food Centre for their oyster omelette. Prices start at $4, and you get an eggy omlette studded with bits of starch, and charred, crispy pieces of egg. The oysters used here are also said to be fresh, plump, and briny.

Unit number: #01-54
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am to 2pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 9:30pm
Famous Old Aiport Fried Oyster is not a halal-certified eatery.

15. Qiu Rong Ban Mian

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Qiu Rong Ban Mian used to be located in Roxy Square, but has since moved to Old Airport Road. Run by a couple, they’ve been in the business for over two decades now, selling ban mian prepared with hand-made noodles. Their Sliced Fish Ban Mian ($4.50) is a bestseller and comes with a sweet, peppery soup, as well as slurpable noodles. Another favourite here is their Chicken Mee Sua in Red Wine ($4), a comforting Cantonese classic.

Unit number: #01-64
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 11:30pm
Tel: 9739 8618
Qiu Rong Ban Mian is not a halal-certified eatery.

16. J&J Special Beef Noodle

J&J Special Beef Noodle is not your average beef noodle stall. Their signature Braised Beef Noodle (from $6) sees slow-braised beef cheek flavoured with a sweet sauce akin to teriyaki, then served with kway teow noodles in a moreish gravy. If you feel like splurging, the stall also has a Wagyu Beef Soup Noodle ($11), and Wagyu Beef Rice ($12), which both use tender, fatty cuts of Wagyu for added flavour.

Read our J&J Special Beef Noodle review.

Unit number: #01-162
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10:30am to 5pm
Tel: 9862 7592
J&J Special Beef Noodle is not a halal-certified eatery.

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17. Eminami Halal Vietnam

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Eminami Halal Vietnam is founded by a native Vietnamese-Muslim cook who wanted to share her recipes with diners in Old Airport Road Food Centre. Hailing from Mui Ne, the owner was previously a cafe owner in Vietnam, and has perfected a number of halal Vietnamese dishes currently gracing Eminami’s menu. The Pho Bo ($5) is a hot favourite, served with pink, blanched beef slices and an aromatic slow-cooked soup. Else, order the Com Tam ($4.50), where a grilled chicken chop is served with fluffy ‘broken rice’. 

Unit number: #01-47
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am to 6pm
Tel: 8742 8297
Eminami Halal Vietnam is a halal-certified eatery.

18. Saifuoolah North Indian Food

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Saifuoolah North Indian Food specialises in affordable Indian dishes that don’t skimp on quality. Fans praise the depth of their Special Kambing Soup (from $4), slow-cooked with mutton bones to extract its distinctive flavour. Else, try their tender Butter Chicken ($5), cooked in a tomatoey gravy, and finished with a dollop of yoghurt. Have this along with a basket of their fluffy Garlic Naan ($2).

Unit number: #01-119
Opening hours: NA
Saifuuolah North Indian Food is a halal-certified eatery.

19. Mama Recipe Briyani Rice

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Chinese-owned Mama Recipe Briyani Rice is famous for their affordable Chicken (from $2.50) and Mutton Rendangs (from $4.50). The meats are slow-cooked in a spice-forward gravy, served atop perfumed basmati rice. Do add-on a serving of their house-made sayur lodeh, or vegetable curry ($1.50), to round off the meal.

Unit number: #01-18
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 11am to 8pm
Mama Recipe Briyani Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.

20. Toast Hut 

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The owner of Toast Hut so loved Nanyang breakfast sets that he taught himself how to brew traditional kopi and make kaya toast straight out of his National Service. He then opened Toast Hut, where they serve up traditional Kaya Butter ($3) sets, but also other breakfast dishes, from savoury Tuna and Ham & Egg sandwiches ($2.40), to their signature, the Giant Bun ($1.60). The latter is a fluffy, toasted brioche bun, sliced in half, then filled with a house-made, less sweet kaya, as well as slabs of cold butter.

Unit number: #01-52
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 6am to 1:30pm, Sat 6am to 12pm
Tel: 8125 7729
Toast Hut is not a halal-certified eatery.

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21. Minced Pork Bros

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The founders of Roast Paradise are the brains behind modern bak chor mee stall, Minced Pork Bros. Here, expect levelled-up renditions of bak chor mee, from their Modern Teochew Abalone Noodles ($6), which comes with abalone, scallops, pork slices, and a hanjuku egg. If you like your BCM soupy, we recommend the Her Giao Scallop Superior Soup ($5), which comes with handmade fish dumplings, and a sweet seafood broth.

Unit number: #01-113
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 9am to 5:30pm
Tel: 9786 7396
Minced Pork Bros is not a halal-certified eatery

22. Tong Kee Charcoal BBQ 

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Barbequed chicken wings are a shiok hawker dish to enjoy as a side, especially when you’re also knocking back cold beers. Have your fix from Tong Kee Charcoal BBQ, which grills their chicken wings over charcoal till the skin is nicely charred. Prices start at $1.30 apiece. Don’t skip on their house-made chilli sauce, which is garlicky and zesty with lime juice.

Unit number: #01-24
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 4pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 9669 3342
Tong Kee is not a halal-certified eatery

23. Whampoa Soya Bean 

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Tau huey fans can enjoy beancurd desserts served with a variety of toppings at Whampoa Soya Bean, from tau huey with grass jelly ($1.80), to lotus seeds ($3). The beancurd is made in-house, and the stall also sells freshly made soya bean milk. If beancurd isn’t up your alley, the stall also has chin chow desserts from $1.50!

Unit number: #01-68
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 8pm
Whampoa Soya Bean is not a halal-certified eatery

24. Cool Cool Thai

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Cool Cool Thai, formerly located in Golden Mile, and is run by a native Thai cook. They’ve got a wide variety of classic Thai dishes, from curries to tom yum soups, salads to rice. Their Thai Basil Pork Rice ($5) is a perennial favourite, served with mouthwateringly spicy minced pork, jasmine rice, and a fried egg. Get yourself their Tom Yum Seafood (from $4.50) to accompany your rice—the red hot and sour broth is packed with all types of seafood, from shrimp to rings of squid.

Unit number: #01-30
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 8pm
Cool Cool Thai is not a halal-certified eatery

25. SALT.Singapore

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SALT.Singapore puts a twist on the usual hawker Western food stall format with a menu that focuses on chicken, served atop rice or pasta. Their Signature Chicken Cutlet with Soy Garlic Fried Rice ($8.50) is a must-try, as the dish comes with a hefty chicken cutlet fried till golden brown, served atop Japanese-style fried rice. If pasta is what you prefer, then try their Sous Vide Grilled Chicken Carbonara ($8), where ultra-juicy chicken is sous vide, then seared to render the skin so it’s extra-crispy.

Unit number: #01-128
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm to 2:30pm, 5pm to 8:30pm, Sat 12pm to 2:30pm, 5pm to 8:30pm
Tel: 8882 7258
SALT.Singapore is not a halal-certified eatery.

What to eat at Old Airport Road Food Centre

In case you’re wondering where the “old airport” in Old Airport Road is, the name is in reference to Kallang Airport, Singapore’s first civilian airport. The road was actually part of a runway and the hawker centre was built beside it. Thank goodness we ended up moving the airport to Changi, because we’d otherwise be bereft of this hawker centre.

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Address: 51 Old Airport Road, Singapore 390051
Nearest MRT Station: Dakota

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