(Note: I will continue to update this as I add stalls and update stalls to this page, most recent updates first.)
Update: January 1, 2022 -Closures of Mattar Road BBQ, Changi Seafood, Chang Kee Fishball, Sheng De Kung Fu. Added Xiang Le, Tong Tau Fu, C Meal, Mattar Curry Rice.
Update: October 1, 2021 – Closures of Selera Rasa Briyani, Chuan Kee Satay. Added Lok Lok stalls, Geprek, Toast Hut and Pipa Duck Noodles.
Update: July 1, 2021 – Added Cool Cool Thai, Emina Mi, Ah Ta’s Muffins, Safuoolah, 97 Nasi Lemak, Golden Scissors Curry Rice, Sarawak Kolo Mee. Closure of Selera Rasa, Ming Kee Noodles, House of Desserts, Siang Kee Crystal Bao.
Update: August 1, 2020 – Added Chang Kee Yong Peng Fishballs, Pho Mien Tay.
Update: April 1, 2020 (Yes, it’s been awhile) – Added the third Yi Ji Hokkien Mee stall, JS Economic Bee Hoon, Fortune Curry, Authentic Hakka Yong Tau Fu, Old Street Spinach Soup, Delisnacks, Yahara Aini, Shuang Bao and Pho Mien Tay. Closure of Ali Shan Curry Fish Head, Wonton Noodle, Hong Ji Mian Shi Jia, To-Ricos Thai Kway Chap, AB’s, Jiang Kee, moving of 168 Curry Chicken and Yi Ji Confinement Food Palace
Update: June 23, 2019 – Added Ming Kee Wonton Noodle, Roast Meats (16), Fish Soup (92), Jiang Kee Chwee Kueh, Siang Kee Crystal Pau, Yi Ji Confinement Food Palace, AB’s Indian, noted closure of 113 Seafood, Mr. Wok, Fu Dao Satay, Golden Horse Thai, Joanna Porridge, Xin Tian Di, 51 Yong Tau Foo
To see all notes about closed stalls that I have written about please go to:
Old Airport Road Food Centre is arguably the best of the hawker centres in all of Singapore. Opened in 1973, it is comprised of 168 stalls, providing one with a cornucopia of delectable Singaporean Hawker fare.
If you want to truly know what Singaporean hawker food is all about, this is a great place to start your journey.
Let’s break down what’s at Old Airport Road first.
As of April 1, 2020, of the 168 stalls, here is what they sell (this is based on their main product, there may also be others, e.g., , Lau Pa Sat Cooked Food sells Cuttlefish You Tiao and Rojak, but I have put it in the Cuttlefish You Tiao category)(To go directly to the section that spotlights these stalls click on the name):
Vacant – 14
Drink Stalls – 14
Biscuits/Cakes/Bakery/Fried Puffs – 9
Satay – 5
Porridge – 3
Fish Soup – 4
Malay/Indian Food – 4
Grilled/BBQ/Cooked Seafood – 4
Soups/Pig Organ/Mutton Soup – 7
Juice/Tea/Homemade Drinks – 6
Cold and Hot Chinese Desserts – 5
Tze Char – 3
Fishball Noodles – 3
Rojak/Cuttlefish – 3
Econ Rice/Curry Rice – 3
Prawn Noodles – 3
Wanton Mee – 4
Western BBQ/Grill – 5
Yong Tau Foo – 2
Hokkien Mee – 4
Kway Chap – 3 (but only 2 operators, Blanco Court has 2 stalls)
Lor Mee – 3
Roast Meats – 4
Fried Oysters – 3
Japanese – 2
Soya Bean – 2
Carrot Cake – 3
Char Kway Teow – 3
Chicken Rice – 4
Bak Chor Mee/Ban Mian – 3
Kueh – 2
Otah – 2
Wu Xiang – 2
Popiah – 2
Chicken Wings – 2
Bao – 2
Kopi – 2
Pasta – 2
Steamboat – 2
Wu Xiang – 2
Beef Noodles – 2
Thai – 1
Claypot Rice – 1
Hor Fun – 1
Chee Chong Fun– 1
Vegetarian – 1
Xiao Long Bao – 1
Goreng Pisang – 1
Ma La Hot Pot – 1
Curry Chicken – 2
Confinement – 1
It’s quite the variety of foods, this is why I say that Old Airport Road is a great introduction to the Singapore hawker food scene.
Here’s a guide through the maze of smells and delicacies.
First off, here is a map of Old Airport Road with the stall numbers. This is the top view, with the bottom being Old Airport Road itself, or what I refer to as the front of the hawker centre.
I like to split Old Airport Road into four (4) sections. Left, Middle Left, Middle Right and Right.
Left = 1-49. This section contains a lot of famous stalls including Nam Sing Hokkien Mee (32), Lao Fu Zhi Char Kway Teow (12), Cho Kee (4) and Hua Kee (2) Wanton Noodles, Albert Street Prawn Noodles (10) and Ru Ji Fishball Noodles (37).
Middle Left = 50-103. This section has Mattar Road Seafood BBQ (63), Chuan Kee Satay (85), Whitley Road Prawn Noodles (98), Meilock Soursop (82) and Xiang Ji Lor Mee (81).
Middle Right = 109-131. This section contains such greats as Blanco Court Kway Chap(135-136), Tiong Bahru (124), Roast Paradise (122), Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee (116), Toa Payoh Rojak (108), Lao Ban Soya Bean (107) and Aunty Oats Pancake (110).
Right = 132-168. I affectionately call this portion the “sleepy” portion of Old Airport Road, as there is not a lot of action here. Stalls here are Lau Pa Sat Taiwan Porridge (167), Yummy Thai (161), Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun (155) and Tong Xing Roasted Meats (158).
Old Airport Road is home to some Singapore Hawker Legends, including Nam Sing Hokkien Mee (32, left). The delicate rice vermicelli and noodles soak up the delicious pork and prawn broth giving rise to a dish which sings of flavor with every bite. These brothers have been at it for a long time and it shows in their craft.
Recently, they’ve made their Hokkien Mee quite soupy, thus my suggestion is to get it to takeaway. Even if you want to eat it there, wait for it to be packed, and then just let the noodles soak in the broth in the package. Be a little patient and wait for about 5-10 minutes, then open it up. You will see the difference.
The first picture is that ordered to eat there. They will bring it to your table if it’s close to their stall.
Now, take a look at the takeaway package, waiting 15 minutes and then eating it.
You can see there is quite a difference. In fact, if you order it to takeaway, they usually have a few sitting around that have already been made. Thus, the broth is fully soaked in already. One note here though, if you order takeaway, you can usually only get the $5 portion, which is premade. If you want the $3 portion, it’s really only for eating there.
One more note, since they are located in the “back”, but on a corner, they have put a light bulb on the side of their stall. When it’s lit, they’re open. When it’s not, they are closed. Thus once you walk in the front and glance down the aisle, you can immediately tell if they are open or closed.
Here is the light bulb, off to the right, off, thus meaning the stall is closed.
Here it is on, meaning, let’s eat!
The logo is that of the uncle that does most of the cooking. He puts on those glasses when he is frying his Hokkien Mee.
Nam Sing is open from the mid-morning until the mid-afternoon.
If you want nice dry Hokkien Mee at night, then I suggest going to Yi Ji Hokkien Mee (102, middle left). They make a real nice drier style Hokkien Mee.
Notice the signboard says “Super Spicy” Chili! It packs quite a wallop, so be careful with it.
There is another Yi Ji a few stalls down at 99. Same signage, but open at different times. Are they the same or not? And apparently, they have many locations around Singapore. Who knew it was a chain? Not me.
Now take a look at the actual Mee itself.
Taste both yourself and see if you can taste a difference. I honestly can’t.
And then late 2019 ANOTHER Yi Ji opened (73, center middle)!I can’t tell the difference anymore. I mean take a look at 73 on takeaway. The broth has been soaked in because of the takeaway, but it all looks the same to me…I prefer more Rice Vermicelli (Mee Fun, Bee Hoon) in my Hokkien Mee, not so much the thick yellow noodles. That kind is more soupy and more like your typical hawker fare.
There is also a nice little side-by-side competition in the back middle left at 54 and 55 between Old Airport Fried Oyster and Kallang Fried Oyster (which is also paired with Chicken Wings, see later on).
But try it for yourself, I can’t personally tell you which one is good or not.
Another Legend is Toa Payoh Rojak (108, middle right), where you queue just to get a queue number. Each dish is made to order and the way you want it. If you want more You Tiao, Cucumber, or extra peanut rojak sauce, you get it.
You see the old uncle here, he and his son run the place. When you get your queue number, some people believe that the old uncle is the one that they want making their rojak. So they wait. I think they’re both equally as good.
For us, we don’t really like the pineapple in it. We like You Tiao, Tau Bok and Cucumbers. So that’s how we order it.
The experienced Rojak eater will not use those little sticks you get, you use chopsticks. Easier and faster to eat!
Here is a photo of the normal Rojak. The last time we went, in October, they told us we can’t pick and choose anymore! Not sure if this was just the case on that day or not. Either way, no uncle, and it wasn’t the best that I’ve had from there, it was a bit watery and tasteless. Will have to try it again just to make sure the quality has not gone down.
The uncle here says that in order to have good Rojak, you must grill the You Tiao, thus it takes a little longer to make from his stall.
The sauce is a little sweet here, but the taste is pretty good.
There is also Kah Ping Ri Ye Xiang (87, mid left) which sells Rojak, Cuttlefish Kang Kong, etc.
When people ask where to get BBQ or Grilled or regular Seafood, not many people will say, “Go to Old Airport Road.” But I counter that and say to you that you can find real good seafood here.
Some say the best Chili and Pepper Crabs come from Mattar Road Seafood BBQ (63, middle left). Open each evening, except Tuesday and Wednesday, it gives you a crab cooked perfectly, complemented with a subtly spicy and sweet sauce that oozes all over the lovely crab. Unfortunately it is now CLOSED.
The queue here can get pretty long, so I usually order it, and then go order other things. They will serve it to your table, or you can always take it away.
I love to takeaway here, because I can order it and come back after doing other things to get it.
One thing that they do here is serve you female crab. Definitely make sure you order the female crab. Aside from the crab roe, the meat is a little sweeter in my opinion. And the price is not bad. It will be about $35 for one crab.
The sauce here is really nice. Not too thick and floury, not too spicy and not too sweet. It strikes a nice balance that you can lick off the crab before diving in. The uncle cooks it just to the point of doneness and let’s the sauce do the rest of the cooking. It truly is a magnificent and well done crab.
The Salted Egg Crab is a little different here, it’s not crumby and all over the sauce and crab, instead you find it mixed into the frying process. From the picture below you really can’t see the Salted Egg, you would think it’s normal scallion and ginger crab. Nothing to write home about, stick with the chili crab.
One of the newer kids on the block, BJ Seafood (118, middle right) (They have now shifted to 101, middle left, with a new sign, but I haven’t seen them open for a long time) also has some good seafood. Here is the old sign.
Other Tze Char style places include dishes with rice and other items. These include Khee Hong(67, middle left) and Hong Yun (61, middle left).Both of these stalls will give you Fried Rice, Tze Char dishes that do well.
The queues form at Xin Mei Xiang(116, middle right). This stall regularly draws people from everywhere and the queues start to form early. They used to sell prawn noodles, but why bother? People come from the Lor Mee.
The queue takes about 20 minutes usually, but it’s run pretty efficiently (or you can go at 6 or 7am and there is no queue). One auntie comes out and takes your preliminary order, which gets the preparer ready with the noodles, etc. And when you get to the front of the line, you finalize with chili padi, garlic, vinegar, etc.
And this is what you get.
But for me, I like Xiang Ji (81, middle left).
All Lor Mee looks the same, but the taste is different. This one is a little more tasty. I can’t quite describe it, but the ingredients I think are what makes it. The meat and less fish make it tastes much better.
One key for me, I always go for the yellow noodles and bee hoon mix, not just one of them.
Another selection for Lor Mee is Tiong Bahru(129, middle right) (They have now shifted a few stalls down to 124).
The queues form here as well.
Here are the ingredients before adding the gravy. Notice that this one does not have as much fish as Xin Mei Xiang or Xiang Ji. But more Wu Xiang and Braised Pork Belly.
Add the gravy and here you go!
Here is a picture from February, 2016. Notice the chunks of fish! To me, it tastes much better now than it did before.
This Lor Mee, to me, lacks a little bit of a punch that the other two give.
Lao Fu Zhi(12, left) draws reviews and queues, and gets most of the attention.
At Lao Fu Zhi, there is a difference in the way it is made, depending upon who is doing the cooking. If it’s the old uncle with the glasses that dances while he cooks, you have yourself a good plate. If it’s the old auntie that’s cooking, I don’t find it quite as good.
A lot of people also rave about Dong Ji (138, middle right).
The uncle here cooks a little slowly, but the product is supposed to be worth it.
For me, it’s not worth it. I find it a little lacking in taste. While it has a lot of ingredients, it just doesn’t do it for me. But it got passed on to a younger generation, so it was worth another shot. It looks a little different, but salty as anything. I will still pass.A newly opened shop is 51 Old Airport Road Char Kway Teow (71, left middle)
Right along the lines of this is Carrot Cake. There is Black and White, me, I prefer the Black style. A little sweeter and more of that wok hei taste as it’s put together. I urge you to try both and see.
Sheng De Kung Fu (100, middle left) has been around awhile. It make good quality Carrot Cake, both versions. I don’t know about the Oysters though. They are usually open only at night, but are now CLOSED.
The aunty fries a HUGE plate of Carrot Cake for $3. The taste is right on. This is probably my favorite at Old Airport.Another stall is located at 156. Not much for names, but they are known for Carrot Cake and Popiah. And aside from a nice Carrot Cake, the flower plates. Which makes their food distinguishable.
This one is a little bigger and honestly, a little better tasting. Just opened in October 2016, Hock Guan (93, middle left), it sits right next to the Popiah stall above. It also sells Rojak among other things.The Popiah is a little smaller than next door, the taste is there and the auntie that makes it is a nice old auntie.They also sell the Kueh Pie Tee.
Hua Kee(2, left) and Cho Kee(4, left) Wanton Noodles separated by a drinks stall and each has its own supporters.
People joke that they don’t know what the names of the stalls are, just that there is a red/pink signboard and a blue one, so they go to either the red or blue stall. But, Cho Kee just changed their signage! No longer are they a blue signboard, but it is now beige.
The red stall is Hua Kee. They are a little more old fashioned, as you queue, order and wait for your bowl of noodles. The blue stall is Cho Kee. This is their old stall, then it’s followed by their new one. Here, it’s the modern era. You get your receipt with your queue number. And then you watch the digital signboard for your number to flash on the screen.
Here is Hua Kee, or the red stall.
As for Cho Kee, or the blue stall…
The Char Siew here, also lean and a little dry. More veggies here for sure. The wanton are not bad, a little juicy, I can’t complain. But the noodles are excellent! Springy, chewy and a great taste. It really makes the dish for me. The Fried Wanton here are also nice.
What a choice. For me, I usually go with Cho Kee, or the blue stall. I like the noodles more.
Here is Shuang Bao, located in the back near Toricos. It is pretty basic, good if you want to have some Wonton Noodles. The Char Siew is much too dry. They do have Laksa as well, and it has a decent taste, but not the best.
Albert Street(10, left) and Whitley Road(98, middle left) offer Big Prawn Mee and are just one section apart, with queues equally long. Now remember that Big Prawn Mee contains prawns which are larger than normal prawns. They are bigger and they are sweeter.
The one I prefer is Albert Street, because I like the broth a little bit more, and I find the prawns much better.
The Prawn Mee stalls always offer different combinations, like spare ribs or pig tail or regular prawn. But I only go for Big Prawn Mee. At $5, you expect a good bowl of noodles with nice prawns. To me, this has to be had as soup, not dry. To have it dry, it’s just not the same for me.
As I mentioned, the broth here is so fragrant and the taste sticks with you. The noodles here, I recommend the Mee/Bee Hoon mix, spring nicely. The prawns are the star here though. Fresh, full of crunch, and delicious.
Whitley Road also does a nice job.
Another interesting choice is Kallang Cantonese Prawn Noodle (83, middle left). This stall has a tank containing live prawns.
The broth is also different. It’s more mild and even.
Blanco Court(135, middle ) is a place where people from all over the island come for Kway Chap. Intestines, Tofu, Pork Belly, Braised Eggs, you get it all in a sinfully rich broth and Kway Teow noodles.
This stall stakes up two stall numbers and they do all the cooking right there. The queues start early, and they officially open for business at 11am. But if you get there early, and you’re lucky and nice to the auntie, you can preorder and have your stuff ready when they open.
I’ll be honest, I don’t really eat most of the offerings in Kway Chap. In fact, it has a smell which I don’t quite enjoy, but I can tolerate. I will take the pork belly and the egg and tau bak, but other than that, it’s not for me.
Here is Blanco’s version.
But wait, here is the plated version for eating at Old Airport:
The taste is okay, my wife and sister-in-law say it’s the best Kway Chap out there. So I will trust them and recommend it to you.
The other Kway Chap stall in the hawker centre is Yi Fa (70, middle left). It has a following as well, but you won’t see queues like at Blanco.
If you like intestines, you could try Xin Dong Fong (112, middle right). They specialize in two things, Fried Intestines and Ngoh Hiang, the Hokkien style spring roll. The Ngoh Hiang here is very big and a nice eat, while the Fried Intestines are also nicely done.
Seng Kee (29, left) looks good when you approach and delivers when you get your food. This was the only stall around for a bit, but now there are more.
It’s pretty simple here. Each piece costs a certain amount of money. You choose what you want, give it to them, and they will fry it up for you and give you a sweet and a chili sauce to dip your items in. Sounds great doesn’t it? Spring Rolls, Ngoh Hiang, Prawn Crackers, Tofu, Fish Cakes, etc., all fried up. You have to love it. Just be careful because it can be a lot of food, and the price will add up.
A lot of people eat it with some Fried Bee Hoon, but for me I don’t eat it that way. But they will offer it to you. You can give it a shot and see if it’s for you.
There is also Wu Xiang Xia Bing (56, back middle left). I haven’t tried it yet, but I will at some point in time.Speaking of Fried Items, there is always Goreng Pisang (57, mid left).And also Chi Shuang Shuang (129, mid right).Delisnacks is newly opened in 2020 (40, left back)
Do you have a hankering for Indian Biryani? Try Selera Rasa (42, left), which makes a chicken and mutton biryani that tingles your tastebuds. But it has recently closed down as the aunty who runs it is not in the best health. Unfortunately it is now CLOSED.
They open in the morning, and soon after you can see everyone around clamoring to get the Biryani. You can get combinations, but basically it’s chicken, either in curry sauce or fried, or curried mutton. You can add a fish, or other things as well, but that’s only if you really, really want it. I don’t recommend it, I recommend getting the biryani and the chicken or mutton and savoring it.
Here is the chicken curry biryani.
The curried meat sings and then mixed on the biryani rice make it a combination that’s out of this world. The chicken is very tender and the curry is so nice on the rice. To me, the curry makes half of the dish, so why go for the fried chicken instead of the curried chicken?
Here is the mutton version.
But, I think that they are now closed. The aunty was having some difficulties, so I think the stall is now closed.
There aren’t many stalls at Old Airport that sell Indian food. There used to be a stall that sold things like Bee Hoon Goreng and Prata, but not anymore.
Recently there opened up Safuoolah (01-149 Right). It is an Indian stall which sells a number of things.
He has his own Tandoor oven in the stall, so the Butter Chicken set has freshly made Garlic Naan! The flavors are quite good here!There is a stall that sells Briyani and Rendang though – Mama Recipe Briyani (18 left).Interesting flavors. Here is the Chicken Rendang with Briyani Rice and some of the Sour Gravy in the left. The flavor is quite good and the aunty is really helpful when describing the differences in everything. There are a few Malay and Indian food stalls, Safura (48) and Fazil (49). Safura is more Nasi Padang while Fazil offers the only Indian Rojak here. (Fazil is NO LONGER IN OPERATION)Yahra Aini (34, left back, near Nam Sing Hokkien Mee) sells a variety of items during the day as well. This is when it started. It has now turned into a Nasi Lemak stall. It is not bad at all and quite a good deal.Da Bao Version
A new Malay food stall is Geprek (65, middle left).
We also have the newest Nasi Lemak player at Old Airport Rd, 97 Nasi Lemak (01-97 Middle Left). This stall has gotten good publicity and the food backs it up. The food is fresh, crisp and done right.Now they have expanded to two stalls and added Curry and Rendang to the menu.
And there is a Curry Rice stall at Old Airport Rd too. Golden Scissors Curry Rice (01-40 Left) is your typical Curry Rice stall.Pork Belly, Pork Cutlet, Egg and Cabbage on Rice with Curry. I wish there was a bit more Curry though as I like mine drenched.
Another item which is Malay in origin is Otah. There are two stalls to get your Otah fix and also get a simple package of Nasi Lemak.
Tan Beng (74, middle left) seems to be open early and late to get your fix.
Ru Ji(37, left) is my choice of the four Fishball Noodle stalls at Old Airport Road. Ru Ji is a branch of the stall at Holland Drive, and it is just as good. Invited to take part in Singapore Day in New York City, this stall does not disappoint.
The uncle works hard behind the stall, pinching off noodles, boiling fishballs, putting it all together. The others are cutting fish cakes and preparing the bowls. The queues are quite long, it’s about a 15-20 minute wait usually, 30-40 on weekends. But what you get is a great bowl of noodles, well worth the wait.
The handmade fishballs are springy, and yes, they do bounce. The fish cakes are also handmade and when you take fresh Mee Pok, mix it with vinegar and chili, and then put it altogether, you get heaven in a bowl.
There is debate out there about what kind of noodles work best with Fishball Noodles. Some say Mee Pok, some say Mee Kia. Others say it must be soup and with Kway Teow noodles. For me, it has to be Mee Pok and it has to be dry, not soup. I just find the wider noodle gets coated much better with the vinegar and chili. I don’t get that with the Mee Kia. And as for the soup style, it’s nice, but I like the chili and vinegar bite from the dry version.
Just opened up recently is Chang Kee (41, left back). It features homemade Fishballs from Yong Peng (Johor Bahru) area. It is now CLOSED.For $3 this is what you get. The Mee Pok is nice and the chili is a little sweet, pretty nice. And the fishballs are homemade and springy. A good fishball
Plying their trade, they used to just sell Soursop juice. Now they’ve expanded with some machinery and equipment and offer a lot of other fruits, juices, freezes, etc. But the Soursop is still the main reason you keep coming back to Meilock Soursop (Now renamed Just Juice…) (82, middle left).
As I said, it used to be just pure Soursop juice, which is great in it’s own right. The amount of soursop is generous and the juice is nice and sweet. But, I have grown to love the Soursop freeze. And if you add a little bit of sour plum in there – whoa! It tastes awesome and cools you down on a hot day, and in the hot hawker centre.
Another interesting place that just opened up is Soi 55 Thai Tea & Coffee (144, back right). Located all the way in the back.Here is their Thai Milk TeaThey have now changed to just the Brewing company as of March 2018, so we’ll see what they do with the beer.And now they have changed further with craft brew.
Lao Ban had one location a few years back, and it was right here at Old Airport Road. After being featured, the queues started and kept going. It was a madhouse. People would queue for two hours before the stall opened at 11am. There used to be two shifts, one morning and one evening shift, because they would make a batch and it would sell out, so they would close and make more.
But then, they opened up another outlet. Soon, they got partners and franchised, and it opened up stalls everywhere. Now, there are no more queues, only stacks and stacks of Soya Beancurd in the cooler.
If you ask me, they expanded too fast and too soon. It was a novelty, people came from miles around to get this. There was buzz, there was an atmosphere. Now, it is found everywhere and it’s nothing special anymore.
But, the taste is still the best soya beancurd that I have found in Singapore.
When Lao Ban took off, everyone wanted to get in on the act. Old Airport Road got two stalls of 51 Soya Bean Curd. Now, they only have one stall left (72, middle left) and business is slow for them, and they have now closed as of June 2019.
They have your normal pancakes, round, stuffed with peanuts, or coconut or cheese or red bean paste, then cut into pie shapes. But they also make the enclosed pancake with you filling. The danish, taco, enchilada, etc. style. I like that style, easy to eat, easy to taste. And I like the coconut, like below.
Traditional Nonya Chendol is what you want? This stall has moved to the middle section and it is a delicious way to cool down in the hot hawker centre.This is the corn version. They also have Plain, Red Bean and XO Durian.
In Nyonya Chendol’s old place is Ice. They sell Chng Tng and will also add Chendol.
Another stall that sells these types of goodies is Jia Mei (43, left). It’s in the back near the Briyani stall.Then there is newly (August 2017) opened Chong Pang (79, middle left (where HK Bakery used to be)).They are known for the latest craze – the Castella Cake – in addition to other baked goods. The Castella Cake is a standard run of the mill. Honestly, I don’t understand the craze.
I don’t know whether you associate Baos with dessert or not, but they are still baked goods and at Old Airport Road, you can get Local Handmade Bao (1, left)Or you can get Momo’s Mini Bao (44, left).New Stall Signage, same Aunty:
And then there is Wang Wang Curry Puff (126, middle right).Famous for the crispy puffs, they certainly look it.They definitely flake and the curry and potatoes inside are nice and flavorful.Let’s not forget about My Genie (157, right) . They just opened with Puffs and Kueh.This one is interesting for sure. Especially when you open it up. There is chicken and egg inside. Almost like a Curry Da Bao Puff.There are also a few bakeries at Old Airport. Bakes n Bites (164, right) is one of them.Ah Ta’s Muffins (01-49 left) is another new startup featuring young hawkers.
You would think that a great hawker centre like Old Airport Road would have great Chicken Rice. After all, it’s the national dish of Singapore. But, the selection is not that big and to be honest, it’s average.
Kheng Hai Hui (25, left) Boneless Chicken Rice does a decent job. It is pretty much a standard Chicken Rice for a hawker centre, but that doesn’t mean it’s not great.
You get quite a good deal for $3.50, it works out real well. Now remember, everyone likes their Chicken Rice differently. Me, I don’t do the ginger, but I do the black sauce on the rice, add a bit of chili to the rice as well. Then I put chili on each piece of chicken as I eat it. That is what works for me. For some, they combine, add this, add that, it’s all good. Whatever you decide to do, if you like it, then enjoy!
Take a look at the chicken, it is quite tender and nice. The quality is ok, so this is a good choice if you want Chicken Rice at Old Airport Road.
It only opened in March 2018 and was offering a S$2 special per plate. The Chicken Rice is nothing special, very average. Chicken is okay, the rice is a little dry.The Char Siew is tender and fatty, so it’s not bad.
Pretty simple really. Curry Chicken with noodles, rice or bread. Your choice. Here are the noodles. I remember when I first came to Singapore and I was taken to Bedok Interchange for the Curry Chicken Noodles. My love affair for Singaporean food was further engrained into me after that. This Curry is pretty good also. There is also Fortune Curry (96, center front, NOW CLOSED) In it’s place is almost the same kind of shop, but with a variety of Roast Meats and noodles. The Soya Sauce Chicken for $11 is not bad at all.There is now Pipa Duck Noodles (66, back left).
Jin Hua Sliced Fish Bee Hoon (121, middle right) is at the corner on the same row as Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee and at busy times, the queue here is very, very long. (UPDATE: This stall has moved one over to 120.)
Here is the old stall.
The broth here is flavorful, the fish fried right, the noodles perfect. I go for Fried Fish with Thick Bee Hoon and I do not add milk. I don’t quite understand the obsession with putting milk in this dish, but people do it. It’s not for me though. Then I add a few pieces of chili padi to spice up the broth, but I take them out before they make it too spicy. Man, does that work for me!
This year, I decided to try it with the milk. And you know what? It really does give it a deeper taste. I quite like it.
But there is also another one that is one stall away from Jin Hua too! Now Hua Ji XO Fish Head Been Hoon has other items, and in fact, I see Hor Fun, which looks interesting to try.
One stall I have also tried is Jun Yuan House of Fish (69, middle left).
No milk to this version, but the soup is nice and the fish is also nicely done. You can’t go wrong here.
Bedok Minced Mixed Noodles (125, middle right) is the best of the bunch to me.
What is interesting about this stall is that the noodles are put in one bowl with the minced meat. Then dumplings are also given to you in soup. They also have the normal Bak Chor Mee, but I like this one from them.
Newly opened in February 2018, this is a 24 hour noodle shop (17, left, NOW CLOSED). They have your Fishball Mee Pok, Laksa, and Mee Kia. But they say their specialty is Mee Sua, which is Bak Chor Mee using Mee Sua instead of the usual Mee Pok or Mee Kia.It’s rather simple, the taste is not awesome, but it works. And if I get hungry at 3am, I can get something to eat!
The best seller is the Mee Hoon Kway and you can tell that the Kway is homemade. It’s in quick thicker sheets, but the taste is there. And there are some fishballs in the mix, which is not the norm. A nice bowl of noodles.Now you also have QuiRong (01-64, middle left). It also has your standard Ban Mian. It shifted from 51 to 30 and now to 64 for stall numbers.
Then there is also Meng Kee (102, middle left), right on the corner in the front. This draws a nice crowd as well too, and it only opens at 6:15pm.Here is their Teochew Fishball and Meat Dumpling with Mee Pok (in this case).
Here I go for the dry version, where it’s all in one bowl with their red sweet sauce which has a kick of chili. The taste is ok for me. There is now Authentic Hakka Yong Tau Fu (134, right, back). This is next to Toricos in the back. It’s a set and comes like this. But I put it all together and eat
Recently at the end of 2021 there opened a Yong Tau Fu shop in the back (left, 41).
There is also Old Street Spinach Soup (154, right front), which is more like Yong Tau Fu, but it is soup. It seems to be healthier than others and the price is not badHere is their Spinach Yong Tau Foo Soup with Bee Hoon. It’s quite enjoyable.
Just opened on January 31, 2017 is a branch of Hock Lam Popular Beef Kway Teow. (22, right). The original stall was set up in 1921 and passed down to two brothers, who are at war with each other. They each have a Hock Lam stall (Far East Square and then on Canal Road). This stall is set up by Francis Tan, who set up the Canal Road stall, for his son. There were a lot of people queuing who remember eating there since they were young.
What’s special? Well they specialize in Braised Beef Noodles. The Beef is braised and is so tender and soft. Unlike normal Beef Noodle stalls where they use fresh flank or meatballs or tendons. This is slices of braised beef.
Then they also have another specialty, their Hong Kong style Beef Brisket Noodles.
Right next to J&J is Hin Fried Hor Fun (163, right). This stall specializes in Fried Hor Fun with Beef or Fish or Prawns. This is the most underrated stall in all of Old Airport Road Hawker Centre in my opinion.
They also make a nice Seafood Hor Fun.
The only one for awhile was Tong Xing (158, right) and is what you would call your typical Roast Meats stall. It is now CLOSED.
What’s the criteria for good Roast Meats? A little bit of fat and keeping the meats juicy. Tong Xing does a decent job of that. The Siew Bak is quite nice here, and the Char Siew is a little more fatty than normal Singapore roast meat stalls.
I haven’t tried the Roast Duck, but it looks nice and juicy. I think it would also be a decent choice here.
This was replaced by another Roast Meats stall, Xiang Le.
In June 2020 they put up new signagePricing as of Oct 1, 2020.Look at the Char Siew hanging in the stall. Roast Paradise says that their Char Siew is KL style, they have the oven right in the back. It is lean, fatty, savory and sweet all at the same time. They sell it on Rice, or on Hakka Noodles, and you can order it by the kg.
Here is their Char Siew Hakka Noodles.
The Char Siew is lean and has some fat, you are asked if you want lean or fatty Char Siew when you order. The noodles here are Mee Pok instead of the normal Mee Kia, and it plays nicely with the minced pork and sauce that goes with it to make Hakka Noodles.
But the star is definitely the Char Siew, which is pretty awesome. They also offer Siew Bak, which is also awesome.
It’s also plated with rice, here is the Char Siew with the Siew Bak on rice.
It’s so good, you have to eat it again! These guys do it right, they’re the part of the rising young Hawker stars in Singapore and deservedly so. They have branched into a restaurant with The Muttons called Fook Kin, and also collaborate with Sonia Chew at Izy Fook.
There is also Ah Yee Hong Kong Roasted (left center, 77). In the afternoons when it’s quiet you can see the uncle preparing the meats for roasting. Quite interesting.
There is also Hougang Jing Jia Mutton Soup (123, middle right). This is located back towards the Blanco Court Kway Chap. And, as is the case with Mutton Soup, is quite fragrant once you get near. This is not for me, but there are good queues for it every day.
Chong Pang Huat (90, middle left) is a great choice for that craving.
They also do Satay, but the Chicken Wings here are pretty good. I think they could be a little bigger, but they are roasted nicely and the marination is just right. They come out fresh, hot and crispy on the outside from the roasting. Sprinkle some lime and dip it in chili, yum!
The couple that run it have been around for a long time, providing succulent bits of meat on a stick. But be prepared to wait a long time for your order. And I do mean a long time, especially during peak hours. Order your satay first, then go around and take your time ordering other things. You can come back in about an hour to get your satay during these times.
The Satay is juicy, a succulent. But to me, I don’t know that it’s worth the wait. The other stalls that serve satay are also quite good at what they do. Unfortunately it is now permanently closed as the uncle has had a medical condition.
Kim Satay (6, left)
If you want to try Satay Lok Lok, there’s a little stall in the back on the right side that provides this. Hock Leng (141, right) serves this special style, where skewers of items are dipping in hot Satay sauce and then eaten. Worth the experience.
Speaking of Lok Lok, there are now two stalls that have opened up in August 2021.
This simple stall (89, center left) opened up first.
Honestly, I dont understan the Lok Lok concept, but again, that’s just me.
One store that stands alone at Old Airport Road is 132 Claypot Rice (132, Back Middle Right)
You also have a selection of ethnic foods at Old Airport Road. There are a number of Western stalls that serve Grilled Chops and Fish & Chips, etc. I usually don’t go to these stalls myself, as I think I can do it better, but people do love them.
I was recently recommended the Pork Cutlet Curry Rice from Jack’s Kitchen (19, left) by Mitsueki, a reader (see comments below). I had to try, since it was recommended.At $3.50, it seems like a bargain. Here it is:
The pork was a little thin, but it was so crispy and the curry just nice. Very Japanese, more than Western. Thanks Mitsueki!
Other Western stalls are London Grill (8, left)Holy Grill (27, left)Western BBQ (53, middle left, which is EXTREMELY popular). Here the Chicken Chop is recommended.So what of the Chicken Chop? I don’t know, it’s western food, which I don’t really do. The taste was nice. I got it without the Garlic Sauce, which people say is amazing. Try it for yourself.They also have new signage.
Recently opened is Light (127, middle right). It’s a light eating stall. Not really sure what it’s all about though.
Fried Chicken and Smoked Chicken.
The one that has been around the longest is Pasta Manna (84, middle left).
Victor’s is pretty standard, nothing special.
You will get the simple items, but they are done quite nicely.
Pad Thai is very fragrant and nicely done. Fried fresh, the tastes are pretty authentic.
Another place that sells Thai food is Cool Cool Thai (01-30, left).
I tried the Pad Thai and honestly, I found it a little too sweet and without much Thai flavors. I want to try other items though.There is a Vietnamese place now, Pho Mien Tay (160, right, front)Here are the number 1 and 2 items on the menu.
The Phnom Penh Noodles. The Stewed Pork is so tender, there are quail eggs and the broth is so flavorful. This is a huge winner!
I need to try the other items on the menu!
Recently there is Emina Mi (01-47 left), which is Halal Vietnamese food.
I gave the Pho and the Spring Rolls a try. The Pho had a great deep flavor on the broth, a great version! The Spring Rolls on the other side though, the paper did not melt for me. The fillings were nice, but I couldn’t get through the wrapper.
Speaking of an all day dish, Porridge or Congee, fills the stomach no matter the time. The best porridge here is from Seng Mei (91, middle left). While they are a chain, they have a few outlets, the porridge is quite nicely done.
But the other thing I like is that they are not stingy with the ingredients. There are plenty of Century Egg and Pork Slices in this congee. And it’s thick, Hong Kong style, that’s what is great congee or porridge. Not the watery kind.
Taiwanese porridge is basically Rice Soup and Lau Pa Sat Taiwan Porridge (167, right) is a very popular stall at Old Airport Road. You can order you porridge and all the side dishes you want here. But if you can’t read Chinese, you might not be able to see what they have. But they will help you out though if you ask. They are only open in the evening.
Soup can be gotten all day too, from two different adjoining stalls, Lao Da and House of Soup (21, 22 left) (House of Soup is NO LONGER IN OPERATION).
While this is the traditional soups, there is Seafood Soup also. Yan Ji (121, back middle right) has a branch here. The original stall is in Woodlands.
They have three main style of soups – Seafood, Fish and Crayfish. They come in a variety of sizes for you to choose from.
This one is the Crayfish Soup, the smallest bowl is below, and costs $10. It contains Prawns, Fish Filet, 2 small crayfish (it’s usually one larger one) and meat patty. Rice is extra at $0.50.I have to say the soup is awesome. The taste just hits you and gives is a great taste. And the next best thing? Not the seafood, but the meat patty that is broken up in the soup. That is awesome tasting! This is a good option to get while here, as long as you don’t mind hot soup in a hot hawker centre!
And then there is a Pao Fan stall now (152, right).
There is also Mixed Pork/Pig Organ Soup (106, middle right).
If you want Vegetarian Food, right next door is Choo Zai Zhai (20, right). They offer a nice selection. But be warned, on the first and fifteenth of the month, they are packed and the queues and wait times are very, very long, as they are the only vegetarian stall at Old Airport Road. It went from a set menu to a more Econ Rice style store.
Here is the old stall:
And the new stall:
A hidden find, Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun (155, right) has porridge, but provides delicate rice flour rolls that wrap itself around prawns and char siew. The silky texture with the soy sauce makes for a heavenly eating experience. (THEY HAVE NEW SIGNAGE)
Watching them work is pretty cool. They make everything to order. So you can watch the lady pour the rice flour mixture, add in the meat or veggies that you want and then watch her scrape it onto the mat and roll it together. The finished product just looks awesome.
Finally, what is a hawker centre without a traditional Singapore breakfast? At Old Airport Road, it is Toast Hut (52, middle back) that draws the crowds.
Old school Kaya Toast on a bun, Soft Boiled Eggs and Kopi any way you want it. There is also regular Kaya Toast tooYou sit and relax in the morning. Enjoy your Kopi and your breakfast. You have to love it.
What do I wish Old Airport Road had, but doesn’t right now? A real good Nasi Lemak stall for one. You can get the simple ones with Otah, and a Nasi Padang, but a Chinese-style Nasi Lemak would be nice.
There is so much here, you just have to make return trips to find out. Just be prepared to queue, but you will find it’s worth it. Take the Circle Line MRT and alight at Dakota to find the path to deliciousness.