Does it get better than a generous bowl of bah kuh teh soup, melt-in-your-mouth oyster omelettes, or a plate of hei zho (prawn rolls)? Don’t strain yourself, the answer is no. Singapore’s authentic Hokkien food scene has definitely unfolded into a saturated cycle over the years, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few hidden gems still lurking around.
On that note, here’s where you can find authentic Hokkien food put proudly on display.
The Fifty Cents Fest (五毛钱美食荟萃)
If affordable traditional Hokkien dishes is what you seek, head on down to The Fifty Cents Fest happening on 27-28 Jul 2019. The two-day event sees a myriad of vendors putting their assortment of Hokkien savouries and sweets on display in their individual stalls. You’ll get your fried black Hokkien noodle fix while enjoying a sumptuous plate of kong ba bao (braised pork belly buns) and ang ku kueh, all which come in under $3. Best of both worlds, indeed.
Address: Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Chinatown
Sin Heng Claypot Bak Koot Teh
This spot is a must if you’re craving a hearty helping of herbal bah kut teh and claypot side dishes. Imagine this: Chinese herbal broth enveloped with pepper and garlic… yes and yes. Best paired with plentiful spoonfuls of their yam rice and oyster sauce.
Address: 439 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427652
Hup Kee Fried Oyster
Oyster Omelette buffs, you can sit back and tuck into a glorious plate of fried egg and generous servings of succulent oysters at Hup Kee. Their dish delivers a crunchy and exceptionally crisp texture while served with a tangy chilli sauce. Bonus points for the large potions. So do yourself a favour and give it a go.
Address: 549 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389504
Yi Ji Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
This hole-in-the-wall spot at a Hougang coffeeshop may be small in size, but its Hokkien prawn mee packs a punch. Dishes are known to be spicy and are packed with a heavy wok-heir aroma. Served with egg, prawns, squid, pork belly strips and a broth that is cooked to perfection — leaving it savoury, tender, and deliciously rich.
Address: 965 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534721
Quan Xin Yuan Hokkien Cuisine
It’s hard to find Hokkien cuisine that has been rooted in history — and one that’s well done. At this particular no-frills restaurant, they have been catering their recipes since the 1930s. Hokkien noodles are the star here, but the menu is full of true Hokkien style dishes — think fen ti (ngoh hiang trotter) and sweet potato rice cake.
Address: 252 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208925