There are a myriad of cuisines and food stalls to choose from. Here’s our guide on how to spot a good hawker stall and find the best Singaporean street food you can eat.
Look for the long queues
One sure-fire way of knowing if a hawker stall is good, is to look at the length of the queue. Singapore is a nation where its citizens are more than happy to spend some time queuing if they think the food is worth it. Good hawker stalls are always packed with hungry patrons and perpetually long queues no matter what time of the day you visit. If you are looking to check out the Michelin-starred hawker stalls, be prepared for at least an hour long queue, if you’re lucky!
Check the online reviews
Food is a bit of a national obsession in Singapore, and we talk about food a lot. Food programmes and foodie blogs and websites are wildly popular, and often responsible for boosting the fame of small hawker stalls just by a mere mention. Enterprising hawker stall owners often put up print outs of these positive reviews or endorsement certificates all over their shopfront. That many people saying good things about a hawker stall means it’s probably worth trying, right?
See what everyone else is eating
Take a stroll around your hawker centre of choice and look at what everyone is eating—that should be a big clue as to what the best hawker stall is in that food centre. Don’t be shy if you spot something delicious on someone else’s table and want to know where to get it for yourself, just ask and they will usually be happy to point you to the right stall.
Ask the locals
Read all the guidebooks you want, but nothing beats getting a local recommendation from someone you meet while travelling around Singapore. Ask your taxi driver to take you to their favourite eating hole, or if you know where you are going, ask them if they know what the locals love in that place. Your new local friend might lead you to some surprisingly delicious food and un-touristy areas.