Bukit Timah Food Centre with 12 Irresistible Hawker Stalls
Bukit Timah Food Centre & market is a two-storey hawker centre located along Upper Bukit Timah Road. It was built in 1975 and was upgraded in 2003. A wet market below with 95 market stalls and 84 hawker stalls at level 2. Just a short 5 minutes walk away from Beauty World MRT Station. A very popular hawker centre famous for many cheap and delicious dishes such as Chicken rice, Satay beehoon, Carrot Cake, Char Kway Teow and more. One of the Best place to find affordable and cheapest food in Bukit Timah area.
I have listed 12 popular stalls below including 6 MUST TRY stalls when you visit this food centre. ( Updated 18 May 2022 )
138 KWAY CHAP AND PORRIDGE ( MUST TRY )
138 Kway Chap Stall is a hidden gem in this food centre as they only operate 4 days a week from 730am to 1230pm ( but usually sold out by 1030am. You can find the updated operating hours below. ) As a super big fan of Kway Chap, this stall really tested my patient as it took me 3 visits in order to try this stall. Stall Uncle is friendly, chatty and loves to crack jokes with ladies.
Price was fairly reasonable as I ordered their Kway Chap set for $5. Ingredients include Salted Vege, Braised Egg, Tau Pok, Pig Intestines, skins and Pork Belly. The Broth was flavourful with strong smell of herbal and garlic, and the kway is smooth and simply melt in my mouth. Pork Belly was juicy and tender while the Intestines and Pig Skins were soft and chewy. All full of collagen and you can consider skipping your facial appointment for this week. lol. Overall, what a wonderful breakfast!
138 Kway Chap and Porridge Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road #02-138 Bukit Timah Food Centre, Singapore 588215 Operating Hours: 730am till sold out (before 1030am). Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
捷记 BONELESS BRAISED DUCK ( MUST TRY )
Jie Ji Boneless Braised Duck stall only open from 11am to around 3pm during lunch hour and the queue never stop. Average waiting time is around 20 – 30 mins.
Jie ji serves boneless duck rice, noodle or porridge and I have decided to try their duck noodle set for just $3.50. The potion was good with juicy tender duck meat, braised egg, tofu, peanuts, yellow noodle coated with a umami savoury flavour sauce. Best to complement with their hot chilli garlic sauce and a bowl of light soup to charge up the day. Super yummy!
捷记 BONELESS BRAISED DUCK Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-151 Bukit Timah Food Centre, Singapore 588215 Opening Hours: 11am till sold out (before 3pm). Closed on Fridays.
SENG HENG HAINANESE BONELESS CHICKEN RICE ( MUST TRY )
My 3rd must try stall is Seng Heng Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice. This stall is run by an old Chinese couple with their two sons. The queue will start immediately when the stall open at 11am and will never seem to stop. Average waiting time is around 20 – 30 mins.
I ordered roast chicken breast with braised egg and cost just $3.50 considered the generosity of the meat served. The meat was covered with a savoury sauce and made it juicy and tender. Their Hainanese Chicken Rice is so fragrance that you can eat just the rice by itself. Even better if you complement it with their ginger, chilli and dark sauce. Simply love it!
Btw, the stall sell boil soups as well such as Black Chicken, Salted Vege with Duck, Watercress, Bittergourd or lotus root with Pork Ribs.
SENG HENG HAINANESE BONELESS CHICKEN RICE Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-177 Bukit Timah Food Centre, Singapore 588215 Opening Hours: 11am until sold out (before 3pm). Closed on Sunday
SIN CHEW SATAY BEE HOON ( MUST TRY )
Next must try stall is Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon. You can’t find many nice Satay Bee Hoon stall in Singapore and that is why this stall is always packed in peak hours. I was really surprised to find this stall open at 10am as Auntie told me that they shifted their operating hours due to the pandemic. You can find the updated operating hours below.
Satay beehoon are really plain and non-appetising as it looks, while all the goodness are all covered below the thick satay peanut gravy. You can find lots of ingredients inside like prawn, clams, cuttlefish, vege, sprouts, tau pok and pork meats. The combination of bee hoon and satay sauce was really perfect and make you incredibly satisfying. Come with three serving sizes of Satay Bee Hoon at ($4, $5 or $6) to suit your craving.
SIN CHEW SATAY BEE HOON Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-162 Bukit Timah Food Centre, Singapore 588215 Opening Hours: 10am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 830pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. ( Closed on Monday, Tuesday and Friday )
YONG SENG SATAY ( MUST TRY )
Yong Seng Satay is priced at $0.70 per stick as well as their Ketupat at $0.70 too. They have a great choice of chicken, pork, and mutton satay with a minimum order of 10 sticks. The queue are usually longer during dinner hours. Moreover, you can smell the smokiness and charred fragrance of the BBQ meat from a great distance away.
Ordered both chicken and pork satay to try and simply love the pork satay as it is so much juicier and tender with the fats. They even added sweet pineapple mash to perfect their peanut sauce to make it super yummy. Trust me, you can never stop at just 10 sticks!
YONG SENG SATAY Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-123 Bukit Timah Food Centre, Singapore 588215 Opening Hours: 11.30am to 10pm daily. ( Closed on Tuesday )
133 PENANG AUTHENTIC ( MUST TRY )
As per their stall name, 133 Penang Authentic serves Authentic Penang Char Kway Teow and Penang Prawn Noodle. Both are equally popular and there is usually a long queue if you come during peak hours especially on weekends.
Their Penang Char Kway Teow are not too oily and you can smell a savoury wok aroma on top. This can only be achieve with decades of experience in order to control the temperature really well. Ingredients include thin rice noodles, prawns, Chinese sauages, fish cake, eggs and sprouts. Come with three serving sizes of ($4, $6 or $8) to suit your craving. Definitely a must try!
133 PENANG AUTHENTIC Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-193 Bukit Timah Food Centre, Singapore 588215 Opening Hours: 9am to 3pm and 530pm to 930pm (Monday to Sunday). Closed on Wednesday.
HE ZHONG CARROT CAKE
He Zhong Carrot Cake is the most famous White Carrot Cakes stall in Bukit Timah Food Centre and has been around for decades. They make their own keuh daily and only sell WHITE Carrot Cakes. Come with three serving sizes of ($3, $4 or $5)
Their square sharped Carrot Cakes are slightly different from the usual one. They are slightly bigger and chunky which many might not like ( including me ) as compare to the thin crispy type. You can smell the nice garlic fragrance with the generous amount of eggs wrapping the carrot cakes. The taste is just right ( not too salty ) for my taste bud with the right amount of preserved salted radish.
If you prefer Black Carrot Cake, you can walk to stall #02-134 Yong Ji to try their Black Carrot Cake. And if you prefer the thin crispy type, you can visit the newly open stall Golden Chopsticks at #02-197 to try their White Carrot Cake and Fried Oyster Omelette as well.
HE ZHONG CARROT CAKE Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-185 Bukit Timah Food Centre, Singapore 588172 Opening Hours: 7am – 10pm (Monday – Sunday)
QUAN XIANG FISH PORRIDGE
Quan Xiang Fish Porridge is an old traditional Teochew-style fish stall operating since 1966 with lao zi hao (老字号). They have just opened their new outlet at Bukit Timah Food Centre recently.
The stall is pretty popular selling 2 types of fish mainly sliced batang fish soup (S$6 or S$8) and sliced red garoupa soup (S$10 or S$12). To my surprise, my bowl of fish soup was very clear and simple. Unlike other traditional fish soup stalls, no tofu, no tomato, no seaweed or lard is added and you can only find few slices of fish and some Tang Oh vegetable. This is truly the traditional Teochew style to retain the original taste of the fish.
Overall, you can taste the distinctly natural sweetness and saltiness of the soup and the freshness of the fish slices. It could be much better if the stall can be a bit more generous with the fish.
If you want a traditional fish soup, you can walk to stall #02-192 Leng Kee Fish Soup stall to try their fish soup. It is equally popular too.
QUAN XIANG FISH PORRIDGE 泉香鱼口粥 Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-146 Bukit Timah Food Centre, Singapore 588172 Operating Hours: 11.30am to 10pm daily (Closed on Monday)
ZHOU PING 粥品
I was fascinated by this congee stall as there are so many varieties of congee listed all over the stall front and every bowl comes with a fried dough stick. Clearly make your selection so much easier. Price ranging from $3 to $6 for frog legs congee. A very comfort meal on a cold rainy day and there is also an option to add an egg.
The store is run by an elderly couple, very nice and humble personality. I ordered the Shredder Chicken Congee at $3 but was surprised to see that my Fried Dough Stick was halved! Cost of goods must have gone up a lot but stall still maintain their old pricing.
The congee was so fragrance with sesame oil and white pepper and their fried shallots were so crispy. It was very generous with lots of shredded chicken inside and very flavourful. The Fried Dough stick is crunchy and warm. Overall a yummy porridge!
ZHOU PING 粥品 Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-121 Bukit Timah Food Centre, Singapore 588172 Opening Hours: 8am to 9pm daily.
Nyonya Chendol is probably one of the most popular dessert franchise stall in Singapore which you can find them in many hawker centre islandwide. There are 4 types of Nyonya Chendol to choose from – Original flavour, Chendol with red bean, sweet corn or durian topping. Price is $1.50 for the original, $2 for red bean or sweet corn and lastly $3 for durian topping.
Their Nyonya Chendol comes with lots of ingredients inside and taste great with strong flavour of coconut milk and gula melaka. It’s not that sweet as the Gula Melaka blended in nicely with the finely shaved ice. The corn topping and the Pandan Jelly are equally generous and really hit the right spot especially in a super hot weather. Absolutely delicious!
NYONYA CHENDOL Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-147 Bukit Timah Food Centre, Singapore 588215 Opening Hours: 10am to 930pm daily
SLII Muffin stall has its main branch in Tampines and 4 outlets in Singapore located at Upper Cross Street, Beach Road, Tanjong Pagar Plaza and here. This stall sell Coconut Tarts, Egg Tarts and various kinds of Muffins.
I noticed the price of tarts went up by 20 cents and they are selling at $1.40 now. Muffins are price at $1.60 to $1.90 each. You can save more if you buy 5 muffins at $8 and get 1 free. It’s understandable as cost of good have all gone up. Nevertheless, the prices are still very competitive and affordable.
What is best about their muffins is that they are all fresh bake and serve right out from the oven. Coconut tarts are the most popular one and they are usually sold out fast. Simply love the tart crust as it’s so crispy. The coconut filling are fragrant, light, not overly sweet. You should also try their carrot walnut muffin and the classic chocolate chips muffin. Definitely worth the wait!
SLII Muffin Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-201 Bukit Timah Food Centre, Singapore 588215 Opening Hours: 9am to 4pm daily ( Closed on Tuesday & Public Holiday )
183 Chee Cheong Fun
What’s a simple and great breakfast to have at Bukit Timah Food Centre? I would recommend Chee Cheong Fun and rice dumpling from 183 Chee Cheong Fun stall. You will always find a long queue at this stall in the morning. Price of the Chee Cheong Fun is $0.90 per roll and Rice dumpling at $4.
The texture of the Chee Cheong Fun was amazingly smooth and tasty. They were steamed in small batches to ensure the right temperature and to steam them to perfection. Love the great balance of light soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sour plum sauce and sugar, which make the sauce not too sweet. Topped with sesami seeds and Chilli sauce for greater enjoyment.
183 Chee Cheong Fun Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-183 Bukit Timah Food Centre, Singapore 588215 Opening Hours: 7am to 11am daily
Lastly, there are many others hawker stalls at Bukit Timah Food Centre which I can’t featured all of them. Most of them have been perfecting their signature dish for decades. Please do try and support them as well.
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How To Get To Bukit Timah Food Centre?
You just need a short 5 minutes walk from Beauty World MRT Station.
Alternatively, you can take these Buses number 41, 52, 61, 67, 75, 77, 157, 170, 174, 184, 852, 961, 970, 985 and they will reach the nearby bus stop outside the food centre.
What are the Popular Food at Bukit Timah Food Centre & Market?
You will be spoilt for choice with 84 stalls available at Bukit Timah Food Centre & Market, and the most popular dishes include 138 Kway Chap, Jie Ji Boneless Braised Duck Rice, Seng Heng Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice, Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon, Yong Seng Satay and much more.