Old Airport Road Food Centre – 11 delicious Hawker Dishes
Old Airport Road food centre & market is situated at 51 Old Airport Road, Singapore 390051. It is just five minutes walk away from Dakota Mrt Station CC8. This food centre & market will be familiar to the older generation because it was originally home to Singapore’s first civil airport, Kallang Airport. People began flocking back to the region after the food centre opened in 1973, despite Old Airport Road losing its luster.
The food centre & market holds 54 market stalls and 168 hawker stalls, with a large number of well-known stalls with devoted customers. Nearby food and vicinity include National Stadium, Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang Leisure Park, Kallang Wave Mall, Decathlon, Marina Parade, Parkway Parade, East Coast Park, Geylang Road, City Plaza, Paya lebar Square, Singapore Post Office and more. It is the best place to try all kind of popular street food in Singapore at cheap and affordable prices.
Here is the list of 11 most famous and delicious stalls (with 1 Michelin Plate & 2 Michelin Bib Gourmand winners) at Old Airport Road Food Centre.
Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee – Temporary Closed for Reno (Michelin Guide)
Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee because of the high-quality ingredients utilized, particularly the fresh fish, this Lor Mee has won the hearts of many. The Lor Mee is made with eggs, garlic, vinegar, red pepper, and cooked meat. It’s the ideal mix! It may not have as many ingredients as other Lor mee stalls, but the gravy is lighter and smoother, which is one of the reasons we enjoy it so much.
The sauce, which is an important component of a good Lor Mee, was unlike anything you had eaten before — rich and flavorful, thanks to the addition of five-spice and other herbs. The combination of vinegary and spicy flavor was perfect.
Aside from the Michelin Guide’s accreditation (it has a Michelin Plate), the Ctrip Gourmet List award is another feather in its cap. During the City Hawker Food Hunt in 2018, it was also named People’s Choice for Local Food.
Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee - Temporary Closed for Renovation Address : 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-116, Old Airport Road Food Centre, S390051 Operating Hours: 6am – 1pm (Closed on Thursday)
Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wanton Mee
The Hawker Centre is famous for its two rival Wanton Mee restaurants, both of which are located on the roadside. Cho Kee Noodle is two stalls to the right of Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wanton Mee, which does not have an electronic line display.
Wanton Noodles, Dumpling Noodles, Fried Wanton Noodles, Chicken Feet Noodles, and Shredded Chicken Noodles with Mushrooms are just a few of the noodle dishes served at Hua Kee. The eggy noodles in the famous Wanton Mee ($4.00, $5.00) are chewy but silky in texture. These noodles come with a unique gravy sauce that is sweeter than others and pairs well with the spicy-smoky chili sambal to balance off the sweetness.
Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wanton Mee Address : 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-02, Old Airport Road Food Centre, S390051 Operating Hours: 8am – 10pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Whitley Road Big Prawn Noodles
Whitley Road Prawn Noodles has earned a reputation as one of Singapore’s greatest prawn noodles stalls throughout the years. It serves Hae Mee in both dry and soup forms, with pork ribs and liver as alternatives.
The Big Prawn Pork Rib Noodles ($5.50, $8, $10, $12) and the Three In One ($8, $10, $15) with pork ribs, liver, and tail seem to be the most popular. The prawns were hefty and fresh tasting, but might have been sweeter, and the pork ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender.
Whitley Road Big Prawn Noodles Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-98, Old Airport Road Food Centre, S390051 Operating Hours: 9am – 9pm (Closed on Monday)
Randall and Kai are the owners of Roast Paradise. They have learned how to roast KL-style roast pork at Kai’s uncle’s famed roast store in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, for four months before opening their own stand. They start working as early as 5 a.m. to ensure that the first batch of meat is ready by 11 a.m.
Expect a well-seasoned, perfectly caramelized char siew with the appropriate balance of leans and fats. The char siew is soft and juicy, with a unique smokey fragrance, and is served with chicken rice.
Roast Paradise Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-121, Old Airport Road Food Centre, S390051 Operating Hours: 11:30am – 3:30pm (Mon) / 11:30am – 6pm (Tues – Sun)
To-Ricos Kway Chap Old Airport Road (Michelin Bib Gourmand)
This stall goes by numerous names, including “Blanco Court Food Centre (3rd Storey),” “Blanco Court Kway Chap” (unofficial name), and “To-Ricos Guo Shi,” which might be perplexing for newcomers or tourists. They have setups for one or two people, and you may request extra ingredients or innards as an add-on.
The intestines, chopped into huge bite-size pieces and spongy soft but not bouncy, are the entire platter’s favorite part. It’s worth noting that the stall doesn’t have any small intestines. The kway itself was another broad yet thin and silky smooth feature.
To-Ricos Kway Chap Old Airport Road or Blanco Court Food Centre 3rd Storey Address: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-135, Old Airport Road Food Centre, S390051 Operating Hours: 11am – 3pm (Wed – Sun) (Closed on Monday & Tuesday)
Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow (Michelin Bib Gourmand)
Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow stall has been managed by owner Madam Kuah for more than 30 years and it has been a consistant winner of Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore for several years. Always packed with huge crowds especially during peak hours.
Lau Fu Zi’s Fried Kway Teow ($5.00, $8.00, $10.00) comes in both black and white varieties and is cooked to order, with each plate fried separately. The dish had a well-balanced flavor and was unexpectedly oil-free. Depending on personal choice, it had a dry consistency that some diners may or may not appreciate.
Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow Address: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-12 Old Airport Road Food Centre, S390051 Operating Hours: 11:45am – 10pm Daily
Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee (Michelin Bib Gourmand)
The standout for Nam Sing Hokkien Mee is the light, savoury gravy, which the yellow noodles and thin bee hoon absorb well. The gravy has a slightly burned flavor to it. Don’t be deceived if there isn’t a line as the wait can last up to an hour between lunch and supper.
Their Hokkien Mee is prepared to a dry consistency with thin vermicelli rather than thick bee hoon, and the prawn and ikan billis stock imparts rich seafood flavors. Please note that they also don’t serve sambal chilli, instead opting for sliced chillies.
Stall has just been awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2023.
Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee Address: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-32 Old Airport Road Food Centre, S390051 Operating Hours: 10am – 5pm (Closed on Monday)
Toa Payoh Rojak
Toa Payoh Rojak is always crowded and good to know that the hawker uses a queue system to control the line. Its so convenient as it allows you to get other food as well while waiting for it.
The tau pok and you zhar kway are very crispy and complement well with the rojak dipping sauce made with Penang prawn paste.
Toa Payoh Rojak Address: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-108 Old Airport Road Food Centre, S390051 Operating Hours: 12am – 7pm (Closed on Sunday)
Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun
Freshly made Chee Cheong Fun is run by 2 sister and made their Chee Cheong Fun on the spot. Char Siew Chee Cheong Fun and Mushroom Chee Cheong Fun are both price at $2.50 per roll. I ordered 1 roll each at $5 to try and compare.
I felt that it was popular in the past but it is getting common nowadays especially if you compare with Chef Wei HK Cheong fun, with 12 outlets around Singapore. Chee Cheong Fun prices from Chef Wei HK Cheong Fun are also much cheaper as compare to this stall and much nicer too. That is why this stall is pretty quiet now.
Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun Address: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-155 Old Airport Road Food Centre, S390051 Operating Hours: 8am – 7pm (Closed on Monday)
Melvin Soh, the founder of Toast Hut, learned his trade at a local kaya toast shop when he was just 17 years old. In 2007, he created his own stall. He serves kaya toast and traditional coffee brewed at home. Aside from these distinctive products, the menu also includes freshly baked sandwiches on traditional kaya toast bread and blended ice coffee to appeal to the younger crowd.
Toast Hut Address: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-52 Old Airport Road Food Centre, S390051 Operating Hours: 6am – 130pm (Closed on Sunday)
Minced Pork Bros
Kai Koh and Randall Gan, stall owner of Popular Roast Paradise have branched out a new stall name Minced Pork Bros selling Bak Chor Mee. This stall is very popular and you might have to queue 30 mins in order to try the food. They offers Classic Minced Pork noodle for $3 or $4, Signature Mee Pok Tar with Superior Soup for $5.50, Seafood Minced Pork Noodles for $6 and Teochew Modern Pork Noodle for $6.
The serving of the ingredients and noodle were pretty normal or a bit less. Mee Pok was nice and springy, broth was flavourful and you can taste lots of pork lard oil in the bowl. It was pretty nice but not as nice as to queue for 30 mins as there are plenty of nice food at Old Airport Road Food Centre.
Minced Pork Bros Address: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-113 Old Airport Road Food Centre, S390051 Operating Hours: 930am – 430pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Lastly, there are many others hawker stalls at Old Airport Road Food Centre & market 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 Old Airport Road Food Centre?
Alternatively, you can take these Buses number 10, 16, 16M, 30, 30e, 31, 32, 33 and they will reach the bus stop outside the food centre.
What are the Popular Food at Old Airport Road Food Centre & market?
You will be spoilt for choices with 168 stalls available at Old Airport Road Food Centre & market, with the most popular dishes include 2 Michelin Bib Gourmand winners – To-Ricos Kway Chap Old Airport Road & Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow and 1 Michelin recommended – Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee.
Follow by Toast Hut for Breakfast, Roast Paradise, Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wanton Mee, Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee and end with Dessert at Toa Payoh Rojak.