25 of the best hawker stalls in Maxwell Food Centre that you must visit for affordable xiao long bao, famous chicken rice and more

by Jermina

Hawker centres are certainly aplenty in Singapore. I mean, you can literally find one at every part of town

Having said that, itโ€™s no surprise that Maxwell Food Centre has become a popular food haunt for Singaporeans and tourists alike as it is surrounded by a myriad of affordable street food and the best hawker stalls. 

Not to mention, some of these stalls have been around for an extremely long time, having worked on  their recipes to utter perfection. 

As such, here are 25 best hawker stalls in Maxwell Food Centre that you cannot miss out on regardless of whether youโ€™re a local or tourist visiting for the first time. 

1. Zhen Zhen Porridge

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Attention, early birds!

Zhen Zhen Porridge is the ideal breakfast spot for early birds interested in a light and comforting bowl of Cantonese-style porridge given that they open bright and early at 5.30am in Maxwell Food Centre. 

All of their dishes start from S$4 including the Shredded Chicken and Century Egg Porridge and Century Egg and Chicken Porridge

Donโ€™t be fooled by its plain looks as it is loaded with savoury ingredients โ€” you can even top up an additional S$0.50 for an egg to make the dish even richer. 

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-54, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 5.30amโ€“2pm (Mon, Wed, Fri to Sun), Closed on Tue & Thu

2. Mr Appam

Maxwell Food Centre
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Opened by a Vietnamese owner, itโ€™s surprising to find out that Mr Appam actually sells Appam (South Indian pancake)

For those not familiar with the Indian snack, it is a thin and crispy pancake with a spongy centre โ€” traditionally made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. 

Go for their signature Original Appam (S$3.50 for 2pcs) or Pandan Putu Mayam (S$3 for 2pcs) best eaten with orange palm sugar and grated coconut. Alternatively, get the Egg, Ham & Cheese Appam (S$3.80 per pc) if you want a post-lunch snack. 

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-99 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 9.30amโ€“6pm (Daily)

3. Baguette Huong Viet

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With Golden Mile Complex permanently closed, many of you might still be hunting down your favourite food stall or eatery. 

Luckily for us, Baguette Huong Viet has relocated to Maxwell Food Centre selling value-for-money Vietnamese banh mi

The Traditional Bread (S$6.50) comprises three types of Vietnamese ham with chicken floss, homemade chicken pate, pickled salad, cucumber and of course tons of coriander on a crispy baguette, finished off with Vietnamese mayonnaise for a satisfying lunch.

๐Ÿ“ 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-42 1, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 10.30amโ€”8.30pm (Daily) 

4. Taste of Jian Nan

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Taste of Jiang Nan sells delicacies from Jiang Nan, China including Din Tai Fung-style fried rice and Xiao Long Baos starting from just S$5 for 6 pieces

I mean, how often do you find xiao long baos that wonโ€™t burn a hole in your wallet? 

A hearty plate of Pork Chop Egg Fried Rice (S$6.80) and XLBs filled with pork and a piping hot soup broth seems like the perfect combination for a rainy day โ€” sure to warm you up.

๐Ÿ“ #01-62, Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur St, 069184
๐Ÿ• 12โ€“3pm, 5pmโ€“8pm (Mon to Thu, Sat & Sun), Closed on Fri 

5. Dan Lao

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Alternatively, Dan Lao gives us a different rendition of the fried rice dish as it specialises in Cantonese-style scrambled egg fried rice that are fluffier and slightly runny, the kind youโ€™d find at a cha chaan teng (cafe or diner) in Hong Kong. 

If youโ€™re the type to always order tomato eggs at a cai fan store, get the Tomato (S$4.50) or the classic Luncheon Meat (S$5) that comes with thick cubes of wok-fried luncheon meat. 

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๐Ÿ“ 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-73, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 11amโ€”8pm (Mon to Fri), Closed on Sat & Sun

6. Ye Lai Xiang Tasty Barbecue

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Sometimes, our usual plate of rice and noodles just doesnโ€™t hit the spot. 

Well, you can always satisfy your cravings with Ye Lai Xiang Tasty Barbecue featuring authentic Hainanese-style western food like Chicken Chop (S$9.50) or Chicken Cutlet (S$10) in Maxwell food centre.

Albeit on the pricier side, it boasts a giant slab of chicken, a generous portion of crinkle cut fries, mixed veggies and a soft bun, so youโ€™re sure to get your moneyโ€™s worth. 

๐Ÿ“ 1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 12pmโ€“2.30pm, 6pmโ€“8pm (Mon to Fri), Closed on Sat & Sun

7. Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake

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You may have walked past Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake with its fairly simple storefront featuring newspaper cutouts and even spotted an article featuring the late chef, Anthony Bourdain. 

With only one item on their menu, this stall specialises in the unique Oyster Cake (S$2.50) AKA UFO because of its round shape. 

Packed with minced meat, oyster, cilantro and then deep-fried to golden brown perfection, this savoury snack has become a hidden gem in Singapore and is definitely checking out if youโ€™re nearby.

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-05, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 9amโ€“8pm

8. China Street Hum Ji Pang

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Another snack alternative is the dough fritters at China Street Hum Ji Pang which has been in operation for over forty years โ€” think Chinese-style savoury sweet doughnuts

Choose from the crowd favourite salted and spiced, red bean paste or have it dusted with icing sugar for those with a massive sweet-tooth. 

Best of all, it goes for only S$1 for five pieces which is hard to come by nowadays even for hawker fare โ€” they even let you deep fry the fritters yourself!

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-28 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 4.30pmโ€“8pm (Daily)

9. Hock Lai Seng Teochew Fishball Bak Chor Mee

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Ever tried (or heard of) Ah Ter Teochew Fishball Noodles at Amoy Street Food Centre? 

The 23-year old grandson of Ah Ter has decided to make a name for himself and opened his own stall called Hock Lai Seng Teochew Fishball Bak Chor Mee in Maxwell Food Centre. 

The menu is relatively simple, featuring items such as Bak Chor Mee dry (S$4.50) and best seller Bak Chor Mee with soup (S$6)

Every noodle dish is cooked till al dente, tossed in a sauce comprising vinegar, ketchup, chilli, and pork lard, topped off with braised mushrooms and green onions (yums).

๐Ÿ“ 1 Kadayanallur St, #01 26, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 7amโ€“4.30pm (Mon to Fri), 7amโ€“3pm (Sat), Closed on Sun \

10. Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon

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At Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon, each bowl of fish soup is individually prepared to ensure a flavourful and robust soup base. 

You can choose from either the Sliced Fish Bee Hoon (S$5โ€“S$7) that comprises thick and fresh slices of fish or the Fish Meat Bee Hoon (S$5โ€“S$7) with tender fried fish fillets. 

I personally enjoy asking the chef to add milk into the broth for a slightly sweeter base to eat alongside my noodles.

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-77, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 11.15amโ€“7.30pm (Mon to Wed, Fri to Sun), Closed on Thu 

11. Rojak, Popiah & Cockles

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Rojak, Popiah & Cockles โ€” with such a name, itโ€™s sure to avoid any confusion about what this stall has to offer. 

The Popiah (S$3 for 2pcs) is stuffed with lots of crunchy veggies like stewed turnip, cabbage, carrots and even vermicelli, an ingredient not commonly used in popiah. 

Besides that, the Rojak ranges from S$3โ€“S$8, including you tiao (chinese fried dough sticks), pineapple, cucumber and is completely doused in sweet sauce with a lot of peanuts. 

Maybe this would change the minds of people who consciously avoid veggies (or at least I hope).

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-56, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 11.30amโ€“8.30pm (Mon, Tue, Thu to Sun), Closed on Wed

12. Fu Shun Shao La Mian Jia

Maxwell Food Centre
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Fu Shun Shao La Mian Jia is every meat-lover’s heaven as they sell well-marinated and succulent roasted meats like pork, duck, and char siew (sweet barbecued pork)

With the perfect ratio of lean and fatty meat cuts, the charred Char Siew Rice (S$4) is full of smoky charred flavour alongside a thick coating of sweet sauce. 

If youโ€™re with company, consider getting the Mixed Meat Noodle (S$4.50) or Mixed Meat Rice (S$4.50) to try out other meat variations. 

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-71, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 11.30amโ€“5pm (Mon to Fri), 11.30amโ€“8pm (Sat), 12pmโ€“8pm (Sun)

13. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

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Of course, you canโ€™t miss out on Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice when youโ€™re at Maxwell Food Centre. 

Popular amongst locals and tourists (it was even visited by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay), this chicken rice stall has certainly made a brand for itself. 

The most popular choice is the Chicken Rice, ranging from S$5โ€“S$8.80 โ€” featuring fragrant rice full of garlic and ginger aroma, tender fresh white chicken with glistening skin and their signature sauce. 

Hereโ€™s a tip, go earlier to avoid disappointments as they sell out fast!

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๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 10amโ€”7.30pm (Daily)

14. Ah Hai Hainanese Chicken Rice

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Skip the long queues and try out Ah Hai Hainanese Chicken Rice that is just a stone throw away from the previous Michelin stall. 

As the former head chef at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, the owner set up his own eatery and started selling Hainanese Chicken Rice (S$5โ€“S$7)

That said, itโ€™s a good alternative if youโ€™re looking for an affordable plate of chicken rice with tender chicken and fluffy rice. 

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-07, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ•  11amโ€”7.30pm (Mon, Wed to Sun), Closed on Tue

15. Heng Heng Ondeh Ondeh & Tapioca Cake

Maxwell Food Centre
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Traditional kueh (rice cake) can be hard to find nowadays but luckily for us, Heng Heng Ondeh Ondeh & Tapioca Cake is a humble eatery known for personally hand-making their own authentic kueh

If youโ€™re there, donโ€™t miss out on their signature Tapioca Cake and Ondeh Ondeh, both priced at S$0.70 per piece or S$3.20 for 5 pieces. The latter has a soft and QQ texture, filled with gula melaka (palm sugar) and rolled in coconut flakes โ€” so good.

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-31, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 7amโ€“1pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun 

16. Old Nyonya

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For those who enjoy rich and hearty flavours, pay a visit to Old Nyonya that serves traditional Peranakan food like Laksa (S$5) and Traditional Curry Chicken (S$5). 

The laksa features thick rice vermicelli noodles infused with a lemak coconut and spicy prawn broth, loaded with ingredients like prawn, tau pok and more. 

But, if youโ€™re feeling bougee enough, the Royal Laksa (S$10) is a luxurious twist that comes with crayfish, scallops and prawns โ€” every seafood loverโ€™s dream. 

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๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-04 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 11amโ€“8.30pm (Mon, Tue, Thu to Sun), Closed on Wed 

17. MS Dessert

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MS Dessert is a humble and quaint shop selling super affordable traditional Chinese desserts like Tau Suan and Pulut Hitam from just S$1.50 each. 

Growing up, tau suan has become a comforting breakfast choice of mine. 

Now, before you grimace at the word beans, itโ€™s simmered in a thick and deliciously gooey sweet soup with pandan fragrance and is best eaten warm, very heartwarming for a rainy day.   

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-068, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 9amโ€“8.30pm (Daily)

18. 75 China Street Peanuts Soup

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Alternatively, 75 China Street Peanuts Soup has equally affordable Chinese desserts starting from S$1.20. 

Tediously boiled for long hours, the signature peanut soup has an addictive sweet and nutty flavour. 

But, Iโ€™d personally go for the dessert with glutinous rice balls (S$1.60, S$2) where you can choose from chewy peanuts or sesame tang yuans. The desserts here carry a milder palette compared to MS Desert but are still equally delicious. 

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-57, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 7.30amโ€”4pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun

19. Hup Kee Wu Xiang Guan Chang

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If you thought that the previous dessert shops were cheap, youโ€™re in for a surprise at Hup Kee Wu Xiang Guan Chang. 

This old-school hawker stall has been in business for over ninety years selling Hokkien-style Ngoh Hiang (fried meat rolls) and other small bites like chinese sausage, fishcake and many more from S$0.50โ€“S$1.50 โ€” which you can dip in either the sweet and sticky pink sauce or chilli sauce.

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-97, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ•  11.30amโ€”6pm (Mon, Tue, Thu to Sun), Closed on Wed 

20. Alimama Green Chilli Chicken Rice & Prawn Noodle 

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Not only is Alimama Green Chilli Chicken Rice & Prawn Noodle a mouthful to say, but it is also a mouthful to eat. 

The Green Chili Chicken Rice (S$7.50) comprises a freshly fried and crispy chicken thigh topped with a tangy and savoury green chilli, alongside fluffy white rice and an egg. If youโ€™re looking for an extremely filling dinner after a long day of work, you know where to go.

Donโ€™t be fooled by the sambal chilli at the corner of the plate as it definitely packs a punch. 

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, #01-09 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 11amโ€“8.30pm (Daily)

21. Sisaket Thai Food

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Be sure not to miss Sisaket Thai Food as it is quietly tucked away in a corner. 

They sell a decent spread of Thai delicacies ranging from Basil Chicken with Rice (S$5.50) and Phad Thai (S$5) to Bo Style Seafood Mama (S$15) loaded with MAMA noodles, fresh prawns, squid and mussels, alongside a piping hot bowl of tom yum soup. 

Otherwise, the hugely portioned out Tom Yum Mor Fai (S$19) AKA spicy and sour shrimp broth is perfect for those coming in larger groups. 

๐Ÿ“ 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-85, Singapore 069148
๐Ÿ•  11.30amโ€”4pm, 6pmโ€”8pm (Daily)

22. Tong Xin Ju Special Shanghai Tim Sum

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If thereโ€™s one thing that I canโ€™t get enough of, itโ€™s dumplings

And that is exactly what you can find at Tong Xin Ju Special Shanghai Tim Sum that has Fried Dumplings (guo tie) and Steamed Dumplings (jiao zhi) that are priced at S$4.80 for 8 pieces respectively. 

The guo tie are fried to golden perfection and generously packed with ground pork and chives. Itโ€™s even better complimented with fresh slices of ginger and vinegar to cut down the greasiness.  

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๐Ÿ“ 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-92 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 11.30amโ€”8.30pm (Tue, Thu to Sun), Closed on Mon & Wed

23. Hajmeer Kwaja Muslim Food

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If youโ€™re nearby and haunting for the next supper spot, this might just be for you. 

Hajmeer Kwaja Muslim Food serves hearty meals with huge portions like Murtabak, Roti John and Nasi Briyani starting from just S$5

But, the best supper food (or at least in my opinion) is the kosong (plain) roti prata best eaten with spicy curry โ€” a simple yet irresistible combination.

๐Ÿ“1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 9amโ€”10pm (Daily) 

24. Wonderful

Maxwell Food Centre
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Every hawker centre should have satay (meat skewers) as these bite-sized marinated meats are perfectly succulent and tender, especially when paired with the iconic peanut dipping sauce

I could probably inhale ten sticks at once, no kidding

Fortunately, Wonderful sells various varieties of satays like pork, chicken, and mutton for S$0.70 per stick. But, do take note that there is a minimum order of ten sticks so bring company!

๐Ÿ“ 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-37, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 10amโ€”12am

25. Fu Zhu Fishball Noodles

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For those who are looking for a heavier meal to fuel your day, consider Fu Zhu Fishball Noodles which have Mushroom Minced Meat Fishball Noodles (S$4.50) or Fishball Noodles (S$4). Itโ€™s a staple in every hawker centre and a dish that you can never go wrong with. 

๐Ÿ“ 1 Kadayanallur Street #01-08 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
๐Ÿ• 6.30amโ€“9.30pm (Daily)

With such a wide range of eateries and stalls in Maxwell Food Centre, it is impossible not to find something to suit your taste buds. 

Will you be heading to one of these stalls soon? 

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