Singapore is a food haven, and in every neighbourhood has its own iconic fare—like the Ponggol Nasi Lemak, located in Hougang; newly renovated Chomp Chomp; situated in Serangoon Gardens and a slew of hipster fare in Telok Ayer.
So what about Toa Payoh?
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Toa Payoh, may not be well-known for any one particular dish but it has a little bit of everything from hawker grub to Instagram-worthy desserts.
Here’re six of them.
1. Yellow Submarine
The name alone might remind you of Spongebob Squarepants, but with its yellow logo, it is pretty hard to not think of the cartoon.
They serve a mean Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, topped with a generous amount of Provolone Cheese. If you’re looking for little bit of heat action, then bite into their Mala sub, which comes with a choice of beef/chicken or mushrooms.
And their cheese fries are to-die-for. Legit.
A two-storey store, their second floor is a hidden gem in Toa Payoh most people wouldn’t know.
It’s super chill and perfect for a gathering after school. You’re welcome for that 😉
Address: 177 Toa Payoh Central, #01-110, Singapore 310177
Operating hours: Daily: 10:30 am-10:30 pm
2. Kim Keat Hokkien Mee
West-siders, you’ve probably heard from your friends on the other side of Singapore, raving about the famous Kim Keat Hokkien Mee. A stone’s throw away from Bradell MRT, this hawker stall ups the game by serving it in a clay pot, sealing all the flavour in.
Topped with deep fried pork belly, it also contains succulent prawns, squids, clams and pork lard.
Just a warning, their smallest size is meant for two people, so make sure you bring a buddy along (unless you can finish it on your own).
Address: 92 Toa Payoh Lorong 4, #01-264, Singapore 310092
Opening hours: Wednesday – Monday: 12 pm – 9 pm Closed on Tuesdays
3) Shrove Tuesday
Who said you have to head downtown to experience café culture? There is a café, right in Toa Payoh—Shrove Tuesday.
They serve up a myriad of sweet treats like cakes, waffles, and gelato. When my colleague headed down, she devoured the rainbow cheesecake within minutes. She also liked how the sweetness of the cake intensifies with every forkful.
They’re currently having a promotion for weekdays, get a cake and you get a cup of coffee or tea for free (not sure when it’ll end, though).
Address: 94 Toa Payoh Lorong 4, #01-32, Singapore 310094
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 12 pm-10 pm, Friday-Saturday: 12 pm-11 pm
4. White Restaurant
Known for their White Bee Hoon—colloquially known as the famous Sembawang White Bee Hoon—it is a must to try this plate of goodness replete with oceanic delights.
The White Been Hoon is served with generous amounts of prawn and squid. They also offer classic seafood dishes like Chili Crab, Salted Egg Prawns, and Crispy Baby Squid.
It has the ambience of a restaurant and prices of a normal zi char. Think about it, a plate of their famous white bee hoon cost just $6.
Granted that the original at Sembawang but still be the best, but Toa Payoh-ers won’t want to travel to a place that’s so near Yishun, do they?
Address: 600 Toa Payoh Lorong 4, #01-10, Singapore 319515
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 11 am – 2:30 pm, 5 pm – 9:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11 am – 9:30 pm
5. Hougang Muah Chee
Yeah, I am wondering the same thing, why is Hougang Muah Chee located in Toa Payoh?
The stall was originally at the old Simon Road market before it made its move to Toa Payoh.
Located at Gourmet Paradise, a food court in HDB Hub, this stall (I know the name of the stall gives it away) serves up the traditional Muah Chee, coated with grounded peanuts, alongside a more hipster-looking version, which is coated with black sesame.
The Ying and Yang of Muah Chee.
Everything is handmade, so only expect the best.
Address: 480 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, #B1-01 Stall 21, HDB Hub, Gourmet Paradise, Singapore 310489
Opening Hours: Daily: 12 pm – 10 pm
6) Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle
I am not talking about any regular soya sauce noodle, I am talking about the Michelin-starred Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle located at Chinatown Complex.
Don’t worry about leaving the heartland to savour it.
Chef Han, the owner of the restaurant has opened several eateries around Singapore, and Toa Payoh is one of them
While getting the Soya Sauce Chicken might seem like the obvious choice, you should try their char siew and roasted pork as well.
Address: 450 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #01-10 Hersing Centre, Singapore319394
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm (closed on Mondays)
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