Toa Payoh is an old residential town in northern Central Singapore. Despite being called “big swamp” in Hokkien, it has grown to be a place with great, if dated, urban planning while retaining its rural feel.
Because of its history, it has a strong collection of hawker stalls that have stood the test of time just as much as the town. Here are the top 5 that you shouldn’t miss if you’re in the area!
1. Da Ji Hainanese Chicken Rice
Da Ji Hainanese Chicken Rice is only open for business in the early evenings, and a lot of people take the chance to queue. This is because everyone can’t get enough of the stall’s crispy fried chicken wings.
If a stall specializes in one dish and finds success in another, then you know they’ve got cooking chops. The chicken tastes even better when eaten with their chilli sauce, adding a rich, spicy taste to the already delicious chicken.
Location: 75 Lor 5 Toa Payoh, #01-31, Singapore 310075
Hours: Fridays to Wednesdays – 6:00 pm to 12:00 am (or until sold out)
2. Rahmath Cheese Prata
Tucked away at a corner of the area’s Vista Market & Food Centre, Rahmath Cheese Prata boasts a flavorful, oozy cheese treat in a fluffy and crispy prata that wraps it like a present.
Imagine a decidedly Indian-style grilled cheese sandwich—truly a gift.
Location: 4 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310074
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays – 6:00 am to 2:00 pm
3. Cockle Fried Kway Teow
In the early evening, you’ll see a long line from the closed stall, waiting for a taste of an old couple’s fried kway teow. With a healthy portion of fried noodles and toppings like cockles, eggs, beansprouts, and Chinese sausages, the stall’s kway teow has an irresistible smoky taste.
Location: 5 Lor 5 Toa Payoh, #01-08, Singapore 310075
Hours: Saturdays to Wednesdays – 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
4. Uncle Kun Delicacies
Uncle Ken started out as a chef at Shang Palace Shangri-La Hotel before coming to Toa Payoh to serve his dishes, so you know it’s good.
It becomes even more apparent once you taste his congee—it comes with smooth, tasty porridge with rich stock, and is the talk of the town. But the stall also offers traditional Chinese treats like Yam cake and Siew Mai.
Location: 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #B2-09, Singapore 569933
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays – 6:00 am to 1:30 pm
5. Sweet Heart Dessert
Toa Payoh hawker stalls are bound to fill your belly, but there’s always room for some dessert! Check out Sweet Heart Dessert and their variety of hot and cold treats to refresh you and top off a meal.
Among their offers are handmade curry puffs, and the towering stack of shaved ice that is the Commando Dessert.
Location: 75 Lor 5 Toa Payoh, #01-06, Singapore 310075
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays – 12:00 pm to 12:00 am
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