Joo Chiat Food Streets
Food Streets Quick Links
- Joo Chiat Place (Joo Chiat Road towards Still Road)
- Joo Chiat Road (Changi Road towards Joo Chiat Place)
- Joo Chiat Road (Joo Chiat Place towards East Coast Road)
- Onan Road/Crane Road junction
- Tembeling Road (after Koon Seng Road, towards Joo Chiat Lane)
- Dunman Food Centre: off the Joo Chiat Road/Dunman Road junction
(Listing is roughly in order of the route)
Chilli Padi Peranakan Restaurant
Tasty mid-priced Peranakan food. Kampung decor. Great for family get-togethers.
11 Joo Chiat Place. Airconditioned. Tel: 62751002.
Kim’s Place Seafood
Seafood zhi char from Yong Tan, the son of the original Kim’s Hokkien mee. Yong Tan built up a reputation of his own for his chilli and pepper crabs and of course, fried Hokkien prawn mee. Popular among locals and tourists. Non-airconditioned. Includes alfresco.
37 Joo Chiat Place, junction of Tembeling Road. Open daily. Tel: 67421119, 90253822.
Guan Hoe Soon
Singapore’s first Peranakan restaurant since 1953. Popular family restaurant. Recommended: ayam buah keluak, hee peow soup, curry fish head.Popular catering service too.
38/40 Joo Chiat Place. Air-conditioned. Closed Tuesdays. Tel: 63442761.
Xu Jun Sheng (long ji) Chao Zhou Mei Shi Coffeeshop
Over three decades in Joo Chiat. Famous Teochew porridge with zhi char dishes. Favourites: Cold crab, steamed fish and fried sweet potato leaves. Other stalls there include 24-hour bak chor mee.
30 Joo Chiat Place. Mon – Sat 11.00 am – 8.00 pm, Sunday 10.30 am – 3.00 pm. Closed alternate Wednesdays. Tel: 98472946, 90308600.
Just Greens Vegetarian Restaurant
Excellent a la carte dishes and cooling drinks. Light-as-air paus (leng yong, “charsiew”, chai pau) that sell out as fast as they appear. Also sells economical rice from their takeaway counter. Tastefully furnished and airconditioned. 49- 51 Joo Chiat Place. Tel: 62222039.
59 Joo Chiat Place
Old world open-air corner coffeeshop with the famed Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow, prepared in the traditional style of the ‘60s. Father started business after the War and now son George wields the wok. Customers come in a steady stream for tahpau orders.
Corner of Joo Chiat Place and Tembeling Lane.
Joo Chiat Bak Chang
Run by one of two brothers who took over from their founder mum. Sells the gamut of chang include nyonya bak chang since decades ago. Authentic, great stuff. Popular all-year round.
Kim Choo Kueh Chang
The other brother sells whole range of changs plus delicious soon kueh, kueh koo, other nyonya kueh, kaya, etc. Also proven. Equally popular all-year round. Need we say more?
60 Joo Chiat Place. Open 7 am – 10 pm daily. Tel: 67412125.
Sin Wah Coffeeshop
Stalls include the famous Fei Fei wanton mee, rojak and yong tau foo. Chicken porridge and prawn mee soup mornings only. A favourite breakfast spot, especially over the weekends.. Non-airconditioned. Open daily.
62 Joo Chiat Place.
Fei Fei Coffeeshop
Original Fei Fei wanton noodles started here. Favourite breakfast and supper spot. Also sells Hakka yong tau foo. Nasi lemak mornings only. 24-hour joint. Non-airconditioned. Open daily.
72 Joo Chiat Place.
Eng Seng Coffeeshop
Long, long queues that start before 5 pm for arguably the best black pepper crab in Singapore. Serves only dinner. Crabs sell out by 8.30 pm. Great Chinese rojak and barbecued fish from the other stalls here. Non-airconditioned.
Four Seasons Durians
Good selection of premium durians and tropical fruits. Durian sampling of 4 premium durian together with specialist advice/ commentary available for minimum of 10 diners (2 day advance booking)
Victor Chan 9696 6929
Corner of Joo Chiat Place and Still Road. Four Seasons Durians website
Zeenath Islamic Coffeeshop
24-hour Malay al fresco restaurant across from Kim Choo Keuh Chang. Vendors here serve prata, soto ayam, satay and Muslim zhi char. Watch your football here.
Hilal Indian Muslim
Excellent chicken briyani with real ghee, saffron and no colouring. Open till late, good prata and soup tulang merah.
36 Joo Chiat Road. Tel: 90621340.
Hjh Maimunah Restaurant
Well-known Muslim food court fare. Always crowded. Airconditioned.
20 Joo Chiat Road. Tel 6348 5457
Excellent traditional and contemporary Peranakan cuisine. Said one food writer: “My nenek has met her match”. Recommended: Chap chye, sambal sotong, sambal bendeh, chicken curry, rendang, hee peow soup, chendol, bubor hitam, durian pengat. Nasi ulam to order in advance. Enjoy the cosy ambience and hospitality of nyonya Katherine and baba Kelvin. Catering and cooking lessons available.
92 Joo Chiat Road. Air-conditioned. Opening hours daily 11.30 am to 3 pm, 6 pm to 10 pm. Closed Sundays. Tel: 96856131, 63457565.
www.peramakan.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Madame Low Eating House
Some of the best zhi char dishes in Singapore are served here. Eat in aircon comfort in the afternoon. Open every day of the week except on alternate Sundays.
192 Joo Chiat Road. Tel: 6345 5608
Aspire Services Cafe
Cafe & Dance studio serving an assortment of hot/ cold beverages, desserts & snacks..
169 Joo Chiat Road #02-01 & #03-01 Singapore 427729
Cookery Magic Cooking School
Learn to cook Asian food in a home kitchen, menus are different everyday. Highly rated cooking school, enjoy learning in a easy pace and relax in her lush Balinese garden. Private dining also available.
Ruqxana. Tel: 96656831. www.cookerymagic.com
Betel Box Bistro
The latest Peranakan Restaurant to start in Joo Chiat serving traditional and adventurous variations of Peranakan favourites. Heritage atmosphere and family friendly. Recommended: Laksa Goreng, Sambut Ikan, Assam Fish Head, Chincalok Pork and Nanas Yong Tau Foo. Takeaways available.
200 Joo Chiat Road. Air-conditioned. Closed Tuesdays. Tel: 6440 5540.
Malay curry puffs previously from Singapore’s only earthen kiln at Joo Chiat Lane. You can’t miss the yellow framed doors. Old-time local favourite.
Nam San Mackerel Otah
Halal. Famous in Singapore for their mouth-watering fish and prawn otah, bundled in banana leaf and grilled.
267 Joo Chiat Road. Tel: 63455542
Tin Yeang coffeeshop
Teochew porridge and wanton mee.
Dunman Food Centre
Excellent local hawker food under one roof. Many renown names in the hawker industry here. See separate section below, “From Joo Chiat Road/Dunman Road junction ".
My Mum’s Place
Very popular home-cooked local dishes. A family restaurant run by mum Shirley and her two grown-up children. Recommended: seafood tofu balls, horfun, crispy squid, black hokkien mee. Air-conditioned and fan-cooled.
328 Joo Chiat Road, #01-03. Mon – Fri: 5.30 pm – 10.30 pm. Sat/Sun & public holidays 12 pm – 2.30 pm, 5.30 pm – 10.30 pm. Closed Tuesdays. Tel: 63443343.
Home cooked Penang fare. Assam laksa, char kuay teow, lor bak, etc.
328 Joo Chiat Road, #01-04, Tel: 81618826. Weekdays 11.30 am – 10.30 pm, Weekends 11.00 am – 11 pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Low Hock Guan Kee Coffeeshop
Serves popular local favourites bak kut teh and curry fish head. Always crowded. Non-airconditioned.
328, Joo Chiat Road, #01-02. Closed Thursdays. Tel: 64404928.
Neo Chye Whatt Bakery
Local bakery that’s been around since time immemorial. Freshly baked bread for your kaya and toast and local coffee. Traditional French loaves and sweet buns. Yum!
Closes by 9 pm daily.
Canton Wok by Chef Kang
Chef Kang serves his famous quality Cantonese cuisine in a refurbished pre-war bungalow that’s packed to the seams in the evenings and weekends. Recommended: Winter melon soup, crab with glutinous rice, eggplant with floss. Air-conditioned, also alfresco. BYO. They also stock wine. Valet service.
382 Joo Chiat Road. Open daily. 11.30 am – 3.00 pm, 5.30 pm – 10.30 pm. Tel: 62856919, 63486919, 93884330.
Farmland Porridge Steamboat
The only Singapore branch of Malaysia’s famous Farmland Steamboat. Mon – Fri 5.30 pm – 12.30 am, Weekends 5.30 pm – 12.30 am. Tel: 93864422, 63488110. Email: email@example.com
Ex-Pine Court chef who opened his own restaurant. Serves to full houses every day. Recommended: Double-boiled soups and other Hongkong-style dishes. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
348 Joo Chiat Road. Tel: 64408348.
Tasty Indonesian fried chicken franchise from Surabaya.
Ho Kee Dim Sum
Branch of famous dim sum shop in Sims Avenue. Al fresco dining or takeaway.
Changi Prawn Mee
Open-air coffeeshop opposite Ho Kee. Serves tasty prawn mee al-fresco.
Joo Heng Coffeeshop
Famous Joo Chiat establishment for Teochew zhi char. Crowded since decades ago. Two units. Non-airconditioned. Open daily.
Hole-in-the wall takeway for delicious hand-made paus.
Open daily. 358 Joo Chiat Road. Tel: 6345 8220
AB & ABC coffeeshop
Popular roti prata/teh tarek hangout for East Coast residents. 24 hours. Includes al fresco.
Sin Heng Claypot coffeeshop
Casa Bon Vento
Superb Peranakan and Portuguese Eurasian food. Recommended: Buah keluak, sambal kachang botot, rendang, ox tail stew. Large-scale catering available.
Air-conditioned. Open daily. 467 Joo Chiat Road. Tel: 63468433 and 63487786.
Famous chocolate cakes to die for. 451 Joo Chiat Road. Breezeway Building. Now shifted to East Coast Road.
Boulevard Chicken Pie
Hole-in-the-wall takeaway renown for delicious pies.
442 Joo Chiat Road. Tel: 6345 2108
Puteri Mas Durian Puffs
Singapore’s best! Also sells traditional but hard-to-find favourites like apong bekua and onde-onde. Eat in or takeaway.
Airconditioned. Open daily. 475 Joo Chiat Road. Tel: 6344 8629
Hwa Hwa Coffeeshop
The original Joo Chiat taukwa pau stall is here. Other stalls here: laksa and soya sauce chicken from Upper Cross Street.
Open daily. Non-airconditioned.
Glory Catering coffeeshop
Great Padang food and huge range of nonya kueh.
Open daily. Non-airconditioned. 139 East Coast Road. Tel: 6344 1749 www.glorycatering.com.sg
True Blue Cuisine
Arguably Spore’s top Peranakan restaurant. Home-cooked by a Peranakan family of chefs. Elegant ambience in a beautiful well-restored Peranakan shophouse. Popular with locals and tourists. Restaurant is on the 2nd level. First level sells a range of high quality home-made Peranakan cooking ingredients. BYO.
Open daily. Airconditioned. 117 East Coast Road. Tel: 64404549.
Kim Choo Peranakan Restaurant
Value-for-money, very tasty Peranakan food. Part of the great bakchang clan so the whole range of bak changs is also available here. Also sells huge range of Peranakan cooking ingredients. Great for Sunday mornings after church. Recommended: Sandra’s to-die-for mee tai mak (not in menu), soon kueh, local coffee, beef rendang, ayam buah keluak, chapchye.
Open daily. Airconditioned. 109/111 East Coast Road. Tel: www.kimchoo.com.sg
Charlie’s Peranakan Food
205 East Coast Road, opposite Holy Family Church. Penang influenced. Recommended: Assam gulai, curry fish head. Wholesome cooking. Popular among locals.
Open daily. Airconditioned. Tel: 63448824, 97896304.
Singapore’s own luxury Belgian chocolate ice cream available here. Also their yummy cakes to order, especially the chocolate black cherry rum to die for.
112 East Coast Road, #01-26, Katong Mall. Tel: 63452190.
Wahiro Japanese Restaurant
Higher-end Japanese family restaurant that rivals the best in town. Joo Chiat’s best kept secret! Superb cuisine including sashimi, grilled fish head and more. Popular with families on weekends.
112 East Coast Road #01-28, Katong Mall. Tel: 63422252. Closed Mondays.
www.wahiro.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poh Ho Coffeeshop
Breakfast haunt popular among residents and other locals. Great fried beehoon that’s sold out after 10am! Prata here is also very good.
Joo Chiat Prawn Mee
This is further down Onan Road, towards Changi Road.
Open daily. Non-airconditioned.
128 Hong Mao Eating Corner
Stalls here include wanton mee and oyster omelette. The oyster omelette is the real article, original and traditional with sour chillie that makes it lip-smacking good. Porridge is worth a try. Long queues for Ang Moh’s wanton mee especially weekends with the breakfast/brunch crowd.
Open daily. Non-airconditioned.
Ken’s Delights Ice Desserts
Downstairs. Wide variety of innovative, to-die-for, mouth-watering desserts from its equally delightful young owner, ex-civil servant, Kenneth Lee. You’ll want to come back again or simply ta pau home desserts to last a week. Popular among locals and tourists. Recommended: strawberry longan, durian sago, peach mango, durian or mango ice kachang, cooling pear and a host of other cooling desserts.
#01-01, Dunman Food Centre. Open daily 11 am – 11 pm. 91059618.
Duck Rice / Kway Chap (cannot remember name....)
Downstairs lah. One of Singapore’s best, if not the best! Very lean duck with chillie sauce that makes it oh-so-wonderful. Served either with rice or kway chap.
Soon Kueh and Koo Chai Kueh
Downstairs. Made fresh and steamed on-the-spot while you watch. The soonkueh skin is so smooth, thin and translucent. A must-try snack or appetizer before u sink into the duck and finish off with Ken’s dessert. You’ll want to take away at least a box.
Ah Eng Wanton Mee
Upstairs back row leh. Fierce chilli that numbs the tongue after first taste.... much loved by East Coasters having been around for over 40 years.
Barbecued Chicken Wings (cannot remember name too, but two stalls
away from Ah Eng)
Swear it is one of Singapore's best barbecued wings. Juicy and succulent. Accompanied by lip-slurping chilli.
Eddie’s Restaurant in Eurasian Community House
Serves Sunday brunch of traditional Eurasian fare including curry devil, feng and