Geylang road has been long reputed for its plethora of yummy food choices amongst Singaporeans. From frog porridge to zhi char restaurants that we’re all so familiar with, drawing late night owls with its popular supper spots littered along the ‘Lorongs’.
One wrong turn and you could end up at a sleazy alley, but have no fear, this is why we’re here.
The food guide compiled here counts down the best makan spots that epitomizes the reasons for Geylang being a famed foodie haven.
Over the years, frog dishes and Geylang have almost become synonymous. G7 Sin Ma has been at the forefront of this trend and has been attracting countless customers from the Singapore and beyond.
It is easy to see what there is to love about the frog dishes. This firm meat resembles the chicken slightly, but is more sought after by many for its unique texture. G7 Sin Ma serves up some really smooth porridge that goes ever so well with its many varieties of frog dishes.
A key point to note is that the prices here are really reasonable and customers love gobbling down the frogs at this stall. The promotion of buying more pots at a better price is also its selling point.
Expected Damage: $10-20 per pax
This is a stall that I have been eating at since I was in kindergarten. It’s how long it’s been around. I used to bug my parents to get me the beef kway teow from this stall every week as I just couldn’t get enough of it.
The thick black bean sauce and the tender beef combine perfectly with the fragrant wok hei in the pre-fried hor fun. I never fail to slurp up every bit of the gravy in this dish. While standards may have fallen over the years, this stall still serves up one of the better beef kway teows you can get in Singapore!
Price: $6 onwards
Geylang Lorong 9 Beef Kway Teow: 237 Geylang Road (Lorong 9) Singapore 389296 | Opening hours: Daily; 430pm – 230am
One of the most well-known seafood restaurants to date, No Signboard has been around for decades since the late 1970s. Serving well-loved food to returning customers has made the restaurant one of the household names that resound amongst Singaporeans.
One of their most noted signature dishes would be the white pepper crab. It is what made me fall in love with this restaurant years ago and I would highly recommend this dish, especially when you have friends from other countries visiting.
Expected Damage: $30-60 per pax
Braised duck is one of my favourite Singaporean dishes. Sean Kee prepares some really awesome braised duck that is, in my opinion, due to its thick flavourful gravy and fragrant rice.
The gravy has just the right amount of spices to give it that aromatic taste and the rice is pillow-y and fragrant, one of the better ones out there. Traditionally, herbal soup is served with duck rice as it goes well with the meat and gravy. Here, the soup has a slightly herbal tang that could be more intense to enhance the entire dining experience.
Price: From $4
Sean Kee Duck Rice: 4 Lorong 35 Geylang Singapore 387936 | Opening hours: Sun – Fri; 11am – 6pm
Bizarre foods are generally common in Asia, but not so in Singapore. Turtle soup is considered by many to be one of the few exotic dishes available at Ser Seng Herbs (Turtle) Restaurant, it is definitely amongst the most well-known restaurants serving up this reptilian dish.
Upon entering, you will immediately catch a whiff of that fragrant herbal lingering in the air that fills the entire place. This bowl of soft cartilage-like meat, skin and bones, along with the strong herbal aromas, is the reason for the crowds that come. I enjoy all things herbal and this is one great option for me.
However, the prices are a little steep here, be prepared to folk out a little more for such quality broth.
Expected Damage: $10-30 per pax
Ser Seng Herbs Restaurant: 29 Lor Bachok Singapore 387791 | Tel: +65 6748 3953
This isn’t one of the mainstream zhi char restaurants as their name suggests. On top of the usual dishes that you can look out for, this restaurant whips up some fantastic Penang dishes so that you do not have to make that long trip up north.
The food here is authentic and customers pack up this restaurant all the time. You can choose from an array of many well-known, and lesser-known, Penang dishes.
Expected Damage: $8-20 per pax
Penang Seafood Restaurant: 76 Geylang Lorong 25A Singapore | Opening hours: Daily; 11am – 12am | Website
Located next to the famous Swee Guan Hokkien Mee, this stall attracts countless hungry customers with its “Chinese-style” satay. What attracts me about this kind of satay is really the sauce.
I love how there is grated pineapple in the peanut sauce which bring the flavors to a whole new level with its added sweetness. However, the sauce was a little too watery and a thicker texture would have made it even better.
They have different kinds of satay here, but the pork satay is definitely one of the best I have tried. The meat was thick and had the right amount of fat on it.
Price: $0.50 per stick onwards
Kwong Satay: 549 Geylang Road (Lorong 29) Singapore 389504 | Opening hours: Daily; 5pm – 11pm | Tel: +65 6565 0002 | http://www.kwongsatay.com.sg |
Another one of the famous frog porridge restaurants at Geylang, Eminent has gained a huge base of fans over the years. It is another of the exotic dishes you can get here other than the turtle soup mentioned.
Gong Bao frog is always my favourite wherever I go. The spicy dried chili dark sauce here is a little too salty for some, but it makes a perfect compliment for the plain porridge.
There are many other options such as the fried frog legs that come with crispy fried ginger. The ginger slices are really thin and they go so well with the meat. It is sort of a secret recipe as the batter has a spicde flavour and it tastes fantastic!
The restaurant serves up many dishes so bring a party if you want to try a greater variety here!
Expected Damage: $10-20 per pax
Eminent Frog Porridge: 323 Geylang Road Singapore 389359 | Tel: +65 9842 2941
With history stretching back for many decades, Koung’s wanton mee is definitely ranked amongst the best in Singapore.
The highlight of this stall is the char siew, with its really authentic charred flavour that accentuates the marinade used for the meat. In my opinion, this is the best char siew I have had at any wanton mee stall. The queues get really long at this stall, so try to visit at odd hours so that you will not have to wait too long for this bowl of signature noodles!
Price: $4 onwards
Koung’s Wanton Mee: Lorong 21A Geylang | Opening hours: Tue – Sun; 730am – 930pm
Swee Guan, or the original Geylang Lor 29 Hokkien Mee, is often dubbed by Singaporeans as the best you can get. With the stall sticking to the traditional method of using charcoal fire, the noodles here give off a truly memorable wok hei fragrance.
Oh, have I mention that it’s served with some pretty large prawns to go with this plate of excellent noodles too? The downside is that waiting times are long and the prices are tilted towards being on the expensive side. But really, this is a plate like no other.
Price: $5 onwards
Swee Guan Hokkien Mee: 549 Geylang Road (Lorong 29) Singapore 389504 | Opening hours: Daily; 5pm – 11pm