Ang Mo Kio is a mature satellite town in Singapore’s North-East, a place that carries plenty of rich history and memories. Its 10 avenues are home to several wet markets and their adjoining food centres, which feature some stellar hawker food.
In recent years, Ang Mo Kio has also seen a rise in small startups by young foodie entrepreneurs, bringing residents exciting and foreign flavours.
I had the fortune of trying plenty of the food it had to offer, so I decided to compile a list of good eats in Ang Mo Kio. From humble local fare to newer cafe nosh, here are 22 Ang Mo Kio food places to eat like a heartlander.
1. Banh Mi Saigon
No other banh mi has ever tasted as good as the ones from Banh Mi Saigon. Located in a small corner of Ang Mo Kio, the business offers more than just bread.
That being said, no visit to this little Vietnamese food joint should end without trying one of their banh mi selections. I peered into the assortment of meat that was laid out and chose one that I was most familiar with — Pork Belly (S$9.90).
No amount of pre-visit research could have prepared me for this sinful construction. On top of a bed of refreshing pickled vegetables, a huge heap of thick pork belly chunks filled the entire hollow body of the baguette. The sandwich was toasted till hot, which made the bun super crunchy to chow down on.
Each piece of meat possessed a beautiful glistening fatty layer under the most crispy crackled skin ever. Truly divine! I wolfed down the baguette with immense satisfaction despite creating a mess in the midst of all that chomping.
I also tried the Fried Fish Cake (S$8.90). The same vegetables were thrown into the sandwich with more than 5 chunks of fish cake pieces. It did not resemble any fish cake that was found in local supermarkets. Instead, it held a meaty texture and tasted similar to ngo hiang.
The Cheese (S$2.50) blanket was a sight to behold and introduced an addictive salty and well, cheesy flavour to the baguette. At its price point, it may admittedly be a bit steep for just 2 slices of cheese.
However, I couldn’t help myself from thinking how well the cheese blanket would have paired with the Pork Belly banh mi as well.
Now to top it all off, I implore diners to ‘dine in’ at one of their tiny sets of red tables and chairs to warrant a full dining experience.
505 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #01-2668, Singapore 560505
Daily: 9am – 9pm
2. Magic Kitchen
All hail this fluffy toast. I’m surprised that I was unaware of Magic Kitchen’s existence till today. Visitors are greeted with their bright and huge red banner; it is impossible to miss this spot.
The humble eatery boasts some of the best and most gratifying breakfasts across Singapore. A slew of thick toast variations are listed on the many laminated menus pasted on the walls of this quaint joint.
Priced extremely affordably, the Honey Butter Thick Toast (S$2.20) boasts the perfect contrast of crispy toast edges and pillowy soft interior warmed with butter. The bread’s texture alone is reason enough to head down for a bite!
But paired with luscious spreads such as Peanut Chocolate Thick Toast (S$2.50), the deal is easily sweetened.
For a heavier meal, order a plate or two of their Laksa Chee Cheong Fun (S$2.50). This pairing is a match made in heaven! Slippery rice rolls drenched with creamy coconut-flavoured gravy, yes please!
529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-2335, Singapore 560529
+65 6453 3781
Wed to Mon: 8am – 2pm
Closed on Tue
3. Monday Coffee Bar
As a cafe-hopping fanatic, I was hoping to scout the available cafes within the vicinity. Monday Coffee Bar popped up on my search and I headed down, all excited to get my daily caffeine fix.
Housed under HDB flats and alongside other small shops selling food amongst other items, Monday Coffee Bar offers Japanese-inspired sandwiches, too. During my visit, the team was busy with countless food delivery orders despite the heavy downpour.
After my meal at Banh Mi Saigon, I only had the tummy space to try their Hojicha Blondie (S$2.10). Made with vanilla extract and brown sugar, the small cuboid-shaped cake was slightly dense but heavily infused with the taste of hojicha.
The dessert made a pleasant pairing with the Genmaicha (S$4.50). The Japanese brown rice green tea was fragrant, with hints of toasty roasted notes — especially comforting on a cold rainy day.
The Latte (S$4.50) possessed adequate foam which ensured a creamy mouthfeel. I also enjoyed the well-bodied and robust brew.
421 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560421
+65 8260 8061
Mon to Fri: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9.30am – 9pm
4. Shanghai Ren Jia
More attention should be given to juicy and plump dumplings known as sheng jian bao. Luckily for Ang Mo Kio residents, Shanghai Ren Jia does a fabulous rendition of these delightful morsels of meat bombs.
As much as I love the dumpling’s cousin — xiao long bao, I can’t help but indulge in this fried version, too. Priced affordably at S$6 for 4 pieces, the Pan Fried Buns are highly sought after for their delicate skin but bold and meaty taste contained within.
Pro tip — eat them hot before the bottom skin turns soggy!
Nonetheless, those craving for the steamed Soup Dumplings (S$6) would be pleased to know that they serve a well-executed version as well.
For a more substantial meal, I recommend the Dry Handmade Noodles (S$6). The star of this dish features a large handful of chewy yet springy noodles seasoned with fragrant scallion oil. Ingredients wise, chopped pork and mushrooms are included for added flavour.
151 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, #01-3046, Singapore 560151
+65 6368 6927
Tue to Sun: 11am – 3pm & 6pm – 9pm
Closed on Mon
5. Xi Xiang Feng Yong Tau Fu
My siblings adore Xi Xiang Feng Yong Tau Fu. That fact alone, and the endlessly long queue at the stall, attest to the goodness of their grub.
I for one declare an addiction to their Yong Tau Fu Soup (from S$3), which is boiled with soybean and dried fish for an extended period of time. Those elements create an infusion of bold flavours that are clean but robust without the need for artificial seasoning.
As usual, both dry and soup versions are available. Their Dry Yong Tau Fu (from S$3) sauce is sweet and tangy, and goes superbly well with thin strands of bee hoon.
Xi Xiang Feng Yong Tau Fu also gives customers the option of having their yong tau fu ingredients with chee cheong fun instead of noodles, which is quite a delightful change from what we normally get at other yong tau fu stalls.
Block 724 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, #01-23, Singapore 560724
Tue to Sat: 7am – 6pm
Closed on Mon & Sun
Closer to Ang Mo Kio MRT station, Brew&Co sits under a rather quiet building. I see this spot as a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle just moments away at AMK Hub.
After the food hunt around Ang Mo Kio, I was quite thirsty. From their signature menu, the Orange Espresso (S$6.50) stood out. A burst of fresh orange flavours coupled with slightly acidic espresso extract brought me back to life.
In an effort to draw a comparison between my previous green tea latte from Monday Coffee Bar and another, I also ordered a regular Matcha Latte (S$6).
The tea latte, when compared to offerings from more established teahouses, may not have been the best version I’ve had. But it was certainly adequate to quench my thirst and satisfy my matcha cravings concurrently!
A small selection of bakes are also available to enjoy with your drinks. I must say that the cafe was smaller than I’d expected with more outdoor seats than indoors.
Order delivery: foodpanda
716 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, #01-4030, Singapore 560716
Sun to Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri & Sat: 9am – 6pm
7. Lao San Kway Chap
With their trademark green bowls found on almost every table at the coffee shop, it’s evident that Lao San Kway Chap satisfies many with their slurp-worthy broth. They’ve been around for as long as I can remember and have consistently cooked up good fare.
Warning — long queues are expected at this hawker gem!
Pooled inside large metal bowls, their ingredients are fresh and most importantly, devoid of that weird grimey intestine smell and taste. Coupled with thin sheets of silky smooth kway, this is one of the best comfort foods I’ve had.
A basic set of Kway Chap starts at S$4 which is a rather competitive price tag. Each piece of offal embodies a deep and rich soy taste with hints of herbal flavour. I loved it!
All that is left to say is to take my word and satisfy your kway-vings at Lao San Kway Chap.
8. Eng Ho Fried Hokkien Mee
I always enjoy a good plate of Hokkien mee. Whenever I’m in the vicinity of Ang Mo Kio, I make it a point to get mine from Eng Ho Fried Hokkien Mee.
As a whole, their Hokkien Mee (S$4) is really good. I believe their success is mainly attributed to the combination of thick prawn stock and thin bee hoon that has me constantly going back for more. It is irresistible!
The thin bee hoon acts as the perfect sponge to soak up the prawn gravy. This results in an umami-heaven flavour explosion in each mouthful of noodles. The faint wafts of wok hei also impart a delicious charred flavour to the mee, winning the hearts of fans of smoky flavours (like me).
The addition of fresh and plump seafood in the likes of prawns and squid introduces textures within the dish. If you want to heat things up a notch, try their fiery red sambal spiked with fresh lime juice.
Blk 409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-34, Singapore 560409
+65 9888 4105
Wed to Sun: 4pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Mon & Tue
9. Yunos N Family
Tipped by many as the stall that sells the “best mee rebus in Singapore”, Yunos N Family has been running its operations since 1960.
The business is helmed by a pair of brothers with strong ambition. The team hopes to stay committed to serving affordable yet delectable Malay food to Ang Mo Kio residents.
Make sure to go for their crowd-pleaser, Mee Rebus (S$3.50). The recipe has been used for more than 60 years now, so quality is guaranteed. You can even customise your noodles with a wide selection of meat options.
For instance, large ribs found in Mee Rebus Ribs (S$7) are submerged below flavourful gravy and simply melts in your mouth. That is something new!
(get 2nd pic from WP)
Additionally, do not miss out on their Satay sticks (S$0.70 per stick). Choose between the usual Beef, Mutton and Chicken. Otherwise, I reckon the Tripe would pique the interest of adventurous eaters.
Take this chance to indulge in comfort food served by one of our pioneering hawkers!
724 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Ang Mo Kio Market and Food Centre, #01-01, Singapore 560724
Mon to Sat: 11am – 7pm
Closed on Sun
Helmed by ex-Peach Garden Chef Thoo Chang Wei, it is no wonder that this stall constantly draws snaking queues.
Take your pick from his 4 variations of chee cheong fun, namely Plain Cheong Fun (S$3), Mushroom Cheong Fun (S$4), Char Siew Cheong Fun (S$4), and Prawn Cheong Fun (S$5).
Expect only the freshest items used as emphasised by their usage of a ‘freshly made’ sticker plastered onto their glass partition.
Each element of the dish, from the rice flour rolls to the savoury soy sauce, is freshly made from his stove. You’ll be able to witness the translucent rice rolls being handmade right in front of you. That sight alone is enough to make anyone drool.
Each creation is then dusted with white sesame seeds for a gentle crunch and hint of nuttiness. Be sure to check out this quality dim sum staple, but be prepared for long queues!
11. Bedok Chwee Kueh
I’m not crazy about chwee kueh, but once in a while, when a craving strikes, I always head to AMK 628 Market to get my fill of Bedok Chwee Kueh. The brand has several outlets across Singapore which can only attest to how popular and delicious their steamed rice cakes are.
Priced from S$1 for two pieces of Chwee Kueh, their golden-brown chai poh is the perfect medley of sweet, savoury and crunchy. Paired with the soft, starchy white kueh, the combination is truly sublime.
On especially indulgent days, I like to have their Chwee Kueh alongside two soft boiled eggs. Spooning runny yolk and dark soya sauce over one’s Chwee Kueh makes for a satisfying and mind-blowing breakfast. You’re welcome.
628 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-96, Singapore 560628
Tue to Sun: 6.30am – 9.30pm
Closed on Mon
12. Hong Heng Beef Noodle Soup & Laksa
Hong Heng Beef Noodle Soup & Laksa has been featured on media platforms on several occasions. So do not be surprised to find a long line of diners queuing patiently for the taste of their food.
My whole family used to frequent the hawker back when it was still at Ang Mo Kio Block 233. When the team took their business to the new location at Kebun Baru Market and Food Centre, I had to follow them.
The Beef Noodle Soup (from S$4.50) is the go-to order. The soup is extremely robust and flavourful. When paired with thick white noodles, it simply is a match made in heaven! Do I even need to mention how tender the beef slices and how bouncy the meatballs are?
For those who like more creativity, the Mixed Beef Laksa (S$5.50) is for you. Think tender beef slices thrown into a creamy spiced coconut gravy. Mmmm…
226H Ang Mo Kio Street 22, Kebun Baru Market and Food Centre, #01-16, Singapore 568226
+65 6452 4017
Tue to Thu, Sat & Sun: 7.30am – 3.30pm
Closed on Mon & Fri
13. Penang Delights
Penang Delights’ Prawn Mee (S$4.50) has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines.
The most striking feature of this is none other than its rich prawn broth. Naturally, nothing less is expected from the arduous process of boiling pork bones, prawn shells, and prawn heads for long hours.
This simply guarantees a sure-fire umami fix for all our fellow soup enthusiasts.
Prawn Mee aside, the stall also sells Penang Lor Mee (S$4). The dish features an intense yet comforting bowl that comprises a bed of flat yellow noodles drenched in a sour and spicy gravy. This dish is definitely not for the faint hearted!
What makes their Penang Lor Mee stand out from its local counterparts is its slightly watery sauce. With the liberal amount of minced garlic and chilli that should be added to each bowl, just be sure you are not planning on a date after a meal here.
11 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #01-08, Singapore 560711
+65 8149 6255
Tue to Sun: 9am – 8pm
Closed on Mon
Tucked in a rather secluded area of Ang Mo Kio, Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh resides at a neighbourhood coffee shop— perfect for residents around the area looking to patronise the stall on a rainy day.
Still bubbling when it was served, the Original Claypot Bak Kut Teh with Rice (S$6.70) came piping hot, with a light, herbal aroma wafting from it.
With generous servings of lettuce, mushrooms, tau pok and bak kut (pork ribs) thrown into the mix, the soup was boiled and served in a claypot. Its presentation is indeed a refreshing change from the porcelain bowls used at commercial bak kut teh joints.
For a change, why not opt for their Plain Mee Sua Soup (S$1.50) to go with your main dishes? Smooth and slurpable, this bowl of mee sua will surely win your heart with its intense flavour and velvety texture.
Oh, and do not miss out on their Braised Egg (S$0.70), Salted Vegetable (S$1.20) and You Tiao (S$1.20) to fully complete your dining experience.
107 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 Street 11, #01-138, Singapore 560107
+65 9682 2614
Daily: 9am – 9pm
What’s better than winning the Michelin Bib Gourmand? Winning it 6 times. That’s exactly what Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice has achieved, and now Ang Mo Kio residents don’t have to go far to enjoy this legendary dish.
I am a big fan of this iconic local dish, and this brand provides a pocket-friendly version yet delicious edition of it. For just S$3.50, their White Steamed or Roasted Chicken Rice is an absolute steal to me. That is also considering the generous portions that they dish out.
For indecisive patrons, you can opt for the Duo Chicken Rice (S$5) to receive a combination of both. I must admit that the Roasted Chicken Rice packs more flavour in comparison to its steamed counterpart.
Having said that, the chicken slices are laid nicely on a steamy bed of fluffy ginger-infused rice, which complements it perfectly. The dish is also not very oily. Naturally, take several spoonfuls of fiery hot chilli for that satisfying burst of flavours!
Order delivery: foodpanda
107 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, Block 107, Singapore 560107
+65 8809 8834
Daily: 10am – 8.30pm
16. Fish & Chicks
Judging by the exponential increase in Fish & Chicks‘ queue, I’m sure by now everyone has heard of their The Best Of Both Worlds – Fish & Chips (S$12.90). It features a combination of 2 different sauces, liberally drizzled over 2 slabs of golden-fried dory fish.
For a unique contrast, try their Salted Egg Yolk Sauce and Chilli Crab Sauce. The rich and savoury Salted Egg Yolk Sauce was seen encapsulating the entire fish piece. Each sliver of fish was flaky and moist — the indications of a perfectly fried item.
Not only that, the tangy spicy flavour from the Chilli Crab Sauce helped to undercut the richness of the other half of this duo. Thick and sweet, this was a power combination that wakes up your tastebuds with its robust flavours.
From June 2023, they have launched a series of discounted items, combo meals and more. Stay tuned to their social media accounts for the latest insights!
17. Takagi Ramen
Founded in 2015, Takagi Ramen started off as a humble canteen stall in National University Singapore. Since then, it has won the hearts of many Singaporeans and has grown to a chain local ramen stall with numerous outlets islandwide.
Bonus points, too, for its affordable prices as most dishes are priced at less than S$10 nett.
Named after the shop, Takagi Ramen (S$6.90) showcases their signature tonkotsu pork broth that has been boiled for up to 12 hours, resulting in a full-flavoured and almost-creamy base.
Despite its rich, milky colour, it was surprisingly smooth and light on the palate, making it very slurpable together with the ramen.
If you fancy a little fierceness and heat in your bowl of noodles, then opt for the Karaka-men (S$8). With the addition of a special blend of red chillies, you will surely break a sweat whilst savouring this bowl of noodles.
Magically, despite the spice, we could still taste the fragrance and flavours of the pork in the broth— a definite plus point for all ramen lovers!
If you are up for a greater challenge, I dare you to try the Devil Lips Ramen (S$8.50). I am certain you are aware of its spice level from its name alone — need I say more?
Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee cooks up seriously shiok bowls of Thai-style Wanton Mee (from S$4). Do not be alarmed by the long queue when you head down to pay them a visit.
If you don’t take my word for it, I’m sure you’ll be persuaded by the results of the AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards 2016, where first-time finalist Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee snagged the ‘Best Hawker Stall’ award.
The Wanton Mee here is prepared using thin, fragrant egg noodles and is full of ingredients such as fried wantons, char siew and leafy vegetables.
For those looking for an extra indulgent meal, you will be pleased to know of their free-flow pork lard policy. An array of condiments is also available for you to add to your bowl of Wanton Mee for extra ‘Thai’ flavour.
Pro tip: Avoid visiting during peak hours, as the wait for your bowl of noodles can get quite crazy.
151 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, Stall 5, Singapore 560151
+65 8756 7919
Tue to Sun: 7am – 4pm
Closed on Mon
19. Belinda’s Traditional Pancake
Belinda’s Traditional Pancake is a stall located at Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre, and specialises in peanut pancakes.
One interesting offering they have is the Crispy Cone (S$1.20), a paper-thin pancake rolled into a cone with a filling of your choice: Red Bean, Peanut, Chocolate… and the list goes on!
Thin and crisp, this Crispy Cone is the epitome of a perfect snack that you can enjoy with a cup of kopi or teh any time of the day.
Peanut pancakes aside, the hawker also sells a stellar version of Putu Mayam (S$1.60), a South Indian rice-flour cake bearing an uncanny resemblance to bee hoon.
Nutty, fragrant and filled with sweetness from the bright orange palm sugar, this makes for a delectable breakfast for those looking for something light in the morning.
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Blk 341, Stall No 01-27, Singapore 560341
+65 9684 6155
Tue & Wed, Fri to Sun: 6am – 12pm
Closed on Mon & Thu
My favourite Malay dish is probably a plate of mee rebus. Rahim Muslim Food is a hawker stall that serves up a stellar version of this Malay classic.
Unlike its counterparts, Rahim Muslim Food’s Extra Special Mee Rebus (S$6) significantly stands out. An extra chicken piece is topped onto the deep brown gravy and doused with a ladle of satay sauce. What an interesting combination!
The satay sauce not only made the dish look more appetising, but also added a distinctively nutty flavour which I thoroughly enjoyed. It did not occur to me that this peanut gravy could pair so well with other rich flavoured sauces.
Complementing the satay sauce was the gravy of the Mee Rebus— a rich and thick concoction that was packed with flavour. Made with a base of potatoes, do not expect this to be light on the palate. It was intense with a hint of spice from the chillies, hot yet not too overwhelming.
453A Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Chong Boon Market & Food Centre, #01-01, Singapore 561453
+65 9786 7362
Mon to Sat: 12.30pm – 7pm
Closed on Sun
Located at 409 AMK Market & Food Centre, Long Kee Carrot Cake is a stall with consistently long queues even though they only have 1 dish on their menu.
Unlike most stalls serving up white carrot cake, Long Kee Carrot Cake doesn’t make an egg crust for its version of white carrot cake. Instead, the auntie who owns the stall stir-fries everything like she would for black carrot cake. I love it!
Here, a plate of signature Carrot Cake (from S$2.50) always comes straight from the wok, with an unmistakable mouth-watering aroma. With noticeable dark-brown char marks, it’s no wonder each mouthful had a prominent wok hei flavour.
In contrast, the radish cakes were soft and pillowy on the inside. Each piece melted slowly in my mouth with a tinge of sweetness from the black bean sauce. Of course, a spice lover may request for a side of their house made chilli paste.
409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-19, Singapore 560409
Daily: 8am – 12pm
22. S$1.50 Dim Sum
Just a short walk away from Cheng San Hawker Centre, $1.50 Dim Sum is one stall that should be on your list of supper places. Unlike your normal hawker stall, this dim sum place is open 24 hours a day, so you can visit them for a hearty breakfast or for supper with your loved ones.
Just as its name suggests, the eatery sells every dish at S$1.50, which makes it incredibly affordable.
Besides their Century Egg Pork Porridge (S$1.50), we also enjoyed their HK Style Prawn Chee Cheong Fun (S$1.50), a treat that was smooth in texture and savoury in taste.
I also love pairing these rolls with their housemade chilli sambal that is loaded with small prawns. The strong shellfish flavour creates an umami flavour that is too hard to resist!
Steamed dishes aside, their Fried Carrot Cake (S$1.50 for two pieces) and Fried Beancurd Skin Roll (S$1.50 for two pieces) also make for satisfying treats that will fill you up without burning a hole in your pocket.
555 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Block 555, #01-1936, Singapore 560555
Daily: 24 hours