Last Updated: April 25, 2021
Ang Mo Kio Town is a mature satellite town in Singapore’s North-East, of which I am a proud resident. Ang Mo Kio’s 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.
Growing up in Ang Mo Kio, I had the fortune of trying all 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 30 Ang Mo Kio food places to eat like a heartlander.
Teck Kee Cooked Food sells my all-time favourite (S$3). I can’t emphasise enough how divine their noodles are, except by bolding my phrases so you can imagine me screaming across the screen at you confessing that I, an impatient Singaporean, will willingly queue 20 minutes for a bowl each time I visit Kebun Baru Market and Food Centre.
Their Sheng Mian has an al dente (I cringe using this descriptor on a Chinese noodle, but it must be done) bite, almost like a ramen noodle, while their soup manages to be both sweet and salty in all the right amounts. A bowl of their noodles also includes an egg, slices of pork, liver, and fishballs.
Starting at just $3 a bowl, you have to try Teck Kee Cooked Food at least once in your life.
Block 226H Ang Mo Kio Street 22, Kebun Baru Market and Food Centre, #01-23, Singapore 568226
Fri to Wed: 7am – 2pm
Closed on Thu
My siblings adore Xi Xiang Feng Yong Tau Fu. That, and the endlessly long queue at the stall, attest to the goodness of their grub. I personally adore their Yong Tau Fu Soup (from S$3), which is boiled with soybean and dried fish, infusing the soup with a good deal of flavour without the need for any MSG.
Their Dry Yong Tau Fu (from S$3) sauce is sweet and tangy, and goes superbly with 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 in hawker centres.
Block 724 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, #01-23, Singapore 560724
Tel: +65 9635 3203
Mon to Sat: 7am – 7pm
Closed on Sun
Lao San Kway Chap and its trademark green bowls fill my heart with joy and my stomach with soup. Their ingredients are fresh and most importantly, devoid of that weird grimey intestine taste, while their thin sheets of silky smooth kway glide around in a warm bowl of dark, meaty broth.
They’ve been around for as long as I can remember, and have consistently cooked up good fare. A basic set of Kway Chap starts at S$4, so take my word and satisfy your kway-vings at Lao San Kway Chap.
I enjoy a good plate of Hokkien mee and whenever I’m around Ang Mo Kio, I always get mine from Eng Ho Fried Hokkien Mee. As a whole, Eng Ho Fried Hokkien Mee’s Hokkien Mee (S$4) is decently good, and it is their use of thick prawn stock and thin bee hoon that have me constantly going back for more.
The thin bee hoon soaks up the prawn gravy, so each mouthful of noodles is a umami-heaven. The faint wafts of wok hei also impart a delicious charred flavour to the mee, winning the heart of lovers of smoky flavours like myself.
Blk 409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-34, Singapore 560409
+65 9815 6826
Wed to Sun: 4pm – 11pm
Closed on Mon & Tue
Also located in Kebun Baru Market and Food Centre is Seletar Sheng Mian and Mian Fen Guo. With equal popularity and queue-length to Teck Kee Cooked Food, this stall whips up a stellar bowl of Sheng Mian (S$3) with a different appeal.
Their noodles are softer, and the flour coating the noodles thickens the Sheng Mian broth to a somewhat starchy, almost lor mee-like gravy consistency. The plate of noodles is thick and warm, resulting in a satisfying eat anytime of the day.
226H Ang Mo Kio Street 22, Kebun Baru Market and Food Centre, #01-07, Singapore 568226
Sat to Thu: 6am – 2.30pm
Closed on Fri
Fish porridge is one of my favourite foods so whenever I visit a hawker centre, I’m always on the lookout for stalls that sell a good, robust bowl of fish soup. Han Jiang Fish Soup has one of the more memorable soups I’ve tried.
Flavoured with tomato, bitter gourd, seaweed and parsley, their Sliced Fish Soup (from S$5) is somehow sweeter than that of other typical stalls. Not forgetting the star of the dish—the batang fish slices. These thickly-cut pieces of delight are so fresh that you can savour the springiness and natural sweetness of the fish meat. Yum!
409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Teck Ghee Square, #01-15, Singapore 560409
Tue to Sun: 11am – 2pm & 5pm – 10pm
Closed on Mon
I’m not crazy about chwee kueh, but on occasion a craving strikes, I always head to AMK 628 Market to get my fill of Bedok Chwee Kueh. 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 greedy days, I like to have their Chwee Kueh alongside two soft boiled eggs. Spooning runny yolk and dark soya sauce over your Chwee Kueh makes for a satisfying and mind-blowing breakfast.
628 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, AMK 628 Market, #01-96, Singapore 560628
Daily: 6.30am – 9.30pm
If you are a ban mian lover, you’re in for a treat. Face Ban Mian adds thin slices of tender pork-belly to their noodles, a unique touch that I personally feel elevates the entire bowl of their mouth-watering Ban Mian Soup (S$4.50).
Their soup is less salty than some may prefer, but I enjoy the lightness of their anchovy-based broth. It is the perfect kind of soup that warms you from the inside without setting off the MSG alarms in your head.
During your visit, do also try their Ban Mian Dry (S$4.50). These bouncy noodles seasoned with dark and spicy sauce will surely capture your liking too.
Hong Heng Beef Noodle Soup & Laksa has been featured on media platforms on several occasions, so they’re quite a well-known stall. My whole family would frequent the hawker back when it was still at Ang Mo Kio Block 233, so of course when they moved I had to follow them to their new location at Kebun Baru Market and Food Centre.
While the stall serves unique variations like mixed beef in laksa, their Beef Noodle Soup (from S$4.50) is the go-to order. Here, the beef soup is robust and flavourful. A match made in heaven especially when savoured together with their noodles, tender slices of beef and firm, tasty meatballs.
226H Ang Mo Kio Street 22, Kebun Baru Market and Food Centre, #01-16, Singapore 568226
Tue to Sun: 7.30am – 3.30pm
Closed on Mon
Situated in AMK 628 Market, Ho Bee Roasted Food is where I go for a plate of good Char Siew & Roast Pork Belly Rice (S$3.50).
Their roasted meats are fragrant and tender, especially so their pork and duck. The well-seasoned roast pork skin crackles perfectly with each bite, resulting in an addictive treat when paired with their house-made chilli sauce. On the other hand, the eatery’s roast duck meat retains its soft juiciness beneath the crisp skin.
I particularly like the side of achar that comes with each portion of rice. These crunchy and tangy vegetables go supremely well with the sticky, sweet sauce ladled over the rice, a match made in heaven catered to suit the liking of most roast meat lovers.
628 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, AMK 628 Market, #01-84, Singapore 560628
+65 6225 5632
Daily: 6.30am – 9.30pm
Penang Delights’ Prawn Mee (S$4.50) has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazine articles in the past. Their noodles’ most striking feature is its rich prawn broth—the result of boiling pork bones, prawn shells, and prawn heads for long hours, a sure-fire umami fix for all our fellow soup lovers.
Prawn Mee aside, the stall also sells Penang Lor Mee (S$4), an intense yet comforting bowl that comprises a bed of flat yellow noodles drenched in a sour and spicy gravy. 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 added, just be sure you are not planning on a date after a meal here!
711 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, Jubilee Square, #01-3501, Singapore 560711
Mon & Thu: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Tue, Wed & Fri to Sun: 9.30am – 11pm
Ban Chuan Duck Rice‘s Hokkien-style duck rice sports a gloriously dark savoury sauce and a glossy coat to their soft and tender duck slices. Here, their Braised Duck Rice ($3) is accompanied by a small helping of peanuts, which adds an addictive crunch to the entire meal.
The small bowl of soup that comes with the rice has a very pleasant herbal and peppery flavour that never fails to get me asking for refills. Apart from their signature Braised Duck Rice, Ban Chuan Duck Rice is also famous for their kway chap. If you fancy something soupy, why not give their kway chap a try?
724 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, #01-19, Singapore 560724
Thu to Tue: 11.30am – 7.30pm
Closed on Wed
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 (S$5.50) came piping hot, with a light, herbal aroma wafting from it. With lettuce, mushrooms, tau pok and bak kut (pork ribs) thrown into the mix, the soup was cooked and served in a clay pot—a refreshing change from the porcelain bowls 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 soup? Smooth and slurpable, this bowl of mee sua will surely win your heart with its intense flavour and velvety texture.
107 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 Street 11, #01-138, Singapore 560107
+65 9799 2614
Daily: 8am – 9.30pm
We love a good comeback story and Rasa Sayang Western Food is one that we just cannot ignore. Clad in striking orange uniforms and silvered-haired, the Rasa Sayang team works like a well-oiled machine calling out orders and handing out buzzers to hungry patrons trickling in.
Steak lovers will enjoy the eatery’s Ribeye Chilled (S$13.90), an exceptional medium-rare cut of meat that arrived at our table blushing like a nervous bride on the inside. Tender and full of flavour, this was no sinewy cut with desperate aspirations to be something it was not. This is the real deal done right and an option that we would have over a famous steakhouse chain, any day.
Elsewhere, there was also a plate of Fish & Chips (S$6.50). Coated with a thin crunchy batter that cut to reveal a fillet of fish that was silky and buttery on the inside, this plate of Fish & Chips was juicy and tender, an affordable yet tasty option considering the quantity and its price point.
347 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #01-2142, Singapore 560347
Thu to Tue: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5pm – 10pm
Closed on Wed
Judging by the exponential increase in Fish & Chicks queue, I’m sure by now everyone has heard about their The Best Of Both Worlds – Fish & Chips ($13.90), a combination that comes with a choice of two different sauces, drizzled over 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 great with the freshly-fried dory fish. Not only that, the Chilli Crab Sauce’s tangy spicy flavour helped to undercut the richness of the other half of this duo. Thick and sweet, this was indeed a power duo that will wake up your tastebuds with its amazing flavours.
A scenic lounge spot, nestled amongst the lush greenery of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Canopy Garden Dining in itself boasts gorgeous greenery and a calming interior.
The space boasts floor-to-ceiling windows to ensure that ample natural lighting leaks in at just the right angles. There is also enough foliage around the entire cafe for you to forget that you’re in the city centre of Singapore.
After an exhausting workout session, treat yourself to a hearty plate of Crabmeat Aglio Olio (S$19), Canopy Garden Dining’s signature pasta dish featuring linguine tossed with garlic, basil, olive oil, Italian parsley and red chilli padi for that extra oomph.
Otherwise, if you are just looking for a light bite to justify that hour of jogging around the park, the cafe’s Smoked Duck Salad (S$14) and Salmon Curado (S$16) both make for a guilt-free healthy choice.
Another cafe located within the verdure of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Grub’s menu is inspired by local Singaporean flavours enhanced with a touch of Japanese influence.
As you enjoy the flora and fauna of one of Singapore’s largest urban parks, feast on crowd favourites such as a plate of Chilli Crab Pasta (S$19) or Miso-Glazed Salmon Steak (S$18).
However, if you are in for an exotic treat, why not indulge in Grub’s Mala Xiang Guo Burger (S$19)? Available in Pork and Assorted Mushroom, this stack consists of everything you would want in a classic mala xiang guo held within a fiery looking red beetroot bun. Spicy, tongue-numbing and intoxicating, this burger will surely wake up your senses the moment you bite into it.
Here’s a lesser-known restaurant in Ang Mo Kio. L’Rez is a restaurant where Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) students from the Diploma in Food & Beverage Business train and hone their culinary skills under the tutelage of big-name chefs.
Since it is located within the school’s vicinity, the main attraction of this particular restaurant is needless to say, its price. Priced at only S$15, their three-course menu consists of a choice of entrée, main and dessert—an affordable choice that is guaranteed to satisfy without breaking the bank!
Unfortunately, due to the current situation, L’Rez is only serving approved NYP staff, students, alumni and members of the public. If you are interested, do make your reservation via Whatsapp at +65 6550 1263 or email to [email protected] before you visit.
Known for their creative fusion dishes and value-for-money desserts, The Workbench Bistro is a hip little cafe that is no stranger to the neighbourhood.
Kick-start your appetite with a serving of Mala Wings (S$11.90), a juicy double-fried plate of delight that despite its menacing look, turned out to be lip-numbing yet not as spicy in flavour. For those who can’t handle your heat well, it will be perfect. But for full-on mala lovers, we reckon it’ll just be a walk in the park.
For a sweet treat, the cafe’s 忘不了 Waffle (from S$9.50) is certainly an unforgettable plate that tastes as good as it looks. Prepared using half red velvet and half blue velvet batter, the waffle came with melted marshmallows, condensed milk, and grated parmesan cheese. You can also choose to add on scoops of your favourite ice cream as we did!
Bringing true Italian cuisine to the neighbourhood at wallet-friendly prices, The Castel Cafe is a homely Italian eatery situated along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10.
Traditional pizzas such as the Castel Italiano Pizza (S$21.90) and Napoletana (S$16.90) aside, this Italian bistro also serves up an array of pasta. Named after a small town Amatrice in Italy, The Castel Cafe’s Amatriciana Fusilli (S$8.90) is a traditional Italian pasta cooked with fusilli in the bistro’s superb tomato sauce with turkey bacon, garlic & onion. A flavourful classic that will suit the palate of both the young and old.
Founded in 2015, Takagi Ramen started off as a humble canteen stall in National University Singapore. Since then, they have won the hearts of many Singaporeans and has grown to a chain local ramen stall with numerous outlets islandwide.
Named after the shop, Takagi Ramen (S$6.90) showcases their signature tonkatsu 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$7.50). 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.
Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee cooks up seriously shiok bowls of Thai-style Wanton Mee (from S$4).
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 wontons, char siew and greens. There’s also free flow pork lard and an array of condiments which you can add to your bowl of Wanton Mee for extra ‘Thai’ flavour.
Do avoid visiting the eatery during peak hours, as the wait for your bowl of noodles does get quite crazy.
I’m sure those born and bred in Singapore’s 80s and 90s will remember neighbourhood bakeries and their fresh cream cakes. Well, before the nostalgia eats you alive, head down to The Pine Garden for a taste of their old school cream cakes.
Pine Garden revives old flavours like Black Forest (S$3.50 per slice) and Old School Kopi (S$3.10), amongst other new inventions like Lychee Martini Cake (S$3.60 per slice) and my personal favourite, Nuttymisu (S$6.90).
Sliced cakes aside, The Pine Garden is also known for their wedding tiered cakes, guo da li and baby’s full month set. So check out their website for the vast selections the bakery has to offer.
Belinda’s Traditional Pancake is a stall located at Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre, specialising in peanut pancakes.
One interesting offering they have is their Crispy Cone ($1.20), a paper-thin pancake rolled into a cone and filled with a filling of your choice: Red Bean, Peanut, Chocolate, 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 Tamil 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 option for those of you looking for something light to fill your belly early in the morning.
341 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre, #01-27, Singapore 564341
+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 and a hawker that serves up a stellar version of this Malay classic is Rahim Muslim Food.
Unlike its counterparts, Rahim Muslim Food’s Extra Special Mee Rebus (S$6) stood out with an additional ladle of satay sauce and an additional piece of chicken. The satay sauce not only made the dish look more appetising, but it also added a distinctively nutty flavour which I particularly enjoyed.
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 a dish that’s 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, #01-01, Singapore 560453
+65 9786 7362
Mon to Sat: 12.30pm – 7pm
Closed on Sun
Run by Chun Siang, a fresh graduate from NTU and Ivan, who took a year off from university to start this business, Quan Ji Bak Chor Mee is a third-generation hawker serving up bak chor mee—Singapore’s most notable comfort food.
Their signature dish, Bak Chor Mee (from S$3.50) is unlike the usual bak chor mee you will find. Although It lacked a vinegary taste, what made it stand out was actually the chilli. It had the right spiciness that enhanced the minced meat flavour that will keep you going in bite after bite.
Another dish that is popular is also Laksa (from S$3.50). Here, their Laksa dish had more coconut milk, which made the entire dish really creamy. Fret not, if you are not a fan of coconut milk, feel free to add their chilli to balance out the flavour. In fact, you may just want to add a pinch as their chilli is extremely spot on!
260 Ang Mo Kio Street 21, Singapore 560260
Daily: 7.30am – 8pm
Looking for a restaurant that serves local delights in their vegetarian form around the neighbourhood of Ang Mo Kio? Then Zhenyi Veggie Place is probably the eatery you are looking for.
For a soup option that goes easy on the palate on a cold, rainy day, opt for their Fish Soup Claypot (from S$10). Comforting and earthy, this bowl of soup can totally pass off as the real deal considering how flavoursome and savoury it was.
Otherwise, for a richer treat, go for the eatery’s Mixed Veg Curry Fish in Claypot (from S$12). Expect to find a variety of vegetables, including lady’s finger, eggplant, and bean curd skin in your claypot of creamy gravy that goes perfectly with a bowl of rice.
128 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Singapore 560128
+65 6456 3307
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Located at 409 AMK Market & Food Centre, Long Kee Carrot Cake is a stall with consistently long queues even though they only have one dish on the 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.
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.
409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, 409 AMK Market & Food Centre, #01-10, Singapore 560409
Daily: 8am – 12pm
Just a short walk away from Cheng San Hawker Centre, $1.30 Dim Sum should be on your list of supper places. Unlike your normal hawker stall, this dim sum place is open 24 hours, so you can visit them for a hearty breakfast or for supper with your friends and loved ones.
Just as its name suggests, the eatery sells every dish at S$1.30, which makes it incredibly affordable for diners.
Besides their Century Egg Pork Porridge (S$1.30), we also enjoyed S$1.30 Dim Sum’s HK Style Prawn Chee Cheong Fun (S$1.30), a treat that was smooth in texture and savoury in taste.
Steamed dishes aside, their Fried Carrot Cake (S$1.30 for two pieces) and Fried Beancurd Skin Roll (S$1.30 for two pieces) also makes for satisfying treats that will fill you up without burning a hole in your pocket!
555 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Singapore 560555
Daily: 24 hours
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