Probably the 8 best Asian Kopitiam food stalls worth travelling across the island for

When I’m feeling hungry and in need of some delicious yet affordable food, Kopitiam is one of my favourite places to visit for a hearty meal. Kopitiam, which was founded in 1988, is no stranger to Singaporeans.This food court can be found all over the country, bringing its huge variety of stalls and cuisines to diners islandwide. 

Aside from presenting delectable food at wallet-friendly prices, Kopitiam is the perfect spot for a comfortable and convenient place to gather with your loved ones.

We’ve previously explored and highlighted some of the enticing offers at Kopitiam, and this time, we will be visiting Kopitiam stalls islandwide which incorporate elements from North Asia into their menu. 

Want a great deal? Some of the stalls highlighted are offering exclusive stall eVouchers for you to get an even greater bang for your buck. Simply flash the eVouchers, which are available until 13 Dec 2023, at the stalls to redeem them!

Check out these 8 must-try Asian Kopitiam stalls, including tantalising dishes like fried rice, fish noodles and premium bento boxes.

1. Popular Food Fried Rice

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Kicking off this list is Popular Food Fried Rice, located within Kopitiam @ Sembawang MRT Station. Don’t expect to find your regular ol’ plain fried rice here, for Popular Food Fried Rice has 32 different variations of fried rice on its menu.

First, begin by picking from 1 of 4 main types of fried rice, namely Egg, Tobiko Egg, Tomyum Egg and XO Scallop Egg. After selecting your base, you can choose from an array of topping ingredients to zhng up your plate of rice. How about some Luncheon Meat or a Pork Chop to pair? There’s even Mentaiko Salmon and Mentaiko Chicken Chop!

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The Chicken Chop Fried Rice (S$7.50) comes with a plate of stunning egg fried rice topped with a large, golden-brown fried chicken chop. The fried rice has an addictive wok hei flavour permeating throughout, while the chicken chop is crispy, juicy and tender all at the same time. 

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The Luncheon Meat Egg Fried Rice (S$6.90), on the other hand, comes with cubes of luncheon meat— the saltiness of the luncheon is the perfect complement to the milder flavours of the fried rice. Those who love the soft yet firm texture of luncheon meat will certainly enjoy this.

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Get S$1 off the Chicken Chop Fried Rice or Luncheon Meat Fried Rice by flashing the above eVoucher when dining at Popular Food Fried Rice.

11 Canberra Road, Sembawang MRT Station, #01-05, Singapore 759775
Daily: 7am – 10pm

2. Cu Liang Yu Fen

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Cu Liang Yu Fen takes fish soup noodles to the next level with its dazzling menu and enormous portions. You can find this stall within Kopitiam @ Hillion Mall.

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Cu Liang Yu Fen has 52 menu items, with a majority of them being fish noodle dishes. The 5 types of soup you can order are Signature, Tomato, Mala, Golden Soup and Sour & Spicy— each type of soup comes with an assortment of protein toppings to pick from. You can opt to add seafood like Sliced Fish and Prawn Paste to further amplify the fishy experience, or select meat-based toppings like Luncheon Meat and Beef Shank, if that’s what you prefer.

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The Signature Luncheon Meat Fish Noodles (S$6.80) is a great choice if you’re unsure of what to get— the gigantic bowl contains 3 types of noodles submerged in rich fish soup. The robust flavours of the soup are a testament to the incredible quality of the dish, as it is full-bodied and slightly creamy. 

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For a meal that is a little more intense in flavour, I recommend trying the Golden Soup Sliced Fish Noodles (S$7.80)— while the Signature Soup is milder and slightly sweet, the Golden Soup has a sour, pickled profile and a light spicy kick to spruce it up. Sink your teeth into the tender pieces of sliced fish within, and get ready to be amazed by the incredible flavours and textures of this dish.

Aside from their signature fish noodles, you can also get rice dishes at Cu Liang Yu Fen from S$9.80. Pick from 12 types of soup, such as the Sauerkraut Dory Fish Soup and the Tomato Fat Beef Soup, and pair your comforting selection with a bowl of rice to enjoy a hearty meal.

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Flash the above eVoucher to receive 15% off your order when you get the Golden Soup Sliced Fish Noodles or the Signature Luncheon Meat Fish Noodles.

17 Petir Road,  Hillion Mall, #02-15/16/18/19/20, Singapore 678278
Daily: 7am – 10pm

3. D&J Niang Tou Fu

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Husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Jen run D&J Niang Tou Fu, located within Kopitiam @ V Hotel Lavender. This humble yong tau foo stall allows diners to select from a huge assortment of ingredients, including vegetables, fried food, tofu and eggs.

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If you’ve never ordered from a yong tau foo store before, the process is relatively simple: Just pick up a pair of tongs and pick the ingredients that you want, then inform the staff what kind of soup and noodles you’d like to go with your chosen ingredients.

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The Yong Tou Foo Set (Clear Soup) is a classic option that you can’t go wrong with. For S$5.80, you’ll get to pick either 7 ingredients or 6 ingredients plus noodles, ensuring you enjoy a satisfying, nutritious meal at an affordable price.. If 7 ingredients aren’t sufficient for you, add on extra ingredients for S$0.80 each.

The clear soup is refreshing and comforting, acting as a nice base for the springy noodles and  a variety of healthy ingredients that adorn the dish. 

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If you feel that clear soup is too mild for your liking, do not worry, for you can also get your yong tou foo set with Laksa Gravy for S$6.80. I love how aromatic the gravy is, with the fragrance of coconut milk shining through. It also has an adequate amount of spice that isn’t too overpowering, yet noticeable enough to pack a small punch.

With the array of ingredients available, ranging from silky tofu to crunchy peppers filled with fish paste, you could dine at D&J Niang Tou Fu over and over without getting bored!

70 Jellicoe Road, V Hotel Lavender, #01-03, Singapore 208767
Daily: 7am – 9.30pm

4. Tokyo Ekiben

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There’s a good reason why Japanese food is one of Singapore’s most popular cuisines. Bento boxes, chicken katsu, loaded don bowls and ramen— what’s there not to love? Japanese food lovers dwelling in the Paya Lebar vicinity have to check out Tokyo Ekiben in Cantine by Kopitiam @ Paya Lebar Square.

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The dishes at Tokyo Ekiben beautifully capture the essence of Japanese cuisine in them, while also infusing a local touch to ensure that their dishes resonate with Singaporeans, too. Their stunning menu allows for diners to pick from elaborate bento boxes, dons and ramen, each of which are cooked and plated with lots of care.

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Tokyo Ekiben’s donburi bowls are sights to behold, with their vibrant colours and stunning presentation. Dig into bowls like the Oyako Don (S$7.90), topped with chicken and egg, or the Chicken Katsu Don (S$8.90), which comes with a lovely fried cutlet.

The stall’s teriyaki chicken is tender and juicy with a lovely sweet teriyaki glaze coating each piece. Sink your spoon into the donburi bowls to unveil a bed of silky smooth eggs and vegetables on top of the rice!

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The bento sets are not to be missed, if you’re seeking a hearty yet balanced meal; each bento comes with a meat of your choice, vegetables and a serving of rice, giving you all the nutrients you need.

Yakiniku Korokke (S$11.90) is a great choice as it comes with a generous serving of premium beef and fried potato croquettes. Pair the tender and sweet beef with the creamy coleslaw and fluffy white rice for the ultimate Japanese meal.

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Flash the above eVoucher at Tokyo Ekiben to enjoy 3 free pieces of Gyoza with the purchase of any bento or donburi set.

60 Paya Lebar Road, Paya Lebar Square, #B1-51, Singapore 409051
Daily: 7am – 10pm

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5. Cuo Cuo You Yu 

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While bak chor mee stalls can be found all over the country, Cuo Cuo You Yu proves itself to be more than just any regular noodle stall. You’ll find this seemingly unassuming stall in a corner of Kopitiam @ Paya Lebar Quarter.

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Every single ingredient used to make the Teochew-style bak chor mee serves a specific purpose, giving the dish an exceptional flavour. Aside from bak chor mee, you can expect to enjoy other soupy dishes like fishball noodles, meatball noodles and fish soup.

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What I love about the dry version of the Signature Bak Chor Mee (S$6.50) is the fact that is comes with a bowl of dry noodles paired with a hearty bowl of soup, allowing you to enjoy both the sauciness of the dry noodles and the robust soup instead of having to pick just one.

The rich broth is filled with pork slices, pork liver, sole-fish meatballs and minced meat, and has a gorgeous aroma throughout. The soup isn’t too salty and bursts with flavour. I can’t get enough of the dry noodles too, which are topped with ikan bilis, fried lard and fried shallots, making them extra crunchy and flavourful.

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Don’t miss out on the Sliced Fish Soup at Cuo Cuo You Yu— this impressive dish comes with a generous portion of sliced fish and soft spinach to fill you up. The tender fish slices are irresistible, as they fall apart easily.

Cuo Cuo You Yu can also be found at Kopitiam Corner @ 108 Punggol, Kopitiam @ AMK Hub, Kopitiam Corner @ Kang Kar Mall, Kopitiam @ PLQ, Kopitiam @ Tiong Bahru Plaza and Kopitiam @ Northpoint City.

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Flash the above eVoucher to enjoy the stall’s Sole Fish Meatball Noodle Soup, HandMade Fishball Noodle Soup, Yuan Yang Noodle Soup or Specialty Pork Porridge at S$4.50 only.

10 Paya Lebar Road, PLQ Mall, #04-11, Singapore 409057
Daily: 8am – 9.30pm

6. Japanese Cuisine

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Satisfy your cravings for Japanese food at Kopitiam @ Hougang One when you dine at the aptly named Japanese Cuisine. The stall was founded by John Ong and Li Xuee; John previously worked at Sobasei, a renowned Japanese restaurant along Orchard Road, and was the pioneer of the bento concept. He was also the one who introduced healthier choice dishes to customers, allowing for more wholesome dining options.

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With over 30+ outlets across the country, Japanese Cuisine was recognised and awarded with the Singapore Brand Award in 2015 and the “Most Franchisable” award in 2016. 

When you visit their Hougang One outlet, you’ll be treated to familiar and delicious Japanese and Korean dishes. Dig into one of their various bentos, with protein choices like Chicken Teriyaki, Salmon Teriyaki, Yakiniku and Tempura Shrimp, or opt for a Toji Set, which is cooked with fluffy eggs.

1 Hougang Street 91, Hougang One, #01-19, Singapore 538692
Daily: 7am – 10pm

7. Don & Oyster Bar

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Don & Oyster Bar is one of the most unique stalls you’ll find at a Kopitiam. Located within Kopitiam Food Hall @ Jem, Don & Oyster Bar serves freshly shucked oysters and Japanese don bowls. On top of that, they also have beer, which was what led to the creation of the stall in the first place.

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Tuck into an assortment of donburi topped with various premium ingredients, like teriyaki chicken, spicy teri prawn and yakiniku pork. Other delectable dishes not to be missed are the Iberico Don (S$12.50) and the Prime NZ Ribeye Don (S$15.90)— I’m personally stoked to try this, as a huge steak lover.

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Flash the above eVoucher to redeem a free miso soup when you purchase either the Prime NZ Ribeye Don or the Iberico Don.

50 Jurong Gateway Road, Level 5, Singapore 608549
Daily: 8.30am – 10pm
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8. Qiu Lian Ban Mian

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Qiu Lian Ban Mian is a stall with a rich history. Its legacy began in 1988, when an enterprising housewife, Ong Qiu Lian, created her own unique soup and chilli recipe, making bowls of ban mee and mee hoon kuay with a small hand-held noodle maker. She opened her very first stall within an industrial canteen in the East, where her freshly-made noodles quickly attracted long queues from hungry customers.

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Today, Qiu Lian Ban Mian is one of Singapore’s most well-known ban mian stalls, and for good reason. You can find them in Kopitiam @ Plaza Singapura, where you can order bowls of their famous noodles to try for yourself.

Each bowl of Handmade Ban Mian (S$7) is made with handmade noodles, a savoury broth, an egg, meat balls, vegetables and a sprinkle of crunchy ikan bilis. Other handmade noodle options include You Mian (S$7) and Mee Hoon Kueh (S$7).

68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #06-15/16/17/18/19/20, Singapore 238839
Daily: 8am – 10pm

*This post was brought to you in partnership with Kopitiam.

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