Geylang Road has a reputation for its plethora of yummy food choices amongst Singaporeans. From frog porridge to zi char restaurants that we’re all so familiar with, this food haven draws 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 10 best makan spots that epitomise the reasons for Geylang being a famed foodie haven.
1. G7 Sin Ma Live Seafood & G7 Frog Porridge
Over the years, frog dishes and Geylang have almost become synonymous. G7 Sin Ma Live Seafood, together with G7 Frog Porridge has been at the forefront of this trend and has been attracting countless customers from 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 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: S$10 – S$20 per pax
G7 Sin Ma Live Seafood & G7 Frog Porridge: 161 & 163 Geylang Road, Lorong 3, Singapore 389239 | Opening Hours: 3pm – 3am (Daily) | Website
2. Geylang Lorong 9 Beef Kway Teow
This is a stall that I have been eating at since I was in kindergarten. That’s just how long Geylang Lorong 9 Beef Kway Teow has 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!
Expected Damage: From S$6 per pax
Geylang Lorong 9 Beef Kway Teow: 237 Geylang Road, Lorong 9, Singapore 389296 | Opening Hours: 4.30pm – 2.30am (Daily)
3. No Signboard Seafood Restaurant
One of the most well-known seafood restaurants to date, No Signboard Seafood Restaurant has been around for decades since the late 1970s.
Serving well-loved food to returning customers has made the restaurant one of the bigger household names amongst Singaporeans.
One of their most notable 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: S$30 – S$60 per pax
Braised duck is one of my favourite Singaporean dishes. Sean Kee Duck Rice 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 fluffy 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.
Expected Damage: From S$4 per pax
Sean Kee Duck Rice: 4 Lorong 35 Geylang, Singapore 387936 | Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm (Sun – Fri), Closed on Sat
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 Tan Ser Seng Herbs (Turtle) Restaurant. This is definitely amongst the most well-known restaurants serving up this reptilian dish.
Upon entering, you will immediately catch a whiff of that herbal fragrance 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, so be prepared to fork out a little more for such quality broth.
Expected Damage: S$10 – S$30 per pax
Tan Ser Seng Herbs Restaurant: 29 Lor Bachok, Singapore 387791 | Tel: +65 6748 3953 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Daily)
6. Penang Seafood Restaurant
This isn’t one of the mainstream zi char restaurants like their name suggests.
On top of the usual dishes that you can look out for, this restaurant whips up some fantastic Penang dishes, so you don’t have to make that long trip up North.
The food here is authentic and the restaurant is packed all the time.
You can choose from a selection of many well-known—and lesser-known—Penang dishes, and your belly will thank you for it.
Expected Damage: S$8 – S$20 per pax
Penang Seafood Restaurant: 76 Geylang Lorong 25A, Singapore 388258 | Opening Hours: 11am – 12am (Daily) | Website
7. Kwong Satay
Located next to the famous Swee Guan Hokkien Mee, Kwong Satay attracts countless hungry customers with its “Chinese-style” satay. What intrigues me about this kind of satay is really the sauce.
I love how there is grated pineapple in the peanut sauce which bring the flavours to a whole new level with its added sweetness. However, the sauce was a little too watery—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.
Expected Damage: S$0.50 per stick
Kwong Satay: 549 Geylang Road, Lorong 29, Singapore 389504 | Tel: +65 6565 0002 | Opening Hours: 5pm – 11pm (Daily) | Website
8. Eminent Frog Porridge
Another one of the famous frog porridge restaurants at Geylang, Eminent Frog Porridge has gained a huge fanbase over the years.
It serves up another of the exotic dishes you can get here, other than turtle soup.
Gong Bao Frog is always my favourite frog dish to order, wherever I go. The spicy dried chilli dark sauce here is a little too salty for some, but it makes a perfect complement 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. Even the batter has a spiced fragrance 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: S$10 – S$20 per pax
Eminent Frog Porridge: 323 Geylang Road, Singapore 389359 | Tel: +65 9842 2941 | Opening Hours: 4pm – 4am (Daily)
With a history stretching back for many decades, Koung’s Wan Tan 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!
Expected Damage: S$4 per pax
Koung’s Wan Tan Mee: 205 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387506 | Opening Hours: 7.30am – 9.30pm (Tue – Sun), Closed on Mon
10. Swee Guan Hokkien Mee
Swee Guan Hokkien Mee, or the original Geylang Lor 29 Hokkien Mee, is often named as the best hokkien mee you can get.
The stall sticks to the traditional method of using charcoal fire, so the noodles here give off a truly memorable wok hei fragrance.
Oh, have I mentioned 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 on the expensive side.
But really, this is a plate unlike any other.
Expected Damage: S$5 per pax
Swee Guan Hokkien Mee: 549 Geylang Road, Lorong 29, Singapore 389504 | Opening Hours: 5pm – 11pm (Daily)
If you’re around the Geylang area for a meal, why not drop by one of these stalls? Let us know which are your favourites!