Michelin Bib Gourmand: Top 10 Hawker Stalls To Visit To Be A True-Blue Singaporean

Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list has been released for quite some time now, and yet the queues still seem to be indiscriminately long for almost every stall.

The ‘Bib Gourmand’ title serves “exceptional good food at moderate prices”, whereby the awarded restaurant/stall must serve menu items priced below a maximum amount based on local dining standards.

Bib (Bibendum) is the nickname for the Michelin Man, and hence the award title. Specifically in Singapore, restaurants or stalls’ dishes certified by the Bib Gourmand have to be below SGD $45 which is why you’ll see a variety of hawker stalls.

Plucked from the 17 hawker names on the Singapore Bib Gourmand guide, here are the top 10 picks where you’ll find yourself happy to spend your lunch hour on, in no particular order.

10. Hong Kee Beef Noodle

Bib Gourmand Hong Kee Beef Noodle

At $5, Hong Kee Beef Noodle gives you a sizeable bowl of noodles of your choice (between yellow noodles, thick bee hoon and kway teow).

Each bowl is smothered in a rich, dark and savoury gravy, and topped with a generous amount of tender beef from various parts. The chilli sauce that accompanies it provides a strong, refreshing kick that re-excites your palates in a tingly fashion.

Hong Kee Beef Noodle: 7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre #01-42, Singapore 069111 | Mon – Fri: 11.00am – 7.30pm, Sat – Sun: 9.00am – 2.30pm, closed on PH

9. Balestier Road Hoover Rojak

Bib Gourmand Hoover Rojak ONLINE

Although quite possibly one of the most divisive dishes among local cuisine, the humble Rojak ($4) is a veteran on the Bib Gourmand. This long-famous business retains its hordes of customers with a killer sauce of assam, fermented prawn paste, sugar, and hardly-seen ingredients such as crunchy jellyfish and creamy century egg.

Balestier Road Hoover Rojak: Whampoa Drive Blk 90,  Whampoa Food Centre #01-06, Singapore 320090 | Wed – Sun: 10.30am – 4pm, Closed on Mon & Tues

8. Chey Sua Carrot Cake

Bib Gourmand Chey Sua Carrot Cake

Chey Sua serves up their unique Carrot Cake ($2/$3/$4) like no other. Fried until extremely crispy on top, with a thin layer under an omelette almost reminiscent of orh luak and topped with spring onions, this carrot cake is deeply satisfying and remarkably different from the usual fare available elsewhere.

The chilli sauce underneath is seemingly invisible and not seen, but definitely felt with its mildly sweet, yet relatively potent kick that still cuts through the grease.

Be warned: This stall only operates from 6.30am to 1.00pm, and waiting time can exceed half an hour as early as 9.30am. Plan accordingly.

Chey Sua Carrot Cake: 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Toa Payoh West Market and Food Court #02-30, Singapore 310127 | Tues – Sun: 6.30am – 1.00pm, Closed on Mon

7. Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa

Bib Gourmand Depot Road Claypot Laksa ONLINE

Despite no longer being helmed by their original owners, the current incarnation of this famous claypot laksa stall is still going strong, with the help of the original recipe being passed on to the shop’s current operators.

Their namesake Claypot Laksa ($5.50) is still touted as creamy, smooth and fragrant with coconut milk and so very spicily shiok.

Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa: Bukit Merah Lane 1 Blk 119, Alexandra Village #01-75, Singapore 150119 | Mon – Sat: 9:00am – 3:30pm, Closed on Sun

6. Famous Curry Puff

Bib Gourmand Famous Curry Puff

This popular stall’s puffs are piping hot, with a buttery, flaky pastry shell and creamy, soft filling. It’s no wonder that this aptly-named business commands a non-stop queue. Along on their list of offerings are the black pepper chicken, yam paste and sardine puffs. Head over early if you want to get your hands on these satisfying pastries at $1.20 each.

Note: Their first batch sells out before 11.30am, and the second one is usually ready only by 12.30pm, which also doesn’t take long be cleared.

Famous Crispy Curry Puff: 7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre #01-21, Singapore 069111 | Mon – Sat: 8.00am – 4.00pm, Closed on Sun & PH

5. Na Na Homemade Curry

Bib Gourmand Na Na Curry House ONLINE

One of the few in town to exclusively serve Chinese-style curry rice, Na Na Homemade Curry is now synonymous with spicy, good curry recommendations. One of their crowd favourites is the tender Curry Pork Rib ($4), which is richer and more satisfying than its chicken-based counterpart.

Na Na Homemade Curry: Bukit Merah View Blk 115, Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre #01-48, Singapore 151115 | Mon – Sat: 10.30am – 7.00pm, Closed on Sun

4. Famous Sungei Road Trishaw

Bib Gourmand Famous Trishaw Laksa

Imagine a fruity, citrusy, sweet broth that’s still weirdly (but comfortingly) familiar, and adorned with a truckload of ingredients – one whole crayfish, eggs, prawns and a pile of shredded chicken.

This Fruit Juice Crayfish Mee Siam ($7) is both refreshing and savoury at the same time, and offers a unique combination of flavours like no other.

The queue starts snaking at 11.30am, and the mee siam sells out within 2 hours, so be sure to arrive early to guarantee yourself a bowl.

Famous Sungei Road Trishaw: Upper Cross Street Blk 513A, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre #02-66, Singapore 051531 | Mon – Sat: 11.30am to 5.30pm, Closed on Sun

3. Shi Hui Yuan Hor Fun

Bib Gourmand Shi Hui Yuan Hor Fun ONLINE

So very inconvenient, yet totally worth the trouble if you’re into the whole hor fun gig. Said to have one of the best renditions of Ipoh hor fun in Singapore, Shi Hui Yuan enjoys incredible business, often selling out well before 1pm.

The Blissful Combination ($5) throws in a little bit of everything into this gravy-drenched plate of smooth, white noodles.

Shi Hui Yuan Hor Fun: 159 Mei Chin Road, Mei Ling Food Centre #02-33, Singapore 140159 | Thurs – Sun: 8.00am – 2.00pm, Closed on Mon – Wed

2. A Noodle Story

Bib Gourmand A Noodle Story

This stall lauds itself for serving “Singapore-style ramen” and is notorious for its long waiting time. A twist on the usual wonton mee, A Noodle Story packs its noodles with a variety of interesting toppings, such as fatty pork belly char-siew, a perfectly runny hot spring egg, HK-style pork wontons, and a potato-wrapped prawn.

The photogenic noodles and ingredients are prepared and cooked to perfection. Although pricey for hawker fare ($5.90/$7.20/$8.50), a 30 minute line forms well before 11.30am, so be sure to allocate sufficient waiting time.

A Noodle Story: 7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre #01-39 7, Singapore 069111 | Mon – Fri: 11.15am – 2.30pm (lunch), 5.30pm – 7.30pm (dinner), Sat: 10.30am – 1.30pm, Closed on Sun & PH

1. Liang Zhao Ji

Bib Gourmand Liang Zhao Ji ONLINE

Located side-by-side with Hoover Rojak, this braised duck specialty stall has already been reported to experience a huge spike in business after making on the Bib Gourmand list. Although its queue moves significantly slower than neighbour Hoover Rojak, Liang Zhao Ji serves up their very generous portions of Braised Duck Rice ($5) drenched in their finger-licking dark sauce, which is probably enough to justify its now-lengthened waiting time.

Liang Zhao Ji: Whampoa Drive Blk 90, Whampoa Food Centre #01-07, Singapore 320090 | Wed – Sun: 10.45am – 3.00pm, Closed on Tues