Local food galore in and around Balestier, Thomson, Bishan, Toa Payoh, Serangoon Gardens and Geylang past midnight
Night owls, if you haven’t seen our supper round up in the west and in the east, you’ve been missing out. To sweeten the deal, we’ve gone out of the way to bring you the scoop on midnight fixes in central Singapore too!
Chicken rice at 3am – why not? The last order at Boon Tong Kee’s Balestier outlet (399 Balestier Road) is 3am on Sundays and 430am the rest of the week. We can’t say it’s the best chicken rice in Singapore, but it’s pretty decent chow (with a variety of zi char dishes) for the wee hours of the morning. If you’d prefer to indulge in a peppery bowl of goodness filled with tender pork ribs, head to Founder Bak Kut Teh Restaurant (347 Balestier Road). They also have pig organ soup.
Speaking of soup, Crystal Jade Steamboat Restaurant at Zhongshan Mall (20 Ah Hood Road) is open till 2am. With 7 soup bases – including a unique Preserved Egg with Beancurd & Parsley soup – and 9 reasonably priced ($28.80-$38.80) steamboat sets for 2, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Ravenous? Try Quality Hotel Marlow’s Taiwan Porridge Supper Buffet. Trust us, it’s definitely more than just porridge! Usually with two types of porridge and assorted conditions like salted eggs and fermented beancurd, there’re also other dishes like chili crab, braised duck, and prawns. The best part? You get all these and more at only $12.80 on weekdays and $14.80 on weekends.
We’ve had the famed crispy prata and flavourful curry at The Roti Prata House (246M Upper Thomson), and while it wasn’t as good as it used to be, it satisfied our prata craving after a night out on the town. Up (or is it down?) the same stretch is Meng Kitchen (246B Upper Thomson Road), which offers bak chor mee 24/7 (yes, really). The service may be lacking, but the bowl of springy noodles came with a good balance of vinegar and chili.
If you have your minced pork noodles or prata at around midnight, you get to cool off the chili and curry with ice cream at Udders standing along the same row, which is open till 1am on weekdays and 2am on weekends.
Across the road is Fatboy’s The Burger Bar (open till midnight) – get your after dinner burger fix here. We like the Holy Caesar (grilled chicken and bacon on a bed of romaine lettuce topped with homemade Ceasar dressing on a sesame bun), but by all means, indulge in the Fat Bastard (Double beef chuck patties, bacon, cheddar cheese, a fried egg and homemade Fatboy’s sauce on a sesame bun).
You’ve tried salted egg squid, prawns, and even crab at zi char stalls – have you tried salted egg fries? The salted egg fries at LeBan HK Café are what reeled us in, and we’d have to say they were pretty good! So, if you’re sick of the usual cheese fries and truffle fries, you know where to go.
If there were ever a stall open only for supper, 284 Kueh Chap (Blk 284 Bishan St 22 in the KPT coffee shop) would be it. With operating hours of 830pm-4am, it’s safe to say that this stall caters mostly for nocturnal people. The sauce was good enough for us to lap up every bit of it! The braised innards were also clean and tender, so we’d definitely head here for supper if we were in the vicinity.
Seeking out comfort food in Toa Payoh? The Oasis Taiwan Porridge has been around for ages (almost 40 years!) – we’ve been fans of their sweet potato porridge and goose meat (something that’s rather rare in Singapore) for quite a while now. If you’re quite bleary in the wee hours of the morning, remember to look out for ‘hidden’ charges here, like the pickles, peanuts, and wet towels, which you can request to be removed.
We definitely can’t leave Chomp Chomp Food Centre (20 Kensington Park Road) out of a supper piece even if the stalls don’t stay open as late as other hawker centres. Barbequed chicken wings, sambal stingray, and other local faves await you. For supper staples like prata and maggi goreng, RK Eating House (1 Kensington Park Road) is open round the clock.
Geylang is supper heaven, period. The variety here is extensive, you can even get durians at midnight if the craving hits. We’ve talked too much about 126 Dim Sum, Mongkok Dim Sum at 214 Geylang Road (Lorong 8), Geylang Lorong 9 Beef Kway Teow (237 Geylang Road), and the frog porridges at Lorong 9 and 19 in our guide to Geylang, so check that out!
But that’s not all, folks. Bali Nasi Lemak along Lorong 15 stands out from other nasi lemak places with its Bali Signature Kecap Manis Chicken (as opposed to the usual fried ones). Check out Yong He Eating House at 517 Geylang Road – another joint that’s open 24/7 – for Taiwanese street eats like mee sua (rice vermicelli), soya bean milk, and fried dough sticks. At Lorong 31, Kong Kee Seafood Restaurant (611 Geylang Road) has great Malaysian food, especially the KL Hokkien Mee (different from Singapore’s fried Hokkien mee).