Singapore’s Maxwell Food Hawker Centre – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
A huge part of traveling is food, and Singapore has some of the best food in the world. A visit to the Maxwell Food Centre is the only proof you need. This is street food in Singapore. It’s filled with amazing hawker stalls, which are run by incredible cooks, some of which have been making the same dish for many years perfecting its ingredients and its flavours. Every time I go to Singapore, I visit Maxwell Food Centre – but this time I chose to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner there. It was an awesome experience – one of the most delicious days ever!

Maxwell is conveniently located in Chinatown, a popular area for tourists to stay. The exact address is 1 Kadayanallur Street, but the centre fills an entire block. Rows upon rows of stalls serving Chinese food, Thai food, Indian food, Malaysian food, even western food. My 3 square meals included: a fish, chicken, and century egg congee for breakfast from Zhen Zhen Porridge ($4); the famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice for lunch ($5); and for dinner I shared a few plates with friends – Hong Kong style roasted pork (char siu) with chow mein noodles from Fu Shun Shao La Mian Jia ($5), a deep fried pastry filled with oysters from Fuzhou Oyster Cake ($2), and a seafood medley with rice cakes (similar to a hor fun) from Shanghai Tim Sum ($5). Everything was incredible, but the chicken rice at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is a must-try in Singapore. It’s a very famous dish, and for good reason.

What I love about Singapore is that Chinese food from all over China can be found here. As a person who lives in China, I sometimes find it frustrating that the cuisine is so localized. In Sichuan, it’s hard to find Hainanese food for example. Singapore and it’s food hawker centres are a best-of album of Asian food.

Love food? Tune in Thursdays at around 3PM EST for my series Chengdu: City of Gastronomy ( where I randomly pick a card that has a Sichuan dish on it and I hit the city to find it and try it. There’s so much good food in Chengdu, Asia’s first ever city to be named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.

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  1. world's most expensive city? well then good luck findinga 5usd breakfast in any nordic city, amsterdam, in any german city or in any french city at the price point.

  2. You should definetely try the chilli crab at maxwell food centre store 36 if im not wrong,joy feast beef noodle,the store name

  3. Actually you may be able to find nice food at $3-$4 in neighbourhood hawker centres or markets. Maxwell is considered branded and more touristy. The next time you may like to try stuff like laksa, char kway teow, fried hokkien noodles, yong tau foo, and thats just chinese dishes. For indian food stuff you can try, roti prat, murtabak, soup tulang, mee goreng, mutton soup, teh tarik. Malay food will have to try satay, nasi padang, mee rebus, nasi lemak, epok epok. The list can go on and on, there are just so much food in Singapore to try. 🙂

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  5. Glad you tried and liked my favourite Fuzhou fried oyster cake. My family's been buying from this stall for a few generations. 🙂

  6. Sir, you are a revelation! Except for Peggie Neo, I never knew that basic English was spoken ( and I have picked up some basic Mandarin and Japanese, from watching You Tube) in Singapore. I am figuring now, that if I can improve my Mandarin and maybe pick up some Cantonese, I would be comfortable visiting China.

  7. The best $5 meal I had was a creamy, basil garlic pasta. It was deliciously! I think it was like $3.50 USD.
    Your vloging skills are amazing. I subscribed to your channel, and I will tell my other friends about your channels! The chicken and rice looks really good to me! Thanks for the video! It was really entertaining and educational! Thanks!

  8. Go to the east side. Bedok 85 or 511. Changi V.
    The west side. West coast Ayer rajah food centre.
    Centre will be golden shoe temp hawker.
    North will the woodlands old interchange.

  9. Do also check out Telok Blangah/ Dunman Hawker Centre.
    At telok blangah there got the sibei (very ) famous wanton mee. Ho Jia!
    The one at dunman oso sell wanton mee. their noodle abit thick one. Both nice lah, but i prefer Telok Blangah one lor.
    Btw its closed on Friday.

  10. if you do not say that you want the chicken back, thighs or wings, they are just gonna give you the toughest part of the chicken which is the breast portion…anyways Tian Tian is over rated…there are much better chicken rice restaurants and stalls in Singapore..i wouldn't queue 5 mins for Tian Tian..

  11. Singapore is such a boring country although I'm from Singapore, usually tourists spend only a day here before they go to other neighbouring countries and spend more time there.

  12. Singaporean here! just some of my favourite hawker foods
    1. Char Kway Teow
    2. Hokkien Mee
    3. Wanton Mee
    4. Chicken Rice
    5. Nasi Lemak

  13. Congee can be incredibly comforting and delicious. My mother would always make it when I was young and when I had a cold or sore throat or something. I do the same thing now. It is essentially the Chinese equivalent of chicken noodle soup, and you can make it for yourself for less than a dollar. The rice goes a long way, and then you add scallions, dried shrimp or scallops, seasoning like soy sauce or oyster sauce, a slice of ginger (that you take out) and simmer slowly in chicken stock until the rice is cooked through like a soup. Maybe some chill if you like it spicy. And then finish with a little sesame oil. That's my version at least.

  14. When tourist thinks that $5 is the cheapest you can find in sg, But actually there's meals that go all the way to $2.50. You just have to travel a little more to the west

  15. Was the guy coming out of the swimming pool at 10:15 you? You ate so much hawker food and you have a six-pack abs? How is that possible? Do yo vomit everything out right after each meal?

  16. We're the most expensive city for the cost of houses, cars and rent ++
    Not really for the food haha

    You can find $2-3 full meals even, as long as you further from the business district

  17. “there was this Indian guy at the back watching porn on his phone” XD
    don’t worry they won’t do anything to you hahaha

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