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10 Halal Eateries You Can’t Miss When You’re In Singapore’s Chinatown


Amira Rahmat •  Aug 29, 2019


[Updated 15 Jan 2020] The bustling Chinatown district in Singapore is just filled with a treasure trove of heritage gems, narrow roads and indie boutiques. After a whole day of wading through the crowds, your legs and rumbling tummy could really use a break. Credit: Giphy Feeling hungry and just need a place ASAP to refuel and rest your legs? No worries! Here are 10 halal eateries in Singapore’s Chinatown that will give you that burst of energy you need. P.S. If you are visiting Singapore for the first time, check out 12 amazing things you can do to explore the country like a local!
1. Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House
Credit: Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House on Facebook If you don’t have the time to cross over to Batam or fly to Jakarta for Indonesian cuisine, why not check out this restaurant at Ann Siang Road! Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House opened its first outlet in 2016, and today it has a total of 3 outlets islandwide.
Credit: Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House on Facebook There are tons of dishes for you to choose from as they specialise in the forgotten aspect of its cuisine: hearty soup dishes and street snacks! Try their robust broths cooked with tender beef chunks with Soto Madura, or the favourite Sop Buntut which all comes with a plate of white rice. If you want to sample traditional dishes, there are also rice mains such as Nasi Campur Bali or Nasi Kuning! And who else can’t resist ordering a plate of sate ayam as a side dish? P.S. Make sure to complete your whole authentic Indonesian experience with sweet delights like Roti Bakar and Es Cendol. Halal Status: Halal-certified Opening Hours:Open daily, 11AM-9PM Address: 18 Ann Siang Road #01-01 Singapore 069698 Contact: +65 6221 1760 Website | Facebook | InstagramFind out more on Tribes by HHWT
2. Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles
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Tuck into a feast at this halal Lamian (Chinese hand-pulled noodles) chain that has arrived at our shores! What makes Lanzhou Lamian noodles different is that the original dish was first created by the Hui Chinese Muslims, with some stalls using recipes dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Not forgetting the unique style in which the dough is pulled without twisting!
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The menu is modest and if you could try any dish in this restaurant, it has to be their Signature Beef Noodles. The soup base is made up of more than 15 spices and carefully cooked for at least 10 hours a day! Did we mention that no MSG is added either? Another hot favourite for spicy lovers is the Mala Spicy Beef Noodles! Sounds like the best thing to eat on a rainy day. Couple it with a cup of homemade Herbal Tea to wash down any oil! Halal status: Halal-certified Opening Hours: Open daily; 11AM-10PM Address: 133, #01-43 New Bridge Rd, Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413 Contact: +65 9118 3282 Facebook| InstagramFind out more on Tribes by HHWT
3. Ichikokudo Hokkaido Ramen
Credit: Ichikokudo Hokkaido Ramen on Facebook If you’re a Japanese food lover here while in Chinatown, fret not as there’s Singapore’s own halal Hokkaido ramen eatery nearby! The secret to this lip-smacking ramen is definitely the broth!
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Slurp down their original authentic soy sauce ramen, which costs just $9.90! The soup is made by simmering chicken bones for hours with 100% Hokkaido kelp, so you know you can’t get any more authentic than this. For an extra kick, order their Hokkai Jigoku which is made up of rich red soup with a mix of their spicy miso and signature broth! P.S. Love Japanese food? Then check out our guide on the top halal Japanese eateries in Singapore! Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Open daily, 11AM-10PM (Last order 9pm) Address: #01-02 & K1, 181 South Bridge Rd, China Square Central, 058743 Contact: email [email protected] Website | Facebook | InstagramFind out more on Tribes by HHWT
4. Segar Restaurant
Credit: @syahrick on Instagram Affordable and halal zi char dishes? Check. Large portions? Check. If you’re in the vicinity of Chinatown and craving for zi char style cuisine, look no further! It’s definitely a good joint to go if you’re in a large group!
Credit: Segar Restaurant on Facebook From fish head curry to sambal kangkong, salted egg prawn and various seafood options, Segar has everything that you need to satisfy your local Chinese zi char and Thai-infused cooking cravings. Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Open daily; 11.30AM-9.30PM Address: 133 New Bridge Road, Chinatown Point, #B2-39/40/41, Singapore 059413 Contact no.: +65 6444 1778 Website | FacebookFind out more on Tribes by HHWT
5. Subway
Credit: @greatworldcitysg on Instagram You know you can always rely on Subway if you’re looking to have your submarine fix. This chain is certainly a crowd pleaser with more than 44,000 locations worldwide! With favourites such as Subway Melt and Italian B.M.T, you’re all set for a hearty meal!
These subs are all made to order and you can customise your sandwiches by picking your choice of bread, flavour, cheese and vegetables. The next best part is the Subway cookies! If you have your sub as a meal, you can pair it with either two cookies or chips, together with a soft drink. Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM-10PM Address: 133 New Bridge Rd, Chinatown Point #B1-37, Singapore 059413 Contact no.: +65 6636 2833 Website | Facebook | Instagram
6. Aspirasi Chicken Rice @ Maxwell Food Centre
Credit: @tigerkiller on Instagram Home to some of the best hawker gems in the country, Maxwell Food Centre has got it all! The hawker staples that you are looking for – from timeless Singaporean delights to new-generation stalls are situated here. It is also unique such that it welcomes tourists as well as the workers around the CBD area. Nasi Ayam lovers would be happy to know that Aspirasi’s Chicken Rice (#01-63) can be found here! Instead of roasted or steamed chicken, try their twist: with crunchy fried chicken!
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Spice lovers can also look out for their Sambal Nasi Ayam, with the fried chicken being drenched in red-hot sambal that will set your mouth on fire! #HHWT Tip: Keep an eye out for other Muslim-owned stalls in Maxwell Food Centre. Do remember to check with the stall owners before dining. Halal status: Muslim-owned Opening hours: 10am - 7pm (Mon - Sat), closed on Sundays Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Maxwell Food Centre #01-63, Singapore 069184 Website | FacebookFind out more on Tribes by HHWT
7. Amoy St Food Centre
This absolute local food paradise is home to favourite hawker classics, as well as new additions to the local food scene. Just steps away from Tanjong Pagar MRT station, and about fifteen minutes’ walk from Chinatown, this gem will get crowded during lunchtime. If you’re looking for something healthy, do not worry as even this food centre has a wholesome and nutritious option!
Credit: @bigbowlsproj on Instagram Indulge in a hearty dish of salmon rice bowl here at Big Bowls Project (#02-90). Their menu is modest, yet satisfying and a crowd favourite for workers and tourists alike! If it is your first time here, try their Mentaiko Salmon. The delicious protein and mentaiko (fish roe) are slow-torched, perfect for a healthy meal any day!
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Otherwise, you can also get halal Indian Muslim favourites like a generous heap of Prata, Maggi Goreng or Briyani Rice from Bismillah Muslim Food Stall (#01-63), or Rafee’s Corner (#02-85). Good on the wallet, and stomach too! Halal status: Big Bowls Project, Bismillah and Rafee's Corner are Muslim-owned. Opening hours: varies according to stall Address: 7 Maxwell RdAmoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
8. Royz Et Vous
Credit: @royzetvous on Instagram If you’re looking for a cosy halal café to chill out at and eat after shopping at Chinatown, this is probably one that you should head to! Royz Et Vous offers some tantalizing dishes such as wagyu beef burger, herb-crusted salmon and beef short ribs. If you’re here with a group of friends or family, be sure to order their chilli beef fries too! Did you know that their ribs are braised for 9 hours before they’re marinated with their own recipe? This meal is one that’ll definitely melt in your mouth.
Credit: Royz et Vous on Facebook End of your meal with their Tropical Summer – a mix of mango reduction and orange juice with some strawberry extract to complete your whole meal! If you are craving for something sweet, they have a variety of cakes as well, but the one you shouldn't miss is their Gula Melaka cake. P.S. Do note that they are closed between 4-5pm daily. Halal status: Muslim-owned Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 11AM-10PM (closed 4PM-5PM), Sat-Sun; 12PM-10PM (closed 4PM-5PM). Last order 45 minutes before closing. Address: 137 Telok Ayer St, #01-01, 068602 Contact no.: +65 6293 0270 Website | Facebook | InstagramFind out more on Tribes by HHWT
9. A Poke Theory
Healthy meals don’t have to be bland, boring or tasteless. In fact, we think that what looks good, tastes good and feels good is a poke bowl! Originating from Hawaii,  these super pretty bowls comes with rice, covered with chunks of raw, marinated fish of your choice, topped with fresh veggies and drizzled with different kinds of sauces.
Credit: @poketheorysg on Instagram Make it a meal and drink to health with their natural health boosters – cold-pressed juices! Starting from $5.40, you’ll be sure you had a hearty and wholesome meal! If you prefer your drink in a bowl, there are also gorgeous Superfood smoothie bowls, made out of frozen fruits and soy milk! Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 11AM-8PM, Sat; 10AM-3PM, closed on Sundays and Public Holidays Address: 27 Boon Tat St, Singapore 069623 Contact no.: +65 6904 8189 Website | Facebook | InstagramFind out more on Tribes by HHWT
10. Tiffany Cafe & Restaurant - Furama City Centre
Credit: @18fiore on Instagram Tucked away in Furama City Centre in Chinatown, Tiffany Café and Restaurant has an extensive international buffet menu for lunch and dinner. You can sample a variety of items from fresh seafood to local delights like Hainanese Chicken Rice, Oyster Omelette, sushi, sashimi and more. Not to mention their decadent desserts too - colourful cakes, self-service pancakes and their signature durian pengat made with D24 durians! With such exceptional service and great food set in a restaurant decorated in elegant hues of blue, we are sure you will not be disappointed here. If you are in the Chinatown area for a gathering, this cafe is also perfect for groups of friends and family!
Credit: Tiffany Cafe & Restaurant on Facebook If you didn't know already Tiffany Cafe is also a hidden gem for halal high tea. If you are looking to have a treat while you’re around this vicinity, why not go here to refuel and rest? The high tea option is definitely an affordable one that you can consider. You can expect a combination of English and Asian food, and of course complete with a dessert area! From mini sandwiches to siew mai, black pepper crab, to Malay kuehs and cakes, you will be sure to have a great afternoon spent here in Chinatown. P.S. If you love buffets (who doesn’t?), here are 12 of the best halal buffets around Singapore – under SGD30!Halal status: The kitchen at Tiffany Cafe is halal-certified. Address: Furama City Centre, 60 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059804 Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 6am - 10.30am (Breakfast), 12pm - 2.30pm (Lunch), 6pm - 10.30pm (Dinner) Sat & Sun: 3pm - 5.30pm (Weekend High Tea) Contact: +65 6531 5366Website | FacebookFind out more on Tribes by HHWT With so many different options for halal food to refuel during your day out to Chinatown, you will be assured that your tummy will be kept satisfied. Time to explore the alleyways and historical sights of this tourist attraction in Singapore!