[Updated: 18 January 2019]
Here’s what a typical Singaporean would eat in a day: Breakfast – Kaya Toast and runny eggs. Lunch – Char Kway Teow. Dinner – Nasi Lemak. Supper – Prata. Living in a multi-cultural country such as Singapore means being able to fully indulge ourselves in all the good food from various cultures 🤤
It’s something that we’ve taken for granted sometimes. But truth is, we’re blessed with a wide array of international cuisine made readily available and halal for us. With so many choices, one of our top favourites has got to be: authentic Chinese food! And if you’re looking to satisfy your Chinese food cravings, we’ve rounded up the top 12 halal authentic Chinese eateries in Singapore.
1. Home of Seafood
We’ve seen countless of huge Chinese seafood restaurants with fancy turn tables and busy staff communicating with one another through their walkies. To our disappointment, many of these restaurants are not halal 😔 Well, Home of Seafood is here to the rescue! Don’t miss out on their award-winning Chilli Crab which has fresh juicy crabs coated in a thick and sweet chilli sauce and has just the right amount of spice. Plus, it comes with a plate of tasty fried buns too (mantou) which is so yummy you’ll be craving for more 😋
If chilli crab is not for you, check out their other splendid crab dishes like Black Pepper Crab and Salted Egg Crab! Live crabs are delivered to them daily, ensuring the freshness of the dish.
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Another dish that you shouldn’t miss is their Seafood in a Bag, which is equivalent to your seafood bucket – it has crayfish, prawns, squids, mussels and lala cooked in a sauce of your choice!
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Located along Joo Chiat Road, it’s easy to head to the Home of Seafood when you’re in Geylang Serai and they also join occasional bazaars at Expo or Suntec so keep a look out for it!
2. Tang Tea House
You can always rely on Tang Tea House if you’re looking to satisfy your dim sum fix. With halal favourites like their Shanghai steamed dumplings, Siew Mai, Har Kow and their famous Golden Sand Pau (salted egg yolk pau), you’re all set for a scrumptious meal 🤗
Tang Tea House also has a range of authentic Chinese fried rice and noodles you cannot miss! We highly recommend trying the fried bee hoon (fried noodles), Beef Brisket noodles and everyone’s favourite – chicken rice.
With 5 restaurants across Singapore, you know you’re never too far away from a Tang Tea House outlet. Plus, it’s opened till late so you can get your Chinese food fix even in the wee hours of the morning!
3. Mak’s Place
If you live in the east, chances are Mak’s Place will ring a bell to you and that’s because of their authentic and affordable halal Chinese cuisine! In a sea of many halal eateries around the Changi Road area, Mak’s Place stands out for its delicious food. The stall is opened by a Chinese Muslim and the owner started it to let Muslims enjoy authentic Chinese food. One of their must-try dishes is the Butter Sotong. With a generous amount of squid, this dish is not only tasty but also value for money 😋
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With scrumptious zi char dishes (Chinese-style homecooked dishes) and an appetising variety of ala carte items, Mak’s Place will satiate your every craving and it’s also a great place for you to hang out with your friends!
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Address: 401 Changi Rd, Singapore 419847
Operating hours: 4pm – 1am, CLOSED on Mondays
This recently halal-certified noodle restaurant is the place to head to for their authentic Chinese hand-pulled noodles! It’s a specialty dish that arrived straight from Lan Zhou, in China’s northwest. With over 30 stores found in different provinces in China, you know you’re missing out if you don’t drop by.
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If you could try any dish in Nuodle, it has to be their signature Beef La Mian. For those who love soupy dishes, this broth is tasty but not too overwhelming. The handmade noodles are springy and chewy and has thinly sliced beef in a bowl of herbal broth. Top that with a spoonful of chilli oil and your meal is complete. Sounds like the best thing to eat on a rainy day 🤤
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Another dish you can’t miss out on is their Beef Pancake. It looks almost like a flat curry puff and has a flaky crust with copious amounts of tantalising beef inside. This pancake is perfect as a side dish as you’re slurping the la mian’s delicious broth!
5. Habib Family Restaurant
We’ve always seen countless Bak Kut Teh stalls with queues winding down the block. And even those dried Bak Kut Teh spices they’re selling in grocery stores. Bak Kut Teh is traditionally known for having pork but thanks to Habib Family Restaurant, you can now have the opportunity to savour halal Bak Kut Teh! For the uninitiated, “bak kut teh” actually means “meat bone tea” though it actually doesn’t have any tea in it 😅
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Located in Bukit Batok, Habib’s Bak Kut Teh is something every adventurous foodie should try. You may opt for their beef or lamb Bak Kut Teh and have it on its own or in a set which comes with rice, omelette, kang kong and chilli paste. This will be a peculiar experience for your taste buds, especially when the only thing you’ve ever related to Bak Kut Teh is the non-halal version.
Their Chinese chef and co-owner uses traditional herbs to cook the broth, so this dish is as authentic as it gets!
6. The Dim Sum Place
A sister company of the popular Ramen Stall, The Dim Sum Place serves halal Cantonese-style dishes and of course, dim sum. Literally across the road from The Ramen Stall, it’s a trendy place to hang out on your Friday nights! With so many food options here, there has to be something new that you have yet to savour 😉
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Serving classic dim sum like siew mai, har kow and salted egg custard bun, these crowd favourites will be able to satisfy your hunger pangs! They also have other delectable highlights like Roasted Peking Duck Wrap, Wanton Mee and various fried rice dishes so you can eat to your heart’s content.
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If you’re a fan of fusion dishes, you’d love The Dim Sum Place’s Rendang Chee Cheong Fun (rice noodle roll). Usually eaten plain or filled with seafood, this rendang version will be a savoury treat for your palate 😋
7. Deanna’s Kitchen
A prominent name whenever you mention prawn noodles – Deanna’s Kitchen! They’re loved by many for their specialty prawn mee. Owned by a Chinese Muslim revert, Deanna, and her husband, their first branch is in Toa Payoh. After their recurring success, they’ve now opened a new stall in Jurong, so West-siders, you don’t have to travel so far to get your fix of their heavenly prawn mee 😍
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Savour their huge prawn noodles topped with clams (if you wish!) and drowned in thick homemade broth, which is a hawker classic made halal by their owner! If you prefer something a little more fancy, try their lobster platter! With such huge portions, a bowl of noodles will be more than sufficient for your starving tummy 😋. If you’re planning to satisfy your tastebuds with a bowl of prawn noodles but need more information about it, check out this article to find out more about Deanna’s Kitchen.
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Jurong East outlet – 214 Jurong East Street 21, Opens 3pm – 11pm, CLOSED on Mondays
Toa Payoh outlet – 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #02-25, Opens Wed – Fri, 10am – 2pm, 5pm – 8pm, Sat, 9am – 5pm, Sun, 9am – 2pm, CLOSED on Mon and Tue
Contact No: 9424 5496
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8. Segar Restaurant
Head down to Segar Restaurant when you find yourself stuck in Chinatown, with no idea of where to go. Offering good authentic zi char at economical prices, it’s a good joint to go to if you’re in a large group.
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Focusing on local Chinese and Thai-infused cuisine, Segar serves up spicy dishes such as fish head curry, sambal kangkong, hotplate chicken/beef, salted egg prawn, various seafood and so much more. Combining both great food and even greater price, there’s no reason not to head to Chinatown now!
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9. 786 Char Kway Teow
A definite hawker classic, Char Kway Teow (CKT) can be found all across Singapore but due to the use of lard in most of them, it’s hard to find good halal ones! Lucky for us, 786 Char Kway Teow lets Muslims taste the authentic taste of this yummy dish. It’s owned by a Chinese Muslim revert, so you know it tastes as good as the real thing 😋
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Serving only CKT, the stall has two different portion sizes; $3 and $5. The stall has managed to keep its dishes simple and prices affordable. With an additional cost of $1, you’ll be able to add on more cockles! How beautiful is it to have super yummy food at an even more attractive price?
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#HHWT Tip: As this stall is manned single-handedly, it closes for a bit during prayer times so it’s best to plan your visit wisely!
Address: 115 Bukit Merah View, #01-28, Singapore 151115
Opening hours: 2.30pm – 10pm daily, CLOSED on Thursdays
10. Yumen Hut
Pretty much every young and broke east-sider’s favourite ban mian stall, Yumen Hut! Originally located at E!hub in Downtown East, this was a humble noodle store that started back in the mid-2000s and it was constantly filled with patrons. Now they have expanded and pretty much double their size by not only taking over the store next to theirs but also opened up a new outlet in the newly upgraded Market Square in Downtown East 😱 That’s testament to how good it really is!
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They serve a wide variety of speciality noodles; ban mian, la mian, you mian, ramen and mee hoon kuay. You name it, they have it. Their signature dish has got to be the chicken ban mian. It consists of their soft and chewy ban mian in flavourful soup with delectable chicken slices, topped with a runny egg 😋 Finish off your meal with their aloe vera drink. The best part is, an average bowl of noodles in Yumen Hut costs nothing more than $5! Nothing beats the feeling of having a full tummy and knowing that you didn’t have to break the bank paying for it.
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E!hub @ Downtown East – 1 Pasir Ris Close #02-112, Singapore 519599
Market Square @ Downtown East – E!Avenue #02-323, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily
11. Yi Zun Noodle
Another leading restaurant when you think of authentic beef noodles from China – Yi Zun! Established by a Chinese-Muslim couple from China, you know it doesn’t get any more authentic than this. Tucked along the streets of Farrer Park, this humble store is a hidden gem!
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Serving their special of either beef or chicken noodle, it’s best to come down on an empty stomach as they’re generous with their serving size. You’ll be able to see the noodles being pulled right in the store through a small window. Noodles submerged in broth with ample slices of chicken or beef, this bowl of goodness is bound to hit the spot 😋
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Address: 45 Sam Leong Rd, Singapore 207935
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Contact No: 8285 1400
12. Wow Wok
Wow Wok, formerly known as Ridhuan’s Muslim Delights, is a humble stall that’s set up by a Malaysian Chinese revert. Originally having opened his store in Tuas, he has now relocated to Woodlands Industrial Park.
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Specialising in various zi char dishes, Wow Wok’s best sellers has got to be their salted egg chicken, butter cream chicken rice and chilli crab 🤤
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Their Green Chilli Fried Rice is also one of their signature dishes and a must-try. This flavourful dish will tingle your taste buds and leave you wanting more! Don’t leave Wow Wok without trying their sambal stingray too 🤤
13: Top 73+1 Fishball Legacy
This small family-run restaurant may be tucked away in Upper Thomson Road – but its reputation precedes it!
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What sets this humble stall apart is that all of its fishballs are handmade by the owner – making them a perfectly springy and delicious consistency that’s so hard to find elsewhere!
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The stall also sells other local fare such as hokkien mee and ban mian, so you’ll have a wide variety of choices to choose from!
Address: 914 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 787114
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 7.30am – 9pm, Sun, 5pm – 9pm
Contact No.: 9731 6841