Top 10 Places to Eat in Geylang

Sin Huat Crab Bee Hoon

Sin Huat Seafood – Crab Bee Hoon. [photo: flickr/Fred @ SG]

It’s that time of the day, your stomach’s growling and you’re on the hunt for good, local Singaporean fare.

You step out into the lanes of Geylang with store upon store of food choices and you’re stopped in your tracks with only one question in your mind…. “Where do I start?

Singaporeans take their food very seriously; if a morsel of food is entering their body, it better be the best thing on earth; and Geylang happens to be home to some gastronomically delightful sweet and savoury fares!

The top 10 eating places (in no particular order) to check out when you’re on holiday in Singapore and staying in hotels near Geylang are:

*Note – Another popular local foodie place in Singapore is at Balestier. Checkout this page here for more info.

1. Sin Huat Eating House
The bad-boy chef Anthony Bourdain ate at this “grimy place” (his words) and was blown away by the Crab Bee Hoon (or vermicelli as it’s otherwise known as).

Monster Sri Lankan crabs, cooked to perfection with a spicy broth that is flavored with a smattering of the freshest seafood of the day, and the Bee Hoon that has soaked up all the flavors.

This place even has a mention on Bourdain’s “13 Places to Eat Before You Die” article back in 2011.

Address: 659/661 Geylang Road Lorong 35, Singapore 389589
Open daily for dinner 6pm to 12 midnight

2. No Signboard Seafood Restaurant

No Signboard - Chilli Crab

No Signboard Restaurant – Famous Chilli Crab. [photo: flickr/Chrissy H]

This is a restaurant chain that can be found across Singapore and offers a wide range of Asian dishes with seafood as the focus; but people still come back to the one in Geylang!

One of the must-try dishes is the Chilli Crab that has a tangy, sweet and spicy sauce that you can’t help but go for seconds.

For the adventurous, you can try the Black Pepper Crab that is more spicy and robust in flavor; and finally the Salted Egg Crab, reserved for the daring or simply those who are curious to know how the marriage of salted egg and crab taste like.

Address: No. 414 Geylang Road, Singapore 389392
Open daily from 12pm to 1am

3. Geylang Serai Market & Food Center

Chendol Dessert

Chendol – Favorite Dessert of Singaporeans. [photo: flickr/Jonathan Lin]

Touted as offering one of the island’s best Nasi Padang which is essentially rice with a mix of Malay dishes such as Beef Rendang (braised beef) and Ayam Panggang (grilled chicken). Just look for Stall 137 or 166 and you won’t go wrong!

Also known for its myriad of stalls selling Biryani, a dish of chicken or mutton fluffy rice topped with thick gravy. One stall whose Mutton Biryani usually sells out by mid-afternoon is Stall 169 (Haji Mohammad Yusoff Warung).

After ingesting all that rich and spicy food, what better way to finish off the meal than with a refreshing dessert. One must-try would be Chendol, a famous Malay icy dessert made with gula melaka (palm sugar), red beans, grass jelly with ice shavings.

Address: 1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001
Most stalls open daily from 8am to 10pm

4. Geylang Lorong 9 Beef Kway Teow

Geylang Lorong 9 Beef Kway Teow

The famous Lorong 9 Beef Kway Teow! Simply delicious! [photo: flickr/~Nisa]

It’s not uncommon to see throngs of hungry diners waiting in line for this “slurping-good” noodle dish.

The eatery is known for its specialty, which is a rice noodle with slices of beef that is cooked in a black bean sauce. Diners swear by the good food at reasonable prices

Address: 237 Geylang Lorong 9, Singapore 389296
Open daily for dinner from 5pm to 3.30am

5. Sia Kee Duck Rice
You may have tried Confit de Canard (Duck Confit) or Duck a L’Orange or even Peking Duck, but this braised duck will blow your mind.

The duck is moist and usually served with a generous helping of beansprouts, tofu, peanuts, braised egg and cucumber over rice that is then smothered with a thick, velvety gravy. As the duck rice is so popular, they usually sell out after lunch.

Address: 659/661 Geylang Road Lorong 35, Singapore 389589
(same address as Sin Huat)
Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11am to 7.30pm

6. G7 Sinma Live Seafood Restaurant

Claypot Frogs Porridge

Claypot Frog Congee. [photo: flickr/lucbonnici]

This is a seafood restaurant but diners flock here for its signature dish – the Claypot Frog Congee.

Succulent and tender bullfrogs are stewed to perfection in the congee, which is then topped with a thick and tasty gravy to season the congee.

Address: 161 Geylang Road Lorong 3, Singapore 389239
Open daily for dinner from 5pm to 4am

7. Rochor Beancurd House

Beancurd and Fried Dough Fritters

Beancurd with Fried Dough Fritters combination. [photo: flickr/inumak]

Famous for their soy milk, silky bean curd and fried dough fritters (You Tiao), this local eatery chain has fed generations of Singapore with their tasty products.

Whether you’re looking for fuel to start your day or after a simple dessert after dinner, this would be the place to go to.

Address: 745 Geylang Road, Singapore 389653
Open daily for 24-hours

8. Yong He Eating House
Another dessert house known for its offering of soy milk, bean curd and fried fritters.

Where Rochor Beancurd House is a home-grown brand, Yong He hails from Taiwan. Apart from the usual dessert selections, Yong He also has some famous Taiwanese snacks like onion bread, Taiwanese noodles and pork floss bun with egg.

Address: 517 Geylang Road, Singapore 389473
Open daily for 24-hours

9. People’s Prawn Noodles

Prawn Noodles with Soup

Prawn Noodles. [photo: flickr/alkanphel]

Popular with the locals because of the fresh ingredients and overall great taste.

The owner personally boils the soup stock daily, which requires at least 6 hours of simmering. Only the freshest prawns are used, which makes the prawn noodles stand out from the rest of its competitors.

Address: 252 Lorong 12 Geylang Road, Singapore 389310
Open from Mon to Sun (7.30am to 5.30am), closed on Wed

10. Old Airport Road Food Center

Wonton Noodles Dry Version

Dry Wonton Mee. [photo: flickr/Yoke-Yin Purcaro]

Singapore is famous for her hawker stalls that offer unpretentious and all-round delicious food; these stalls are housed in a single food complex, which gives one a plethora of culinary options to choose from.

Be warned, one dish is never going to be sufficient. And locals do recommend trying the following dishes here:

1. Wonton Noodles – these hand-made wontons are combined barbeque pork and egg noodles with a sauce concoction that simply can’t be replicated in the home kitchen.

2. Hokkien Noodles – a mess of noodles with prawns and some seafood in an emulsified sauce (we don’t even need to know what’s in it) that is in a word – heavenly.

3. Kway Chap – flat and silky rice noodle swimming in a lightly flavored broth and eaten in combination with a plate of tofu, pig’s innards and egg; this is quite popular with locals for breakfast or a light lunch.

Address: 19 Old Airport Road, Singapore 390019
Although not strictly located in Geylang district, this food center lies at the fringe of Geylang.

Now that you’ve filled your stomach, how about some shopping in Geylang to walk off the calories?