Top 10 Food to Try near Days Hotel Singapore at Balestier

Sample of Food to try near Days Hotel Singapore

Clockwise from Top-Left:  1) Chicken Rice,  2) Bak Kut Teh,  3) Tandoori Lamb Chop,  4) Fish Head Steamboat   [flickr photo credit: avlxyz, Steel Wool, code_martial, Xin Li 88]

At first glance, the Balestier location of Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park may seem somewhat unprepossessing at first as the main street seems to be lined with an endless series of lighting and hardware shops.

But did you know that Balestier/Novena area is a famous foodie’s paradise where you can find some of Singapore’s best local dishes?

Here are the top 10 dishes that you should seek out and try when you’re staying at Days Hotel Balestier.

1. Founder’s Bak Kut Teh
This is a unique Singaporean dish created by Chinese manual laborers of old who needed an inexpensive but nourishing meal to restore their health.

Thus this dish of tender pork ribs stewed in a peppery soup with exotic herbs and spices like coriander, cinnamon and star anise.

Founder’s Bak Kut Teh is considered the best in Singapore and claims to have created the dish.

Address: 347 Balestier Road, Singapore 329777

2. Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice
Probably the most famous brand associated with chicken rice in Singapore, Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice has its flagship stall in Balestier.

In a comfortable air-conditioned environment, enjoy Singapore’s favorite dish of tender, juicy chicken topped on flavorful rice with secret condiments.

Address: 401 Balestier Road, Singapore 329803

3. Loy Kee Best Chicken Rice
Why list chicken rice again? Simply because Loy Kee is also another famous name in chicken rice, with a long-known rivalry with Boon Tong Kee.

While most people feel Boon Tong Kee is better, you might want to make the call yourself.

Address: 342 Balestier Road, Singapore 329774

4. Tandoori Corner
Located in Balestier Plaza, Tandoori Corner is a popular Indian alfresco restaurant that is known for serving top notch Indian food like Tandoori Lamp Chop, Butter Chicken, Murgh Vindaloo and Biryani at affordable prices.

It’s a must try if you love Indian cuisine.

Address: 400 Balestier Road, #01-12, Balestier Plaza, Singapore 329802

5. Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat
If you’ve never thought about eating Fish Head, this is a good introduction. This fish soup is boiled with Pomfret fish head because it gives the soup a sweeter flavor.

And don’t worry if you don’t want any heads, just ask for fish slices. The side dishes are also delicious.

Address: 556 Balestier Road, Singapore 329872

Sample of Food near Days Hotel Singapore in Balestier

Clockwise from Top-Left:  1) Rice Dumpling,  2) Tau Sar Piah,  3) Bean Curd,  4) Rojak   [flickr photo credit:, Hyoh, ImipolexG, coolinsights]

6. Loong Fat Tau Sar Piah (Sweet Bean Pastry)
A flaky pastry bun filled with savory or sweet bean paste, Tau Sar Piah is a favorite snack among locals, and Balestier is known as the home of Tau Sar Piah.

No less than three stalls sell this pastry, but look for Loong Fat as they prepare and bake it on the spot while you wait.

Address: 639 Balestier Rd, Singapore 329922

7. Eastern Rice Dumpling
Bak Chang, or rice dumplings, have a place in Chinese history, but these pyramid shaped rice dumplings filled with savory fillings have flavors unique to Singapore.

Try the Nyonya Dumpling which is filled with coriander-marinated pork cubes.

Address: 300 Balestier Road, Singapore 329737

8. Hoover Rojak @ Whampoa Hawker Center
Whampoa Hawker Center is an excellent hawker center but its top draw is the famous Hoover Rojak, which is considered the No. 1 Rojak in Singapore.

You must try this quintessential Singaporean’s version of salad made of fruits and vegetables tossed with a sweet and spicy chilli sauce.

Address: 90 Whampoa Drive, #01-06, Whampoa Food Center, Singapore 320090

9. Ah Hock Hougang Fried Oyster @ Whampoa Hawker Center
Another draw at the same hawker center is this local food gem that serves plumb oysters fried with egg batter to perfection.

The way to eat Ah Hock’s savory oyster omelette is to dump the egg and oyster chunks into the special chilli sauce. It can be very addictive and definitely not for those watching their weight.

Address: 90 Whampoa Drive, #01-54, Whampoa Food Center, Singapore 320090

10. Rochor Bean Curd
Finish up a satisfying meal with a sweet dessert of bean curd. The stall is simple but the bean curd is smooth and silky and best of all, very cheap.

Address: 432 Balestier Road, Public Mansion, #01-436, Singapore 329813