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Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore Overview

One of the best hawker centres (food court) in Singapore, the Maxwell Food Centre is located at the culturally rich area of Chinatown. Catering to gastronomes from around the world, it is the place to go for savouring authentic Singapore street food.

The food stalls at Maxwell Hawker Centre are lined up in two rows with a huge number of Chinese inspired dishes being sold to the crowds who are eager to try dim sum, noodles, and fish balls along with rice porridge. However, many regional cuisines are also on offer with the office workers crowding the centre at lunch hour lasting from noon to 2:00 PM in the afternoon.

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15 Best Food Stalls at Maxwell Food Centre

1. Tian Tian Chicken Rice
Located across stall Nos 10 & 11, this is the place to sample the best Hainanese chicken rice in all of Singapore. This comment has been endorsed by the renowned chef Bourdain. A bowl of rice and chicken along with broth cost just SGD 3.50 making the people stand in a queue for hours.
Timings: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday: Closed

2. Zhong Xing Fu Zhou Fish Ball & Lor Mee 
Stall 62 of Maxwell Food Centre is known for a Fuzhou version of noodles that comes in a bowl topped with fishcake, barbecue pork and bean sprouts. Known as lor mee, it is an affordable dish available at SGD 3 that is highly satisfying.
Timings: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM.

3. Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon
This stall is known for its signature dish i.e. Cantonese fish head soup priced at SGD 5. The thick broth sold at Stall 77 is whitish in colour and filled with a variety of vegetables as well as shallots and bee hoon noodles that are served with a dash of sesame oil.
Timings: 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM. Closed on Thursdays

4. Zhen Zhen Porridge
The ones looking for tasty breakfast dishes are pleased to find the famous rice porridge at stall 54 of Maxwell Food Centre. The dish is wholesome and nutritious being filled with spring onions, chicken slices as well as the coveted century egg. The yu sheng rice porridge comes with raw fish slices and is a trifle more expensive at SGD 6.
Timings: 5:30 AM - 2:30 PM. Closed on Tuesday.

5. Special Shanghai Tim-Sum
Stall 92 is the place to go to for a refreshing plate of fried guotie that comes with crispy skin and juicy fillings. The spicy hot & sour soup comes at SGD 4 is highly popular with the customers as well.
Timings: 11:30 AM - 8:30 PM. Closed on Monday.

6. Ye Lai Xiang Tasty Barbecue
Stall 94 receives a steady stream of visitors for its uniformly grilled chicken meat served with beans and butter buns plus side of fries (SGD 8) making it the most authentic Hainanese Western food found anywhere in Singapore.
Timings: 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM. Closed on Weekends

7. Guan’s Mee Pok
This is Stall 99 that attracts foodies from every corner of Singapore. Mee Pok is not the traditional dish though but each serving comes with a Japanese twist containing Ni-Tomago egg, yakitori, and the Chinese maw along with sea prawns and abalone. There are a variety of toppings to try as well with each dish coming for SGD 3 to SGD 5.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 9:30 PM every day

8. Hum Jin Pang
Fried dough fritters for just SGD 1? It seems unbelievable but is true for the visitors have to try their hand at frying their food and eating it instantly. The fried dishes come in two distinct varieties, flavoured with five-spice and red bean paste.
Timings: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM every day

9. Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake
Stall No 02 of Maxwell is known for the old and traditional oyster cakes that are hardly seen anymore. The deep-fried cake is topped with crispy peanuts and reveals a soft and savoury oyster filing at the first bite. Available for SGD 2 a plate it is a steal that has most old-timers queuing up for a taste of the best oyster cake here.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Closed on Sunday

10. Popo & Nana’s Delights
People favouring home-cooked food find solace in a meal of brown rice and veggies that are served alongside meat and soup of the day. Priced at SGD 2 per set.
Timings: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM on weekends. Remains closed on all public holidays

11. China Street Fritters 
The handmade ngoh hiang is both traditional and prepared in the age ls tradition satisfying the foodies at this centre perfectly. The starchy sauce along with the chilli-based one are accompaniments that have many takers as well. With a bowl coming for SGD 0.80, it definitely one of the cheapest dishes at Maxwell Food Centre.
Timings: 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM. Closed on Monday

12. Yi Jia Chao Zhou Yu Zhou Yu Tang
Come lunch time and a line of hungry people begin to form in from Stall 12 that is most popular for its steamy bowl of fish soup with sliced fish slices in it as well as some porridge. It is a portion of inexpensive food and a staple of the locals who are elated to find it SGD 3 –SGD 4 a bowl. An additional serving of rice comes at SGD 0.50, thus satiating the hunger pangs of the working population here.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM every day

13. Char Kway Teow - Marina South Delicious Food
The flat rice noodles tossed in high heat with an assortment of seafood makes a delicious meal as is evident from the orders received by the hour at Stall No. 35 that is known best for Char kway teow. The food is silky and super smooth and completely affordable at SGD 3 a plate. SGD 4 is collected on submission of orders.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

14. China Street Rickshaw Noodles
Stall 87 of Maxwell Food Centre provides a moment of nostalgia as it serves the traditional fare that one associate with the rickshaw pullers of yesteryears. Incredibly cheap for SGD 1, a bigger bowl of the yellow noodles cost a trifle more i.e. SGD 1.50. The battered prawns are served as sides costing SGD 0.40 per plate.
Timings: 6:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Closed on Friday

15. Ah Tai
Stall 7 is a must-visit for all the chicken lovers congregating at this food centre. Run by Ah Tai, a former employee of Tian Tian, the chicken dishes here are no less spectacular and lot more wholesome due to the special sauce poured over the rice. Priced at SGD 3.50 a bowl, many people find it convenient to lunch here because the serving is quick and the food piping hot. It comes straight from the wok to the table.
Timings: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

How to Reach Maxwell Food Centre

Ride the Singapore MRT and disembark at Tanjong Pagar MRT. From the Exit G, it takes six minutes on foot to reach Maxwell Food Centre.

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