Just a little way from Kallang and Whampoa area, Geylang is full of delicious and mouth-watering delights that will tantalize your taste buds. Filled with hawkers and stores from years gone by, the streets have barely changed, with the same chefs and cooks still coming down day after day to serve up recipes that have stood the test of time. These age-old methods still retain the tradition and taste that can not be replicated even with the technology and skills of chefs today, what’s more, the prices have stayed largely the same over the years, meaning you still can get a great bang for your buck.
Lorong 9 Beef Kway Teow
This traditional beef kway teow has been a staple along these streets for years now. The sauce is a beautiful melody of sweet and salty as it combines flawlessly with the needles. This dish is so much more than just your typical beef hor fun. The dish is completed with its ever so tender slices of beef which has a subtle change in texture to the dish. The stall does offer more than just beef kway teow, with the likes of other typical tze char dishes, but the beef noodles are definitely not to be missed here.
Geylang Lorong 9 Beef Kway Teow
237 Geylang Rd
Open Tuesday to Sunday 12pm – 2:30am, Mondays 4pm – 2:30am
Swee Guan Hokkien Mee
Another classic dish which has been perfected over the course of time. Swee Guan Hokkien Mee may well be the best hokkien mee dish on the island. As one of the few remaining hawkers who still use charcoal fired woks, you’ll find that this stall’s food has a unique flavour to it. Combine the years of frying and ‘wok hei’ from the old master’s wok with the charred and smoky taste from the charcoal and you have an extremely rich flavour profile served on each plate. The size of the prawns are also something worth writing home about, each serving has a good helping of thick and succulent prawns as well as fresh squid and chunky pieces of flavourful lard.
You’ll often see queues for this stall forming up to an hour before the official opening time as the dish is cooked in large batches, meaning you could be the lucky patron to get the last plate of each batch (which can take half an hour to cook), or the unlucky next customer.
Swee Guan Hokkien Mee
5 Lor 29 Geylang
Open Thursdays to Monday 5pm – 10pm
126 Dim Sum
As close to a traditional Hong Kong Dim Sum experience as you can get in Singapore, 126 Dim Sum has the food and the ambience set just like it is over there. The joint doesn’t have much of a choice but to squeeze people along rows of tables because the demand is almost always high, with crowds flocking in at ever hour of the day from opening to closing.
With a menu filled with traditional items, as well as fusion and inspired dim sum choices, the restaurant is great for meals across the generations, serving the taste buds of hard-core traditionalists with the likes of hak gao, siew mai and many others. But also with exciting twists such as scallop dumplings, deep fried frog legs and curry style xiao long baos are just a few interesting dishes you can’t get anywhere else.
The best part is, this place is open 24 hours a day, meaning you can get your day started here with a hearty breakfast, or end a long day with a late-night supper over some steaming hot dim sum, perfect for any meal.
126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi 揾到食 @ Geylang
126 Sims Ave
Daily 24 Hours
Sean Kee Duck Rice
Having been around since the 1970’s, Sean Kee Duck rice has received raving reviews year after year. Featured across multiple news papers, the stalls claim to fame is definitely the braised sauce which they execute perfectly. The duck is prepared so professionally that it retains its moist and juicy centre, even while exerting a certain firmness to the texture, giving a good bite to it. However, the moment you dig in to the sauce you’ll find yourself helpless against finishing the entire plate and licking it clean. The sauce departs slightly from its Teochew roots, tweaked to be of a sweeter rendition rather than the usual salty take on it. This makes the dish stand out among the crowd, with the entire plate coming together harmoniously as a beautiful symphony of flavours.
Sean Kee Duck Rice
2-4 Lor 35 Geylang
Open Sundays to Fridays 11am – 6pm