Tiong Bahru has a lot of different activities you can do. There are markets for grocery shops, stores for clothes, immersing in Singapore’s literature and arts, and enjoying at many different restaurants. Food shops in Tiong Bahru are endless. Ranging from local foods such as prawn noodles and bao to Western foods such as cupcakes and pastries; the limit is endless.
Here are some of the best restaurants in Tiong Bahru that many customers, both locals, and foreigners enjoy eating!
1. Min Nan Prawn Noodle
The cheap but delicious bowl of prawn noodles wins the locals’ hearts. This restaurant offers 3 different sizes with 3 different prices: small for $3, medium for $4, and large for $5, With the prawn noodles, it consists of a rich, savory broth with crunchy bean sprouts that add texture to the dish, as well as perfectly cooked meatballs, fish balls, and prawns. This can be eaten either during breakfast or lunch and it will always give you the same satisfaction any time you eat this dish.
Min Nan Prawn Noodle is at 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-31, Singapore 168898. Open every day from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
2. Lee Hong Kee Roast Meat
If you are a meat lover, then you are going to love this restaurant. It sells local Chinese char siew, siew yoke and roast meat and you can have that over rice or noodles. However, if you plan to go there, make sure that you arrive there early as there will be an expected long queue. The costs vary from $4 to $8, depending on your order, but they only serve one size. The meat is tender and juicy. The char siew is deliciously smoky and not too sweet from the glaze, while the siew yoke is crispy, tender and not too fatty. After ordering, you should add vinegary chilli, which is usually near the cashier counter, to balance the richness of the meat and sauce.
Lee Hong Kee Roast Meat is at 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-60, Singapore 168898. Open every Friday until Wednesday 9 am until 8 pm.
Tiann’s offers foods for people that are health conscious. They provide foods that are gluten-free, sugar-free, and keto-friendly. Although the pricing is quite expensive, around $15-$30 on each meal, it makes sense as each meal is made with high-quality ingredients to create meals that would be healthy and delicious for people to enjoy. Their most popular dish is the waffle and it costs $19 and it gives you the choice to choose 2 toppings. The toppings offered are smoked trout, fresh mozzarella, scrambled eggs, maple syrup, and butter. Their popular lunch items are Grandma’s Bimbibap and it costs $19. If you want to add proteins such as pork stew, tuna, scrambled eggs, beef bulgogi, there would be an extra charge ranging from $3-$13. Even though your bank account will be drained, your satisfaction with Tiann’s meal will make you want to return.
Tiann’s is at 71 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 16007 and opens every Tuesday until Sunday, from 8 am to 3 pm.
4. Tow Kwar Pop
This restaurant sells delicious rojak, a mixed salad consisting of sliced fruits and vegetables served with a spicy palm sugar dressing and peanuts to sprinkle. In Tow Kwar Pop, they offer crispy stuffed tau pok, and it consists of fish crackers and a generous mix of fresh apples, shredded papaya, and thinly sliced turnips. It is also combined with an intense and addictive shrimp paste, and it is served with crunchy bean sprouts and sliced cucumber. The rojak is both cold and fresh from the fruits and vegetables and spicy and delicious from the sauce, which will make you want to go for a second plate! You can get this for $3 for a small set, or $5 for the full rojak set!
Tow Kwar Pop is at 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-06, Tiong Bahru Market, Singapore 168898. Opens every Tuesday until Sunday, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
5. Tiong Bahru Pau
This Pau restaurant has been a staple to many locals here. It has been serving pau since 1969 and until this day, it is still made by hand, to ensure authenticity and good quality. It serves warm char siew pau and rou pau. Not only is it warm, but the meat is juicy, has the right amount of seasoning, the bun is fluffy and it is very fulfilling. You can buy a pint-sized char siew pau and/or rou pau for $1.20 or a larger size for $2.
Tiong Bahru Pau is located at 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-18/19, Singapore 168898. It opens every day from 6:30 am to 9 pm.
6. Tiong Bahru Bakery
Tiong Bahru Bakery is the most popular bakery/pastries cafe in Singapore. Not only is it located in Tiong Bahru, it is also located in many parts of Singapore. Their most famous product is their plain croissants, which are very buttery, light, and flaky. They also have many other selections of pastries, ranging from sweets to savory, as well as their coffees, teas, and their iced chocolate drinks. The price is around $4–$14 and you can get as many pastries and drinks as you want!
Tiong Bahru Bakery is at 56 Eng Soon Road, #01-70, Singapore 160056 and it is open from 8 am to 10 pm daily from Friday to Saturday and 8 am to 8 pm from Sunday to Thursday.
7. Plain Vanilla
Plain Vanilla is one of the most popular bakeries in Tiong Bahru. They offered the best and freshest ingredients to ensure that you get a delicious bite every time you savor it. They specialize in both layered cakes as well as cupcakes. One reason that Plain Vanilla is very popular is that their desserts are not too sweet, they are just right! The cakes are light and fluffy, and their frosting is light and it is spot on! Their prices are on average around $3.90, which is a good price for a cupcake in Singapore. If you love cupcakes, you should definitely come by Plain Vanilla!
Plain Vanilla is at 1D Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168641. It opens from 8 am to 7 pm every Monday to Saturday and 9 am to 6 pm on Sundays.