Deep in the heartlands, Whampoa Drive Food Centre packs 80 stalls serving solid hawker staples, done fresh, well and cheap. It might be quite a trek to get to, but trust us when we say you'll be rewarded with the true taste of local cuisine. It's full of nostalgic finds that locals have been visiting for years, often made by hawkers that have watched them grow up.
TRY Whampoa Drive has long been known for having the best Chinese rojak in Singapore, courtesy of Hoover Rojak, which dates back to the ’60s. The barbeque chicken wings from Whampoa Barbeque Seafood & Chicken Wing are another favourite at Whampoa. In addition to those two faves, there are plenty of solid hawker staples – try the satay bee hoon at Wham Poa Satay Bee Hoon or the dark carrot cake at Kim Kee Homemade Carrot Cake, fried up by a friendly hawker operator who’ll happily chat up a storm while you wait. For something different, Rabiah Muslim Food (#1- 34) notably offers a nasi Melayu selection including mutton curry, deep fried potato and sambel tempe tahu.
BEST TIME TO VISIT While some stores open till the evening, you get the most variety when you visit while the sun's still up.