Some calls can't go unanswered – we’re talking about those late-night stomach growls that you can’t shake with a protein bar or fruit. Well, well, if you're living in Singapore, one thing's for sure. You'll never go hungry at any time of the day, whether it's 4pm or 4am. For something more substantial (and delicious), saunter down to these 24-hour joints and restaurants that open till late for some post-OT, clubbing fuel or just a dirty supper with friends. There's nothing worse than going to bed hangry and unsatisfied.
Head to Eminent Frog Porridge for an award-winning supper. It made it to the Michelin Bib Gourmand 2019 list, serving up piping hot bowls of frog legs till 4am daily. It's famous for the spicy kung pao version, cooked in dried chilli and soy sauce. But those who want something milder can opt for the version where chillies are substituted with ginger and spring onions.
The Dim Sum Place is one of the few Halal-certified dim sum joints in town, and probably one of the rare spots you can enjoy a Halal xiao long bao. Drop by on Fridays and Saturdays – its operating hours extend till 5am, allowing you and your friends to enjoy everything from steamed dumplings to modern variants like deep-fried siew mai ($5.90).
Ramen joints are all around town, but for a truly luxurious treat, try lobster ramen at Lobster King instead. Inspired by the French lobster bisque, the usual pork bone broth is swapped with French rock lobsters to lend richness to the soup base. Its shell, along with herbs and vegetables, is then simmered for some six hours to create the Lobster Clear Broth Ramen ($13.90). For something more intense, get the Lobster Broth Ramen (Rich Creamy Soup) ($14.90) where the stock is brewed for even longer to extract maximum flavour. The outlet at Clarke Quay opens till 5am – the perfect spot for the party people.
Sometimes, fast food just won’t cut it. For nights when you’re craving for a good, sizeable burger, 25 Degrees is the place to be. The popular Los Angeles import lets you craft your own burger creation, or grab the simply named Number One ($14) for a classic treat. It’s layered with caramelised onions, cheese, bacon, and thousand island sauce. The restaurant is also opened till 3am for some greasy, late-night indulgence.
Tsui Wah makes its Southeast Asian debut in the buzzing Clarke Quay neighbourhood, which means dropping by after grabbing a pint will be easy. But deciding on what to order will be tough – choose from Hong Kong signatures like the crispy bun with condensed milk ($4), pork chop buns ($8.50), or instant noodles tossed with braised pork cartilage ($10.50), then wash it all down with an aromatic cup of milk tea ($3.50) that will sober you right up.
Unlike its name, it serves more than just ramen. Chicken- ($11) and beef-based ramen ($12.90) are popular choices, but the restaurant also serves an equally enjoyable dry ramen ($11). The Ramen Stall’s range of sushi also runs the gamut from prawn tempura rolls ($9.90) to soft shell crab maki ($17.90), but to really fill your belly, go for the teppanyaki beef ($16.90) or the kaisen don ($16.90).
It's a no brainer – when you're drunk and hungry at 1am, some steamboat might do you good. Open till 3am (and 6am at the Centrepoint), Beauty in the Pot might help you get some late-night nourishment. Best part? After 10.30pm, diners enjoy a 20 percent discount on food ingredients for the broth. All-time favourite soup bases include the Beauty Collagen Broth and Spicy Nourishing Broth ($20 each) – and then add on premium ingredients like Kurobuta pork, assorted fresh fish, tofu, vegetables and more.
It might be too hot to enjoy a piping bowl of soup during the day, but the coolness of the night makes it the perfect time to slurp up a bowl of Seng Kee’s famous herbal mee sua ($5). Each bowl of nourishing soup comes swimming with vermicelli and slices of pork, kidney, and liver. Others make their way down for their herbal black chicken soups boiled with herbs like ginseng ($15) or cordyceps ($15). Not in the mood for soup? Seng Kee’s rendition of the fried beehoon ($10) will give JB Ah Meng a run for its money.
If you find the name familiar, this stall is actually set up by a relative of the original Song Kee Fishball Noodle owners. But things don’t differ much. Their famous fishballs, meatballs, and fish dumplings are still made by hand, and served with noodles tossed with their homemade dried shrimp chilli paste.
There’s always a snaking queue at their outlet along Upper Serangoon Road during dinner time. But since it opens till 3.30am, heading down for supper allows you to skip the crowd and get your nasi lemak fix. Their selection is extensive, but must-haves include the fried chicken wing and otah, along with a heaping spoonful of sambal.
Open daily till 4am, Chuan Chuan Le in the Jalan Besar area is your spot if you find yourself craving for Mala dishes and Sichuan cuisine late at night. Besides the usual dishes you might find at a Mala restaurant, you can also find a side menu of skewers. Think all sorts of meats and vegetables dusted in Sichuan spices and grilled till crisp. Need cheap beer to go with that? There's also a selection. If you decide to stick to the classic staples, that's all right too. Order the fried potato slices in Mala seasoning ($10) and sliced fish in hot soup ($18) for a late-night meal with your friends. The more the merrier!
Public Service Announcement time: formerly located at BK Eating House on South Bridge Road, the famous noodle stall has moved to a stand-alone shop across the street amidst rental feud rumours. Standing firm, the OGs are serving up the real deal at their new 24-hour joint (take note that it’s closed on Sundays). You can still get that bowl of handmade mee sua noodles with fishballs, meatballs and minced pork all doused in chilli, vinegar and soy sauce for $4. Complete the dish by asking for extra crispy lard bits to top it off.
At East Coast Lagoon Food Village, indulge in some of the tastiest local dishes by the beach, We're talking everything from sinful fried carrot cakes ($6) to charcoal-barbecued wings ($1.30 a piece). A couple of must-tries include Stingray Forever BBQ Seafood’s sambal stingray ($12/15/20), Haron Satay 55’s selection of chicken, beef and mutton satay ($0.70 per stick), Choon Hiang’s Hokkien mee ($4/5/8), and Song Kee Fried Oyster’s orh luak ($5/8/10).
Whether it’s to satisfy your midnight sweet tooth, or to finish off a savoury supper, stop by Rochor Original Beancurd for tau huay and chin chow – or a mix of the two if that’s how you like it. Closing at either 1am or 3am, depending on the day, you’ll be able to enjoy a couple of fried fritters best dunked in soymilk well into the night.
On late nights or early mornings when you crave prata, make a dash to Srisun Express. Open all day, every day, this bustling restaurant serves South and North Indian comfort food, as well as some Malaysian, western, and local dishes. Despite this wide diversity of food, nothing beats a plate of good ol’ prata (maybe even with egg or cheese) with its extensive range of curries. To top it off, get a tall milo tower to share with your other supper-hungry friends.
JB Ah Meng’s new digs might be cleaner, brighter and bigger, but it hasn’t lost its shiok appeal just because you can’t dine on the road anymore. The crowds keep coming back for unbeatable zi char dishes like san lou bee hoon ($7-$14), the pancake-resembling seafood noodle dish that’s the joint’s star, and wok-tossed clams ($16) with copious amounts of garlic. The joint also does a killer rendition of white pepper crab (from $24) that’s only mildly spicy, which allows for the natural sweetness of the crustacean to shine.
Not to be confused with the other hotpot joint of a similar name, Hai Xian Lao stays open till 5am to feed those late-night steamboat munchies. Come hungry because a dinner buffet is available from 5pm to 10pm daily and is priced at an affordable $34.80 per adult and $15.80 for kids. There are seven soup bases to choose from, including a rich and fragrant laksa broth as well as the ever-popular Sichuan spicy soup. Order an unlimited range of dishes like deep-fried prawn paste chicken as well as premium meats and seafood to throw into your bubbling bowl.
The queues for this homegrown chimaek joint are daunting at dinnertime, so load up during the wee hours instead. Chicken Up's soy ganjang ($12/four) and sweet yangnyum chilli ($12/four) wings are among our favourite KFC (that's Korean fried chicken for you) in the city. And we love getting sloppy with the kimchi-slathered fries ($18) and fingers of battered onion ($12) in between lugs of fruity soju cocktails ($25-$38).
The stretch of eateries across from Beauty World Centre is no stranger to tummies starving in the middle of the night. Most places like Joo Seng Teochew Porridge and G7 Sinma Claypot stay open past midnight but Al-Azhar has your back 24/7. The calorie-laden prata and butter chicken set ($7.90) is our pick after a night of drinking.
We all know Swee Choon is the go-to for late-night dim sum but 126 Dim Sum has an edge over its biggest competitor ‘cos of its round-the-clock operating hours. It peddles more than a 100 different types of dim sum, running from staples like siew mai and har gao to more interesting bites such as braised duck wings and pork belly yam rolls.
No matter the time of day, you’re sure to find a crowd gathering at Fei Fei Wanton Mee for a good ‘ol bowl of char siew noodles. A $4 bowl comes loaded with roasted pork and vegetables but nothing beats the homemade fried wontons that retain their crunch despite being mixed with a copious amount of chilli sauce.
So you’ve just watched a late-night screening at The Projector or you’re waiting for the bus to take you to Malaysia in the middle of the night – where do you go for a quick meal? Why, Diandin Leluk, of course. The Thai eatery is one of the largest in Golden Mile Complex and the menu is just as extensive. There are the usual suspects – pineapple fried rice, tom yum soup and basil chicken rice – and a host of other Thai favourites.
Forget that dim sum joint along Jalan Besar. For a comforting Chinese feast in the wee hours, nothing beats a steaming bowl of porridge and a fleet of humble yet hearty dishes. That a meal for two will only clock in at about $20 makes a trip to this supper haunt even better.
Joo Seng’s star dish, besides the porridge, of course, is the braised duck leg. It’s fall-off-the-bone tender and swimming in a savoury-sweet soya sauce base. The minced pork with black bean, another Teochew porridge staple, is flawless here, too. But whatever you do, it’s obligatory to request for an additional bowl of dark zhup – you’ll be liberally ladling that into your bowl, trust us.
Better known as 'Block 85', this hawker centre in Bedok is famous across the city for one thing: the soup-based bak chor mee that’s as comforting as a snug blanket on a rainy night. Don’t believe the hype when it comes to the few stalls that sell it, though. Its differences are marginal at best.
Save some tummy room for a bowl of Chai Chee Pork Porridge’s namesake dish ($3.50). The Cantonese-style chok is almost obscenely gloopy and thick, and packed with enough liao to stop your hunger pangs. And always, always ask for a raw egg ($0.50) to be dropped into your rice.