These dishes are definitely worth waking up early for.
Long before Singaporeans slept in and woke up for brunch, we would start the day with a hearty Singaporean breakfast. Instead of pasta, think economy bee hoon; instead of eggs benedict and french toast, you have half-boiled eggs and kaya toast. Fortunately, we still frequent our favourite stalls for a local breakfast hit. Get your fix of a typical Singaporean breakfast with this list!
This crispy Indian pancake is perfect for early breakfasts and late-night suppers. Prata is simple breakfast fare is cheap and tasty, and the accompanying curry definitely hits the spot.
We recommend: Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata
Everyone has their favourite prata haunt, but we love Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata at Joo Chiat! Only open in the morning (and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every third week of the month), this stall is quietly tucked away in a small coffeeshop – but if you follow the crowd of hungry diners, you definitely won’t miss it. Served with dhal, mutton curry, or fish curry, savour these buttery and super crispy pratas fresh off the grill for a truly satisfying Singaporean breakfast.
Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata
7 Crane Road, Poh Ho Eatery
Opening hours: 6.30am to 1.30pm
2. Chee cheong fun
Chee cheong fun is a rice noodle roll, named as such because of its resemblance to the small intestine of a pig – ‘chee cheong’ means pig’s intestine, and ‘fun’ refers to the rice noodles used to make the dish. A typical breakfast serving of this involves plain and springy rice noodle rolls, topped with sweet soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.
We recommend: Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun
True to its name, the chee cheong fun served in this joint are indeed freshly made – which makes all the difference. The chee cheong fun is smooth, silky, and served piping hot. You can also choose from a variety of fillings, and have your chee cheong fun generously packed with ingredients like prawn or barbequed pork.
Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun
Old Airport Road Food Centre, #01-155
Opening hours: 8.00am to 10.00pm
3. Nasi Lemak
Fluffy rice cooked in coconut, made fragrant with pandan leaves, and served with assorted sides like fried chicken, egg, anchovies and the spicy sambal… what’s not to love about this classic dish?
We recommend: Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak
How good can a plate of Nasi Lemak be? Good enough for it to be the Sultan of Brunei’s favourite Nasi Lemak in Singapore! Fit for a king, the Nasi Lemak from Selera Rasa packs a punch with its richly-flavoured long-grained coconut rice, sweet and spicy sambal, and a wide range of side dishes to complete your meal. This place is pretty popular so be prepared to wait for your breakfast fix! We promise, it will be worth it.
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak
2 Adam Rd, #01-02, Adam Road Food Centre, S(289876)
Opening hours: 7.00am to 5.00pm
4. Economic bee hoon
A common sight in hawker centers and bus interchanges, the humble plate of fried rice vermicelli, or bee hoon, is the go-to takeaway breakfast of choice for many Singaporeans. Tuck into tasty bee hoon with an assortment of side dishes, such as chicken wings, sausages, fish cake, or egg.
We recommend: Good Old Taste
The average plate of bee hoon gets taken up at notch at Good Old Taste. Formerly known as 108 Eating House, this place serves up quality bee hoon infused with the taste of pork leg meat, cooked with authentic Chinese herbs, and served with additional toppings of your choice. Prices start from as low as $3.20, and as testament to the popularity of this place, you can even place your orders online.
Good Old Taste
11 Collyer Quay #01-08 The Arcade, S(049317)
Opening hours: 7.00am to 5.00pm (Mon to Fri), 7.00am to 2.00pm (Sat)
5. Kaya toast
A quintessential Singaporean breakfast, the kaya toast is a dish loved by Singaporeans of all ages. Generous portions of kaya (or coconut jam) is slathered onto pieces of buttered toast, and served piping hot. Best accompanied with a couple of half-boiled eggs and a potent cup of Kopi-O.
We recommend: Heap Seng Leong Coffeeshop
Very few coffeeshops retain their traditions as Heap Seng Leong does. Here, you can get a cup of kopi gu you, or coffee with butter, in a 1950s kopitiam setting. Think old-school tiles, rickety tables, and an uncle serving you kaya toast in striped pajama bottoms! The kaya toast is lightly toasted and richly flavoured, transporting you back to your childhood days. It does not get any more authentic than this.
Heap Seng Leong Coffeeshop
Blk 10 North Bridge Road, #01-5109
Opening hours: 4.00am to 8.00pm
Appam is a South Indian pancake, made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. This popular breakfast or dinner dish is traditionally served with a stew in Kerala, where it originated, and served with grated coconut here in Singapore.
We recommend: Heaven’s Indian Curry
For amazing Appam, look no further than Heaven’s Indian Curry. The Princess Appam (pictured above) is their original creation, and a winning combination of crispy Appam topped with egg, cheese, and butter. Heaven’s Indian Curry also sells delicious and freshly made Putu Mayam. Though accompanied with red sugar and grated coconut, the Putu Mayam here is so yummy, you can even have it on its own.
Heaven’s Indian Curry
20 Ghim Moh Rd, S(270020)
Opening hours: 7.00am to 7.00pm
7. Mee Soto
Mee soto is a dish of yellow noodles, served in chicken broth, and topped with chicken meat, beansprouts, coriander, and shallots. This comforting dish is not complete without the begedil, or deep-fried potato patty.
We recommend: Warong Pak Sapari Mee Soto & Mee Rebus
Kickstart your day with a bowl of delicious Mee Soto from Warong Pak Sapari. The generous servings of noodles from this popular stall, as well as its incredibly rich and flavourful broth, will definitely have you coming back for more. Up the ante on your dish by adding more spicy sambal into your soup.
Warong Pak Sapari Mee Soto & Mee Rebus
2 Adam Road, #01-09 Adam Road Food Centre, S(289876)
Opening hours: 8.00am to 10.00pm
8. Hainanese pork porridge
Porridge might be a breakfast choice for some Singaporeans, perhaps in part due to the fact that you don’t have to put much effort into chewing before you are fully awake. This delicious bowl of comforting goodness is just what you need to ease into your morning routine.
We recommend: Soon Lee Porridge
If you are looking for a dish that is warm and savoury on cold mornings, look no further than Soon Lee porridge. This stall dishes up bowls of traditionally prepared piping hot porridge, with generous portions of fresh minced pork meat, sliced pork, and liver (pork is delivered fresh daily to the stall). You can also opt to complete your meal with some chicken, fish, or century egg. Each bowl is individually cooked upon order, so be prepared to wait!
Soon Lee Porridge
Blk 448, Clementi Ave 3, #01-26
Opening hours: 6.00am to 9.00pm (Mon to Fri), 6.00am to 5.00pm (Sat)