A Paya Lebar Food Guide – 16 Spots We Love & You Should Try!

Adele Chiang
Adele Chiang
July 27, 2017

There’s simply too much good food in Paya Lebar, especially with Haig Road Market and the likes that are just a mere 5-minute walk away from Paya Lebar MRT station. With more malls such as Paya Lebar Square, Paya Lebar Quarter and SingPost Centre popping up, this neighbourhood is starting to get exciting!

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites and we hope that it will be a good starting point if you’re travelling to Singapore for the first time or from the Western part of the island. Enjoy!

1. Poon Nah City Home Made Noodle

Located in City Plaza which is a short walk away from Paya Lebar MRT, Poon Nah City Banmian is one of the most popular banmian stalls in Singapore. The highlight here is their noodles, which are soft and chewy. The broth here is clear without any eggy bits. That doesn’t mean that it’s less tasty though! They use wolfberry leaves in their dishes, which are supposed to be ‘cooling’ for the body. Its also an excellent source of Vitamin E! The chilli sauce stands out as well. Diners have a choice of ban mian, you mian, mee sua, and even bean flour noodles. Our favourite order would be the classic ban mian with minced pork or sliced fish!

Paya Lebar Food

Paya Lebar Food

Poon Nah City Banmian

Address: #05-02, City Plaza, 810 Geylang Road Singapore 409286

Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm Daily, Closed on alternate Saturdays

2. Arnold’s Fried Chicken

Arnold’s Fried Chicken needs no introduction. They have garnered an impressive following, and have even set up a new branch in Bedok recently. We got the 1 person set from their ala carte menu. For $7.70, you get half a young and tender spring chicken, and fries and coleslaw. The chicken is well marinated and tender. The perfect comfort food for a bad day! We recommend the affordable 2 Person Set ($24.60) which comes with 2 pieces of crispy fried chicken, fries, coleslaw, 2 fried buns and 2 regular soft drinks.

Paya Lebar Food: Arnold's Fried Chicken

Paya Lebar Food: Arnold's Fried Chicken

Arnold's Fried Chicken

Address: 810 Geylang Rd, Singapore 409286

Opening Hours: 11am to 9.30pm, Open Daily

3. Dapur Penyet

Dapur Penyet is owned by Edy Ongkowijaya who is known as the person who brought the lip-smackingly good ayam penyet to Singapore. Here, authentic Indonesian spices, herbs and ingredients are used.

We tried the classic Ayam Penyet ($9.50), which comes with boiled kang kong, a piece of tempeh (fermented soya bean cake) and beancurd. They also have a grand total of 5 different types of sambal! They come in varying levels of spice and originate from different parts of Indonesia. Other than Ayam Penyet, they also have a grilled chicken dish, the Ayam Bakar Kecap ($9.70) which is sweeter and less oily.

Paya Lebar Food: Dapur Penyet

Dapur Penyet

Address: 810 Geylang Road #01-43/44 City Plaza Singapore 409286

Phone: +65 6734 2840

4. 5 Little Bears

You don’t have to fly to Taiwan to get your fix of Taiwanese street snacks. 5 Little Bears is a Taiwanese eatery selling classics like Braised Pork Belly Rice, Oyster Vermicelli and more. We got the affordably-priced Braised Pork Rice Set ($5.90) which comes with a choice of wintermelon tea, black tea or green tea right here at Paya Lebar Square. Cut into small pieces, the braised pork belly has the right ratio of fat and lean meat. It also comes with some preserved vegetables on the side which helps to cut through the rich dish.

End your meal on a sweet note with Eight Treasures Ice ($6), a colourful looking Taiwanese dessert that has 8 different types of ingredients – coconut jelly, corn, pearl jelly, red bean, sweet potato, green bean and yam.

Paya Lebar Food: Little Bears

Paya Lebar Food: Little Bears

5 Little Bears

Address: 60 Paya Lebar Road, #B1-09 Paya Lebar Square, 409051

Opening Hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm, Open Daily

5. Xuan Miao Vegan

This is for the vegans and those who are feeling a little under the weather. Xuan Miao Vegan is located at the Basement of Paya Lebar Square. The noodles of the U-Mian Dry ($6.50) come with a blob of xiang chun sauce which has a strong garlicky taste. The black sauce complements the xiang chun sauce and sealed the deal for us. While the soup may taste a little bland for some, each bowl is filled to the brim with vegetables and accompanying ingredients.

Paya Lebar Food: Cantine

Paya Lebar Food: Cantine

Xuan Miao Vegen

Address: Paya Lebar Road, #B1-51, Singapore 409051 Paya Lebar Square Canteen, Store 3

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 12pm to 9.30pm, Open Daily

6. Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant

I really love Vietnamese food. I just can’t get enough of the fresh herbs and fish sauce which I find so fragrant and addictive. Here at Long Phung, only authentic Vietnamese food is served! The classic Pho Tai ($7) comes with beef slices and rice noodles. The broth is slightly sweet and extremely flavourful. They serve their thin beef slices rare so that the beef does not get overcooked due to the piping hot broth. The springy rice noodles are smooth and glide down your throat easily. This bowl is perfect comfort food on rainy days.

Paya Lebar Food: Long Phung

Paya Lebar Food: Long Phung

Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant

Address: 159 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427436

Opening Hours: 12-10.30pm, Open Daily.

7. Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata

Hailed as the best prata in the east, we think that Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata lives up to its mighty reputation. Having made prata for more than 30 years, Mr Mohgan is a prata expert. He makes his own dough, cooks his own curry and flips the prata all by himself! Their kosong (plain) prata is super crispy, and has an enticing buttery aroma. They also have 3 types of curry – mutton, fish and dhal.

Paya Lebar Food: Mr and Mrs Mohgan

Mr and Mrs Mohgan's Super Crispy Roti Prata

Address: 300 Joo Chiat Road, Tin Yeung Restaurant, Singapore 429356

Mobile: 9794 3124

Opening Hours: 6:30am to 1:30pm, closed on Tues/Wed 3rd week of the month

8. Syaza Nasi Padang

Syaza Nasi Padang is situated in a coffee shop near Paya Lebar MRT. Other than nasi padang, they also serve delicious bowls of mee soto. The mutton briyani ($10) is worth a try too. The dedicated old couple manning the store starts food preparation at 5am daily.

Paya Lebar Food: Syaza Nasi Padang

Paya Lebar Food: Syaza Nasi Padang

Syaza Nasi Padang

Address: 1016 Geylang East Ave 3, Singapore 389731

Opening Hours: 7:30am to 3pm, closed on Sundays

9. 99 Food Bazaar

Get ready your cameras for this briyani dish that is served in a bamboo trunk wrapped in banana leaves. The lamb briyani is knocked out of the bamboo trunk onto the plate with a swift thump. This serving method is supposed to help lock the flavour of the spices into the meat and rice! The Bamboo Briyani set ($24) comes with a cup of iced blueberry soda and a cup of hot honey lemon ginger drink. It is just nice for 2 pax, or maybe even 3.

Paya Lebar Food: 99 Bistro And Kitchen

Paya Lebar Food: 99Bistro&Kitchen

99 Food Bazaar

Address: Lifelong Learning Institute, 11 Eunos Road 8, #01-02, Singapore 408601

Opening Hours: 12pm to 330pm and 530pm to 8pm from Monday to Saturday.

10. Lin Yu Mei Sarawak Kolo Mee

Lin yu mei Kolo Mee often sees snaking queues because of their springy and QQ noodles! Only egg white is used to make kolo mee, so it is not as yellow as other noodles and is supposedly healthier too. The kolo noodles are cooked and drained before they are tossed with different sauces. They are then topped with minced pork, char siew and a helping of extremely potent chilli.

Paya Lebar Food: Lin Yu Mei Kolo Mee

Lin Yu Mei Sarawak Kolo Mee

Address: #01-33 Haig Road Market & Food Centre Singapore 430014

Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm Open Daily. Rest on Tuesday every 2 weeks

11. Say Seng Tau Kwa Pau

Say Sang Tau Kwa Pau’s signature dish goes for just $1.50 each. Think fried bean curd stuffed with roughly chopped ingredients such as fried fish cake, braised egg, fried yam and cucumber, and drizzled with Teochew braised sauce. It makes for a delicious explosion of flavours!

Paya Lebar Food;

Paya Lebar Food:

Say Seng Tau Kwa Pau

Opening Hours: 8am to 5pm, Closed on Mondays.

12. Zheng Guang Wanton Mee

Zheng Guang (正光) is aptly named as the owner runs an honest business selling wholesome food, without any shortcuts or missing ingredients in his wanton. The noodles here have a perfect QQ texture, are not lumpy, and are well-cooked. Hence, they soak up the sauce better. Fried plaice, a type of flatfish from North Atlanta, is also added to the noodles.

Paya Lebar Food: Zheng Guang Wanton Mee

Paya Lebar Food: Zheng Guang Wanton Mee

Zheng Guang Wanton Mee

Address: 14 Haig Road #01-67 Haig Road Market & Food Centre, Singapore 430014

Opening Hours: 6am to 3pm, Open Daily.

13. Greendot

Another vegetarian eatery within Paya Lebar Square, Greendot serves up a variety of vegan items, and is fully vegetarian! If you’re craving homey tasting comfort food that is nourishing and tasty, get the Angelica Herbal Noodles ($7.90). The flavourful soup is made with more than 10 Chinese herbs. The noodles come with Konnyaku fishball, soya mutton, lettuce, carrot and tau pok. You can also look forward to vegetarian burgers which are exclusive to the Paya Lebar outlet.

Paya Lebar Food: Greendot


Address: 60 Paya Lebar Road, #02-15/16/17, Paya Lebar Square, 409051

Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm, Open Daily

14. The Original Katong Laksa

Sure, you’ve tried Laksa before. But have you tried CRAYFISH LAKSA? The Original Katong Laksa now has Crayfish Laksa ($9.50) which is only available at their outlet in Paya Lebar. The spicy coconut milk soup base is creamier and has bits of dried shrimp which adds flavour to the broth. If you just want a bowl of good ol’ laksa, go for their classic Laksa (from $5) which sees short strands of thick bee hoon and bean sprouts topped with prawns, fishcakes, cockles and laksa leaves.

Paya Lebar Food: The Original Katong Laksa

The Original Katong Laksa

Address: 331 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 534949

Opening Hours: 10am to 9.30pm, Open Daily.

15. Tong Kee Braised Duck

The owner of Tong Kee Braised Duck, Mr Lim, has been selling braised duck for more than 50 years. He used to help his mother sell braised duck out of a trolley cart at Princess (Margaret) Market back in the 1960s. They shifted to Princess Margaret Market, before moving to 40A Margaret Drive Hawker Centre. Mr Lim now sells braised duck at the Haig Road Hawker Centre. The braised duck here has light herbal flavours and tastes like gold with the braised duck sauce.

Paya Lebar Food: Tong Kee Duck

Paya Lebar Food: Tong Kee Duck

Tong Kee Braised Duck

Address: 14 Haig Rd, #01-58 Haig Road Market & Food Centre, Singapore 430014

Opening Hours: 11.30am to 8.30pm, Open Daily.

16. Tenderfresh Classic

Tenderfresh is no stranger to most Singaporeans. The Lucky Set ($6.90) which comes with 2 pieces of fried chicken, fries, and coleslaw, is the most popular dish here. You might want to try the Laksa Prawn Spaghetti ($8.90) if you’re craving something a little spicy.

Paya Lebar Food: Tenderfresh

Paya Lebar Food: Tenderfresh

Tenderfresh Classic

Address: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, #B1-K3 KINEX, Singapore 437157

Opening Hours: 10am to 9.30pm, Open Daily.

From fried chicken to mee soto, Paya Lebar has a whole lot of good food (especially at Haig Road Market). Do share with us your favourite places!

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