Perhaps one of Singapore's more famous hawker centres, Newton Food Centre is as popular with tourists as it is with locals. Home to seafood eateries and iconic hawkers like Kwee Heng and Hup Kee fried oyster omelette, the centre's rich hawker history stretches back as far as the 1950s. While some may find the occasional food tout off-putting, it’s probably the only food centre where you can call ahead to reserve a table with your regular go-to seafood stall and have them attend to you.
For beginners, don’t feel obligated to order from the hawker who got you a table, simply decline politely. If you are ordering seafood, watch them weigh it in front of you to avoid a surprise bill.
More than just a hawker centre, the variety of good food and unique atmosphere makes any meal at Newton an experience to remember.
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Kwee Heng | With over 50 years of history, Kwee Heng needs no touting. They have an extensive menu of fowl and roast meat dishes, but it is the dried duck noodle ($4-$5) that won us over. Our plate of kway tiao is well-coated with the herby and savoury duck braised sauce. The addition of black vinegar and sambal gives the tang and kick that remind us of bak chor mee. The generous amount of crunchy bean sprouts is a nice contrast to the silky noodle, and a small piece of duck liver in our plate adds creaminess to every bite. The side of soup is a star -- it is intensely herbous and naturally sweet from star anise spice. Stall #01-13 | Opening hours: 9am-midnight)