TOP 10 Popular Chinese Restaurants in Singapore

Singapore has no lack of authentic Chinese cuisine. Find out where the crowds flock to in search of tasty Chinese food!

TOP 1 Putien 

Putien is named after the Fujian coastal city of Putian, which also points to the type of food served here – simple and heartwarming comfort food from Putian, also known as Heng Hua cuisine. Since the first outlet was opened in 2000 at Kitchener Road, it has gained critical acclaim and even earned a Michelin one star award for its Kitchener Road outlet in 2016. Today, it has 12 outlets in Singapore and many other outlets overseas.

The dishes served here are distinctly different from those found in the usual Chinese restaurants. Signature dishes include Putien lor mee, fried Heng Hua bee hoon, stir-fried yam, bian rou (dumpling) soup, ‘100-second’ stewed yellow croaker, cold pork trotters jelly and iced bitter gourd.

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Website: https://www.putien.com/outlet/

 

TOP 2 Canton Paradise

Canton Paradise is a brand under Paradise Group with 11 outlets islandwide. Even so, queues are often formed at the outlets by diners who just can’t get enough of the tasty Cantonese cuisine offered within.

The menu encompasses dim sum favourites such as siew mai, prawn dumplings, crispy bbq honey pork bun and salted egg yolk lava bun, roasted meats, noodles, congee and local Chinese dishes. The claypot wok-fried pork belly with salted fish is a savoury burst enough to make anyone salivate. The fried tofu cubes seasoned with salt and pepper are particularly addictive. The succulent and flavourful roast meats are also a huge draw. Paired with premium egg noodles without alkaline taste, a plate of roast duck noodles has never tasted better! The congee is also silky smooth and flavourful, a much needed comfort food that can be savoured any time of the day. With consistent quality, Canton Paradise has drawn consistent crowds for its sumptuous yet relatively affordable food.

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Website: https://www.paradisegp.com/restaurant-locator/

 

TOP 3 Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen

Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen is one of the dining concepts under the Crystal Jade brand which specialises in Cantonese cuisine and local dishes. Cantonese classics such as dim sum, roasted meats, noodles, soups and congee are well-executed, so are local dishes such as salted egg yolk pumpkin, crispy white bait with salt and pepper, homemade charcoal tofu with assorted mushroom and the well-marinated fortune 5 crispy chicken. Round up the meal with desserts such as salted egg yolk lava bun and steamed brown sugar cake and your joy will be complete. The 9 outlets islandwide attests to the popularity of Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen.

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Website: https://www.crystaljade.com/hongkongkitchen/

 

TOP 4 Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat

Nan Hwa Chong has been serving traditional Teochew fish head steamboat since 1927. Till today, the fish head steamboat is still served in traditional round metal wares with burning charcoal at the bottom which keeps the soup hot as more ingredients are added to it. The soup is boiled with fish bones, long cabbage, spring onions, fried yam, mushrooms and bean curd to make a robust and flavourful broth. The sliced fish (choice of grouper, pomfret, snapper, song fish and sea bass) adds natural sweetness to the broth, making it even more irresistible.

Besides the signature fish head steamboat, Nan Hwa Chong also offers an array of mouthwatering Chinese dishes such as prawn rolls, seafood tofu, prawn paste chicken and fermented beancurd pork chop. It is indeed one of the best places to dine if you want to try out Chinese food!

Address: 808/812/814/816 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198779

Opening hours: 4pm – 1am daily

 

TOP 5 Keng Eng Kee Seafood

Opened by Chinese migrants of Hainanese descent, Keng Eng Kee started as a Hainanese Chicken Rice stall which evolved into a bustling restaurant that serves hearty local Chinese dishes. Must try dishes include salted egg crab, cuttlefish kangkong, coffee ribs and moonlight hor fun (fried hor fun with raw egg yolk right smack in the middle which resembles the moon), which has been a signature dish since the restaurant first opened in the 1960s. Occupying a few lots in the shophouses at Queensway, it is a hot spot for local families looking to fill their stomachs with sumptuous Chinese food.

Address: Blk 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-136, Singapore 150124

Opening hours: 12:00pm to 2:30pm, 5:00pm to 10:00pm daily

Website: http://www.kek.com.sg

 

TOP 6 Red Star Restaurant

Stepping into Red Star Restaurant is like stepping back in time as both the food and the ambience reminds you of the good old days. The menu has remained largely the same since they set up shop in 1971, with traditional dim sum and a host of classic Cantonese dishes such as suckling pig, roasted meats and Cantonese soups. Helmed by Chefs Sin Leong and Hooi Kok Wai, two of “Four heavenly kings of Cantonese cuisine” in Singapore, you can be assured of the quality and authenticity of the food here. Dim sum is served from food carts manned by aunties just like how it was in the past. However, be warned that you will not get top notched service here and you must not hesitate going after the food cart aunties to get your dim sum.

Red Star Restaurant is typically packed to the brim with long queues on weekends, so head there early or head down on a weekday instead.

Address: Blk 54 Chin Swee Road, #07-23, Singapore 160054

Opening hours:
Mon to Sat: 8am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sun: 7am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm

 

TOP 7 Wing Seong Fatty’s Restaurant

Wing Seong Fatty’s Restaurant is a popular place for traditional Singaporean and Cantonese cuisine. They have consistently garnered good reviews from both locals and tourists alike for their tasty yet affordable food. Popular dishes include chilli crab, peppered prawns, spring rolls, and nuclear chicken with steamed rice. Many families opt to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries here due to its consistently high quality food.

Address: 175 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189649

Opening hours: 12pm – 2:30pm and 6pm – 11pm daily

 

TOP 8 East Ocean Teochew Restaurant

East Ocean is well known for serving classic Teochew and Cantonese cuisine. The wide-ranging menu encompasses dim sum and a comprehensive selection of Chinese dishes complete with roasted and braised meats, vegetable, seafood, rice, noodles and porridge dishes. There are also desserts and a sophisticated selection of tea and wine.

Dim sum is served for breakfast and lunch only. Some of the dim sums are made in the form of cute animals and these are sure to be a big hit with children. The crystal dumpling is a masterpiece where red bean paste and lotus paste are wrapped in a transparent layer of skin which is thin yet doesn’t break easily. For dinner, you will get to indulge in the well-executed Chinese dishes. Take your pick from traditional dishes such as Teochew-style crispy noodle with sugar & vinegar and Teochew-style steamed pomfret and contemporary favourites such as claypot seafood vermicelli and stir fried egg with crab meat and truffle. There are also big ticket items such as Buddha jumps over the wall, suckling pig and premium seafood items. It is recommended to make a reservation especially if you plan to go over during the weekends.

Address: 391 Orchard Road, #05-08/09 Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872

Opening hours:
Mondays – Fridays 11.30am – 3.00pm and 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays 10.00am – 3.00pm and 6.00pm – 10.00pm

 

TOP 9 Mellben Seafood

From a humble stall along Alexandra Road, Mellben Seafood has expanded into several outlets across Singapore, a testament of their popularity with diners. They are famous for their crab dishes. Their chilli crab is hailed as one of the best in Singapore, with big juicy crabs bathed in copious gravy thickened with egg and corn starch. The claypot crab vermicelli soup is another must-try dish where the broth is milky and rich, and carries the sweetness and essence of the crab. The crabs are consistently fresh and big, and this has proven to be one of the things Mellben has done right. You can also try other flavours such as butter crab, salted egg yolk crab, shimmering sands crab and even laksa crab (only available at the Pasir Ris branch). For the quality and consistency of its dishes, it has been listed under Michelin recommendation.

Address: Blk 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-105, Singapore 081007

Opening hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10.15pm

Website: https://www.facebook.com/MellbenSignature/

 

TOP 10 Oriental Chinese Restaurant

This is a bustling restaurant along New Bridge Road at Chinatown. Unlike the other restaurants in the list, it offers authentic Northeastern and Sichuan cuisines from China. The restaurant is constantly swarmed with diners, and it is not hard to understand why. Hearty portions of delectable food are served in big plates, making sure that you can feast to your heart’s content. On top of that, prices are also affordable, making it a big hit among locals and tourists who want to try Chinese food. Must try dishes include the barbecued meat skewers, salted egg pumpkin and stir-fried chicken cubes with chilli (la zi ji).

Address: 195 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 059425

Opening hours: 11am – 7am

 

 

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