Newton Hawker Centre

Newton Hawker Centre is the most famous food centre in Singapore. This is also one of the filming locations for the Hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians”.

Opened in 1971, the approximately 83 stores are configured in an unique horseshoe layout, able to house up to 1,640 patrons in a central courtyard space.

Architects of the Food Centre incorporated elements of the colonial houses in nearby Monk’s Hill Terrace into Newton Hawker Centre which has a white, black and brown colour scheme and 7-metre high ceilings.

There is a mix of sheltered and unsheltered seatings, and the high ceilings afford shade and facilitate cross-ventilation helping keep patrons cool.

As you wonder around deciding what to eat, take in the landscaped greenery. There are more than 50 species of flowers and numerous species of palms. Not just evoking a plantation feel, the Food Centre also embodies “city in a garden”.

Architecture and landscaping aside, food is the reason for Newton Hawker Centre. A short, but by no means exhaustive list of dishes to sample:

  • Soon Wah Fishball Kway Teow Mee – handmade fishballs, a rarity today
  • Hajah Monah Kitchen – worthy nasi pandang
  • XO Minced Meat Noodles – handmade meatballs are the standout
  • Newton Authentic Song Kee Teochew Fish Porridge – if you fancy something lighter on the tastebuds and belt
  • Guan Kee Grilled Seafood – spicy, grilled seafood
  • Hup Kee Oyster Omelette – worth the patience of the long queue
  • TKR Honey Chicken Wing/Satay – juicy, marinated charred meat
  • Bee Heng Popiah – pricey but good
  • 88 San Ren Cold and Hot Dessert – the cheng teng is chockfull of ingredients
  • Alliance Seafood – chilli crab and deep fried mantou – the combination speaks for itself