Good Morning! Looking to immerse yourself in Singapore's culture starting with breakfast? Read on for our must eat breakfasts for a truly local experience.
True locals don’t skip breakfast. In Singapore, we take our breakfast sit-downs pretty seriously. You haven’t really experienced Singapore until you’ve sat at a kopitiam (local coffee shop), sipping on a piping hot cup of “kopi gao” and dipping some toast in half-boiled eggs, while watching in amusement as the rest of the world zips by!
Here are some must-orders, and the places to go and do so.
1. Kaya Toast & Soft Boiled Eggs
If you’re wondering if it’s ever possible to taste sweet and savoury in a delicious bite – it is!
Kaya is a coconut jam made of eggs, pandan, coconut milk and sugar. When served on toast, it is layered on with a slab of margarine or butter and considered a popular breakfast staple in Singapore.
Accompanying the kaya toast are 2 soft-boiled eggs mixed with dark soy sauce and white pepper. It is best eaten hot, so slurp up the runny mess like a shot. Alternatively, you can also try dipping your kaya toast in the eggs and let the sweet complement the salty.
Singaporean brands Ya Kun Kaya Toast and Killiney Kopitiam hold the prime emotional real estate when it comes to the above, but they are also readily available at most drink and ‘kopi’ stalls at hawker centres or food courts. Yes, it’s that Singaporean a breakfast.
Where to Go:
Ya Kun Kaya Toast @ Clarke Quay
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Clarke Quay Central #01-31, Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 10:00am daily
Ya Kun Kaya Toast @ Orchard Central
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #05-33, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: Sun to Thu, 10:00am to 9:00pm; Fri to Sat, 10:00am to 9:30pm
Killiney Kopitiam @ Killiney
Address: 67 Killiney Road, Singapore 239525
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed to Sat, 6:00am to 11:00pm; Tue and Sun, 6:00am to 6:00pm
Killiney Kopitiam @ Purvis Street
Address: 30 Purvis Street, Singapore 188607
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat, 7:00am to 9:30pm; Sun, 7:00am to 6:00pm
Good Morning Nanyang Café @ Far East Plaza
Address: 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #02-23, Singapore 228213
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 8:30pm daily
Good Morning Nanyang Café @ Maxwell Chambers
Address: 32 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069115
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 7:30am to 5:30pm; Sat, 8:30am to 2:30pm; closed on Sun
2. Chwee Kueh
Chwee Kueh is a popular steamed rice cake that originates from Teochew cuisine. In Singapore, they are served as little rice cups - each is topped with a generous amount of preserved diced radish or “Chai por”, with a dose of chilli by its side.
The name is rather unique. Chwee Kueh means 'water cake', so the assumption that it requires water in its steaming process may have you thinking that this is the origin for its name. The real reason, according to the hawkers, is that really good moist chwee kueh will have some droplets of water when removed from the mold, thus giving the name chwee kueh or ‘water cake’.
Chwee kueh stores are normally only open in the morning and are closed by lunchtime.
Where To Go:
Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Market #02-05, Singapore 168898
Opening Hours: 6:30am to 11:00pm daily
Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh
Address: Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road, Ghim Moh Food Centre #01-31, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 6:15am to 6:30pm daily
3. Soya Bean with Youtiao
‘Youtiao’ is a long dough strip that is fried and salted. It is also known as Chinese fritter / cruller / donut.
It is typically eaten during breakfast to complement congees, soya bean milk, soy bean curd or ‘tau huay’. The best way to eat it is to dunk it into the soy milk just like dunking a donut into a glass of milk. The dough then soaks up the soy milk, leaving you with a burst of flavour with each bite.
Where To Go:
Rochor Original Beancurd
Address: 2 Short Street, Singapore 188211
Opening Hours: Mon to Thu, 11:00am to 1:00am; Fri, 11:00am to 3:00am; Sat, 12:00pm to 3:00am; Sun, 12:00pm to 1:00am
Xi De Li
Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Market #02-41, Singapore 168898
Opening Hours: 6:30am to 3:30pm daily
House of Soya Bean
Address: 70 Zion Road Stall 14 Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 10:00pm daily
4. Economical Noodles / Bee Hoon
Need a real hearty breakfast to brace yourself for a busy day? Economical bee hoon is a go to for many as it allows the choice of accompaniments to your noodles.
Firstly, you have the base of noodles such as bee hoon, kway teow (also known as flat rice noodles) or mee tai bak (also known as silver needle noodles or rat noodles due to their resemblance to a rat’s tail) all cooked with soy sauce and seasonings. You can choose one or a mix of a few different noodles. Next, choose your sides such as sunny side up egg, luncheon meat, fish cake, tofu or stir fried cabbage, to name a few. For the meat lovers, options available include chicken wings, ngoh hiang (or deep fried meat rolls) as well as chicken cutlets. Add some sweet chilli to amplify all the flavours in this dish.
A breakfast favourite, some stalls remain open until lunchtime due to its popularity.
Where To Go:
Holland Village Bee Hoon
Address: 1 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village Market & Food Centre #01-01, Singapore 277700
Opening hours: Tue to Sun, 6:30am to 1:30pm; closed on Mon
Chang Ji Gourmet
Address: 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, #02-110, Singapore 050335
Opening hours: Wed to Mon, 6:30am to 2:00pm; closed on Tue
327 Fried Bee Hoon
Address: Blk 327 Hougang Ave 5 #01-156, Singapore 530327
Opening hours: 5:00am to 11:00am daily
5. Chee Cheong Fun
Chee Cheong Fun is steamed rice rolls originating from Cantonese cuisine. Often with savoury fillings such as char siew, shrimp and even mushroom, the most popular at breakfast are the plain rolls.
The Singapore version of plain chee cheong fun is topped with a thick sweet gravy, a spoonful of fried shallots, sesame seeds and some sweet chilli on the side. Scissor cut into smaller pieces, they resemble white rice ribbons when mixed with the sweet sauce. A light yet satisfying savoury breakfast staple.
Where to Go:
Address: Blk 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex and Food Centre, #02-216, Singapore 05035
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun, 7:00am to 2:00pm; closed on Mon
Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Market #02-10, Singapore 168898
Opening Hours: 5:30am to 1:30pm daily
Shanghai Zhu Cheong Fun
Address: Blk 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex and Food Centre #02-174, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 6:00am to 8:30pm daily