Maxwell Food Centre

Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore: Hours, Address, Maxwell Food Centre Reviews: 4/5

Maxwell Food Centre
Flea & Street Markets
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8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
How to get there
  • Telok Ayer • 6 min walk
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Very good

Perth, Australia165 contributions
Jan 2020
After spending Sunday morning walking around Gardens by the Bay, went in for lunch at Maxwell Road food centre. Maybe because it was Sunday, there were quiet a few stalls that were shut. But among the ones that were open, the queue of people at the Tian Tian chicken rice stall was indication that this was one of the better ones.
Stood in line to get the food while the boss went hunting for something to drink and a place to sit down for lunch.
The line snakes its way around the tables and first stop is the first window of the stall where you've got to place your order and pay for the food. The second window is where you hand over the ticket and the food is trayed up for you.
Again, maybe a Sunday afternoon is supposed to be a quiet time or what, I don't know, but the people at both the windows were pretty rude. The one at the payment window was very shirty about the fact that it took me all of 30 seconds to decide on what to order. And the one at the food counter wouldn't allow me to take any plastic cutlery as he had already placed them in the tray of food that he was preparing for me. The tray was inside the stall and I did not have a sight of the same till he presented me with the food.
Apart from the "Customer Service" issues there was nothing to fault with the food. The rice was full of flavour and could be eaten on its own. Again, it would have been better, warmed up. The chicken was moist, soft and wonderfully cooked. Adding the chilli vinegar sauce definitely jazzed up the rice and chicken.
The sugarcane juice went down a treat with the rice. You do end up paying a bit more for this juice if you ask for it without ice. But much better that way.
The birds flying around the seating area have stopped bothering me too much, although when I see one approaching my table, I am ready to swat it.
Written January 13, 2020
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Kevin M
Ballajura, Australia217 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We miss the days from 30 years ago and the super Hawkers that was at the now over commercialised Clarke Quay. This one has been here a very long time (1940’s I believe), and is a cracking and cheap place to eat. Don’t let looks deceive you, this place is in the middle of an office district and very near to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple \ Chinatown and gets packed at lunchtime (when we went). Packed means popular, popular means some Hawker stalls have huge queues! Although they always say pick the popular ones, we threw caution to the wind and had Aliff Rojack’s fair..... Yum, just a Nasi Goreng (spicy for me, bland as can be for the wife) and at S$4 each, it was too Mitch food for lunch but tasted superb. Both paper plates cleared (some rice flicked over to the local bird life 😉). I’m pretty much sure they are all great value and great food, Singapore has probably the safest street food vendors in the world. Don’t miss out, pop here for lunch when you’re hot and sticky after traipsing around the million gift vendors in Chinatown or the Buddhist temple.
Written February 26, 2020
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
Nov 2019
Certainly a highlight of our trip to Singapore. It was a priority as a must visit and to eat at this famous food centre. So many food stalls, some famous and not so famous. It starts to get busy around 11 am and of course the line ups for special stalls begin around that time. Every stall offers an amazing taste experience, it's just that it is so darn hot and humid waiting in line. Best time probably after lunch. This centre closes pretty early in my opinion. Not too many stalls open for late night diners. Definitely one of the most popular food centres and so close to Chinatown.
Written March 13, 2020
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Ross S
Lake Geneva, WI22 contributions
Jan 2020
Went to the Ah Tai food stall today for what was supposed to be the best Chicken Rice in Singapore ... well, it's not. The Q is around the corner and they're so busy, not only do they just slop the food on the plate but they actually gave me a small portion when I ordered and PAID FOR a large portion. When I realized it I went back and instead of making me whole, the lady at the cash register played dumb saying, "I don't know anything about that and a guy from the back cursed me out. I'm sure there was a time when this place lived up to it's reputation but be advised, that time has come to and end. There's lots of good food at the Maxwell Food Center served by pleasant, reputable vendors. Unfortunately, Ah Tai is not one of them.
Written January 4, 2020
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London, UK249 contributions
Jan 2020
I have been looking forward to eating my way through Singapore's Hawker Markets for years and Maxwell's did not disappoint. Very conveniently located if you're staying in Chinatown, there's loads of different stalls to choose from, it could be a bit overwhelming. But we had done research before and decided an action plan to start with the infamous Chicken Rice, adding on classic oyster cakes and some pork Tim Sum. To say everything we ate was delicious would be an understatement. Queues moved quickly and efficiently, the seating areas were kept tidy and everyone respected the code of conduct - make sure to look up if you're not aware. Fast, cheap and delectable. How could you go wrong?!
Written February 19, 2020
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Andrea J
Goole, UK171 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Ideally situated for cheap eats and sightseeing Chinatown and Club Street area.
Lots of choice, chose a long queue expecting food to be awesome but think the cook was just really slow! Nice enough haianese chicken. Cheap beers and good for people watching in spite of someone sitting opposite spitting bits of food he didn't want to swallow onto the table!!
Written January 24, 2020
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Switzerland959 contributions
Dec 2019
Maxwell Food Centre is located in Chinatown and is one of the better food courts in Singapore. My daughter and I had dinner there before the night safari at the zoo, and the Hainanese chicken rice she had and the fried oyster pancake I had were both quite good. There is also a stand with local craft beer - not exactly cheap at 10 SGD a glass, but very good. The dishes at the food stalls are all very cheap.
Written January 15, 2020
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Perth, Australia3,808 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Maxwell Food Centre is a great place in Chinatown / on the edge of Chinatown near the Buddha Tooth Relic to grab a bite to eat amongst the many many stall holders.

It’s a popular spot with locals and tourists alike, and there were a few stalls closed when I was there, maybe due to the post Christmas period.

There were 2 stalls that had long lines and I did line up in one of them, but the line was very slow moving, so I found another stall which seemed popular with locals and bought my spicy chilli chicken and rice to eat.

Getting a table is hard, my recommendation is to find an empty chair or 2 at a table and ask to sit with whoever is already there. I did and got talking to a local family who gave me tips on where to eat at 313@Orchard.

The food here is cheap eats - unless you want the chilli crab and that’s around SGD35. It’s open late too til about 10pm.
Written January 3, 2020
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Headcorn, UK93 contributions
Jan 2020
If you want high quality, low cost and authentic food; this is the place to come. There is a huge range of stalls offering fabulous local dishes which are cooked fresh in front of you.

I went on a Sauturday afternoon so it was busy but there was always a table to be found. In the end I chose the stand with the longest queue which specialised in duck with either rice and noodles. It was a good sized portion cooked to perfection and cost an incredible 3.5 singapore dollars. The bustling atmosphere adds to its charm. Definitely worth a visit.
Written January 11, 2020
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Renton, WA126 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This hawker center had so many delicious food options. I wanted to try the Hainanese chicken so we ate at Tian Tian. The long line was a little intimidating but they were super efficient so the line moved really quickly. The wait was worth it. The chicken and rice was delicious. The chicken was moist and very flavorful. We also had a fruity dragon fruit/pineapple smoothie at the juice farm.
Written January 2, 2020
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