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“Hot & stuffy but superb value”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Chinatown Complex

Chinatown Complex
Ranked #158 of 10,524 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Singaporean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Ibiza, Spain
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179 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
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“Hot & stuffy but superb value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

Food that is cheap & great tasting can be found inside this place. Average spending excluding drinks is about S$3 to S$3.50.

  • Visited April 2014
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Vietnamese first
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English first
Brisbane
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487 reviews
287 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“I will definitely be back”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014

This complex is a short walk from Chinatown MRT station. You wouldn’t normally find this place, it is a little ‘off the beaten track’, it’s not for all tourists, more locals and keen hawker foodies.

At first the complex is a little dark and dreary, but the food stalls are plenty and the food is extremely fresh. The price of food is really affordable and very quick to cook. The average dish is approximately $2.50AUD and the best chicken rice dish is available here – but be quick as once the food sells out they close up shop in this complex.
I will definitely be back.

  • Visited April 2014
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Bangkok, Thailand
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6 reviews
“Good place for shopping”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

You can find things you need such as good restaurants, Fair Price supermarket, money exchange. There is a bridge connected to the People's Park Building opposite of the wide road..the Building sells several local products esp. Chinese herbal medicines

Visited April 2014
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Perth, Australia
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71 reviews
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“Crazy, delicious, and cheap”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

If you like your Asian food then forget all the touristy places and head here! We found this place almost by accident after walking through the covered street and not being particularly inspired. The Chinatown Complex is a massive array - almost a maze - of hawker stalls crammed onto the 2nd floor above a level of standard Chinatown type market stalls. Good luck choosing one to dine at because whatever food you're in the mood for you'll likely find a dozen stalls that make it. (probably 3 dozen if chicken rice is your thing). My partner & I went with a Sichuan place that had wontons for $4 and spicy noodles also for $4, and both were amazingly good. You gotta check this place out.

Visited March 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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“Fantastic food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

Smith Street in Chinatown is a covered street full of restaurants and reasonably priced food stalls that sell everything from satay to Roast Duck with rice costing around a few pounds. You can buy things from various stalls and grab a table anywhere to enjoy the fabulous food. You are really spoiled for choice, and we decided to eat in one of the restaurants (the only English translation on it was Huinan Chinese Restaurant). This was more expensive than the stalls but was one of the best chinese meals I have ever tasted so was worth every penny. We had Chilli crab which came in a casserole dish laced with lots of garlic, chilli, potatoes and crab claws and legs- very messy but absolutely delicious. Salt and pepper prawns tasted fresh with a crisp batter and spicy chilli fried rice. In total or bill was around £50 including drinks. It was lovely having an outside table to enjoy the Smith Street atmosphere- incredible.

  • Visited March 2014
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