Toa Payoh translates as “Big Swamp” in Hokkien. It derived the name from the large swampy area the town used to be. The town has undergone numerous development since Singapore’s independence and is now one of the most vibrant and comprehensively planned residential and commercial hubs. One of the notable places within Toa Payoh is the Town Centre where the Housing & Development Board Headquarters and bus interchange is based. Little Steps’ brings you some of the most iconic and family-friendly eateries in the Toa Payoh Hub area – perfect for a family day out!
This humble stall serves one of the best Goreng Pisang in Singapore! The array of fritters are crispy on the outside and cooked to perfection on the inside. It’s no wonder customers make bulk orders for these indulgent snacks. Try the cempedak jackfruit fritters for an extra kick of flavor!
Toa Payoh Lucky Pisang Raja, 177 Toa Payoh Central, #01-176, Singapore 310177, Facebook Page. Opens daily 12:30pm – 9:30pm.
Hawker Chan is famed for being “The cheapest Michelin meal in the world!” With its origins from a hawker stall at Chinatown, the business gained popularity and stardom after it was accorded one Michelin Star in 2016. Most items on the menu are below $10, making it a wallet friendly place for the family to enjoy a casual meal out.
Hawker Chan, 450 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319394, +65 6255 4357, Facebook Page. Opens daily 11am – 8pm.
The establishment is a Dim Sum teahouse by day and a Teochew seafood restaurant by night. The signature items include Teochew cold crab, oyster omelet and chilled jelly pork knuckles. These unusual dishes are a treat for the palate. Little ones will love the fluffy buns and wide assortment of dim sums. The traditional décor coupled with ambient Chinese folk music adds to the cultural experience for the family. Visit on Fridays between 5:30pm – 7pm to catch live Teochew opera performance!
Arguably one of Singapore’s most iconic dishes, Rojak is a tropical salad which features strong flavors and local ingredients. What better place to enjoy Rojak than head to Toa Payoh! The infamous Toa Payoh Rojak is located at the HDB Hub basement food court. The stall proudly proclaims that it’s unique prawn paste is curated from Penang, and paired only with the freshest selection of fruits and vegetables and crispy dough fritters.
Soon Heng Rojak, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #B1-01, HDB Hub Gourmet Paradise Food Court, Singapore 310480. Opens daily 11am – 10pm.
The muah chee from this stall is manually hand proportioned, each morsel carefully dipped in roasted shallot oil before they are coated with finely grounded peanuts or black sesame. The owners are adamant about adhering to this tedious preparation process to preserve the springiness and texture of the muah chee. The delightful balance of toasty peanut and sesame is addictive! Little ones will love observing how each portion of artisanal muah chee is meticulously made to order.
Hougang Muah Chee, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #B1-01, HDB Hub Gourmet Paradise Food Court, Singapore 310480, Facebook Page. Opens daily 10:30am – 9:30pm.
Wallet-friendly Su Korean is a humble family business which serves sumptuous Korean cuisine. Panchan (sides) are free flow and there is a wide variety of mains to choose from. The BBQ Platters, hot stone bibimbap and hearty soups were crowd pleasers! The portions are generous too!
Su Korean Restaurant, 450 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #01-11, Hersing Centre, Singapore 319394, Facebook Page. Opens daily 11am - 10pm.
Located right in the heartland of Toa Payoh, The Larder Café I a cozy hideout for family and friends. You’ll find staple café offerings – fluffy Buttermilk waffles with ice cream, Eggs benedict on toast, assorted burgers, Sunday roast and many more. Kids menu is available upon request.
Krazy Salad Bar is a gem in the heartlands! Offering a semi-buffer concept, simply top up a small fee to enjoy a buffet spread of salads and sides to pair with your mains. The service is impeccable and friendly, making it ideal for families with young children. What better way to encourage your little ones to eat their greens than get them involved in creating their own mix of salad!
Krazy Salad Bar, 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #02-516, Singapore 310190, +65 6254 7872, www.krazysalad.com.sg. Opens daily 11am – 10pm.
Serving Philly-styled cheesesteaks, subs and burgers, this menu from this fast food joint is conceptualized with the help of celebrity chef Eric Teo. The flavors are modified to suit Asian palates, hence, do expect milder flavors. We can’t get enough of the signature Yellow Submarine cheese sauce, prepared with a selection of cheeses and secret ingredients. Little ones will love the pairing of the signature cheese sauce with fries or Dino-shaped chicken nuggets.
Yellow Submarines, 177 Toa Payoh Central, #01-110, Singapore 310177, +65 6352 7890, www.yellowsubmarines.com. Opens daily 10:30am – 10:30pm.
Nine Fresh is a local dessert kiosk which serves Taiwanese desserts. The brand derived its name from a “Jiu Fen” in Taiwan, a region famous for handmade Taro balls paired with Mesona jelly and silky Soy bean curd. Beat the heat with the wide selection of desserts at the Nine Fresh. The kiosk only does takeaways.
Nine Fresh, 520 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #01-50, Singapore 310520, www.ninefresh.com. Opens daily 11am – 10pm.
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