Top 10 Best Rojak in Singapore
Rojak means an “eclectic mix” in colloquial Malay, and the dish sure lives up to its name. Its ingredients reflect the cultural diversity of Singapore, bringing together disparate items with strong flavours into a harmoniously tasty blend. It is a local salad of mixed vegetables, fruits, and dough fritters that is covered in a sticky black sauce and garnished with chopped peanuts and finely-cut fragrant ginger flowers for a piquant taste [source]. Tropika Club aggregated rankings or “ranking of rankings” compared from the following sources to further ascertain the final rankings. This is further refined using the TripAdvisor rankings to decide between the position in case there is a tie. Read on to find out where are the Top 10 Best Rojak in Singapore.
1. Brothers Rojak
Introduction: Brothers Rojak is a humble stall in the corner of the Kopitiam managed by 2 brothers who always greet customers with a smile in Clementi. It is quite common to see a snaking long queue at this small stall waiting to tuck into the savoury delights. It has got almost all the elements we needed in the rojak. The sweet-and-savoury concoction complements the dose of freshly-cut fruits.
Offerings: Brothers Rojak offers the standard Chinese style rojak served with you tiao, tau pok and fruits plus super thick and delicious prawn paste and bright red chilli sauce. There is also a choice to add different kind of cuttlefish and century egg which are placed at the top of their stall shelf. The key to a good Rojak is always a good thick concentrated prawn paste mixed with tamarind sauce, sugar giving the dish a multiple taste experience of savoury, sour, sweet and spicy. Lastly, a generous dose of finely grinded peanuts is added on top of Brothers Rojak. Lime is added into the sauce for a more refreshing finish.
Location: 449 Clementi Ave 3, #01-211, Singapore 120449
Contact: +65 9710 2700
2. Soon Heng Rojak
Introduction: Located within the Toa Payoh HDB Hub Gourmet Paradise food court lies a rojak stall well-known by locals for its rojak having awesome taste and fresh ingredient. This stall is popular, the queue is always present; the queue is so long that it will take averagely at least 15 minutes to buy the rojak. But for the great quality of the rojak, they would say it is worth queuing for.
Offerings: The rojak consists of the usual ingredients such as youtiao, white radish slices, pineapple chunks, cucumber slices, jicama slices, etc mixed with sweet rojak dressing and prawn paste topped with peanut bits. Also if you order the ones $5 and above, it comes with additional sotong. The rojak has a generous, amount of peanut bits covering most of the rojak. The dish tastes very sweet due to the strong and sweet dressing they use, and the ingredients were fresh, pineapple and cucumber chunks have a juicy crunchy feel when eaten, the youtiao is crispy.
Location: 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #B1-01 HDB Hub Singapore 310480
3. Toa Payoh Rojak
Introduction: Toa Payoh Rojak has implemented a system of getting a queue number to order and this how you know they are doing serious business. Previously located at HDB Hub, they’ve since moved and set up a store at Old Airport Road Food Centre.
Offerings: The sauce is sweet, creamy and luscious with a concentrated prawn paste flavour. One interesting thing that they add to their rojak is… spinach. After trying it out Rojak with spinach, it was nice as it does work pretty well together.
Location: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-108, Singapore 390019
Contact: +65 6958 9380
4. Lau Hong Ser Rojak
Introduction: Lau Hong Ser Rojak at Dunman Road Food Centre is pretty popular. The stall only starts running from 5 pm onwards. The queue time at Lau Hong Ser Rojak can be horrendous with a wait from thirty minutes to even a full hour but that is a clear testament to its popularity. Despite the line of customers, the owner of this unassuming hawker stall continues to serve painstakingly charcoal-roasted youtiao with toasted peanuts that he crushes himself and chilli paste he makes.
Offerings: Lau Hong Ser separates the grilled stuff from the plate of rojak and serves it with another bowl of sauce, to not have it soggy. This way, ingredients won’t be over-drenched and customers get to choose how saucy they want it. Pineapple slices are fresh and the sauce is viscous, being a little bit on the spicier side.
Location: Dunman Road Food Centre Stall 271 Onan Road #02-14, Singapore 424768
Contact: +65 9466 8250
5. Balestier Road Hoover Rojak
Introduction: Balestier Road Hoover Rojak, the critically acclaimed one. The queue was rather long and Hoover Rojak doesn’t use cuttlefish, instead, they serve jellyfish in their rojak.
Offerings: People would queue for this Rojak, their sauce is something else. It has julienned lime, which adds zest to the otherwise sweet and rich sauce. Coupled with the green mango slices, the special Penang prawn sauce is now a blend of both sweet and tang, a match made in heaven. Complementing that is the fresh youtiao, fresh fruits and aromatic peanut.
Location: Whampoa Wet Market & Food Centre 90 Whampoa Dr, Singapore 320090
Contact: +65 6253 0137
6. Gu Zao Rojak 古早啰惹
Introduction: Located inside Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 is Gu Zao Rojak, at Block 347’s Food House. And this extremely down to earth and unassuming little kiosk can be easily missed as it is placed right next to another rojak stand that boasts of bigger signages.
Offerings: One of the cheaper rojak seen and tried, it doesn’t discount on the flavour though. It is one of the better ones. The youtiao is grilled till it’s golden brown and has a nice aroma, especially when combined with the rich sauce that has little bursts of coarse sugar granules.
Location: AMK 347 Food House, 01-2150, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Block 347, Singapore 560347
7. Tow Kwar Pop
Introduction: With decoratively cute signage, there’s no way you can ever miss Tow Kwar Pop in Tiong Bahru Market, on the second level where all the food lies. The tau kwa served here is still hand-grilled, they stick to traditions and simply because of that, the tau kwa used in the rojak is phenomenal, albeit life-changing.
Offerings: Thick airy and fluffy on the inside, charred fragrant and crispy on the outside. Sandwiched between are tow gheys (beansprouts) that adds textures and it helps in balancing out the heavy rojak sauce. Served with xue yu (codfish) slices instead of cuttlefish because their supplier ran out of stock, there is an optional extra serving of sauce on the side as well for those who prefer a ‘wetter’ rojak.
Location: Tiong Bahru Market, 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-06, Singapore 168898
8. ROGER’S ROJAK
Introduction: Roger’s Rojak is within Dignity Kitchen which is Singapore’s first hawker training ground for the disadvantaged. Roger was a successful financial advisor before a stroke in 2010 which paralysed his right arm and affected his speech but his spirit was not beaten.
Offerings: Choose between Roger’s prawn paste or vegetarian-friendly plum paste for your generous heap of rojak.
Location: 267 Serangoon Ave 3 #02-02 Dignity Kitchen Singapore 550267
Contact: +65 9068 4367
9. Singapore Famous Rojak
Introduction: Aside from its proximity to Bugis Plus and Bugis Junction, Albert Centre Market & Food Centre is located in a heritage district, making it a very attractive destination among locals and tourists. One of its stalls serves the so-called “Singapore Famous Rojak”, and is run by the second generation of the family.
Offerings: Rojak is an Asian-style ‘salad’ of chopped fruits and vegetables, peanuts, bean curd, and fried dough fritters in a dark sweet thick dressing. Their special home-made sauce is on the sweet side and not too thick, just adequate to coat the cut-up pineapple, cucumber, turnip, bean sprouts, and tau pok.
Location: 270 Queen Street #01-45 Albert Centre Market & Food Centre Singapore 180270
10. Eat May Know
Introduction: Known for having the crispiest youtiao that will change your life, Eat May Know’s rojak at Bendemeer promises to serve only the best accompaniments to your preferred plate of rojak.
Offerings: They are said to have the crispiest youtiao with a soft and warm centre. The scent of it being toasted will pull you in before you see it.
Location: #01-32 Bendemeer Market & Food Centre, Blk 29 Bendemeer Road, Singapore 330029
11. Rojak. Popiah & Cockle
Introduction: The only rojak store in Maxwell Food Centre, Rojak. Popiah & Cockle serves up a generous plate of rojak with an intensely rich sauce.
Offerings: The flavour is even more intense with the addition of century egg, which has a distinct camp of supporters and naysayers.
Location: Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184
12. Power Rojak Bandung
Introduction: Power Rojak Bandung is nestled inside Ayer Rajah Food Centre, they’re usually open from 12 pm but closing time varies. Power Rojak Bandung is special in their modification of adding bee hoon and spinach into the dish.
Offerings: Showered with a generous serving of peanuts and delectable sauce, Power Rojak Bandung is one rojak to try for the creatives out there who want something different.
Location: 503 W Coast Dr, Singapore 120503
Contact: +65 9067 1095
13. Shen Fang Fruit Rojak
Introduction: The sauce for Shen Fang is savoury with a piquant end note, accompanied with crispy youtiao and made zesty with crunchy green mango slices.
Offerings: Fan of a lighter rojak sauce as opposed to the goopy ones, then the rojak at Shen Fang will be a good choice.
Location: Pasir Panjang Food Centre, stall #45, 121 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118543
14. Orang Orang Coffee Shop
Introduction: The little rojak stand at Bukit Batok West Ave 6 and an endearing (Malay aunty) would grill your desired ingredients and mix it in with the rojak blend. The caramelizes sugar especially in the fruits like pineapple and makes it all that more delicious.
Offerings: The sauce is inclining towards salty and savoury with subtle sweetness, then finishes off with a little spicy kick. The portion is generous as well.
Location: Block 134 Bukit Batok West Avenue 6, Singapore 650132
15. Rojak Line
Introduction: Rojak Line believes that the Rojak paste is the soul, while quality ingredients are the backbone of the Finest Rojak. The Rojak is amazing when it combines ROJAK LINE’S Finest Rojak paste with our selected ingredients.
Offerings: The rojak sauce just so yummy. It still taste like shrimp paste but actually is not shrimp paste. It’s vegetarian. The prominent ingredients such as pineapple, turnip, you tiao and cucumber, fruits they have i.e. Guava, green apple & Japan cucumber which is different with others rojak stalls.
Location: 44 Holland Drive, #02-13, Holland Drive Market and Food Centre, 270044
Contact: +65 9227 2275
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