May 6, 2016
Ang Mo Kio Town is a matured satellite town in Singapore’s North-East, of which I am a proud resident. Ang Mo Kio’s ten avenues are home to several wet markets and their adjoining food centres, which feature some stellar hawker food. In recent years, Ang Mo Kio has also seen a rise in small startups by young foodie entrepreneurs, bringing residents exciting and foreign flavours.
Growing up in Ang Mo Kio, I had the fortune of trying all the food it had to offer, so I decided to compile a list of good eats in Ang Mo Kio, from humble local fare to newer Cafe nosh. Most of these are my favourite haunts, so here goes!
Teck Kee Cooked Food sells my all-time favourite Sheng Mian. I can’t emphasize enough how divine their noodles are, except by
bolding my phrases so you can imagine me screaming across the screen at you confessing that I, an impatient Singaporean, will willingly queue 20 minutes for a bowl each time I visit Kebun Baru Food Market.
Their Sheng Mian has an al-dente (I cringe using this descriptor on a Chinese noodle, but it must be done) bite, almost like a ramen noodle, while their soup manages to be both sweet and salty in all the right amounts. A bowl of their noodles also includes an egg, slices of pork, liver and fishballs.
Starting at $3 a bowl, you have to try Teck Kee at least once in your life.
Teck Kee Cooked Food: Blk 226H Ang Mo Kio Street 22, Kebun Baru Food Market, #01-23, Singapore 568226
My siblings adore Xi Xiang Fen. That, and the endlessly long queue at the stall, attest to the goodness of their grub. I like their Yong Tau Fu soup, which is boiled with soybean and dried fish, infusing the soup with a good deal of flavour without the need of any MSG.
Their dry Yong Tau Fu sauce is sweet and tangy, and goes superbly with Bee Hoon. Xi Xiang Fen also gives customers the option of having their Yong Tau Fu ingredients with Chee Cheong Fun instead of noodles, which is quite delightful.
As I see it, their Yong Tau Fu is worth braving the queue for.
Xi Xiang Fen Yong Tau Fu: Blk 724 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, #01-23, Singapore 560724 | Tel: 94551641 | Mondays to Saturdays, 0700-1900 | Closed on Sundays
Lao San Kway Chap and its trademark green bowls fill my heart with joy and my stomach with soup. Their ingredients are fresh and most importantly, devoid of that weird grimey intestine taste, while their thin sheets of silky smooth kway glide around in a warm bowl of dark, meaty broth.
They’ve been around for as long as I can remember, and have consistently cooked up good fare. A basic set of Kway Chap starts at $4, so take my word and satisfy your kway-vings at Lao San.
Lao San Kway Chap: Blk 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #01-1222, Singapore 560232 | Closed on Mondays | Tuesdays to Sundays, 0600-1500 | Opens till 2200 on Thursdays and Saturdays |
The Hokkien me enjoys Hokkien Mee and I always get mine from Eng Ho. As a whole, Eng Ho’s Hokkien Mee ($4) is decently good, but it is the thick prawn stock and thin Bee Hoon that they use that have me coming back for more.
The thin Bee Hoon soaks up the prawn gravy, so each mouthful of noodles is umami-heaven. The faint wafts of wok hei also imparts a delicious charred flavour to the Mee.
Eng Ho Fried Hokkien Mee: Blk 409 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-34, Singapore 560409 | Mondays and Wednesdays to Sundays, 1600-0000| Website
Also located in Kebun Baru Food Market is Seletar Sheng Mian and Mian Fen Guo. With equal popularity and queue-length to Teck Kee Cooked Food, this stall whips up Sheng Mian ($3) with a different appeal.
Their noodles are softer, and the flour coating the noodles thickens the Sheng Mian soup to a somewhat starchy, almost-Lor-Mee-Gravy consistency. Quite a satisfying eat!
Seletar Sheng Mian and Mian Fen Guo: 226H Ang Mo Kio Street 22, #01-07, Singapore 568226 | Mondays to Sundays, 0600-1430
I usually have Fish Porridge when I visit hawker centres, so I’m always on the look out for stalls which have a great fish soup. Han Jiang has one of the more memorable soup stocks I’ve tried, with prices starting at $4. Flavoured with tomato, bittergourd, seaweed and parsley, their soup is somehow sweeter than that of typical stalls.
Not forgetting the star of the dish, Han Jiang’s Batang fish slices are thickly-cut and very fresh, so you can savour the springiness of the fish meat. Yum!
Han Jiang Fish Soup: Blk 409, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-15, Teck Ghee Square, Singapore 560409 | Tuesdays to Sundays, 1100-1400, 1700-2200 |
Fishball Khin is my go-to spot for Fishball Noodles ($4). With a 50-year operational history, it’s unsurprising that their handmade fishballs are so spot on. Their daily-made fishballs are made of 100% fish meat, with no flour at all, which give them a sweet, fresh flavour and that satisfying ‘QQ’ texture.
They also allow customers the choice of noodles, so you can match your carb to your mood. On days I feel extra fancy, I opt for their Sliced Fish and Fishball Kway Teow. The more ingredients, the better.
Fishball Khin: Blk 574 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Singapore 560574 | Tel: 8198 6868 | Monday, Wednesdays to Sundays, 1100-2330 | Closed on Tuesdays | Website
I’m not crazy about Chwee Kueh, but on occasion a craving strikes, I always head to the 628 Market to get my fill of Bedok Chwee Kueh. Their golden-brown chai poh is the perfect medley of sweet, savoury and crunchy. Paired with the soft, starchy white kueh, the combination is truly sublime.
On greedy days, I like to have their Chwee Kueh ($1 for 2 pieces) alongside 2 soft boiled eggs. Spooning runny yolk and dark soya sauce over your Chwee Kueh makes for a mind-blowing breakfast.
Bedok Chwee Kueh: 628 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, #01-96, Singapore 560628 | Mondays to Sundays, 0630-2130 |
If you are a ban-mian lover, you’re in luck. Face Ban Mian adds thin slices of tender pork-belly to their noodles, a unique touch that I personally feel elevates the entire bowl ($3.80).
Their soup is less salty than some may prefer, but I quite like the lightness of the soup and the way it warms your belly without setting off MSG alarms in your head. Also, do try their Dry Ban Mian ($4.50). Bouncy noodles seasoned with dark, spicy sauce — it’s really good.
Face Ban Mian: Blk 722 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Singapore 560722
Hong Heng Beef Noodles has been featured in the media on several occasions, so they’re quite a well-known stall. My whole family would frequent Hong Heng back when it was still at Ang Mo Kio Blk 233, so of course when they moved I had to follow them to their Niu location at Kebun Baru.
I usually have their Beef Noodles ($4.50/5/6/7) in clear soup rather than in Lu Zhi (braised sauce), but both styles are good in their own right. Their beef soup is robust, and their noodles come with tender slices of beef and firm, tasty meatballs.
I do feel like the standard of their Beef Noodles has declined since their Blk 233 heyday, but I’m including Hong Heng in this list because they still serve up a decent bowl of Beef Noodles. Sue me.
Hong Heng Beef Noodles: Blk 226H Ang Mo Kio Street 22, Kebun Baru Food Market, #01-16, Singapore 568226 | Closed on Mondays | Tuesdays to Sundays, 0730-1530 |
Situated in the Ang Mo Kio 628 Market, Ho Bee Roasted Food is where I go for a plate of good Char Siew & Sio Ba Rice (roasted pork belly) ($3.50).
Their roasted meats are fragrant and tender, especially so their pork and duck. The well-seasoned roast pork skin crackles perfectly with each bite, while the roast duck meat retains its soft juiciness beneath crisp skin.
I particularly like the side of Achar that comes with each portion of rice. The crunchy and tangy vegetables go supremely well with the sticky, sweet sauce ladled over the rice.
Ho Bee Roasted Food: 628 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-84, Singapore 560628
Penang Delights Prawn Mee ($3.50) has been featured in numerous Lianhe Wanbao and Channel U articles in the past. Their noodles’ most striking feature is a rich prawn broth, the result of boiling pork bones, prawn shells and heads for long hours — A surefire umami fix.
The stall also sells Penang Lor Mee, which comprises flat yellow noodles drenched in a dense, sour and spicy gravy. At present, the stall owners are taking a hiatus, but business will resume from 6th May 2016 onwards.
Penang Prawn Mee: Blk 711 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, #01-3501, Singapore 560711 | Mondays to Sundays, 0930 – 2300 |
Ban Chuan’s Hokkien-style duck rice sports a gloriously dark and savoury sauce, a glossy coat to their soft and tender duck slices. Their Duck Rice ($3) is accompanied by a small helping of peanuts, which adds an addictive crunch to the meal.
The small bowl of soup that comes with the rice has a very pleasant herbal and peppery flavour that always gets me asking for refills. Ban Chuan is also quite famous for its Kway Chap, so if you fancy something soupy, you can give theirs a try.
Ban Chuan: Blk 724 Ang Mo Kio Food Centre, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, #01-19, Singapore 560724 | Monday to Sunday 1130-2100
I used to travel almost an hour to visit the Hong Ji Ba Kut Teh at Marsiling, so you can imagine my sheer joy when I discovered their newly opened stall at Ang Mo Kio, just ten minutes away from me.
Hong Ji’s Ba Kut Teh is not for the weak-hearted folk who enjoy a clear, peppery soup. Instead, Hong Ji’s Ba Kut Teh is a rich herbal broth, served in a bubbling claypot. The addition of Mee Sua makes the soup thicker and more indulgent, perfect to have on a cold day.
Hong Ji Ba Kut Teh: Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, St 11, Blk 107 #01-38 Singapore 560107 | Monday to Sunday, 0800-2130 | Website
Rasa Sayang is a rather popular Western food stall because of its generous portions and good food. Their Fish and Chips ($6.50) arrived with two large, bread-crumbed Dory fillets and sizeable portions of crinkle-cut fries, garlic bread and coleslaw.
For the economical price of $13, you can even get Rasa Sayang’s Fillet Mignon. Rasa Sayang opens till slightly past midnight, so it also makes for an amazing supper spot.
PocoLoco is a relatively new restaurant in Ang Mo Kio. They dish out top quality Italian meals in a comfortable, casual heartland setting, and for a very reasonable price tag. I really liked their starters. The air-flown Burrata Cheese was soft and creamy, while the pan-seared Foie Gras came with a very tasty truffle sauce, far surpassing my expectations.
PocoLoco: Block 408, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-779, Singapore 560408 | Tel: 8436 3363 | Mondays to Sundays, 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm | Website
Judging by the exponential increase in Fish & Chicks’ queue length, I’m sure by now everyone has heard about their Chilli Crab and Salted Egg Yolk Fish and Chips ($12.90). Fish & Chicks is run by two young hawker-preneurs Justin and Albert, who deliver a fresh and unexpected twist on typical Western food.
Their interesting sauces are handmade from scratch, and pair well with the light, airy battered fish. As my colleague who reviewed Fish & Chicks aptly puts it, “this dish is out to steal Singaporeans’ hearts!”
Fish & Chicks: Blk 531, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Happy Hawkers 喜多福, Singapore 560531 | Tel: +65 9828 3490 | Website
Canopy Garden Dining is a scenic lounge spot, nestled amongst the lush greenery of Bishan Park. Diners can enjoy nature with their Western fare. Canopy is my ideal place to chill on a weekend. More often than not, I find myself enjoying their Crunchy French Toast ($14) with an Iced Latte ($6).
Canopy Garden Dining: 1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Bishan Park 2, 569931 | Tel: 6556 1533 | Mondays to Fridays, 0900-2230 | Saturdays and Sundays, 0800-2230 | Website
Cornerstone is another establishment in Bishan Park that offers fine American cuisine. Alongside solid mains like their Signature Lamb Rack with Garlic Crust ($37), they also boast a strong pastry menu with sweets like bread and butter pudding to satisfy the brunch-goers.
The best part is, Cornerstone is a pet-friendly restaurant with a water point and dog bowls provided, so patrons and their pooches can take a rest at Cornerstone after a walk in the park.
Cornerstone: 1380 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569930 | Tel: 6554 7230 | Closed Mondays | Tuesdays to Thursdays, 1200-2230 | Fridays, 1200-2245 | Saturdays, 1000-2245 | Sundays 1000-2230 | Website
Grub is a yet another cafe in Bishan Park, this time with an industrial and edgy vibe. Some items worth visiting Grub for are their highly raved about Churros, unique Mentaiko Fries and Truffle Wagyu Burger.
It’ll probably be hard to find specific reasons to decide between visiting Grub or the other two eateries in Bishan Park, so I’d advise you to just go cafe-hopping and visit all three.
Grub: 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983 | Tel: 64595743 | Mondays to Fridays, 1100-1500, 1730-2230 | Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, 0900-1600, 1730-2230 | Website
Here’s a lesser known restaurant in Ang Mo Kio. L’Rez is a restaurant where Nanyang Polytechnic students from the Diploma in Food & Beverage Business train and hone their culinary skills under the tutelage of big-name chefs. It offers set meals for very affordable prices (their April menu costs only $15 for three solid courses!!) that dips even lower if you’re a student or staff member.
Unfortunately, L’Rez only operates during certain periods of the academic year (4 April 2016 to 17 August 2016). Do give them a call or drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations before you visit, as the restaurant is almost always packed.
L’Rez: 180 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, Nanyang Polytechnic Block F, Level 3, Singapore 569830 | Tel: 64514384 | Mondays to Fridays, 1130-1430 | Closed Saturdays and Sundays | Website
Workbench is a cool diner along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 that sells typical Western cafe food. If $9 truffle fries or Crab Meat Linguine sound like your kind of thing, then head down to Workbench and give them a try. Their waffles and desserts are also pretty popular, with around 14 flavours of ice cream to choose from.
I am an ardent fan of Nakhon Kitchen. They stir up very authentic Thai dishes at reasonable prices. Some of my favourites include their Cashew Nut Chicken, Thick Red Tom Yum Soup and Pandan Chicken and Thai Iced Tea.
Nakhon Kitchen is a great place to eat as a group, so you can order a greater variety of dishes to share, almost like a Thai zi-char of sorts. If you haven’t tried Nakhon yet, you really ought to.
Nakhon Kitchen: Blk 529 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, 560527 | Monday to Sundays, 1200-1430, 1730-2130 | Tel: 6451 1332
Soi 19 cooks up a seriously shiok bowl of Thai-style Wanton Mee ($3.50/4/5). If you don’t take my word for it, I’m sure you’ll be persuaded by the results of the AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards 2016, where first-time finalist Soi 19 snagged the Best Hawker Stall Award.
Soi 19’s Wanton Mee has thin, fragrant egg noodles and is full of ingredients such as fried wontons, char siew and greens. There’s also free flow pork lard and an array of condiments which you can add to your bowl of Wanton Mee for extra ‘Thai’ flavour.
Do avoid visiting Soi 19 during peak hours, as the wait for a bowl of Wanton Mee does get quite crazy.
Soi 19: Blk 151 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Singapore 560151 | Tel: 9138 8881 | Wednesdays to Sundays, 0715-1530 | Website
I’m sure those born and bred in Singapore’s 90s will remember neighbourhood bakeries and their fresh cream cakes. Well, before the nostalgia eats you alive, head down to Pine Garden Bakery for a taste of their old school cream cakes.
Pine Garden revives old flavours like Black Forest and Chocolate Rice Cake, amongst other new inventions like Lychee Martini Cake and my personal favourite, Nuttymisu. You can also get Pine Garden cakes at their conveniently located shop in Ang Mo Kio Hub, on the same floor as the bus interchange.
Pine Garden: Blk 529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-2369 | Tel: 6459 5507 / 6456 3552 | Mondays to Sundays, 0830-2130 | Website
An ice-cream parlour with a beautifully sleek interior, Twenty Grammes stirs up artisan handmade waffles and ice-cream. Plated in style, they are perfect for the Instagram or Snapchat picture that will fill your friends with dessert envy.
I’m glad that Twenty Grammes exists so I can satiate my Charcoal Waffle craving in the comfort of the Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood. No more travelling to the other ends of Singapore.
Twenty Grammes: Blk 529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560529 | Tel: 68161916 | Mondays to Thursdays, 1200-2200 | Fridays to Saturdays, 1200-0100 | Sundays, 1200-2200 | Website
Belinda’s Traditional Pancake is a stall located Teck Ghee Court Food Centre, specializing in Ban Chang Kueh or Chinese pancake. One interesting offering they have is their Crispy Cone ($1), a paper-thin pancake rolled into a cone and filled with what you choose: Red Bean, Peanut, Chocolate, the list goes on.
Their Putu Mayam, a Tamil rice-flour cake bearing an uncanny resemblance to Bee Hoon, is also delectable, especially when taken with heaps of red sugar.
Belinda’s Traditional Pancake: Blk 341 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Teck Ghee Court Food Centre, #01-27, Singapore 564341 | Tel: 96846155 | Closed Mondays | Saturdays and Sundays, 0630-1400 | Tuesdays to Fridays, 0630-1330 |
Rainbow Cottage Cafe is a rather quaint little cafe at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, best known for their vibrant rainbow-mimicking desserts. I had to try their Paddlepop Cheesecake ($7.50), and I was quite pleased to find that it was light, sweet, and didn’t taste of food colouring as its appearance might suggest.
The cafe interior is homely, with a cozy corner for younger children to play. I think it’d be a great place for parents to gather and chit chat while their kids occupy themselves with toys.
Rainbow Cottage Cafe: Blk 452 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560452 | Tel: 6451 2483 | Mondays to Sundays, 1100-2130 | Website
Artisan gelato sound good to you? As its name will already tell you, Double Scoops sells ice-cream, handmade and delightfully good at that. Choose from typical flavours like Mixed Berries and Baileys to more local flavours like Sea Salt Gula Melaka, and have a waffle ($3.60) or thick toast to go with.
Double Scoops: Blk 226A Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, #01-627, Singapore 561226 | Tel: 64520208 | Sundays to Thursdays, 1200-2200 | Fridays to Saturdays, 1200-2300 | Website
That’s it! Since I can’t possibly have listed everything available in Ang Mo Kio, feel free to let me know what else it has to offer that I might have missed.
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