If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that Aljunied GRC has been an opposition stronghold since 2011, where Worker’s Party (WP) won it from the People’s Action Party (PAP), securing 54.72% of the vote that year. As well as in 2015, with Worker’s Party seeing 50.96% of the votes, the competition is no doubt a fierce and intense one.
This hotly-contested GRC has always been the one to watch, and this year is no different. For GE2020, the WP squad consists of WP chief Pritam Singh, party chair Sylvia Lim and vice-chair Faisal Manap. They are also joined by former Non-Constituency Members of Parliament Mr Leon Perera and Mr Gerald Giam.
On the other side of the ring, we have Mr Victor Lye, Mr Shamsul Kamar, Mr Chua Eng Leong, Ms Chan Hui Yuh and Mr Alex Yeo representing PAP.
With such a close margin of votes from previous elections, it appears that the scales can tip in anyone’s favour. With all this intense campaigning and rallies, you have to admit it’s pretty interesting to watch and only gets better with some grub to fill your bellies.
So, we’ve rounded up 10 Food Spots in Aljunied GRC for you to feast on as you watch the elections unfold.
I love nasi lemak as much as the next girl, and Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak at Hougang Hainanese Village Centre is a special one.
This stall has attracted snaking queues since it started operations in 1983. I know, nasi lemak without chicken wings is unheard of, but Yi Liu Xiang does it with just their best-selling kuning fish.
On any other occasion, it’d be a real waste to choose fish over chicken wings. After all, kuning fish are notoriously known to be lean. Yet, the kuning fish is the star of this nasi lemak. With a fresh daily supply by the fishmonger from the market below and the fish fried to perfection, the fish is a clear winner.
Their simple three-set menu features only fish as the main accompaniment and comes up to an affordable S$3. I urge you to have a go at a different rendition of a local favourite. Be in line early though; they’re known to close early and even sold out even before their stipulated closing time of 12pm when I was there!
Yi Liu Xiang: 105 Hougang Avenue 1, Hainanese Village, #02-30, Singapore 530105 | Tel: +65 6924 0876 | Opening Hours: 6.30am – 12pm (Wed & Fri to Sun)), Closed on Mon & Thu
In the heart of Hougang is Tiew Mai Thai Boat Noodle—a hidden treasure that serves tantalising and very affordable bowls of Thai boat noodles.
You can choose from three types of noodle dishes: Pork, Beef and Tom Yum. They’re priced each at S$1.80 for the small bowl and S$6 for the regular bowl.
While the portions are small, prices like these mean you can try all sorts of combinations. I suggest the Thai Pork and Beef Noodles with Thai noodles and thick noodles, respectively.
The beef broth was flavourful and sweet, while the pork broth had a more potent herbal taste, reminding me vaguely of a less garlicky and peppery bak kut teh. Both bowls were accompanied by half a meatball and a slice of meat.
Plus, these mini bowls were great for tasting and were surprisingly substantial. For Thai food that won’t break the bank, Tiew Mai Thai Boat Noodles fits the bill.
Tiew Mai Thai Boat Noodles: 1187 Upper Serangoon Road, The Midtown, #01-22, Singapore 533971 | Tel: +65 6924 0876 | Opening Hours: 12.30pm – 10.30pm (Mon to Fri), 12.30pm – 4pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Sat & Sun)| Facebook
Flavour Flings made headlines with Singapore’s first Milo Coated Chicken Pops. People were divided into two parties (pun intended).
After all, chicken pops have served us well all these years; there was no need to change what seemed to be working.
But, our tastebuds are ever-changing and we foodies want something new. These Milo Coated Chicken Pops (S$9.90) does just that. The chicken pops are showered with a liberal amount of Milo powder for maximum malty goodness.
I have to admit, they did taste a little…different at first, but if you love Milo, you will welcome this with open arms. Sweet and savoury, these pops were dangerously addictive; I was already reaching for my second piece before I was done with my first. Don’t knock it till you try it, plus you can get this with Sambal Belachan Mayo or Nacho Cheese Sauce to add to the experience.
Flavour Flings: 121 Hougang Avenue 1, Singapore 530121 | Tel: +65 6286 0051 | Opening Hours: (Mon & Wed to Fri) 11am – 4pm & 5.30pm – 9pm, (Sat & Sun) 9am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 9pm, Closed on Tue | Facebook | Instagram
4. Chomp Chomp Fried Oyster
If you are eating your way through the Aljunied GRC, then you’ll have to make a mandatory stop at Chomp Chomp Food Centre.
One of the stalls that can’t be missed has to be Chomp Chomp Fried Oyster. Known previously as Ang Mo Kio 409 Fried Carrot Cake, they recently changed their name to Chomp Chomp Fried Oyster.
You might think that the stall would be known for their carrot cake, but instead, they are famous for their Oyster Omelette (S$6/S$8/ S$10/S$12).
It might be a little bit of a wait for your Oyster Omelette, but it will be well worth it. Expect plump oysters that are fresh and juicy with crispy eggs bits of fried egg. It’s a meal that satisfies every time and it’s completely worth the calories.
With these top-notch oysters, their Fried Oyster (S$5/S$6/ S$8/S$10/S$12) would be just as good. Though the oyster omelette and fried oyster might look the same, there is a subtle difference. Fried Oyster has a little more flour, so there is a chewier texture.
Either way, both options are sure to hit the spot.
Chomp Chomp Fried Oyster: 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Chomp Food Centre, #01-24, Singapore 557269 | Opening Hours: 4pm – 11.30 pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon
5. Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Mee
Hokkien mee is a hawker classic and one that had to be included in this romp around Aljunied GRC. Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Mee at Chomp Chomp Food Centre is one that you shouldn’t miss.
Just like Chomp Chomp Fried Oyster, expect a bit of a wait for this plate. The uncle at the stall fries each plate individually so the average waiting time is 30 – 45 minutes, but good things come to those who wait.
Purported to be one of the best Hokkien mee in Singapore, this plate has just the right amount of gravy without being too watery and comes full of squid and prawns. The broth is simmered for three hours with prawns and pork bones, so you get a rich and gratifying mouthful every time.
Good Hokkien mee is hard to come by, and I think Ah Hock won’t disappoint. Just make sure to get there early!
Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Mee: 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Chomp Food Centre #01-27, Singapore 557269 | Opening Hours: 5.30pm – 12pm (Mon, Wed to Sun), Closed on Tue
Another hawker favourite has to be the ever-indulgent Western food. There is just something about giant plates of breaded chicken cutlets and steak that warms the cockles of my heart.
Raffles Western Delights along Bedok Reservoir Road does precisely that. Having been in business for 14 years, these plates from Raffles Western Delights are as old-school as you can get, and at insanely affordable prices as well.
A standout from their selection would be their Chicken Cutlet Rice Set. The chicken crust was crispy and peppery and reminded me of KFC’s Original Recipe. Moreover, it wasn’t overly salty nor oily—a huge plus point for me.
Raffles Western Delights is the real deal when it comes to Western food and what you see is what you get.
Raffles Western Delights: 631 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 470631 | Tel: +65 6924 0876 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9pm (Wed to Mon), Closed on Tue
Along the further reaches of Aljunied GRC is 58 Prawn Noodle, located under an HDB block along Bedok Reservoir Road. If you are familiar with 58 Prawn Noodles, you’ll know that they are no stranger to queues. There might be a queue as early as 9am!
The Big Prawn Noodle Soup (S$10.50) is one that might be unforgettable. True to its name, the prawns were massive! While it seemed like the price was a little steep, the sight of the large prawns that completely blanketed what lay beneath had us feeling we were served our money’s worth.
The fresh crustacean was meaty and had the consistency of crab meat. While the jumbo prawns were succulent, we soon realised that the real star was not the size or quality of the prawns, but the soup.
Rich and hearty, the broth was exemplary.
The hours of boiling had paid off; each spoonful was full of the sweetness of the prawns and had us nodding in approval.
When paired with the sinful saltiness of the lard, the balance left everyone’s bowl clean as we slurped it up to the last drop. Anything would have tasted good with this soup.
After you had this bowl, everything else will pale in comparison. For 58 Prawn Noodle, it’s a go big or home kind of situation.
58 Prawn Noodle: Blk 704, Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 470704 | Opening Hours: 6.30am – 2.30pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon
8. Wild Blooms
Back in Hougang, Wild Blooms is a cosy two-floored picturesque cafe filled with dried flowers and equally pretty desserts.
The cafe was made for Instagram with a gigantic hand-made flower wall that is sure to be an excellent background for your next profile picture.
Wild Blooms serves up the standard cafe fare from the typical Chicken Waffle (S$13.90) to the more interesting Beef Ochazuke (S$14.90).
But, the money is on the Flower Tea Jelly Cake (S$12.90). These individually handcrafted jelly cakes are works of art on their own. These cakes are not just all style and no substance—made with osmanthus tea, the jelly was light on the palate and quite refreshing.
If you ever want to spend a relaxing afternoon nibbling on dainty floral jelly cakes, then Wild Blooms is the place to be.
Wild Blooms: 1187 Upper Serangoon Road, #01-01, The Midtown Residences, Singapore 534785 | Tel: +65 6924 0876 | Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Tue to Thu), 11am – 12am (Fri & Sat), 11am – 9pm (Sun), Closed on Mon | Facebook | Instagram | Website
9. Meat Market
If you are in the market for some fusion food, then Meat Market at Hougang 1 Mall would do the trick.
These wood-fired meats are cooked on different cuts of wood, which are changed every month to infuse food with yummy, earthy flavours that you won’t find anywhere else. Now that’s something!
The Thai Beef Aglio (S$12.90) seems like the last thing you would order from a restaurant specialising in meat, but this is the one to watch.
The beef cubes were well-seasoned with a Thai-style sweet and sour spicy sauce. While the cubed beef wasn’t particularly juicy and tender, it still provided a pretty nice texture to chew on.
For sharing, I would suggest the Black Nigiri ($18.90 for ten pieces). You’ll get an assortment of beef and pork collar slices on black buttered rice, similar to sushi.
Additionally, the rice grains are doused in butter and lightly coated with edible charcoal powder. I was expecting some kind of overpowering taste of grease from the butter, but I was pleasantly surprised by the light, palatable flavours.
Meat Market serves up some pretty impressive fare. From the mains to the desserts, Meat Market’s creative take delivered flavours that hit home. This is one place you’ll come to hungry, and leave satisfied.
10. Gon Pachi Ramen
Ramen has to be the ultimate comfort food. A thick, scrumptious broth with springy noodles along meaty chashu slices is sure to hit the spot.
While some bowls of ramen can be pretty pricey, Gonpachi Ramen’s most expensive ramen only cost S$7.80, a real steal.
Instead of sticking to the standard Japanese broth and recipe, this fusion restaurant incorporates Thai elements into the dishes.
For something outside your ramen comfort zone, the Seven Wonder Ramen (S$7.80) is probably like nothing you’ve tried before. Te name refers to the seven ingredients in the dish, including corn, diced spicy chicken, black fungus, prawn, the ajitama egg, bamboo shoots and green hot sauce.
It’s also a reference to Seven Wonders of Thailand, which includes majestic temples and awe-inspiring waterfalls—a list that every avid traveller should cross off their bucket list.
Served alongside the ramen is a spoonful of green chilli paste that packed some serious heat. Depending on your spice tolerance, you can mix as much or as little as you want.
If you are more of a traditionalist when it comes to ramen, then the Miso Kakuni Ramen (S$7.80) would be more up your alley. With the quintessential miso broth and two thick slices of pork belly, it doesn’t get better than that.
It turns out that there are quite a few gems in Aljunied GRC. From hipster cafes to hawker food, there is something for everyone.
There is certainly more to explore in Aljunied; I know where I’ll be having lunch this campaign season! Have we got all the best places to eat in Aljunied GRC? Let us know if there are any places we’ve missed!