The Simpang Bedok area is home to one of the busiest supper spots in the East, and if you’re bored of your usual haunt, why not change supper plans to dinner and check out East Village.
This Muslim-centric shopping mall has a plethora of halal eateries serving up dishes like nasi ambeng, sub sandwiches, churros and more. There are also non-halal options to cater to non-Muslims, such as Korean fried chicken and pizza.
Here are 10 eateries that you can check out when you eat your way through this food haven:
Created based on the Subway sandwich that we’re all familiar with, WATSUB doles out handmade halal sandwiches. With a variety of toppings and condiments to choose from, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice.
While you’re there, do try the Signature Meatball and Cheese Sandwich, or Roasted Beef Sandwich, paired with a side of their in-house roasted potatoes.
WATSUB: #01-12 East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048 | Tel: +65 9851 5126 | Opening Hours: 11.30pm – 9pm (Tue to Sun), 3pm – 10pm (Fri), Closed on Mondays | Website
2. Ikura Japanese
From grilled yakitori skewers to a heartwarming bowl of ramen, Ikura Japanese is dedicated to bringing the best of authentic modern Japanese fare to your table.
They have pretty good lunch sets starting from $13.90, and yakitori skewers starting from an affordable $1. Sapporo beers are also on tap, going for a value-for-money price of $4.90 during happy hour from 12pm to 8pm.
Ikura Japanese: #01-01 East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048 | Tel: +65 6909 5606 | Opening Hours: 11pm – 2.30pm, 5pm – 12am (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mondays | Website
3. Kueh Ho Jiak
Specialising in old-school ang ku kueh, Kueh Ho Jiak is a family-run business that just set up shop at East Village recently this 2018.
All of their kuehs are made in-house, with no artificial preservatives or colourings, thus it was recommended that we consume them within two days.
The bouncy skin of the kuehs are made the traditional way by using sweet potato starch, and there’s also a variety of fillings such as yam, salted egg yolk as well as their best-seller, durian.
Kueh Ho Jiak: #01-65 East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048 | Tel: +65 9028 4359 | Opening Hours: 11am – 5pm (Daily) | Website
4. Pizzaria Lucia
From the use of homemade dough and a traditional brick oven for baking, it’s obvious that Pizzaria Lucia serves up pizzas made with love.
The Margherita Bufala ($25.80, 12″) is one of their signatures, featuring creamy buffalo mozzarella cheese atop house-made tomato sauce, finished off with fresh basil leaves.
Don’t miss out on the popular Garlic Cheese Wings ($9.80) either, that packs a full flavour punch from the garlic and crunchy parmesan cheese crust – a definite must-try.
Pizzaria Lucia :#01-05 East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048 | Tel: +65 6384 1101 | Opening Hours: 12pm- 10.30pm (Mon to Fri), 11.30pm – 10.30pm (Sat & Sun) | Website
5. Ambeng Cafe by Ummi Abdullah
I’m all about sharing great food with the ones I love, and Ambeng Cafe puts communal dining at the forefront with all their large, plentiful plates.
Their signature Nasi Ambeng Sahan Set starts from $24 for two pax, and comes with an array of classic Malay side dishes like chicken in spiced coconut gravy, begedil and beef rendang, amongst others. Do come hungry though; they are known for serving up generous portions!
Ambeng Cafe: #01-65 East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048 | Tel: +65 6755 4225 | Opening Hours: 12pm- 9pm (Tue to Sun), 3pm – 9pm (Fri), Closed on Mondays | Website
6. D’elish Treats
This Muslim-owned bakery takes pride in their signature cakes and various baked goods, with the Ondeh Ondeh Cupcake ($4) as a hot favourite.
The kids will love the fun and colourful Rainbow Cake ($7/slice) and for those who prefer something a little more classic, go for their Red Velvet Cupcake ($4), featuring a cocoa vanilla cake filled with Nutella filling, and topped with cream cheese frosting.
D’elish Treats: #01-41 East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048 | Tel: +65 8716 0438 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mondays | Website
7. Terang Bulan
For those who love martabak manis, Terang Bulan serves up a variety of options, each with different kinds of toppings, from Red Velvet Cream Cheese and Oreo ($11) to Bananas and Milo Powder ($7.80).
This sweet Indonesian street snack is not for the faint-hearted as each pancake is topped off with generous lashings of condensed milk. For those who want something more authentic, go for the classic Chocolate and Cheese ($7.80).
Terang Bulan: #01-04, East Village, 430 Upper Changi Rd, Singapore 487048 | Tel: +65 9230 9514 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mondays | Website
8. Hoho Chimek
If fried chicken and beers are your thing, head on down to Hoho Chimek. Apart from serving up Korean favourites like Army Stew ($25, medium), they are best known for their Fried Chicken Sets (starting from $9.80), where you can choose from garlic soy or spicy sauce. The set also comes with a side of fries and lemon mayo for dipping.
Hoho Chimek: #01-45 East Village, 430 Upper Changi Rd, Singapore 487048 | Tel: +65 6702 1396 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Wed to Mon), Closed on Tuesday | Website
9. The Original Pisang Keju
I’ve always been on the hunt for good pisang goreng, and I think I may have just struck gold when I stumbled upon The Original Pisang Keju. I got the Regular box topped with Nutella and Cheese ($7) and boy, was I in for a treat.
It was my first time seeing fried bananas served this way, and to my surprise, the cheddar cheese used was not too overpowering nor savoury, and as for the bananas, I was surprised that they still remained crispy even after sitting in the box for an hour during my journey home.
The Original Pisang Keju: #01-04, East Village, 430 Upper Changi Rd, Singapore 487048 | Tel: +65 9230 9514 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mondays | Website
10. Yummy Takoyaki
Located right next to The Original Pisang Keju, Yummy Takoyaki serves up steamy halal takoyaki. The Cheese Banjir Takoyaki ($15 for 10pcs) was flooded in a rich cheese sauce, takoyaki sauce and topped with bonito flakes.
Choose from the various toppings such as chicken sausage, octopus and more. Oh, and these nifty little bites are only available for takeaways; perfect if you’re looking for a savoury snack in between meals.
Yummy Takoyaki: #01-03 East Village, 430 Upper Changi Rd, Singapore 487048 | Tel: +65 9337 9195 | Opening Hours: 2pm – 8pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mondays | Website