East vs West— ah, the debate never ends. Living in Jurong, I’ve heard my share of “nothing much to eat there” from my Eastie friends. I’m pretty sure many of you have been in a similar situation. Fret not my fellow Westies, this guide will reveal the supposedly hidden food gems in Jurong.
It took me a bit of searching, and frankly, it was only after I trudged through the many obscure hawker centres that I managed to find a treasure trove of amazing stalls. So, the next time your friends use “boring places there to eat” as an excuse to bring you over to the East side, stand your ground and show them this Jurong listicle!
1. 58 Minced Meat Noodle
It’s not easy to find decent food portions going at S$2.50 these days, but cheap food at Taman Jurong Market and Hawker Centre are aplenty. 58 Minced Meat Noodle is one of them, and it’s not unusual to spot snaking queues even in between the breakfast and lunch hours.
Springy noodles, with a splash of vinegar and plenty of pork lard made this dish so heavenly. The chilli was the star for me though; it was not only savoury but fragrant, and went very well with the noodles.
2. Feng Zhen Lor Mee
The thought of slurping down this piping hot bowl of Lor Mee (S$3) makes my mouth water. Of course, the main character of this dish would be the gravy. Thick and smooth, the gravy coated the noodles well and had a pleasant, garlicky taste. The vinegar gave it a nice sourness as well.
The thing I love about this stall is that you get to adjust the dish to your own taste by scooping less or more of the garlic, vinegar or chilli provided at the counter!
3 Yung Sheng Road, Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre, #03-146, Singapore 618499
Tue to Sat: 6am – 2pm
Closed on Sun & Mon
3. Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa
Even the heat could not stop me from trying out this bowl of Laksa (S$4). The gravy had just the right texture and flavour— not too thick and very fragrant. The taste of the coconut milk was very much present yet did not make me feel jelak. The chilli added a good amount of spice to it, which I loved.
Served with thick bee hoon, to which the gravy clung on nicely, this was a well-balanced bowl of laksa that I would recommend to all my friends.
Blk 347 Jurong East Ave 1, Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre, #01-207, Singapore 600347
Daily: 10am – 1:30pm
4. Lu Fang Zhou Pin
I have to hand it to the stall owners who manage to battle the never-ending queues, whilst cooking so many pots of congee at the same time. One taste of their congee, and it’s no wonder that people flock to the store even in this appalling weather! I tried the Sliced Fish Congee (S$3.50), which was very appetising and aromatic. Every spoonful was delicious, and the fish slices were fresh and cooked perfectly.
Blk 347 Jurong East Ave 1, Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre, #01-206, Singapore 600347
+65 8138 1362
Wed to Mon: 7am – 2pm
Closed on Tue
5. Xing Yun Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
What stood out the most from this plate of Chicken Rice (S$3.50) from Xing Yun Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice was the rice itself. Glistening with aromatic oil, the rice was beyond tasty and fragrant— you could smell its deliciousness from a mile away. The chicken did not disappoint too, as it was smooth and cooked quite well without any red and raw meat. Other than that, the queue at the stall speaks for itself.
Blk 347 Jurong East Ave 1, Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre, #01-202, Singapore 600347
Wed to Mon: 7am – 2pm
Closed on Tue
6. He Jia Huan Ban Mien Mee Hoon Kway
Being the kiasu Singaporean that I am, I was there at 4.30pm in hopes of beating the dinner crowd, but alas, there was already a short queue in front of the stall. I had the Dry Mee Hoon Kway (S$4), which was mixed in a bit of the eggy broth the kway was cooked in, together with some dark sauce and chilli. The result was a slightly watery gravy which kept the kway moist, and I really liked how the bits of egg were mixed into it.
Blk 496 Jurong West Street 41, Coffee United, Singapore 640496
Daily: 8:30am – 11pm
7. Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh
The Pork Ribs Soup (S$8) at Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh is extremely peppery but very shiok. I would suggest first-timers to have a small sip of the soup to ease themselves into it, so that they don’t end up getting a fiery shock like I did. The intense peppery notes of the soup were also infused in the meat, which gave each bite a burst of heavenly flavours. Needless to say I sucked all the bones clean.
8. Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak
This stall needs no introduction— even those who live in the East or Central areas of Singapore would have heard of Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak. Open until 4am in the morning, this stall is quite a famous supper spot for all late-night owls. Good-sized portions and reasonable pricing (about S$4 per plate), coupled with fragrant coconut rice, sweet chilli and crisp chicken wings – all are clear reasons for their ever-growing popularity.
9. Xin Sheng Gor Hiong Prawn Crackers
Popular as it is, the service from Xin Sheng Gor Hiong Prawn Crackers, was still as efficient and quick as ever, so no worries about having to wait too long for some good food. Some must-tries include their signature Ngoh Hiang, as well as their Crispy Prawn Cracker (S$12), which were crispy and not overly oily. Dip them into the chilli sauce for an added buzz and eat it with a plate of their bee hoon for a complete meal.
Block 221B Boon Lay Place, Boon Lay Place Food Village, #01-164, Singapore 642221
+65 9646 8348
Daily: 11am – 11pm
10. ENAQ Restaurant
ENAQ serves crispy, hot pratas that aren’t too greasy. For spice lovers, pair these crispy goodness with some of their special ikan bilis belachan chilli for an added kick. Must-tries include their Cheese Prata (S$2.20), Cheese Mushroom Roti John (S$5) and Chicken Murtabak (S$7.50).
As ulu as this place might be, their generous portions, affordable prices and comforting pratas make all time spent travelling worth it!
11. Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
For those looking for a Michelin bib-gourmand worthy zhi char to eat with your friends or family, Zai Shun is here.
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head is a great place to go for a pot of Curry Fish Head (S$28), as the red snapper head they use is extremely fresh. It is done in the assam style and its tangy, spicy curry gravy will not disappoint.
Aside from that, there are also seasonal fishes such as Parrotfish and Pomfret and you can have it cooked in whichever style you prefer. The zhi char menu here is not huge, but the offerings are of superb quality.
The queues can get insane over the weekends, so go early or risk a long wait.
Block 253 Jurong East Street 24, #01-205, Singapore 600253
+65 6560 8594
Thu to Tue: 7am – 2:30pm
Closed on Wed
12. Richie’s Crispy Puff
Fancy a crispy, spicy curry puff at two in the morning? Drop by Richie’s Crispy Puff to satisfy that craving and more. Conveniently located in the heartlands, their 24-hour operating time means you can have their golden puffs literally anytime. Apart from the good ol’ Curry Puff (S$1.30), they also have other unique flavours such as Lemon Tuna, Sardine and even Durian.
349 Jurong East Ave 1, Singapore 600349
+65 6345 5225
Daily: 24 hours
13. Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh
Come and get your daily kueh fix over at Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh. Their kuehs are freshly made by hand everyday, so you’re always guaranteed the best. A few to try are definitely the Soon Kueh (S$0.80) and the Pan Fried Koo Chai Kueh (S$1). The skin of their kuehs are thin and chewy, and the generous fillings are well-seasoned as well. Truly a perfect combination.
Blk 347 Jurong East Ave 1, Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre, #01-218, Singapore 600347
+65 9455 6341
Tue to Sun: 6:30am – 2:30pm
Closed on Mon
14. Fei Fei Roasted Noodles 肥肥烧腊.云吞麵
Touted as one of the best wanton mee in Singapore, do try to visit during non-peak hours to avoid the crazy queues, and disappointment.
A comforting bowl of Wanton Mee (S$3) comes topped with nicely charred char siew and duck, which are charcoal roasted in-store everyday! What sets them apart from the rest, is that their noodles have this distinct taste of nostalgia— one that you won’t find anywhere else in Singapore.
Blk 254 Jurong East St 24, Yuhua Village Market & Food Centre, #01-28, Singapore 600254
Mon to Sat: 9am – 12:30pm
Closed on Sun
15. Bai Li Xiang Economic Bee Hoon (百里香经济米粉)
Popularly known as “Ah Lian Bee Hoon” by NTU students, this place is perfect if you’re in need of a morning pick-me-up to kickstart your day.
Their Bee Hoon (S$3) is so fragrant and flavourful, that it’s delicious enough to eat without any ingredients or chilli. But of course, what’s fried bee hoon without its ingredients, right? From stir-fried vegetables, to a plethora of fried food, you’ll be spoiled for choice with their huge spread of ingredients.
One must-try is their chicken wings—crispy on the outside but juicy and tender on the inside.
651 Jurong West Street 61, #01-01, Singapore 640651
+65 6791 3800
Daily: 6pm – 11am
16. Fatty Weng Shi Tan
Hands down, one of the best orh luaks I’ve had in Singapore. It’s so good that I used to have it for supper almost every week (very unhealthy, I know) when I was studying at NTU. There’s just something about Fatty Weng Shi Tan’s orh luak, that will have you running back for seconds.
Whether it’s the heavenly ratio of crisp to starchy stickiness of the flour, plump oysters, or their signature sour chilli sauce, it’s safe to say that they’ve nailed almost every aspect of this local staple. Besides their popular Orh Luak (S$5), be sure to try their Fried Carrot Cake (S$5) as well!
964 Jurong West Street 91, NTI Food Court, #01-340, Singapore 640964
Daily: 9am – 2pm
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