Last Updated: August 21, 2017
If you stay in the West side of Singapore, you would probably have suffered some teasing from your friends, especially from the ones who stay in the East or Central areas. We’re talking about Clementi, Jurong or even Boon Lay here.
“Eh, go your house need passport not?”
“West side so boring.”
“The west got nothing to eat la.”
Okay, I know for sure the first is not true and am a bit uncertain about the second one.
The third one however, took a bit of searching, and frankly it was only when I trudged through the obscure hawker centres and kopitiams that I realised that.
So next time your friends use “nothing to eat” as an excuse to bring you over to the East side, you can stand your ground. refer to this food guide and save some transportation fees.
It is not easy to find decent food portions going at $2.50 nowadays, but cheap food at Taman Jurong Market and Hawker Centre are aplenty. Like this bowl of minced meat noodles, which had a queue even in between the breakfast and lunch hours.
Springy noodles, with a splash of vinegar and plenty of pork lard make this dish tasty. The chilli was the star for me though; it was not only savoury but fragrant, and went very well with the noodles.
58 Minced Meat Noodle: 3 Yung Sheng Road, Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre #03-150, Singapore 618499
The thought of slurping down this bowl of Lor Mee ($3.00) 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 to it. The great thing 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.
Feng Zhen Lor Mee: 3 Yung Sheng Road, Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre #03-146, Singapore 618499
Even the heat could not deter me from trying out this bowl of laksa. The gravy was just nice, not too thick and was very fragrant. The taste the coconut milk was very much present yet did not make me feel gelat. The chilli added a good amount of spice to it. Served with thick bee hoon, to which the gravy clung on nicely, this is quite the well-balanced bowl of laksa.
Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa: Blk 347 Jurong East Ave 1, Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre #01-207, Singapore 600347
I have to hand it to the stall owners, who managed the queue by cooking so many pots of congee at the same time. But it is no wonder that people flock to the store for congee even in the appalling weather. I tried the Sliced Fish Congee ($3.50), which was very appetising and aromatic. Every spoon was delicious, and the fish slices were fresh and cooked perfectly.
Lu Fang Zhou Pin: Blk 347 Jurong East Ave 1, Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre #01-206, Singapore 600347
This well-loved dish here features and oily rice, which was tasty and fragrant. The chicken was smooth and cooked quite well without any red and raw meat. Other than that, the queue at the stall speaks for itself.
Xing Yun Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice: Blk 347 Jurong East Ave 1, Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre #01-202, Singapore 600347
I was there at 4.30pm to beat the dinner crowd, but already there was a short queue in front of the stall. I had the dry mee hoon kway, which was mixed in a bit of the eggy broth the kway was cooked in, 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.
He Jia Huan Ban Mien Mee Hoon Kway: Blk 496 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 640496
The soup here is extremely peppery but very shiok. I would suggest first-timers to have a small sip of the soup to condition themselves so they do not end up getting a shock. So strong the soup is that it easily seeps into the meat, which is full of flavour. Also, the pork is surprisingly tender. Needless to say I sucked the bones clean.
Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh: Blk 349 Jurong East Ave 1, Singapore 600349
Even people who live in the East or Central would have heard of this Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak. Open until 2am in the morning, this stall is quite a famous supper place. Good-sized portions and reasonable pricing, coupled with fragrant coconut rice, sweet chilli and crisp chicken wings – all are clear reasons for their popularity.
Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak: Blk 221B Boon Lay Place, Boon Lay Place Market and Food Centre, #01-06, Singapore 642221 | Tel: 6266 4466 | Website
Sesame oil is one of my favourite condiments and if you are like me, you will love Soon Huat’s Sesame Oil Chicken ($3.50 w/o rice). The dark gravy of the dish is savoury and fragrant, perfect for pairing with white rice. The chicken was extremely soft and fell apart easily when I prodded the meat with my chopsticks. This dish would make for great comfort food material, especially on a rainy day.
Soon Huat Cooked Food: Blk 448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-08, Singapore 120448
This Fried Prawn Mee ($4.00) is the drier style, but wow the gravy packs a punch. It clings to the noodles very well and makes the dish nice and savoury. I was also pleasantly surprised by how fresh the prawns and squid rings were. My only woe is the small portion of chilli they gave. More of that tasty sambal please!
Nam Kee Fried Prawn Noodle: Blk 448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-12, Singapore 120448
I always get excited about having curry but whenever I have thin, unsatisfying ones I get a little disappointed. The curry at Yong Fa is a different story though. Besides offering curry fish and curry fish head, you get to have a huge ladle of curry poured over your rice when you order their rice and sides (cai fan style). The curry is just thick enough, with a nice, spicy kick and something in the aroma I cannot quite name, but was very delicious indeed.
Yong Fa Hainanese Curry Rice and Curry Fish Head: Blk 448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-25, Singapore 120448
This stall, very simply named, sells the old-school version of carrot cake, all chopped up. The carrot cake there has a nice bite to it, slightly crispy with bits of salted radish and omelette all mixed together. So popular is the carrot cake here that the stall is only open in the mornings.
Fried Carrot Cake: Blk 448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-45, Singapore 120448
Popular as it is, the service from this stall is still efficient. So no worries about having to wait too long for some good food. The Ngoh Hiang is a signature, but besides that the prawn fritters are 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.
Xin Sheng Gor Hiong Prawn Crackers: Boon Lay Place Food Village #01-164, Block 221B Boon Lay Place, Singapore 642221
ENAQ serves crispy, hot pratas that are not too greasy. Pair them with some of their special ikan bilis belachan chilli. The generous portions and affordable prices make up for how ulu this place is. Must tries include their Cheese Prata ($2.00), Fish Curry and Chicken Murtabak ($6.00).
ENAQ restaurant: Block 303 Jurong East Street 32, Singapore 600303 | Tel: 6899 0842
I love steamed fish, because besides being a healthier alternative, it can be very delicious if cooked well. Zai Shun is a great place to go for this dish, as their fishes are extremely fresh. You can even pick the kind of fish you want. Beware though, if you plan to go during the weekend. Go early or risk a long wait!
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head: Block 253 Jurong East Street 24, #01-205, Singapore 600253 | Tel: 6560 8594
Fancy a crispy, spicy curry puff at two in the morning? Drop by Richie’s Crispy Puff to satisfy that craving. Conveniently located in the heartlands, its 24 hours operating time means you can have their puffs anytime. Besides the good ol’ curry puff, they have other unique flavours such as lemon tuna, Thai spicy crab and durian.
Richie’s Crispy Puff: 349 Jurong East Ave 1, Singapore 600349 | Tel: 6345 5225 | Website
Watch the aunties mould and stuff the kuehs while you get one of your own. The kuehs here are freshly made by hand, everyday, and a few to try are the Soon Kueh and the Rice Kueh. The skin of their kuehs are thin and chewy, and fillings well seasoned.
Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh: Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre, #01-218, Blk 347 Jurong East Ave 1, Singapore 600347
Try to avoid peak hours at this amazing Wanton mee ($3) in Jurong East, touted as one of the best in Singapore. The char siew and duck are charcoal roasted in store everyday, and have that taste of nostalgia you won’t find anywhere else in Singapore.
Fei Fei Roasted Noodles: Blk 254 Jurong East St 24, Yuhua Village Market & Food Centre, #01-28 Singapore 600254
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