The East Food Guide to #LivingLocal
Dive into Singapore's favourite hobby with these amazing food recommendations.
The East is home to some of Singapore’s most delightful epicurean experiences, with a range of options satisfying even the pickiest of palates. Come and pig out at these amazing food places, where you can indulge in a wonderful mix of authentic local flavours and #livelocal.
If you’re looking for something simple yet delectable on-the-go, try some of Singapore’s best local snacks! Jiaxiang Pancake on Simei Street serves up the classic peanut min jiang kueh (pancake that is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside), as well as different renditions of the traditional snack. What makes this stall unique is its generous helping of peanuts (and Singaporeans know a good deal when they see one!) accompanied by the delicate pancake, as well as its creative spins on the traditional snack, such as black sesame fillings for those with a sweet tooth, and cheese with egg and hotdog if you’re really hungry.
Local Nyonya food enthusiasts know where to find good traditional snacks at Lek Lim Nyonya Cake Confectionery on Bedok North Street, which has stood the test of time since 1968. Priding themselves on multicultural appreciation, they sell the popular ang ku kueh (chewy pastry with filling) and oneh oneh (chewy pastry with coconut flakes), as well as Malay kueh lapis (layered butter cake) and Western butter cakes and muffins. These treats are lovingly handmade, and are especially affordable to boot.
If you still have some space after all that good stuff, head to Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah on Joo Chiat Place, where you can watch the cooks masterfully make popiah skin while waiting for a bite of popiah (roll made with turnips and seafood, wrapped in a thin dough skin). Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah is known for their well-seasoned turnip and of course their high-quality chewy popiah skin, which no doubt has kept them in good business since 1938.
How about some drinks and a place to chill with friends? Caffeine junkies, head over to Chock Full of Beans at Changi Village Road for some aromatic coffee and some delicious café fare. Good things comes to those who wait, so if you can spare some of your time, you can ask the baristas for 3D latte art on top of your iced coffee. With cute foam cartoon characters resting on the top of your drink, this café truly makes for perfect Instagrammable moments!
Those who fancy a tipple might be surprised to learn that Tiger beer isn’t the only locally-produced beer. Introducing the Little Island Brewing Co at Changi Village Road: a craft microbrewery, brewpub, smokehouse and restaurant all in one. With their faithful attention to brewing using traditional methods, as well as their creative concoctions, the Little Island Brewing Co is a great place in the East for you to chill out with your friends over a few local beers, while enjoying your time amongst the local crowds and experiencing the local vibes.
But what if you’re craving a more novel, filling experience? Smith Marine is Singapore’s only seafood kelong restaurant (i.e. a floating restaurant offshore), accessible only by chartered bumboats from Changi Point Ferry Terminal, where you can expect the freshest seafood away from the hustle and bustle of the city. While the restaurant is only available by reservation three days in advance, the experience of being on a floating restaurant in the sea while relishing aromatic seafood cooked in popular Asian styles, such as Teochew and Thai styles, makes the extra effort more than worth it. And if you’re feeling up to it, you can even catch snappers and seabass in their “sure-catch” pond and enjoy them cooked in the style you want.
But if you feel as if you can eat a horse, try Al Jasra’s 24/7 prata (flat, fried Indian dough) buffet on Changi Road! Singaporeans love having prata for a hearty supper, and most might be familiar with egg prata and mushroom prata at night, but have you heard of strawberry prata and pineapple prata? Featuring a variety of prata fillings and toppings from popular favourites to unique creations, you can get ready to get stuffed with their palatable diversity of options. And bonus: this amazing buffet is priced at an affordable $7.90, so head down to Changi Road for your next supper conquest!
If you’re not satisfied with simply eating, why not give it a go at creating some of our local dishes? Cookery Magic offers cooking classes at Fidelio Street for anyone interested in making Singaporean food, such as local favourites Nyonya Laksa (noodles with seafood in spicy soup) and Char Kuey Teow (wok-fried flat noodles with bean sprouts, eggs and seafood), when you book a class on their website. There’s even a class where you can cook at Pulau Ubin, an offshore Singaporean island, using herbs gathered there, where you can learn to cook healthy Malay spiced rice called Nasi Kerabu.
With these fantastic food options in the East, you can always expect to feel full and satisfied while touring the attractions around. Don’t skip these amazing meals to be had while planning your trip around Singapore!
Photo credit: Miss Tam Chiak, Chock Full of Beans, sethlui.com