Bishan food places that can satisfy any heartlander
As someone who has stayed in Bishan my entire life, it’s easy to just turn to Junction 8 for a quick meal fix. However, the food scene in Bishan is way more vibrant than it seems. So if you and your friends are ever in the area, or if your family needs a new go-to in the neighbourhood, here are 10 spots with delicious food that are sure to satisfy.
1. Ding Ji Mushroom Minced Meat Noodles
For a comforting meal, head down to Ding Ji Mushroom Minced Meat Noodles for a bowl of Fish Maw Soup ($8). The base of the soup is a flavourful pork bone broth that comes with generous servings of sliced pork, liver, fish maw and minced meat. A bowl of well-seasoned springy noodles is served on the side. Whether it’s a rainy evening or a sweltering afternoon, this meal is comfort in a bowl.
Address: 284 Bishan Street 22, Singapore 570284
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
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For Western food minus the premium prices, pay a visit to 吃Western. This humble kopitiam stall is helmed by three experienced chefs with more than two decades of restaurant and hotel experience between them. Together, they came up with their versions of comforting and affordable dishes such as Steak Frites ($14) and Chicken Chop ($6). Generously portioned and well prepared, these dishes can satisfy any appetite.
Address: Blk 206 Toa Payoh North, #01-1197, Singapore 310206
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 8:30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 8:30pm
3. The Wholefood Kitchen
If you are looking for a healthy food spot, The Wholefood Kitchen is a humble hawker stall that offers delicious meals made with fresh and unprocessed ingredients. Aside from hearty rice bowls and wraps, they also put unique spins on familiar dishes. Their dry Thunder Tea Noodles ($12), for example, is a vegan take on Hakka thunder tea noodles. If you have a sweet tooth, they also offer cakes and muffins.
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Address: 514 Bishan Street 13, 2F Bishan Cafeteria, Singapore 570514
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12pm to 8pm, Sat 11:30am to 4:30pm
Tel: 8666 9740
4. Jai Thai
Jai Thai is a zi char-style Thai restaurant that can cater to one hungry individual or a large group of people. You have the option of ordering from their Family Set Menu or you can choose from over 90 dishes in their A la Carte Menu. Their specialities include Phad Thai Seafood ($8+) and Tom Yum Seafood (Clear Soup / Chilli Paste) ($7+).
5. Grin Affair
For adorable baked goods and birthday emergencies, Grin Affair is your one-stop solution. This bakery is known for their mousse cakes that come in jars. These jars are jam-packed with different combinations of fluffy mousse and sponge. They have crowd-favourite flavours such as Cookies and Cream ($4.50), as well as more uncommon ones including Lychee Passion Fruit ($5.50) and Durian ($5).
Address: Blk 505d Bishan Street 11, #01-408, Singapore 574505
Opening hours: Mon 5pm to 10pm, Tue-Fri 1pm to 10pm, Sat – Sun 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 8222 2678
6. Two Chefs Eating Place
Speaking of zi char, Two Chefs Eating Place is a great food spot for casual family gatherings. They offer crowd-favourites such as Salted Egg Yolk Chicken ($10) and Sambal Lala ($10) that you can’t go wrong with. If you want to try something different, order a plate of their Butter Pork Ribs ($8) to share. This dish is milky, slightly sweet and savoury – a unique upgrade from the regular sweet and sour pork. If you’re like my family and are all about convenience, you can also call in and place an order for takeaway, and pick the food up on the way home.
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Address: 409 Sing Ming Avenue, #02-01, Singapore 570409
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6451 3812
7. Soul Kitchen
There aren’t a lot of places in Singapore that offer Southern American soul food, but Soul Kitchen has got us covered. They offer all-day breakfast items such as Southern Grits and Eggs ($6.90) and their sweet Apple Jack Au Pain Perdu ($5.90). If you’re looking for something more substantial, their mains change daily so check out their Facebook page before visiting. Some of their mains include Lasagna ($9.80) and Roasted Pork & Rice ($9.80).
Address: 1 Pemimpin Drive, #01-02, One Pemimpin, Singapore 576151
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 8am to 4pm, Sat 10am to 2pm
Tel: 9272 4561
8. Rong Cheng Bak Kuh Teh
For some good ol’ Chinese comfort food, Rong Cheng Bak Kuh Teh has got you covered. Whether or not it’s a rainy day, order their peppery Pork Ribs Soup ($7+) and You Tiao ($1+) for a simple, satisfying meal. If you aren’t in the mood for bak kuh teh, they also offer various affordable zi char dishes, such as Hong Kong Kai Lan with Oyster Sauce ($7+) and Prawn Paste Chicken Wings ($13+).
Address: Blk 26 Sin Ming Lane, #01-117, Midview City, Singapore 573971
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 9pm
Tel: 6684 1889
9. Crusty Oven
For sweet treats in the area, Crusty Oven is the place to get your pastry fix. From Blueberry Tarts ($1.80 each) that resemble rich cheesecakes to their luxurious Chocolate Royale Tarts ($2.40 each), you’re sure to find one you adore out of the 11 flavours they offer. If tarts aren’t up your alley, they also make muffins, cakes and cookies to cover any kind of craving you may have.
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Address: Blk 505A, Bishan Street 11, #01-442, Singapore 571505
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 9pm
Tel: 8511 1005
10. Ming Kee Chicken Rice
If you’re running out of money but still want a decent meal, you can’t go wrong with an affordable plate of Steamed Chicken Rice ($3.50) from Ming Kee Chicken Rice. Unlike your conventional chicken rice stall, they serve their smooth chicken meat cold. This makes the meat more flavourful and tender. The only problem with this place is how crowded it can get during lunch hour, so visit them slightly later to avoid the long queue.
Address: Blk 511 Bishan Street 13, #01-522, Kim San Leng Food Centre, Singapore 570511
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9pm
Bishan is bae
Bishan has so much more food than what you can get at J8. Leave us a comment below telling us which of these places you want to visit the next time you drop by.