Sengkang food can be pretty good too
Every Sunday, my family deliberates our most contentious question of the week: where should we go to eat? My sister usually suggests Kovan, my parents typically like a drive down to Ang Mo Kio, and I may yet again propose my favourite food haunt, Bedok. But hardly, if ever, does Sengkang come up in our discussion.
You’d expect us to know the best places to get grub in this neighbourhood, considering we’ve lived here for more than a decade. But really, if anyone asks, “What’s nice to eat at Sengkang ah?”, I’d take a while to give an answer. As it turned out, all I needed to do was some digging to discover the food gems hidden on quiet streets and under our HDB flats.
1. Le Steak
Le Steak is a family-friendly restaurant serving a spread of American food. Opt for their popular Ribeye Steak ($21.90) or Sirloin Steak ($18.90) served with either black pepper sauce or mushroom sauce, and a side of thick-cut fries and salad.
If you’re a fan of fresh oysters, come by on Fridays, weekends or the eve of public holidays to get half a dozen Fresh Shucked Live Oysters at just $22. Not only is the food priced affordably, this halal-certified restaurant doesn’t charge GST or service charge, so both you and your wallet will be satisfied dining here.
Address: 248 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799472
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 11pm
Tel : 6556 3588
Check out our list of other child-friendly restaurants in Singapore.
2. THREE by Table Concepts
Here’s one for indecisive diners like me. At THREE by Table Concepts, you don’t have to settle for one particular cuisine. You can get Japanese food from Seiro, modern Thai food from Zakka, and French cuisine from French Table Bistro, all from the same space.
Each kitchen offers an incredibly affordable 3-course Set Meal, starting at $5.90++. If you’re stumped by the expansive menu, you won’t go wrong with Thai Basil Pork Rice ($11.80++), Mac N Cheese ($7.80++), or Signature Duck Leg and Linguine ($23.80++). End your meal on a sweet note with a selection of desserts such as Mango Sticky Rice ($12.80++) and Tiramisu ($8.80++).
Address: 33 Sengkang West Avenue, #03-K1/K2/K3, Seletar Mall, Singapore 797653
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6702 7110
3. Teck Ee Seafood
For evenings your family doesn’t feel like cooking, hit Teck Ee Seafood up for warm, delicious soups and homely dishes. Try Tom Yam Seafood Soup ($6/$10/$15), which uses the same soup base as their Assam Fish Head ($20) to create a spicy and super shiok soup. Complete your meal with Prawn Paste Chicken ($10/$13/$16) or Yam Ring ($16) for a simple, enjoyable dinner.
Address: 277C Compassvale Link, #01-13, Singapore 543277
Opening hours: Daily 1pm – 11pm
Tel: 6481 1132
Ironically, Savoury’s desserts seem to receive more enthusiastic reviews than their savoury options. When you first step into the restaurant, you’ll be drawn to a beautiful display of house-made gelato that you can enjoy with a Signature Waffle ($14 with one scoop of gelato, $18.50 with two).
Durian lovers should not miss their Mao Shan Wang Lava Cake ($14.80) because hot, flowing durian lava contrasted with cold Mao Shan Wang gelato tastes as heavenly as it sounds. Located towards the edge of Sengkang, Savoury is great if you want some halal-certified Western food, but don’t want to jostle through crowds at malls.
Address: 246 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799470
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6pm to 11:30pm, Sat 12pm to 1:30am, Sun 12pm to 11:30pm
Tel: 6752 9288
Find out where else to get awesome ice-cream desserts in Singapore.
Hidden within a food court under Block 267, Flambé serves Western food you’d normally find at a restaurant. They make standard fare such as Grilled Norwegian Salmon ($12.90) atas by serving it with potato and leek compote, preserved lemons and puffed buckwheat. Other interesting options include Rosti x Okonomiyaki ($6.50), which has mayonnaise and takoyaki sauce drizzled over rosti, then topped with bonito flakes.
Address: 267 Compassvale Link, #01-02, Happy Hawkers, Singapore 542267
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 11am to 10pm, Mon 2pm to 10pm
Tel: 9001 5421
Okonomiyaki fans can check out our review of Seiwaa’s DIY okonomiyaki!
6. Oki Machi
Oki Machi brings Taiwan’s grilled mochi sticks to our shores! Sticks of mochi are freshly grilled in a waffle iron upon your order and coated generously in a sweet or savoury sauce of your choice. There are typical flavours such as dark chocolate and cookies and cream, but adventurous ones may want to try ma la spicy or tonkatsu. These mochi sticks have the texture of muah chee, but are crisp on the outside. They are priced at $2 for a stick, $5 for three sticks and $6 for four sticks.
Address: 33 Sengkang West Avenue, #B1-K12, The Seletar Mall, Singapore 797653
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
7. Go Noodles
These springy noodles at Go Noodles are tossed in a simple brown sauce, possibly a mix of stock and some soya sauce, and go without the usual tomato or chilli sauces. I can never resist having a bowl of Fried Wanton Noodles ($4.50) here. If you opt for Char Siew Wanton Noodles ($4.50), note that their char siew is of the lean and boiled variety.
Have your noodles with a heaping spoonful of their sambal chilli paste, which is the perfect blend of savouriness and spiciness. I grew up eating wanton noodles from this stall and come back time and time again. The ever-present queue suggests this stall is well loved by other residents too!
Address: 11 Rivervale Crescent, #01-01, Foodfare, Rivervale Mall, Singapore 545082
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10pm
8. The Cafe Menu
This creamy, cheesy goodness served in a claypot practically screams comfort. The Cafe Menu does just like its name suggests: it serves cafe food like mac and cheese, but at kopitiam prices. Most would order Claypot Chicken Mac & Cheese ($5), but if you’re not a fan of cheese you may prefer a tender Grilled Chicken Chop ($6) or juicy Grilled Wagyu Steak ($15.50).
Address: Blk 433A Sengkang West Way, #01-01, Happy Hawkers Coffeeshop, Singapore 560531
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 12:30pm to 8:30pm, Fri 3pm to 8:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm to 8:30pm
Tel: 9067 5190
Read our full review of The Cafe Menu.
9. Zhen Da Ji Hong Kong Street
Unlike most other places, Zhen Da Ji serves White Bee Hoon ($6) dry and with salted fish bits. It has an intense wok hei flavour, so don’t miss this when you’re dining here. Some other noteworthy dishes include Sam Lao Hor Fun (from $6) and a well-executed Cereal Prawn (from $20), but you’re set for a treat ordering any of the dishes featured on the signboard above the kitchen.
Address: Blk 182A Rivervale Crescent, Singapore 541184
Operating hours: Daily 11am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 10:30pm
With a brick wall and unmatched chairs adding bright pops of colour, you might be surprised to find out Legend is actually a kopitiam and not the hipster joint you were imagining. Over here you’ll be able to get zi char, roasted meats, Japanese ramen and Western food. Go for Salted Egg Prawns ($22) and Cereal Tofu ($6) from the zi char stall. Western food stall Hoggies does an impressive German Pork Knuckle ($28.90) and a super crispy Chicken Cutlet. Best of all, you can enjoy your meal with a view of the scenic Punggol waterway – cheers to waterfront dining without spending a bomb.
Address: 59 Anchorvale Road, #01-06, Anchorvale Community Club, Singapore 544965
Opening hours: Mon-Fri & Sun 10am to 2am (last order at 1am), Sat & PH 10am to 3am (last order at 2am)
Tel: 6702 1359
Shout-out to Sengkang foodies
The food scene in Sengkang is more exciting than it seems, so hopefully my family will have less of a headache deciding where to eat this weekend. Share with us your favourite hidden gems in Sengkang in the comments!