Check out these Ang Mo Kio food gems
Truth be told, I’d never ventured to Ang Mo Kio until I was attached to someone who lives in the area. Unbeknownst to me, this heartland is popping with eateries selling the likes of ma la pasta and seafood nasi lemak. Thanks to him, I get to uncover these places. Plus, he has a big appetite, which means I get to order a variety of food. Here’s a list of Ang Mo Kio food gems to check out when you’re in Ang Mo Kio.
1. Obsessive Chocolat Desire (OCD) Cafe
Obsessive Chocolat Desire (OCD) Cafe and its apt name is a testament of how truly mad they are about chocolates. Take your cocoa addiction to the next level with their signature ice-cream ($3.60 per scoop) ranging from intense Africa 85% Dark to mild Madagascar 30% Milk. They also have other desserts such as Gateau Au Chocolat ($5/$12), a rich chocolate cake which is dense and creamy. If you wanna go OCD on chocolate, round it off with a cup of Triple Hot Chocolate ($6), which can be customised with the accompanying slabs of dark and white chocolate.
Check out our full review of OCD Cafe!
Address: 529 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-2353, Singapore 560529
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 12pm to 10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm to 1am, Sun 2pm to 10pm
OCD Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Kuai San Dian Xin
A short walk from OCD Cafe is Kuai San Dian Xin, a 24/7 dim sum joint which is incredibly wallet-friendly. With each item on their menu only setting you back $1.30, this hawker stall makes it easy to satisfy your dim sum cravings. You’re spoilt for choice with over 30 options to choose from. These include classics such as char siew pao and fried carrot cake, which has a subtle hae bee hiam flavour. Their HK Style Prawn Chee Cheong Fun is liberally stuffed with prawns and wrapped around a silky rice noodle sheet.
Address: 555 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Singapore 560555
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
I miss being a student; besides the fact that you don’t have to #adult yet, you can also access a plethora of affordable food in school. This is exactly what Nanyang Polytechnic students get to enjoy with Ishiro. The most expensive dish at this donburi stall, Roast Beef Bowl, only sets you back $5.50, and features tender beef slices with a warm pink centre. Their Iberico Pork Bowl ($5) is jam-packed with meaty flavours as a result of the marinade and beautiful ratio of meat to fat.
Check out our full review of Ishiro!
Address: 180 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, Nanyang Polytechnic, Block P1 Foodgle Hub Canteen Stall 3 (Fusion Food), Singapore 569830
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm, Sat 9am to 1pm
Tel: 8298 5157
4. Gosh! Inspiring Creations
Have your fill of seafood without breaking the bank at Gosh! Inspiring Creations. Run by seafood importers, this kiosk at AMK Hub offers delightful crustaceans such as crabs and lobsters at affordable prices. Their Mini Lobster Nasi Lemak ($9.80) is a fun twist on a local favourite. Instead of typical fried chicken, grilled yabbies are served with the usual elements of the classic Malay dish—namely coconut rice, sambal, and ikan bilis. A popular side on their menu is Mini Crabs ($5), which are soft-shell crabs coated with a savoury and spicy seasoning.
Check out our full review of Gosh! Inspiring Creations!
Address: 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #B2-48, AMK Hub, Singapore 569933
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 8686 9918
Gosh! Inspiring Creations is a halal-certified eatery.
5. The Workbench Bistro
Challenge your spice tolerance at The Workbench Bistro. This HDB cafe serves legit Ma La Pasta ($16.90) with three levels of spice, starting from a beginner-friendly xiao la to deadly da la. Paired with this ma la aglio olio is a crispy buttermilk chicken that’s fried to deep, golden perfection. This flavoursome tender meat gives a nice break from the numbing spices of the pasta. Indulge in their Egg Lava Beef Burger ($18.90)—a true treat-yo’-self dish which features a thick beef patty layered with savoury bacon, oozy cheese, and a runny egg.
Check out our full review of The Workbench Bistro!
Address: 332 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, #01-1881, Singapore 560332
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 12pm to 10pm, Fri 12pm to 11pm, Sat 10am to 11pm, Sun 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6452 0810
6. Konomi Zen
Japanese fare is known to be on the pricier side, where it’s easy to burn a hole in your wallet after one meal. Thankfully, there’s Konomi Zen which offers a no-frills menu with nothing over $6. From just $3.50, you’ll be able to get your fill of their Japanese donburi. The Oyako Don ($3.50) is packed with chunks of chicken which are simmered under an egg. Mix the rice together to thoroughly coat each grain with the accompanying sweet sauce. For a taste of the sea, get the Tendon ($5), which features lightly battered prawn tempura, tilapia fillet, and some vegetables.
Check out our full review of Konomi Zen!
Address: 628 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, #01-59, Ang Mo Kio 628 Market & Food Centre, Singapore 560628
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 8pm
Tel: 9734 8875
7. Shanghai Renjia
If Din Tai Fung is your bae for xiao long bao and la mian, then Shanghai Renjia can be your new side chick. The menu reflects this family-run restaurant’s awe for Shanghai cuisine, offering dishes such as Pan-Fried Buns ($6 for four) and Pork Chop Noodles ($6) which are freshly made in-house. Their Pan-Fried Buns are basically fried xiao long bao which are crispy, golden-brown buns encasing a juicy pork filling. Mix the springy Pork Chop Noodles evenly to taste the sweet braised-meat sauce in each strand of noodles.
Check out our full review of Shanghai Renjia!
Address: 151 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, #01-3046, Singapore 560151
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6368 6927
Shanghai Renjia is not a halal restaurant.
8. Sumo Big Prawn
Go big or go home with Sumo Big Prawn. This prawn noodle stall takes prawn mee to the next level with their Sumo Big Prawn ($8). Be sure to come with an empty belly as this massive dish comes with large, sweet prawns, a bed of plump clams, your choice of noodles, and their umami-rich soup. If you’re feeling fancy, go for their Lobster Bee Hoon Soup ($24.90), which features luxurious Colombian lobsters. With a whole lobster, a pair of prawns, and a bunch of clams swimming the robust prawn soup, this dish makes you feel like you’re dining at a seafood restaurant but at a fraction of the price.
Check out our full review of Sumo Big Prawn!
Address: 628 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, Singapore 560628
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9:30am to 4pm, 5pm to 9pm
Tel: 9816 4514
9. Hong Heng Beef Noodles And Laksa
There are some great food pairings we get to enjoy in Singapore, such as oyster omelette and crab bee hoon. Now Hong Heng Beef Noodles and Laksa brings us another delicious duo—Mixed Beef Laksa ($5.50). Instead of regular hum (cockles), this noodle stall swaps it for an assortment of beef—tender slices, chewy tendon, and tripe. There is also the option to stick the original dishes. Their Dry Beef Noodles ($4.50/$5/$6/$7) is generously ladled with a thick and savoury sauce. Mix in the accompanying chilli for a fiery kick in the Fresh Cockles Laksa ($3.50).
Check out our full review of Hong Heng Beef Noodles And Laksa!
Address: 226H Ang Mo Kio Street 22, #01-16, Kebun Baru Market & Food Centre, Singapore 568226
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 3pm, 6.30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6368 6927
10. Fish & Chicks
Pad thai, tom yum, and green curry are must-haves when visiting a Thai eatery. While Fish & Chicks does not come to mind to fill up on those Thai favourites, you can get a taste of them with their Thai-inspired menu. Al dente pasta sits in a tangy tom yum broth in their Tom Yum Pasta ($10.50) and finished with a signature battered fish fillet. The Green Curry Chicken Cutlet ($11.60) comes with a separate curry dip so that the golden-brown fried chicken won’t get soggy.
Check out our full review of Fish & Chicks!
Address: Blk 531 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-2429, Singapore 560531
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9:30pm
Tel: 9828 3490
Explore Ang Mo Kio today
This heartland is dotted with local cafes and hawkers which serve up an array of affordable and delicious spread, allowing you to spend an entire day touring this quaint neighbourhood with your belly!
If you are looking for more affordable food, check out our list of hawker stalls by ex-chefs including Hao Lai Ke’s Pork Ribs Fried Rice.