Where to eat at Bedok
Although I stay closer to JB than Changi, I often travel all the way for Bedok food. Initially, these long excursions were pilgrimages to the famous Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian and Inspirasi. Yet, as I tried to navigate around this expansive neighbourhood, I stumbled upon other delicious eateries, and I found more reasons to return. I have featured 26 of these hidden Bedok food gems in my article.
Whether you’re a Westie who has never stepped into Bedok or an Eastie who’s sussing out something new, bookmark this page as I’m sure there’s def’ something for you here!
1. Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian
I may live in Yew Tee, but I have and will continue to make the one-and-a-half-hour trip to Fengshan Food Centre for Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian. Yes, their bak chor mee ($3/$4) is that good.
Unlike your typical bak chor mee stall, Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian only cooks up the soup-based version, trusting that they can impress you with their umami-laden broth. And they probably will. Garlicky undertones cut across the robustly flavoured soup with their light sweetness, giving it an overall light and refreshing taste. This pool of umami goodness is also peppered with generous amounts of chewy meatballs and pillowy minced meat, such that every spoonful offers a satisfying medley of textures.
Address: 85 North Street 4, #01-07, Fengshan Centre, Singapore 460085
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 2:30pm to 1am
Tel: 9879 4599
2. Blk 511 Aliff Nasi Lemak
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With heavyweights such as Mizzy Corner and The Coconut Club in the game, it’s understandable that we have high expectations for nasi lemak. Yet, even among this crowded sea of contenders, Blk 511 Aliff Nasi Lemak manages to stand out, garnering loyal followers who sweep up their prized Nasi Lemak ($3.50) within minutes of opening time.
Most fans are willing to soldier through the anxious 15-minute queues, knowing that a steaming hot plate of fluffy basmati rice, flavourful house-made begedil, and oh-so-crispy fried chicken wings await.
Address: 511 Bedok North Street 3, #01-19, Kaki Bukit 511 Market and Food Centre, Singapore 460511
Opening hours: Sat-Thur 10am to 10pm
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The simplest dishes are usually the hardest to perfect. Most stalls can cook up decent mee soto but it takes a masterful pair of hands to conjure up one as good as Inspirasi. This legendary stall has amassed a loyal following over the past 50 years, with most fans standing sentry at their doors before their shutters are even lifted, hoping to snatch a bite of their Mee Soto ($2.50).
Patiently stewed for over 12 hours, its broth effuses a palate-whetting turmeric fragrance, inviting you to indulge in its slightly earthy, aptly sweet, and intensely rich flavours. Finish it off with a generous hand of fork-tender shredded chicken and chewy egg noodles, and you’ve got the near-perfect answer to any rainy day.
Address: 208B New Upper Changi Road, #01-11, Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, Singapore 460207
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 9:30pm
4. Shubby Sweets
Spending time at Shubby Sweets is like being a kid left in a candy store, as the sheer amount of sweet treats only leaves you giddy with excitement. Whether it’s their Snickers Cheesecake ($7.90) or Nutella Blondie ($7.50 for a box of five), every dessert of theirs looks so freaking sinful, but also tastes so damn good.
Though any of these sugarific treats can easily satisfy your sweet cravings, we must recommend their crowd-pleasing Blueberry Cheesecake Choux ($3.50 for one, $10 for three). Lightly tear this dainty pastry, and a river of cream cheese oozes out from its centre, infusing its chewy crust with an injection of milky flavours.
Check out our full review of Shubby Sweets.
Address: 42 Chai Chee Street, #01-68, Singapore 461042
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 1:30pm to 6:30pm, Sat-Sun 12:30pm to 6:30pm
Tel: 8419 9614
5. Ma Bo Lor Mee
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Ma Bo Lor Mee proves that it’s possible to enjoy a filling meal despite a $3 budget, giving you your money’s worth with their hearty bowls of lor mee. Their eponymous Ma Bo Lor Mee sets you just $2.50 back—quite the steal considering the bounty of fishcakes, ngoh hiang, braised pork belly, and braised eggs that await beneath it.
But that’s not even the most dollar-stretching item on their menu. That proud title belongs solely to their Fried Fish Lor Mee ($3/$4), which rewards one with an avalanche of seven to eight fried dory nuggets. What I love most about those shatteringly crisp treats is their fluffy batter which sponges up the herbal-infused gravy, giving the fish a slightly bitter and savoury taste.
Address: 216 Bedok North Street 1, #01-76, Singapore 460216
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 6pm
6. Shi Wei Da
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Featuring plain yellow noodles that are enveloped by a dull and viscous gravy, Shi Wei Da’s Satay Bee Hoon ($3/$4) doesn’t exactly catch the eye. Yet, this unassuming dish is also a proud recipient of the Michelin Bib Gourmand, and rightfully so too.
Their satay sauce— the make or break factor of this dish— is prepared entirely from scratch, so it’s no surprise that it impresses from the get-go. A wave of nutty and savoury flavours washes over your tongue, before hints of sweetness and spiciness linger in the background, giving their noodles a moreish and full-bodied taste.
Address: 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-41, Fengshan Market and Food Centre, Singapore 460085
Opening hours: Daily 5pm to 12am
7. The Burning Oak
A mainstay at the hipster-ish Bedok Marketplace, The Burning Oak has long proven that you can enjoy quality Wagyu in a hawker setting. Their Foie Gras and Beef Don ($20) may cost more than your average donburi, but this luxurious bowl is anything but average.
Succulent slabs of Wagyu beef, coupled with a hefty chunk of meltingly soft foie gras, grace this glorious creation, paving the way for an explosion of rich and savoury flavours. Def’ a must-visit if you happen to be around Bedok.
Check out our full review of The Burning Oak.
Address: 348 Bedok Road, #02-16, The Bedok Marketplace, Singapore 469560
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 1:30pm, 6pm to 9pm
Tel: 9873 6093
8. Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh
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As a food writer, I believe that it’s not only important to serve good food, but also to serve them with a great heart. Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh may not be the biggest name in the bak kut teh scene, but they are committed to offering former convicts a second chance, with most of their staff comprising ex-offenders.
The taste of their Bak Kut Teh (from $6) also matches up to the loftiness of their cause, impressing with its juicy ribs and full-bodied broth.
9. Yassin Kampung
Chef Yassin Ng, the brains behind Yassin Kampung, is known to be quite the maverick, but even we were surprised when he conjured up a plate of Kampung Durian Chicken ($20++ for regular, $30++ for large) from his kitchen.
This peculiar creation combines crispy fried chicken with a rich durian custard, such that an intense pengat-like fragrance envelopes every inch of the meat. Yet, strange as it seems, this dish only impresses with its harmonious symphony of flavours, as the durian sauce empowers the meat with a creamy sweetness that lingers on the tongue.
Check out our full review of Yassin Kampung.
10. Nakhon Kitchen
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Judging from the snaking queues outside their doors, Nakhon Kitchen remains one of our top picks for quality and affordable Thai food. Most fans find their dishes to be just as good as those mouth-watering creations found along the streets of Bangkok, making this popular eatery a one-stop solution to your Thai food cravings.
Special mention goes out to their crowd-pleasing Phad Thai Noodles ($5). It’s difficult to find a solid plate of pad thai in Singapore, but this eatery comes close with their al dente strands of noodles which sing with their sweet and savoury notes.
11. Raffles Western Delight
I still remember the first time I stumbled upon photos of Raffles Western Delight’s Chicken Cutlet Rice Set. My mouth was left agape; my eyes were slightly squinted— I simply couldn’t believe that such a mammoth slab of meat existed. But it did. And at $4.50, it was also one of the most dollar-stretching chicken cutlets that we had found in Singapore.
Although the cutlet is understandably hammered to a thin state, the amount of meat can still leave you very full. And even if you are still hungry after finishing this XXL treat, a mountain of fried rice and fries still await you.
Check out our full review of Raffles Western Delight.
Address: 631 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 470630
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9pm
12. Power Coffeehouse
Being the spot that replaces the popular To-gather Cafe, Power Coffeehouse had pretty big shoes to fill. But it’s also off to a great start. This cheery hideaway has proven popular since their opening, setting the scene for many chill afternoons with their cosy ambience.
The food here ain’t half-bad either. Most people give a firm thumbs up for their Power Nasi Goreng ($8.90), which tastes even better with their aptly named Shiok Sambal. This potent spice ups the ante with just the right tinge of heat, as it binds the ikan bilis’ saltiness and onion-like sweetness together, creating a moreish plate of carbs.
Check out our full review of Power Coffeehouse.
Address: 84 Bedok North Street 4, #01-27, Singapore 460084
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10pm
Tel: 6445 1011
13. Prawn & Mee
At a time when most stalls are attracting new customers by adding a drizzle of mentaiko or a dash of mala to their dishes, it takes courage for a new stall to stick with something simple. And that’s exactly what the owners of Prawn & Mee— Gladwin Yap and Raphael Sim— have in spades. As such, expect their Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle Soup ($4/$6/$8) to impress, getting every aspect down pat with its robust broth and juicy prawns.
Check out our full review of Prawn & Mee.
Address: 216 Bedok North Street 1, #01-45, Singapore 460216
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am to 1pm
14. Burgs by Project Warung
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The Burgs’ Classic Cheeseburger ($5.50 for single, $8 for double) from Burgs by Project Warung simply screams of decadence, with its potent pairing of molten American cheese and juicy beef patties. A bed of caramelised onions then brings a superb finishing touch to this glorious treat, undercutting the waves of savouriness with their refreshing sweetness.
15. Hao Lai Ke
With a former Din Tai Fung chef helming their kitchen, Hao Lai Ke conjures up dishes that come pretty close to the real deal. Their mouthwatering Pork Ribs Fried Rice ($6) gives its more well-known counterparts a run for their money, matching up to their lofty standards with chewy grains of rice and succulent slabs of meat.
What we love most about their pork chop is the extra touch of black pepper, which lifts the umami-packed meat with its spicy zing, ensuring that it leaves an oh-so-shiok feeling on the tongue.
Check out our full review of Hao Lai Ke.
Address: 204 Bedok North Street 1, #01-393, Singapore 460204
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 10pm
Tel: 9673 5517
16. Black & Ink
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Fat is flavour. And flavour is fat. Like it or not, pork just doesn’t taste as great without a glorious lining of fat adorning it. Black & Ink proves just that with their gloriously sinful Char Bowl ($15.90+), leaving hungry mouths drooling with their calorific slabs of fatty char siew.
They only prepare them with pork jowl meat, so expect their tender and supple char siew to playfully tussle with your teeth, as every bite unleashes a torrent of savoury and fantastically buttery notes. If you find their roast meat rather jelak, sneak a few bites of their achar, for the latter provides a much-needed palate cleanser with its tangy kick.
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I used to believe that chee cheong fun was just an uninspiring combination of rice rolls and sweet sauce, but Yummy proved me wrong with their salivating Set C ($3.55). This rustic eatery jazzes things up with an unusual yet unforgettable pairing of yong tau foo and salted egg bak zhang (rice dumpling), as the velvety rice sheets marry superbly with the chewy glutinous rice and crisp beancurd skin to offer a satisfying textural contrast. A drizzle of sweet and chilli sauce then provides the finishing touch, binding everything together with its dose of sweet and spicy flavours.
Address: 216 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 460216
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 6pm
Tel: 6225 5632
18. Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup
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Not many people today have even heard of pork liver mee sua, much less try it, but it is sheer comfort on a cold, rainy day. If you are thinking of trying this underrated dish, Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup offers a superb starting point.
Their Kidney Mee Sua ($5) boasts a terrific broth that swirls on your tongue with savoury and herbal notes, thoroughly infusing the silky threads of mee sua, such that every slurp leaves a satisfying jolt on your taste buds. Equally impressive are their perfectly cooked pieces of pork liver which are not too tough or rare, but cooked sufficiently for you to enjoy their creamy aftertaste.
Address: 511 Bedok North Street 3, #01-31/32, Kaki Bukit 511 Market & Food Centre, Singapore 460511
Opening hours: Daily 4:30pm to 11:30pm
19. Percolate Coffee
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If sipping a cup of fragrant coffee in a warmly lit interior forms your perfect afternoon, Percolate Coffee is the ideal haunt for you. An intense aroma of coffee perfumes the air, amidst the soothing hum of coffee machines, lulling you into a slow slumber.
A cup of their Thai Coco Black ($7) is enough to complete your lazy afternoon here, but we recommend adding their Hae Bi Hiam ($7) croissant sandwich to the mix as well. With a buttery crust, umami-laden dried shrimp and creamy melted cheese, this baked treat is a flavour bomb on its own right.
Address: 136 Bedok North Avenue 3, #01-152, Singapore 460136
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 10:30am to 9:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 9:30pm, Mon 10:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 8259 0316
20. Mr. Kneady’s
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Bakeries don’t usually feature in our listicle, but we simply had to make an exception for Mr. Kneady’s. One of the few sourdough specialists in Singapore, this small and quiet bakery churns up a sumptuous line of Nordic-inspired loaves. Every bread here is painstakingly crafted from scratch, with nearly 20-hours poured into their preparation, so expect them to set the bar high with their pillowy bite and robust taste.
Most people have their own favourites here, but for us, the pick of the bunch is their cranberry turmeric ($3.50). With a distinct turmeric scent dominating the bread, this fluffy treat is admittedly not for everyone, but we absolutely love how well the earthy spice pairs with their refreshingly sweet cranberries.
P.S. Mr. Kneady also happens to sell unforgettable sourdough pizzas as well. Drop by after 6pm and let their Arlandia ($12) and The Art of War ($12) run the show!
21. Chin Lee Restaurant
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Being a fan of traditional Teochew dishes, Chin Lee Restaurant has long sat on the top of my wishlist. Widely regarded by many as the best Teochew eatery in the East, this veteran of 47 years continues to set the scene for countless family dinners, whether it’s a quiet Sunday meal or a long-awaited birthday celebration.
Regardless of the occasion, you simply can’t leave Chin Lee without ordering their popular Chye Poh Kway Teow ($15+). Expertly fried to delicious golden brown, their kway teow teems with wok hei, with an intense smokiness elevating the natural umami of their chye poh (preserved radish).
22. Bedok Western Food
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Bedok Western Food is a hidden gem found at Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre. Open till midnight, this place is apt for a late-night Western food feast. Must-tries include Chicken Cutlet ($6.50) and Pork Chop ($6.50), which are doused with a delectable house-made sauce and generously speckled with garlic bits.
Address: Blk 208B New Upper Changi Road, #01-62, Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, Singapore 462208
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11am to 12am
23. Hill Street Char Kway Teow
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There is always a queue at Hill Street Char Kway Teow. It is another one of those places to make a beeline to when the cravings call. A small plate sets you back $3.50, while a big one sets you back $4. The noodles are cloaked in wok hei, making every mouthful utterly delicious. It also comes with cockles and lap cheong, with pork lard thrown in for good measure.
Address: 16 Bedok South Road, #01-41, Bedok South Market & Food Centre, Singapore 460016
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11:30am to 4pm
Tel: 9042 1312
24. Xian Jin Mixed Vegetable Rice
Xian Jin is the “Daiso” of hawker stalls. You can find bak kut teh, sliced fish soup, century egg minced meat porridge, sliced pork porridge, and more at only $2 each. This is the place to go for days leading up to payday. If you’re feeling generous, there are even sides such as braised peanuts, you tiao, pig’s skin and tau pok from $0.50 a portion.
Check out our full review of Xian Jin!
Address: Blk 216 Bedok North Street 1 #01-02, Blk 216 Bedok Food Centre And Market, Singapore 460216
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 4pm
25. Arnold’s Fried Chicken
Before Arnold’s Fried Chicken opened their first outlet at Jurong, the legendary fried chicken chain was only available in the East. Support your local fast food joint and get your fingers oily with their Spring Chicken Set ($12.80), which comes with a side of fries and coleslaw. If you’re eating with a friend, get the 2 Person Combo Meal ($24.80) that comes with five pieces of fried chicken, buns, fries, coleslaw, and drinks.
Check out our full review of Arnold’s Fried Chicken!
Address: 215 Bedok North Street 1, #01-83, Singapore 460215
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6481 9945
26. FATCAT Ice Cream Bar
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I first met Charles, owner of FATCAT Ice Cream Bar, at a gelato event in Singapore and was surprised that the Willy Wonka behind this whimsical ice-cream cafe was a young chap. Be impressed by eye-popping seasonal desserts including Chocolate Cigar ($12+) and Pandora Stones ($15+), or have a taste of both classic and wacky ice-cream flavours including Sea Salt Matcha, White Peach Sangria and Watermelon Soju from $3.90+ a scoop.
Address: Blk 416 Bedok North Avenue 2, #01-25, Singapore 460416
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Thur 1pm to 10pm, Fri 1pm to 11pm, Sat 12pm to 11pm, Sun 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 6241 0830
Indulge in Bedok food
With everything from old-school bak chor mee to hipster sweets hidden among its homely HDB blocks, Bedok is a treasure trove of food, waiting to be discovered. Even if your friends and fam stay all the way in Boon Lay, you simply must drag them with you for a food hunt in Bedok.
For those who are searching for more food spots in the East, check out our review of Cafe De Nicole’s Flower. Nestled within the slumbering neighbourhood of Telok Kurau, this floral-themed cafe will light up your IG-feed with its chio creations. While you’re there, do remember to give “Lao Ban”—their ADORABLE in-house cat— a good rub of its fur!
This article was originally written by Chiara Ang and published on 31 August 2018
It was updated by Marcus Ng on 8 April 2020.
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