East Coast Lagoon Food Village
East Coast Lagoon Food Village used to be the place to eat at after a long day at East Coast Park. Its three-month closure over the last quarter of 2020 was a devastating blow to many, but that’s now over, and we can fall back to our old routines.
To help you make up your mind on what to eat if you can never make up your mind, here is a list of 10 East Coast Lagoon Food Village stalls so you’ll know what to get the next time you’re there.
1. Lagoon Carrot Cake
Image credit: @tame_bunny
If you can never decide which to get, Lagoon Carrot Cake offers the best of both worlds with their Black & White Carrot Cake ($6). This fragrant dish is fried to order, and fragrant with wok hei. They’re generous with the egg, and chye poh. It even comes with chunks of prawn, too! Besides the carrot cake, they also sell Best of the Best Popiah ($2.20), which was awarded the title in the City Hawker Food Hunt 2015.
Unit number: #01-44
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 11:30am to 9:30pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am to 9:45pm
2. Stingray Forever BBQ Seafood
Image credit: @paperleecious
Check out Stingray Forever BBQ Seafood for Hottest Stingray (from $12) that will not disappoint. Wrapped in banana leaf and barbecued, the flesh retains its moisture for a succulent, tender bite.
Their sambal is a must-try, and the cincalok (fermented shrimp) dip gives it that final punchy kick. To go along with your stingray, have some La La (from $10), Gong Gong (from $10), and BBQ Sea Prawns (from $15).
Unit number: #01-43
Opening hours: Daily 4:30pm to 11:30pm
Tel: 6245 2828
3. Haron Satay 55
Image credit: @jemnguee
Whenever I’m here, I can never give Haron Satay 55 a miss. You can choose to get chicken, beef, or mutton satay ($0.70 per stick) here. They’re all grilled over charcoal, so you’re definitely going to get that charred, smoky finish. Dip each stick into the accompanying peanut sauce, and refresh your palate with the cut vegetables!
Unit number: #01-55
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 2pm to 11pm
4. Zuo Ji Duck Rice
Image credit: @joycet.bell
Zuo Ji Duck Rice is one of the most famous duck rice stalls in Singapore, and is not to be confused with Cheok Kee. A plate of Braised Duck Rice, or a bowl of Braised Duck Porridge, is priced at $3.50 here.
You’ll get a generous portion of deboned duck, drenched in thick, gooey gravy, along with flavoured rice, or plain porridge with gravy. There are two different chillis: a watery, bright red one that’s sharp and piquant, and a thick, dark red sambal.
Unit number: #01-29
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 7:30pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am to 7:30pm
Tel: 6445 4222
5. Choon Hiang
Image credit: @xo.burrito
There are just four items on the menu at Choon Hiang: Char Kway Teow (from $4), Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (from $4), Fried Rice (from $4), and Mee Goreng (from $5). Their Char Kway Teow was named one of the top 10 in Singapore back in 2008. The stall is now run by the owner’s daughter, making her the second-generation hawker of this stall, which has been around for more than 40 years.
Unit number: #01-46
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 12pm to 9pm
6. Ah Hwee BBQ Chicken
Image credit: @dktan
Ah Hwee BBQ Chicken has been barbecuing chicken since 1979. Their Charcoal BBQ Wings go for $1.30 each, and are served fresh off the grill. If you’d prefer, they also have a whole Spring Chicken ($8) that goes into the same marinade as the wings. They’re slightly sticky and lightly sweet, with a crisp skin that is accentuated with a squeeze of lime, and the bright chilli dip.
Unit number: #01-14
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm to 10:45pm, Sat 12pm to 11pm, Sun 12pm to 10:45pm
Tel: 9837 5172
7. Han Jia Bak Kut Teh Pork Leg
Image credit: @kimchifoodslover
Head over to Han Jia Bak Kut Teh Pork Leg for a bowl of piping hot Bak Kut Teh ($6). Each portion comes with three pieces of ribs in a bowl of peppery white soup. The meat is fork-tender and juicy, but not to the point where it falls off the bone.
They are also known for their Braised Pork Trotters ($6) that are braised till the skin is gelatinous and sticky. If you’re undecided between the peppery or herbal BKT, Han Jia Bak Kut Teh Pork Leg’s version is the neutral ground in between the two.
Unit number: #01-42
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 8:30pm
Tel: 9116 9678
8. Song Kee Fried Oyster
Image credit: @travellingfoodmonster
Song Kee Fried Oyster comes highly recommended, having made it onto the Michelin guide for its oyster omelette, also known as orh luak, or orh jian. Take your pick from Oyster Egg (from $6) or Fried Oyster (from $4). The former is fried without starch, and is called orh neng in Hokkien, if you weren’t aware. Whether you order orh luak, or orh jian, you’ll be getting the starched version, which gives the dish its signature crusty bits.
Unit number: #01-15
Opening hours: Daily 1pm to 1am
9. Hwa Kee BBQ Pork Noodle
Image credit: @yumyumdotsg
Hwa Kee BBQ Pork Noodle is known for their char siew, and the Wanton Noodle (from $4) here is served blanketed in their sticky sweet char siew sauce. The different sizes don’t get you more noodles, but more char siew instead.
Unit number: #01-45
Opening hours: Mon-Tue, Thurs 5pm to 12am, Fri-Sat 5pm to 12:30am, Sun 12pm to 12am
Tel: 6445 3372
10. Lagoon Leng Kee Beef Kway Teow
Image credit: T Liu
Lagoon Leng Kee Beef Kway Teow stands out from other beef noodle soup stalls with its Teochew-style rendition of the dish. It’s clean tasting, with a broth that’s primarily made with beef bones that have been simmered with ginger, salt, and gula melaka. Each bowl is cooked to order, and comes in either a $5, or $7 portion.
Unit number: #01-33
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10:30pm
Food at East Coast Lagoon Food Village
Now that East Coast Lagoon Food Village has reopened, I’m sure throngs of people will descend on East Coast Park, seeking out their favourite stalls. Arm yourself with this list if you’ve never been there, and beat the crowds by going earlier!
Address: 1220 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 468960
Nearest MRT Station: Bedok MRT Station