Lakeside food that makes it more than just a pretty name
As a Lakesider, I’ve lived here long enough to have a list of good makan places under my belt. Other than just Boon Lay Place Food Village, which many flock to after work to dapao food from, there are more Lakeside food spots to travel down for. With either a short bus ride or a stroll away, here are nine food haunts near Lakeside MRT Station to check out.
1. De Ji Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken
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At De Ji Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken, $5 gets you a delightful bowl of noodles with three kinds of meat – their signature soya sauce chicken, char siew, and roasted pork. I like having my soya sauce chicken with hor fun, as it soaks up the mouthwatering soya sauce that’s mixed with the precious fowl’s juices. The chicken thigh is tender and juicy, while the chicken skin adds a burst of flavour. This is truly a dish I would head out of the way for.
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Address: 3 Yung Sheng Road, #02-85 Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre, Singapore 618499
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 2pm
2. Tien Lai Rice Stall
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Another place where $5 gives you a combination of three types of meat – roasted duck, roasted pork, and char siew – on a plate is Tien Lai Rice Stall. Selling roast meat for more than 15 years, this stall is definitely doing things right with their roasts’ fat-to-meat ratio being #onpoint. The fat bits not only added juiciness to each spoonful, it also gave an umami-rich flavour. Note that Tien Lai closes by 1pm, so make your way down before lunch time comes around!
Address: 3 Yung Sheng Road, #02-66, Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre, Singapore 618499
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 9:30am to 1pm
Tel: 9671 9441
3. Kok Kee Wanton Mee
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It might be dangerous to say that Kok Kee Wanton Mee is the perfect, if not almost perfect plate of wonton mee I’ve ever had. They are open till 12pm and prices for wonton mee start from $3. Though supposedly a “dry” version of wonton mee, the noodles are drenched in a generous portion of clear and umamilicious sauce. I could drink the sauce up to its last drop with my face in the bowl and elbows out – it was that good. They also give a good douse of chilli sauce when requested.
Address: 505 Jurong West Street 52, #01-14, Jurong West 505 Market & Food Centre, Singapore 640505
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 12pm, or until everything is sold out
4. Takagi Ramen
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Hidden within a HDB estate, Takagi Ramen offers affordable yet tasty ramen. Their ramen starts from $5.90 for Takagi Ramen – a simple tonkotsu noodle soup with chashu and the usual toppings such as bean sprouts and spring onion. They also serve Jiajiamen ($4.50) that comes with the same ramen noodles, but this time topped with minced meat sauce and shredded cucumber.
Address: Blk 498 Jurong West Street 41, #01-452, Singapore 640498
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 9pm
Tel: 9138 8017
5. He Jia Huan Ban Mian Mee Hoon Kway
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He Jia Huan Ban Mian Mee Hoon Kway serves a mean bowl of Dry Mee Hoon Kway at $4. It comes with plenty of ikan bilis, egg bits, minced meat, and a dark sauce lurking underneath waiting to be tossed. Make sure to coat each piece of the hand-torn noodles with the sweet and savoury sauce before slurping them up one by one.
Address: 496 Jurong West Street 41, Coffee United, Singapore 640496
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 11pm
6. Lian Yi BBQ Seafood
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Lian Yi BBQ Seafood is my family’s go-to for our seafood indulgence. Their BBQ Stingray ($8) seals the deal for us with its plump and juicy meat that is fork-tender. It is also heavily topped with a spicy sambal chilli that holds hints of shallots, lime, and fragrant shrimp paste. Prices range from $8 to $25 for fish, $8 to $15 for sotong, $20 to $50 for prawns and $10 to $15 for lala. The level of spiciness is also less overbearing, making Lian Yi BBQ Seafood a favourite of many.
Address: 221B Boon Lay Place, #01-161, Boon Lay Place Food Village, Singapore 642221
Opening hours: Daily 5:30pm to 11pm
7. Wen Guang
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With $3, you can get a generous serving of handmade Fishball Noodles from Wen Guang. Instead of getting it in soup, the dry option features your pick of noodles with rich sauce and a good scattering of pork lard and spring onions. Order your noodles with chilli for a nice kick of heat; their spicy concoction is just right and would not overpower the savoury bowl of noodles and its ingredients.
Address: 505 Jurong West Street 52, #01-25, Jurong West 505 Market & Food Centre, Singapore 640505
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 9pm
8. Kim Lotus Dessert
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The desserts from Kim Lotus Dessert come in little globes of shaved ice similar to the snowballs you might have aimed at someone on a winter vacation. As compared to overpriced desserts in town (Exhibit A: Fantasy Desserts), prices at Kim Lotus are wallet-friendly. Must-tries are Chendol ($2), Mango Ice Kachang ($2.80), and Mango Sago ($3.10). Despite low prices, they have a good variety of ingredients as well.
Address: 463 Jurong West Street 41, #01-568, Singapore 640463
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 8:30pm
Tel: 6899 0535
9. Richie’s Crispy Puff
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Richie’s Crispy Puff offers a variety of curry puffs at only $1.30 each. Their puffs hold a crunchier bite as compared to most brands’, and have flavours such as Chicken Curry Puff, Lemon Tuna Puff, Chicken Cheese Puff, and Vegetarian Potato Puff. What’s great about this place is that it is open 24 hours daily!
Address: 498 Jurong West Street 41, #01-444, Singapore 640498
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
Tel: 6345 5225
10. Fusion Spoon
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Fusion Spoon is perched by the river of the newly opened Lakeside Garden. As you take in the sights, feast on their hot pot buffet (from $22.80). It features an array of premium items like fresh prawns and sliced beef, as well as a few novel items like beef tripe.
If you’re on a budget, try their Laksa ($6.90) instead. It has a thick coconut broth that’s paired with a generous amount of shrimp, egg and tau pok, and will be sure to satisfy your cravings.
Address: 102 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618663
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 10pm
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Creamology is a cute little cafe selling ice-cream and pastries. Their Red Velvet Waffle + Cream cheese Sauce ($6.50) is perfect on a hot day. Savoury notes from the cream cheese sauce complement the sweet and creamy ice-cream well.
For the sweet tooths out there, there’s also a Molten Lava Cake ($5.80) that oozes beautiful, gooey chocolate. Add $3 to zhng your cake with a scoop of ice-cream.
Address: 498 Jurong West Street 41, #01-450, Singapore 640498
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 8498 4193
12. Chicken Supremo
Chicken Supremo serves up huge portions of Western food at affordable prices. For instance, their Chicken Cutlet costs $4.80 and features a large chicken cutlet that’s been fried to a golden brown.
Do try their tender Chicken Chop ($4.80) that’s cooked to a gorgeous sear and slathered in a gorgeous mushroom sauce. To get more bang for your buck, opt for the Half Spring With Rice ($4) that comprises a well-marinated fried chicken and loads of rice.
Address: 493 Jurong West Street 41, #01-02/03, Singapore 640493
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 1:30pm to 10:30pm
13. Lee’s Confectionery
Lee’s Confectionery is a minimalist’s paradise. Everything, from their interior design to food styling, pays homage to minimalism.
An #aesthetic selection would be the Jiāo ($8). It features a delicate banana sponge that’s pumped with banana compote then sprayed with white-chocolate till matte. The Puff ($7) also tastes amazing, where earl grey-infused kaya is sandwiched between layers of puff pastry.
Address: 343 Jurong East Street 31, #01-59, Singapore 600343
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 9183 8447
14. Soh Kee Cooked Food
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Soh Kee Cooked Food is my go-to spot in Jurong West 505 Food Centre. Their chicken is carefully poached and dunked in cold water to retain its succulence and mellow chicken flavours.
Try their Porridge with Chicken thigh set ($4.50). The chicken has a gorgeous layer of gelatin under the skin that goes well with the firm but juicy thigh.
Address: 505 Jurong West Street 52, #01-44, Jurong West 505 Market & Food Centre, Singapore 640505
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 7pm
15. 58 Minced Meat Noodle
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58 Minced Meat Noodles sports one of the longest queues in Taman Jurong Food Centre, thanks to their legendary bak chor mee that’s exploding with flavour.
The Minced Meat Noodles (from $3) come with well-cooked mee pok that has been tossed in vinegar, soy sauce, chilli and oyster sauce. Minced pork and liver are then strewn on the noodles, with chilli padi on the side as garnish.
Address: 3 Yung Sheng Road, #03-150, Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre, Singapore 618499
Opening hours: Thur-Mon 7am to 2pm
Tel: 9336 0633
Warning! Lakeside food induces food coma
The West is laden with good food and I’m glad to call myself a Westie. Eating out with the family is always something I look forward to, even though the end result would be a food coma or food baby that I have to work out to get rid of.
If you’re a Westie looking for an air-conditioned cafe to chill out at, check out our list of West-side cafes. If you’re looking for more hawker dishes to try, check out our list of die die must try Singapore hawker food.