Underrated Marsiling food to try
Unless you regularly visit JB, you’ll rarely find yourself in the secluded neighbourhood of Marsiling. Located near Woodlands Checkpoint, this hidden gem is a popular supper hotspot after a full-day excursion to JB. From traditional herbal bak kut teh to delicious roast meats, here are our top 14 Marsiling food joints from the area!
1. Hong Ji Claypot Bak Kut Teh
No Marsiling food roundup will be complete without Hong Ji Claypot Bak Kut Teh. This hawker stall may be closer to JB than Pasir Ris, but Easties still flock to this OG branch for a piping hot bowl of Claypot Bak Kut Teh Mixed ($5.50). Effusing a comforting fragrance of dang gui, AKA Chinese angelica root, the broth offers a harmonious marriage of herbal sweetness and porky richness.
Check out our review of Hong Ji Claypot Bak Kut Teh!
Address: 19 Marsiling Lane, #01-329, Teo Chap Bee Eating House, Singapore 730019
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 9pm
2. Al-Ameen Eating Corner
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Featuring stacks of Roti Prata ($1) and plates of Maggi Goreng ($4)—the calorific selections at Al-Ameen Eating Corner are my guilty answer when supper cravings strike. A midnight haunt among locals, this homely spot is best-known for their killer pairing of Garlic Naan ($2.20) and Butter Chicken ($7), featuring fluffy and stretchy flatbread dipped in a creamy and luxurious gravy.
Address: 35 Marsiling Industrial Estate Road 3, #01-01, Singapore 739257
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 2am
Tel: 6366 1740
3. Fushi Traditional Roasted Wanton Mee
I can’t go a week without chowing down on a sinful plate of Char Siu Siu Yok Rice ($4) from Fushi Traditional Roasted Wanton Mee. Yes, their roast meats are that good. Adorned with a biscuit-like crust, their chewy siu yok satisfies the palate with its rich and savoury notes.
Impressive as the roast pork belly is, their drool-worthy char siew is undoubtedly the main attraction here. Juicy, slightly fatty, and lifted by a caramelised glaze, this rich and luscious treat always leaves me yearning for more.
Address: 4 Woodlands Street 12, #01-01/02, Marsiling Mall, Singapore 738632
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 7pm
Tel: 9237 8157
4. Ye Lai Xiang Laksa
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You don’t know what lemak is until you’ve tasted the rich Laksa ($3.50/$4.50) from Ye Lai Xiang Laksa. Enriched by a generous dose of coconut milk, their thick curry envelopes the palate with waves of creamy sweetness. Distinct accents of hae bi also underline the broth, pimping it up with its rich umami flavour. For a slightly spicier edge, mix a dab of sambal chilli into their broth.
Address: 4 Woodlands Street 12, #01-73, Marsiling Mall Hawker Centre, Singapore 738632
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 7:30am to 2pm
5. Yan Ji Seafood Soup
With endorsements from various celebrities and multiple outlets across Singapore, Yan Ji Seafood Soup is one of the better-known names in this list. Regulars rave about their Crayfish Seafood Soup ($10/$12/$14), which features generous amounts of prawns, crayfish, dory fish, and meatballs. Special mention goes out to these huge lumps of minced meat, which are stashed with mushrooms for a bouncier bite.
Read our Yan Ji Seafood Soup review.
Address: 4 Woodlands Street 12, #01-26, Marsiling Mall Hawker Centre, Singapore 738620
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am to 8:30pm
Tel: 9798 5886
6. Citrus By The Pool
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With attractively plated dishes and huge milkshakes on the menu, Citrus By The Pool seems out of place in a neighbourhood swimming complex. However, the cafe’s odd location also contributes to its overall homeliness. Relax after a swim with a slew of hearty mains, including their aptly named Shiok Burger ($12.99+). Toasted sesame buns cushion the crispy chicken cutlet and crisp onion rings, such that every bite produces a varied and satisfying crunch.
7. AFE Delights Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
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Hidden within rows of HDB flats, AFE Delights Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice is one of Marsiling’s best kept secrets. Bathed in a delicious mix of soy and oyster sauce, their tender Steamed Chicken ($12/$14) unfurls in a burst of sweet and salty flavours. A dollop of achar saves the meat from turning into a one-dimensional dish, refreshing the palate with its zesty kick.
Address: 304 Woodlands Street 31, #01-125, Singapore 730304
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 9pm
8. Yassin Kampung
The head chef of Yassin Kampung, Chef Yassin Ng, possesses more than 30 years of experience, so you can expect his inventive creations to impress. Rally your durian-loving friends to try his novel Kampung Durian Chicken ($20++/$30++). The King of Fruits’ unique flavour takes centre stage here, bolstering the fried chicken with its creamy sweetness.
Check out our review of Yassin Kampung!
9. Ah Keat Pig’s Organ Soup Kway Chap
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Another off-the-beaten-track gem, Ah Keat Pig’s Organ Soup Kway Chap has earned plaudits for their well-prepared Kway Chap ($4.50). Meticulously cleaned, the pork intestines are free of residue and shine with their meltingly soft texture. Equally impressive is their braised pork belly. The ridges of fat and meat seem to melt into one, forming a pool of buttery, subtly herbal, and savoury flavours.
Address: 211 Marsiling Crescent, Singapore 730211
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am to 8pm
10. Uncle Pancake Apam Balik
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Apam balik is the crispier sibling of min jiang kueh, and you can get your hands on it at Uncle Pancake Apam Balik in Marsiling Mall. This hawker serves freshly made apam balik, with fillings such as peanut, tau sar, coconut, and more, from $1. There’s also the option to get two fillings in one, from $1.20, and XXL apam balik to feed the fam from $4.
Address: Blk 20 Marsiling Lane, #01-07, Marsiling Lane Food Centre, Singapore 730020
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6am to 1pm
11. Long Cha
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If you miss old-school bubble tea, then visit Long Cha. This hawker stall sells bubble tea drinks straight out of your childhood, at affordable prices, with prices just starting at $1.80! Expect ice blended drinks like Oreo and Blue Coral for that price. They also have some modern BBT drinks, such as Brown Sugar Fresh Milk (from $2.50), and Korean-style Strawberry Fresh Milk (from $2.50).
Address: 4 Woodlands Street 12, #01-06, Marsiling Mall, Singapore 738620
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8:30am to 9:30pm
12. Marsiling Handmade Mee Hoon Kueh
Located in Marsiling Lane Food Centre is Marsiling Handmade Mee Hoon Kueh, where you get handmade dry or soup noodle dishes from just $3. Their signature dish is their Seafood Abalone Noodles ($6.80), where toppings include prawns, razor clams, and two baby abalone pieces, all for that affordable price.
Address: Blk 20 Marsiling Lane, #01-15, Marsiling Lane Food Centre, Singapore 730020
Opening hours: Daily 2:30am to 8:30pm
Tel: 9824 3511
13. Quan Long Wanton Mee
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Quan Long Wanton Mee has been around for decades, run by two generations of its founding family. They have two items, their signature Wanton Mee ($3.50) or Lor Mee ($3.50), though most people go for the former. Portions are substantial in spite of the price, and each homely serving of wonton mee comes with char siew, fried wonton, and a sweet-salty dark sauce. Queues are long and they sell out by lunch, so head down early to get yourself a portion.
Address: 4 Woodlands Street 12, #01-65, Marsiling Mall, Singapore 738620
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 4:30am to 1pm
14. Freshly Made Hong Kong Style Zhu Chang Fen
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Chee cheong fun made fresh to order is what you can expect at Freshly Made Hong Kong Style Zhu Chang Fen. The silky rice rolls are served Hong Kong-style with your choice of toppings, be it prawns, char siew, even mushrooms! Prices start at $2.50 a roll, and you can even mix and match the flavours to your liking.
Address: 4 Woodlands Street 12, #01-07, Marsiling Mall, Singapore 738620
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 8am to 2pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am to 8:30pm
Marsiling food gems that are worth the trip up North
Spice up your weekend with something different and grab a few friends to check out these Marsiling food places. If you are searching for more hidden gems in the North, check out these 10 places in Yew Tee.
Whether it’s piquant pots of curry fish head or Western-fusion creations, these delicious eateries will prove that Yew Tee isn’t just the ulu neighbourhood near Choa Chu Kang.
This article was originally written on 26 July 2019.