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10 Tiong Bahru Food Gems That Are Not Your Usual Café Haunts

8th January 2019

Tiong Bahru food for a satisfying meal

From its vinyl shops to indie boutiques, Tiong Bahru is a treasure trove for hipsters, and a favourite haunt for local artists and creatives alike. By now, famous cafés like Tiong Bahru Bakery, Plain Vanilla, and Forty Hands have made a name for themselves in the famous Tiong Bahru district.

As one of Singapore’s oldest neighbourhood, Tiong Bahru holds more than just your pretty café nosh. Today, we bring you through 10 Tiong Bahru food gems in this famous district.

1. Tow Kwar Pop

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Meticulously grilled to crisp perfection, Tiong Bahru Market’s Tow Kwar Pop is a Singapore-style rojak that is unique in its own right. This crispy stuffed tau pok is hand grilled over charcoal, and tossed with fish crackers and a generous mix of fresh apples, shredded papaya, and thinly sliced turnips. Paired with an intense and addictive shrimp paste, this dish is served with crunchy bean sprouts and sliced cucumbers. You can get a small set of Tow Kwar Pop ($3), or go for the full Rojak set ($4/$5) to get the best taste of this dangerously addictive street snack.

Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-06, Tiong Bahru Market, Singapore 168898
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 9am to 8pm

2. Hwa Yuen Porridge

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This Mixed Pig Intestine Porridge ($4) from Hwa Yuen Porridge is to die for. The porridge is cooked down to a delightful and savoury consistency, much like Crystal Jade’s famous century egg porridge. We also recommend the Deep Fried Pig Intestine Porridge ($5/$7) that gives a tantalising crunch against the smooth congee. It is definitely worth the calories.

Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-74, Tiong Bahru Market, Singapore 168898
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 9am to 8pm

3. Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries

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There is nothing more classic than the Egg Tarts ($1.40) at Leung San Hong Pastries. At this old-school confectionery, you can choose between their famous Hong Kong-style egg tart and its Western counterpart. The former has an amazing buttery flaky pastry encasing a molten yellow custard, while the Western-style egg tart comes in a harder, sturdier shell.

There are also a wide variety of pastries baked in-house, including the Mushroom Chicken Pie ($1.40), Polo Buns ($1.40), and Roasted Chicken Pastries ($1.40).

Address: 18 Jalan Membina, #01-06, Singapore 164018
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7:30am to 7.30pm, Sun 7:30am to 4:30pm
Tel: 6271 6056

4. Min Nan Prawn Mee

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If you are a frequent customer of Tiong Bahru Market, Min Nan Prawn Mee should be no stranger to you. Sporting a routinely long queue, this stall has been a strong favourite amongst locals. Opt for the Pork Rib Prawn Noodle ($4.50/$5.50) to get a heap of prawns with perfectly cooked pork ribs that are spot-on tender and meaty. For this dish, expect a light-tasting broth with notes of prawn, pork ribs and spices.

Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-31, Tiong Bahru Market, Singapore 168898
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 9am to 8pm

5. Chuan Kee Seafood

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Chuan Kee Seafood boasts one of the best zi char in Tiong Bahru, where their drunken prawns, venison meat, and live seafood are definitely a cut above your average zi char stall. Some of their customers’ go-to dishes are the Coffee Pork Ribs ($12), Chilli Crabs ($68/kg), and Drunken Prawns ($20). For those with a lighter palate, their Pepper Salted Tofu($10) is a hot favourite to complement the strong flavours.

Address: 1091A Lower Delta Road, Singapore 169207
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 10am to 10pm, Thurs-Fri 10am to 2am
Tel: 9878 9924

6. Big Mama Korean

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Big Mama Korean’s speciality is the Samgyupsal Suyuk ($25+/$40+), a Korean dish consisting of steamed pork belly. It allows you to crave Korean food without the guilt of an oily BBQ feast, as the special steaming technique renders away any excess fat. This gives the meat a tender texture, whilst maintaining a light and exquisite taste. Their Dakgalbi ($15+ per pax, min two to dine) is also a clear favourite. Chicken chunks are marinated in a special house-made chilli sauce and stir-fried with rice cakes and vegetables on a piping hot grill. Pair this dish with a bowl of rice for a comforting, homey meal.

Address: 2 Kim Tian Road, Singapore 169244
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 11pm
Tel: 6270 7704

7. Teru

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Teru sushi serves plump, succulent Hiroshima oysters at an extremely affordable price of $1++ throughout the day. Enjoy it fresh with a drizzle of lemon, or toss some Tabasco for a sour, spicy kick. Pair this with some melt-in-your-mouth Sashimi ($12) slices. A must-have is their highly-coveted Shiok Maki Roll ($20); an eel, avocado sushi roll wrapped with sashimi and cheese. Topped with a blowtorched layer of Japanese mayo, the Shiok Maki is served with a generous helping of fish roe.

Address: 50 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168733
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12pm to 2:30pm, 6:30pm to 10.30pm
Tel: 6842 8484

8. Tiann’s Café

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Tiann’s Café offers a specially curated menu for the health conscious, providing gluten-free, sugar-free, and keto diet-friendly food options, all packed with a punch of superfood. Order their signature waffles, which come with a mix of almonds, chia seeds and coconut. The whole portion waffle ($16) comes with two toppings of your choice. We got the Avocado with Smoked Trout and Scrambled Eggs with sun-dried tomato paste.

Personally, the Avocado with Smoke Trout waffle had too many competing flavours. The smokiness of the trout, paired with the sourness from the dill yogurt, cancelled out the taste of avocado. I preferred the scrambled eggs, which were light and fluffy, with just the right amount of creaminess. Pair it with a simple tomato paste for a savoury feast that packs a punch.

Address: 71 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 16007
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am to 4pm
Tel: 6222 1369

9. Flock Café

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A family-run café nestled in a quiet enclave in Tiong Bahru, Flock Café provides a comfy space to relax and catch up with your friends. Run by a family of four siblings, the food is not over-the-top fancy. Rather, expect simple, no-frills humble brunch sets consisting of classics such as Big Breakfast ($19.90) and Pancakes and Berries ($12.90). This place is perfect to get away from the crowd and chill in a laid-back, unpretentious environment.

Address: 78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-25, Tiong Bahru Estate, Singapore 162078
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8am to 10pm
Tel: 6536 3938

10. Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry

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Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry serves some of the freshest nonya kueh and pastries that a bakery has to offer. I popped by the stall and got a mix of Ondeh Ondeh ($0.60), Kueh Dar-Dar ($0.80) and Egg Tarts ($0.90) – just a few out of their huge array of old-fashioned kuehs.

One of the stall’s bestsellers, the Kueh Dar-Dar definitely doesn’t disappoint. Thin, fragrant pandan-flavoured crepe rolled tightly with freshly grated coconut. Bite into it and you have a mouthful of freshness, punctuated with just the right amount of gula melaka syrup for a well-balanced treat. The sweet potato Ondeh Ondeh was also an impressive counterpart, with just the right skin-to-gula melaka ratio.

Address: Blk 55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-39, Singapore 160055
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am to 8:30pm

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Feature image adapted from: @kissingpanda, @bigmamakorean, @tiannsbakery and @thegrumpycavemansg

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