Tong Ah Eating House

Tong Ah Eating House is located at 35 Keong Saik Road. It’s a really old coffee shop serving up the best crispy thin kaya toast, butter coffee, and soft-boil eggs – a classic and awesome Singaporean breakfast!!! They open from 7am daily, except closed on alternative Wednesdays (so better to just avoid Wednesdays lah!).

From 11am onwards, through to dinner time, they’re full zhi char menu is available. Their absolute best dish is the pig’s trotters bee hoon. Best in Singapore, and JB, and the rest of the world!


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Thai Food at Balestier Market

Balestier Market is located at 414 Balestier Road (just after the Boon Tong Kee). For those driving, there is a public car park behind the market, enter from Prome Road and turn right at the top of the hill.

We love the thai food there from the back right corner stall called John Thai Food. A really nice dish is the lemongrass steam squid which reminds us of our favourite Bangkok restaurant (Sa-Bai-Jai). The other dishes from this thai stall are really good too! Go check it out.



Joo Seng Teochew Porridge

Here’s a good teochew porridge place at Upper Bukit Timah Road, at the row of shop houses opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, and just next to Beauty World MRT station along Downtown Line.

Joo Seng Teo Chew Porridge is at 14 Cheong Chin Nam Road, and they are open daily from 10am – 4am. Yep! Lunch, dinner and late night supper!

They managed to survive the few years of MRT construction works. They were less crowded before the MRT station open, but now that entire row of shops is buzzing with crowds most evenings.



Heap Seng Leong Coffee Shop


One of the few places left that serve the original ‘bulletproof’ coffee, or kopi with butter.  Heap Seng Leong is a unassuming little coffee shop, perfect to sit down for some peace and quiet, if that’s your thing.  Time does seem to slow down a little in this haven, with it’s old style furniture, complete with jars of those biscuits that Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, like me and dad, used to eat when we were growing up.


Orders are taken promptly by a soft-spoken gentleman and his father prepares the order. 2 kopi’s and a serving of toasted bread.  The butter had melted before I could snap a pic!


There is also a Malay stall, sharing the space, that serves up nasi lemak and epok epok (malay curry puff).


Do visit this nostalgic gem!

Address: 10 N Bridge Rd, #01-5109, 190010
Opening Hours: 4AM–8PM

Ghim Moh Blk 19 Zhi Char

Also known as New Century Cafe, this unassuming ‘tze char’ has been the default venue for many a Sunday family dinner for us.  And rightly so, for they have managed to maintain a consistent level of great quality.

Notable dishes include deep fried prawns, ‘green dragon’ vegetables, spicy fried crab (different from the usual chilli crab or black pepper), XO sliced fish noodle soup, assam fish head, spicy brinjal and minced pork, bitter gourd omelette, their signature lotus root dish, sambal petai, salted egg yolk chicken, sambal sweet potato leaf and ‘hong sao’ toufoo.  One of my family’s absolute fave is the steam boat fish tail.  The soup is so delish, my family never fails to ask for top up on the soup!

One other stall in the same coffee shop is also worth mentioning for their spicy ‘bee tai mak’ and ‘ter kah’ bee hoon.  Don’t forget to request for extra sambal belachan for that extra kick!  Yumz!

And be sure to cool off with a home brewed extra strong iced lemon tea!


Boon Tat Street Satay Club


Boon Tat Street Satay Club is one of the few really street food experiences left in Singapore. Every evening from 7pm onwards, the small section of Boon Tat Street next to Lau Pa Sat Market will be closed to traffic and turned into a street food experience with satay and BBQ food dishes! Great place to chill out and experience the old Singapore style street food ambience!

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