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.
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.
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
Zam Zam is still the go to place for Briyani & Prata in Singapore. Conveniently located at 697 North Bridge Road in an old shop house. Love it.
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!