I like our neighbourhood. Compared to our previous rental, where the nearest food source was at least 15 minutes away (and some action on slopes), we can now find food within 5-10 minutes of walking, and all achievable on level ground! November weather is good for strolling. Just try to avoid the thunderstorms.
Hong Ho Phang Hong Kong Pau
Junction where Telok Kurau Road meets Changi Road
Go early on weekends
After months of passing this in the car and me going we-have-to-try-this, we finally got our arses down one Sunday morning. There isn’t much about this dim sum place online, but general sentiment seems to favour the char siew pau. We got those, some siew mai, vegetable chee cheong fun and a lor mai kai for a grand total of S$6.80. I don’t think the famed buns are particularly spectacular, but they are more than serviceable and very easy to eat (partly because they are tiny). What stood out was the vegetable chee cheong fun, which I only ordered because the char siew variant was sold out. We have zero idea what vegetables were in the rice roll exactly, but they lent a good light crunch. We would put some money on cabbage, turnip or jicama.
They also have a Clementi branch: 325 Clementi Avenue 5, #01-143.
110 Telok Kurau Road, within FuFa coffeeshop
We love Bomb’s, because you can call to order in advance. Also, their Hawaiian Chicken Chop, which comes with two generous portions of sides, is highly commendable. It tends to get pretty busy on weekend evenings.
Zac’s Butchery / website
331 Changi Road
Opening times vary (check website); closed on Mondays
It’s become my go-to place when I feel like cooking dinner and there’s nothing except cucumbers and coconuts in the fridge. I like their pre-marinated pesto chicken, as well as their beef pastrami. Also a good place to get dried herbs!
Hai Kee Soy Sauce Chicken / Facebook
324 Changi Road, within Kim San Leng coffeeshop
Hai Kee Soy Sauce Chicken, founded in 1959, used to be at Upper Cross Street. I do love myself some soy sauce chicken, and the offerings here more than satiate my frequent cravings.
Collective Brewers / website
301 Changi Road
11am – 9pm, closed on Tuesdays (soft launch)
The cafés have started sprouting up in the east. Collective Brewers is one of them, and going by what we had last week, we have plenty to be pleased about. So-named (with an unfortunate abbreviation) because the beans are roasted and brewed by a collective (!) of professionals and home-based purveyors. The café is currently in their soft launch, and drinks are pay-as-you-wish. Food is on its way too, it seems.
Food makes us happy.