Head beyond the malls of Jurong East Central into the bustling neighbourhood of Yuhua for snacks, handmade goodness, and hawker staples for any budget.
Photo: Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh
8. Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh
Watch the stallholders mould and stuff the handmade kueh. Pay just 10 cents more and request to have your soon kueh pan-fried ($0.70) for that extra morning oomph. This stall has been around since 1984. Daily 6.30am-2pm.
Address: #01-218 Yuhua Market & Hawker Centre, 347 Jurong East Avenue 1
7. Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh
Owner Ryan Chua runs the stall with his parents, and they come as early as 6am to prepare braised pork trotters ($5/$7) which have no vinegar. The premium loin ribs soup ($7) is so precious, it’s sold only in the morning (no takeaways). The distinct, peppery soup that doesn’t leave you thirsty. Tue-Sat 8.30am-7pm; Sun 8.30am-4pm.
Address: #01-220/221 Yuhua Market & Hawker Centre, 347 Jurong East Avenue 1
6. Richie’s Crispy Puff
Think large, crispy curry puffs available round the clock. These halal snacks are also available as a set meal, complete with soft-boiled eggs and drink ($2.80). Choose the popular curry chicken puff, or get adventurous with lemon tuna fish or durian puff (all $1.30 each, two for $2.40). Open 24 hours.
Address: #01- 1201, 349 Jurong East Avenue 1. Tel: 6345 5225
5. Hup Hong Chicken Rice
Chicken rice here is only $2.50 with smooth meat and fragrant oily rice. Hup Hong sees long queues during lunch time, and some westies will tell you it’s the best chicken rice in their area. Tue-Sun 10.30am-6pm.
Address: #01-51 Yuhua Village Market & Food Centre, 254 Jurong East Street 24
4. Xiang Ji Cooked Food
Strictly open in mornings. Porridge lovers willingly brave the queue at this self-service stall for a traditional bowl of piping hot pork or century egg congee, topped with dough sticks. Daily 6-11am
Address: #01-53 Yuhua Village Market & Food Centre, 254 Jurong East Street 24
3. Fei Fei Roasted Noodle
This popular wanton mee stall with its signature roasted meat ($3) is a must-try, and enjoys snaking queues at lunch time. At press time, the stallholder uncle had just returned from a two month hiatus after an eye operation and business is as busy as ever. Wed-Mon 8.30am-1.30pm
Address: #01-28 Yuhua Village Market & Food Centre, 254 Jurong East Street 24
2. ENAQ Restaurant
Roti prata is a versatile staple for breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course, supper. If you like it crisp and perfectly done, ENAQ’s rendition of the kosong ($1) is what you are looking for. Those with a sweet tooth might also want to try their Prata Bomb ($1.70), or Milky Gems ($2), with a filling of condensed milk and colourful M&Ms. We only wish the curry could be richer. Open 24 hours. Address: 303 Jurong East Street 32
1. Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
The neighbourhood institution for fish. Formerly called First Cooked Food Point, the stall and coffeeshop now share the same name. They specialise in Teochew porridge, and steamed whole fish (market price). Psst: They are also known for the rare and pricey empurau fish from Sarawak, which is subject to availability. Thu-Tue 7am to 3pm.
Address: 253 Jurong East Street 24. Tel: 6560 8594