Escape into Singapore’s sprawling farmlands in Kranji for a fun-filled day trip.
Escape the concrete jungle and head over to Singapore’s green wonderland. With the Kranji Countryside Express bus, you can now enjoy locally farmed produce like vibrant vegetables and delicious bullfrogs, all in a day’s trip.
Lim Chu Kang
Once known for its numerous pepper and gambier plantations, Lim Chu Kang has been transformed into a scenic getaway away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This northwestern section of Singapore is now home to D’Kranji Resort and is dotted with fresh milk and vegetables, as well as farm-to-table restaurants.
Jurong Frog Farm
The 35-year-old farm, formerly located in Jurong, is home to the delicious breed of American Bullfrogs. Visitors can opt for a tour ($10/person, minimum charge of $40/tour), to learn more about the delectable ingredient commonly served with porridges and as stir-fries. Guests can learn more about the frog’s life cycles at the mating ponds, and have a picture taken with them. A plate of deep-fried frog legs and hashima (a popular Chinese dessert made of frogs’ fatty tissue) can be enjoyed at The Royal Frog Shop, their retail shop and cafe.
56 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6. Tel: 6791 7229
Poison Ivy Bistro
A true farm-to-table dining experience can be found at Bollywood Veggies. Founded by Ivy Singh-Lim and her husband, Lim Ho Seng, the sustainable farm supplies much of the produce for the in-house bistro. The Nasi Lemak Platter (from $10) uses organic blue pea flowers from their gardens to dye the nasi lemak rice, which is served with eggs (freshly laid in Kranji), tempura, bolly wings, keropok and sambal kangkong. A Vegetarian Platter ($16/2 persons) includes an aromatic mix of dhal, aloo gabi, vegetable curry and mixed vegetables. Round off your meal with their Bollywood 3 in 1 ($10), where slices of fragrant banana bread are served with traditional Kueh Bingka and Kueh Kosui.
Bollywood Veggies, 100 Neo Tiew Road. Tel: 6898 5001
Savour nature’s best at the picturesque Gardenasia Bistro, an idyllic restaurant built on stilts and overlooking a fish pond. Farm fresh greens take center stage in their huge salads, from the Spinach Portobello Salad ($15) to customisable bowls ($18 for seven ingredients). There are western classics such as the Traditional Fish & Chips ($15), but we recommend the Char-grilled Rib Eye Hor Fun ($20), featuring tender slivers of beef atop flat rice noodles soaked in a flavoursome gravy. Wash it down with a refreshing cup of homemade Ice Cold Roselle with Real Cactus Extract ($4).
Gardenasia, 240 Neo Tiew Crescent. Tel: 6898 9111
Ulu Ulu Pet Café
Enjoy a hearty English Breakfast ($16) or dig into a satisfying homemade Waffle with Honeycomb Ice Cream ($10) with your furkids in this quaint corner of Kranji. The owners are fellow dog owners, who
have outfitted the café with an outdoor area, a pet-friendly pool and bath. A seasoned trainer, certified by Singapore Police Force KG Unit, also pops by every so often to share pet training advice. Look out for the owner’s own trio of canines, including an eight-month-old Husky who’s always raring to play.
#01-10C/10D D’Kranji Farm Resort, 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2. Tel: 8809 9966
The only goat farm in Singapore since 1988, Hay Dairies has been providing us with gallons of calcium-rich goat’s milk. Not only are the goats antibiotics- and growth hormone-free, their milk is more digestible, which is an alternative for the lactose intolerant. Visitors can get up close and personal with the playful goats during the tour, which will include a milking session (9am till 1030am). The milk, available in original and chocolate flavours, are sold on site (from $12.50/1l).
3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4. Tel: 6792 0931
Rearing only Holstein Friesian cows, a breed of dairy cattle from North Holland or North Germany, DairyFolks supplies fresh pints of creamy cow’s milk. Guests can visit the cows, distinguished by their distinct black and white rounded patches and opt for a sneak peek of the milking tools during the farm tour. The milk is pasteurised and sold every day ($5.50/l) along with their velvety ice creams, which come in original, dark chocolate and salted caramel flavours (from $3.50).
5 Lim Chu Kang Lane 8A. Tel: 6793 7114
Kin Yan Agrotech
Besides holding the title of Singapore’s largest wheatgrass farm, Kin Yan Agrotech farms cactuses, aloe vera, and roselle fruits. Mushrooms are also produced at the farm, such as the golden cup, black fungus and abalone mushrooms. Popular activities include the farm tours, cooking demos and, of course, the sale of their delightful produce.
220 Neo Tiew Crescent. Tel: 6794 8368
Choa Chu Kang
Once filled with old kampong houses, several plantations for rubber, pineapples and coconuts, as well as tigers, Choa Chu Kang is now known for its lush farmland and delectable food options.
Right next to the sprawling farm of greens at Orchidville is Forrest, a Chinese restaurant. Nai bai and chye sim are harvested regularly, alongside kale and mizuna for the restaurant. Besides a plethora of dishes, including Drunken Kampong Chicken ($13.80) and Chilli Crab ($70/kg), the kitchen serves a Steam Pot ($128/4 servings) menu, where layers of seafood, vegetables and dim sum are cooked using high-speed steaming technology to maintain their natural, sweet flavours.
Orchidville, 82 Sungei Tengah Rd. Tel: 6552 7003
Hidden in Farmart Centre are three affordable eateries. Cheng’s Seafood Village serves a lip-smacking Kampong Chicken Meat ($8/$10) and other tze char delights, while 288 Coffee Stall BBQ is known for their addictive chicken wings ($1.20 each). Thread lightly with the piquant sauce as it packs quite a punch. Finally, Lina’s Satay Club doles out a scrumptious Sambal Sotong (price upon request).
67 Sungei Tengah Road. Tel: 6767 007
For comfort food with a view.
Live out your equestrian dreams at Cheval (French for horses), a café, bar and bistro paired with a lovely view of prancing horses. The menu features western faves, including Seafood Capellini ($18.50) and Fish & Chips ($17), and a selection of bar bites such as the Angelin Horseback ($12) of deep-fried oysters wrapped in bacon. There’s a pool table as well as dart machines for entertainment. A live band also plays top hits and golden oldies every Friday from 9pm.
1 Equestrian Walk, Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre. Tel: 6269 0918