From hawker stalls to cafes, restaurants and bars, the Serangoon estate is home to a plethora of delectable dining options.
Located in the North-East region of Singapore, Serangoon is known to many as a foodie’s paradise, and understandably so. The area is home to a wide array of food choices, from hawker stalls to cafes, restaurants and bars. Here are some of the best eats to check out in the area.
Local hawker fare
Think of Serangoon Gardens and Chomp Chomp Food Centre immediately comes to mind. While the food there is great, the food centre only opens in the evening. For early risers, be sure to check out Serangoon Gardens Market & Food Centre and the surrounding area, which are chockfull of delectable hawker fare. Here are some you must try.
Serangoon Garden Bakery and Confectionery
For a taste of nostalgia, visit this old school bakery which have been around for more than four decades. Run by Uncle Sim, the stall, which was first set up along Maju Avenue in 1994, offers up to 20 varieties, and one of the most popular flavours is the hae bi hiam (spicy dried shrimp sambal), boasting a bod and spicy filling, which pairs perfecly with the sweet bread. Other notable highlights include the otah bun, curry potato bun and hamburger bun. Those with a sweet-tooh will enjoy the orh nee (sweet mashed yam) bun and palm sugared grated coconut bun.
Ah Seng Braised Duck Rice
A family-run hawker stall with over two generations worth of history, Ah Seng Braised Duck Rice is a hot favourite among locals – we saw snaking queues from a distance and had to wait for over 20 minutes before it was our turn. It was well worth the wait though, the single portion of duck rice ($3.50) came with generous slices of duck meat, which was drizzled with an abundance of braising sauce.
We like that the meat was tender, while the sauce was light and had a subtle herbal taste. There are options to add on other ingredients such as Braised Pork Belly ($2), Pig’s Tongue ($2), Pig’s Ear ($2), and Pig’s Stomach Soup ($3).
#01-44, Serangoon Gardens Market & Food Centre, 49A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555945.
Mon to Sat: 10.30am to 7.30pm
Closed on Sun
Alif Nasi Lemak
Run by Mr Mohd Firuz, Aliff Nasi Lemak is one of the few stalls in Singapore that serves nasi lemak made with basmati rice, which offers a light and fluffy texture as compared to regular rice grains. Additionally, Aliff prides itself for using only natural ingredients – the rice is cooked with freshly squeezed coconut milk and pandan leaves, while the chicken wings are marinated with freshly ground spices before they are deep fried.
We can see why people claim Aliff Nasi Lemak is one of the best in Singapore – every component is excellent and melds together perfectly to form a great tasting dish.
#01-27, Serangoon Gardens Market & Food Centre, 49A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555945.
Tue to Thu, Sat & Sun: 7.30am to 2pm
Closed on Mon & Fri
Kim Heng Roasted Delights
One of the few stalls in Singapore to use charcoal to roast their meats, Kim Heng Roasted Delights, run by owner Mr Lim Chee Meng, serves one of the best char siew in town. Lim shares that he uses the bu jian tian cut, which offers nice layers of fats, and tastes really tender and juicy after roasting. We like that the sauce is well balanced and not overly sweet. Save some space for their roast duck and roast pork too.
#01-88, Blk 214 Serangoon Avenue 4, Singapore 550214.
Mon to Sun (closed on Wed): 9am to 7pm
Little Wimbly Lu @myVillage
The younger sibling of Wimbly Lu cafe, Little Wimbly Lu is situated within myVillage, and serves a variety of sweet treats. If you’re looking for a quaint place to hang out with family and friends over desserts and coffee, this is the place to be. Some of the must-try items on the menu include the Rum & Raisin Ice Cream Waffle, Chocolate Cake, Molten Lava Cake, Earl Grey White Chocolate Mousse Cake, Apple Pie, and chocolate truffles.
#01-09/10, myVillage, 1 Maju Avenue, Singapore 556679.
Mon to Thu: 11am to 11pm
Fri & Sat: 11am to midnight
Sun: 11am to 11pm
Trendy Restaurants and Bars
Conveniently located along Serangoon Garden Way, Arbite, which is named after a pun on the German or Danish word for work, serves well-executed modern European fare with an Asian twist. We recommend trying the Ayam Buah Keluak Kueh Pie Ti, Asian Spiced Lamb Shank, Smoked Salmon Pancakes, Pappardelle with Mushrooms and Parma Ham, and the Gula Melaka Tiramisu. This cosy spot is also great for after work drinks.
66A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962.
Mon to Fri: 11.30am to 3pm (Lunch)
Mon to Fri: 6pm to 10.30pm (Dinner)
Sat & Sun: 11am to 10.30pm
Nestled amongst a little cluster of shops in Serangoon Gardens, Baci Baci is a cosy Italian establishment that serves hearty and authentic fare like crab meat linguine and a scrumptious rack of lamb with roasted vegetables. The meat is cooked perfectly and the gaminess is well tamed with herbs. Other must-try items include the osso buco (braised veal shanks) on a bed of saffron risotto, and the grilled sea bass with asparagus and mushrooms.
27 Lichfield Road, Singapore 556847.
Noon to 2.30pm (Lunch)
6pm to 11pm (Dinner)
Affinity at Serangoon
For those who are considering a home in the Serangoon area, look no further than Affinity at Serangoon, developed by Oxley Serangoon. The 1,052-unit development offers a range of stylish and modern interiors to suit individual needs, from one- to four-bedroom units to penthouses ranging from about 474 sq ft to 1,722 sq ft in floor area. Each has been designed and outfitted with top-of-the-line fittings and functional appliances to ensure an unrivalled living experience.
Apart from being located close to a slew of delicious food options, the development is also within within close proximity to a handful of public transportation links including Serangoon MRT station and bus interchange, and Kovan MRT station—which makes getting to the other parts of the island a breeze. For those who drive, major expressways such as CTE, SLE, TPE and KPE are also conveniently connected to the development.
According to the URA Masterplan, enhancements to the roads and public transport services are also in the works, which will make travelling within Serangoon and to the other parts of Singapore even faster and more seamless. Some of the planned works include widening of Upper Paya Lebar Road to ease the peak-hour traffic, and improvements to the road and junction at Serangoon Avenue 2.
For daily necessities and shopping needs, residents can head to Greenwich V, myVillage and NEX Mall, which are just a short drive away. Families with school-going children can consider enrolling their young ones in nearby reputable schools such as Rosyth School, Zhonghua Primary School, CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel, St Gabriel’s Secondary School, and more.
For nature pursuits, residents can explore the diversity of flora at the forest boardwalk, or head out as there are several parks in the vicinity including Kampong Park @ Serangoon, Serangoon Sunshine Park, Maplewood Park and Serangoon Community Park.
If you’re interested to know more about Affinity at Serangoon and what it has to offer, sign up for Oxley Serangoon’s private event on 7 December 2018 here.
Affinity showroom, Along Serangoon Ave 1 (Beside Ardisia Gardens)
Tel: 61003377 (KT Tan), 97691212 (Darryl Ho), 93864523 (Edward Lim), 96826068 (Daniel Lee)
This post was made in partnership with Oxley Serangoon.