Photo: The Bedok Market Place
The Bedok region is known to be a food haven in the east of Singapore. In addition to the many restaurants and eateries nestled in the shopping malls and complexes, there are plenty of hidden gems only those in the know will be gladly chowing down on a regular basis.
Those who enjoy traditional hawker dining with a brand new experience can visit The Bedok Marketplace at 348 Bedok Road, Simpang Bedok which was recently revamped.
If you don’t care for new experiences because all that matters is reasonably priced, mouthwatering food, you have to visit Bedok 85 (a.k.a. Fengshan Market & Food Centre) at
85 Bedok North Street 4. This hawker centre is seriously amazing. Try their Fried Oyster, Hokkien Prawn Mee, Bak Chor Mee, BBQ Chicken Wings, Pork Porridge, Stingray, Satay when you’re there. I kid you not – I had the best porridge there in my 24 years alive.
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Should Bedok 85 be too crowded, try the Fish Beehoon Soup at Block 58 Market & Food Centre located on 58 New Upper Changi Rd; Malay Food, Cheng Tng, Hokkien Mee, Boneless Chicken and Cuttlefish Kangkong at Bedok Food Centre located on 1 Bedok Rd; Mee Rebus, Fried Carrot Cake, Goreng Pisang, Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee, Fishball Noodles, Chwee Kueh, Soon Kueh, and Pau at Bedok Town Centre Market and Food Centre located on 216 Bedok North Street 1; Char Kway Teow, Fishball Noodles, Satay and Roast Duck Rice at Bedok South Road Market & Food Centre on 16 Bedok South Road.
The sky’s the limit here, isn’t it? I’m so envious of all of you who reside in the east.
Open till 4am daily and 4.30am on Friday and Saturday, Spize @ Bedok is the place to visit if your tummy is rumbling in the dead hours of the night but you have no feel for McD’s or instant noodles.
You’ll find Greek and Mediterranean, Indian/Pakistani, Italian, Middle Eastern, seafood, Singaporean and Thai cuisines in addition to burgers at Spize. Conveniently located at 336 Bedok Road, you can choose to dine in or take away.
Those who don’t live in the east but are familiar with Spize probably visited their other outlet at River Valley. The River Valley outlet is especially well-loved by clubbers in the happening Jiak Kim Street and Clarke Quay areas!
Photo: Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh
Established by an ex-convict in 2013, Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh is a business of second chances. So, I’d say go with an open heart and mind!
It doesn’t hurt to be nice and encouraging especially when all they want to do is break away from their past destructive lifestyles and be on the right track. After all, what they’ve been doing must be right since those who’ve patronized them loved their Bak Kut Teh, Pig Trotters and Tau Kee!
Keen to pay them a visit? Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh is located at 302 Bedok Road.
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Do you fancy some delectable yet affordable seafood from an establishment that’s been in the business for over 50 years? If your answer is yes, then you have to pay Hua Yu Wee at 462 Upper East Coast Road a visit sometime soon.
According to netizens, they’ve got one of the best chilli and black pepper crabs around, on top of the fact that they do not charge exorbitantly unlike what many big chains tend to do! This casual eatery in the East has a relaxed family environment. What’s not to love when you get to eat delicious seafood and lick your fingers as and when you like in a rustic setting?
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Hold your horses if you’re planning on paying them a visit – you need to reserve your seats and they’re only open for business on weekends from 4-11pm!
Photo: Fatcat Ice Cream Bar
FatCat Ice Cream Bar‘s gourmet charcoal waffles served with a drizzle of salted egg yolk sauce might have been one of the most hyped up desserts for the whole of 2015.
Nestled in 416 Bedok North Avenue 2, yours truly hasn’t made a trip down to taste this legendary waffle even after one entire year.
Anyhow, it is advised that you go early as FatCat Ice Cream Bar is a tiny, cozy ice cream bar that has very limited seats. A quick scroll on their Facebook page shows how well-loved their waffles and ice-creams are, but many seemed irked with the lack of service there. Go if you can look past the service component.
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COOL CHILL-OUT SPOTS IN BEDOK, UPPER EAST COAST, EASTWOOD AND KEW DRIVE
Photo: Two Fat Men
Are you one of those whose heart flutters in zeal every time you chill out with your homies over silly conversations, bottles of tasty beer and fat, fabulously addictive burgers?
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If you’ve unknowingly nodded in agreement, perhaps you should head over to Two Fat Men at 376 East Coast Road one of these days. Many who’ve been there rave about their burgers in particular. Now you know what you should order when you’re there!
Photo: Mikawa Japanese Sake Bar & Restaurant
Who would have thought that a boring sounding location would house a gem like Mikawa Japanese Sake Bar & Restaurant?
Located on the ground floor of UE BizHub East at 6 Changi Business Park, Mikawa Japanese Sake Bar & Restaurant is where you’ll be acquainted with a large selection of fantastic sake and fresh, well-executed Japanese cuisine.
Prices may be dearer but if you’re one who values quality, perhaps this is a place to consider for that occasional chill-out session that you so deserve! I suppose the quality more than makes up for the prices since many patrons on Facebook said that Mikawa Japanese Sake Bar & Restaurant’s food is “value for money”!
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Photo: Slackers’ Bar & Café
Slackers’ Bar & Café is yet another chill-out spot located at UE BizHub East. Housed on the rooftop at the convention centre, Slackers’ Bar & Café boasts a tranquil roof garden for you to do cartwheels and somersaults on when you’re out on a night of (somewhat) drunken revelling. Anyhow, if the alfresco seating doesn’t quite appeal to you due to our balmy weather, feel free to sit indoors. They’ve got pool & dart games, a dance floor, cozy corners and warm service if that helps!
Photo: Sunset Bay Garden Bistro
Before hipster bars and cool gastropubs even became trendy, Sunset Bay Garden Bistro was already in the scene back in 1995. Only that time, it was on Sentosa island instead of mainland Singapore.
Having relocated to 1300 East Coast Park (near Carpark F2) in 2007 with a revamped “beach garden” concept that is laid back and carefree altogether, Sunset Bay Garden Bistro boasts a cosy, relaxed ambience that anyone looking to unwind can appreciate.
Now, you can’t go wrong with Sunset Bay Garden Bistro, can you? Those who have been there loved the beautiful view, cosiness of the chill-out spot, great food, music and attentive service staff!
I don’t know about you but a great cuppa can do wonders to the mind and soul. Don’t get me wrong, I love my teas, milo dinosaurs and bubble tea with chewy bits of things in it but sometimes, the aromatic cuppa just resonates with me more!
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If you like (or love) coffee, visit Percolate at 136 Bedok North Avenue 3. The welcoming staff, great ambience coupled with satisfyingly rich coffees and magnificent desserts should make you feel fuzzy and happy!
Photo: Milk & Honey
Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between gelato and ice-cream? Is gelato simply a fancier name for ice-cream?
Well, aficionados can probably tell straight up from tasting it but all rookies have to know is that gelato is silkier in texture and more intense in flavour compared to ice-cream.
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‘Nuff said about the geeky blurb above. Run along and grab yourself some seats at Milk & Honey Gelato at Block 86, Bedok North Street 4 for your gelato and waffles fix! This unassuming little parlour houses delicious gelato that will likely have you going back for more.
Photo: To-gather Cafe
“The more we get together, the happier we’ll be”. Doesn’t this sound all too familiar to all the 80s’ and 90s’ kids out there? Well, I can understand why To-Gather Cafe made this their short description on Facebook.
For the most part, it is through gatherings with friends and loved ones that we feel happy and blessed catching up with one another face-to-face in person. Not virtually.
Anyhow, if you fancy hanging out somewhere with a warm ambience, taking your time enjoying stunning, affordable food coupled with charmingly friendly service, To-Gather Cafe at 84 Bedok North Street 5 is one quaint cafe that you could really consider visiting. By the way, word has it that their chocolate lava cake is phenomenal!
This article was first published on Get.com.