Tai Seng Food Guide – 29 Hidden Food Gems in Tai Seng / Ubi / Macpherson
I always believe that every part of Singapore, even places as ulu as Tai Seng or Ubi, is bound to have good food. This list is not exhaustive but if you’re working or living in these areas, this guide will come in very handy!
DA SHENG MINCED MEAT NOODLE
The authentic Teochew Bak Chor Mee (minced meat noodle, $5.50) comes with minced meat (marinated with powdered sole fish), braised mushrooms, meatballs, pork slices and liver, and 2 crispy wantons! The portion is crazy huge (even the guys in the team think so)!
A relatively new dish is the Fried Chicken Chop Noodles ($5.50) which is another must-try. The succulent chicken thigh chunks were extremely savoury and juicy.
Da Sheng Bak Chor Mee
Address: Blk 3014 Ubi Road 1, Singapore 408702
Mobile: 9150 6877
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 6.30am to 4pm. Saturday: 6.30am to 2pm. Closed on Sunday.
MEI MEI ROAST
Mei Mei Roast Meat is actually operated by the younger sister of the former owner of Kay Lee. Madam Lee takes care of the roasting and chopping while her assistant takes orders. Roasted traditionally with charcoal, the duck sports a reddish-brown skin which had a hint of smokiness. The meat was full of flavour.
The char siew stole the show. Slightly charred, the char siew had a thin layer of fat and tender lean meat. I also love their Cantonese-style boiled soups.
TOOK LAE DEE
Looking for quick and affordable Thai food in Taiseng? Took Lae Dee is the place to go! Its name ‘Took Lae Dee’ literally translates to ‘Cheap and Good’. But Took Lae Dee is not only that, it serves really authentic restaurant-quality Thai food. The Pad Krapow (pictured above) is only $3.80! You may choose either minced chicken or pork with a crispy yet runny fried egg on rice.
Your order is cooked only upon order, so you can be assured that your dish comes immediately from the wok. Took Lae Dee also offers other must-try Thai classics such as Thai Tom Yum Spicy and Sour Soup ($6.80), Kang Keaw Wan Thai Green Curry ($7.00), Yum Woon Sen (Spicy Vermicelli Salad) and Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad) at $6.00 each.
Took Lae Dee
Address: 18 Tai Seng Street #01-34/35/K9, Singapore 539775
Phone: 6702 2000
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm daily. Last order at 8:30pm.
Pancake King uses only fresh ingredients such as banana, carrot, pumpkin, walnuts, raisin and prunes, and the best quality butter from New Zealand or Australia to make their pancakes.
Adequately crispy, spongy and moist, the pancake is actually made with no oil at all. Pancake King has been offering a “Money Back Guarantee” since 1998 because it is very confident of its pancakes ($0.90 each). Grab some for tea break, you won’t regret it!
Address: 3014 Ubi Road 1, Singapore 408702
Phone: 6846 8231
Mobile: 9370 2324
Email Address: email@example.com
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 630am to 5pm. Saturdays: 7am to 3pm. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
THUNDERBOLT TEA BY BOON LAY TRADITIONAL HAKKA LUI CHA
The rice bowl($4 for white rice, $4.50 for brown rice) here is filled with leeks, white cabbage, long beans, sayur manis (sweet leaves), firm beancurd, chye poh (pickled radish), dried shrimps and a special tea soup paste. It’s a hearty and earthy dish which resembles a healthy bowl of fried rice with lots of crunchy vegetables! If you’re on a clean diet, the rice bowl here is perfect for you.
INDONESIA DELIGHT GANDIS
It’s not difficult to spot Indonesia Delight Gandis because there’s always a long queue. Annie, the owner, who is from Bandung, recommended its signature dish Ayam Penyet ($5.50). Marinated with several herbs and spices, the tender chicken thigh is smashed before being deep-fried. It was not as oily as I had expected and the skin was crisp. Remember to pair it with the chilli. They have other dishes such as Ikan Penyet ($6), which we absolutely love too, and Mee Rebus ($3)!
Indonesia Delight Gandis
Address: 8 Burn Road, Trivex Building LC Food Centre #01-06, Singapore 369977
Opening Hours: 7am to 2pm daily. Closed on Sundays.
UE PRINT FOOD COURT – BAN MIAN
Apart from the usual minced meat, sliced fish, and fried fish noodles, the stall offers seafood, and tom yum noodles. You’ll need multiple visits to try all the different combinations! The dish that we loved the most was the Koka noodles because it was springy and cooked just right.
UE Print Food Court
Address: 61 Tai Seng Ave, Singapore 534167
Opening Hours: 9am to 3pm daily (or till sold out). Closed on weekends.
QUAN LAI KWAY CHAP
Quan Lai Kway Chap’s braised sauce is not too thick, and their duck meat is pretty delicious. We loved the intestines which are deep-fried, and the incorporation of pineapples in the sauce. Although all the ingredients were cooked well, the meal was quite pricey($28/2 pax).
Quan Lai Kway Chap
Address: 560 MacPherson Road, Sin Fong Restaurant, Singapore 368233
Phone: 6744 1252
Opening Hours: 8am to 12:30am daily.
YONG LAI FA JI SHU SHI
The MSG-free fish head soup ($5) is boiled with fish bones and chicken for more than 8 hours. Mr. Peh selects the best fish at 11pm, washes and chops them in the wee hours to prepare for business. You’ve got to be patient because each order is cooked individually. The meat on the fish head fell off easily and the sweetness of the fresh fish was very evident.
Yong Lai Fa Ji Shu Shi
Address: 79A Circuit Rd, 01-66, Singapore 371079
Opening Hours: 12pm to 8pm daily. Closed on Thursdays.
The only dish sold at Mr Lorbak is the Braised Pork Belly Rice ($3.50) which comes with a braised egg and crunchy black fungus. The pork belly sits in a stock of about 20 types of herbs and spices for 3 hours before it is braised for 14 hours. You can expect the pork belly to have a good proportion of meat and fat.
Address: 350 Ubi Ave 1 #01-947, Singapore 400350
Opening Hours: 11am to 7pm daily. Closed on Tuesdays.
CRISPY ROTI PRATA
The prata here is always sold out by the end of the day! You can request for either fish or mutton curry to go with your crispy prata.
Crispy Roti Prata
Address: Blk 350 Ubi Avenue 1, Ubi 350 Coffeeshop, Singapore 400350
Opening Hours: 6am to 6:30pm daily. Closed on Mondays.
HIPPO FAMILY RESTAURANT
Hippo Family Restaurant’s curry fish head($19) was bigger and meatier than we expected. It came with a generous amount of ingredients such as taupok, cabbage, long bean, eggplant and lady’s finger. We really enjoyed the curry and the shrimp paste chicken($6.50/7 pieces)!
Hippo Family Restaurant
Address: 72 Circuit Rd, #01-13, Singapore 370072
Phone: 6844 2770
Opening Hours: 11am to 8:45pm daily.
LAM BEE CHICKEN RICE
Wanting to try everything, I ordered a serving of roasted pork, char siew, roasted chicken and steamed chicken to go with my fragrant rice (all for $6). The roasted chicken was succulent and its skin was lightly savoury. My colleague preferred the steamed chicken as it tasted fresher. Complete your meal with a bowl of Cantonese-style soup which starts from $3.
Lam Bee Chicken Rice
Address: 78 Circuit Road #01-470, Singapore 370078
Phone: 6467 1825
Opening Hours: 7am to 7pm daily. (Usually sold out by 4pm). Closed on Wednesdays.
JULAIHA MUSLIM RESTAURANT
The Indian rojak ($5) won me over with its sweet and slightly spicy peanut sauce. Every ingredient that I chose was fried well too. My favourite ingredient was the fried vegetable-cake which was crispy and savoury. It was also the first thing to be gone from the plate! Since Julaiha Muslim Restaurant is open 24/7, it is a relatively hot spot for supper. The crowd sure loves the prata here.
Julaiha Muslim Restaurant
Address: 538 MacPherson Rd, Singapore 368222
Phone: 6743 2773
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily.
HUAY KWANG WANTON MEE
A must-order is the Fried Wantons ($3)! It’s a really simple snack, but it’s so satisfying when done right! Huay Kwang’s handmade Dumplings ($5) were huge and plump! Look forward to well-marinated minced meat, crunchy water chestnut, and sweet firm prawns in each dumpling. The Thai-style wanton mee was pretty decent but the dumplings and fried wanton stole the show!
Huay Kwang Wanton Mee
Address: Blk 3021 Ubi Ave 2, Singapore 408897
Mobile: 9383 1597
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 3pm daily. Closed on Sundays.
UBI DMQ EATING HOUSE – HANDMADE NOODLES
The Dry Mee Hoon Kueh ($4) may look plain but it’s anything but. Just mix it well with the dark sauce hidden beneath the noodles, and the runny egg yolk sitting in a separate bowl of soup! There’s even a Lala ban mian($5) ! The Fish & Prawn ban mian($6.50) was a flavour bomb and my favourite dish here!
Ubi DMQ Eating House
Address: 304 Ubi Ave 1, #01-95, Singapore 400304
Mobile: 8696 3008, 9858 1589
Opening Hours: 11am to 9:30pm daily. Closed on Sundays.
UBI 325 FRIED CHICKEN & WESTERN FOOD
If there is only one thing I’ll travel from my office to this Ubi coffeeshop for, it is Ubi 325’s Chicken Cutlet ($6.50)! The breaded exterior, which was golden brown and crisp, gave way with an audible crunch, when I cut into it. The Codfish Fillet ($7), which consisted of 2 long fillets of sweet and soft cod, was super value-for-money! It has a better texture than dory and I like that the batter was not too thick.
Ubi 325 Fried Chicken & Western Food
Address: 325 Ubi Avenue 1, Food Point #01-707, Singapore 400325
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm daily. Closed on Mondays.
NIU ZOU LA MIAN MUSLIM FOOD
Niu Zou La Mian Muslim Food does not just serve noodles, it serves handmade Halal noodles! Lan Zhou Beef Ramen ($5) is the signature dish and consists of a decent portion of beef and a flavoursome beefy broth laced with chilli oil. Surprisingly, the dish was not too spicy. It was extremely palatable and I downed the broth really quickly. Other must-tries include the Beef Stewed Noodles ($8) and Beef Cold Ramen ($7). Come after 12pm because that’s when the full menu will be available!
Niu Zou La Mian Muslim Food
Address: Blk 325 Ubi Avenue 1, Food Point Food Court, Singapore 400325
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily.
ZAOLEK MALA X LOK LOK
Here comes the first Mala Xiang Guo in Tai Seng! Zaolek Mala X Lok Lok is known for its Malacca Lok Lok steamboat buffet, and now offers mala xiang guo (only $5 for an individual set) in a humble food court. Fans of Zaolek will be pleased to know that they are bringing their famous Lok Lok steamboat buffet back!
THAI SENG FISH SOUP
Many label Thai Seng Fish Soup as THE “Tai Seng Fish Soup” because it is also located in Tai Seng. You should try the Double Sliced Fish Soup Beehoon ($5.50) and Tom yam Soup ($5.50)! Light, milky, and sweet, the fish soup was addictive and was swimming with tender Batang fish. I like the fried egg strips which soak up the broth well. The Tom Yam Soup was light, sour, sweet, and spicy. It was very palatable, if you ask me!
Thai Seng Fish Soup
Address: 3024 Ubi Road 3 #01-99, Singapore 408652
Mobile: 9878 0817
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 9:30am to 3pm. Saturdays: 9:30am to 2:30pm. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
PONDOK PANTAI TIMUR
Pondok Pantai Timur is known for their Ayam Penyet ($5.50) and Ikan Penyet ($6-6.50). They use chicken rice instead of white rice here. The chicken is deep-fried without any batter, while the fish is coated with batter before being deep-fried. I prefer chicken usually but I love the fried fish more!
Pondok Pantai Timur
Address: Blk 301 Ubi Ave 1, Yummy Food Point, Singapore 400301
Mobile: 9476 0220
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 8am to 8pm. Saturdays: 8am to 5pm. Closed on Sundays.
WHALE LALA CAFE
Whale Lala Cafe is one of those cafes that not only filled my stomach, but my heart too. The cafe is trying to save the whales through the use of paper straws instead of plastic straws! I know, it’s only a very small gesture, but a small action can still go a long way. I recommend the Chicken Karaage Don ($8.80) which comes with brown-red rice, garlic soy chicken karaage, onsen egg, edamame and cherry tomatoes. The chicken karaage was slightly crispy, and juicy. The marinade hit all the right spots!
Whale Lala Cafe
Address: The Commerze@Irving, 1 Irving place, #01-30, Singapore 369546
Phone: 6123 4567
Mobile: 9799 2264
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday - Saturday: 1130am to 830pm. Sunday: 930am to 530pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Public Holidays.
ONE BAR CAFE
Previously known as ’23 Jumpin’, One Bar Cafe’ offers innovative and delicious Asian-Western food such as Mentaiko Pasta ($14) and Lak & Roll ($10 for 4 pieces/ $18 for 8 pieces). There are live performances occasionally.
KNOTS CAFE AND LIVING
Knots Cafe and Living is the place to spend a lazy afternoon! I was excited to try the Coriander Prawn Pasta ($17.90), which came with four succulent prawns, coriander, and asparagus in a garlic butter sauce. The taste of coriander wasn’t very pronounced, and could use some work, but the aesthetically pleasing cafe made up for it.
Knots Cafe and Living
Address: 160 Paya Lebar Road, #01-07, Singapore 409022
Phone: 6817 0383
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Hours: Sundays – Thursdays: 9am to 9pm. Fridays – Saturdays: 9am to 10pm. Closed on Mondays.
FUZE BY BLEND IT UP
FUZE does a really good Roasted Pork Belly ($23)! I loved the crackling skin and well-marinated meat! FUZE often have 1-for-1 promotions for main courses so don’t miss out!
Saturday House is suitable for all days, not just Saturdays. The Cheesy Baked Mushroom Toast ($12.90), served with snail sausage and greens, promises a thick brioche packed with mushrooms and two kinds of cheeses. Hang out at Saturday House with a bottle of beer because everyday can be a Friday night if you want it to be.
Prodigal Cafe may be a little hard to locate, but the affordable food items make the search worth it. I loved how every single dish was aesthetically pleasing, and delivered in terms of taste too. Go for the Grilled Cheese ($10) and Miso Cheese Tart ($6) if you’re a cheese-lover!
YU CUN CLAYPOT CURRY FISH HEAD
As the name suggests, its signature dish is, of course, the Curry Fish Head ($24 small/ $26 big). The tender sea bream is cooked in a thick and creamy curry. Please don’t stop at only the curry fish head because Yu Cun sends out other yummy dishes too! Go for the Rice Wine Chicken ($10.80) and Mongolian Pork Ribs ($7.80)!
Perfect for sharing, the Boiler’s Bombdiggity Bag ($139), which holds a Dungeness crab, prawns, mussels, clams, sausages, corn and bun, comes with 3 sauces (Signature ‘The Works’, Garlic Butter Peppa’ Butter, Sauce of the Month).
The Boiler’s Fish & Chips ($12.90) is voted the best in Singapore by BBC Good Food. And it is still my favourite Fish & Chips in Singapore today!
At times, our team has trouble deciding what to eat when we get to lunch together because there are just so many options in the area. We are sure that there are more than 29 places with good food, but here are the 29 that you should really try!
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.