Sengkang is an ulu place, isn’t it? You’d think there’s nothing there besides HDB and some unfortunate private estates, right? You are wrong! There are many things to do in Sengkang that you probably did not know existed! Check them out below:
Sengkang Riverside Park
This is the biggest hidden gem in Sengkang where the trees are lush and the birds are aplenty. It is within walking distance from Anchorvale Community Centre and relatively accessible. On your way to the park, you will come to a point where you can almost see the view of the sky meeting water.
The only pity is the TPE obstructing that view which kind of killed the view a bit. If you are someone who loves the serenity of greenery, this is definitely a park worth travelling for. It gets quiet when you venture deeper into the park (it is huge!) and you get to experience nature at its most beautiful. The blue sky coupled with tall bushes of green grass will lure you into serenity.
Anchorvale Street, 544834
Mushroom Café at Sengkang Riverside Park
This is a tranquil little café at the entrance of Sengkang Riverside Park. It serves basic food at really affordable prices. What I do love about this café is the peace that you will get on a weekday. It is a nice place to hang out at if all you wanted is to gaze at greenery and be at peace.
The staff there are friendly and are usually more than willing to have a chat with you if there are not a lot of people around. It is also a great place to study at due to the quiet environment. Right in front of it is the Sengkang Riverside Park where you can venture to for a walk after chilling out at the café.
50 Anchorvale Street, #01-02, Sengkang Riverside Park, 544834
Sengkang Floating Wetland
This is yet another place which is near to Sengkang Riverside Park. It forms a seamless connection between the park and the Anchorvale Community Centre, as well as the Sengkang Sports Complex. Sengkang Floating Wetland is the largest man-made floating wetland in Singapore measuring at a whopping 2400 square metres.
The floating wetland was made to improve the water quality and provide a natural habitat for birds and fishes. Boardwalks were built so that people can access the floating wetland and get closer to the scenic views. Visitors can also learn more about the wetland ecosystem.
Anchorvale Street, 544834
Sengkang Swimming Complex
Sengkang swimming complex was completed in August 2008 and has since served as one of the go-to places for swimming lessons and water fun. There are 8 water slides to be found there, such as the multi-slide, the free fall, the speed slide and the twist slide. There are also splash and slide areas for young children as well as a large Jacuzzi pod for the adults.
Lots of things for you to do as a family on a lazy weekend out. It is also affordable as it is managed by the Singapore Sport Council. Entrance fee on a weekend is capped at $2/adult and $1/child or senior. Here’s a note: if you’ve not, sign up for an [email protected] account so you’ll get the $100 credit for all Singaporeans. You can use that to pay for entrance to the swimming pool among many others.
57 Anchorvale Rd, 544964
This is voted as one of the top 5 neighbourhood gyms by Men’s Health SG and is located in the same compound as Sengkang Swimming Complex. It is a 355 square meter gym and is considered very spacious.
This gym can house many people and they have a relatively big range of weights for you men. The price is also very affordable at $2.50 for the general public and $1.50 for those under 18. Again, sign up at [email protected] if you have not done so.
57 Anchorvale Rd, Sengkang ActiveSG Gym, Singapore 544964
Sengkang Fire Station
The fire station is open every Saturday morning from 9 am to 11 am and welcomes the public to have an educational visit. It is the biggest fire station in Singapore at 7,000 square meters and boasts a stunning $14 million state of the art facility for the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
It houses the first Immediate Response Centre which house a team of a medical company and a rescue battalion under one roof. Children can visit to learn more about fire-fighting and have a look at the specialised equipment that is used.
50 Buangkok Dr, Singapore 545064
Poh Kee Satay
After all the activities, we must be hungry. Next up is the Poh Kee Satay located at 205D Compassvale Lane. Poh Kee is a well-known satay stall in the north-eastern region of Singapore. They moved to Sengkang in 2014 and set up shop at Compassavale Lane. The best thing about Poh Kee is the peanut dip and their pork satay. The peanut dip is smooth, not overly thick or cloying. The taste is mildly sweet and has a tinge of sour because grinded pineapples are added to the peanut dip.
The best product there is the pork satay. They used pork belly meat to make the satay and when grilled over charcoal, the fats breaks down to result in a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Every bite is filled with grilled pork fragrance and you will definitely go back for more.
205D Compassvale Ln, Singapore 544205
Penang Kia Prawn Mee
The prawn noodle stall introduces popular Malaysian-style prawn noodles into the Sengkang neighbourhood. Located also at 205D Compassvale Lane, this stall’s signature dish is the Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodles.
This happens to be one of the most popular dishes in Penang too. This dish is served with yummy bean sprouts, peeled prawns, meat, fried shallot, chilli and chilli oil. The soup broth is robust and full-bodied but without that overpowering prawn taste. If you can take spicy stuff, opt for the chilli version which adds an oophm to the soup broth.
205D Compassvale Ln, Singapore 544205
Honey Sauce Pork Knuckle
This is found at Sengkang’s Zhi Char located at 275D Compassvale Link. This pork knuckle is special because of its honey-coated skin. Besides the special sauce, the pork knuckle is not oily and taste really smooth and tender when you bite into it. 275D, Compassvale Link, Singapore 544275
Kopitiam Square @ Sengkang
This is located right outside Sengkang MRT, right next to the Sengkang Community Centre. This place is huge and has over 50 stalls serving up great food at affordable prices. Well noted for its variety such as mookata and tze char, the hawker centre is also airy and not too hot. One of the best stalls to try is the Thai mookata stall, 12_45. It cost $32.80 for a set big enough to feed 2-3 pax.
The set includes normal mookata basic ingredients like prawns, sliced pork, pork belly, sliced chicken, fish, hot dog, crab sticks and the likes. The best part of the experience is the broth, which I must say that 12_45 really got it right. 10 Sengkang Square, 544829
There you have it, the 10 hidden gems in Sengkang. Take a trip down to the north-east and explore them yourself!
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