As a loyal resident of Bukit Batok for the past nineteen years, it is my great honour to introduce this town which you might not know anything about.
Except that it’s “ulu”.
First of all, we are actually not as ulu as you think.
We’re just next door to the ‘Orchard of the West’ a.k.a Jurong East.
It’s pretty convenient if you ask me.
Moving on, right smack in Bukit Batok West, there’s a huge shopping centre with two food courts literally back-facing each other.
One of them was sold for S$31 million in 2015.
If you can’t tell yet, we know our food.
And that brings us to the topic of today: the best food you can find in BB.
As a disclaimer, this is totally unbiased because I’m supported by food bloggers from all over SG.
So just relax and trust me!
A/N: The list is non-exhaustive and listed in no particular order.
1. Beans & Cream
Ooh, a cafe in the west! Who says cafes only exist in central?
This is the perfect place for all you Instagrammers. This sweet cafe is a hidden gem in the neighbourhood and not many know about it.
Yes, even Bukit-Batok-ers.
Beans & Cream sells all-natural ice cream using wholesome ingredients. You can taste the difference compared to the typical mass produced brands (not naming anyone).
Unlike well-known cafes in the city, Beans & Cream is situated in a neighbourhood and the lower cost of rental translate to affordable prices for patrons (yay!).
Pamper yourself with a wide array of ice cream flavours to choose from, such as Matcha (personal fav), to more sophisticated ones like Thai Milk Tea and Earl Grey.
I would totally recommend getting the Waffles and Ice cream set (priced at $6.50). Don’t ask me why, just try it for yourself.
Oh, and just a friendly tip: You get a free scoop of iced-gem biscuits when you dine-in!
Location: 347 Bukit Batok Street 34, Singapore 650347
Opening hours: 12.30 – 9.30 pm (Closed on Mondays)
2. Hwa Jin Vegetarian Family Restaurant
Here’s a recommendation for our vegetarian friends. Hwa Jin is a well-known eatery in the neighbourhood, having opened its doors since the late 90s.
Their dishes are priced at an affordable price and there’s a lot to choose from!
This longstanding eatery even has its own website so you have my word that it’s good.
If you don’t know what to try first, go for their Spicy Vegetarian Fish Fillet (priced at $8). I can’t promise one is enough 🙂
A/N: If you’re a strict vegan, do note that Hwa Jin is vegetarian and non-vegan so you may find egg and/or dairy in your dishes.
Location: Blk 359 Bukit Batok Street 34, #01-393, Singapore 650359
Opening hours: 6.30 am to 2.30 pm / 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm daily
3. Jun Corner. Nasi Padang (Malay Rice)
One of the greatest thing about living in Singapore is that we can literally enjoy different type of cuisines.
And believe me when I tell you that Bukit Batok has its fair share of its diversity!
Just take a look at these:
Even if you’re one that can’t take spicy food (like me), you just can’t resist the charm of Jun Corner.
Some of the patrons’ favourites are the sotong hitam, ayam goreng and the sambal udang.
And while you’re at it, you might as well order the assam stingray.
The food here is pretty reasonable too!
Location: 272 Bukit Batok East Ave 4, Singapore 650272
Opening hours: 6.30 am to 4 pm (Closed on Mondays)
4. VariNice Eating House Ban Mian & Fish Soup
I’ll be frank, I’m a sucker for ban mian.
I mean, what can go wrong?
But there’s a charm in this bowl of noodles from VariNice Eating House. It’s just…very nice…you know?
It’s not hard to miss this coffee shop that’s directly opposite BB Bus Interchange (the same building as McDonald’s).
And that’s good, cos you wouldn’t want to spoil your appetite for this bowl of comfort food.
From the thickness of the noodles to how runny the egg yolk is…there’s simply nothing to complain about spending that $3.30.
Location: Blk 632 Bukit Batok Central, VariNice Eating House, Singapore 650632
5. Curry Chee Cheong Fun
As a half Hong-Konger myself, I have always thought that there is only so much twist you can add to the traditional chee cheong fun.
But obviously, I’ve been proved wrong.
I’ve never been happier to be proven wrong, actually.
A genius had the idea of combining savoury curry gravy with the springy chee cheong fun, and I think that’s the best move ever.
It’s definitely a must-try for those that are sick and tired of the same economic rice stall.
Location: Food @Happy Hawker, Blk 632 Bukit Batok Central, Singapore 650632
6. Siang Yuan (香袁) Porridge
Nobody can resist a good bowl of porridge on a cold rainy day.
Siang Yuan has been the trusty go-to of many since the late 90s and I’ll have you know that the standard is still the same.
The thick porridge base is one that would get you out of bed just to get a mouthful. Even if you’re sick.
Their crispy fried fritters a.k.a you tiao is the perfect addition to each bowl of gooey goodness.
Other than that, each bowl is also topped with crispy silverfish and chopped scallion for that extra punch of flavours.
A/N: You can add an egg for just thirty cents.
Location: Hong Kah Food Place, 376 Bukit Batok St. 31 (near Giant Supermarket), Singapore 650374
7. Fatty Weng
Ahh…all BB residents would have heard of this nationwide chain.
Residing in the $31m coffee shop mentioned in my introduction, Fatty Weng is the biggest tenant there.
They operate two stalls side-by-side: one selling fish soup, fried oyster omelette and fried carrot cake etc and the other selling roasted pork.
A/N: fried carrot cake is only available in the morning, so better plan out your journey!
For those that have yet to hear of this well-known name, their fish soups are a must-try.
It’s quite difficult to describe how addictive their soup base is. It’s fresh yet savoury, sweet and salty…you really have to try it yourself.
But some say that the secret lies in the preserved cabbage and chye poh they add to their soup.
Location: 155 Bukit Batok St. 11, #01-324, Singapore 650155
8. Zheng Zong HK Roasted Meat & Noodle
Ahh…I used to be a regular patron before they moved to their current location.
The stall is now safely hidden in Bukit Batok Community Centre’s coffee shop, waiting for ex-patrons to find out their spot. Believe it or not, I actually heard about its current location from my neighbour.
You might be wondering what’s so good about their food.
Everything is roasted till they are a bit chao dar (charred) on the sides.
The traditional Asian mom would tell you that it’s unhealthy, but we can’t help it, you know?
Especially with their generous serving of sweet sauce. Oh, and can we talk about how tender the meat is?
Most importantly, they don’t charge a ridiculous amount for additional meat!
Location: 21 Bukit Batok Central, Bukit Batok Community Centre, Singapore, 659959
9. Alif Restaurant
This Muslim-Indian eating place is no stranger to those that frequent Bukit Batok driving centre.
It has a love-hate relationship with Thohirah, the name of the stall keeps on changing
Anyways, what’s important is the food, right? So let’s get right to it:
Their famous roti prata is sold in the unit next to McDonald’s (they have two units).
Unlike other stores, they’re pretty generous with their cheese in their cheese prata and the Milo powder on their Milo Dinosaur.
The stall also sells the usual, like mee goreng, mee rebus and nasi briyani!
A/N: You can connect to the free WiFi from Mac since it’s just next door!
Location: 374 Bukit Batok St. 31, #01-204, Singapore 650374
10. Shun Yee Claypot Chicken Rice
Whenever I walk past this coffee shop I’ll always be drawn in by the aroma of this stall.
But if you’re just looking to eat their food, prepare to wait.
The queue allegedly gets so long, customers are often advised to make a booking via phone.
Talk about wow.
If you’re a professional ‘claypot rice eater’, you would know that the best one would be crusty on the sides and you’ll have to scape off the burnt rice at the end.
And that’s exactly what keeps me going back!
A/N: always ask for more salted fish…you can’t go wrong with more 🙂
Location: Coffee & Tea Coffeeshop, 150 Bukit Batok St. 11, Singapore 650150
Alright, there you have it! If you wanna start exploring the estate, where better to start than the local delicacies, right?
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