We all know Paya Lebar as either an airbase or for its proximity to the popular new hipster / high-tech mall, Singpost Centre.
Other than being home to an airbase, Paya Lebar is also one of the many small towns with the best food.
So without further ado, let’s begin!
1. Poon Nah City Home Made Noodle
Poon Nah City Banmian is one of, if not the most, well-known ban mian stalls on the island.
Their popularity can be accredited to their tangy noodles.
If you’re one who chucks down soup to the very last drop, you’ll love their clear broth that distincts itself from the common salty ones.
This is because the broth is cooked by adding wolfberry leaves, which has a ‘cooling’ effect on the body.
Other than banmian and youmian, you can also choose from mee sua and bean flour noodles as well.
Address: #05-02, City Plaza, 810 Geylang Road
Opening Hours: 11 am to 8 pm Daily, Closed on alternate Saturdays
2. The Flame Cafe
If you’re looking for a place fit for a group gathering, The Flame Cafe is the right choice.
Their most popular dish is the Four-Tier Cheesy Hotpot & BBQ Pagoda Steamboat.
This unique dish combines three methods of cooking into one: boil, steam, and grill.
On top of that (literally), you can choose from a variety of dips: Cheese, Mongolian and Salted Egg Yolk.
If you’re more of a soloist, you can choose from their a la carte menu as well. They have a ton of dishes to choose from, all at friendly prices.
Address: Level 1 Centro Bianco Building, 73 Upper Paya Lebar Rd
Opening Hours: 11 am – 11 pm (Mon to Thurs, Sun), 11 am – 1 am (Fri & Sat)
3. Long Phung
Ahh…the Singaporean kiasu spirit will tell you when there’s a long queue, must join.
And trust me, you won’t regret this one.
Long Phung is well-known for its authentic and affordable Vietnamese cuisine.
Here, you can find phở, chả giò (deep-fried spring rolls), and also cà phê sữa đá ( Iced Vietnamese coffee), among many others, that you may never have heard of.
Just a quick tip, the queue gets pretty long during lunch and dinner, so you might want to avoid the golden hours!
Address: 159 Joo Chiat Road
Opening Hours: Daily: 1 pm – 12 am
4. Rochor Beancurd House
Do I even need to introduce this?
I’m no beancurd connoisseur, but I am pretty sure of the fact that Rochor Beancurd House probably has the best beancurd.
It is still a popular choice among the older generation as well, which says a lot about its taste and price.
Needless to say, the quality of the beancurd has remained the same throughout the years, still as thick and solid as before.
If you’re craving for a midnight dessert, this is the best choice with the least guilt.
Opening Hours: Daily: 24 Hours
5. Nuevo Cafe
Nuevo Cafe is a well-known cafe among the cafe-hoppers, especially students, thanks to its affordable price range.
You might be thinking coffee and cakes, but here, Nuevo sells rice bowls and pasta.
They’re not just a simple put-together meal that you can make easily at home.
Some of their specialities include the Sweet Corn Croquettes and Potato Mochi.
Do not be surprised when I say this: you can actually get a decent meal with just $10 here!
Unlike the usual over-priced cafes, Nuevo certainly brings ‘affordable’ to the next level.
Address: #01-01, 115 Eunos Ave 3
Opening Hours: 8 am – 10 pm (Daily)
6. Mr and Mrs Mohgan
Let’s move on to something a little more down-to-earth.
Mr and Mrs Mohgan is dubbed the best prata shop in the east, and I can see why.
With more than 30 years of prata-making experience, Mr Mohgan certainly knows his dough and curries.
Being a prata-lover myself, I hate it when my prata is all soggy and soft from being kept in a container.
But here, the kosong prata is always crispy with a crunch.
Also, there’s a variety of curries to choose from: mutton, fish and dhal.
We’re spoilt from all these prata goodness!
Address: 7 Crane Rd
Opening Hours: 6.30am-12.30pm, Closed on Tuesdays.
7. 99 Bistro and Kitchen
Your briyani cannot get more ‘natural’ than this.
Right here in 99 Bistro and Kitchen, they serve their briyani in a bamboo trunk, wrapped in banana leaves.
When the food arrives at your table, they will be knocked out of the bamboo trunk, right in front of your eyes. You might wanna get your Boomerang ready for that.
If you think that that’s a little extra, you’re right, in the sense that they’re taking the extra effort to serve their dish at its best quality, with all the flavours locked in the trunk.
Address: 11 Eunos Road 8, #01-02 Lifelong Learning Institute
Opening Hours: Daily 10 am – 9 pm, closed on Sundays.
8. The Boiler
We all know that Cajun seafood boil has been a thing in other parts of the world for quite a while, but unfortunately, no one brought it to our shores.
Until The Boiler, that is.
The Boiler took another step to make sure they do justice to the name, by bringing their seafood from the southern parts of the US!
Named the Boiler’s Bombdiggity Bag, the dish is sprawled across the table and is enough to feed up to four people.
There’s a variety of ingredients in there: prawns, mussels, clams and of course sweet corn!
The Boiler also serves bread rolls for you to dip into the gravy. Hmm…
T/N: The Boiler’s Duo Bag is a smaller version of the Bombdiggity Bag, good for two diners.
Address: 18 Howard Road #01-06, Novelty Bizcentre
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30 am-2.30 pm, 5 pm-10.30 pm
9. 23 Jumpin
We all love Western cuisine but it’s only the really creative ones that sticks to your mind.
23 Jumpin has certainly clinched the creative title with its mushroom pizza waffles.
Need I explain?
It’s literally pizza on waffles!
Of course, they serve the usual comfort foods fit for the 21st century Instagrammer.
Eggs Benedict, Thai Milk Tea, Matcha Latte…you name it, they have it.
T/N: All of their prices are nett! Talk about service!
Address: 1 Irving Place, #01-25
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am – 9 pm, Monday: Closed
10. Cafe Melba
Here’s something a little more family-oriented.
Cafe Melba opens up its bouncy castle to patrons on the weekends, suitable for parents who want to bring their kids out and also enjoy good food.
On top of that, their breakfast menu is available all day. As long as you have got the appetite for avocado toast and other brunch delights, Cafe Melba is always ready to serve.
To spice it up a little, the cafe also adds something different to its menu every month.
Address: Block N #01, 90 Goodman Rd, 56
Opening Hours: 10 am – 10 pm (Mon to Fri), 8.30 am – 10 pm (Sat & Sun)
So there you go, yet another food guide to keep. You never know when it may come in handy!