It has become a known fact that good food is ubiquitous in Bedok. However, as foodies, we only want the best, don’t we? We all know the popular ones like the bak chor mee at Bedok 85, but what about some of the lesser known stalls in Bedok? This time, we’re pulling out all the stops to present to you the ultimate Bedok food guide! Without further ado, let’s go!
Chris’s Kway Chap
Notwithstanding the long queue in the sweltering weather, Singaporeans still love a set of honest-to-goodness kway chap. Albeit the slightly higher price tag, Chris’s Kway Chap commands a throng of loyal customers, especially on the weekends. While we did find it a little overrated, we loved that the intestines were clean and void of any smell or bitterness. The broth is pleasantly robust without an overpowering herbal taste which some people love. Remember to dip those innards in the tangy chilli for an added burst of flavor. If you have to have kway chap, you don’t have to look any further.
Address: 216 Bedok North Hawker Centre #01-80, 216 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 460216
Opening Hours: 8am to 130pm daily. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Ye Lai Xiang Cheng Tng
One of the best ways to beat the heat in Singapore is to dive right into a refreshing bowl of ice cold dessert. While there’re admittedly other desserts, this bowl of cheng tng from Ye Lai Xiang Cheng Tng is a noteworthy one. For 3 bucks, this satisfying bowl offers a considerable amount of ingredients including dried watermelon, persimmons and sweet potato. We liked how it’s not overly sweet and is a real life-savior in the heat.
Address: Bedok Food Corner Stall #31, 1 Bedok Road, Singapore 469572
Opening Hours: 12pm to 8pm daily.
Hill Street Char Kway Teow
One of our pet peeves (probably yours too) is to waste calories eating something that wasn’t good. Fret not, because this char kway teow in Bedok South Market is definitely worth failing your IPPT and skipping your yoga classes for. Hill street Char Kway Teow ($ 3) is pretty popular so be prepared to come early and queue. We especially loved the wok hei in our char kway teow and the crispy pork lard that added a sinful crunch. The noodles are adequately moist and fried uniformly to ensure a consistency throughout the dish. If you’re going to have a cheat day, don’t cheat yourself by skipping this.
Address: 16 Bedok South Road #01-41, Singapore 460016
Opening Hours: 1030am to 730pm daily. Closed on Mondays.
Hon Ni Kitchen
As a typical Singaporean, I’m also a sucker for cheap and good food. So, I’m going to share with you a 2-dollar Nasi Lemak because sharing is caring. For $ 2, you get coconut-flavoured rice with your choice of 3 sides which includes everything except chicken wings. Subsequent additions only costs 50 cents each. Yes 50 cents, even your tau hui zui (soya bean milk) costs more than that. You can also opt for your beloved chicken wings at just a buck. Rumour has it that the fish otah is very fragrant. The star and essence of this Nasi Lemak, however, is their homemade sambal chilli which is free!(But don’t take until other people don’t have la) While the food is cheap, the quality is far from cheap. Alas, now I’m sure I won’t be the only aunty queuing for a plate of Nasi Lemak at Hon Ni Kitchen.
Address: 216 Bedok North Hawker Centre, 216 Bedok North Street 1 #01-07
Opening Hours: 730am-2pm daily. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Plum And Rice
If you’re into fusion food, this one’s for you! Plum and rice uses Umeboshi, a salted Japanese plum, extensively in their Japanese-local fusion hawker stall. This acidic pickled plum is known to aid digestion, mitigate fatigue and even expedite detoxification. They also offer fatty braised pork belly and fresh steamed cod fish on the side of their rice or porridge. For under $ 10, it really can’t get any better than this.
Address: 216 Bedok North Hawker Centre, 216 Bedok North Street 1, #01-45, Singapore 460216
Opening Hours: 8am to 2pm daily. Closed on Mondays.
Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian
Bedok 85 is a crowd magnet when it comes to supper and one of the reasons people flock here is the Bak chor mee. Since there are two Bak Chor Mee stalls, there has to be a better one right? We tried both but found that they’re nearly identical. Despite always having a significantly longer queue than its neighbour, Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian seems to be a crowd favourite. We liked the springy noodles a little better than it’s neighbour. If you’re not in a rush, you won’t be disappointed by the Bak Chor Mee here.
Address: Fengshan Market & Food Centre, Stall #7, 85 Bedok Street 4, Singapore 460085
Opening Hours: 230pm to 130am daily. Closed on Thursdays
Ah Balling Tang Yuan
Also reigning from bedok 85, ah balling tang yuan offers a great-value bowl of tang yuan (4 for $ 2). We were told that they make their tang yuan by hand daily to keep it fresh and chewy. With all the different permutations of tang yuan and soups, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We got the green tea with peanut soup combination and loved the chewy tang yuan with a mildly sweet green tea core. Great for a sweet dessert fix after your savory Bak chor mee!
Address: Fengshan Market & Food Centre, #01-259, 85 bedok Street 4, Singapore 460085
Opening Hours: 930am to 930pm daily.
Chai Chee Pork Porridge
Another well-known stall from bedok 85 is chai chee pork porridge, which serves a hearty warm bowl of porridge that never seems to bore. Some call this hospital food or old people food but I love it! We loved the gooey consistency of the porridge and the pretty generous serving. Add 50 cents for an egg and you’re good to go! Too bad they don’t open till dinnertime.
Address: Fengshan Market & Food Centre, #01-210, 85 Bedok Street 4, Singapore 460085
Opening Hours: 5pm to 2am daily.
Zhong Xing Ban Mian
Walk into Bedok interchange hawker centre and you’ll notice the iconic yellow bowl syndrome originating from Zhong Xing Ban Mian. Besides the good selection of handmade noodles, they also offer a variety of different ways to enjoy your bowl of handmade noodles. As a regular, I’m usually here for their dry ban mian which I can’t recommend enough. Each bowl comes with oodles of noodles that are thick, yet chewy. We liked how the sauce balances the flavours from the dish, without being too salty nor watery. The anchovies and shallots enhance the flavour and add texture to the dish as well. Since its just beside Bedok mrt, you don’t really have any good reason not to try this if you’re in Bedok.
Address: Bedok Interchange Food Centre, #01-17, 297 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 460207
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily.
Xin Mei Congee
Also residing within Bedok Interchange food centre, my other go-to on rainy days is Xin Mei Congee. While my bias towards the sticky Cantonese version is apparent, this bowl of porridge is still an outstanding one. What sets this apart from Chai Chee Pork porridge is that they set the dough fritter (youtiao) sitting on the bowl instead of cutting it up and throwing it into the porridge. This guarantees a crispy, non-soggy youtiao which is so satisfying. The porridge is rather similar to the one from Chai Chee Pork porridge, even though I would probably give the edge to the latter because I prefer my porridge gooier.
Address: Bedok Interchange Food Centre, #01-22, 297 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 460207
Opening Hours: 10am to 11pm daily.
Situated near Bedok 216 market is this angel of a Thai restaurant: Nangfa Kitchen. Nangfa, which means angel in Thai, is driven to serve angelic food and dish out an authentic Thai experience. We prefer Nangfa to Nakhon because of their consistently good flavors and generous portions. For $ 6, you can get a plate of scrumptious stir-fired minced pork with basil or even a bowl of mouthwatering tom yum soup! We love the authentic flavors of the dishes which makes for a satisfying meal everytime. If your mouth catches fire, Nangfa offers a refreshing glass of ice lemongrass ($ 3) or thai milk tea ($ 3) to extinguish the flames. They’ve even got the popular mango sicky rice and red ruby for dessert! If you’re willing to queue (which you should), then this is one place you can’t afford to miss out.
Bedok Food Corner Hokkien Mee
If you’re in bedok food corner to get the cheng tng like we recommended, you’d probably be looking for something else to eat since it is rather out of the way. Bedok food corner hokkien mee offers a good old plate of hokkien mee that hits the spot. We love the deep flavors and the use of a thinner bee hoon in this dish. Throw in the belachan for an added fragrance and fiery kick! After you’re done slurping down the hokkien mee, you’ll be grateful that there happens to be an excellent cheng tng store nearby for dessert.
Address: Bedok Food Corner, 1 Bedok Road Singapore 469572
Opening Hours: 4pm to 9pm daily. Closed on Mondays.
Given Singapore’s humid and sunny weather, some of you might prefer to hang out in a café to blow some steam off after a long week instead of going to a crowded hawker centre. Percolate café is a go-to for many to get their coffee fix and chill hang-out sessions. They use Papa Palheta coffee beans here. We love the minimalistic interior and the homey vibe that the café exudes. If you need a chill place to read your book or emails, this cafe is probably it.
Address: 136 Bedok North Avenue 3 #01-152, Singapore 460136
Mobile: 8256 0316
Opening Hours: 1030am to 930pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 930am to 930pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on Tuesdays.
For a wholesome breakfast, Enak serves up delectable traditional Malay dishes at affordable prices. We were impressed with their Nasi Ambeng ($ 5.50) which comprises beef rendang, sambal goreng, bergedil (potato), archar (picked vegetables), terung (spicy eggplant), serunding (grated coconut) and a champion sambal belachan. We love the tender beef rendang which is infused with the flavor of coconut milk. If you’re more of a noodles person, get the Mee soto($ 2,50)!
Address: Block 16 Bedok South Road Market & Food Centre, Singapore 46016
Opening Hours: Opens daily till late lunch. Closed on Tuesdays.
Situated right beside Bedok Library, Red Hornbill dishes out some pretty sweet Kolo mee and Sarawak Laksa. Owing to his heritage from Sarawak, Mr Then Hua San aims to recreate the flavors from Sarawak here in Singapore for Sarawakians that moved to Singapore. At $ 4, the portions of bouncy egg noodles and minced pork were more than generous. We were also impressed by their Sarawak Laksa ($ 5) which boasts a light-bodied broth that somehow still captures the essence of a good bowl of Laksa. We were told that the Laksa paste is brought in from Sarawak to guarantee a flavor you could probably only get in Sarawak. Served with crunchy bean sprouts, shredded chicken and sliced prawns, this bowl of laksa is great if you’re not very good at handling spice. Beware of the snaking queue on weekends (45 minutes wait)!
Address: Block 205 Bedok North Street 1 #01-357, Singapore 460205
Opening Hours: 11am to 2pm, 4pm – 830pm daily. Closed on Mondays.
Milk & Honey gelato
Situated round the corner of Bedok 86, Milk and Honey Gelato is a no-brainer especially after your orh luak/bak chor mee/sambal stingray feast at Bedok 85. Easily filled on weekends, this humble café opens till midnight to appeal to the dinner/supper crowd of Bedok 85. Opened around 4 years ago, this cozy café serves gelato and waffles, amongst other items like milkshakes and teas. If you’re a durian lover, rejoice because they sell a premium mao shan wang flavor that you’ll love. If you’re a sesame street fan, then the cookie monster milkshake is for you! Great food is meant to be shared so they’ve even got a buddy meal for you and your plus-one (jio me if you have no one). In spite of the other tantalizing flavors, we still went for the classic Milk and Honey on waffles. The handmade waffles were dense and moist on the inside with a crispy exterior. The Milk and Honey gelato was pleasantly invigorating especially on a hot afternoon. Unlike most cafes, this cafe has a relatively smaller sitting area so better go early after dinner to chope your seats!
FATCAT Ice Cream Bar
If you need to get your sweet fix, FATCAT ice cream bar is yet another viable option in Bedok. Inspired by the nickname given to him by his friends, owner, Charles, decided to name his café after his nickname! Keeping to their existing Japanese theme, the interior of the café has been remodified to emanate a Japanese vibe. On that same note, they have also introduced new Japanese flavors including Umeshu (alcoholic), genmai (brown rice green tea), kinako black (roasted soy bean flour), and edamame (green soybeans)! Unfortunately, we weren’t very adventurous and went for the all-time best-seller: Earl Grey Lavender ice cream on a charcoal waffle. We were told that they make their ice cream and waffles in-house daily to guarantee a freshness like no other.
Address: Block 416 Bedok North Avenue 2, #01-25, Singpapore 460416
Opening Hours: 1pm to 10pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 12pm to 11pm on Saturdays, 12pm to 10pm on Sundays. Closed on Tuesdays.
Eating out with a group or friends or family can be tough because everybody wants something different. Located just beside Bedok Reservoir, Refuel café’s extensive menu is bound to put a smile on every face. While it is seemingly out of the way, this café is no stranger to Bedokers. What stood out was their all-day brunch selection which serves up your favorite breakfast all day err day. We decided to go for the Honey BBQ ribs which was one of their bestsellers. For $ 14.90, we were not disappointed with the generous serving of 8 juicy ribs drenched in a sweet tangy BBQ sauce. Served with corn and slaw, the ribs were tender and just delectable.
Address: Block 744 Bedok Reservoir Road #01-3029, Singapore 470744
Phone: 6448 0015
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily. Last Orders at 930pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup
One of our favorites for rainy days is the kidney mee sua from Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal soup. We especially love the thick, rich herbal soup which is just irresistible. For $ 4, you get a hearty bowl of mee sua with kidneys, innards or lean meat. We like how the herbal taste does not overpower the dish and the generous serving. Overshadowed by their slurp-worthy mee sua, the steamed fish is yet another noteworthy dish from Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup. You can customize and choose how you like your fish to be cooked. Depending on the number of people you’re feasting with, they’ll recommend an appropriate portion that will ensure that you go home satisfied.
Opening Hours: 12pm to 12mn daily.
Bedok North 85 Fried Oyster
As our list draws to a close, how could we ever forget fried oyster omelet (orh luak)? While fried oyster omelet comes as an acquired taste for some, this is great comfort food for me. Katong Da Fei Kun is another, yet great, option to enjoy at Bedok 85. The fried oyster omelet comes in thick big chunks which we like. We also appreciate the generous amounts of eggs that’s fried to perfection. Ultimately, the use of fresh big juicy oysters won our hearts over. If you’re headed to Bedok 85 for supper with the gang, get the 10 bucks version and you’re golden.
Address: Fengshan Market & Food Centre, 85 Bedok North Street 4 #01-49, Singapore 460085
Opening Hours: 2pm to 3am daily.
Ah Wah Rojak
Whilst waiting for your sinful char kway teow from Bedok South Market and Food Center, you’ll probably want something to munch on to help pass the time right? Ah Wah Rojak showcases an interesting take on the popular Chinese rojak dish by using cuttlefish for an added crunch and flavor. We especially love the prawn paste which is just the way we like it: sweet, sticky, tangy and not too watery. What makes this stall stand out from other rojak stalls is the extra step they take in toasting the fried beancurd (taupok) and dough fritters (youtiao) to guarantee a warm toasty crunch. Mix all that together in a mixing bowl and we’ve got ourselves a winner! Who knew waiting for char kway teow could be this enjoyable?
Address: 16 Bedok South Road #01-36, Singapore 460016
Opening Hours: 12pm to 2pm, 530pm to 1030pm daily.
Chai Chee Fried Carrot Cake
Contrary to traditional fried carrot cake which we just love for breakfast, Chai Chee fried carrot cake offers patrons a bag full of thick fried carrot cake strips without the egg. They look like fries and are just as addictive as fries. Bite into the crisp exterior to reveal soft toasty carrot cake that is just surreal. It’s like fries, just better and cheaper. Once you start, you won’t stop. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Address: 216 Bedok North Hawker Centre, 216 Bedok North Street 1, #01-55, Singapore 460216
Opening Hours: 5am to 1pm daily.
Tian Nan Xing Minced Pork Noodles
To end the list with a bang, here is yet another bowl of bak chor goodness that you shouldn’t miss out on. With over 80 years of history, Tian Nan Xing bak chor mee is one of the reasons why Bedok has been unanimously crowned a Bak Chor Mee haven in Singapore. For the same price as Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian from Bedok 85, you’ll get a more generous helping of ingredients that makes for an even more satisfying meal. If you prefer softer noodles, you’ll probably like the one from Bedok 85. If you like your noodles done with bite, then this bowl of Bak Chor Mee is definitely for you! We also love the handmade dumplings which were just heavenly. Taking into consideration the shorter queue and larger serving, this would probably be a better bet than the one from Bedok 85. Afterall, there’s a reason why they’re still drawing throngs of people after 80 years right?
Address: Kaki Bukit 511 Market & Food Centre, 511 Bedok North Street 3 #01-10, Singapore 460511
Opening Hours: 5am to 1pm daily. Closed on Sundays
Granted, this list is not exhaustive but hopefully you will find this guide helpful especially if you’re travelling to Bedok from afar for the first time. While we did exclude simpang Bedok from this list, you can check it out in a separate list which we made some time back. Let us know if you think we have missed out anything from this list and we’ll be happy to add in your recommendation.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.
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