Make a pilgrimage to foodie haven
MANY Singaporeans would agree that the east is a foodie's paradise.
It's not hard to figure out why, with the range of mouth-watering food options available, from local delights such as Katong laksa to hipster cafes like Penny University.
And it seems that the east is set to become an even more "happening" food paradise.
Leslie Tay, a food blogger who runs the website ieatishootipost, told My Paper that the east is a food haven because it was developed earlier than many other areas.
"I think there's more to eat in the east than the west, primarily because it was settled earlier, so it's been around longer. The East Coast is also a Nonya enclave so you get a lot of nice food there," said Dr Tay.
The list of good food in the east goes on and on.
He noted that there's very good Hokkien mee in Geylang Lorong 29, while Lorong 35 has very nice braised duck.
"The nasi briyani at Geylang Serai market is good too. At Joo Chiat Road, there's nice fish head curry. You've also got nice paus (buns) and otahs there," he said.
"Near Katong Mall, there are laksa places. Cafes are coming up in that area too, and there's also the Kim Choo bak chang (rice dumpling) and Peranakan food."
Daniel Ang, who is behind food blog DanielFoodDiary.com, said the east is "definitely full of exciting choices".
He cited Vietnamese cuisine in Joo Chiat and seafood restaurants in East Coast.
Each "district" has character and is unique, which makes dining in the east particularly charming, he said.
"The stretch of shophouses from Tanjong Katong to East Coast is very exciting, with a good mix of local kopitiams, the famed Katong laksa, traditional toast from Chin Mee Chin, popular cafes and ice cream shops."
Another food blogger, Maureen Ow, who runs Miss Tam Chiak, travels to the east at least once every two weeks for the food.
"I live in Ang Mo Kio, but I see myself going to the east pretty often. When you look at recommended (food) places, many a time, you will see east-side places," she said.
Like Dr Tay, she noted that estates in the east, such as Bedok, are "mature estates", so their "food offerings are more developed".
Ms Ow added: "The bak chor mee (minced pork noodles) in Bedok 85 (Block 85 in Bedok North) has been famous for many years, and people go all the way there to eat the dish. So, restaurants may set up in the east too, hoping that people would also travel to the east for them.
"Changi Airport is also in the east, so perhaps stall owners feel that, by setting up in the area, they may be able to attract more tourists."
This week, My Paper shows you more food choices in the east, featuring well-known restaurants like Yum Cha and TungLok Signatures restaurants, to whet your appetite.
So tuck in and prepare for gastronomic delights aplenty.