Best eats along Downtown Line 2 for under S$10

Check out these food haunts within walking distance of some of the new DTL2 stations

Best eats along Downtown Line 2 for under S$10
Best eats along Downtown Line 2 for under S$10
10 Dec 2015

Best eats along Downtown Line 2 for under S$10

Bukit Timah area may be known for its good schools and expensive housing but this area is also home to some delicious food at wallet-friendly prices. With the opening of the new 16.6-kilometre Downtown Line 2 (DLT2) this Sunday (Dec 27), we decided to follow our foodie noses to check out the great eats within walking distance of some of the new stations. Here are 14 of them.

Mi Casa
Mi Casa
10 Dec 2015

Mi Casa

Address: 116 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre#02-199
Nearest MRT station: DT5 Beauty World

Five minutes away from Beauty World Station is Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre, home to a great variety of hawker fare. Among them is Mi Casa, a stall which serves excellent Spanish food. The garlic roasted chicken (S$5.80) with paella is a must-try. The chicken is tender and bursting with flavour. It is first roasted then pan-seared so it’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. They also serve great steak (S$14) though it is a little pricy.

Xie Kee Hokkien Mee
Xie Kee Hokkien Mee
10 Dec 2015

Xie Kee Hokkien Mee

Address: 116 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre, #02-174
Nearest MRT station: DT5 Beauty World

Also situated at the Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre is Xie Kee Hokkien Mee. Its wet Hokkien noodles (S$3) have a very strong prawn flavour as the stall owner uses a large amount of prawn stock to cook the dish. He added that he previously used lard in the dish, but had switched to vegetable oil some time ago as his regular customers wanted a healthier alternative. While the sweet chilli sauce gives the dish some bite, it can overpower the taste of the noodles, so it may be a good idea to request for it on the side, so you can add to taste.

Photo: Pinterest/Louis Yeo

Feng Ji Shou Shi (Feng Ji Cooked Food)
Feng Ji Shou Shi (Feng Ji Cooked Food)
10 Dec 2015

Feng Ji Shou Shi (Feng Ji Cooked Food)

Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Beauty World Centre, #04-45
Nearest MRT station: DT5 Beauty World

Right next to the Beauty World station is its namesake, the Beauty World Centre. On its top floor is Feng Ji Shou Shi, a hawker stall that sells deliciously oily char kway teow (S$3). The CKT is aromatic, not too sweet, and has a distinct charred flavour that has kept customers coming back for years. It also contains generous amounts of lap cheong (Chinese sausage) and cockles. Unlike the owner of Xie Kee Hokkien Mee, Feng Ji’s owner swears by pork lard and claims it “adds a great fragrance to the kway teow after it is fried”. He said he had thought about using vegetable oil but decided to use a mixture of pork lard and vegetable oil instead.
 

Al-Azhar Makan Place food
Al-Azhar Makan Place food
10 Dec 2015

Al-Azhar Makan Place food

Address: 11/11A Cheong Chin Nam Road
Nearest MRT station: DT5 Beauty World

Frequented by students and night owls, Al-Azhar Makan Place is a stone’s throw from Beauty World Station and serves a plethora of Indian, Thai and Malay dishes ranging from roti prata to succulent satay. However, a must-try is the eatery’s mutton dum biryani (S$7.50), a relatively uncommon dish where meat and spices are cooked together with the rice in a pot. The price may seem a little steep but the serving is huge and meant for two, though one hungry diner can probably polish it off. The rice is infused with spices and goes well with the sauces which come with it. The service at this 24-hour establishment is a little patchy, so a little patience is essential.

Photo: Foodspotting/Gerard T

Nonya Delicatessen
Nonya Delicatessen
10 Dec 2015

Nonya Delicatessen

Address: 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, Bukit Timah Plaza, #B1-K69
Nearest MRT station: DT5 Beauty World

Tucked away in Bukit Timah Plaza, about 10 minutes away from the Beauty World Station, the Nonya Delicatessen has been dishing out great nyonya food for years. It sells dishes such as nasi kunyit, mee siam, laksa and mee rebus (S$5), along with all sorts of desserts. It is hard to point out which is best as the general quality of the food is very high. The mee rebus for example, has a thick sauce that makes you savour every spoonful. The noodles are springy while the chili sauce and sliced green chilies add a whole lot of kick to the dish. The chili is quite spicy so those who are not accustomed to spicy food may want to ask for a bit less in their mee rebus.

Shan Cheng Ipoh Delicacies (multiple outlets)
Shan Cheng Ipoh Delicacies (multiple outlets)
21 Dec 2015

Shan Cheng Ipoh Delicacies (multiple outlets)

Address: 1 Jelebu Road, Bukit Panjang Plaza, #01-56/57
Nearest MRT: DT1 Bukit Panjang

As its name suggests, Shan Cheng Ipoh Delicacies serves up dishes from Ipoh, Malaysia such as its house specialty Ipoh Hor Fun. Another of its specialities is the Shao Xing Wine Chicken Rice (S$6.50). This dish consists of chicken chunks in a broth with thin ginger slices and Chinese rice wine. The broth is flavourful and makes up for the relatively average-tasting chicken. Comfort food for a rainy day.

Chin Choon Prawn Noodle
Chin Choon Prawn Noodle
21 Dec 2015

Chin Choon Prawn Noodle

Address: 826 Upper Bukit Timah Road 
Nearest MRT station: DT2 Cashew

Chin Choon Prawn Noodle serves good sized portions of delicious prawn noodles (S$4) slathered in dark soy sauce. While the noodles are tasty, and have a smooth texture thanks to the sauce, it is the thick, full-bodied broth that comes with each helping which helps the prawn noodles stand out. The broth has a herbal flavour to it and is made from a “secret recipe”.  The stall also sells pig intestine, pig liver, pig kidney and pig tail noodles for S$5 a helping. 

Photo: ieatishootipost forum/metranquility

Original Jalan Tua Kong 132 Mee Pok
Original Jalan Tua Kong 132 Mee Pok
10 Dec 2015

Original Jalan Tua Kong 132 Mee Pok

Address: 24 Sixth Ave 
Nearest MRT station: DT7 Sixth Avenue

Sixth Avenue is home to a number of eateries and hawker stalls. One of the most popular stalls is Original Jalan Tua Kong 132 Mee Pok at Good Good Eating House. The mee pok (S$4) is springy and it contains crunchy prawns, fish cake, fish balls as well as pork slices. The chili sauce complements the other ingredients and makes this mee pok stand out. While there are many stalls selling mee pok in Singapore, only a few do it well. Regardless of whether it is truly the original, this stall is one of them. It is worth mentioning that you can also get pretty good wanton mee and bak kut teh at the eating house, if mee pok is not your thing.

B52 Café
B52 Café
21 Dec 2015

B52 Café

Address: 587 Bukit Timah Road, Coronation Shopping Plaza, #03-07
Nearest MRT station: DT8 Tan Kah Kee


This eatery serves a variety of food from cheese cake to chicken chop. However, one of its most popular dishes is the Penang char kway teow (S$5). Unlike the char kway teow most Singaporeans are used to, B52 Café’s Penang version is served with a spicy chili sauce that contains lime. This imparts the dish with a pleasant sour and spicy flavour.

Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Mee
Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Mee
22 Dec 2015

Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Mee

Address: 2 Adam Road, Adam Road Food Centre, #01-27
Nearest MRT station: DT9 Botanic Gardens


Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Mee is a stall well-known to foodies, and for good reason. The stall serves up excellent prawn noodles (S$5) that contain generous portions of large, succulent prawns, as well as sliced pork. The incredibly sweet and mildly peppery broth is just icing on the cake. With the Botanic Gardens MRT station just minutes away, there is no excuse not to visit this stall. As a bonus, Adam Road Food Centre is also home to Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak, another popular stall which sells excellent nasi lemak that always attracts a crowd. Even the Sultan of Brunei is a fan.

Teck Kee Tanglin Pau (multiple outlets)
Teck Kee Tanglin Pau (multiple outlets)
21 Dec 2015

Teck Kee Tanglin Pau (multiple outlets)

Address: 180 Bukit Timah Road 
Nearest MRT station: DT11 Newton


Pau (buns) are widely available in Singapore, but the ones from Teck Kee Tanglin Pau are worth checking out because they are moist and the fillings generous. The 67-year-old dim sum chain has five types of paus (S$0.90-S$1.80) on its menu: chicken meat, pork, red bean, lotus paste but its char siew pau (bun with roast meat filling, S$1) is the most popular. Sweet and slightly savoury, the meat is tender and melts in your mouth. They make for good after-work snacks or teatime treats.
 

Singapore Famous Rojak
Singapore Famous Rojak
10 Dec 2015

Singapore Famous Rojak

Address: 270 Queen Street, Albert Centre Market and Food Centre, #01-45
Nearest MRT station: DT13 Rochor

It is unclear just how famous this stall is, however, Singapore Famous Rojak certainly has a lot of loyal customers, judging from the lines of people it attracts. Situated at the Albert Centre Market and Food Centre, the stall owner serves helping after helping of the local favourite, rojak (S$2.50-S$4), to hungry customers, yet, he still makes time to chat with his patrons. He also toasts the dough fritters before mixing it with the rest of the ingredients so they are never soggy when served. The sauce is also packed with flavour. Apart from Singapore Famous Rojak, don’t forget to try the food from Bai Nian Yong Tau Foo and curry rice from Yummy Rice Shop (the food from both stalls are value-for-money) located in the same food centre.
 

Oven Marvel bake
Oven Marvel bake
10 Dec 2015

Oven Marvel bake

Address: 10 Prinsep Link, Sunshine Plaza, #01-51
Nearest MRT station: DT13 Rochor

Also located near Rochor station is Sunshine Plaza, home to a few amazing eateries. Chief among them is Oven Marvel, which sells excellent pastries and cupcakes. The bakery is known for its killer curry puffs (S$2.80) that contain chunks of chicken and to-die-for potato curry encased in a flaky pastry. Those with an appetite for sweet stuff cannot go wrong with their range of muffins. The banana walnut muffin (S$2.30) has crunchy nuts on the surface and a warm, soft banana centre, while the apple raisin muffins (S$2) has a flavour that is simply irresistible.
 

Rochor Original Beancurd
Rochor Original Beancurd
10 Dec 2015

Rochor Original Beancurd

Address: 2, Short Street 
Nearest MRT station: DT13 Rochor

When Singaporeans talk about Rochor Road, chances are that Rochor Original Beancurd will come up. A five-minute walk from the Rochor station, the beancurd stall is very well known, but has suffered from complaints of poor service and deteriorating food quality lately. While this writer did not encounter bad service during a recent visit, the tau huay (S$1.20) is indeed not as good as it was before. Nevertheless, it is still one of the best in Singapore, especially if you have a late night craving for beancurd. The beancurd is silky smooth, though the sugar syrup is slightly too sweet.

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