Lakeside food guide
As a Lakesider, I’ve lived here long enough to have a list of good makan places under my belt. Other than just Boon Lay Place Food Village, which many flock to after work to dabao food from, there are more Lakeside food spots to travel down for. With either a short bus ride or a stroll away, here are some food haunts near Lakeside MRT Station to check out.
1. Tien Lai Rice Stall
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Another place where $5 gives you a combination of three types of meat—roasted duck, roasted pork, and char siew—on a plate is Tien Lai Rice Stall. Selling roast meat for more than 15 years, this stall is definitely doing things right with their roasts’ fat-to-meat ratio being #onpoint. The fat bits not only added juiciness to each spoonful, it also gave an umami-rich flavour. Note that Tien Lai closes by 1pm, so make your way down before lunch time comes around!
Address: 3 Yung Sheng Road, #02-66, Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre, Singapore 618499
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 9:30am to 1pm
Tel: 9671 9441
Tien Lai is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Wai Kee Wanton Mee
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It might be dangerous to say that Wai Kee Wanton Mee is the perfect, if not almost perfect plate of wonton mee I’ve ever had. They are open till 12pm and prices for wonton mee start from $4. Though supposedly a “dry” version of wonton mee, the noodles are drenched in a generous portion of clear and umami sauce. I could drink the sauce up to its last drop with my face in the bowl and elbows out – it was that good. They also give a good douse of chilli sauce when requested.
Address: 505 Jurong West Street 52, #01-14, Jurong West 505 Market & Food Centre, Singapore 640505
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 12pm, or until everything is sold out
Wai Kee is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. Takagi Ramen
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Hidden within an HDB estate, Takagi Ramen offers affordable yet tasty ramen. Their ramen starts from $6.90 for Takagi Ramen – a simple tonkotsu noodle soup with chashu and the usual toppings such as bean sprouts and spring onion. They also a variety of other ramen, side dishes, and Japanese mains under $10.
Address: Blk 492 Jurong West Street 41, #01-74, Singapore 640492
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
Tel: 9170 7870
Takagi Ramen is not a halal-certified eatery.
4. He Jia Huan Ban Mian Mee Hoon Kway
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He Jia Huan Ban Mian Mee Hoon Kway serves a mean bowl of Dry Mee Hoon Kway at $4.50. It comes with plenty of ikan bilis, egg bits, minced meat, and a dark sauce lurking underneath waiting to be tossed. Make sure to coat each piece of the hand-torn noodles with the sweet and savoury sauce before slurping them up one by one.
Address: 496 Jurong West Street 41, Coffee United, Singapore 640496
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 11pm
He Jia Huan is not a halal-certified eatery.
5. Lian Yi BBQ Seafood
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Lian Yi BBQ Seafood is my family’s go-to for our seafood indulgence. Their BBQ Stingray seals the deal for us with its plump and juicy meat that is fork-tender. It is also heavily topped with a spicy sambal chilli that holds hints of shallots, lime, and fragrant shrimp paste. Expect to spend around $15 a person if you’re ordering a variety of seafood here.
Address: 221B Boon Lay Place, #01-161, Boon Lay Place Food Village, Singapore 642221
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 4:30pm to 9:30pm
Lian Yi is not a halal-certified eatery.
6. Wen Guang
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With $3.50, you can get a generous serving of handmade Fishball Noodles from Wen Guang. Instead of getting it in soup, the dry option features your pick of noodles with rich sauce and a good scattering of pork lard and spring onions. Order your noodles with chilli for a nice kick of heat; their spicy concoction is just right and will not overpower the savoury bowl of noodles and its ingredients.
Address: 505 Jurong West Street 52, #01-25, Jurong West 505 Market & Food Centre, Singapore 640505
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 9pm
Wen Guang is not a halal-certified eatery.
7. Kim Lotus Dessert
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The desserts from Kim Lotus Dessert come in little globes of shaved ice similar to the snowballs you might have aimed at someone on a winter vacation. As compared to overpriced desserts in town, prices at Kim Lotus are wallet-friendly. Must-tries are Chendol ($2.40), Durian Ice Kachang ($3.80), and Mango Sago ($3.40). Despite low prices, they have a good variety of ingredients as well.
Address: 463 Jurong West Street 41, #01-568, Singapore 640463
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 8:30pm
Tel: 6899 0535
Kim Lotus is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Richie’s Crispy Puff
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Richie’s Crispy Puff offers a variety of curry puffs at only $1.30 each. Their puffs hold a crunchier bite as compared to most brands’, and have flavours such as Chicken Curry Puff, Lemon Tuna Puff, Chicken Cheese Puff, and Vegetarian Potato Puff. What’s great about this place is that it is open 24 hours daily!
Address: 498 Jurong West Street 41, #01-444, Singapore 640498
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
Tel: 6345 5225
Richie’s is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. Fusion Spoon
Fusion Spoon is the only dining spot in the whole of the scenic Jurong Lake Gardens. The restaurant has a very expansive menu of Asian and Western dishes, from regional fare to Japanese donburi, to pasta and pizza. Besides the food, you do get a very impressive, panoramic view of the lake, which makes the restaurant a great pick for sundown dates.
Address: 102 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618663
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 9:30pm, Sat-Sun 7am to 10pm
Fusion Spoon is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Chicken Supremo
Chicken Supremo serves up huge portions of Western food at affordable prices. For instance, their Chicken Cutlet costs $5 and features a large chicken cutlet that’s been fried to a golden brown.
Do try their tender Chicken Chop ($5) that’s cooked to a gorgeous sear and slathered in a gorgeous mushroom sauce. To get more bang for your buck, opt for the Half Spring With Rice ($4.30) which comprises a well-marinated fried chicken and loads of rice.
Read our Chicken Supremo review.
Address: 493 Jurong West Street 41, #01-02/03, Singapore 640493
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 1:30pm to 10:30pm
Chicken Supremo is not a halal-certified eatery but it is Muslim-friendly.
11. Soh Kee Cooked Food
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Soh Kee Cooked Food is my go-to spot in Jurong West 505 Food Centre. Their chicken is carefully poached and dunked in cold water to retain its succulence and mellow chicken flavours.
Try their Chicken Porridge Set ($4.50). The chicken has a gorgeous layer of gelatin under the skin that goes well with the firm but juicy thigh.
Read our Soh Kee review.
Address: 505 Jurong West Street 52, #01-44, Jurong West 505 Market & Food Centre, Singapore 640505
Opening hours: Thurs-Fri 9:30am to 7:30pm, Sat 8am to 7pm, Sun 8am to 1pm
Soh Kee is not a halal-certified eatery.
12. 58 Minced Meat Noodle
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58 Minced Meat Noodles sports one of the longest queues in Taman Jurong Food Centre, thanks to their legendary bak chor mee that’s exploding with flavour.
The Minced Meat Noodles (from $3) come with well-cooked mee pok that has been tossed in vinegar, soy sauce, chilli and oyster sauce. Minced pork and liver are then strewn on the noodles, with chilli padi on the side as garnish.
Address: 3 Yung Sheng Road, #03-150, Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre, Singapore 618499
Opening hours: Thur-Mon 7am to 2pm
Tel: 9336 0633
58 Minced Meat Noodles is not a halal-certified eatery.
13. The Ride Side Skate Cafe
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Lakeside is home to Singapore’s largest skate park, so it’s only natural that you’d find The Ride Side’s F&B venture there. The homegrown skateboard and snowboard retailer has set up shop facing the skate park, so you can pop on over for refreshments and grub after you’re done with your skateboarding sesh. The menu here is made in collaboration with The Assembly Ground and includes burgers, sandwiches, and Western mains, from Fish & Chips ($12.90) to Applewood Smoked Sirloin Steak ($18.90). They have a kid’s menu too, for parents looking to dine with the little ones!
Address: 108 Yuan Ching Road, #01-01, Rainforest Pavilion @ Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore 619617
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10am to 9:30pm
The Ride Side Skate Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery but they do not serve pork or lard.
14. Man Zhu Steamboat Restaurant
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Regional Chinese cuisine is on the rise in Singapore. If you want the legit goods, pay a visit to Man Zhu Steamboat Restaurant, a Jurong West eatery frequented by Chinese nationals for their hotpot, hot plate, chuan chuan and mala dishes. One of the bestsellers here is their Hot Stone Mutton Soup ($98), where you get whole lamb ribs—with marrow intact—stewed in a spicy soup. Each portion feeds four.
Address: 350 Jurong East Ave 1, #01-1231, Singapore 600350
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 11pm
Tel: 9138 5903
Man Zhu Steamboat Restaurant is not a halal-certified eatery.
15. Xiang Jiang Claypot Rice
Jurong West may not be the first place you’d think of when looking for renowned claypot rice, but Xiang Jiang proves otherwise. The stall is famed for their Ginger & Onion Chicken Rice (from $12), an extremely aromatic dish packed with tender, well-marinated pieces of chicken thigh. Pair that with a side dish of Claypot Pig’s Liver ($9) if you’re a fan of offal—these are cooked till tender with a bit of bite, and perfumed with scallion slices, sesame oil, and chilli padi.
Address: 498 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 640498
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 2pm, 5pm to 9pm
Tel: 9270 0993
Xiang Jiang Claypot Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.
16. Xiang Wei Fried Kway Teow
Xiang Wei Fried Kway Teow is quite the under-the-radar stall in Jurong West, serving up char kway teow that’s beloved by fans for its old-school taste. There are two prices $4 or $5, and comes packed with Chinese sausages, fish cakes, and juicy cockles that give each mouthful a burst of brine. It also comes with the increasingly rare addition of chye sim, so you don’t have to feel too guilty for not eating your greens.
Address: 3 Yung Sheng Road, #02-79, Singapore 618499
Opening hours: TBD
Xiang Wei Fried Kway Teow is not a halal-certified eatery.
17. Fatty Bom Bom
Fatty Bom Bom is renowned for serving up inventive halal-certified Western food. The menu is divided into four “series”: Burgers & Rolls, Pasta & Rice, Western Grill, and Finger Food, with most of the menu coming in under $10. Popular picks include their spiced Cajun Chicken ($7.40), which comes with Cajun fries, as well as their loaded Supreme Burger ($11), where a thicc and juicy beef patty plays the starring role.
Read our Fatty Bom Bom review.
Address: 526 Jurong West Street 52, Singapore 640526
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Fatty Bom Bom is a halal-certified eatery.
18. Maruhachi Donburi & Curry
Maruhachi Donburi & Curry, the popular katsu curry franchise, has established a presence in various Singaporean neighborhood coffee shops, including one near Lakeside. The stall is founded by a chef with extensive experience in notable katsu eateries, so you can expect restaurant-quality fare without breaking the bank.
One of their standout offerings is the generously portioned Regular Pork Katsu Curry, priced at $9.80. It features a succulent pork cutlet paired with a well-balanced curry gravy. Seafood enthusiasts can savour the Kaki Fry Curry, priced at $12.80, which replaces the traditional pork katsu with briny panko-crumbed fried oysters.
Read our Maruhachi review.
Address: 429 Jurong West Ave 1, #01-322, Singapore 640429
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
Maruhachi is not a halal-certified eatery.
19. Feng Zhen Lor Mee
There are a few Feng Zhen Lor Mee outlets in Singapore, but the OG one resides in Taman Jurong. The Michelin Plate stall has been around since 1988, and is famous for their rich, savoury gravy, as well as the generous amount of toppings that come with each order, from fishcakes to crispy fried meatballs, flaky fried fish, and thick-cut chunks of pork belly. You can choose from $4 or $5 portions. Don’t skip adding a dollop of their house-made sambal, and some black vinegar for that tart kick.
Read our Feng Zhen Lor Mee review.
Address: 3 Yung Sheng Road, #03-146, Taman Jurong Food Centre, Singapore 618499
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 6am to 2pm
Website | Full list of outlets
Feng Zhen Lor Mee is not a halal-certified eatery.
20. Du Du Cooked Food
Many of us know and love this sibling stall to the Du Du Cooked Food outlet in Havelock Road. You can get freshly made tutu kueh here priced at just $3 for five pieces, or $1.20 for a large piece. Fillings are super traditional, from peanut to coconut, and made from scratch. You know it’s the good stuff, because this stall is also featured on the Michelin Guide!
Read our Du Du Cooked Food review.
Address: 505 Jurong West Street 52, #01-19, Singapore 640505
Opening hours: Tue 9:30am to 7pm, Wed-Sat 8:30am to 7pm
Du Du Cooked Food is not a halal-certified eatery.