They always say East side is the best side, with East Coast Park, Tampines, and Changi as the major hubs for business, leisure, and great food choices.
Although smaller, Simei is the smaller district that shares the warm glow of the limelight when it comes to gastronomic affairs. You’ll be surprised to know how diverse the food scene is in the lesser-known enclaves of Simei.
Here are 5 of the best food places that you must try around Simei.
If you’re hopping off Simei MRT Station, you’re in for a treat at this budget-friendly yet big in flavors Dry You Mian (around $4) of springy noodles tossed in savoury sauce and perfumed with onion and crispy anchovies and kale for extra texture. If you’re feeling extra, their Tom Yam Noodles are equally satisfying.
Address: 248 Simei Street 3 #01-100, Singapore 520248
Hours: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM Daily
When you find a Halal-certified Thai Chinese restaurant, it’s your sign to check it out as it doesn’t always come often. Imagine delicious tze char dishes that are Muslim-friendly with a range of freshly prepared dishes like Pandan Leaf Chicken ($12.84), Tom Yum Soup ( $13.91), and the joyful Pineapple Fried Rice ( $7.49).
What won our hearts was the Golden Oats Chicken (from $13.91) with its golden crispiness with crunchy oats and mildly spiced with pepper and curry leaves. Our editor approves!
Address: 3 Simei Street 6, #03-05 Eastpoint Mall, Singapore 528833
Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM Daily
With a wide range of nostalgic flavors of traditional min jiang kueh, you can choose from savory to sweet toppings laid on each perfectly cooked batter that are freshly made to order. Some of the big-time hits are the Tuna Egg ($2.30) which the kind auntie prepares using a secret recipe, classic Ham & Cheese ($2), and Floss & Cheese ($1.60). For the sweet tooth, there are Kaya Butter ($1.30), Peanut Paste ($1), and even Blueberry ($1.30).
Address: Blk 248 Simei Street 5, #01-100, Singapore 520248
Hours: 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM Daily
4. Metta Cafe
Serving with a purpose, Metta Cafe is more than just a restaurant. Set up to hone apprenticeship skills for the lightly intellectually disabled and/or with autism from ages 18 and above, they prepare them with skills in cooking, baking, and food service to create future employment readiness.
The Halal-certified restaurant whips up hearty dishes such as Phuture Burger Set ($8.90), Sambal Petai with Rice ($6.90), and Fried Laksa ($6).
Address: 32 Simei Street 1, Level 1 Metta Building, Singapore 529950
Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Daily
Spicy and hot and authentic as it gets, Jin Shang Yi Pin Hot Pot Buffet is a warm addition to Simei food folio. You’ll be spoiled with the great selection of meats for grilling and for soup, and even go wild with creating your own condiments. Help yourself with some fiber as the vegetables and veggie-based options are also aplenty. You can expect the soup to be very fragrant with herbs and spices and packed with umami.
A selection of kuehs is also available to finish the palate. Hot pot and BBQ are $35 (Mon-Thur, Lunch & Dinner) and $38 on weekends and public holidays.
Address: 3 Simei Street 6, #01-20, Eastpoint Mall Singapore 528833
Hours: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM Daily
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