Fall in love with Lennard Yeong’s Clementi haunts
He might currently work in state-of-the-art kitchens as Miele Singapore’s In-house Chef, but inaugural MasterChef Asia finalist Lennard Yeong started out as a professional engineer and passionate self-taught cook. In fact, some of the ridiculously sophisticated plates showcased on @lennardy came straight from the kitchen of his family home in Clementi. “Apart for the four years that I was studying in the States, I have lived in Clementi pretty much all my life. I had a lot of fun as a kid: lots of memories as hanging out at the park near my house with the neighbourhood kids — who would also become my schoolmates.” Here, the Clementi boy shares some personal food haunts from the neighbourhood he calls home.
During the time when I grew up, the area that I live in was very "Asian" — we didn’t have that many Western gourmet options. So when Atipico Atelier opened it was lifechanging (laughs). Since its opening in 2018, I now have access to good sourdough whenever I feel like it! And no, I don't make my own sourdough!
Within the same NEWEST cluster, just a few doors down from Atipico, is Taiwanese style joint Simple Café. It is an industrial space that is beautiful in a minimalist way that reminds me of cafes in Taiwan. It is nice place to chill out and I have noticed people visiting the café just for their filled donuts that are very trendy right now. They taste pretty artisanal and I find myself pleasantly surprised by the seasonal fillings, such as a nicely bittersweet milk tea one which I have tried.
WEST CO’Z CAFÉ
West Coast Plaza, which will always be known as Ginza Plaza in my heart, was where I kinda grew up — as a teenager I spent my days alternating between the tuition centre and the LAN gaming shop there. Now I go back for the Chinese style curry fish head at a zichar place called West Co’z Café. While the mall is not very lively these days, the West Co’z Café is always packed with the office crowd and factory workers. You also see lots of Muslim patrons too, as I believe this is also a Halal restaurant, which is quite rare for a zichar place. The fish head dish is quite rich and creamy with coconut milk, kinda like a Malay curry that you will need a lot of rice to go with. The spice level also hits the spot nicely too.
This is one of the most famous hawkers stalls at the Ayer Rajah Food Center, and their repertoire is similar to what the barbecue stalls do at Newton Circus. I come here for the sambal sotong, sambal kangkong and stingray, though they also have items like oyster pancakes and stir-fried flower clams.
Sheng Siong Supermarket
The Sheng Siong near my place has a really good range of seafood — and because the turnover there is so high, the seafood is really fresh. You can even find seasonal stuff, and some cool catches I have bought from that supermarket include live mantis shrimp and Thai river prawns.
Intrigued? Check out our other Clementi recommendations here before heading down!