Ah Tan Wings
Tan Wee Yang loved har cheong gai so much, that he decided to make the ultimate version himself. It took a long time of testing and tasting to achieve perfection – in fact, the young hawker spent more than a year developing the super crisp har cheong gai coating, and experimented with some 800 variations of the recipe before finally arriving at a version that “is something special”. Despite the superbly long time it took for the wings to well, take flight, we are sure you will demolish his crisp-yet-succulent wings – marinated for two whole days before being cloaked in a special house-made batter and deep-fried – all within minutes.
Apart from getting a taste of our young hawker's creations, here, you also stand to win awesome prizes in our Jalanhuat giveaway! From 15 March to 25 April, we have loads of prizes up for grabs in our weekly draws: think $150 Tuck Shop app credit that may be redeemed for purchases at Yishun Park Hawker Centre; $30 voucher from Chong Pang Nasi Lemak and Tan’s Tu Tu Coconut Cake. For the grand draw open to all participants for the duration of the campaign period, three participants will receive an Apple Watch Series 3, a $188 Grab voucher and a staycation at Wanderlust hotel respectively. Excited? Simply head down and scan the Jalanjalan QR code displayed at the stall to win big!
Aling Nena’s Sari Sari Store
Whether you’re after Filipino snacks, beauty products, or household items, this unassuming but magical little sari sari shop – Tagalog for "variety" – has it all. We drooled before a whole range of chips and finally settled on some Jack ‘n Jill Piattos, which quickly became addictive, and we were delighted to find that the store also offers bags of ultra crispy chicharrón (fried pork rinds). And for those of you who are hoping to whip up your own feast of Filipino dishes, Aling Nena’s also sells a selection of imported sauce packets and spice mixes so you can satisfy your cravings or experiment with some new dishes.
Unsee that mental image of the old man stroking his beard, beckoning you into his teahouse with an overgrown fingernail. Antea Social is the modern answer to the format, with its Scandi-cool tones of powder pink and off-white, calming light orbs, and a tea menu that imparts its knowledge in English. This tea company's specialty is its Oolong blends in flavours of Kyoho grapes and golden pomelo so pull up a seat and sip tea with a slices of black sesame or orh nee cake on offer too. And before you leave, order one of the many cold kombucha bottles to take the happy experience home – they're brewed here using Antea Social's carefully sourced leaves.
Aquariums at Blk 328 Clementi Ave 2
This row of HDB shophouses at Block 328, known simply as "Clementi Fish Shop” by those in the know, is where fish owners across the island congregate. While LFS Aquarium, Polyart Aquarium, Clementi Florist & Aquarium (C328 in local fish lover parlance), and Arowana Avenue are well-known fish aquarium shop names from the block, many consider the Florist and Aquarium the o-fish-al genesis of the area’s reputation. In business since 1984, the Toh family began retailing flowers and bird cages, before diversifying the product line to include tropical fishes, thus catching the attention of local aquarists. These days, the densely packed store is the domain of its lady boss. Ask and you shall receive as she can instantly find anything you need among the extensive stock of fish and aquarium equipment on the shelves.
The Atipico brand began as a private dining experience put on by architect and structural engineer Matteo Pertoldi, who then turned his passion for good taste into an F&B venture. "Atipico is not a shop, nor is it a factory," it explains on its glass shop windows, and when you step in, it's easy to see what they mean. Most of the floor space in their NEWest unit is taken up by their kitchen, which is a hive of activity of bakers working with dough or decorating treats such as their pavlovas and berries tarts. You're advised to place your orders by 3pm the day before, on its website, you'll find a listing of ten cakes on offer, and a legend of different rustic Italian breads offered every day of the week, some of which are the best we've had this side of the island.
This grand dame of the neighbourhood has been in business since 1965 (as its signboard so proudly proclaims), though Balmoral only moved to Sunset Way in 1984. Look past the SafeEntry QR code plastered on its glass front door though, and it's like time has stood still in the bakery. On one row of display shelves, slices of butter cake and fruit cake sit alongside confections like creamed horns and coconut tarts. In the back refrigerators, swirls of towel rolls (what they call Swiss rolls) and bright pink frosting on decadently iced butter cakes spark happy memories of birthdays long gone. If you do drop by, make sure to bring home something for your mum – she will appreciate the memories those cakes will bring back, never mind the extra calories.
Ban Heng Long Trading
If you are one who likes to DIY and are among the men and women who prefer to make their own furniture, have a go at being carpenter at Ban Heng Long. While you won't find the commonly heard YouTube tutorial buzzwords such as elms or oak woods, you’ll still be able to find the plywoods and teak that can be cut to order if you bring the dimensions and specifications for the helpful staff here. When the wooden panel at the bottom of your favourite IKEA dresser sags from all the clothing you failed to Marie Kondo, this spot might just spark joy as it can get you a replacement piece for a reasonable price here.
Ban Soon Sewing Machine
This is for the crafty ones: Ban Soon, one of the most popular shops for sewing equipment in Singapore. Mr Ong Ban Soon was a door-to-door salesman of sewing machines since 1976 and finally picked Clementi to lay down his roots. The unassuming store stocks an extensive range of sewing machines, and conducts classes for novice hobbyists who purchase from them. The real charm of the store though, lies in the community of sewers it has nurtured. If you ever need advice for any project you are currently working on, or simply tips on how to perfect your craft, pop by and you might find the answers you need.
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Boo! by A Han Bakes
A Han Bakes was borne out of Ms August Han’s love for baking, and her dream of helping people celebrate joyous life events with delicious surprises. She relocated the bakery from Serangoon Gardens to Ang Mo Kio in 2017, and decided to expand the concept to incorporate retail. The current space, called Boo!, is a retail outlet that stocks a range of novelty items, including vinyl stickers from Fawn and earrings from The Gingery Co. This is also where you can grab some of Ms Han’s famed brownies, cupcakes and tarts—dessert and retail therapy all in one place, what more can you ask for? when you pop by.