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Bedok Heritage Trail
While much of Bedok has been redeveloped to cater to modern lifestyle demands, Bedok and the East Coast is steeped in history of life by the beach—think fishing, beach parties, and even pirates on the high seas. While the Bedok we know today is a mix of HDB heartland, small but intimate condos, hidden sprawling properties and a reclaimed beachfront, you can still explore the Bedok of old through the Bedok Heritage Trail. The trail, curated by the National Heritage Board, includes 10 points that cover the architecture and lifestyle of old Bedok. While the area is undergoing redevelopment again, in preparation for the Thomson-East Coast MRT line, you can still explore each point on foot or bicycle.
One of Singapore’s longest jetties, Bedok Jetty is one of the most popular fishing spots in the country. That said, you’ll find all manner of people gathered here, from cyclists taking a break along their 42-km long Eastern Coastal Park Connector Network (ECPCN) Cycling Trail, to families looking for a scenic backdrop for the family portrait location shoot. This certainly is a specal place: there have even been sightings of dolphins here, though it's rare. The best time of the day to be here is the evening to watch the sunset and the horizon come alive with the lights from tankers that line our shores.
Boms & Buns
If you judge the quality of a place by its queue, then you’ll want to make time to stand in line for the fresh daily bakes at Boms & Buns. Insta-worthy boms (creamy choux puffs) and buns fly off the shelves of this halal bakery. Each bom is beautifully crusted and decorated to reflect its filling, which spans Nutella, Matcha, Salted Caramel, Biscoff Cheesecake, S’mores, and even Passionfruit Mango. As for the buns part of the equation: fans have said they make some of the most sinful cinnamon rolls in town.
Borobudur Snacks Shop
If you're looking for traditional handmade kuehs (cakes) and pastries, then Borobudur Snacks Shop is the place to be. Their Ang Ku Kueh (red tortoise cake) has its own loyal following because its makers are not shy about really stuffing these little kuehs with a variety of fillings, including mung bean, yam and peanut. You'll also find other traditional snacks like ondeh ondeh, durian ambon, and kueh lapis. With old favourites enjoyed by both young and elderly folk, you’re bound to score some brownie – or kosui – points if you swing by Borobudur before visiting elderly relatives.
Chin Lee Restaurant
You don’t have to be Teochew to love the authentic Teochew fare at Chin Lee, which they have been serving since 1973. Started by the father of current chef and owner, Eric Chua, Chin Lee has been a heartland favourite for those who love good ol’ traditional Teochew dishes – think chye poh kway teow, orh-luak (Teochew oyster omelette) and orh nee (sweet yam paste). One of Chef Eric’s signature dishes is his coffee pork ribs, which he created more than 20 years ago. Till today, it’s a recommended favourite and must-have for many Chin Lee regulars at every visit.
Chin Ling Nursery
Among the nurseries of Bedok South, Chin Ling is a personalised offering, known for its friendly staff who are very knowledgeable about the plants they sell and offer solid post-purchase service if you discover you’re not much of a green thumb. Not just a place to find a trending potted plant, you’ll be able to find gardening tools, decorations and outdoor furniture. If you’re looking to build yourself a garden, Chin Ling offers landscaping consultancy—especially useful when you’re first looking to design a new home.
How many ways can you cook a crab? For Chef Ah Mun, owner of Crab Kingdom, there are plenty – and this is his guiding thought behind the menu at Crab Kingdom. Besides the usual chilli and black pepper sauces, Chef Ah Mun’s specialities include butter crab, golden sand creamy crab, fried crab bee hoon, dried chilli crab, and curry paste crab – all made with large, fleshy Sri Lankan mud crabs. Their signature dish is the claypot crab bee hoon soup featuring a hearty, crab-roe-infused broth. Crab Kingdom is also a zichar restaurant which serves up the usual mix of a la carte items including soups and stir-fries, so you can definitely find something to suit every person's liking.
DE Frame Shop
Art and photography lovers who are on the lookout for the right people to delicately handle their artwork and images will want to visit DE Frame. The family-owned business in the heart of Bedok has been around since the 1980s. They have grown to specialise in museum-quality moulding and framing for fine art and photography. More than just selling frames, these guys know how to preserve your artwork as well, offering conservation framing and acrylic displays for sculptures.