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Can't find your favourite Bedok hangout on our list? Be it a super under-the-radar hawker gem, a heritage business in its sunset days, or a mamak shop that has been your go-to for a retro snack-fix since you were a wee kid, as long as it is special to you, we want to hear about it. 
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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.

Crab Kingdom

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.

Hay, Gelato

From the people who started Brine Singapore, a contemporary restaurant that uses French and Japanese techniques, comes a new gelato spot, Hay, Gelato. The joint which just opened its doors on November 6. It also happens to be the R&D kitchen of Brine, so you can expect some pretty surprising gelato flavours from this kitchen. There is banana burnt butter, smoked hay (real hay is smoked and infused into the milk base), yuzu ginger and even truffle-infused gelato. The best part: the shop closes at 2am, and serves up their scoops on fresh, warm waffles all night long. So if you’re a night owl and like a hot waffle supper, then you need to visit Hay, Gelato stat.

Hua Yu Wee Seafood Restaurant

Our Jalanjalan.me Bedok curator, foodie and celebrity cook, Annette Tan counts this seafood zhi char restaurant as one of her all-time faves in the area. Housed in a colonial bungalow that’s the last of its kind on Upper East Coast Road, it is such an icon that it’s a stop on the Bedok Heritage Trail and anyone who’s ever popped in for a meal will tell you it’s a place where time stands still. Architecture and history nerds will love that the 1920s bungalow has largely remained the same. It even has steps in the rear that would’ve once led to the beach — pre-land reclamation. Once you are done sight-seeing, take a seat (our favourite tables are the semi alfresco ones at the back of the estate) and order up a feast of chili crab, crispy fried duck, and seafood hor fun with plenty of wok hei. The food might take a while to come, especially if you are visiting on a weekend, but it’s all part of the experience, so just sit back and take it slow.

Jia Hui BBQ

Sheets of minced meat slathered with sweet marinade and grilled into chewy pieces of pork jerky, bak kwa is a must-have for every Lunar New Year. And if you want something with a premium edge, head down to Jia Hui BBQ at the Bedok South Market and Food Centre. Owner Mr Chang Kay Hui has made a name for himself barbecuing some of the most tender bak kwa in town thanks to his choice of using pork collar slices rather than minced pork that many prominent brands use. He even offers bak kwa out of Spanish iberico pork, and allows the meaty flavours of his premium cuts to shine through by making his offerings slightly less sweet. Not in the market for bak kwa? The man serves up platters of satay too! You’ll find him marinating the meat at 7.30am, and smoking it till 8pm at Bedok South

Kimly Zichar

A well-loved household name, Kimly is synonymous with bustling coffeeshops and zichar stalls dishing out hearty local favourites — spanning crisp yet juicy deep fried prawn paste wings to house-made prawn-and-beancurd roll — all at a fraction of restaurant-prices. There’s no better place for a meal of unpretentious good food! Upsize your next Kimly zichar meal with our exclusive Jalanjalan offer: a meaty assam fish tail, priced at just $13. Simply scan the Jalanjalan QR code displayed at the five selected Kimly Zichar locations (Blk 514A Bishan St. 13 #01-480 S571514 | Blk 631 Bedok Reservoir Road, #01-982 S470631 | Blk 57 New Upper Changi Road #01-1368 S461057 | Blk 325 Clementi Ave 5 #01-155 S120325 | Blk 345 Clementi Ave 5 #01-104 S120345) to enjoy this deal!

Here, you 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, Tan’s Tu Tu Coconut Cake and many more. 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!

 

 

 

 

Kimly Zichar

A well-loved household name, Kimly is synonymous with bustling coffeeshops and zichar stalls dishing out hearty local favourites — spanning crisp yet juicy deep fried prawn paste wings to house-made prawn-and-beancurd roll — all at a fraction of restaurant-prices. There’s no better place for a meal of unpretentious good food! Upsize your next Kimly zichar meal with our exclusive Jalanjalan offer: a meaty assam fish tail, priced at just $13. Simply scan the Jalanjalan QR code displayed at the five selected Kimly Zichar locations (Blk 514A Bishan St. 13 #01-480 S571514 | Blk 631 Bedok Reservoir Road, #01-982 S470631 | Blk 57 New Upper Changi Road #01-1368 S461057 | Blk 325 Clementi Ave 5 #01-155 S120325 | Blk 345 Clementi Ave 5 #01-104 S120345) to enjoy this deal!

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, Tan’s Tu Tu Coconut Cake and many more. 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!