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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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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 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.
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.
Paw-rents who love spoiling their fur kids with only premium posh nosh will want to drop in at (or order online from) Knibbles. The pet concept store sells what they call “eco-honest” pet treats. The promise: quality ingredients that are freshly processed upon placing your order. Foods in-store are stocked weekly to ensure a longer shelf life. Knibbles also sells supplements for your pets, such as rose hip powder to support aging because of its joint support and immunity boosting properties; and slippery elm bark to support the digestive system. And if you're the kind of paw-rent who must celebrate with a cake every birthday, you can order customised meatloaf “cakes” and “pupcakes” too.
Lau Chong Kee Bedok Confectionery
If you love an old school Chinese confectionery, then Lau Chong Kee is a must-stop as you go on your #jalaneat Bedok tour In fact, you might want to make this place one of your first stops because its offerings – ranging from retro steamed cakes and their famous custard rolls to traditional Chinese pastries – do sell out quite quickly. While their display cases used to be stacked with merry little mountains of goodies, the supply has also kind of dwindled in recent times. Whether it’s just a sign of COVID times or that the business is in its last legs is yet to be seen. Whichever way, you should make Lau Chong Kee a priority on your eat list. They also happen to have an open concept kitchen where you can see staff preparing the day’s baked goods.
Ng Kian Seng Confectionery
If you’re wondering why the name is familiar, the owner of this traditional Teochew bakery was killed when he fell into an industrial mixer while making red bean paste, just two years ago. Despite the tragedy, the family-owned business, which has been around for more than 70 years, has stoically carried on producing the sweet and fragrant pastries that warms the cockles of many hearts. Regulars come here for the sweet and savoury varients of tau sar piah but you can also find other classic pastries such as “wife cake” (lao po bing).
Opened by two pastry chefs who previously worked at the likes of Les Amis and Joel Robuchon, Patisserie Clé is a little gem waiting to be discovered. It opened quietly as an online business in 2018, and quickly gained a loyal following for their finely executed French-style desserts. Now, they have expanded to a new takeaway shop in the lovely Bedok enclave of Lucky Heights, and with it, launched a new range viennoiseries. Think the Lucky Clover: a puff pastry roll incorporating a tantalising mix of bacon, garlic and spring onion. There’s also the Truffle Ziggy—inspired by the iconic zig-zag stairway in the Lucky Heights neighbourhood—which features truffle cream, wild mushrooms, arugula, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. Be among the first to try them! On offer are also their classics such as Orh Blanc Tart, which pays tribute to the Teochew dessert of yam puree; The Gentleman, a seductive whiskey-soaked chocolate sponge cake with cashew nut brittle, chocolate mousse and a rich coat of dark chocolate and whiskey ganache; and dessert platters perfect for a gathering with friends.
You also stand to win awesome prizes in our Jalanhuat giveaway when you patronise Patisserie Clé! From now until 25 April, we have weekly draw prizes such as cash vouchers and dining app credits up for grabs. We also have a $188 Grab voucher, an Apple Watch, and a Wanderlust staycation as prizes for our grand draw that will be announced on 1 May 2021. Excited? Scan the Jalanjalan QR code displayed at the shop to win!
Located in the heart of Bedok North, Percolate has been a favourite among neighbourhood locals since it opened in 2014. It hits all the right notes for a hipster coffee addict – specialty coffees, cold brews, cold pressed juices, granola, cakes, croissant sandwiches, green tea lattes, and cartons of Minor Figures oat milk that you can take home. Percolate also offers a small but eclectic food menu that includes local eats with a mod-twist, such as “chicken rice” couscous and salmon congee. It's also a great place to shop for gifts for caffeine-obsessed friends, with whole bean and capsule coffees for sale, fun reusable coffee cups and bottles of cold brew.
Peranakan-wear, with its intricate detailing and beading work looks anything but affordable. However, the people at Rosetta Trading promise a lower-than-average peranakan outfit. What started as a simple garment shop in 2001 has since become a house of sarong kebayas and all the accessories you’d want to match, from beaded bags and shoes to kerosang (three brooches attached with a chain to fasten a kebaya). They also sell samfoos. If you’re after something unique, request a made-to-measure sarong kebaya with beautiful fabric available at the boutique.