Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Nostalgic 1960s Food Trail

My humble food blog SG Food on Foot has been shortlisted as one of the Top 10 finalists for OMY Singapore Blog Awards 2013 Best Food Blog category for the second consecutive years. First and foremost a big thank you to all the fans, supporters and friends for making this journey possible. It is a recognition I would like to share it with each and everyone of you. If you are interested how I started this blog you can read about it here.

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For this year's finalists, there is a new challenge set by the organiser. We need to write a blog post in line with the 60s theme this year. Since my blog is about finding food experience near MRT stations, I have decided to go on a Nostalgic 1960s Food Trail around the island to find tradition 60s flavours near the MRT stations.

I hope you will enjoyed the Nostalgic 1960s Food Trail which I have put together. I have enjoyed myself checking out these places. The trail has been an educational journey for me into Singapore food culture and history.
Xi De Li Collages

XI DE LI (西得利) since 1966

Traditional Taste for the New Millennium that reads on the signboard, how fitting to kick starts the Nostalgic Food Trail at Xi De Li Snacks. It all began from a 10 years boy selling You Tiao and Hum Chin Pang (Buttery Bun) from his bicycle at Beo Crescent in the morning before rushing off to be on time for school. The founder Ah Sai (addressed by his neigbours and friends) has since passed down the business to his 3 children. Business has since expanded with 9 branches island wide with a central factory in Kaki Bukit. This outlet at Clementi is their main branch. Besides You Tiao and Hum Chin Pang, Xi De LI also offers red bean bun, salted bun, sesame balls, mix fritters and curry puffs at their branches now.

Xi De Li (西得利)
Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre
Blk 448 Clementi Ave 3
Singapore 120448
Tel: +65 67499018
Nearest MRT: Clementi (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am - 4pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Clementi MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk towards the bus stop and turn right to the cluster of HDB blocks behind. Journey time about 3 minutes.

Delicious Duck Noodles Collages

Delicious Duck Noodle (美味鸭面) since 1969

If you are still hungry after coffee and You Tiao. The next stop brings us to one of the earliest HDB estate and hawker centre in Singapore. Founded by Mr Chua's father in law back in 60s selling the braised duck noodles dish to coolies and workers at Teochew Street in Clark Quay. The stall is now run by Mr Chua and his wife, you can find him waking up at midnight and braising and simmering the delicious Teochew style duck at his stall at 2am.

Delicious Duck Noodle (美味鸭面)
Tanglin Halt Market & Food Centre
48A Tanglin Halt Road
Stall No. 23
Singapore 148813
Nearest MRT: Commonwealth (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 4am - 2pm
(Closed on Mon and Fri)

1) Alight at Commonwealth MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk towards Sheng Siong supermarket. Turn right at Sheng Siong supermarket. Cross the traffic light at Tanglin Halt Road and walk towards destination. Journey time about 3 minutes.

Fosters SteakHose Collages


Singapore used to be under British control before merging with Malaysia in 1963 and eventually becomes an independent country in 1965. Hence it is inevitable that there were restaurants serving the British citizens in Singapore. For lunch, we are going to walk down memory lane to a ode charm classic English steakhouse, Fosters Steakhouse since 1960. Fosters Steakhouse was first established at 25 Amber Mansion of old Orchard. Moving another 2 times to Specialists Shopping Centre and Palais Renaissance before settling down at the current venue, tucked at a corner of Holland Village.

Fosters Steakhouse
Holland Village
277 Holland Ave
Singapore 278994
Tel: +65 64668939
Nearest MRT: Holland Village (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 11pm

1) Alight at Holland Village MRT station. Take Exit B. At the exit, turn right and walk to the end of the shop houses. Journey time about 3 minutes.

Ri Ye Xiang Collage

RI YE XIANG (日夜香) since 1965

For some light bites after the heavy lunch, the next stop brings us to Ri Ye Xiang (日夜香) since 1965. Mr Edward Koh has been preparing Rojak since the age of 20. With 48 years of history, Ri Ye Xiang probably is one of the oldest surviving rojak stalls in Singapore. Rojak which means mixed in Malay is a dish born from our cultural diversity of Singapore incorporating both Chinese and Malays elements in the ingredients.

Ri Ye Xiang (日夜香)
Blk 450 Clementi Ave 3
Singapore 120540
Nearest MRT: Clementi (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 3pm - 11pm

1) Alight at Clementi MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk straight towards CityVibe and continue straight to block 450. Journey time about 3 minutes.

Hillman Collage

HILLMAN RESTAURANT (喜临门大饭店) since 1963

Dinner for the day which is also our last stop of the Nostalgic Food Trail brings us to Hillman Restaurant since 1963 founded by the late Mr Wong Lin Ooh and Madam Chan Ah Chee located along Cantonment Road (now the Pinnacle at Duxton) serving Cantonese Claypot cuisines before moving to the current location in 2003. Ironically, this is where the late Madam Chan started her roadside hawking days back in the early 1940s. The restaurant has won many recognition and awards in the culinary industry and it is currently run by the 2nd and 3rd generations.

Hillman Restaurant (喜临门大饭店)
135 Kitchener Road
Singapore 208518
Tel: +65 62215073
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Farrer Park MRT station. Take Exit I. Cut across City Square Mall to the exit to Kitchener Road. Cross the traffic junction and turn left onto Kitchener Road. Journey time about 8 minutes.


  1. congrats on being nominated. keep it going!

    1. Thank you very much The blog has to credit to your guidance and help too.

  2. Nice post on the 60s. All the best!

  3. Hello! Though I haven't meet you in person, but I have been enjoying your blog posts. Good luck for the blog awards! :)