So what does Singaporean eat for breakfast? For me breakfast can be as simple as a cup of coffee and You Tiao. When writing for my OMY Singapore Blog Awards 2013, 1960s themed blog post, I came across Xi De Li (西得利) which has been selling the traditional snacks since 1966.
Xi De Li (西得利) all started from a 10 years boy sell You Tiao and Hum Chin Pang (Butter 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 neighbours 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.
You Tiao 3.5/5
Dip the You Tiao into the cup of coffee and allows it to get all soaked up. That is how I have learnt to enjoy my breakfast from my grandparents and I am still doing it now. The fritters are fried freshly using premium vegetable oil at the stall giving it a nice crisp while not too oily.
Xi De Li (西得利)
Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre
Blk 448 Clementi Ave 3
Tel: +65 67499018
Nearest MRT: Clementi (EW Line)
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.