Sunday, October 15, 2017

What To Eat Along Downtown Line 3


MRT Downtown Line 3 will be officially opened on 21 Oct 2017. Phrase 3 of the Downtown line will see another 16 stations along the blue line. The current downtown line starts from Bukit Panjang station and ends at Chinatown station. With the opening of the new Downtown Line 3, 16 new stations are extended beyond Chinatown station ending at Expo station.  There is also 3 interchange stations along the new section of the blue line at Macpherson, Tampines and Expo stations.

The 16 new stations are,

DT20: Fort Canning
DT21: Bencoolen
DT22: Jalan Besar
DT23: Bendemeer
DT24: Geylang Bahru
DT25: Mattar
DT26: MacPherson
DT27: Ubi
DT28: Kaki Bukit
DT29: Bedok North
DT30: Bedok Reservoir
DT31: Tampines West
DT32: Tampines
DT33: Tampines East
DT34: Upper Changi
DT35: Expo

I have put together a brief list of the restaurants and eateries when you can find along the new Downtown Line 3 that are worthy to check out.


Nirai Kanai Okinawan Restaurant

There are many Japanese restaurants in Singapore offering Japanese cuisine such as sushi, ramen and izakaya. Unlike your usual Japanese restaurants, Okinawa food is slightly different from mainland, Japan. You will get to find dishes such as braised pork belly and stir fried bitter gourd with egg.

Nirai Kanai Okinawan Restaurant 
Address: Liang Court Shopping Centre, 177 River Valley Road #B1-01/02 Singapore 179030 Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm / Sat-Sun 12pm - 11pm

Ramen Keisuke Lobster King

Opened by Chef-owner Keisuke Takeda, the ramen place offers lobster stock ramen in 4 different. styles. Besides its delicious bowl of piping hot ramen, the menu offers dishes such as gyoza and omelet rice.

Ramen Keisuke Lobster King
Address: 3C River Valley Road, #01-07, Singapore 179022
Opening Hours: Daily 6pm - 5am


Pu3 Restaurant

Nasi Ambeng is a Javanese cuisine usually served during festivities and served in a tray with around 8 dishes and enjoyed together, like communal eating. At Pu3 Restaurant, a typical Nasi Ambeng ($7.50 for 1pax/ $29.90 for 2 pax/ $50.80 for 4pax) comes with a total of 13 different items. On the big plate, there are Nasi, Ayam, Daging, Sambal Goreng, Terung, Paru, Bagerdil, Sambal Kacang Ikan Bilis, Serunding, Udang, Urap, Sambal Belacan and Ikan Kering.

Pu3 Restaurant
Address: 51 Bencoolen Street #01-06, Singapore 189630
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am - 9pm / Sat & PH 11am - 4pm, 530pm - 9pm (Closed on Sun)

Victor's Kitchen

Popular for its all day Hong Kong style dim sum, the dim sum place constantly has a queue waiting to savour their dim sum. Be prepared to sit shoulder to shoulder with fellow diners as you dig into your siew mai and har gow. Do not leave the place without trying their liu sha bao.

Victor's Kitchen
Address: Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen Street #01-49, Singapore
Opening Hours: Tue-Sin 1030am - 830pm


Sungei Road Laksa

Laksa is one of Singaporean's favourite local hawker dish. It is a noodle dish in curry gravy that you can find in almost every food centres or coffeeshops. However, Sungei Road Laksa (结霜桥叻沙) is probably the only one left that still insists in cooking their laksa gravy over charcoal fire.

Sungei Road Laksa
Address: Blk 27 Jalan Berseh #01-100 Singapore 200027
Opening Hours: Daily 9am - 6pm (Closed on 1st and 3rd Wed of the month)

Lim's Fried Oyster

Hidden in the corner of the food centre, the stall has been around for almost 40 years starting as roadside stall before moving into the food centre. Currently the stall is man by second generation Mr Lim and his wife. What stood out at Lim's Fried Oyster is the used of Korean oyster which is plump and juicy. Compare to other stalls, this is like giant oysters. Besides the crispy version, the stall also has a wet version that is known as 唐山炒 (Tang Shan Chao), hardly seen nowadays. Instead of the crispy egg batter, the egg is fried to a delectable runny texture.

Lim's Fried Oyster
Address: Jalan Berseh Food Centre, 166 Jalan Besar #01-32, Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: Daily 6pm - 12midnight

Good Chance Popiah

Good Chance Popiah (好彩薄饼) a heritage brand since 1977, now oversee by the third generation has opened its 2nd restaurant at Jalan Berseh. Many may have known Good Chance Popiah for their signature Do-It-Yourself popiah but what many may not known is that their cooked food is top notch too. Some of my favourite items are their Fish Head Yam Soup, Kong Bak Pau, Braised Pig Trotter Beehoon.

Good Chance Popiah
Address: 1 Jalan Berseh #01-15 Singapore 209037
Opening Hours: Daily 1130am - 930pm


Claypot Delights

Hidden and surrounded by buildings at Kallang Basin Industrial Estate, there is a eating house offering that houses quite a number of food stalls selling our local food. One of the popular stalls in the eating house is Claypot Delights where you can get a meal for $5. Their menu offers a range of dishes cooked in claypot such as Assam Fish, Vinegar Pig;s Trotter, Assam Curry Chicken, Salted Fish Pork Belly, Herbal Chicken Drumstick, Bittergourd Pork Ribs, Sesame Oil Chicken etc.

Claypot Delights
Address: Yew Yi Hup Eating House 23 Kallang Avenue Singapore 339414

Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak

Bring the taste of their Grandma's nasi lemak recipe to Singapore, Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak uses less coconut milk and 100% natural pandan juice to give it the aroma. Rarely seen in Singapore, is the blue rice nasi lemak. The colour of the rice is achieved from cooking the rice naturally using butterfly pea. Not to be missed is the chicken rendang too.

Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak
Address: CT Hub 2, 114 Lavender Street Singapore 338729
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm / Sat 11am - 4pm (closed on Sun)


The Ugly Cake Shop

Started as a home bakery, owner and baker Lisa quitted her corporate job to concentrate on her baking at a licensed central kitchen in Ang Mo Kio. With the encouraging online orders and limited kitchen space, The Ugly Cake Shop took the bold step and moved into GB Point at Kallang Bahru, having its own cafe space offering its signature cupcakes and cakes. Do not expect any latte art or pretty instagrammable cafe food dishes at The Uglly Cake Shop. The Ugly Cake Shop is still very much focus on her bakes while the cafe space provides a convenient sitting area for guests that needs a break, to enjoy their cupcakes and cakes. The cupcakes and cakes at The Ugly Cake Shop are named after the owner's favourite people such as Juliana (Salted Caramel with Sea Salt Flakes), Melissa (Strawberry, Rum & Dark Chocolate).

The Ugly Cake Shop
Address: GB Point, 535 Kallang Bahru #01-06 Singapore 339351
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am - 7pm (closed on Sun)


Ho Jia Bo? Fishball Minced Meat Noodle

The queue and waiting time can be rather long at times as the lady stall owner man the stall all by herself. She has to take the order, cook the noodle and be the cashier. The noodle and the ingredients here are served separately. I like the variety of ingredients that comes with al dente noodle. While the chilli sauce is shiok, I felt it lacked vinegar to hold everything together. Nevertheless, it is still a hearty bowl of noodle which I will go back for. My favourite is the Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle ove the Fishball Minced Meat Noodle.

Ho Jia Bo? Fishball Minced Meat Noodle
Address: Blk 79/79A Circuit Road #01-59 Singapore 370079
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed-Sun 8am - 11pm (Closed on Tue)

Ghim Guan Fried Oyster

If you like the crispy style Fried Oyster or Orh Lah, you will enjoy the version at Ghim Guan Fried Oyster. As you bite into the fried batter, you can hear the biscuity crispiness in the mouth. The tangy chilli complement the fried oyster too. The stall also sells oyster egg and fried carrot cake too.

Ghim Guan Fried Oyster
Address: Blk 79/79A Circuit Road #01-60 Singapore 370079
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun 6pm - 11pm (Closed on Thu)


Mr Lor Bak

Using a recipe from his grandmother, the ex-GM of a restaurant group, Mr William quitted his job and opened a stall seeing braised pork belly rice. The braised pork rice $3.50 comes with fork tender pork belly that has been braised for hours in a variety of herbs and spices. I also comes with braised egg and black fungus.

Mr Lor Bak
Address: Blk 350 Ubi Ave 1 Singapore 400350
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed-Sun 11am - 8pm


Soi Thai Kitchen

Thai food has been moving into the neighbourhood offering value for money dishes with wallet friendly pricing. The casual Thai eatery is quite popular with the neighbourhood. The dishes here are well executed and very close to authentic Thai flavours.

Soi Thai Kitchen
Address: Blk 824 Tampines Street 81 #01-28 Singapore 520824
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am - 230pm, 6pm - 10pm

Xing Yun Kway Chap

This is one stall you need to wake up early and queue for it. There is a constant long queue at the stall and it always sold out before 1pm. More importantly it only opens 3 days a week! Only on Friday to Sunday.

Xing Yun Kwap Chap
Address: Tampines Round Market Food Centre, Blk 137 Tampines St 11 #01-14 Singapore 521137
Opening Hours: Fri-Sun 8am - 1pm

I hope the brief list will be a handy and useful guidance for you to explore the new downtown line 3. I will try to update it whenever I have discovered more worthy restaurants/eateries to recommend along the new line. If you have recommendations, do feel free to leave a comment so I can share it with other readers.

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