A good start to the day helps us to put our best foot forward and many of us breakfast lovers know that only all too well. Our little red dot evidently holds a passion for breakfast foods, and some of us are more than willing to travel lengths to satisfy our breakfast craving! Did you know that the Western region of Singapore has some of the best hidden breakfast treasures? You have to try them to find out for yourself.
1. Bedok Chwee Kueh at Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre
Chwee Kueh is a simple dish of steamed rice cakes topped with preserved radish and chili. Though it may sound like an odd pairing, but Chwee Kueh has risen to become one of the top local favourites when it comes to breakfast. What makes the Bedok Chwee Kueh at Clementi (yes, we are referring to the Clementi outlet although it is called Bedok Chwee Kueh) so irresistible?
Firstly, it is because of the perfect balance between the saltiness of the chai boh (preserved radish topping) and the subtle sweetness of the kueh (rice cake). Not to mention their uber fragrant chili paste that creates a tantalizing blend of flavours when you pop a Chwee Kueh into your mouth! Each plate of Chwee Kueh (4 Chwee Kuehs per plate) comes at an affordable price of $1 and the stall is open daily from 7.00AM to 11.00PM.
Address: Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre, 448 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-32, Singapore 120448 (Bedok Chwee Kueh)
2. Lu Fang Zhou Pin at Yuhua Market
This gem of a congee stall draws hoards of customers throughout the day. Their special method of cooking this age-old culinary delight results in a silky smooth texture and aromatic bowl of heavenly goodness. You can opt for various ingredients such as sliced fish or shredded chicken. Peanuts with chives come complimentary with each bowl. Combined with the slightly crunchy yet chewy you tiao (deep fried dough stick), Lu Fang Zhou Pin has gotten people scrambling for seconds! Each bowl is priced at $3, and you can add $0.50 for an additional egg. Do take note that their portions are rather large! Lu Fang Zhou Pin is open daily from 7.00AM to 10.00PM.
Address: Yuhua Market and Hawker Center, 347 Jurong East Ave 1, #01-206, Singapore 600254 (Lu Fang Zhou Pin)
3. Café O 咖啡鸟 at IMM
When it comes to a truly Singaporean breakfast, you can never go wrong with some good ol’ kaya toast and a cup of kopi. Café O offers that and more; its menu features set meals of Singapore’s culinary delights at affordable prices. Some of the value meals include Prata ($5.00), Laksa ($6.80), Briyani ($8.90) and many more. Each set meal comes with a hot kopi or teh!An authentic Singaporean experience is also guaranteed, especially if you’re seated on timber chairs or 1950’s-style formica benches over a tiled mosaic floor (truly resembling traditional coffee shops). Café O 咖啡鸟 opens daily from 8.30AM to 9.00PM, so head on down for some breakfast and do some shopping at IMM after that!
Address: IMM, 2 Jurong East Street 21, #01-101, Singapore 609601 (Café O)
4. Seng Huat Fried Carrot Cake at Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre
Chai Tow Kway (fried carrot cake) is something that always springs to mind when we think of an authentic local breakfast. At Seng Huat, your taste buds are definitely in for a treat. The piping hot carrot cake chunks are fried to charred perfection and the delectable egg bits coating them simply enhances its flavour. This dish may add on a few pounds if eaten too often but we believe in spending our calories in the right place and exercising in moderation! You can get a plate of goodness at $2.50.
Address: Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre, 254 Jurong East Street 24, #01-48, Singapore 600254 (Seng Huat Fried Carrot Cake)
5. Snow Mount Goreng Pisang at Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre
Goreng Pisang means fried banana in Malay, where the banana is covered in a batter and deep fried. Its unseeming appearance seems to border on unappetizing, but looks can be deceiving. The batter adds an extra crunch to the banana and perfectly enhances its natural sweetness. What sets Snow Mount’s Goreng Pisang apart from the rest is the lacy texture of its deep fried exterior that is not too greasy, while the banana in the interior remains soft and sweet. It costs $1 per Goreng Pisang and $2 per 3 Goreng Pisangs. Snow Mount is open daily from 9.00AM to 9.00PM.
Psst: This stall is shared between the Goreng Pisang seller as well as a renowned Char Kuey Tiao (fried flat-rice noodles) cook, so be prepared to pamper yourself with a taste of both; talk about killing two birds with one stone!
Address: Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre, 448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-17, Singapore 120448 (Snow Mount)
6. Koh Kee Wanton Mee at Jurong West Food Center
The name Koh Kee Wanton Mee has gained quite a reputation amongst us Singaporeans and their recent return from a half-year hiatus (albeit at a higher price) has only made it even more of a legend. Did you know that Koh Kee Wanton Mee has an outlet nestled in Jurong West Food Center? At a cheaper price and larger portion as compared to its Lavender counterpart, this outlet is open daily from 12.00PM to 2.00AM (brunch is recommended). You can get a bowl of wanton mee from $3.
Address: Jurong West Food Centre, 505 Jurong West Street 52, #01-14, Singapore 640505 (Koh Kee Wanton Mee)
7. ENCIK TAN at JCube
If you are looking for a delicious Halal breakfast in the comfort of air-conditioning, we have found the place for you. ENCIK TAN has gained several commendations for their halal twist on popular local fare such as Wanton Mee, Mee Pok and even Poh Piah. Prices are highly reasonable and they serve value meals throughout the day. Its outlet at JCube has received countless praises for their Laksa specialty, which is priced at $5 per bowl. For an additional $0.50, you can add-on a coffee or tea of your choice. ENCIK TAN is open daily from 10.00AM to 10.00PM.
Address: JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, #B1-K05, Singapore 609731 (ENCIK TAN)
The true Singaporean foodie spirit lies in how we would go the extra mile for our favourite breakfast fix. Be it a stone’s throw or a train ride away, no distance is too far in Singapore.