Just like other places in Singapore, Choa Chu Kang or CKK was originally a ‘kampong’ or a Malay Village. Fast forward to the present, the place has turned into a modern residential area and has a lot of vegetables and poultry farms. And when food production is abundant, a blossoming food industry comes next.
If you want to explore what the neighborhood can offer, here are five must-try dishes for a satisfying food getaway in Choa Chu Kang.
1. Curry Fish Head at Hongkiat Seafood Restaurant ($25)
Far from the intimidating vibe of posh restaurants that sometimes makes you uncomfortable to laugh and chat with friends, the humble alfresco setup with Zi char-style dining is perfect for those who badly need a good catch-up sesh.
And just like any get-together, food should be as exciting as the stories you’ll share. Maybe a Thai curry dish packed with special spices with just the right amount of chili is the perfect mood-setter. A serving of their Curry Fish Head is good for three.
Address: 216 Choa Chu Kang Ave 1, Singapore 689477
Hours: 4:00 pm to 12:15 am daily
2. Lamb Chop at The Chef Place ($9)
If you are tired of your usual meat chops, a lamb chop is a great alternative. Not as tender and smooth as chicken, but lamb is evenly-textured and has that unique flavor – perfect for when you want to introduce something new to your taste buds.
Enjoy richer meat of lamb with rice, veggies, and a sunny side up.
Address: 673B Choa Chu Kang Crescent 01-01, SG 682673.
Hours: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm daily
3. Pho Beef Tender Slices at Pho Street Keat Hong ($12.90)
In the mood for a refreshing noodle meal? A bowl of Pho can always soothe a tired soul. Pho is Vietnamese comfort food that usually consists of bone broth, shredded or sliced meat, distinct spices, and rice noodles. Most often than not, this dish will not be complete without crisp bean sprouts and fragrant herbs.
Address: 2 Choa Chu Kang Loop, #01-03, Singapore 689687
Hours: 11:00 am to 9:30 pm daily
4. Chicken Rice at Ah Boy Chicken Rice ($4)
For the days you can’t decide what to eat, a chicken rice meal will always be the right choice at any time of the day, whatever mood you’re in. Who can go wrong with a generous serving of tender chicken meat, fresh veggies, and fragrant rice, paired with a nicely simmered chicken broth and tangy chili sauce? For only $4, Chicken Rice Set is a healthy meal that is a bang for the buck.
Address: 678A Choa Chu Kang Cres, Singapore 681678
Hours: 9:30 am to 8:30 pm daily
5. Yakiniku Beef Don at Coffee & Chirashi ($18.80)
Yakiniku beef, or simply Japanese BBQ is a very simple yet flavorful dish that goes so well with rice. Made with tender and fine cuts of beef, this thinly sliced beef has enough umami to satisfy your taste buds. After grilling, Yakiniku is typically seasoned with nothing more than a little amount of salt, a squeeze of lemon, or drizzled with a bit of dipping sauce.
A generous bowl of Yakiniku Rice Meal is priced at 18.80.
Address: 475 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3, #01-23, Singapore 680475
Hours: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm Monday to Friday; 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Saturday & Sunday
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