About 2 years ago, I worked in the Alexandra area for around 1.5 years. Being someone who loves food with a burning passion, I made sure to explore the area to sniff out the good eats to enjoy during lunch time.
Here are some places which I liked around the Alexandra Village / Bukit Merah area (will probably do the Pasir Panjang / Harbourfront side some other time, there are too many to list all at once), and perhaps you might too!
1. Alexandra Village Food Centre
Alexandra Village Food Centre, or as we like to call it, AV, has good hawker stalls aplenty. It is well known for their delicious avocado milkshake, claypot laksa, bak kut teh, nasi lemak and more.
Personally, I also love the fish soup and the beef tendon stew stalls – tasty and with generous portions.
The soya sauce chicken there is very nice too!! Smooth, silky and tasty.
I don’t remember all the stall numbers, but here are some pictures to whet your appetite. Just follow the queues (that’s often how you tell whether the food is good here in Singapore)…
2. Fish Soup at 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, near AV
This fish soup stall is a bit of a mystery. It has no name (that I know of), just a yellow sign that describes that they sell (fish soup, seafood soup, pig’s organ soup etc).
But everyday, the people come and the queues form, just for a bowl of this legendary fish soup.
But man, it was worth the queue. The fish was fresh and the soup tasty and slightly sweet, and the bowl is chock full of vegetables. I didn’t try the noodles so can’t comment on that, but many people seem to order the egg noodles.
FYI, the queue usually seems to be shorter at around 11-11.30am or 1.30-2.00pm.
There’s just something about cooking over a giant roaring flame, it seems…
3. Joe’s Thai Kitchen, Blk 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1 (facing the main road)
Thai food doesn’t rank too highly on my list of favourite foods, but I do love a good green curry now and then.
And I quite like this little Thai eatery at Alexandra Village, for its affordable (you can view the menu on their website for the exact prices), fast and delicious dishes.
The French beans were done really well, fragrant and crunchy, and the green curry had just the right amount of spice and was not too milky.
I would probably skip the Thai fish cakes next time (a little bland) and have Tom Yam soup instead though!
4. Sunny Choice, Blk 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-158 (facing the main road)
What?! How can vegetarian sushi (around S$6, if I remember correctly) taste so damn good? I think it was the mayonnaise. And the random crunchy bits. But overall it still seemed rather healthy, so I guess it’s alright.
I also tried the bibimbap, which was okay but paled in comparison to the awesome sushi.
All the food here is vegetarian, and the store also carries a range of natural/organic food stuff, snacks and tea. Great for those days when you feel like you need to detox.
5. ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, 6 Jalan Bukit Merah
Another popular food centre in the area, ABC is well known for its awesome roast meats, chicken rice and hokkien mee, amongst other things.
I found the ‘famous’ hokkien mee quite mediocre, as the prawn flavour didn’t come through enough for me.
I love the char siew from Fatty Cheong though, it is super tasty and rich (and also very fatty, so if you fear for your arteries, go easy on this).
Also adore the ‘Liu Mang Bing’ – which translates directly to ‘gangster ice’ in English but is really a play on the Chinese words for durian, mango and ice – from this hawker centre.
It is a very strong tasting dessert with a generous scoop of durian puree, which goes brilliantly with the fresh mango and puree!
6. Queensway Shopping Centre, 1 Queensway
So one of the first few places one might think about in that area would be Queensway Shopping Centre. Unfortunately while it is a haven for sports fanatics, there isn’t really that much to eat here except a McDonald’s and a few stalls in the basement.
They do have a curry chicken stall which is rather nice though! The curry is fragrant and tasty, and luckily it is, as it’s called ‘Queensway Famous Curry Chicken’ haha.
Quite cheap too, around S$3 (when I went over two years ago…) – but the only part of the chicken available is the wing.
7. Anchorpoint, 370 Alexandra Road
This is really just a regular (and rather small) heartland mall, so the food outlets here are pretty much run-of-the-mill too, with a Xin Wang Hong Kong Café, KFC, Subway, TCC, Jack’s Place, a food court and some small food stalls in the basement – including a Gong Cha.
Some slightly more interesting offerings would be Fish Mart Sakuraya and Gyu-kaku (a Japanese barbeque restaurant).
8. And IKEA!!! Of course.
Who can resist the ever popular meatballs and chicken wings at the IKEA restaurant? Not me. I’ve always founds their chicken wings to be super crispy, tender and moist – I can never stop at just one.
I love their meatballs too, but I think it is actually because it goes so well with that creamy brown sauce and lingonberry jam! Everything on the plate works so well together, mmm.
And thus this concludes my little post on some food options in the Alexandra/Bukit Merah area. There are many other places of course, but these are just some that I’ve tried and (mostly) liked.
Do share with me if you have any tips or recommendations for good food around there!