Article from the Nee Soon Link, a publication of Nee Soon Town Council
Two decades ago, food outlets moved in and established themselves along Upper Thomson Road. Foodies, tempted by lingering aroma, flocked to this stretch of the road to enjoy a quick bite of satisfying food.
Among the ‘pioneers’ who chose this idyllic place is Mr Teh Chor Joo. In 1986, he opened Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood Restaurant. Some of his signature dishes include prawn paste chicken wings, chilli crab and Asam fish head. “People come from all areas of Singapore to eat here,” he explained.
At the other end, the Casuarina Curry Restaurant is operated by S Elango and his brother S Ramanan. They spent much effort on innovating flavours to whet the appetite, such as Banana Chocolate and Egg Onion Cheese. Mr Elango is upbeat on Kebun Baru’s developments. “It’s really convenient now. The carpark has been extended, there is a Lower Peirce Nature Trail and an upcoming Upper Thomson MRT station.”
Sembawang Hills Food Centre is located a short hop away. Two stalls, Yong Kee Lontong Crispy Curry Puff and Lai Heng Fried Kway Teow gained popularity among working adults and residents. This rustic food centre is a favourite hangout for MediaCorp artistes and is a few stops from Ang Mo Kio Interchange.
Mayflower Market and Food Centre along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 has reopened on 1 November, after a month of renovation. The owner of Soon Heng Handmade Noodle, Mr Ang Soon Heng has his stall ready every morning at 5 am.
“I provide an alternative to the usual fried bee hoon or egg and toast. Those who need to reach office by 6 am appreciate this,” he explained.
Another duck rice seller, Mr Koh Soon Huat of East South Teochew Duck Rice remarked that he can sell 15 ducks per day. This place is very accessible — it is only five stops away from Ang Mo Kio and Yio Chu Kang Interchange.
Trek this Kebun Baru Food Trail! You will be happy that you have made the right choice.