After a few months wait, East Coast Lagoon Food Village has reopened again, and many hawker food lovin’ Singaporeans did not wait to make their return. The East Coast Plan continues to be quite exciting.
I certainly found the centre a lot cleaner, cooler (those big fans), with the usual popular stalls making a return.
Some people call this the “Newton Circus of the East”, understandable because there are a number of Fried hawker food (Hokkien Mee, Fried Oyster, Char Kway Teow), BBQ Chicken Wings, Grilled Seafood, Sugarcane juice stalls and the likes. (The one thing I still do not like are some stalls being more pushy to potential customers.)
Note: Not all stalls have reopened yet, and I haven’t got to queue and eat all the “must-tries”.
For the purpose of this guide, I also included those with long lines or are typically recommended (Will fill them back when I got to eating them.)
Song Kee Fried Oyster
East Coast Lagoon Food Village Stall 15
Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am (Mon – Sun)
Probably the stall with one of the longest lines at East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Song Kee serves up Oyster Omelette ($4, $6, $8, $10) aka Orh Luak and Oyster Egg ($6, $8, 10).
After trying, I can understand why. The succulent oysters have the rather ‘fresh’ taste, though some customers may not like it as it feels rather ‘raw’.
The portion came with quite substantial fragrant and fluffy eggs as well, and not so starchy. On the flip side, some may prefer more tapioca starch and a crispier version – so really depends what style you enjoy.
The chopped Chinese parsley and spicy-tangy chili help to enhance the flavours and pack a nice punch.
Geylang 29 Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee
East Coast Lagoon Food Village Stall 32
Opening Hours: 4pm – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
This is the sister outlet of the popular Geylang Lor 29 Hokkien Mee at East Coast Road.
On the menu are Charcoal Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles ($6, $10, $10), along with Pork Belly Satay ($1.50 each, min 6 pcs) and BBQ Sotong ($10, $15, $20).
What I loved the most about their dish was the distinct, classic flavour that can only come through the charcoal fire preparation of this famous dish.
The smokiness was its unique factor, though I personally found it on the saltier side. While I remember the East Coast Road’s version to be more memorable, this is one of the more famous stalls to check out here.
Haron Satay 55 (East Coast Lagoon Food Village)
East Coast Lagoon Food Village Stall 55
Tel: +65 6441 0495
Opening Hours: 2pm – 11pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
Probably East Coast Lagoon Food Village’s most popular Halal Satay stall, at Stall #55.
They also have the Haron Satay Café at Upper East Coast Road
Founded by Haron Abu Bakar in 1980, Haron Satay 55 (named one of Singapore’s Hawker Masters by The Straits Times) has remained popular for its consistent quality and generous amounts of meat per stick.
Haron’s signature juicy satays are available in chicken, mutton, and beef ($0.70 per stick; minimum of 20 sticks).
These well-marinated meats are grilled upon order, so you get them hot, tender and succulent.
That appealing aroma comes from the lemongrass in the marinade. If you get the chicken satay, you’ll taste a balance of sweetness and savoury with a hint of smokiness.
To further boost the flavour, dip them in the accompanying creamy homemade peanut sauce. Followed by sliced onions and cucumbers.
Lagoon Chicken Curry Puff
East Coast Lagoon Food Village Stall 28
Opening Hours: 1pm – 9pm (Sun – Mon), Closed Tues
Another classic, but take note that this stall is always closed as uncle needs to take a break.
This Lagoon Chicken Curry Puff ($1.40) has a similar style to Katong’s, with a slightly thicker but butter dough.
The handmade puffs have fillings which taste more sambal than curry, and you can actually see small bits of chilli within.
Ah Hwee BBQ Chicken Wing & Spring Chicken
East Coast Lagoon Food Village Stall 14
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2am (Mon – Sun)
There are many BBQ Chicken Wing stalls at East Coast Lagoon, so I was looking out for one with a line and not the usual chain stall found elsewhere.
The stall sells Charcoal BBQ Chickwn Wings ($1.30) and Spring Chicken ($8.00).
And oh, the wings were actually quite delicious crisp – probably one of the most ‘crispy’ layered BBQ wings I had in Singapore in a while.
The deep-brown outer layer was slightly sweet, while the meat was nicely marinated, remained moist and not too oily at all.
Zuo Ji Duck Rice
East Coast Lagoon Food Village Stall 29
Opening Hours: 11am – 7:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am – 7:30pm (Sat – Sun)
East Coast Lagoon Food Village Stall 46
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Han Jia Bak Kut Teh & Pork Leg
East Coast Lagoon Food Village Stall
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Lagoon Leng Kee Beef Kway Teow
East Coast Lagoon Food Village Stall 33
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
While many of us are more used to the Hainanese style of Beef Noodles with thick brown gravy, this stall serves up a Teochew style – and only in a soup version. Do not request otherwise.
The Beef Noodles ($5, $7) is served looking simply with kway teow and soup. While the broth looked light and plain, it was still quite flavourful after boiling with beef bones for hours.
Some customers may find this on the blander side, but I thought it was a comforting bowl that departs from the other greasier food served in this food centre.
This is a one-man show stall, so be patient in waiting for your bowl.
Lagoon Famous Carrot Cake and Popiah
East Coast Lagoon Food Village Stall 40
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri), 8:30am – 10pm (Sat, Sun), Closed Tues
Black or white? When in doubt, pick both.
This no-pork no-lard stall sells Crispy White Carrot Cake ($4, $5, $6), Sweet Delicious Black Carrot Cake ($4, $5, $6), and Mixed Yuan-Yang Carrot Cake ($6, $7, $8).
I generally prefer my White Carrot Cake to be on the crispier side, so my vote goes to the Black Carrot Cake which has tasty-sweetness without being too oily. The carrot cake was also on the soft side, which some may prefer.
This stall is also quite famous for its Popiah ($2.20) – quite tightly wrapped with addictive crunchy bits.
Stingray Forever BBQ Seafood
East Coast Lagoon Food Village Stall 43
Opening Hours: 4:30pm – 11:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Again, there are many BBQ Seafood stalls here, and for this, I went with the SG food bloggers recommendation. lol
Other than Chilli Crabs, Black Pepper Crab with Egg Frost and BBQ Crab, other seafood items include Grilled Squid ($12, $24), Fresh Salmon with Garlic ($12, $24), Cod Fish with Oyster Sauce ($12 for 100gm), Sambal Lala ($12, $24), Gong Gong ($12, $24), Samba Sea Mussels ($12, $24) and Cockles ($6, $12).
This is a no pork, no lard stall.
To me, what was special about the Sambal Stingray was the sauce, very nutty and fragrant and different from the typical ones. Accordingly, about 20 to 30 ingredients are used in the making, and the stingray is barbecued together with the sambal sauce (rather than spreaded on top later).
Hwa Kee BBQ Pork Noodle 華記雲吞麵
East Coast Lagoon Food Village Stall 45
Opening Hours: 5pm – 12am (Mon, Tues, Thurs), 5pm – 12:30am (Fri, Sat), 12pm – 12am (Sun), Closed Wed
The stall is known for its Wanton Noodles ($4, $5, $6), while it also serves up Wanton Hor Fun ($4, $5, $6), Prawn Dumpling Noodles ($4, $5, $6), Char Siew Rice ($3, $4, $5) and Fried Wanton ($3, $4, $5).
While the wantons were pretty-much average, the star of the dish was its sweet caramelised, well-roasted char siew pieces which matched well with the springy noodles and sweetish sauce.
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