GE2015: Election food spots to rally around island-wide in Singapore

Travelling to attend rallies before the Sept 11 General Election? To have the best experience hearing the candidates say their piece, go early, wear something you don’t mind getting dirt on in case of muddy fields, and stay hydrated. 

Meanwhile, Life has you covered in the food department as we suss out the best dinner and supper spots near rally sites in 17 of the most hotly contested wards. These range from hawker centres with a slew of renowned stalls to trendy cafes – all equally excellent places to refuel before rallies, or continue the discussion after.


NORTH

Ang Mo Kio GRC

Contesting: People’s Action Party team led by Lee Hsien Loong vs The Reform Party team led by M. Ravi

Rally Site #1: Field in front of Block 982, Buangkok Cresecent

In a two-storey building facing the site is Yi Jia Buangkok Eating House, located above a 24-hour Giant Supermarket. Food options here are quite meagre, though the drinks stall will come in useful for rehydration. 

For something substantial and air-conditioned, go to Hougang 1 mall (1 Hougang Street 91. Open: 8am to 10pm) for local classics such as laksa and mee siam at Wang Cafe (01-22. Open: 7.30am to 10pm).


Pizza Pietro with pork sausage and cream. PHOTO: PIETRO RISTORANTE ITALIANO

Alternatively, walk to Yio Chu Kang road behind the field, where Pietro Ristorante Italiano awaits (12 Jalan Kelulut. Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm).

This restaurant run by Peter Neo serves authentic Italian cuisine at affordable prices, including their signature pizza pietro ($26), funghi portobello ($20) and chocolate tortino di lava ($13).

Rally Site #2: Yio Chu Kang Stadium, 210 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9

Two no-frills family restaurants are located behind the stadium. Nihon Mura is slightly fancier (210 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9. Open: 11.30am to 10pm), and its daily lunch sets comprising of a main dish, soup and drink (various options at $9.90) are value-for-money.


Food spread at Sakura International Buffet restaurant. PHOTO: SAKURA INTERNATIONAL BUFFET

Unfussy folks with bigger appetites should pick Sakura International Buffet Restaurant, where a mishmash of cuisines line the buffet table, including sashimi and dim sum (210 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9, Singapore 569777. Open: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 10pm, Weekends 11.30am to 10pm). Prices start at $31.90 for adults.

Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

Contesting: People's Action Party team led by Ng Eng Hen vs Singapore People’s Party team led by Benjamin Pwee and Bryan Long

Rally Site #1: Bishan Stadium, 7 Bishan Street 14


Shoppers walking through Junction 8. PHOTO: CAPITAMALL TRUST

The most convenient option is Junction 8 (9 Bishan Place. Open: 10am to 10pm daily) where there is a respectable if not imaginative mix of chain eateries. For example, tuck into flame-grilled chicken at Nando’s or explore the extensive menu at the Japanese family restaurant Watami.

If you don’t mind a 10-minute stroll, head towards Kim San Leng Coffee Shop in Bishan (Block 511, Bishan Street 13) where you can spot a long queue at Ming Kee Chicken Rice & Porridge (Open: 10am to 9pm, closed on alternate Tuesday). A plate of chicken rice costs $3.50.

If you plan to stay out late, walk further up north for 15 to 20 minutes and you will hit KPT Coffeeshop (Block 284 Bishan Street 22) where a nameless kway chap stall is open till the wee hours. Good for long post-rally discussions. (Open: 8.30pm to 4am or until sold out).

Rally Site #2: Toa Payoh Stadium, 297 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh


Safra Toa Payoh, which has an Astons Specialities and bar-bistro Beer Alley. PHOTO: SAFRA TOA PAYOH

Head next door for a quick bite at Safra Toa Payoh (293 Lor 6 Toa Payoh), where you can choose from Western franchise Astons Specialities (Open: 11.30am to 10pm daily) and bar-bistro Beer Alley (Open: 10 to 1am from Sunday to Thursday, 10 to 3am on Friday and weekend).

Dim sum fans can get their fix across the road at Hong Kong institution Tim Ho Wan (02-02 Hersing Centre, 450 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh. Open: 11am to 9pm on weekday, 9am to 9pm on weekend. Call 6483-2000).

A hawker favourite among residents is the homemade ban mian from a stall called, er, Ban Mian, at J99 Eating House (Block 186, Toa Payoh Central. Open: 6am to 9pm, closed on Sunday), which is next to furniture and electronic store Courts. 

Hougang SMC

Contesting: Workers’ Party’s Png Eng Huat vs People’s Action Party’s Lee Hong Chuang 

Rally Site: Field in front of Block 837 Hougang Central


Patrons relaxing at Lola's Cafe, located at 5 Simon Road. PHOTO: ST FILE

It’s a bit of a walk, but the ever-popular Punggol Nasi Lemak Centre is well worth the trek for its fragrant coconut rice with a plethora of side dishes to choose from, including crunchy chicken wings and ikan bilis (965 Upper Serangoon Road. Open: 6.30pm to 2.30pm. Closed Thursdays). If Western fare is closer to your idea of supper, then check out the cozy Lola’s Cafe down the road (5 Simon Road. Open: Sunday, Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 11.30pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 12am. Closed Mondays). Highlights are their truffle fries ($12) and pulled pork burgers ($16).

Not keen on walking much? Then hop over to Hougang Mall (90 Hougang Avenue 10. Open: 8am to 10pm) for some easy options, including the ever-reliable Soup Restaurant with its home-cooked fare (02-21. Open: Weekdays, 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10pm, weekends, 11.30am to 10pm). Tuck into their signature dishes that include Samsui ginger chicken ($17.90/half chicken), Teochew olive rice ($6.90) and double boiled dried scallop with black chicken soup ($8.90).

Potong Pasir SMC

Contesting: People’s Action Party’s Sitoh Yih Pin vs Singapore People’s Party’s Lina Chiam

Rally Site: Field opposite Block 120 Potong Pasir Avenue 1

Tucked under the HDB block in front of the field is the quiet coffee shop New Trend Eating House (120 Potong Pasir Ave 1. Open: 6am-11pm), where you can have fish soup and porridge from Heng Soon Seafood Soup for under $10.


N&B Snacks in Potong Pasir. PHOTO: DANIELLE ANG

For a comforting bowl of beancurd with peanut dumplings, cross the white pedestrian bridge behind St. Andrew’s Junior College to get to N&B Snacks (148 Potong Pasir Avenue 1. Open: 6.30am to 11pm), which also serves soya bean milk. If you are staying past midnight to discuss the rally speech with others, arm yourself with a strong kopi from Broadway Eating House (147 Potong Pasir Avenue 1. Open 24 hours).

Punggol East SMC

Contesting: Workers’ Party’s Lee Li Lian vs People’s Action Party’s Charles Chong

Rally Site: Field in front of Block 128C Punggol Field Walk

Walk down to Punggol Plaza (168 Punggol Field. Open: 10am to 10pm daily) where there is a fair selection of cuisines, including sushi restaurant Nihon Mura and good ol’ Pizza Hut.


Cafe Whisk & Paddle in Punggol. PHOTO: WHISK & PADDLE

Over in Tebing Lane which sits by the Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk is a quaint cafe with scenic views called Whisk & Paddle, (01-01, 10 Tebing Lane. Open: 3.30 to 10.30pm from Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am to 10.30pm on the weekend, closed on Monday. Call 6242-4617). It serves Western fare such as eggs benedict with smoked salmon ($13) and macaroni and cheese ($13.80)

Otherwise, pop on over to seafood restaurant Uncle Leong Seafood (01-03, 6 Tebing Lane. Open: 4.30 to 11.30pm daily. Call 6441-1848) for creamy butter crab or their signature hor fun. 


SOUTH

Tanjong Pagar GRC

Contesting: People’s Action Party team led by Chan Chun Sing vs Singaporeans First (SingFirst) team led by Tan Jee Say

Rally Site #1: Queenstown Stadium, 473A Sterling Road


Pig trotter fried beehoon from Claypot Small Vegetable Rice. PHOTO: ST FILE

Queenstown Stadium is thin on dinner options, as the stalls in its main hawker centre, the yellow-roofed Mei Ling Market & Food Centre (Block 159 Mei Ling Street, 02-13), are closed by lunch time. Thank goodness for Claypot Small Vegetable Rice then, which is one of the few stalls that open till a decent hour. (Open: 11am to 9pm, closed Mondays and Thursdays). Order their pig trotter bee hoon ($12) which comes with chunks of pig trotter meat, fish cake and sweet dried beancurd.

Rally Site #2: Sports field in front of MOE (Evans Road), 21 Evans Road, Singapore 259366


Assembly Brick Toast from Assembly Coffee. PHOTO: ASSEMBLY COFFEE

Head to Evans Lodge (26 Evans Road) to satisfy your sweet tooth at Assembly Coffee with desserts like the Assembly Brick Toast ($12), a 6cm-thick piece of bread topped with toasted bread cubes, strawberries, almonds and vanilla ice cream (26 Evans Road. Open: 8am to 7pm. Closed Mondays). 

Walk next door for another two good restaurants under the same roof: Wildfire has a wide selection of burgers, hot dogs and craft beers (Open: 11am to 10.30pm). Should you need a Milo Dinosaur and a prata (or six) to keep your energy levels up, there’s Mr Prata at the end of the building (Open: 24 hours).


EAST

Aljunied GRC

Contesting: Workers’ Party team led by Low Thia Khiang vs People’s Action Party team led by Yeo Guat Kwang 

Rally Site #1: Serangoon Stadium, 33 Yio Chu Kang Road

Located across the stadium and hidden behind a lush wall of potted plants is the Crab Party, which prides itself on fresh crabs and seafood (100 Yio Chu Kang Road. Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5pm to 1am). Pick their salted egg crab or cheesy creamy crab ($65 per kg) and fried rice with crab meat ($30 for small, $50 for large). Next door is Pelican Pizza with their 1-for-1 pizza offer ($23.90 for a classic regular 10 inch) that’s perfect for group dinners (92 Yio Chu Kang Road. Open: 10am to 10pm). 


Kombi Rocks, a zi char eatery in Yio Chu Kang serving Chinese and Thai cuisine. PHOTO: KOMBI ROCKS

Walk to the next block for Kombi Rocks Diner (formerly Koon Kee Restaurant), which has multiple vintage Volkswagen vans parked in front, but don’t be fooled by the decor - they serve Teochew-Thai fusion dishes (66 Yio Chu Kang Road. Open: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 3am, Sunday, 12pm to 10pm). Check out the sambal beef fried rice ($8.50) and mee goreng with crab meat ($13).

Rally Site #2: Field bounded by Defu Avenue 1, Defu Lane 10 and Tampines Road

Although Yong Kang Eating House faces the field, most stalls close early in the evening (4 Defu Lane 10. Open: 4am to 11pm). The next two alternatives are towards the end of the lane. Head over to Rahmath Muslim Food Stall at Soon Soon Lai Eating House for roti prata ($0.90 for plain prata) or chicken murtabak ($6.50) (Stall No.12, 32 Defu Lane 10. Open: weekdays 6.30am to 6.30pm, weekends and public holidays, 6.30am to 4.30pm. Closed Tuesdays). Right beside it in the bright blue and orange Swee Hin building is Seafood Paradise (91 Defu Lane 10. Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 11pm), known for their signature creamy butter crab ($68/kg).

Fengshan SMC 

Contesting: People's Action Party’s Cheryl Chan vs Workers' Party’s Dennis Tan

Rally Site: Field along Bedok North Avenue 4, beside SBS Transit Bedok North Bus Park


Orh Luak from 85 Fengshan Centre. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

WP chairman Sylvia Lim’s Instagram post on the orh luak (oyster omelette) at Fengshan Market and Food Centre (Block 85, Bedok North Street 4) might have boosted that stall’s popularity, but other delicacies in the food centre are worth checking out, especially since many stalls open till the wee hours. Try the bak chor mee (starts from $2.50) from Seng Hiang Bak Chor Mee and Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian stalls, as well as the hokkien mee (starts from $3) from Bedok North 85 Fried Oyster. Sin Bedok North BBQ Chicken Wing stall’s barbecue chicken wings ($1.40 a piece) are also good. 

Another supper hangout is at Simpang Bedok where there are good halal options. Check out the dim sum and zichar at halal eatery Tang Tea House (357 Bedok Road. Open: 11 to 4am daily. Call 6445-9100) and the mega menu at restaurant Spize (336 Bedok Road. Open: 12pm to 2am on weekday, 12pm to 3am on weekend. Call 6734-9194).


IScream, a dessert parlour selling gelato at Bedok North Avenue 4. PHOTO: ISCREAM

For dessert, head to boutique ice cream parlour I Scream (01-109, Block 89 Bedok North Avenue 4. Open: 3pm to 12am on Monday to Thursday and Sunday, 3pm to 1am on Friday and Saturday. Call 6445-5739) which has funky flavours such as pulut hitam and cempedak as well as the latest craze, Korean dessert bingsu (shaved ice). 

MacPherson SMC

Contesting: People's Action Party’s Tin Pei Ling vs Workers' Party’s Bernard Chen vs National Solidarity Party’s Cheo Chai Chen

Rally Site: Field bounded by PIE, Paya Lebar Road and Circuit Road

The mature estate has some of the best vegetarian food in Singapore. Most eateries are clustered at Block 79 and 79A Circuit Road Food Centre, and at least four of these stalls open past midnight. A standout is Victor's Vegetarian Food (Open: 2.30 to 11pm, closed on Sunday) which specialises in mock meat dishes such as chicken satay and otah.


NOM Bistro & Bakery located in MacPherson Community Club. PHOTO: NOM BISTRO & BAKERY

If you don’t want hawker fare, head over to MacPherson Community Club’s NOM Bistro & Bakery (Level 1, 400 Paya Lebar Way. Open: 11am to 11pm daily (last order for mains is at 9.45pm and 10.30pm for desserts and drinks). Call 6747-3839). This charming cafe specialises in cakes including the Instagram-worthy rainbow cakes (From $8.90 a slice), which they serve in four flavours. 

Just across the PIE via a short walk across an overhead bridge is Thai restaurant Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe (01-35, Block 115 Aljunied Avenue 2. Open: 11 to 12am daily. Call 6747-8558) where diners can get classic Thai dishes and mookata (Thai-style barbecue steamboat) at reasonable prices. For example, a plate of stir-fried minced pork with Thai basil and rice is $5. 

Mountbatten SMC

Contesting: People's Action Party's Lim Biow Chuan vs Singapore People’s Party’s Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss

Rally Site: Sports field bounded by Stadium Drive and Stadium Boulevard


People carrying balloons around the entrance of the Kallang Wave Mall on March 15, 2015. PHOTO: ST FILE

Not a promising area in terms of hawker fare or indie eateries. However, Singapore Sports Hub, where the rally is held, is surrounded by several new malls, where the options are reliable if predictable. Kallang Wave Mall (1 Stadium Place Open: 10am to 10pm daily) and Leisure Park Kallang (5 Stadium Walk. Open: 10am to 10pm daily) have restaurants such as French-themed eatery Poulet and steamboat stalwart Coca Restaurant. Halal options include diner Encik Tan, which serves local fare such as wanton mee and carrot cake.

For a post-rally pint, head to craft beer bar Brewerkz at the Singapore Indoor Stadium (01-06/07 2 Stadium Walk. Open: 5pm to 12am from Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 1am on Friday and Saturday, 12pm to 12am on Sunday. Call 6345-4330). Tuck into one of their signature burgers, like the Bistro ($24), a beef patty topped off with Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, onions and ranch dressing.

Failing which, there’s always McDonalds (200 Stadium Boulevard). 

East Coast GRC

Contesting: People's Action Party team led by Lim Swee Say vs Workers' Party team led by Gerald Giam

Rally Site #1: Bedok Stadium, 1 Bedok North Street 2

Reliable fallbacks are the two malls: Bedok Point (799 New Upper Changi Road. Open: 10am to 10pm daily) and Bedok Mall (311 New Upper Changi Road. Open: 10am to 10pm daily). Among the offerings are the mega-popular frozen yoghurt franchise Llao Llao, dim sum specialist Din Tai Fung and the competitively priced conveyor belt diner Sushi Express.


Nakhon Kitchen in Bedok North: ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

Otherwise, go to Nakhon Kitchen (01-166, 136 Bedok North Avenue 3. Open: 5.30 to 10pm for dinner. Call 6245-5548), for authentic Thai fare at reasonable prices. Finish up with a coffee and cake at Percolate Cafe (01-152B Block 136, Bedok North Avenue 3. Open: 10.30am to 9.30pm on Monday, Wednesday to Friday, 9am to 9.30pm on weekend. Call 8259-0316).

Rally Site #2: Field in front of Block 155 Simei Road

A 10-minute walk away is Eastpoint mall (3 Simei Street 6. Open: 10am to 10pm daily), where you can tuck into crispy Korean fried chicken at Nene Chicken. For something less calorific, check out the authentic family fare at Japanese Teishoku Restaurant Yayoi, which serves a good selection of set meals.

There are also hidden gems in two unlikely places. At the nearby Changi Simei Community Club is zichar restaurant Dynasty Seafood known for fish head hotpot (Level 1, 10 Simei Street 2. Open: Till 11pm. Call 6786-3818). A further trek out at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is a halal bistro with live music called Aria (01-205 SUTD Building 2, 8 Somapah Road. Open: 10am to 10pm from Monday to Thursday, 10 to 1am on Friday, 12 to 1am on Saturday. Call 6384-0854). Try the spicy chicken rendang pasta ($8.90) and Tex-Mex Chilli Dog ($8.90). 

Marine Parade GRC

Contesting: People's Action Party team led by Tan Chuan-Jin vs Workers' Party team led by Yee Jenn Jong

Rally Site #1: Field opposite Block 344 Ubi Avenue 1

An industrial area primarily, the neighbourhood’s food options are limited to lunch fare coffeeshops like Ubi 350 Eating House (350 Ubi Ave 1).

If you can make it there before 6pm, we recommend the fragrant chicken rice from Far East Chicken Rice (closes at 7.30pm) and crispy yet fluffy prata from Crispy Roti Prata (closes at 6pm). 

Rally Site #2: Field in front of Block 33 Eunos Crescent

Nearby eats: Just next door to Eunos MRT is the Eunos Crescent Market & Food Centre (Block 4A Eunos Crescent) where must-tries are the mee goreng from Ali Baba and silky kway chap at Whampoa Kway Chap.

Vegans can head up east for different types of meatless burgers at fast food joint VeganBurg (44 Jalan Eunos. Open: 11.30am to 10pm on weekend and Saturday, 10.30am to 10pm on Sunday (last order at 9.45pm). Call 6844-6868).


Claypot Chicken Rice from Le Chasseur. PHOTO: ST FILE

Lastly, there’s Eunos’ zichar institution: Le Chasseur (Block 27 Eunos Road 2. Open: 5.30 - 9.30pm for dinner service daily. Call 6337-7677). Don’t be deceived by its French name as the dishes are all local, with best-sellers such as the claypot chicken rice ($12 for small, $21 for large) and barbequed cuttlefish ($4 for 100g).

Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

Contesting: People's Action Party team led by Teo Chee Hean vs Singapore Democratic Alliance team led by Desmond Lim Bak Chuan

Rally Site #1: Field opposite Block 274C Compassvale Bow, beside Buangkok MRT Station

A 15-minute stroll down roads Sengkang Central and Sengkang East Avenue will take you to Anchorvale Link Coffee Shop) (Block 303 Anchorvale Link. Open: 12 to 7.30pm daily except Thursday. Call 8404-3378). The most famous stall there is Armenian Street Char Kway Teow, which has relocated its main outlet to Sengkang and has foodies making the trip down to satisfy their cravings for the fried noodles. Prices start at $3. 


Patrons having drinks at the Wild Oats bar at Punggol Park. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

While you can always depend on Compass Point Mall (1 Sengkang Square. Open: 10.30am to 10.30pm) for decent grub from chains such as Canton Paradise, a more pleasant alfresco experience can be had if you take a walk down Buangkok Drive and through Punggol Park to reach fusion resto Wild Oats (97 Hougang Ave 8. Open: 4pm to 12am from Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 1am on Friday, 4pm to 2am on Saturday and 4pm to 12am on Sunday. Call 6858-2087). 

Rally site 2: Field at Pasir Ris Park, beside carpark C

For a cheap and simple bite, you could hit up any of the coffeeshops nearby, but a classier choice would be 5 Drunken Rabbits in the park itself (201 Pasir Ris Road. Open: 3.30pm to 2am on weekday, 11.30am to 2am on weekend. Call 9159-9500). This bistro-bar dishes out items such as baked escargot ($12.80) and oxtail stew ($26.80) and has an extensive drinks menu. 

A 10-minute walk away is Downtown East (1 Pasir Ris Close. Open: 10am to 10pm daily), which has a cluster of fuss-free eateries, including kampung-themed Halal food court Asli Village and Thai restaurant The Basil Inn. 

Tampines GRC

Contesting: People's Action Party team led by Heng Swee Keat vs National Solidarity Party team led by Sebastian Teo

Rally Site #1: Field in front of Blockk 895A Tampines Street 81

If roti prata and mee goreng are your go-to supper treats, then it’s a no-brainer here. Go to the two 24-hour halal joints in the area: Al-Azhar (Block 201D Tampines Street 21. Call 6785-1265) and Mr Teh Tarik (01-506, Block 820 Tampines Street 81). Both are within walking distances. 

Otherwise, check out Soi Thai Kitchen (01-28, Block 824 Tampines Street 81. Open: 5.30 to 9.30pm daily for dinner. Call 6784-2421), where there are delectable renditions of tom yum soup ($7) and beef paneang (stewed beef cheeks in red curry, $14)

Alternatively, take a short walk through the HDB blocks to desserts bistro Alt-Yard in Tampines West Community Club (5 Tampines Avenue 3. Open 1 to 8.30pm from Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Monday). Nibble on their ondeh-ondeh churros or nutella red velvet cupcakes (from $4 a cupcake).

Rally site 2: Field of Ngee Ann Secondary School, 1 Tampines Street 32


The 320,000-sq ft Tampines
 Mall. PHOTO: ST FILE

Malls are the safest bet here. Three large ones - Tampines Mall, Tampines 1 and Century Square - are located within a stone’s throw with all types of cuisine including hotpot outlet Jpot and South Korean cafe Paris Baguette. 


WEST

Chua Chu Kang GRC

Contesting: People’s Action Party team led by Gan Kim Yong vs People’s Power Party team led by Goh Meng Seng

Rally Site #1: Field of Chua Chu Kang Sec Sch, 3 Teck Whye Crescent

Cut through the HDB blocks at the back of the school to reach a coffeeshop at 145 Teck Whye Ave, which sits on the fringe of the neighbourhood’s shopping area of sundry shops. 

For roasted duck noodles, walk past the coffeeshop to Choo Chiang Roasted Meat Noodle House located at Chin Sin Eating House (143 Teck Whye Lane. Open 24 hours). The franchise specialises in roasted duck, pork and char siew noodles (prices from $3.50)

Rally Site #2: Bukit Gombak Stadium, 800 Bukit Batok West Ave 5


Tissue prata and crispy roti prata kosong from Alif Restaurant. PHOTO: ST FILE

Walk to nearby Bukit Gombak MRT where you can grab a snack at small bakeries and eateries, such as the Ananas Cafe (open: 6.30am to 10pm), which serves nasi lemak, chicken wings and the like all for under $10. For a longer sit-down affair, cross to the road and walk to the left of the quadrangle to Alif Restaurant for a frothy glass of teh tarik ($1.20) and halal favourites such as their maggi goreng ($4) and cheese prata ($2). (374 Bukit Batok Street 31, 01-204. Open 24 hours). 

Holland-Bukit Timah GRC

Contesting: People’s Action Party team led by Vivian Balakrishnan vs Singapore Democratic Party team led by Chee Soon Juan

Rally Site #1: Field along Commonwealth Ave, beside Commonwealth MRT

You could refuel at a Koufu food court flanked by two HDB blocks opposite the train station, but heading further out will yield more interesting options. Walk towards the Tanglin Halt estate for The Milky Way Ice-cream & Coffee (Block 48 Tanglin Halt, 01-333 Singapore 142048. Open: Sunday to Thursday, 1pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday, 1pm to 11pm. Closed Tuesdays) and Richie’s Curry Puff, which also sells spring rolls and other fried snacks (Block 47 Tanglin Halt Road, 01-325. Open 24 hours). 


Chefs Lam Chan Wah (left) and Lee Kao Shung of Two Chefs Eating Place, posing with their signature dishes. PHOTO: ST FILE

Or head in the opposite direction along Commonwealth Drive to the buzzing Two Chefs Eating Place, a zichar stall run by two brothers (116 Commonwealth Crescent 01-129, Singapore 140116. Open: Monday, 5pm to 11pm, Tuesday to Sunday, 11.30am to 2.30pm and 5pm to 11.30pm) Try their legendary butter pork ribs ($8), boneless deep fried pork pieces covered with milk powder, curry leaves and chilli.

Rally Site #2: Field in front of Block 204 Clementi Avenue 6

The nearest eatery, at the foot of an HDB block surrounding the field, is Collin’s Grille Bento, which offers simple Western fare (Block 308 Clementi Ave 4, 01-335. Open: 11am to 9.30pm).


The Clementi Mall. PHOTO: ST FILE

Further down Commonwealth Avenue West road, next to Clementi Mall, is Banana Leaf BBQ Seafood (Block 450, Clementi Ave 3, 01-271. Open: 11am to 12 am), which is known for their sambal stingray (from $8, depending on weight) and spicy kangkong ($5).

Those with robust appetites can trek over to Botak Jones, on the other side of the MRT station, where they will be well-served by generous portions of Western fare such as their massive Botak burger ($15.90), double-portion fish & chips ($21.50) and rosemary lamb chops ($$29.90 for 200gm). (Block 325 Clementi Ave 5. Open: 10.30am to 9.30pm).

West Coast GRC

Contesting: People’s Action Party team led by Lim Hng Kiang vs The Reform Party team led by Kenneth Jeyaretnam

Rally Site #1: Field at West Coast Park, beside Carpark 3

Go to West Coast Plaza, where Xin Wang Cafe on the ground floor serves Hong Kong street favourites till the wee hours (West Coast Plaza, 156 West Coast Road. Open: Monday to Friday, 11am to 4am, Weekends, 9am to 4am).
 
For a quick dinner before the rally, walk across to the sprawling West Coast Market and Food Centre (726 Clementi West Street 2). Slurp up cheap and satisfying fishball noodles ($2.50) from Soon Lee Fishball Noodle and the fried carrot cake ($2.50) from Gui Ji is always a good bet.

Rally Site #2: Clementi Stadium, 10 West Coast Walk

We recommend having dinner before heading to the rally, because there aren’t many late-night options here. 


Mr Abdus Salam with plates of Indian rojak from Abdhus Salam Rojak foodstall, which was started by his parents. PHOTO: THE BUSINESS TIMES

Have a plate of Indian rojak from the famous Abdhus Salam Rojak at the Ayer Rajah Food Centre, which is to the left of the stadium (Stall 73, Block 503 West Coast Drive. Open: 10.30am to 11:30am), or tuck into Asian and European-inspired nosh at W39 Bistro & Bakery (39 Jalan Mas Puteh. Open: Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 10pm, Weekends, 9am to 10pm. Closed Mondays). 

And don’t forget the perennial family favourite, Jack’s Place, right behind the stadium at West Coast Recreation Center (12 West Coast Walk, 01-04/05/06. Open: 11am to 10.30pm).