East Cost Lagoon Hawker Center
Singapore is a paradise for food lovers. Moreover, luckily for those on a tight budget, the city’s best place to eat are not at five-star restaurants but at the cheap restaurants in Singapore, called hawker centers. The local law of Singapore forbid street food since decades ago, which result in sidewalk chefs gathering into food court-like settings called hawker centers. Unlike some food courts in other places, hawker centers are very clean and tidy, with cheap, diverse and delectable food. Hawker centers are spread everywhere around the city, but if you are looking for the best, then it is definitely the East Coast Lagoon Food Village.
The East Coast Lagoon Food Centre is the perfect place for you if you are looking for a hawker center where you can chill out with some satay and sugarcane juice under the swaying coconut palms. The East Coast Food Centre is well known as it houses one of Singapore’s biggest satay clubs. This hawker center is located along the beach near Bedok, at East Coast Park / Exit 7 From ECP. To reach this hawker center, you can take the public transportation called MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). From the Changi International Airport, you can take a MRT from East West Line and stop at Bedok. From Bedok, you can take another MRT, Eastern Region Line, and stop right at the front of the hawker center. You can also go there by foot from Bedok as it is already very close to the East Coast Lagoon Food Center from there.
The East Coast Lagoon Food Center is where you can find a whole stretch of satay stalls all vying for your attention. You can ask the locals for a recommended stall, but it would be more fun if you just let yourself be confused for choice. The truth of the matter is that there really is not one stall that stands out amongst the crowd so you will have to choose with your instinct. You can also find stalls selling barbecue seafood in this hawker center. Amongst those stalls, there is a little good stall called Leng Heng BBQ Seafood which is run by an energetic ‘auntie’. This stall is famous for its black pepper crabs which will guaranteed to clear your sinuses. If you are a little more adventurous, you can also try their clay pot duck with salted vegetable soup which is one of the best taste in this hawker center. As you walk along the same row of shops away from the sea, you might see a long line of people. Here is where you can find a lesser known dish called satay bee hoon at the Ming Kee Satay Bee Hoon stall. The chef of this stall has a secret blend of peanut sauce that he uses to smother his plate of rice noodles and seafood. If you are not a big fan of spicy food, do not be afraid as the sauce is not too spicy. In a sunny day, you can cool off with a fresh glass of sugar cane juice or an icy chendol dessert.
The best way to enjoy Singapore’s East Coast beach isn’t a dip in the ocean but a great dinner beneath the swaying palm trees. Here, you can find more than 50 stalls serving a huge variety of food like chicken satay, fried noodles, seafoods, breads and hot pot soups. This is definitely the best place to find cheap restaurants in Singapore.