Whenever I hear, “Pasir Ris got nothing to eat sia,” I die a little inside. Granted it goes without saying that we Singaporeans devote a lot of our time and passion to food, endlessly scrolling through blogs and skimming through reviews in search of new eateries. But to shame an area without so much as stepping foot into it? That’s just evil.
It’s also a given to say that as soon as the place is out of reach, we take a step back and contemplate whether it’s worth the hour (or more) MRT ride to the destination. Well, these 10 best places to eat in Pasir Ris will make it worth your journey to the East and back the ‘East side is the best side’ claim.
1. Loyang Way Big Prawn Noodles
I can’t start this piece without mentioning the ever-popular Loyang Way Big Prawn Noodles, right? Its location (hidden in Loyang Industrial Estate) may be a little out of reach, but best believe I know tons of folks who actually travel from as far as Jurong to have a bowl of this savoury Big Prawn Noodles (S$5/S$7/S$9). Additionally, they also have Pork Ribs Prawn Noodles (S$5/S$7/S$9), Abalone Prawn Noodles (S$8/S$10), and XL Big Prawn Noodles (S$13.80). Sounds prawn-tastic already!
Over here, you will get a broth that bursts with umami coupled with a beautiful mix of prawn and pork flavour, topped with crispy fried shallots to give the dish an extra oomph!
If the generous servings aren’t enough, one can also opt to add on ingredients like Pork Ribs, Prawns, Pig’s Intestines, Abalone, Pig’s Skin, and Sliced Pork (from S$1 to S$3).
Either way, if you’re craving a mouth-watering bowl of prawn noodles, soup or dry, head down here for a well-balanced bowl from a stall that delivers. Make your way as early as 7am, if possible, as their snaking queues tend to get pretty insane.
64 Loyang Way, Singapore 508754
Mon to Sat: 7am – 3pm
Closed on Sun
Craving for Spanish fare in the East? Why not drop by Pasir Ris’ latest addition, ASPA! As a lover of Spanish cuisine, I was genuinely delighted to indulge in a wide spread of Asian-inspired Spanish tapas dishes.
Also, I love claypot dishes so when I heard ASPA came up with Singapore’s first claypot paella, I had to try it for myself! Out of four different flavours, the Masak Lemak Chilli Api Paella (S$28) stood out the most, and boy was it as advertised— loaded with a generous amount of fresh seafood, spicy and out of this world!
If you love potatoes and sambal, have a go at their Patatas Bravas (S$10)— crispy potatoes topped with a sambal and garlic aioli. Don’t skip out on their 48 Hours Short Ribs (S$26), Roasted Octopus (S$16), and Surf and Turf (S$36)— Secreto Iberico pork slices with calamari and mojo sauce too!
Basically, everything here is to die for. Including their Churros (S$10), which comes with homemade kaya.
From Home-Based Business owner to stall owner, the story of Ah Miao’s Kitchen is indeed an inspiring one. After the sudden demise of her husband during the Circuit Breaker period, Colyn— owner and mother of three— found herself in a fix. It wasn’t until she hopped on the HBB trend and started selling S$1 Mini Nasi Lemak did she find her calling.
If you’ve never had Nasi Kandar, this is the place to have your maiden fusion experience. Opt for the Chicken Wing Kandar (S$4) to have a plate of nasi lemak doused with a medley of homemade Indian-style curries, served with a side of crispy ikan bilis, roasted peanuts, achar, sweet and spicy sambal, hard-boiled egg, and papadum.
Over here, each plate exudes the familiar feeling of having a home-cooked meal.
4. Cottage Pies Cafe
For a simple yet gratifying snack, Cottage Pies Cafe freshly baked New Zealand-style crispy pastries that taste just like the warm pies our grandmas bake. Choose from a selection of chicken and beef pies, tuna puffs, vegetarian pies, and sweets.
Packed with tender chicken, diced carrots, corn and peas, the Chicken Pie (one for S$1.50, three for S$4.20) had lovely flakey layers of buttery goodness. All the pastries are made on-site and chomping away will make you feel somewhat nostalgic.
5. Soon Lee Wanton Noodle and Lor Mee
This one is a hidden gem. Personally, if you live in Pasir Ris or visit this part of the East often, you’d know of Soon Lee Wanton Noodle and Lor Mee. Located in a small coffee shop, the stall is easy to miss. However, their snaking queues speak for themselves.
Their Wanton Noodle (S$3.50) comes in both the dry and soup version. The noodles here are springy and don’t have an intense alkaline flavour (which is great). And their dumplings are juicy and stuffed to the brim.
446 Pasir Ris Drive 6, Singapore 510446
Tue to Sun: 5am – 2.30pm
Closed on Mon
Another latest addition to the East side is Raden Lina Nasi Padang. A stall so upfront they even have an ‘à la carte dishes’ menu laid out for you to see. Which is rare for a nasi padang stall (yes, this is me throwing shade at all nasi padang makciks out there who live by the art of trickery).
For only S$6.30, you can get yourself a plate of white rice with ayam masak merah, fried potatoes, kangkung belacan, and a side of sweat-inducing sambal belacan. Additionally, they also serve up a mean plate of Mutton Biryani (S$6.50), and much more.
Nasi padang stalls aplenty in Pasir Ris, but this is one of the better tasting places in the area.
7. Johnson Duck
If you’re clueless about the whereabouts of Johnson Duck— a humble stall with over 40 years of history— you’d be happy to know that they’ve relocated to Pasir Ris Bus Interchange.
Many come here for the obvious, their Roasted Duck Rice Set (S$4.80)— complete with braised tofu, half a slice of braised hard-boiled egg, braised peanuts, a hefty serving of duck meat drizzled with braised sauce, and a generous portion of rice, but not me.
I usually come here for their Century Egg Congee (S$2.80)— comforting yet aromatic bowl with simple ingredients that comes with one springy century egg, and a touch of fried shallots and coriander. They also use the same rice used for their chicken rice dish in their porridge, and taste-wise, it’s superb!
501 Pasir Ris Drive 3, Pasir Ris Bus Interchange, Singapore 519490
Daily: 9.30am – 9pm
Peranakan food in Pasir Ris? Yes, please! Nyonya Pok Pok Kay, located on the second floor of Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre, is a cheeky Peranakan stall that stands out with its bright yellow signboard and illustrations of chicken dishes.
With a lean menu to choose from, they only serve two dishes: Ayam Curry Kapitan (S$5.20) and Ayam Sioh (S$4.20). If you purchase them à la carte, they both come with a choice of blue pea rice or French loaf. I decided to splurge for a Set Meal (additional S$2) to have two extra sides with my mains— a vegetable and an egg dish.
If you’re looking to have a quick Peranakan fix, this is the place to be!
You’ve heard of shopaholics (and alcoholics) and you may even be one but what about Prawnaholic?
Offering prawn mee with a modern twist, the store always has a queue during lunch and dinner hours, eager individuals lining up to try their hyped Kurobuta pork belly served alongside the prawns.
The “King” in the King Prawn Noodles (S$13) is really legit with two giant king prawns propped up in the bowl of noodles that are coated in house-made dark soya sauce with added pork belly chunks.
Sprinkled atop are sakura prawns for the crunch and even some hae bee hiam (spicy shrimp sambal). The fat prawns were juicy and paired magnificently with the sweet and salty noodles, mingled with the kick of spice from the sambal.
110 Pasir Ris Central, Pasir Ris Hawker Centre, #02-12, Singapore 519641
+65 9751 4417
Tue to Sun: 11.30am – 8.30pm
Closed on Mon
10. Tasty Street
Tasty tiger prawn and Iberico braised pork bowls are made affordable at Tasty Street, and it’s uncommon to come across hawkers promising premium food at such prices.
Their Asian-style grain bowls are served with the same base of a mix of brown and Japanese pearl rice plus an onsen egg which jiggles atop and different greens which vary on the daily.
The Iberico Lor Bah Bowl (S$6.70) we had was plated with charred corn, balsamic purple cabbage and stir-fried chye sim, variegated in yellow, purple and green.
After being braised for 48 long hours in a Chinese braising sauce, the Spanish Iberico pork effortlessly melted in our mouths, balanced with lean meat to avoid becoming too cloying, befitting the stall’s name: tasty.
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