You all laugh about Yishun right. Murder la, Drugs la, crazy people la, ghetto la.
Neh mind. Here is what you are truly missing in Yishun.
Incredible Halal Food (24/7 la sia!)
As its name suggests, this stall is famous for Ayam Penyet but what people really patronise them for is their unique Ikan (fish) Penyet. Unfortunately, their fish wasn’t ready when we arrived at 11.30am so we could only try the Nasi Ayam Penyet ($5) and Nasi Goreng Ayam Penyet ($5.50). The former comes with aromatic nasi lemak rice enhanced by coconut milk while the latter comes with fried rice. The chicken was marinated so well such that its flavours went into the tender meat. It’s also fried to a crisp golden brown and we couldn’t help but finish the crispy skin first. The chilli sauce that accompanies the dish packs a really good punch – fiery spicy! This hawker also makes their own Malay kuehs such as Ondeh Ondeh ($1.50) and Kueh Lupis ($1), made with glutinous rice that we found were consistent and not too sticky so it doesn’t get stuck onto your teeth when you’re chewing. This is complemented by shredded coconut and a rich thick palm sugar which enhanced its taste.
Address: #01-170, 105 Yishun Ring Road, Chong Pang Food Centre, Singapore 760105
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily.
(no need to bump into crazy people and get murdered all the time one)
Khatib Bongsu is an area of mangroves and flatlands; one of Singapore’s last un-dammed rivers, its peaceful ambience attracts birdwatchers, cyclists, joggers, nature-lovers and fishing enthusiasts alike.
If you’re looking for a more unusual mode of transportation, try kayaking there – paddling through the still waters amidst magical greenery and the chirping of birds is serene and peaceful. Look out for the many species of birds, such as the Great-billed Heron, and take a breather from hectic city life as you reconnect once more with nature.
Do note that you’ll have to join ad-hoc kayaking groups for this, such as the ones on Singapore Adventurous & Nature-Lovers.
Address: Yishun Avenue 6
Hipster café too!
I can ride my bike with no handlebars, no handlebars, no handlebars.
Flobots’ song aside, if you’re looking for a little after-dinner exploring and drinks, biker-themed restaurant bar Handlebar is a great option. It may not be the most accessible of places, but the unique interior of this bar will have you go the distance.
Besides its unique furniture adapted from modified vehicle parts, there is a pool table made from a car’s body. So go ahead, knock back a few billiard balls and a few drinks; it’s always good to feel like a badass every once in awhile.
Address: 57 Jalan Mempurong, S759057
Tel: 6475 9571
Operating Hours: Tue-Fri 5pm-1am, Sat & Sun 3pm-1am
Yishun DAM! Got more people than momok (ghosts)!
Okay don’t roll your eyes just yet. It may not be much, but this location offers you as much space and serenity (depending on the crowd) as you need.
Since it’s basically free, you can simply buy some drinks before settling down for a good HTHT (heart-to-heart talk) session. If you’re looking to hang until late, you can bring along your grill and prepare your own supper.
The catch however, is its inaccessibility but you don’t necessarily have to be a car owner to enjoy this spot. A bicycle will be more than sufficient.
Address: Yishun Avenue 1, S769130
Previously known as Bottle Tree Park, this new establishment, Orto, has retained most of its facilities such as its spacious prawning and fishing ponds.
Not only does prawning ($20/one hour, $30/two hours, $36/three hours) and fishing provide you a breather from the urban city space, the adrenalin rush when reeling in a catch can be pretty rewarding.
Plus, you get to lepak over some barbequed prawns afterwards. Its location may lean towards Khatib, but, if you’re looking to indulge in a light activity with a friend, prawning can be pretty therapeutic.
Address: 81 Lorong Chencharu #01-10, S769198
Tel: 6257 2972
Operating Hours: Daily 24 hours
Lastly, you want to know what is worse than Yishun?
Woodlands! But that is another story for another day.