East Coast Park, an urban oasis in Singapore, with plenty food choices as added bonus

Okay, admitely we went to East Coast Park for dinner (and not for outdoor activities) last Saturday. But, I was really invigorated by the fresh sea breeze, cyclists zooming passed by and family bbq scene. And our post-dinner stroll was indeed refreshing. Singapore is not that bad afterall, if you get out from typical tourist traps.

 

East Coast Lagoon Food Village
 

 

 But I guess for Malaysians (and other nationalities, of course) .. traveling to far-flung places without a car can pose to be a challenge. I was lucky that Uncle S was a superb host, driving us everywhere, especially during weekends. My uncle (used to be a part-time taxi driver) told me traveling to East Coast Park by taxi is easy, but getting out will be difficult. So perhaps buffer at least half an hour for calling, waiting, etc.

As it was a Saturday night, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, East Coast Park’s food centre, was packed with people. Some travelled there just for the food (like us), and some combined outdoor activities and food in one outing.

As we were in a group of four, it helps. Three pairs of eyes helped and we managed to get a table in no time. Queing for food was also made easier. Gasp. Yes, I jumped on local bandwagon and *ashamed queued at food stalls. It’s inevitable okay, I can’t possibly allow  my uncle get foods for us all by himself, right? Or rather, I was merely eating like a local. But yet to ‘chop’ (reserve) seat with tissue paper. Please kill me if I ever go down that route in the future. Thank god, the food (fried oyster omelette) was worth the queue. 

Food galore!
 

Most stalls have self-serve policy, except for satay and barbecued seafood due to long wait, I assumed. So be courteous with each other, and take turn with the queue lah.

One particular stall has horrendous long queue, and that was Song Kee Fried Oyster. The very same queue I mentioned. But I agreed it was good, the oysters in our oyster omelette were juicy and succulent. That’s how oyster omelette is supposed to be. Three sizes available at SGD5/8/10. But prepared for a long queue for the food.

Satay competition was intense, but the stalls operate in harmony. We ordered satay from one of the satay touts. I was surprised with the quality of the satay, SGD 0.70 per stick, with well-marinated, lean but still juicy. Did a bit of reading thereafter. One blog I read mentioned that most of the satays are bought from suppliers, but they make their own peanut sauce. So, the point of differentiation lies on the sauces, but the sauce that we had was nothing to shout about. 

Teochew satay beehoon was a ‘must order’ for my aunt. I tried it, but was indifferent to it. It’s not too bad, and probably this can be a uniquely Singaporean dish. By the way, being a half-baked Teochew myself, how come. I have not heards of teochew satay beehoon? Since when we have this type of dish? Tsk tsk …

If I were to come here again, shall time it with a bit of activities and then dinner to make the trip worthwhile. 

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Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.