When it comes to Lok Lok, there is no denying that the best places to get them are off travelling vans by the streets of bustling Johor Bahru and even Malacca. In fact, we dare say that it is mandatory to have Lok Lok whenever you visit one of the two places.
For the uninitiated, Lok Lok is essentially a cross between satay and Chinese steam boat where, instead of cooking your raw ingredients in a pot of boiling soup, you dip it in simmering satay gravy. The ingredients are typically skewered with satay sticks to make for easier cooking (and eating).
As we mentioned, Lok Lok used to be something we could only find in Malaysia but fast forward to our present time, there are many Lok Lok places that have sprouted up on our sunny island. Here are 8 Lok Lok joints in Singapore you should totally check out that are just as good as the ones you get from across the causeway.
CHUAN LE XIANG LOK LOK
Chuan Le Xiang Lok Lok is located in the industrial area in Boon Lay over at the West area of Singapore. A place of rustic appeal, this is where you can expect to eat this glorious ‘satay-boat’ in an industrial canteen setting.
There are a few varieties of soup bases to choose from but everyone’s go-to is always the peanut sauce as a base, and with each skewer priced as low as S$1 per stick, you can bet you that will not be leaving hungry.
23 Neythal Road
Tel: +65 9745 5105
(Closed on Mondays)
Tue to Sun: 5.30pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Boon Lay
HOCK LENG SATAY BEE HOON & LOK LOK
Located at the famous foodie haven, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Hock Leng has been around for many years. The Lok Lok here is done traditionally absent of any pretentiousness. The main focus is their satay sauce which is used in their highly acclaimed satay bee hoon as well.
In fact, it is so delicious that their satay bee hoon itself is regarded as one of the best in Singapore—but don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself to be sure!
51 Old Airport Road, #01-141
Old Airport Road Food Centre,
Daily: 2pm – 9pm
Nearest Station: Dakota
Photo Credit: facebook.com/JQPot
For a twist on the traditional classic, JQ Pot offers diners the option to have, instead, a pot of molten cheese. Allow your taste buds to be intrigued with the addition of both mozzarella and nacho cheese that are free-flow.
People may argue that this is not Lok Lok but no matter what the final consensus is, we just know that it is pretty darn delicious!
157 Kitchener Rd,
Tel: +65 8187 9797
(Closed on Wednesdays)
Mon to Thu: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Fri to Sun: 6pm – 9pm
Photo Credit: facebook.com/lokpotsg
LOK POT BY LUCKY 5
Located a short 10-minute walk away from Bedok MRT in Lucky 5 Coffeeshop is Lok Pot By Lucky 5. Be completely spoilt for choice with their range of 5 different soup bases—tomato, mala, tom yum, dried scallop and herbal chicken.
Allow your inner beast to run wild with their vast selection of over 80 types of skewers that range from S$1 to S$8 per stick. Take your pick if you want them boiled, fried or barbecued.
416 Bedok North Avenue 2, #01-53,
Tel: +65 6445 8887
Sun to Thu: 4pm – 12am
Fri & Sat: 4pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Bedok
Photo Credit: facebook.com/pages/Malacca-Satay-Lok-Lok-Buffet
MALAYSIA LOCAL DELIGHTS RESTAURANT
As its name clearly suggests, Malaysia Local Delights offer a range of dishes originating from Malaysia and in particular Malaccan Satay Lok Lok. Many are drawn to its Lok Lok buffet that offers 9 different types of soup bases, including satay sauce, and over 100 food items.
With no GST or service charge, you can be sure to get a bang out of your buck!
224 Tanjong Katong Road,
Tel: +65 6440 8378
Mon to Fri: 4pm – 2am
Sat & Sun: 5pm – 2am
Nearest Station: Eunos
Satay Culture offers diners a choice of whether they would prefer their skewers cooked in a steamboat or grilled—think of it as a three-way marriage between traditional hot pot, Thai mookata and Lok Lok—which is pretty darn brilliant if you are the sort that loves having variety.
Blk 727 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6
Daily: 5pm – 11.30pm
Nearest Station: Ang Mo Kio
Photo Credit: facebook.com/TianFuHongKongSteamboatRestaurant
TIAN FU HONG KONG STEAMBOAT RESTAURANT
Defying the conventional steamboat-on-a-stick appearance, Tian Fu Hong Kong Steamboat Restaurant’s version of Lok Lok presents your typical steamboat ingredients pre-cooked in a bath of their signature House Special Satay Soup (S$10).
With premium cuts of meat such as their US Kurobuta Pork (S$15) which is beautifully marbled and immensely flavourful, diners will surely walk away with smiles on their faces.
214 Tanjong Katong Road
Tel: +65 6345 9272
Mon to Fri: 5pm – 1am
Sat & Sun: 1pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Eunos
Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/zaolek.kovan
ZAO LEK LOK LOK
Paya Lebar Kovan Community Centre is a seemingly ordinary recreational spot where common sights include middle-aged aunties line dancing and kids engaging in various sports activities, but unknown to many, is Zao Lek Lok Lok that is hidden within its premise.
The Lok Lok Buffet (S$24) entitles you to a smorgasbord of over 60 skewers, cooking methods—boiling, grilling, deep-frying—as well as a myriad of sauces for you to mix and match to cater to your palate. Late night hunger pangs will never be same again.
207 Hougang Street 21
Paya Lebar Kovan Community Club
Tel: +65 6282 4005
(Closed on Tuesdays)
Mon to Sun: 5.30pm – 11.30pm
Nearest Station: Kovan