Most people know Ubi as an industrial park filled with factories, warehouses and offices, but not many people know that there are actually many food gems hidden within this ulu area that are worth travelling for.
We are going to share with you some of our favourite eats that are budget-friendly and delicious. If you happen to work in the Ubi/Tai Seng area, this list will be helpful for picking your next lunch spot with your colleagues!
Chef Desmond was a former chef of PS.Cafe for eight years before he started his own stall three years ago. For restaurant-quality pasta at just S$6.80, Desmond Pasta is the place to go. He nailed the Carbonara (S$6.80) – creamy yet not cloying, the pasta was al dente, flavour-packed and absolutely drool-worthy.
Desmond Pasta also serves a mean Grilled Chicken Chop (S$7.50). The chicken was scrumptious and succulent as well! The mashed potatoes were buttery and smooth with some chunks within, just how we like it.
3024 Ubi Rd 1
Tel: +65 9851 7316
Mon to Sat: 11am to 8pm
Opened by the sister of Kay Lee Roast Meat’s ex-owner, Mei Mei Roast serves one of the most tender roasted ducks in Singapore. Though they might be famed for their pork roasts, we thought that the duck stood out the most during our visit.
This is a good fuss-free, decent place for roast meats. Also, they provide self-serviced free-flow pork rib cabbage soup!
Blk 3024 Ubi Road 1
Tel: +65 9820 8391
Mon to Fri: 10am to 5pm
Sat & Sun: 10am to 3pm
This is one mean bowl of braised pork rice that is worth the travel. Mr Lorbak’s Braised Pork Rice (S$4) was extremely fatty, tender and savoury – you can taste the long hours put into marinating and braising the ingredients.
The braised sauce with the rice though… we were seriously sold and would have been satisfied with just that. Do note that you might want to request for the fattier meats if you are particular about the texture because the leaner meats might be tougher.
350 Ubi Ave 1
Mon to Sat: 11am to 7pm
Nearest Station: Ubi
A Muslim-friendly option for Chinese handmade noodles, their Lan Zhou Beef Ramen (S$5) is served in an Oriental ceramic bowl. Expect a generous amount of handmade noodles and well-marbled beef slices soaked in robust beef broth, topped with heaps of chopped spring onions and celery.
Watch Musa, the owner, skilfully pull and knead the noodles at the stall for a real show. A good Halal-certified la mian is hard to find making Niu Zou is a real gem in Ubi.
350 Ubi Ave 1
Wed to Mon: 11am to 7pm
Another Halal food option for our Muslim friends in Ubi, Pondok Pantai Timur is a stall that is famous for their Ayam Penyet (S$5.50). Served on a wooden plate half-smeared with their homemade sambal, their fried chicken really packs a punch. The mouthwatering fried chicken stands out from the usual ayam penyet with the absence of batter. It is solely marinated with spices and then deep-fried till crisp.
However, what won our hearts was truly the Ikan Penyet (S$6.50). It was a fresh, plump and deep-fried till golden pomfret. The fish retained its juices and was an amazing pair with their spicy sambal, along with the seasoned rice.
301 Ubi Avenue 1
#01-305 Yummy Food Point
Tel: +65 9476 0220
Mon to Fri: 9am to 8pm
Sat: 9am to 5pm
Thai Seng Fish Soup probably has the longest queue amongst the other stalls in this Ubi cheap eats guide, with up to 1.5 hours of queue during lunch time. It is such a popular option for the office workers nearby and here’s why.
Their Sliced Fish Soup (S$5) was the star of the show – fresh sweetness, filled with thick slices of fish and light on the palate. A good option for those looking for healthier options but yet a satisfying meal to fill up the tummy.
3024 Ubi Road 3
Tel: +65 9878 0817
Mon to Fri: 10am to 3pm
Sat: 10:30am to 2:30pm
Claypot Delights at Ubi 33 Food House churns out claypot dishes that are reminiscent of our grandmother’s cooking. Some of our favourite dishes from the stall are the Sesame Oil Chicken (S$4) and the Claypot Beancurd (S$4). They were fantastic, super savoury dishes that complement perfectly with white rice.
Priced affordably and served in generous portions, this is one of the best value-for-money options. Grab a few friends or colleagues to order a variety of dishes from them for sharing, so that you can try a bit of everything!
8 Ubi Rd 2
Ubi 33 Food House Pte. Ltd.
Tel: +65 6834 4849
Mon to Sat: 6am to 8:30pm
Ubi 350 Crispy Roti Prata lives up to their title for flaky, crispy croissant-like roti pratas. It was unlike oily pratas, that leave you with a greasy aftertaste. Instead, their dough was crumbly on the surface, with a satisfying chew in the middle.
The Plaster Prata (S$1.40) with a runny yolk in the middle was the highlight – slathering the prata with a layer of creaminess without turning it soggy. This prata is probably one of the most fulfilling ways to spend S$1.40 for a simple breakfast.
350 Ubi Ave 1
Tue to Sun: 6am to 6:30pm