The routes to good food

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From the very minute you board the bus to when you alight at your desired destination, you would have zipped by and counted at least 10 hawker centres, cafes, restaurants and kooky diners.

The search for mouth-watering food that gratifies the stomach and soul does not necessarily have to be by foot or by memory. Try these bus services.

SBS Bus #16

Uncover a dizzying array of food places ranging from traditional hawker centres to boutique cafes and restaurants with bus service 16. Bus service 16 plys two of Singapore’s most famous food streets, East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road. Oh, not forgetting to mention the Vietnamese and Filipino restaurants along Joo Chiat Road that serve homemade food like the crispy spring rolls, Vietnamese-style fish soup and crispy pata.

Starting Point: Bedok Bus Interchgange End: Bukit Merah Central

Famous eating places: C. Nai Hong Kong Cafe, Killiney Kopitiam, Mellvin Restaurant, Ting Yeang Restaurant, Dunman Food Centre, Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popia, Immigrants Cafe, Thunder Tea Rice, Tong Seng Coffee Shop, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Sin Heng Claypot Bak Koot Teh, The Beef House, Fei Fei Wanton Noodles, Lau Hock Guan Kee, Da Dong Prawn Noodle, Phong Viet and Casa Bom Veto.

SBS Bus #33

Chinatown is the only place in Singapore where you will get to see traditional medical halls, grab cultural antiques, ethnic costumes and gewgaws. It is also the place to savour authentic Chinese cuisine along with a refreshing cup of pu er tea. Bus service 33 brings you to this ethnic Chinese enclave that is forever bustling with people from morning to night.

This bus service also takes you to Tembeling Lane in the heritage district of Joo Chiat, where you will uncover the city-state’s most talked about wanton noodle stall, seafood restaurant and porridge stall: 128 Hong Mao Wanton Noodles, Kim’s Seafood restaurant and Teck Teochew Porridge.

Starting Point: Bedok Bus Interchange End: Kent Ridge Terminal

Famous eating places: Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, Teck Teochew Porridge, 128 Eating Corner – Hong Mao Wanton Noodles, Kim’s Noodle and Seafood restaurant, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Da Dong Restaurant, Fatty Weng restaurant, Moi Lum restaurant, Zam Zam, Mosi Cafe and Annalakshimi.

SMRT Bus #190

Long, snaking queues at bus interchanges often make the headlines, thanks to citizen journalism website STOMP, but there could be a possible answer as to why bus 190 is deserving of media attention: tasty food. Plying one of the city-state’s oldest and longest bus routes, bus service 190 takes you to a couple of great food places along Hill Street, Eu Tong Sen Street in the heritage district of Chinatown and New Bridge Road that has been extensively covered by international travel and lifestyle magazines.

Starting Point: Tampines Bus Interchange End: Choa Chu Kang

Famous eating places: Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, Le Chasseur Zi Char restaurant, Funan Centre Food Court, Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet, The Gourmet Pie Company and Tiong Shan Porridge Centre.

SMRT Bus #67   

Hopping on board this bus service in search for good food island-wide is akin to journeying from the East to West and vice-versa, West to East. Bus service 67 takes you from Choa Chu Kang to Tampines. You will definitely discover countless eating places during your three-hour bus ride.

If you are craving beef hor fun and frogs leg porridge, hop on bus service 67 to get to Geylang. This bus service plies the Little Red Dot’s notorious red light district where a bevy of tantalising “wok-fried” or zi char food places are located. En route to Tampines Bus Interchange, this bus service also passes by Bedok North Avenue 3 where popular eastern Thai restaurant Nakhon Kitchen is.

Starting Point: Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange End: Tampines Bus Interchange

Famous eating places: Heng Kee House of Steamed Fish, Eminent Frog Porridge, Lion City Frog Porridge, Tiong Shan Frog Porridge, G7 Sin Ma Live Seafood restaurant, Tian Tian Porridge and Nakhon Kitchen.

SBS Bus #10

Soccer fans and punters will definitely know this bus service like the back of their palm – Bus Service 10 stops at the foothill of Bedok Simpang.

But that’s not all this bus service has to offer: bus 10 also takes the ravenous to Upper East Coast Road, Parkway Parade and, of course, and the popular hawker centre, Lau Pa Sat.

Starting Point: Tampines Bus Interchange End: Kent Ridge Terminal

Famous eating places: Bedok Simpang and Lau Pa Sat