AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO LIFE IN THEIR ’HOOD
Living in Bedok North
From: Southern California, USA (10 minutes from Disneyland!) Occupation: English Teacher, Freelance Scriptwriter
The Specifies What’s the name of the street where you live?
Bedok North Drive.
Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?
Closest MRT station?
Bedok MRT (green East-west Line).
How long have you lived here?
It’s super convenient to everything: food, transport and shopping. I love Bedok because my relatives also live in the East. I left the neighbourhood for America when I was three years old, and now I’m back!
The Scene When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is:
The closest store to your front door is:
Ya Kun Kaya Toast.
Your neighbours are great, but you wouldn’t mind a little less:
Noise. Also, my Korean neighbours like to cook with their front door open. I know it’s specifically to make me jealous because everything they cook smells so good! I’m still waiting for the dinner invite…
The unofficial uniform of your street is:
An SBS Transit uniform. The bus interchange is right below my home.
When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you:
Go to Katong. My mom grew up in Katong and I love hanging out at all the cool eateries along East Coast Road.
If you’re missing home, you:
Cook corned beef hash and poached eggs for breakfast.
A mandatory stop for out-of-town guests is:
Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant in Joo Chiat. I’m Peranakan and ayam buah keluak is my favourite food of all time. It’s a must try! If you like it, cool; if you don’t, even better – more for me!
A common myth about your neighbourhood is:
It’s haunted. Not sure if it’s just a myth or true, but sometimes there are things that go bump in the night. I don’t mind at all, so long as there’s no snoring.
A massive late-night rager on your street is likely to be:
Crazy old uncles in taxis! The Superlatives
Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:
Bedok Chwee Kueh and Springleaf Prata Place in Siglap. Cheese and mushroom prata FTW!
You won’t find better local food than at:
Block 216 (Bedok North Street 1 Market and Food Centre).
We love a good bargain. The best deals in your neighbourhood are:
The kaya toast set for $2.80 and masala dosa for $1.50 at Block 216.
The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:
Bedok Chwee Kueh (steamed rice cakes with a preserved radish topping called chai poh).
One thing you’d never change is:
All the mom-and-pop bakeries in the neighbourhood. I love to walk past them and just sniff. (No calories in sniffs.)
But one thing you wouldn’t mind seeing go is:
The HDB construction next door.
The city gives you $5 million to soup up your street. You use it to:
Build a grocery store offering more imported products from America.