7 Places to Eat Near NTU You Might Not Know
Freshies, congratulations on surviving your first semester. Seniors, you have been marooned on Pulau NTU for the longest time. Despite NTU being touted somewhat as a food paradise vis-à-vis other universities (After all, we do have the most number of canteens & F&B outlets), campus food does get bland and boring after some time.
Which gives rise to the following remark “It’s good lah…for school food.”
The truth of the matter is, if you crave quality, be prepared to venture off the island. I am sure most of us have eaten at established NTU supper hunts such as “Extension” and “Ah Lian” but even places like these do get passé as you journey through university life. Craving something different? Here are 7 tantalizing places near NTU (because nothing really is near NTU) within Jurong that’ll be sure to whet your appetite!
1. The Carving Board
There seems to be an emergence of hipster coffee shops and cafes in the heartlands recently. This trend has finally spread to the West and The Carving Board is one such establishment. Operating out of a neighborhood coffee shop at night, the family run culinary team dishes out restaurant quality American fare ranging from burgers to grilled meats. True to its name, most mains are served on an actual wooden carving board. Cue stunning Instagram photos! They even have European beers on tap to quench your thirst. A word of advice – Do head down early as seating is limited and they do run out of popular items rather quickly.
The Carving Board
Block 252, #01-107
Jurong East St 24,
Operating Hours: Tues – Sun 5pm to 10.30pm
2. Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh
Few things can compare to a hearty piping bowl of Bak Kut Teh. It is Singapore’s version of Chicken Soup for the soul. Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh has been ladling out this peppery delicacy to Jurong residents for the past 20 years. On the menu are traditional Bak Kut Teh favorites such as Pork Trotters and You Tiao. Due to its unassuming coffee shop location, prices are among the cheapest in Singapore, starting from an affordable $4.50. Comfort food should never burn a whole in your pocket! Just a heads up, be prepared to queue during peak hours.
Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh
Block 349, #01-1215
Jurong East Ave 1
Operating Hours: Tues-Fri: 8.30am – 7pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 8am – 4pm
3. Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
All that studying messing up your head? There is an Old Wives’ Tale that says Fish Head builds better brains. True or not, there is only one way to find out – tuck into some fish heads at Zai Shun Curry Fish Head! Besides the traditional steamed version synonymous with Teochew cuisine, Zai Shun also prepares its fresh red snapper swimming in Assam-style gravy. Have it with their signature Teochew porridge for a complete meal. Since this is a Teochew porridge stall, you can also enjoy a wide variety of other side dishes.
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
Block 253, #01-205, First Cooked Food Point
Jurong East Street 24
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun (Closed Wed) 7.00am – 3.00pm
4. Richie’s Crispy Curry Puffs
Consistently ranked at the top of most Curry Puff lists, Richie’s offers a whole range of stuffed puffs. From the familiar curry potato and egg filling to the exotic Thai Spicy crab, you will be spoilt for choice. This Peranakan chain prides itself on hand-made puffs and this definitely shows in its crispy yet crumble-in-your-mouth texture. The best part about Richie’s is that it is open 24 hours. Do not leave your twilight curry puff cravings unfulfilled!
Richie’s Crispy Curry Puffs
Jurong West Street 41
Jurong East Ave 1
5. Hot Box Bistro
Quality pasta in a Kopitiam? You must be kidding! Well, I am not. Like many of you, I was skeptical initially but Hot Box Bistro turned out to be an undiscovered food gem. Headed by Chef Jesmond Lim, who has years of culinary experience from stints in Western restaurants and food court stalls under his belt, Hot Box Bistro succeeds in replicating restaurant quality food at coffee shop prices. They do serve the usual Western mains but the star of the show here is their pasta. Pinky Cream Sauce Pasta topped with prosciutto anyone?
Hot Box Bistro
Block, #01-855 Kopitiam
503 Jurong West Avenue 1
Tel: +65 6560-3880
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun 11.30am – 10pm (closed Tuesdays)
6. The Usual Place
One of the few cafes located under a HDB block. This year-old café offers typical café fare at affordable prices. No surprise that it is a favorite haunt amongst the school-going population in the vicinity. The menu also features local-fusion creations occasionally such as Salted Egg Prawn Pasta ($12.90). For all you tea lovers, you will be delighted to know that they serve Gryphon Tea in dainty glassware.
The Usual Place
Block 346, #01-73
Jurong East St. 31
Tel: 6425 1517
Operating Hours: Tues to Sun 11.00am – 10.00pm
7. Archipelago Creamery
Continuing with the trend of cafes, is another addition to the list – Archipelago Creamery. Essentially, Archipelago is an ice cream parlor that serves home-made ice cream. However, ice cream should not be eaten alone. Pair your scoops with their signature charcoal waffles. Yearning for that Shibuya Honey Toast you had in Bangkok? They have got you covered! With a rotating selection of flavors, there will always be something new to tickle your sweet tooth. Situated at Nanyang Community Club, Archipelago is just a stone’s throw away from NTU. Mediocre desserts in school are now a thing of the past!
#01-09, Nanyang Community Club
Jurong West Street 91
Tel: 9772 3077
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun 12.00pm to 12.00am
All the places on this list are relatively near to each other so it is indeed possible to do a food trail. So what are you are waiting for? Grab your friends and jiak (eat)!