40-10: East Wins On Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list

It’s official: in the never-ending East vs West saga, Singapore’s eastern half takes the title of having the best food.

That’s according to Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list, released on Wednesday (18 Jul). Established in 1997, the Bib Gourmand honours eateries that serve quality food for less than S$45.

17 new entrants made the list this year while 5 were dropped from the previous edition. These changes mean that the new list features 50 eateries, up from 38 last year.

The split, explained

While Michelin didn’t divide the list geographically, MustShareNews did. To do this, we split Singapore into two.

Our split cuts through the western end of Sembawang and runs down to the southern tip of the mainland, near VivoCity.


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Major neighbourhoods in the western half include Jurong, Clementi, Bukit Timah and Woodlands and Choa Chu Kang.

Representing the east are Geylang, Bedok, East Coast and Changi, to name a few.

The shape of Singapore means that most of the Central Business District also falls within the eastern half. This includes famous markets like Maxwell Food Centre and Tiong Bahru Market.

Our findings might anger west-siders. We found that the western half had just 10 eateries on the list, while the eastern side boasted a whopping 40 honorees.

The best of the west

Given that the west had just 10 entries, it wasn’t too hard to pick our favourites.

Don’t be deterred by the long queues at Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck at Ghim Moh Market. The stall’s owners have an efficient queuing system, ensuring that hungry customers get their food quickly.

Another must-visit on the list is New Ubin Seafood, which moved to its new home in the west a few years ago. Its grilled beef cubes are to die for, full of melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

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Here’s the full list:

  1. Ah Er Soup (ABC Brickworks Food Centre)
  2. Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck (Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre)
  3. Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa
  4. Hong Kong Yummy Soup (Alexandra Village Food Centre)
  5. New Lucky Claypot Rice
  6. New Ubin Seafood (Bukit Batok)
  7. Shi Hui Yuan (Queenstown)
  8. Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice (Holland Drive)
  9. Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (ABC Brickworks Food Centre)
  10. Zai Shun Curry Fish Head

Feast in the east

Finding something good to eat in the east seems to be no problem at all, since there are 40 stalls here on the Bib Gourmand list.

Indian food reigns supreme here, with at least 3 stalls serving up curries and flavoured rice. Our pick? Bismillah Biryani in Little India. Don’t be fooled by the humble appearance of its signature dish. The magic of Bismillah lies in its flavour, not its plating. Expect fragrant basmati rice paired with richly flavoured meat, made better by fall-off-the-bone tenderness.

And then there’s The Coconut Club, which offers a hipster twist on the classic nasi lemak. At $12.80, your wallet might feel the burn but your mouth will feel the yummm.

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Here’s the full list of restaurants in the east that made it to the Bib Gourmand list.

  1. A Noodle Story
  2. Alliance Seafood
  3. Balestier Road Hoover Rojak
  4. Bar-Roque Grill
  5. Bismillah Biryani
  6. Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang (Bukit Merah View Food Centre)
  7. Chey Sua Carrot Cake
  8. Eminent Frog Porridge & Seafood (Geylang Road Lorong 19)
  9. Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa
  10. Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle (Zion Riverside Food Centre)
  11. Heng Carrot Cake (Newton Food Centre)
  12. Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee
  13. Hong Kee Beef Noodle
  14. Hoo Kee Bak Chang
  15. J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff
  16. Ka-Soh (Outram Park)
  17. Kok Sen Restaurant
  18. Lagnaa
  19. Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow (Old Airport Road Food Centre)
  20. Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice (Chinatown Complex)
  21. Liao Fan Hawker Chan (78 Smith Street)
  22. Man Man (Tanjong Pagar)
  23. Muthu’s Curry (Little India)
  24. Na Na Homemade Curry (Bukit Merah)
  25. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee (Hong Lim Market & Food Centre)
  26. Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puff (Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre)
  27. Shi Wei Da (Fengshan Market and Food Centre)
  28. Sik Bao Sin (Desmond’s Creation)
  29. Sin Huat Eating House
  30. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (New Bridge Road)
  31. Tai Wah Pork Noodle (Hong Lim Market & Food Centre)
  32. The Blue Ginger
  33. The Coconut Club
  34. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (Maxwell Food Centre)
  35. Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice (Tiong Bahru Food Centre)
  36. Shirokane Tori-tama
  37. True Blue Cuisine
  38. Whole Earth
  39. Yhingthai Palace
  40. Zaffron Kitchen (East Coast)

More food honours to come

If this list has your mouth salivating, just wait for the next one. On July 25, Michelin unveils the Singaporean restaurants awarded the coveted Michelin stars.

Meanwhile, those of us with more modest budgets have 50 new dinner spots to choose from.

Get your chope kits ready!

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