Hanging out at Balestier

Stark contrast of old and new buildings, side-by-side
Stark contrast of old and new buildings, side-by-side

Balestier is a city-fringe residential area, characterised by the stark contrast of old and new buildings, poor and rich living side-by-side.

One lazy Sunday, Rachel and I decided to eat and shop at this quirky heartland area instead of heading to the usual dime-a-dozen air-con shopping malls.

Me strolling
Me strolling
Spiral staircase landing
Spiral staircase landing
7-11
7-11

There’s lots of great food in the area. Many of the famous hawkers can be found in the Whampoa Market. I especially enjoy the satay bee hoon there and will order it without fail, each time I visit.

This time, Rachel and I ordered a plate of satay bee hoon and some barbecued chicken wings to share.

Great food at the Whampoa market
Great food at the Whampoa market
Charcoal barbecued chicken wings
Charcoal barbecued chicken wings
My favourite satay bee hoon stall
My favourite satay bee hoon stall

Singapore’s last surviving traditional bakery supplier is also located in Balestier, walking distance from the Whampoa market. You can’t miss the bakery when you walk pass. The aroma of freshly baked bread will stop you in your track.

Rachel and I bought a few fresh loaves and headed to the nearby supermarket to stock up on some supplies to make sandwiches for dinner.

The last traditional bread factory in Singapore
The last traditional bread factory in Singapore
We bought a few fresh loaves for dinner
We bought a few fresh loaves for dinner
Rows and rows of freshly baked bread, left to cool outside the shop
Rows and rows of freshly baked bread, left to cool outside the shop
Rachel hiding between the breads
Rachel hiding between the breads
Rachel cooking some bacons and eggs to go with the bread
Rachel cooking some bacons and eggs to go with the bread
Our dinner
Our dinner

The dinner at home essentially sums up our little heartland outing that Sunday. The experience was great. We reckon we should do this more frequently. 🙂

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