Saturday, May 11, 2013

Living La Vida Local : Serangoon Gardens

Smart title, eh? :-p

I went to Serangoon Gardens area for the first time a few months ago since I moved to Singapore. The area is famous for the hawkers centers (there are a few), most famous probably being Chomp Chomp. When I went there, though, all the stalls were closed. Renovation, perhaps? Anyway, we went to another hawkers center which name I unfortunately forgot.

You can either reach there by private vehicle or by bus but I seriously recommend you try the bus because Serangoon Gardens has the most beautiful bus stop I've ever come across in Singapore! It feels so quaint, what with the classical-styled lamp post, the stone finishes, and the small plaza.
Bus Stop at Serangoon Gardens

The small plaza
The area is gentrified. There are a lot of repurposed shophouses in the area and it is surrounded with landed properties.
Serangoon Gardens' neighborhood

We also took the time to visit a relatively new suburban mall called MyVillage. It is a very small mall within walking distance if you stay in the area. Very cute!
MyVillage mall

Front entrance to MyVillage
The hawkers center that we went to was no different than any other hawkers centers you'd find in Singapore with relatively the same offerings. Still, it was nice to have a change of scenery.

Here's what we got that day:
Fried oysters

Fried wontons


L: Butter cake; R: Banana cake
Funny thing is, I really like the cakes the most. They were moist and fluffy with just the right amount of sweetness. What are the chances they'd bake me a birthday cake with the recipe? LOL.