LISTEN to this week’s freshly-baked episode here!
This week, our Makan Kaki Shermay Lee returns with Part 3 of her Balestier guide to food and suggests strolling onwards from Lam Yeo Coffee Powder for something that goes great with coffee – baked goods!
Shermay confesses that prior to her research, this was a place she knows not actually by name, but by sight & smell! Just walk down Balestier road, turn left at Whampoa Drive and follow your nose to Ghee Leong, or Sing Hon Loong Bakery, as both its signboards testify. It is quite a sight to behold because it’s one of the few remaining traditional local bakeries in Singapore. From the cash register counter to the mosaic floors, Ghee Leong/ Sin Hon Loong is a charmingly authentic bakery captured in time.
Older workers in their shorts and slippers working in super-silent, super-efficient sync to produced loaf after loaf of freshly baked bread. Now, we’re talking about the distinctly old-school, traditional style bread with the high, burnt domes and the pillowy-soft insides. Honestly, you could stay and watch for ages as the uncles work tirelessly, turning out piping hot bread from searing tins to cool on the enormous mobile vertical racks, before dexterously slicing off the burnt bits and crusts with their trusty serrated knives.
Speaking of pillowy-soft bread, another fun thing you can do is get them to make you a sandwich to takeaway. The quinesstentially local white, crustless slices of bread are slathered with lots of Planta and either kaya or peanut butter – your choice!
Also available are crusty baguettes (jiam tao lor ti perfect for dipping into curry) and all manner of confections,like the savoury-sweet melba toasts, coconut & red bean buns.
GHEE LEONG/ SING HON LOONG BAKERY
4 Whampoa Drive (just off Balestier Road)
Open 24 Hours