Your ultimate GE2015 guide to makan places near rally sites: North edition

This covers rally sites for Ang Mo Kio, Bishan-Toa Payoh, Hougang, Nee Soon, Marsiling-Yew Tee, Sembawang and Sengkang West.

By Mothership | September 4, 2015

Food is abundant. Especially in Singapore, it’s all around us. Turn left and you see food. Turn right and you see more food. Close your eyes and once you open them, voila, food.

Yet, you’re going to be doing heck of a lot of jostling if you and your kakis plan to attend rallies in the coming two weeks, so the adage “if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” will really apply here.

So we shall help you plan — where to eat! Because everyone knows food is most important.

You’ll also need to head home after the rally, and for that, we strongly advise against waiting for taxis or trying to get Uber or GrabCarsas they’ll very likely be few and far between. Public transport is the way to go.

Without further ado, for rally sites in the North:

Ang Mo Kio GRC

Screenshot from Instagram user @adriannedelossantos
Screenshot from Instagram user @adriannedelossantos

Rally location 1: Field in front of Blk 982 Buangkok Crescent
Makan locations:
Located relatively near IMH, the rally venue at Buangkok Cresent seems somewhat obscure for those who don’t live near the area. There’s a Shop & Save nearby where you can stock up on H20, snacks and wet tissues before the rally begins.

We’re told there exists Yi Jia Buangkok Eating House located just a minute away from Buangkok Crescent, and they serve pretty decent fare for those more particular about what they’d like to eat. If you’re coming from Buangkok MRT Station, eat dinner there before making your way down to the venue.

Directions: The journey takes about 26 minutes, according to Google Maps. Take bus 43 from Buangkok Station towards Upp East Coast Terrace and alight 4 stops later at Block 911, then walk 550m to your destination.

Rally location 2: Yio Chu Kang Stadium

Source: Google Street View
Source: Google Street View

Makan locations:
If you want to have a hearty meal before the rally begins, pop by Sakura International Buffet at Yio Chu Kang. They have a wide variety of seafood, meats and vegetables for you to feed a thousand people; a rather decent spread of cuisine, too – from Japanese to Thai to Asian delights.

Want something else? Several smaller kopitiams around the area such as AMK 628 market or the kopitiam at AMK Street 61. There’s always Ang Mo Kio (AMK) Hub, which is about 1.5km away if you’re going to be travelling from AMK station too. There you can find a variety of cuisine, from chain outlets to local fares.

Directions: Close eyes and walk also can reach. From Yio Chu Kang MRT station, head northwest toward Ang Mo Kio Ave 9 for about 300m and turn right onto Ang Mo Kio Ave 9. Destination should be on your right. If you’re unable to find the area, Google Maps is your best friend.

Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

Screenshot from Instagram user @happyern
Screenshot from Instagram user @happyern

Rally location 1: Bishan Stadium
Makan locations:
Bishan MRT Station is just a short walk away. There you’ll find Junction 8 – a haven for air-con (number 1 priority), food and shopping. Outlets like Din Tai Fung, Nando’s and Dian Xiao Er are sure to put you in a food coma before heading to the rally.

If you’re seeking supper, hop on bus 410 to Upper Thomson Road, where midnight foodies go to chill. There’s Meng’s Kitchen Bak Chor Mee, the Roti Prata House and even Salted Caramel. No award-winning orh luak here, sorry to report, but definitely something to keep you satisfied.

Rally location 2: Toa Payoh Stadium

Screenshot from Instagram user @simtaste
Screenshot from Instagram user @simtaste

Makan locations:
If you fancy dinner before the rally begins, there’s Astons (we hear it’s slightly cheaper than the outlets in town) or Toast Box over at SAFRA Toa Payoh, about 200m away. You can also grab a bite at the numerous coffee shops or food outlets at Toa Payoh Central.

After the rally, there’s a 24-hour Macdonald’s at SAFRA, which has a drive-in too!

Hougang SMC

Bak kut teh with the remainders! @fongangel @misspigcess @shlning

A photo posted by ChengYee ジェイ (@skipa_beat) on

Rally location: Field in front of Block 837 Hougang Central
Makan locations:
– Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh (806 Hougang Central #01-158).
How to get there: Walk through Hougang Bus Interchange to the traffic light along Hougang Central, cross the light — about 5 minutes walk
– Kopitiam next to Grace Medical Centre (811 Hougang Central).
How to get there: Same as above (blocks are next to each other)

Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC

Screenshot from Instagram user @santalea
Screenshot from Instagram user @santalea

Rally location 1: Choa Chu Kang Stadium
Makan locations:
– Yew Tee Point
Lots of options — Subway, Koufu, KFC, Old Chang Kee etc.
– Limbang Shopping Centre (533 Choa Chu Kang Street 51)
Group of small shops, bakeries, one McDonald’s

Screenshot from Google Street View
Screenshot from Google Street View

Rally location 2: Woodlands Stadium
Makan locations: 
– Causeway Point (1 Woodlands Square)
If you want to be unhealthy and eat fast food or be atas and eat expensive, you can take a short feeder bus to CWP. Also got llao llao in case you weren’t sick of the crowds at the rally and can deal with long queues

– BLK 111 Woodlands Street 13 — One kopitiam and some shops

Nee Soon GRC

Screenshot from Instagram user @daphmaramba
Screenshot from Instagram user @daphmaramba

Rally location 1: Yishun Stadium
Makan locations:
– ORTO (opposite stadium)
5 restaurants here and if you can go prawning here too. There’s a French restaurant with a halal option and most of them open till late.

– Between Yishun Ave 2 & Yishun St 81
There’s McDonalds, lots and lots of kopitiams, a Sheng Siong, and a café at Nee Soon South CC (Buddy Hoagies), open til 10pm. Khatib MRT also has bakeries and a Shop & Save.

Screenshot from Instagram user @dannymurong
Screenshot from Instagram user @dannymurong

Rally location 2: Field in front of Block 389 Yishun Avenue 6
Makan locations: 
– Northpoint (930 Yishun Ave 2)
Anything and everything that your heart desires. You can also check out 925 Yishun Central 1 kopitiam, near Northpoint.

– Yishun Mall (417 Yishun Avenue 11)
There’s a group of shops and kopitiams here, with an NTUC here as well.

Sembawang GRC

Screenshot from Instagram user @christopherjamesseet
Screenshot from Instagram user @christopherjamesseet

Rally location 1: Field opposite Block 540 Woodlands Drive 16
Makan locations:
– Vista Point (540 Woodlands drive 16)
It has a kopitiam, a bakery and Sweet Talk

– Causeway Point (1 Woodlands Square, 738099)
If you want to be unhealthy and eat fast food or be atas and eat expensive, you can take a short feeder bus to CWP. Also got llao llao in case you weren’t sick of the crowds at the rally and can deal with long queues

Screenshot from Instagram user @amandatanpy
Screenshot from Instagram user @amandatanpy

Rally location 2: Field opposite Block 687A Woodlands Drive 75
Makan locations:
– Admiralty Place (In front of Admiralty MRT)
678A Woodlands Ave 6 #01-15, 731678
Fast food options and a very expansive food court

– Nowhere else really, because it’s so ulu even Sembawang people don’t go here. However there’s a minimart at
686C Woodlands Drive 73 close to the rally site

Sengkang West SMC

Screenshot from Google Street View
Screenshot from Google Street View

Rally location: Field opposite Block 312 (MCSP) Anchorvale Lane
Makan location:
Foodfare kopitiam (308 Anchorvale Road)
How to get there: Walk along Anchorvale Rd, towards Sengkang East Ave. Turn left at Sengkang East Ave. It’s near Tongkang LRT station — 10 minutes walk

Check out our makan recommendations for other rally sites in Singapore — SouthEast and West.

With input from local residents Sharmaine Chan, Lydia Shah, Merrill Tang and Pamy Tan.

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