MacPherson: The unexpected foodie paradise [4 Must Try Food Spots]

MacPherson is one of Geylang’s five subzones and home to a huge assortment of businesses, many of them industrial. The neighbourhood is one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates; three of its HDB blocks were identified for the Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme last year when they turned 50.
If you’re a foodie, here are four reasons you need to visit the neighbourhood, and pronto.

Reason 1: Quan Lai Kway Chap at MacPherson Road

Address: 560 Macpherson Road, Singapore 368233
Start eating: At 9am (till 3am)
Take note: Google says the stall is open every day
Quan Lai Kway Chap has a smorgasbord of braised meat and innards to feed all who come. Photo credit: Loh Xiu Ruth,
This duck rice and kway chap stall is found in an eating house on a corner along Macpherson Road. It has won multiple food awards, most of them curiously made out to “Duck Rice Kway Chap (Macpherson Road)”, instead of the stall’s actual name. If you read Chinese though, you’ll see “Quan Lai” in golden characters on the stall’s auspiciously red signboard. Below the signboard, a lot of pig is on show, from meat to skin to offal. The portions here are truly substantial and work out to $9 per person for a serving of kway chap and duck meat worthy of a starving army boy fresh off the tekong boat. You can choose from yam rice, traditional kway (noodles in silken squares served in steaming soup), and white rice.
If you enjoy starchy braised duck sauce and chewy pig’s large intestines, you’re in for a real treat. Photo credit: Loh Xiu Ruth

Reason 2: Ghim Guan Fried Oyster at Circuit Road Food Centre

Address: 79 Circuit Road, Singapore 370079
Start eating: At 5:30pm (till 10:30pm)
Take note: Google says Ghim Guan is closed on Wednesdays
Different stalls man the fort from breakfast till supper at this foodie haven. Photo credit: Loh Xiu Ruth,