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Yan Kit Road, Singapore: Guide to living, eating and shopping in Tanjong Pagar



Name: Lara Glanville and Michael Wilson

From: Sydney, Australia

Occupation: HR manager and facility manager

The Specifics:

What street do you live on?

Yan Kit Road

What does it mean?

Wikipedia tells us it was named after an acclaimed dentist – so it must be true!

Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home?

Tanjong Pagar, Yan Kit Road. Cannot? Off Craig Road? You know, the swimming pool? What about the temple? It’s okay, I’ll direct.

What’s the name of your neighbourhood? 

Tanjong Pagar.

Closest MRT station?

Tanjong Pagar, but Outram and Chinatown MRT stations are just as close.


How long have you lived here?

Fifteen months.

Why here?

The area is close to the city, but not too hectic.

The Scene:

When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is: 

The Pinnacle @ Duxton – if this isn’t the largest HDB complex in Singapore, it’s gotta come close.

The closest store to your front door is: 

Surprisingly, not a 7/11 – it’s a small group of hawker stalls.

Your neighbours are great, but you wouldn’t mind a little less:

Of the naked Aussie at the end of the hall.

The unofficial uniform of your street is:

Professional sports uniforms worn by the badminton novices at the community club next door. The Mustafa Centre really needs to replace its sweatband stock with longer shorts.

If a celebrity moves in next door, it will most likely be:

Jackie Chan – it’s rumoured he owns one of the local pubs just down the road.

When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you:

Go to the Chinatown wet market and bargain with the aunties for our weekly groceries.

If you’re missing home, you:

Go to the Chinatown wet market for Singapore’s best Aussie lamb from the local bloke who greets us with a warm “G’day” and a big smile.

A mandatory stop for out-of-town guests is:

The bloke in Chinatown who we lovingly call “The Noodle Man” – like he’s the only one.


You’d swap houses in a second with:

The people who got the apartment we originally wanted; it had room for our Weber barbie on the balcony.

If you’re ever woken up at night, it’s almost always due to:

A Singapore storm.

A massive late-night rager on your street is likely to be:

The naked Aussie down the hall.

The Superlatives:

Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are:

The Plain, because sometimes you just need someone to make you vegemite toast for breakfast. Decent sourdough bread is hard to find in Singapore, but Nick Vina Artisan Bakery at ICON Village makes some that gets us through the day. Sarnie’s on Telok Ayer Street because everyone loves to chat with Ben and Pav while waiting for a proper coffee. And, Straits Wine Company at the end of our street – no explanation is needed!


You won’t find better local food than at: 

“The Noodle Man” in Chinatown – officially known as Lan Zhou La Mian at 19 Smith Street.

The strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street is:

The local cats going hammer-and-tongs in the middle of the road at 3am one morning.

We love a good bargain. The best deals in your neighbourhood are:

The noodles at the “Economical Bee Hoon” hawker stand sound like they might come close, but the place looks a little too dodgy for our liking.

The guiltiest pleasure in your area is:

French desserts from Nick Vina Artisan Bakery at ICON Village.

One thing you’d never change is:

The beautiful old trees that line the street.

But one thing you wouldn’t mind seeing go is:

The metre-deep drains on each side of the road that act as an obstacle course as we’re zigzagging our way home from Club Street in the early morning hours.

The city gives you $5 million to soup up your street. You use it to: 

Demolish the fence around the new park across the road where the old Yan Kit Swimming Pool used to be, and put in some barbecue pits and other cool stuff so people can actually use it.