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Bedok Mall is opening on 3rd December!

*Latest Update as at 12 Dec 2013: Bedok Mall is already open and super crowded, I really wonder where the people have come from! And it feels like more than  90% of the shops are already open for business. From what I saw today, places like Starbucks, ToastBox, Tim Ho Wan, Poulet, Itacho, SK Jewellery, G2000, Charles & Keith, Faces of Spade etc are open. But FairPrice Finest will only be open on 14 Dec 2013 onwards!

Really long queues at all the popular restaurants! Eg by 6.30pm, Tim Ho Wan already had a snaking queue outside their restaurant, and by 7pm, you would have had to wait at least 15 minutes or more at Itacho sushi!


Amazing news! For those of you who are living in the East, rejoice because Bedok Mall will be opening on 3rd December! Yes, even though the mall still looks half complete, the insides must be already all spruced up and ready to invite the Christmas shoppers!

Some fun facts about Bedok Mall

  • Already 100% leased
  • 200,000 sqft or approx the size of Junction 8
  • About 200 shops spread across 3 floors
  • Approx 250 carpark lots (doesn’t sound like a lot!)
  • Bedok Mall’s basement 2 is linked to Bedok MRT
  • Bedok Bus Interchange will be above the Bedok Mall
  • Bedok Residences condo will continue to be built even after Bedok Mall opens

Bedok Mall and Bedok Residences

Picture courtesy of CapitaMalls Asia

Christmas Celebrations!

There will be a 4m Christmas tree at the basement made out of 2000, recycled plastic milk bottles bringing festive cheer to all shoppers. Don’t forget to go there to get the free lollipops, popcorn, balloons and check out the roving fairies, contortionist, Santa Claus and SNOW!

Shoppers stand to win $100,000 worth of prizes in the CAPITASTAR Star Shower Game. Goodies include umbrellas, Christmas gift wrappers and CapitaVouchers.

And save the date for 21 December when Bedok Mall will be open until 2.40am and will give away $30,000 WORTH OF CAPITAVOUCHERS to lucky shoppers!!!!!!

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Nakhon Bedok

This place is amazing. Every time I pass by Nakhon during dinner hours, it always has a snaking queue! The Bedok Nakhon is located at the left end of a HDB block. Once, I tried to get a seat at 9pm on a Sunday night, and I had to wait at least 20 minutes! This is despite there being a coffee shop on the opposite end of the HDB block. A couple of my friends have eaten at the Nakhon Hougang/Kovan branch and they like the food due to its home-style cooking and very affordable prices.

Nakhon

There is not much seating, which is partly the reason why the dinner queues are so long. I was here on a Friday afternoon for lunch at 1.30pm and the crowd was pretty manageable. We got a seat immediately. The food was also served surprisingly fast, especially for my beef noodles. Like within 2 or 3 minutes after ordering.

Nakhon - Beef Kuay Teow $4

Beef Kuay Teow $4

I’m not very adventurous when it comes to Thai food. I usually stick to my favourites like Beef Kuay Teow, Phad Thai or Green Curry with Rice. I don’t mind the taste of Tom Yam soup but it is usually too spicy for me, not just at Nakhon, but at Aroy Thai and Thai Express as well. Beef Kuay Teow is so super safe, I don’t even think it’s Thai! You can get this dish at Chinese Cze Char stalls!

This beef kuay teow  was pretty tasty, as all fried kuay teow are apt to be. It wasn’t overly oily, the noodles were firm and had a nice bite. There were numerous slices of beef which were tender, not overcooked, but I thought could do with a bit more flavour. Eggy bits dotted the dish. For $4, I thought it was a steal, considering the fact that it could actually cost more at Cze Char stalls, not to mention that Nakhon’s environment would be at least 1 notch higher than a coffee shop. They also have chicken or pork kuay teow, also $4.

Nakhon - Basil Seafood Rice $8 Basil Seafood Rice $8

My father was going to order the Seafood Fried Rice $6 when the waiter recommended the Basil Seafood Rice. This one I thought was quite expensive for a setting like Nakhon. Granted they gave 2 huge pieces of squid, 1 mussel along with some prawns and fish, but for $8 I would expect double the value of the Beef Kuay Teow!

My father said the dish was acceptable. I tried the squid, and I found it to be kind of soft on the inside. I wonder if it was because it was undercooked. I did like the slightly sweet gravy that was provided though.

Nakhon - Fish Cakes $6 Fish Cakes $6

A friend once told me he would not ever order such fish cakes as they are more flour than fish. I have to agree with him on that, there are no slivers of fish, nor a texture of minced fish. It really is more cakey than minced fish. Maybe Thai fish cakes are meant to be just normal fishcakes with a stronger fish essence? I’d actually tasted Nakhon’s fish cakes before but because I wanted something to nibble on, I insisted on ordering this even though my father asked me to take the salad. So I guess you could say that for a fishcake of this sort, it was enjoyable for me. Didn’t try the sweet sauce with diced peanuts as my father had walloped the entire thing. Blah.

These were the dishes I had 2 days ago. On a separate occasion, when accompanying a gluttonous friend, I ordered the Thai Red Ruby dessert on his recommendation just to be sociable since I’d already had dinner. That was way below expectations. While the red rubies were delightful to the eyes and pretty enjoyable as they were crunchy on the inside yet sticky on the outside, the milky liquid they sat in was severely diluted. Also, I was expecting a generous amount of the red rubies, but it was not to be.

I think Nakhon is still worth a try since it is on the whole pretty affordable. There are hits and misses but if you stick to the safe dishes, you shouldn’t be disappointed. I’m quite keen to try out more of their dishes soon so watch this space for more updates.

Nakhon Bedok Branch

Address: Blk 136 Bedok North Ave 3, #01-166 Singapore

Tel: +65 6245 5548

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Bedok Point Sushi Tei

Some photos I took of the Bedok Point Sushi Tei. I have heard that the Sushi Tei standards vary from branch to branch. I’m glad to report that the Sushi Tei at Bedok Point Mall is quite good! I hope they didn’t just assign their best chefs for the opening.

It’s great that there is a Sushi Tei so close to where I live now. I’ve always thought that Sushi Tei offers up very affordable yet tasty and fresh sushi and sashimi. How do they keep their costs down? Used to dine at Sushi Tei really often when I worked in the City Hall area. Some say, the City Hall Sushi Tei branch has the best chefs.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei

Full house at 7pm on a weekday

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Prawn sushi roll

Prawn roll – One of the more sinful dishes at Sushi Tei since the prawn is deep fried, and all that fish eggs.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Salmon Belly Miso Soup

Salmon Belly Miso Soup $10 – I like to take the salmon out so it is still half raw. Once again, with some steamed rice, this becomes a substantial meal.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Crabstick and Avocado Salad

The salads at Sushi Tei are quite nice in their own right. Although the vegetables are mostly cheap looking lettuce, I like the fact that you can eat this with some steamed rice, and it becomes a filling and satisfying meal.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Chawan Mushi

Chawan Mushi – If there’s one thing I must have at any Japanese restaurant, that’s Chawan Mushi, also known as egg custard.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Edamame Beans

Edamame beans are good for health but are quite pricy! This bowl of beans cost $4!

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Green Tea Ice CreamBedok Point Sushi Tei Green Tea Ice Cream (2)

This green tea ice cream was so good, I just had to order another helping! I’ve always thought that I wouldn’t fancy green tea ice cream, but I am now a strong convert! It’s an additional dollar or 2 for the adzuki beans.

Bedok Point Paradise Inn

I thought the sign looked quite nice so I took a picture of it!

Bedok Point Ayam Penyet

Ayam Penyet Ria. There are quite a number of speciality chicken restaurants here. There’s a chicken hot pot restaurant and a chicken rice restaurant both on the 2nd level.

Will post pictures of Kung Fu Paradise soon. Kung Fu Paradise is part of the Paradise group, and is targeted towards the young! Am I too old to dine there?? The staff were all practically just out of their teens and I did not spot a single person there over 30 years of age.

Click here for my previous post on Bedok Point as well as the entire list of shops and restaurants directory.

Click here for directions to Bedok Point Mall

Bedok Point is open!!

Bedok Point, or Bedok Mall, as some would call it is finally open! Bedok is now civilized! This has got to be the smallest mall ever. From the back door, you can see through to the front door! Most of the shops aren’t open, and there is a sickeningly strong turpentine smell there, especially in the basement and the 3rd floor. It’s less strong on the 1st floor due to the air coming in from the entrances I suppose. I marvel at the people who are able to eat there. Still, the smell didn’t deter the throngs of people checking out the Mall at 9pm at night.

We had a cup of coffee at the Killiney Cafe, but luckily that was near the back entrance so it was fine. While we were there, Killiney generated some kind of burnt meat smell, I hope it’s not going to be a permanent thing.

At this point in time,  the restaurants that are already open include the following:- Killiney Cafe, NYDC, Pasta Mania, Mos Burger. I see that Gong Cha will be opening soon. I wonder if it will see snaking queues like their branch at Raffles City. My father is super excited about the Sushi Tei too. I’m just happy that finally we have a kopi place we can go to in Bedok without having to start up the car.

Click on the image below to see the full list of tenants and shops. Where is Bedok Point? You can see it from the MRT train while travelling to and from Bedok and Tanah Merah. It is at the former Changi and Bedok Theatre site. If you are at Bedok MRT, just follow the same direction as the trains going towards Tanah Merah and you will reach it in less than 5 minutes. Or click here to see directions to Bedok Point.

Bedok Point Tenant Directory

Latest Update as at 6 Jan 2011: Most of the shops and restaurants are now officially opened. The only 2 big businesses not yet opened are K Box Karaoke and Paradise Inn. There is no more paint or turpentine smell anymore. Mall feels clean and tidy, although ventilation can still be improved. You can sometimes get a whiff of the cooked food smell at certain restaurants, but given that the Bedok Point Mall is largely a mall of restaurants, this I suppose is to be expected. The Gong Cha here even has a small sitting area. click here for Frasers Centrepoint Mall’s website for an official list of the shops, restaurants and tenants  at Bedok Point as well as phone numbers.

I asked the staff helping with the renovations when Paradise Inn will open. They told me Paradise Inn will officially open on 17 January 2010 at Bedok Point Mall.

Click here for my subsequent review on Bedok Point’s Sushi Tei.



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