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Anson Town Bistro, Yishun / Sembawang: Authentic Malaysian Food. “Feels Like Home,” Vouched My Two Malaysian Friends.

anson town bistro gambas

Anson Town in Perak is just an hour’s drive from its more famous Perak town, Ipoh. And Anson Town Bistro serves Perak food. They have two outlets, one at 324P Changi Road, and the newer one at Ark@Gambas which is a 10 minutes’ bus from either Yishun or Sembawang.

anson town bistro yishun
Decor is kinda strange. It’s Toast Box + chandelier.

The newer outlet at Ark@Gambas is located within an industrial park and not easy to find. If you’re taking bus, stop at bus stop 58309 or 58301 (the landmark is 3M building). Then cross the road to Ark@Gambas. There is a back gate. Enter it and turn right. Walk about 20-30m and you’ll see the restaurant.

anson town bistro sembawang

The menu is simple with four main dishes: varieties of chee cheong fun (starting from $3.50), noodles (from $4.50), porridge (from $4.50), and nasi lemak (from $4.50). They also have side dishes such as yam cake ($3), chicken wings ($2/pc), yong tau foo ($1/pc). In addition, they also have Malaysian biscuits such as heong peah ($1.10) and kaya puff ($1.40).

anson town chee cheong fun
Anson Special ($4.50)

There are many interesting options for chee cheong fun such as cheong fun with curry and beancurd roll ($5) and dry curry cheong fun ($5). The most famous food from Anson Town is their own style of chee cheong fun; Anson chee cheong fun ($4.50) is wrapped with turnip, dried prawns and minced pork. I can’t taste any of the ingredients in it. I thought the dark bits are fried shallots. It is eaten with pickled green chilli so the cheong fun tastes sourish. It’s nothing special. You can skip this.

anson town bistro - curry pig skin
Curry pig skin

In Malaysia, they eat cheong fun with curry pig skin ($5). But we only ordered the curry pig skin ($4) without the cheong fun. It’s like that. Nothing really special.

anson town bistro - ipoh dry curry mee
Ipoh dry curry mee

The noodles section also has some interesting options like Asam laksa ($6.50) and Ipoh hor fun ($5.50). But the most interesting is Ipoh dry curry mee ($6.10), which comes with char siew. I tried the famous one in Ipoh and Anson Town Bistro’s version tastes nothing like that. It is too salty. But my two Malaysian friends, who were eating with me, vouched feelingly that this curry mee reminded them of home: “it tastes like Malaysia.” It is very spicy and the flavours are deep and earthy.

Pro tip: don’t mix all the chilli in. The heat burns the throat. Mix bit by bit.

anson town bistro - nasi lemak
Fried chicken chop nasi lemak ($5.50)

The menu states that their nasi lemak is their signature but it is just alright. The rice is not fragrant enough.

anson town bistro - rojak
Rojak

Our favourite dish is definitely the rojak ($5). It’s done in Malaysian style, no youtiao, no tau pok. It has cucumber, guava, crackers, and peanut bits. It’s quite refreshing.

anson town bistro - ipoh white coffee
Ipoh white coffee

One of Ipoh’s most famous food is its beverage: Ipoh white coffee (hot $2.10, iced $2.70). I tried the two famous white coffee in Ipoh, Nam Heong and Sin Yoon Loong, and Anson Town Bistro’s version tastes nothing like them. It is much better. Ipoh white coffee is diabetic inducing, but this version is just nicely sweet yet maintaining that “gao”-ness and fragrance of Ipoh white coffee.

We spent about $30 for 3 persons.


Menu

Anson Town Bistro Menu
Anson Town Bistro Gambas Menu

Anson Town Bistro
Ark@Gambas #01-07, 7 Gambas Crescent, Singapore 757087
t: +65 6253 5538
8am – 9pm, closed Tue
facebook

Food: 6.5/10
Price / value: 7/10
Decor / ambience: 6/10
Service: N.A. (Self service, order at the counter, get a beeper, collect food)


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Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.

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