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Modern Additions to Older Singapore Neighborhood

Posted: Oct. 10th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Strangelets in Singapore
Edwin Koo for New York Times

Yong Siak Street in Singapore, once an area known for bank managers and middle-management type individuals, has evolved over time into a stylish neighborhood full of boutique shops and trendy diners.

ALONG narrow Yong Siak Street in Tiong Bahru, one of Singapore’s oldest residential neighborhoods, two stores jammed side by side say it all. One is an old dusty-looking drinks wholesaler that is crammed with crates of soda and beer. The other is Open Door Policy (19 Yong Siak Street; 65-6221-9307;, a new bistro that serves up steak tartare with truffle mayonnaise along with peach Bellinis and affogatos.

For decades, Tiong Bahru was a sleepy enclave filled with elderly residents in plain four-story apartment buildings. Clusters of old-school hawker stalls served modest fare like duck rice and won ton noodles.


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