Jurong Point is a mall I visit often, and have been going to since I was young. In light of Youth Day, I would like to reminisce about the time I spent at Jurong Point when I was younger. I frequented the mall after school with my friends, on weekends with my family, and whenever I am in the area. I particularly like going to Jurong Point because of the Mongkok Street and Japanese Food street. These Instagram-worthy locations draw me in every time I see them, especially since I have not been to Hong Kong nor Japan before!
Jurong Point is owned by Mercatus Co-operative Limited, which invests, owns and manages real estate. Mercatus strives to generate sustainable, long-term returns, while supporting the social objectives of NTUC Enterprise, of which Mercatus is under. The collective body of all NTUC co-operatives such as FairPrice and Kopitiam, NTUC Enterprise has many initiatives that are aimed at benefiting you and your family. Some initiatives include financial planning via MoneyOwl, providing affordable necessities via FairPrice, and childcare and eldercare services for your family.
One of the biggest shopping malls in Singapore, Jurong Point houses 450 stores and is located in Jurong West Central, right beside Boon Lay MRT! Some anchor tenants in Jurong Point are Harvey Norman, Popular, Malaysia Boleh!, and of course NTUC Fairprice Xtra. These tenants are considerably larger than the other shops in Jurong Point. With their broad appeal spanning over multiple age groups, they are intended to attract a wide variety and the majority of the public to visit the mall.
An interior design planning studio by IKEA and fast food outlet A&W are among the newest additions to Jurong Point as well! After 16 long years of its departure from Singapore, A&W is back in the country! With only 4 outlets nation-wide, Jurong Point is one of the lucky malls to have A&W amongst its large catalogue of other fast food restaurants.
Check out the video below to learn more about Jurong Point and its many charms!
Hong Kong Street
My favourite part of Jurong Point, this street is named “Mongkok Street” and is full of bright neon signs, similar to what you would see in Hong Kong during nighttime! In Mongkok Street, there is a mahjong shop (City Mahjong Centre), Hong Kong Dim Sum restaurant (Central Hong Kong Cafe) and Fairprice Xtra.
Other stores include clothing stores, a perfume store (Perfume Forever), novelty confinement store (The Box Societe), florist (Xpressflower.com) and more. Mongkok street is diverse and thus very fun to explore!
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I decided to stop by FairPrice to get some snacks and check out the homeware section in this FairPrice Xtra. They actually have electronics, bedding, furniture, cutlery and more here! I noticed that FairPrice Xtra carries a slightly larger variety of items, as compared to the usual FairPrice supermarkets. For more information about NTUC Fairprice’s various retail formats, click here!
After gawking at the wide array of aesthetically pleasing, pastel-coloured blenders, I continued my hunt to find some snacks. The signages above each shopping aisle definitely helped me navigate the store better.
After grabbing my favourite potato chips, I headed to the self-checkout kiosks located just behind the usual cashiers. I prefer the self-checkout system because it is faster since people usually use it if they only have a few items to buy. The self-checkout process is quick and easy, and you can use your NTUC card to get LinkPoints here too! Payment can be made using both cash and contactless card payments, making it even more convenient.
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Speaking of snacks, I got a little hungry while walking around FairPrice. I remembered that there is a Malaysia Boleh! on the top floor of the mall, hence I headed there to find a light snack to have as my tea break for the day.
Malaysia Boleh! aims to satisfy Singaporeans’ cravings for authentic Malaysian street hawker food. This eatery houses some of the best street hawkers in the whole of Malaysia, with over 20 years of experience each! Penang Jalan Cheong Fatt Tze prawn noodle soup, Petaling Street famous claypot rice and Klang Bak Kut Teh are just some of the many stalls in Malaysia Boleh!.
Upon entering the eatery, its decoration and atmosphere immediately brought me to the hawker scene of olden-day Singapore and Malaysia! The interior was decorated with LED sign boards, traditional furniture, and some stalls were simply a wooden pushcart which was just like how street vendors used to sell their food.
I spotted the chendol pushcart and decided that it would be my snack for the day. This chendol stall is the famous Penang Road chendol, which is Teochew style! It comes with green chendol jelly made from scratch with pandan leaves and plump red beans, atop fresh creamy coconut milk. It is then topped with finely shaved ice and finished with a generous drizzle of gula melaka. The auntie manning the stall prepared everything within a matter of seconds, and the dish only costs $2! A good deal for THE famous Penang Road chendol.
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After my tea break, I decided to go shopping at Uniqlo. I personally like the style of clothing they put out, since they have many good basics that make perfect wardrobe staples. It did not take me long to find a pair of shorts and button-down shirt I liked! Before buying, I decided to try the outfit on, in case the sizing needs to be changed.
I have actually been looking for a pair of khaki shorts like these for a long time, but was not been able to find the perfect one. When I tried this pair on, I knew that it was exactly like what I have been looking for!
Furthermore, Uniqlo app members get $10 off the shorts, so I snatched up the opportunity and bought 2 pairs! I recommend everyone to download the app to find more good deals like this!
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I further explored Jurong Point and passed by a claw machine shop, iClaw Taiwan which had many cute soft toys up for grabs. Feeling lucky, I decided to try to get a Winnie the Pooh toy. Can you guess if I was successful?
Sadly, I did not manage to get the toy. Maybe next time! There are multiple claw machine shops in Jurong Point, and also a Timezone arcade. Perfect for a family day out if you do not feel like going too far out into the city!
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Other interesting stores in Jurong Point include NTUC Income, MUYOO Bakery, Golden Village (cinema), Kopitiam, JD Sports (shoe store), A&W (fast food restaurant), Tuk Tuk Cha (cafe) and Starbucks Coffee. The variety of stores are for every age group to shop and enjoy their time together.
Another interesting spot in Jurong Point is the Self-Collect@JP stations, where you can arrange for your online parcel deliveries to be transported to the stations in Jurong Point. Instead of having it delivered to your home, which may be more costly, these self-collection points are conveniently located at Jurong Point so you can pick it up on the way home!
To end off my day at Jurong Point, I visited Japan Street, also known as Shokutsu 10. Upon entering the street, I could see all the different Japanese food stalls and decorations. Reminiscent of Dōtonbori Shopping Street in Osaka, Japan, Shokutsu 10 features amazing Japanese-style decor like a giant pufferfish lantern, a giant red crab, ninjas along the landscaping and red lanterns lining the entire street.
Some stores in Shokutsu 10 are Men-ichi Japanese Ramen, Ichiban Boshi, Kuriya Japanese Market, and more. This street is often the most crowded place in Jurong Point, perhaps due to Singaporeans’ love for Japanese Cuisine!
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I decided to eat dinner at Sushi-Go, a Japanese sushi restaurant that is exclusive to Jurong Point. They serve their food using “Shinkansen Bullet Trains”! These miniature trains bring your food right in front of you after you have submitted your order, and will automatically return to the kitchen once you have removed the plates from the train. Sounds really cool and fun, right?
My friend and I ordered some sushi, fried squid, cha shu rice, and sashimi rice. Once the order was placed, some dishes arrived within a few minutes on the bullet trains. The food was really good and full of umami flavour! Sushi-GO is one of my favourite places to eat out when I am at Jurong Point.
Furthermore, for every $20 spent at Sushi-Go, you can get a chance to try your hand at an ice cream claw machine! I actually managed to catch a mini melon ice cream during this visit. The selection of ice creams do change regularly too!
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Gokoku Japanese Bakery
After dinner, I stopped by Gokoku Japanese Bakery (also in Shokutsu 10) to buy some bread for my breakfast the next day. This bakery has Japanese staples like Anpan (red bean bread), English- fusion scones, and the French classic; croissants.
I bought the peanut shio butter pan, which is a salty bread with sweet peanut filling. I had not seen this flavour of bread elsewhere before, so I wanted to give it a try! This bread tasted like a nice peanut butter toast, with a hint of saltiness from the salted butter used in the bread. The peanut butter was light and was not too sweet, nor too nutty. I highly recommend checking out Gokoku Japanese Bakery!
Gokoku Japanese Bakery
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I thoroughly enjoyed my day at Jurong Point. With good food, nice shopping, fun games, and interesting sights to see in this mall, it is definitely worth a visit! Even if you are not from the West side of Singapore, Jurong Point’s many attractions are sure to draw you in. My personal favourite is still Mongkok Street, what about you?
This article is brought to you by Loh Jae Yee. Jae Yee is a third-year student in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. She is currently interning with SNCF from March 2021 to August 2021. She is also constantly experimenting with fashion and making her own clothes and jewelry.