Star of Kovan Condo | A Food Haven

Star of Kovan Condo . About the Kovan Area

If there is one thing that the Star of Kovan condo has in plenty around it, it is good food. This estate has long enjoyed a reputation as a food haven – from nasi lemak, to Hokkien Mee, and to of course, Teochew porridge.

After all, Kovan and its neighbour, Hougang, has for long been a traditional Teochew enclave, as well-known for its fair Teochew maidens, as its food.


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The shophouses fringing Upper Serangoon Road come alive on weekend nights. In addition to the familiar family-run eateries, there are smaller cafes offering Western and Thai food, and a sweet array of desserts.

According to residents, the food here is cheap and good. A hawker centre near the Star of Kovan condo sells a soya bean drink for just 30 cents. Long queues form daily for its char kway teow and fishball noodles.

Convenience is another factor. The Kovan MRT station on the purple North-East line runs down to Orchard Road in 15 minutes. The nearby KPE (Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway) provides a direct route to the Raffles Place / Marina Bay Financial Districts. Numerous bus services ply Upper Serangoon Road next to the Star of Kovan condo.

Kovan Residences opposite Star of Kovan CondoKovan Residences opposite Star of Kovan Condo

With such accessibility and convenience, many young families and expatriates have moved in. The condos next to the MRT station, like Kovan Melody and Kovan Residences, are very popular with expatriate families who have moved here from the central areas, for its convenience and affordability.

The old and the new, the local and the cosmopolitan, mix freely in Kovan. They overlay the once mainly Teochews populace, who called the place lak kor chiok or 6th Mile, a measure of its distance from the city centre.

Many old buildings have been torn down. The former landmark Simon Road Market, with its makeshift wooden stalls and canvas sheet roofs that dripped when it rained, has been replaced with the spanking new Kovan Residences.

The surrounding area once dotted with kampungs and village shops have given way to a mix of housing board flats and private residences.

What has remained and is still recognisable, are the landed housing estates behind the former market, and across Tampines Road. Many of these old landed, mainly terrace and semi-detached houses, have been since been rebuilt or touched up, giving a sort of nostalgic homeliness to the estate.

Adapted From: Straits Times Article 2 August 2013. See report (opens in new window).


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