If you love cooking, you will love Temple Street! (It’s somewhere in Chinatown, about a 5-10 minute walk Chinatown MRT station.)
Anyway, what makes this place a heaven for cooks is the fact that you can get all your kitchen supplies – cutlery, utensils, woks, pots and pans, and even chef’s clothing at really really low costs! There are several shops selling nothing but kitchen ware. These shops are located at the end of Temple Street where the temples (Hindu and Buddhist temples) are located.
In fact, if you visit these shops frequently enough, you’ll soon realise that a lot of cafes, restaurants, coffee shops, and yes, even hotel restaurants get their stuff from Temple Street!
So why bother paying ridiculous prices for kitchen supplies at Orchard Road when you can head down to Temple Street and get restaurant quality stuff?
I’ll just showcase the three shops at Temple Street that I love the most!
Ready? Let’s begin!
If you start at the end of Temple Street where all the temples are, you’ll see this:
The shop is called: Sia Huat.
Sia Huat is, to my knowledge, the biggest supplier of kitchen ware in Singapore. So big, that they have two floors worth of stuff. What’s really cool is that they sell EVERYTHING you need to furnish the most epic kitchen in your home or cafe/restaurant!
Look at that! They’ve got hot water dispensers, ovens, toasters, blenders, mixers… of consumer and commercial sizes! In the foreground, you’ll notice that they have Japanese stone and metal bowls. They even have bento boxes as well as hot plates.
They’ve even got interesting looking plates like the one below:
Take a look at this porcelain chopstick holder!
And this is the same chopstick holder that many restaurants and small eateries use. You don’t have to spend SGD$10 at a departmental store just to get a chopstick holder. You can get it here at 37 cents!
These plastic and ceramic bowls don’t cost much either!
And small cute ones!
Other than cutlery, you can also get knives!
With this, I can easily make pancakes, ramly burgers, dosai, pratas, and all kinds of awesome foods! Doesn’t this machine look familiar? You’ve probably seen this at food courts or hawker stalls, or even at bazaars with makeshift food stalls. Yup… I’m pretty sure they got this from Sia Huat.
But wait! There’s more!
You can even get yourself a pair of kitchen shoes!
It’s oil- and water-slip resistant! Pretty useful!
And of course, no cook is ever complete without a chef’s top! So why not get one from here?
If you noticed, there are all kinds of plastic trays in the background. You should take the time to look at the trays and remember how they look. You’ll discover these same trays in hawker centres, food courts, cafes, etc…
Pretty cool yeah?
Let’s move on to the next shop!
Our next shop is called: Lau Choy Seng.
You can find this a few metres away from Sia Huat, on the same side of the road. Just keep walking down Temple Street.
Personally, I find that Lau Choy Seng has a better selection of knives and plastic condiment containers/dispensers.
Look at all those knives!
I’ve been buying knives and cleavers from Lau Choy Seng because there’s just so many different kinds for you to choose from! It’s fun to go there and test the grip and weight of every blade present. Be careful not to cut anybody.
Check out all the condiment containers and dispensers. How many of these have you seen at eateries?
If you love black pepper, you should come here and buy a black pepper grinder. You can get a decent one for less than SGD$10. Before I knew of Temple Street, I made the mistake of buying a black pepper grinder at Tangs. The cheapest one I found there was about SGD$16!!!
What I love about this place is how they have lined up all the various forks, spoons, knives, and ice-cream scoopers for ease of reference:
I don’t know why anybody will need ice-cream scoopers of different sizes. But hey! If you’ve been looking for the right scoop, this is possibly the right place! But I have to warn you – the ice cream scoopers here aren’t cheap. They cost SGD$42!!!
Anyway, Lau Choy Seng sells a lot of stuff similar to that at Sia Huat like waffle makers, pots, and pans. So, to get the best deals, you should do a price comparison between shops!
Let’s move on to our third shop!
The third shop is called 5M (SG) Pte Ltd.
What I love about this place the most is the quality of their porcelain ware! The plates, bowls, saucers, cups and chopsticks (YES! Chopsticks too!) look exactly like the kinds of expensive-looking porcelain wares that you find at hotel ballroom dinners and those expensive Chinese restaurants.
Here’s a close up:
How’s that for furnishing your home? You can get high class hotel quality plates and bowls for about a dollar or two each! When I have my own house, I’ll definitely be buying all my plates from this shop!
Oh yes, if you like metal plates like the stuff you see at Indian eateries, this is the place to go!
This shop also specialises in plastic containers – air tight and non-air tight containers of different sizes and colour. It’s pretty amazing!
So this ends my short tour of the cook’s heaven at Temple Street. You really should go down there and check out these three shops and be wow-ed by all the stuff they have on sale.
Have fun! =D