One Kind House: The Modern Kampung That Serves Homely Food

Singapore’s kampung days might be long gone, but there’s a hole in the wall establishment in heritage-rich East Coast that is hell bent on preserving our unique culture. Enter One Kind House, a modern, 60’s inspired kampung with an eclectic touch.

One Kind House

They’re open for food and drinks from Tuesday to Sunday, 8am – 5pm – but One Kind House is more of a community than an eatery.

One Kind House: Decor

The house is thoughtfully littered with art in the form of paintings on the walls, down to the bathroom sink. The art is by their family member, Ng Yak Whee, who is quite a famous Singapore painter.

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-10-11-21-pm

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-10-09-25-pm

Greenery at One Kind House

Plants line the entrance of the house and the dining area; and an urban farm fills the backyard.

Of course, no hipster spot is complete without freshly brewed refreshments. Blue Collar Collaborative has moved into One Kind House to serve up hot and cold brew coffee and tea – think cold blue pea flower tea with lemon grass.

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-10-14-06-pm

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-10-14-13-pm

One Kind House: The Story

One Kind House was born out of nostalgia.

The owner’s son, Calvin Soh, explained that during kampung days, families were able to reach out to their neighbours to borrow ingredients, or invite them over for food if they had overcooked.

Kampung life was open and communal, unlike the closed-door mentality we have adopted today. Calvin and his family wanted to replicate just that.

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-10-24-23-pm

Mommy Soh is the head chef and owner of the house.

Her plat du jour differs day by day, but one thing is consistent – she uses only the freshest, cleanest ingredients from her urban farm.

Another constant on the menu: Mommy Soh’s signature duck egg kaya toast, mostly served during breakfast. Her other farm-to-table creations include fish laksa, mee siam with prawn sambal, ulam vermicelli – just to name a handful.

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-10-20-47-pm

She cooks some of these dishes over a traditional charcoal stove, so the flavours are top-notch!

Because the idea of One Kind House is less of a business and more of a community, all of Mommy Soh’s creations are while stocks last (if the food runs out but you ask Mommy Soh nicely for more, she would whip up something nice for you).

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-10-12-24-pm

One Kind Family is a space for friendly neighbours and guests who are open to learning from both young and old.

The Soh family, and of course, guests from all walks of life who pop by One Kind House for meals and refreshments, have a wealth of knowledge to share. So come for the kaya, and stay for the conversations.

One Kind House
Location: 136b Lorong J Telok Kurau Road
Facebook page here

Picture credits: One Kind House

Also, read Lovers Of Old School Snacks, Here Are The Very Best Places For Your Nonya Kueh Fix!

 
 
Also Read
  • Meet And Get Inked By World-Class Tattoo Artists At This Year’s Singapore Ink Show

    Tattoos are a bit of a taboo here in relatively conservative Singapore. Once associated with gangsters and ‘ah bengs’, tattoos are shedding those old connotations and are becoming increasingly recognized for the art form that they are. With more and more tattoo parlours popping up, and more and more young people sporting tattoos, Singapore’s body […]

  • This New Black And White Hotel In Singapore Is A Minimalist’s Dream Come True

    Singapore is no stranger to boutique hotels. They’re fun, uniquely designed–a welcomed break from the standard fare you find at more well-established hotel chains. For those of you who are always on the lookout for somewhere to have a stay-cay with your beau, your gal pals, or even your family, there’s a new player in […]

  • Behind The Scenes Of Popular Nightspot Canvas, With Hype Man Mr Boo And Resident DJ S.O.F

    Housed at The Riverwalk, Canvas is no ordinary nightspot. Regularly playing host to international, regional and local artists in both art and music, Canvas is known for its distinctively R&B sound. Club Nights @ Canvas  For club enthusiasts and party aficionados alike, Wednesdays–aka Ladies Night–and the weekend are go-to party nights. But at this nightspot, Thursday […]

  • UberEATS Will Start Delivering Breakfast, Starting With FREE Croissants!

    Have a habit of skipping breakfast because you’re always barely on time for work? UberEATS is making it so you don’t have to go hungry till lunch! UberEATS will be delivering breakfast daily from 28 March onwards. To kick things off with a bang, they’ll be giving away fresh, buttery croissants from PAUL bakery on the […]