Singapore’s 50 best meals
TRAVEL IDEAS | September 01, 2014
From street food to gourmet fine dining, delicate Cantonese to ritual Japanese, the city-state has it all
Singapore boasts a huge culinary variety, with something for everyone here. Here are 50 unmissable eats to choose from:
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FUN AND FUNKY
1. Quirky and creative cuisine at Tippling Club
(38 Tanjong Pagar Road. $$)
Kitchen shelves at Tippling Club.Kitchen shelves at Tippling Club. Photo: Martin Westlake
This is one of the hottest places in town to see and be seen. Chef Ryan Clift can look intimidating with his tattoos, but guests are quickly won over by the whimsical mix of tradition and molecular cooking in recipes such as a ‘plant pot’ filled with wild fern, white truffle mousse and dried-truffle brioche. There’s also a vegetarian tasting menu.
2. Classic British at POLLEN
(Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive. $$$)
The dome at Gardens by the Bay.The dome at Gardens by the Bay. Photo: Martin Westlake
British celebrity chef Jason Atherton already has several fashionable eateries in Singapore, but he waited for this venue in the Flower Dome of Singapore’s breathtaking new botanical park to open this stellar restaurant. The cuisine even manages to rival the location, with cutting-edge creations such as the country duck—with cured foie gras, edible soil and blackcurrants.
3. Modern Chinese and Japanese at KU DÉ TA
(SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue. $$$)
This wild and exclusive party zone with death-defying views of Singapore is also a smart, modern restaurant, with intriguing dishes such as the pork belly lollipop with citrus, smoked chilli and coriander oil.
4. The dinner tasting menu at Esquina
(16 Jiak Chuan Road. $$)
People who want to be seen, sit out on the terrace of this restaurant located in a heritage shophouse in Chinatown. Foodies, grab a seat at the kitchen bar in front of executive chef Andy Walsh, who conjures up fare such as seaweed dashi poached oyster with onion foam.
5. A modern Australian barbecue at Burnt Ends
(20 Teck Lim Road. $$)
Burnt Ends chef Dave Pynt.Burnt Ends chef Dave Pynt. Photo: Martin Westlake
Chef Dave Pynt custom-built his own four-ton ovens to produce the ultimate barbecue restaurant. The menu changes daily and includes grilled fennel, leek, lamb, chicken, king crab and baby snapper. The aromas of roasting, smoking and wood-burning that waft through the relaxed, open-kitchen dining room are irresistible.
6. No-frills grilled seafood at The Naked Finn
(41 Malan Road. $$)
If the name puts you off, wait until you see the bare, plastic-sheeted walls of this ultra-minimalist dining room next to the old Gillman Army Barracks. Yet fish lovers flock here for Ken Loon’s seafood that’s sourced from all over the world—baby Indian squid, Arctic clam, Mozambique lobster and New Zealand blue cod, all served with fresh vegetables and a list of dangerous cocktails.
7. South-east Asian street food at Longtail Asian Brasserie & Bar
(70 Collyer Quay. $$)
One of the hottest tables in town, the waterfront Longtail daringly reinterprets classic street food from Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, including betel leaf-wrapped beef and vegetarian bao stuffed with a fierce green curry. Wash it all down with a barrel-aged Negroni, a potent cocktail of Tanqueray gin, Antica Formula and Campari.
8. Unconventional cooking at Bacchanalia
(Masonic Club, 23A Coleman Street. $)
Fans of Heston Blumenthal’s molecular cuisine should reserve at this unique spot, in an ancient Masonic Lodge, where three former chefs from London’s The Fat Duck are dazzling Singaporeans with their experiments. Portions aren’t enormous, so this is a place to come in a group and order several sharing plates, such as the lentil and burrata salad.
9. Romantic but low-key fine dining at The White Rabbit
(39C Harding Road. $$)
Lunchtime at The White Rabbit.Lunchtime at The White Rabbit. Photo: Martin Westlake
A meal here is dominated by the setting—a marvellous chapel complete with stained-glass windows and soaring ceilings. The cuisine, which claims to be old-fashioned comfort food and European classics with a twist, is quite sophisticated, especially the forest mushroom ravioli with Port reduction and Parmesan foam.
10. Sophisticated Asian tapas at Ding Dong
(23 Ann Siang Road. $$)
Stew with fish, okra and baby eggplant at Ding Dong.Stew with fish, okra and baby eggplant at Ding Dong.
The problem with this hip new hotspot is that you want to order everything on its wonderfully eclectic menu of sharing dishes. How can one choose between a confit of octopus with som tam salad, Vietnamese Scotch eggs, mango sticky rice, soft-shell crab with apple and shiso slaw, or a scallop ceviche with fresh coconut and Chinese cabbage? Chef Ryan Clift (of Tippling Club fame) has recently opened this affordable rock ’n’ roll diner, where you can try tapas-style dishes from all over Asia, accompanied by creative cocktails and craft beers.
11. A nine-course gastronomic menu at Iggy’s
(Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road. $$$)
Ignatius Chan, one of Singapore’s most well-known restaurateurs and sommeliers, has put together a stunning wine list complemented by cuisine prepared by a Japanese chef. Unusual creations, such as sushi on meringue instead of rice served with a molecular infusion of soy sauce, make this restaurant unforgettable. With advance notice, Iggy’s can customise its tasting menus for vegetarians.
12. Asian with a French twist at Sky on 57
(Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue. $$$)
Chef Justin Quek of Sky on 57.Chef Justin Quek of Sky on 57. Photo: Martin Westlake
In a buzzing dining room on the top floor of Marina Bay Sands hotel, Singaporean chef Justin Quek creates tantalising nosh that combines his local roots with French flavours. Don’t miss the signature xiao long bao—delicate steamed dumplings filled with foie gras—succulent escargots wrapped in spinach leaves or plump oysters in a tangy yuzu dressing. The white asparagus with slow-cooked egg and morel cream sauce is another winner.
13. The chef’s surprise at André
(41 Bukit Pasoh Road. $$$)
A sheep-shaped bag rest at André.A sheep-shaped bag rest at André. Photo: Martin Westlake
At Taiwan-born André Chiang’s gastronomic temple, diners have no choice on what they eat—the menu changes based on availability and whim. Inspired by a long collaboration with French gourmet stars, the Pourcel brothers and Pierre Gagnaire, Chiang’s Octaphilosophy Menu incorporates eight elements, from Salt to Artisan and Texture to Terroir, and if you’re lucky, you might get to try the warm foie gras jelly with black truffle coulis.
14. Celestial sushi at Shinji by Kanesaka
(Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road. $$$)
Dinner preparations at Shinji by Kanesaka.Dinner preparations at Shinji by Kanesaka. Photo: Martin Westlake
There are great Japanese restaurants in Singapore—Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda and Kaiseki Yoshiyuki to name two—but there’s something special about strolling through the pomp and splendour of Raffles Hotel and entering the minimalist world of Shinji, which takes maki sushi to a celestial level.
15. Wine and dine at Les Amis
(1 Scotts Road, 2-16 Shaw Centre. $$$)
With some serious French food and wine on its menu, this is where Singapore’s tycoons and movie stars go when they need to impress. The décor is sombre and the ambience, hushed; the wine list stretches to a phenomenal 2,000 labels and chef Sébastien Lepinoy focuses on purist dishes such as glazed quail with a classic Provençale ratatouille and la tarte riviera with confit tomato and eggplant caviar.
16. Franco-Asian dishes at L’atelier de Joël Robuchon
(Hotel Michael, Resorts World Sentosa. $$$)
The resort destination of Sentosa is a must, not least for the privilege of dining here. It’s always bursting with foodies basking in all the Robuchon hallmarks: vivid red-and-black décor, casual bar stools from where you can watch the chefs in action, the purée de pommes de terre. Locally inspired dishes include kombu-marinated smoked salmon with sweet-and-sour fennel and the velouté of hokkaido pumpkin served with a spicy ginger cream.
17. French classics at JAAN
(Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road. $$$)
Winter garden salad at JAAN.Winter garden salad at JAAN. Photo: Martin Westlake
Located on the 70th floor of the Swissôtel, JAAN has several claims to being Singapore’s ‘top’ restaurant—the skyline views, impeccable service and exquisite French food. Chef de cuisine Julien Royer comes from France’s rural heartland in the Auvergne mountains and, although he describes his terroir-inspired cooking as ‘artisanal’, be prepared for elaborate dishes such as roasted venison with celeriac and a potent sauce of mulled wine and pear.
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18. Rustic Italian at Jamie’s Italian
(1 Harbour Front Walk, VivoCity. $$)
Wild mushroom and smoked mozzarella risotto at Jamie’s Italian.Wild mushroom and smoked mozzarella risotto at Jamie’s Italian.
The chirpy Brit is having great success with his rustic Italian cooking in Singapore—as evinced by how difficult it is to book a table at this spot. With its bright, airy, retro interiors, a fun family ambience, big portions of classic dishes (tagliatelle bolognese, aubergine parmigiana) and reasonable prices, it’s easy to see why.
19. A Little India feast at The Banana Leaf Apolo
(48 Serangoon Road. $$)
Fish-head curry, Mysore mutton, pepper chicken, eggplant, cabbage and coconut with rice at The Banana Leaf Apolo.Fish-head curry, Mysore mutton, pepper chicken, eggplant, cabbage and coconut with rice at The Banana Leaf Apolo. Photo: Martin Westlake
You’ll spot people of all races settling down for a huge meal of spicy curries traditionally served on a banana leaf. This restaurant serves North and South Indian recipes (the long beans masala is superb), but its signature dish, the fish-head curry, was created in Singapore.
20. French-American home cooking at db Bistro Moderne
(2 Bayfront Avenue. $$)
Small burgers and fries at db Bistro Moderne.Small burgers and fries at db Bistro Moderne.
Head here for a relaxed, brasserie-style ambience complemented by French-American home cooking. The location, inside the Marina Bay shopping mall, isn’t brilliant, but there’s an electric atmosphere in the restaurant itself. And who can resist the charms of a good coq au vin, steak frites or a huge seafood platter of oysters, crabs and shellfish?
21. Chinese fine dining at Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant
(391 Orchard Road. $$)
Splash out and reserve at Crystal Jade’s flagship Jade Palace and indulge in classic Cantonese specialities served in a glittering dining room. Dishes to order? The crispy aromatic duck, double-boiled crab-claw soup and roasted pork belly.
22. American surf ’n’ turf at Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House
(20 Gemmill Lane. $$$)
American chef Luke Travis has imported the old-fashioned New England concept of a chophouse to Singapore, offering diners the finest farm-raised meat and sustainably fished seafood. The décor is minimalist and don’t expect surprises in the kitchen, as dishes are cooked as simply as possible in order to let the star ingredient stand out—be it in the crab cakes, roasted scallops or grilled prime ribeye.
23. A 10-course Italian degustation menu at No Menu
(21/23 Boon Tat Street. $$)
The friendly Forlino family—Osvaldo, his wife Patrizia and their two daughters—have recently opened this cosy trattoria in a Chinatown shophouse featuring regional cuisine from their native Piedmont, such as the tagliatelle with white truffle. Although you can order à la carte, it’s more fun to go for the surprise 10-course degustation menu based on seasonal produce.
24. Contemporary Chinese at Forest
(8 Sentosa Gateway, Equarius Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa. $$)
Soaring pillars disguised as wooden trees form a canopy of branches over the diners. The menu is equally daring—a modern take on traditional Chinese cuisine. Leave room for the signature dessert: chilled lemongrass jello with mango sorbet and pomelo salad.
25. Creative Japanese at Izy
(27 Club Street. $$)
Chinatown’s booming Club Street is lined with bars and restaurants, but newcomer Izy has quickly become a favourite with fashionistas and hipsters. The restaurant is marked by a striking 11-metre Pop Art-meets-vintage mural and the impressive cooking of 20-something chef Kazumasa Yazawa, who aims to ‘redefine the izakaya with a new take on Japanese cuisine’. Star dishes include a steamed egg pudding with crab and salmon roe, and oysters with lime, ponzu, mango and passion fruit.
26. A Belgian feast at Gunther’s Restaurant
(36 Purvis Street. $$$)
Angel’s hair pasta with caviar at Gunther’s Restaurant.Angel’s hair pasta with caviar at Gunther’s Restaurant.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’ve entered a private club when you walk into the small, exclusive dining room of Gunther’s. As the young Belgian chef comes to your table to discuss the order, he seems a very down-to-earth person. But his cuisine is marked by a certain grandeur, ranging from the oven-roasted Chateaubriand and fillet of perch in a rich Nantua sauce to the crêpe Suzette flambéed at the table.
27. Contemporary Thai at Tamarind Hill
(30 Labrador Villa Road. $$)
The elegant dining room filled with Asian antiques, located in a romantic colonial mansion, has made an indelible mark on Singapore’s fine-dining scene. Thai chef Wanthana Nikonsaen dishes up traditional and contemporary Thai and Indo-Chinese cuisine, such as the deep-fried papaya som tam served with fried egg and tofu and yam som ooh (pomelo mixed with prawns, coconut and chilli). Wash them down with a sharp Tom Yam Martini.
28. French rôtisserie at Bar-Roque Grill
(165 Tanjong Pagar Road. $$)
The interiors of Bar-Roque Grill.The interiors of Bar-Roque Grill.
This hot new opening, on the edge of the business district, combines opulent 17th-century décor with hearty French cuisine, including the country duck terrine and rabbit rillette. For dessert, try the banana-and-Nutella tarte flambée with salted caramel ice cream. There’s also a superb selection of wines, creative cocktails and lethal infused rums.
BREAKFAST, BRUNCH AND AFTERNOON TEA
29. Retro Singlish breakfast at Ya Kun
(18 China Street. $)
The original Chinatown address, open since 1944, is not fancy but has a faithful morning clientele. For S$3.70 (Rs170) you are given a plate of toast spread with ‘kaya’ coconut jam, two runny eggs and a cup of dense coffee, magically filtered through a strange sock-like device.
30. Afternoon tea at Tiffin Room, Raffles Hotel
(1 Beach Road. $$)
Interiors of Tiffin Room at Raffles Hotel.Interiors of Tiffin Room at Raffles Hotel. Photo: Martin Westlake
Served in the Tiffin Room, the wonderfully formal Raffles Afternoon Tea takes you back to when W Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward sojourned here. You’ll be spoilt for choice, from the home-baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream to cucumber-and-cream-cheese sandwiches to the dark chocolate, raspberry and Earl Grey tea cake.
31. Brunch fit for a king at Halia
(Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road. $$)
The food is a mix of European, Pacific and Asian influences, such as the roasted rack of lamb in Javanese spices and the chilli crab spaghettini. Halia is also perfect for a romantic dinner, when the foliage and orchids are illuminated.
32. A cornucopia of seafood at Long Beach
(47 Beach Road, #05-02/05 Kheng Chiu Building. $$)
Dining at Long Beach.Dining at Long Beach. Photo: Martin Westlake
The one local dish you must try in Singapore is the black pepper crab, created by Long Beach chefs in 1959. While the more well-known chilli crab swims in a heavy sauce, the black pepper version is drier and subtler, but still has a seriously spicy kick. Let the waiter take care of the messy business of cracking the crab open.
33. Delicious dim sum at Yum Cha
(20 Trengganu Street. $)
In the heart of Chinatown, a rickety staircase leads you into this raucous Singaporean dim sum diner. It’s quite something to see trolleys piled high with specialities, including steamed pumpkin cake, pork ribs with yam and spinach-and-prawn dumplings.
34. Bak kut teh at Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
(11 New Bridge Road. $)
Perpetually crowded, this is nothing less than a gourmet institution. Bak kut teh (meat bone tea) is essentially a peppery, clear, slow-cooked pork soup. Its secret medicinal herbs make it perfect for an energising meal. It’s also a firm favourite with partygoers on their way home in the early hours of the morning. While the main ingredient is pork ribs, aficionados might add the kidneys, intestines, liver and tail.
35. Peranakan-inspired cuisine at Candlenut
(331 New Bridge Road. $$)
Candlenut has just moved to a contemporary location in Chinatown, and although the dining room is a little bare, it’s more than compensated for by the absolutely stellar cuisine of young head chef and owner, Malcolm Lee. With his mother in the kitchen keeping an eye on the authenticity of the homemade Peranakan rempahs (spice pastes), Lee subtly reinterprets traditional dishes such as the babi pongteh (tender pork belly braised in a fragrant sauce of preserved soy beans topped with chillies).
36. A street-food adventure at Sin Huat Eating House
(659 Geylang Road, +65 6744 9755. $$)
The Geylang neighbourhood is an authentic slice of old-time Singapore—a red-light district teeming with crowds after dark. It is also the best place in town for genuine street food, such as potato leaves with crispy garlic. Sin Huat also has a huge seafood selection, the star of which is the crab bee hoon—one of American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s favourites. The dish is simply amazing, but be prepared for slow service and a steep bill. Despite these aspects, the place is somehow always bursting at the seams.
37. Eclectic fusion food at Pidgin Kitchen & Bar
(7 Dempsey Road. $$)
Beetroot salad at Pidgin Kitchen & Bar.Beetroot salad at Pidgin Kitchen & Bar. Photo: Martin Westlake
This relaxed hangout is located in Dempsey Hill, which was formerly an army barracks and is now home to a dozen fashionable eateries. Pidgin is one of the latest additions to the scene; it’s fun and funky, with an eclectic menu that varies from modern Singaporean—razor clams with dough fritters and mung beans—to pure novelty, such as foie gras in a rojak sauce. It also serves craft beers and tempting cocktails.
38. Feel-good food at Annalakshmi
(Central Square, 20 Havelock Road. $)
The Singapore branch of this restaurant continues the organisation’s philosophy of ‘Eat What You Want, Give What You Feel’, with any profits supporting an art-and-dance charity. Dozens of vegetarian-only dishes, predominantly South Indian classics such as uthappam, are laid out on a buffet in a smart, air-conditioned dining room.
39. Peranakan favourites at The Blue Ginger Restaurant
(97 Tanjong Pagar Road. $$)
Exterior of The Blue Ginger Restaurant.Exterior of The Blue Ginger Restaurant. Photo: Martin Westlake
This ornate restaurant, in a restored heritage house, is the perfect place to taste and understand traditional Peranakan cuisine, in which two culinary cultures blended when early Chinese settlers in Singapore married local Malay girls. The food here essentially consists of recipes passed down the generations. Try the kangkong and sweet potato cooked in coconut milk, and udang nyonya (juicy tiger prawns sautéed with preserved bean paste, chilli, spring onions and calamansi).
40. Multi-ethnic fare and artisanal beers at Immigrants The Singapore Gastrobar
(467 Joo Chiat Road. $$)
In the funky Joo Chiat neighbourhood, Damian D’Silva has just opened a genuine gastrobar, with a lively saloon serving offbeat brews such as Dead Guy Ale and a brilliant selection of spicy tapas that draws on Singapore’s unique, multi-ethnic cuisines. Try the seafood otak grilled in banana leaf, spicy squid bombs that explode in your mouth and succulent beef cheek rendang.
FOOD COURTS, SPECIALIST DISHES AND STREET FOOD
41. Authentic hawker stall cooking at Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre
(335 Smith Street. $)
Neha Dhupia at Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre.Actor Neha Dhupia at Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre. Photo: Martin Westlake
Bollywood actor Neha Dhupia swears by the Chinatown Complex, a genuine wet market of meat, fish and vegetable sellers, with a huge food court upstairs. Be prepared for another world from the usual hygienic, sanitised food centres. Having said that, though, the place is always teeming, so you know the food must be good. Head upstairs to stall 02-112 for satay bee hoon, a real Singapore invention. But don’t go expecting satay skewers; this Chinese-Malay fusion recipe mixes rice vermicelli with cuttlefish, cockles, pork and water spinach, all smothered in a fiery, crunchy peanut sauce.
42. Singapore’s best chicken rice at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
(1 Kadayanallur Street. $)
Chicken rice stall at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre.Chicken rice stall at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre. Photo: Martin Westlake
At the edge of Chinatown, this historic food hall, with more than 100 stalls, is teeming with hungry eaters at every hour of the day. Seek out Stall 10 (Tian Tian)—you can’t miss the long queues. Try the Hainanese chicken rice, a simple dish of steamed chicken with white rice and chilli sauce that’s done to perfection here, thanks to the secret recipe that baffles even the best-known celebrity chefs.
43. Malay breakfast at Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre
(1 Geylang Road. $)
A favourite with Singapore’s Malay community, this vast market and food court seats 1,000 diners, but it can still be difficult to get a table. Here, you’ll find halal stalls, mutton biryani and chicken satay. Standout breakfast dishes include the nasi lemak (coconut-steamed rice with crispy anchovies, peanuts, sambal, boiled egg and cucumber, all neatly wrapped in a banana leaf) and the sayur lodeh, an incredibly flavourful vegetable curry.
44. No-nonsense Peranakan classics at 328 Katong Laksa
(51 East Coast Road. $)
Curry laksa at 328 Katong Laksa.Curry laksa at 328 Katong Laksa. Photo: Martin Westlake
Dishes inspired by the vibrant Peranakan neighbourhood of Katong are served here, the best of these being laksa, a rich, creamy coconut-milk soup with egg noodles, prawns, cockles, crispy bean sprouts and fried soya bean with a fiery shrimp-paste kick and the fragrance of lemongrass. Vegetarians should not miss the seng kee rojak, a sweet-and-sour spicy salad of raw mango, pineapple, water apple, crushed peanuts, tamarind and chilli. Dozens of kopitiam (coffee shops) claim to serve the best laksa, but this place is difficult to beat.
45. Curry and chapatis at Azmi Restaurant
(168 Serangoon Road. $)
Don’t be fooled by the Chinese lettering outside this traditional coffee shop, as Azmi has been serving the best chapatis in Singapore since 1944, and most of the wizened staff look as if they have been working here since then. There are more than 20 curries to choose from, including a good vegetarian selection, of which the star is the aloo gobhi. Fearless carnivores should try the goat-brain curry.
46. A Sumatran buffet at Sabar Menanti Restaurant and Catering
(48 Kandahar Street, +65 6396 6919. $)
A selection of dishes at Sabar Menanti Restaurant and Catering.A selection of dishes at Sabar Menanti Restaurant and Catering. Photo: Martin Westlake
This is the best deal meal you’ll find in Singapore. The principle is simple; pick up a plate heaped with rice, then pile on portions of dozens of dishes, from beef rendang and jackfruit curry to charcoal-grilled fish, spicy beef tripe and chilli prawns. There’s also a fiery cucumber and onion salad. The price depends on how much food you’re tempted to heap on your plate, but rest assured that it will never break the bank.
47. Spicy prawn noodle soup at Food Opera
(ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Road. $)
Fishball noodles at Food Opera.Fishball noodles at Food Opera.
Located in the basement beneath the Prada and Burberry boutiques of the island’s chicest shopping mall, this food court is like no other in Singapore. While the stalls sell typical hawker fare, from frog porridge to crispy chicken wings, the décor is more Philippe Starck, with kitsch baroque chandeliers and plush velvet sofas. Go to stall B4-03 and try a bowl of curry laksa, an intense noodle soup that the Boey family has been serving for three generations. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, check out the popiah, a paper-thin roll made of rice flour and filled with delicious braised turnip, bean sprouts, bean curd and chopped peanuts.
48. Traditional street food at Tiong Bahru Food Centre
(30 Seng Poh Road. $)
Tiong Bahru is fast becoming Singapore’s hottest new quarter, and its cool retro market has more than 100 different food stalls. You’ll see a real slice of local life here, with families sitting together for a dim sum breakfast while musicians play Chinese opera and wizened old men are hunched up over newspapers eating salt fish porridge alongside iPhone-toting teenagers slurping noodle soup. The longest queue is invariably outside the lor mee stall (02-80). This strange, scrumptious Hokkien concoction involves flat yellow noodles in a thick, starchy gravy with a fish cake or wonton dumplings, which is brought to life by the last-minute addition of tangy vinegar and a dollop of minced raw garlic. You should also try some yong tau fu (vegetables stuffed with bean curd).
49. A taste of India at Tekka Centre
(Buffalo Road, Little India. $)
Food court at Tekka Centre.Food court at Tekka Centre. Photo: Martin Westlake
This buzzing spot is part wet market, part shopping mall, part food court. Order a teh tarik (milky tea cooled by theatrical pouring) and sit down by the prata saga stall (01-258). Watch as the cooks knead dough and then deftly flip and whirl it before swiftly cooking it on a hot plate. The bread is served with a rich curry sauce and costs less than S$1 (50). Make sure you try the mutton biryani next door as well.
50. Food for sharing at Old Airport Road Food Centre
(51 Old Airport Road. $)
Forget cholesterol problems and order the char kway teow—wok-fried noodles with crunchy pork crackling, prawn, Chinese sausage, egg and chillies. Local bloggers will say the best stall is Lao Fu Zhi (01-07), but if you don’t feel like queuing up for 20 minutes, check out Dong Ji (01-135). It’s hard to resist the stingray slow-roasted in a banana leaf and the sweet-and-sour rojak, a potent mix of tart young mango, cucumber and pineapple with crushed peanuts, chillies, shrimp paste and a sweet black bean sauce.
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