Singapore’s Local / Asian food scene

I’ve written so much about my travels and food around the world, but I’ve not written a post about the food in Singapore. All year round we get lots of visitors from all over and the responsibility falls on me to plan all the meals to showcase Singapore’s worth as a food paradise. Besides the occasional tourists, friends and colleagues constantly ask me, “what to eat ah?”.

The pressure of immediately having a good recommendation on the tip of my tongue sometimes gets to me and I freeze! It’s time to put my stomach on paper and list my favourite eating haunts in my hometown.

These are places that I’ve eaten since I was a child or places that has caused me sleepless nights craving for their food. I’ve been to all the places below more than once and would definitely go back again. The list below ranges from hawker food to fine dinning.

Local / Zhi Char

Sik Wai Sin
287 Geylang Road
steamed fish head, prawn bean curd

Lor 9 Beef Kway Teow
Geylang Lor 9
beef kway teow

Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh
593 Havelock Road
bak kut teh, pig trotters

Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat
814 North Bridge Road
pomfret steamboat, fried bean curd, ngoi hiang, breaded pork

XO Fish Bee Hoon
Blk 19A Dover Crescent #01-05
XO fish bee hoon, prawn paste chicken

Tiong Bahru Market
30 Seng Poh Road
Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice #02-82, Wanton Noodles #02-30, Hwa Yuen Porridge #02-74

Zion Road Riverside Food Centre
70 Zion Road
No 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow, Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Mee Stall 4

Newton Circus
500 Clemenceau Ave North
#66 Sin Sin Seafood BBQ for sambal stingray, #73 Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette, #69 for fishball noodles, #72 for BBQ chicken wings

Longhouse
183 Upper Thomson Road
Boon Pisang Goreng, Prawn noodles, braised duck rice

Ghim Moh Market
20 Ghim Moh Road
Hakka Yong Tau Fu #01-14, Fried Bee hoon and chicken wing from stall opposite

Chinese 

Beng Hiang
112-116 Amoy Street
This traditional Hokkian restaurant has been around for ages. Must try: fish maw soup, oyster omelette, kong ba bao

Chui Huay Lim
190 Keng Lee Road #01-02 Chui Huay Lim Club
Jumbo’s group upscale Teochew restaurant serves excellent cold crab, steamed pomfret, ngoh hiang

Silk Road
165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Amara Hotel
Sichuan style cuisine which could be quite spicy for some. I absolutely love their snow flake dumplings

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck
290 Orchard Road #05-42 (Paragon)
This peking duck is the best I’ve found – the skin is cut with chunks of meat, to be wrapped in the traditional pancake skin. Their menu is extensive but I prefer to stick to the basics like spinach bean curd and crab meat fried rice.

Royal China at Raffles Hotel and Crystal Jade Golden Palace in Paragon are great for afternoon dim sum

Imperial Treasure Steamboat and Jpot are my favourite places for hotpot.

Crabs

Melben Seafood
232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3
Famous for their crabs, this place draws big crowds every night. Be prepared to wait up to 1.5 hour for your food. The butter crab and crab been hoon are superb.

Ming Kee Live Seafood
556 Macpherson Road
This place does the crab bee hoon dry – the noodles are soaked with the flavour of the crab roe… And the crabs are huge! Every table orders the same couple of dishes: steamed bamboo clams, steam soya sauce clams, fried fish skins

No Signboard
An institution by itself. I’ll always bring first time visitors to Singapore here to try their chilli crab and white pepper crab.

Japanese
Tomi Sushi is definitely value for money, the quality is one of the best for that price range. A cheaper option is Itacho Sushi at ION or Plaza Singapura. Or treat yourself to a sushi lunch set at Aoki, prices are sky high at dinner! Kazu Sumiyaki at #04-05 Cuppage Plaza and Shunjuu at 30 Robertson Quay are my favourite places for yakitori and Yakiniku Yazawa hits the spot for melt in the mouth Japanese beef.

Peranakan
Trust me, I’m half Peranakan… Ivins at 21 Binjai Park and Guan Hoe Soon

Indian
Eat with your hands like a pro at The Banana Leaf Apolo in Little India. Their fish head curry is not so spicy but can cause your stomach to burn for the whole afternoon. Another place for fish head curry or chicken / mutton biryani is Samy’s. Housed in an old open aired colonial building in Demsey.

Vietnamese
Finally a decent place to satisfy H’s Vietnamese cravings. Long Phung at 159 Joo Chiat Road serve up the tastiest pho bo and bun thit nuong on the island. It’s located in the middle of the red light area so be prepared to share tables with some seedy characters.

Check out my recommendations for western food and chilling/partying locations in my other posts.

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