Ask any Singaporean what their favourite dish is and you'd find that it's a very difficult question to answer. Fact of the matter is, there's so much different food because of Singapore's multi-cultural landscape, it's hard to lay a finger on what's well, the best. We personally love all of it. Whether it's oodles of noodles or a big juicy burger, you're bound to run into something delicious. Here are our favourites we think you'll love, whatever you're craving for.
Fatboys' The Burger Bar
The recent history of the "comfort food" market in Singapore has two eras. Before Fatboys', and after Fatboys'. When brothers, Kennie and Bernie Tay opened the first Fatboys' in Upper Thomson, they brought about a wave of tasty handmade burgers to many hungry Singaporeans. We personally love their cheekily named Fat Basterd. It's a double beef chuck patty burger, stacked with chewy bacon, melthed cheddar cheese, and a fried egg, topped with Fatboy's BBQ sauce on a sesame seed bun. It looks menacing. Just the way we like it.
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Inspired by the Jiangnan region in China, Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao serves some of the best Chinese delicacies from their kitchens. We love their Xiao Long Bao and can't get enough of it. Having each dumpling explode with stockis part of the experience. We hope you're able to wield a pair of chopsticks well enough to delicately pick it up without bursting it. (P.S., don't be complacent and put it in your spoon).
Smack in the middle of town is a bar with delicious grub, influenced by Japanese cuisine. We know it as Neon Pigeon. "Neon" after Tokyo (known as the "Neon City"), and Pigeon, our feathered friends we so often see. Food here has a distinctive grungy feel, taking Japanese classics like unagi and rice, and serving it with a distinctive Singaporean urban flair.
If you find yourself in the need to indulge in some traditional house made Indian food, you can't go wrong with Kurry Korner. Without adding MSG, artificial colouring, or preservatives, Kurry Korner is still able to dish out some of the most colourful food you can get. It's wholesome and tasty Indian food made the right way, and it's right around the corner.
The good folks at Papparich dedicate energies to preserving our memories of food we grew up with and treating you to delights from Malaysia, and such love shows in their food. Each dish feels like a nostalgia trip to perhaps simpler times, enjoying a bowl of Laksa, or digging in to a plate of hearty Nasi Lemak, just as good as the first time we had it at the local coffee shop.
Ah Chew Desserts
Dessert is sacred, and Ah Chew Desserts have long played host to many pilgrims in search of a cool local treat in the middle of a hot day. Operating out of a small shop in Liang Seah street, bowls of local favourites like Mango Sago with Pomelo, or Rock Sugar white fungus with papaya fly off the counter. Each dessert is not only a tasty sweet treat, but also a kind of comfort food in the hot Singapore weather.
Boon Tong Kee
Singaporeans agree on one thing: a universal love of Chicken rice, and Boon Tong Kee has a recipe that's hard to beat. Tracing back to 1979 from a small stall in Chinatown, Boon Tong Kee is a household name synonymous with the dish, perfecting their recipe over the years. The secret lies in their rice. It's easy to fall into the understanding of rice being bland and plain. This is not the case here, with each scoop fragrant and fluffy right down to the last scoop. Chicken rice may look like a simple dish, but Boon Tong Kee have taken that, and made it a treat.
Mediterranean cuisine done right is sometimes hard to come by, but with Blu Kouzina, you can't go wrong. Our friends at Blu Kouzina don't just make great food. Each bite transports you to the Greek coast where towns like Santorini adorned with their blue roofs mirror the sea ahead. What's the secret? Effie and Dennis Tsakiris marrying of their passion for Greek food and their own family's signature olive oil. If you're looking for a trip to Greece without the flight, Blu Kouzina would be your best bet.
Since 1994, Sushi Tei have been taking the plethora of tastes from modern Japan, and inspiring a generation to appreciate a good Japanese meal. Whether you're craving for the silky smoothness of delicate slices of sashimi, or the theatrical and bold tastes of teppanyaki dishes, Sushi Tei promises a great meal that goes beyond their namesake, Sushi.
While the Singapore diet consists of a lot of meat, we also love meat-free options that don't compromise on the taste. The good people at Greendot have made it their mission to create tasty meat-free meals in a convenient way, and boy do they deliver. Much of it comes down to a mix of fresh vegetables and ingredients, and a mission to help people eat well, and eat healthily. If you're looking for an awesome vegetarian option, Greendot is for you.
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