15 Sep 6 Great Foodie Spots in Singapore
I love exploring destinations through food and in Singapore I really ate a lot. I was invited on a press trip hosted by Singapore Airlines, along with a posse of three female bloggers- Karen from Lavender and Lovage, Holly from Global Grasshopper and Jeanne from Cooksister. The main purpose of the trip was to try out the Singapore Airlines flight experience and sample the Singaporean cuisine, which meant we were eating almost constantly. But don’t let my small frame fool you- I can really eat a lot.
Singapore has a vibrant food scene, influenced by the diverse ethnic groups that live there, including Malay, Chinese, Indonesian, Peranakan and Western traditions. Over the course of 5 days, I ate my way around the country, trying everything from simple street food to modern fine dining overlooking the bright lights of the city. I’m certain I left Singapore a few pounds heavier than when I arrived!
If you’re visiting Singapore and you’re not sure where to eat, here are 6 great foodie spots in Singapore:
1. Ju Chun Yuan Restaurant
Ju Chun Yuan Restaurant is a century-old restaurant offering and authentic Fuzhou dining experience, including the famous dish, “Buddha Jumps over the Wall”. This is the only restaurant in Singapore that exclusively serves traditional Min cuisine, and it has become an institution in itself. We enjoyed a group menu, which included Three Village chicken soup, Fuzhou Red Wine Chicken, Pa Shao Pork Belly and Fuzhou Yam Pudding.
2. Candlenut Kitchen
At Candlenut Kitchen, Head Chef Malcolm Lee serves Perenakan cuisine with authentic flavours, inspired by his Nyonya mother’s home cooking. All the rempahs (spice pastes) are made from scratch using fresh ingredients that are cooked for hours, just the way his parents taught him.
On of my favourite dishes was the Beef Rendang- a dry aromatic coconut curry with kaffir lime leaves and roasted coconut. I also loved the Assam Sotong, which is sautéed squid with squid ink, chillies, tamarind & crispy shallot.
Other dishes we tried included Kueh Pie Tee (crispy cups, also known as “top hats” served with braised turnips, pork belly and prawn filling) and Ngoh Hiang (Crispy beancurd roll stuffed w minced pork and prawns, water chestnuts, mushrooms).
I really couldn’t get enough of the desserts. Between us we ordered three of them:
‘Chendol Cream’- Signature coconut custard and gula melaka sauce with pandan jelly
‘Mango Snow’ – Compressed mango, calamansi lime sorbet, yoghurt snow, butter shortbread crumble with gingerflower-orange-lemongrass reduction
‘Buah Keluak’- Rich and earthy buah keluak ice cream, made with 80% Valhrona chocolate – on a bed of salted caramel, chocolate crumble & chilli specks, topped with warm milk chocolate espuma.
3. 328 Katong Laksa
A signature dish of Southeast Asia, they say that Singapore Laksa was invited here at 328 Katong Laksa. This is widely considered the best stall for Laksa in Singapore. Cooked using a recipe handed down by generations, they people say that the Laksa here tastes like no other. You can see all the press cuttings on the wall, including a press cutting about Gordon Ramsay, who lost to 328 Katong Laksa in a hawker cook-off.
4. Beef Kway Teow in Geylang (Lor.9), followed by fruits in Geylang
The area of Gelyang is well known for its street food and one of the must-try Singporean dishes is Char Kway Teow or Beef Kway Teow- a beef dish in a thick sauce served with rice noodles. We dined outside and tried this traditional dish, as well as omelette with oysters.
Following dinner, we sat down and ate fruits from one of the many fruit stalls in the area. You can check out a video of me trying the famous Durian fruit below!
5. Ku De Ta
Once upon a time I actually did some work for Ku De Ta in Bali, and now I found myself at the Ku De Ta in Singapore. The venue is somewhat different- instead of overlooking a beach it’s located above the landmark observation deck of Marin Bay Sands- but the atmosphere is still just as incredible. Here you can enjoy modern Asian dishes while soaking up the magnificent view of the Singapore skyline. All the dishes are designed for sharing like tapas, but for me they were too good to share. I ordered half dozen oysters on ice, the line caught wild snapper sashimi & fresh summer truffle, the seared black angus beef tataki and a california roll. For dessert I had the ‘singapore sling’ with citrus pineapple foam, dom bénédictine jelly, cherry ice cream, grenadine air.
6. 2am: dessertbar
Located in Holland Village 2am:dessertbar is the perfect place for a late night treat. You can sit back and relax on the couches, or perch at the bar to watch the chefs prepare these elaborate desserts. I don’t usually have much of a sweet tooth- I’m more of a savoury person- unless the desserts are as good as these. Pushing the boundaries between sweet and savoury with these carefully researched, high-tech dishes, chef Janice Wong has received worldwide recognition for her cutting edge creations. All the desserts come with alcohol pairings, such as wine, port and even sake.
The cocktail laced with cotton candy looked really intriguing, but I went for the “Shades of Green” with Pistachio Sponge, Coco mousse and Pandan Gula Melaka Custard (I’m a huge fan of both pandan and pistachio).
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