Having supper, especially on weekends, is a huge subset of Singaporeans' favourite past time - eating. There's something strangely exhilarating about feasting late at night. A short car ride would take you between supper haunts. On week nights, you would see people dining alone (probably those who work the graveyard shift) or in pairs late at night. On weekends, having supper is almost like a must with your group of buddies.
- Mahamoodiya Restaurant
@ 335 Bedok Road, Singapore 469510
Opening hours: 24 hours daily!
- The Roti Prata House
@ 246M Upper Thompson Road, Singapore 574370
Opening hours: 7am to 2am (Sun to Thurs) / 24 hours (Sat to Sun)
Find solace in this iconic comfort food. What could be more heartening than a piping hot bowl of homely nourishment, especially on a wet evening in Singapore? (As I envisage myself delving into a bowl of porridge, childhood memories of my grandmother's cooking flood my mind.) Porridges from all walks of life are akin to antique gems. The porridge haunts in Singapore mostly come from the Cantonese, Teochew and Hainanese heritage. The Cantonese and Hainanese porridge are well flavoured on its own, with the Cantonese version being starchy and smooth (almost like a paste!) and the Hainanese one with the rice grains intact. These are normally topped with a handful of dough fritters. Digging into the hot bowl, you'd find your order choice of century egg, sliced fish or minced pork/liver. Teochew porridge is plain and cooked with lots of water such that when served, the 'porridge water' makes up a third of the final porridge product. To go with it, there are a myriad of mini dishes to choose from, including salted eggs, salted vegetables, ikan bilis (fried anchovies), steamed fish with black bean, stir fried bitter gourd in black bean, fish cake... (you get the 'salty' idea.)
3) Dim Sum
From the luscious char siew bao (sweet pork buns) to the delectable lo mai gai/hor yip fan (lotus leaf glutinous rice wrap), piquant fragrance is a trademark amongst dim sum dishes. The Cantonese cuisine at its zenith makes for an idyllic way to paint the town red at midnight. Oh, and remember to end supper off with a warm and flaky egg tart! (Click here to watch us eat dim sum!)
- Wen Dao Shi
@ 126 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387449
Opening hours: 24 hours daily!
- Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
@ 183-191 Jalan Besar, Singapore
Opening hours: 6pm to 6am daily (closed on Tuesdays)
5) Bak Kut Teh
A mouth-watering delicacy, Bah Kut Teh is an invigorating Chinese soup with a deeply-rooted heritage. Succulent and tender pork ribs are simmered in a broth of herbs and spices, assembling a symphony for your taste buds. A perfect way to unwind after a day's toil. A pot of Chinese tea to go with completes the Bak Kut Teh experience.
- Outram Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh
@ 7 Keppel Rd, #01-05/07
Opening hours: 7am to 4am daily (closed on Mondays)
- Founder Bak Kut Teh Restaurant
@ 154 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218431
Opening hours: 9am to 10.30pm (closed on Wednesdays)
8) Minced Pork Noodle
A deceptively simple dish, bak chor me with the exquisite balance of ingredients deserves a Michelin star. Capable of satiating the deepest cravings, this treasure can only be found in Singapore.
Sweet, tangy, salty - sublime for a midnight treat.
- Seng Huat Eating House
@ 492 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188737
Opening hours: 24 hours daily!
- Yan Kee Noodle House
@ 21 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058667
Opening hours: 24 hours (closed on Sundays)
Hello, when's our next supper meet up?
Other food reads:
@ Spruce: 320 Tanglin Road Singapore 247980 (Closed on Mondays).
How to get here: Take the MRT to Ochard station. Walk to Orchard Boulevard and board bus #111. Alight at the 6th stop. (If you're not sure, ask the bus captain!)
First off, happy birthday to Soaker Elyn! :)
Seeing that the haze was taking a day off on this special birthday Sunday, we decided to dine and chill outdoors avoiding the usual malls that we hang out at. Spruce was an excellent choice and we were fortunate to get adjoining seats for 18 people for a Sunday brunch without making a reservation. Phew.
We loved the greenery surrounding the restaurant and the interior made us feel at home. It was great too that the staff threw in a cake serving to celebrate Elyn with us.
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The brunch menu we had is available on weekends. On other days, Spruce serves burgers, ribs, pastas and the likes. If you like to pair your food with alcohol, Spruce also has a range of cocktails, shots and wines. There is another Spruce restaurant location at Bukit Timah area too (260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-01, Singapore 588190). Red is a distinct feature of the chic and chill-out restaurant as the building it is housed in used to be a fire station. We gotta check this place out!
Other cafes we checked out:
@ The Banana Leaf Apolo: 54 Race Course Road, Singapore 218564. Alight at Little India MRT station, and walk along Race Course Road.
Well are we fortunate to get Indian food here! Whoo~! Sometimes we crave some spiciness and flavour, and what better way to satisfy it than having a whole range of curries in different orangey-brown shades to choose from!
The main was fragrant briyani rice served on a banana leaf. Briyani is long-grain basmati rice cooked using a whole lot of condiments and spices, such as nutmeg, bay leaves, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, bay leaves, garlic and onion. To go with it, we ordered fish head curry (which was awesome!), masala chicken, fish roe chicken and mutton. We loved the crispy papadum too!
Elvin had the full Indian food experience since he used his hands to eat. You can tell he is quite a pro judging from the way he gathered the food in his fingers and putting it into his mouth. Cutlery-people normally manage to gather just a small amount of food in hand, and when the food is about to enter the mouth, half of it falls back onto the plate. This also means you take ages to finish your food. :P
Moving on to FISH EYES! Of course, it came together with the fish head curry (duh). Some people might wonder, what's on earth is there to eat by order the fish head?! There is in fact, a lot of fish meat to dig at, not forgetting the best parts like the cheek and the eye(balls). O.O The flesh at the cheek in fact has the smoothest texture. So normally at a dinner setting, people ask who would like to have the fish eyes. Because there are only two, and most people enjoy them, it is only polite to ask if who would like to have one. People here believe that whichever part of the animal that you eat would enhance or build the similar part of your body. So eating the eyes would give you healthier eyes. Some say that fish eyes also help brain functions. Whatever it is, try it/them! :D
@ Singapore Food Trail, Singapore Flyer (30 Raffles Avenue, #01-09/12 Singapore Flyer, 039803)
The hawker centre at the Singapore Flyer is known as the Singapore Food Trail. It's one of few places in the city area to get hawker food (the others are Newton Circus Food Centre, Makansutra Gluttons Bay next to the Esplanade and Lau Pat Sat.) What sets the Singapore Food Trail apart is the ambience. The place is set in 1960s Singapore, complete with then-hip 1960s music played in the background - without the smelly drains, litter, heat........... you get the idea.
Because of its (tourist) location, the food is priced slightly higher. Instead of the regular $3 for a bowl of Jess' favourite wanton noodles at a residential heartland hawker centre, it costs $5 here. If you don't have much time to explore all of Singapore's food and you happen to be taking a ride on the Singapore Flyer, then having a meal here is great. Having some friends with you would give you more food options! We love to share food here in Singapore, the more people you have with you, the more food variety you can order and try. :) Yay!
As what our friends commented, the bak chor mee (minced pork noodles) was pretty good. Having eaten tons of wonton meen (noodles) in Singapore, Jess would give the wonton meen she tried here 2.8/5. *high standards*. The Hainanese Chicken Rice which a group of tourists were queuing for was just so-so according to our friends. Other items which we had in the video you can try too:
Satay Bee Hoon: Vermicelli with cuttlefish, kang kong (a type of vegetable) in peanut sauce
Char kway tiao: Noodles fried with sweet black sauce, Chinese sausage and cockles
Oyster omelette (aka orh luak): Tapioca starch fried with eggs and oysters
Prawn noodles: Noodles, prawns and fishcake in a broth boiled for hours with prawn and pork ribs
Desserts: Cheng teng, Chendol, Ice kacang
Other foods in Singapore to try:
@227 Katong Durian - 227 East Coast Road, Singapore 428924
For some reason, DURIAN is a hot topic this year, compared to last year. Some say it's because of the excellent crop yield this year. It's so hot, that people are actually queuing for durians. Since when did we need to queue for durians?! Since there's hardly any land for agriculture here, durians are imported from Malaysia. They are seasonal and are available from June to August. Well you either hate or love durian. And you don't really have to taste it to decide whether you like it or not - all it takes is just a whiff of it. If you don't feel like running off in the other direction when you smell it, then chances are you would take the next step to taste it. If not, bear with it - while your friends enjoy the thorny fruit.
When the durian is pried open, the flesh is wrapped around individuals seed. You can find about 8 to 12 seeds on average per durian. For apples, there are the gala, fuji, granny smith's apples and so on - the same goes for durians. The renowned and crowd favourite durian used to be D24 (yes, it's like a model number). D24 however, has been dethroned by Mao Shan Wang (MSW) (known as Mountain Cat King translated from Mandarin). MSW is priced at a premium between $12 to $25 per kilogram. It's flesh is a deep yellow, the texture is creamy and the taste thick and bitter with a tinge of sweetness. The flavours are strong so just a few durians seeds would satisfy you. There are other durians which are excellent as well including the Golden Phoenix, Black Pearl, Red Prawn, Green Bamboo, so you can take your pick depending on your preference of creaminess, bitterness and sweetness.
The durians can be differentiated by looking at its shape, colour of the husk and the star pattern at the bottom of the fruit. Unless you have eaten tons of durian to be a pro, it's better to get the durian uncle to select the durian for you. He will pry it open for you to see if the flesh is good, and sometimes for you poke your finger in the flesh. Your finger should make a slight dent on the durian flesh. If your finger is coated with durian when you pull it out, then maybe you should get him to pick another one for you. (If you reject the durian, all the best to the next buyer who comes along.)
Most durian stalls have seating available. You will find a basket or box next to each table for your to dump the husks and seeds when you are done eating. Some stalls offer mineral water free of charge - you definitely need to drink water after durian because you will feel thirsty and to lessen the lingering durian breath in your mouth. Durian stalls now also have plastic disposable gloves for customer to use when they eat durian. The smell of durian lingers on your fingers for 1 day or 2 (even if you wash it with soap). So for some people (like Elyn :D), they would use gloves or a spoon or fork. The classic way though is using your good ole' fingers, so you can lick the last bit of durian off them when you're done eating. Lol~ If you want to get rid of the smell in your breath, you can grab a piece of an empty durian husk, fill it up with water and gargle.
The durian is the king of fruit. The queen is the mangosteen. People say that durian is a 'heaty' food (food that in Traditional Chinese Medicine says 'heaty' foods causes coughs, sore throats, constipation, fever and so on). So to neutralise it, have some mangosteens, which is a 'cooling' type of food. To maximise the durian experience, have as much as you can stomach with other durian lovers at a durian buffet which a handful of durian stalls offer. Some Singaporeans take a day trip across the Causeway to Johor in Malaysia for durian in a durian plantation itself. Lol~ Smell on!
Where you can have some durian:
1. 227 Katong Durian
Address: 227 East Coast Road, Singapore 428924
Tel: 9751 4828
2. 717 Trading
Address: 22 Yio Chu Kang Rd, Singapore 545535
3. Ah Seng Durian
Address: Blk 150A Ghim Moh Temporary Market #01-64
@Pasarbella: The Grandstand Bukit Timah, 200 Turf Club Road Singapore 287994 Opening hours: Mon to Thu (10am to 9pm), Fri to Sun (10am to 10pm)
Jess couldn't resist the sandwiches from the Melt Bar when she saw all the cheese oozing from between the bread slices. Lol~ And so couldn't some of our friends as well. How can anything possibly go wrong with melted cheese on sourdough? Our recommendation, try the one with bacon and guacamole. *slurp* Oh, and the roast pork from Keith's was great too! Pasarbella is a great place with a mix of everything so you can spend a good amount of time just chilling out over the weekend. There are more than 30 vendors in Pasarbella, which offer food and lifestyle products. You can get quality produce as well as cooked food ranging from roasts to ocean catch, to good ole sandwiches. There are also a handful of cafes to visit for some coffee or sweet treats. Lifestyle products offered range from porcelain to party essentials. You can also look out for events at Pasarbella and join in the fun. A music band or two might be there, or a flea market might be on. Cheers!
An update! Pasarbella as opened at Suntec City! Albeit without the band, it's a hip, free-seating eatery with a handful of food stalls whipping up food from a range of cuisines, including Vietnamese, Mediterranean, Western, Japanese... We love the makis from Rollie Ollie there! Ooo yeah! On weekends, opt for an early dinner to avoid the crowd.
@ Yaowarat Seafood: 27 Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545729
So, the "Best Thing I Ever Ate" by Food Network Asia - it really made us think - long and hard. With eating being the favourite past time in Singapore, we lack no great food choices. For us to pick out the "best thing" is like asking us who we would save if our dad, mom, brother and sister all fell into the water at the same time.
Elyn had a really awesome grilled pork experience at Yaowarat Seafood restaurant, which serves Thai Chinese food. David the boss was generous enough to share the 9 condiments that make up the special sauce to marinate the pork. The meat is marinated and left for 1 to 1 and a half days for it to absorb the special sauce. The pork is then oiled, then chargrilled to a point where the surface is just a tad burnt.
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When you savour the grilled pork, the different flavours of the marinade saturate your mouth and it is the charred taste that really completes experience. A point to note also is that pork collar is used and the meat is flipped every 2-3 minutes when on the grill. The problem with grilled meat is that it often ends up too dry after the grilling. For this particular grilled pork we love, the meat is tender, lean, a tat juicy and has a nice bite to it.
Chef Ann who created this grilled pork recipe is half-Thai too, hence the nice Thai touch to this dish!
Reunion dinner is a major and important affair for a Chinese family. It is a time where family members gather and well, reunite, over a good meal. More often than not, those living overseas return to Singapore in time for reunion dinner (or lunch) and stay on to celebrate Chinese New Year. Depending on the family, some reunions meals are held together with the extended family, while others just eat together with their immediate family members.
Reunion dinner is held on the eve of the Lunar New Year. Some families have it earlier to accommodate each others' schedules.
The spread is wide, portion generous and feast sometimes lavish, including expensive items such as abalone and birds' nest. Common food ingredients used during are dried mushrooms, scallops, fish maw, prawns and pork belly.
The reunion meal mostly home-cooked, although people nowadays prefer to eat out to save the hassle of the cooking and cleaning up. Many families also choose to have steamboat as it is more convenient to prepare.
*Lo Hei or tossing of the Yu Sheng is a major part of Chinese New Year in Singapore. Watch us toss!
Most of these snacks appear once a year during Chinese New Year (CNY) so who cares if three pineapple tarts is equal to eating one bowl of rice? If you go CNY visiting, all these snacks will be laid out like a buffet. You will find these snacks being sold everywhere. Don’t be shy to ask to sample the tarts before you decide to buy. *Yay!* (We visited Chinatown and picked out our favourite snacks as well – watch!)