25 Places for Shiok (Delicious) Food!
Our short list of favorite countries is shaped largely by food. Japan is up there. So are Thailand and Spain. And of course, Singapore is close to the top of that list.
Singapore may be small but it isn’t lacking in great food. Inch for inch, it’s one of the world’s best countries for food. It’s defined by a wide spectrum of food choices ranging from cheap but legendary hawker stall meals to trendy envelope-pushing dining concepts. You can have a simple but shiok hawker dish for lunch followed by a fabulous Michelin-starred meal for dinner.
Singapore has a reputation for being an expensive Asian city but it boasts a wealth of surprisingly affordable food. You definitely don’t have to be one of the crazy rich Asians to eat well in Singapore!
If you’re visiting this tiny island nation and looking to find the best restaurants in Singapore to have dishes like laksa, chicken rice, chili crab, and sup tulang – then you’ve come to the right place.
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THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN SINGAPORE
When dining out in Singapore, people often go to hawker centres and food courts because they’re affordable and provide a wider range of choices. This Singapore restaurant guide includes a mix of hawker stalls, food stands, chains, and proper sit-down restaurants.
1. Changi Nasi Lemak
What better way to start this list of the best Singapore restaurants than with a place that specializes in nasi lemak? It’s a Singapore food favorite and in my opinion, one of the most satisfying Asian breakfast dishes.
Nasi lemak is a dish of Malaysian origin that’s also popular in Singapore. It consists of fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf and served with sambal and a number of sides like ikan bilis (anchovies), peanuts, cucumber, and an omelette or fried egg. It’s typically eaten for breakfast though it can be enjoyed throughout the day.
Google “best nasi lemak in singapore” and this restaurant will appear at the top of many lists. They’ve been open since the 1970s and have been serving some of the city’s best versions of this dish for three generations.
Pictured below is their best-selling Spicy Thigh Cutlet Set. It features the restaurant’s Legendary Changi Chilli and a chicken cutlet inspired by the McDonald’s McSpicy.
I once asked a Malaysian chef what the secret was to this dish and he told me that it’s all about the sambal. This beloved dish can only be as good as its sambal and Changi’s Legendary Changi Chilli is known to be one of the best and most unique.
Made from a secret recipe that dates back to the restaurant’s founders, this legendary sambal is what separates Changi from the rest.
Changi Nasi Lemak
Address: 323 Bukit Batok Street 33, Singapore 650323
Operating Hours: 7AM-3PM, Tue-Sun (closed on Mondays)
Closest MRT Station: Bukit Gombak
2. Bali Nasi Lemak
Bali is another popular nasi lemak restaurant in Singapore. I learned about this restaurant from KF Seetoh and Makansutra. Like Changi, it’s described as being a great restaurant in Singapore to have this popular dish.
Bali is known for their kecap manis fried chicken which is tossed in a sweet and savory dark sauce.
I read that the owner of this restaurant is the younger sister of the owner of the famous Ponggol chain. It looks like making this dish runs in the family so we’ll definitely try Ponggol on our next visit to Singapore.
Bali Nasi Lemak
Address: 2 Lor 15 Geylang Road, Singapore 388596
Operating Hours: 5:30PM-4AM, Mon-Sat (closed on Sundays)
What We Paid: SGD 9.50
Closest MRT Station: Aljunied
3. Ya Kun Kaya Toast
As its name suggests, Ya Kun specializes in kaya toast, a popular breakfast dish or snack that’s prepared by spreading kaya — a jam made with coconut, eggs, and sugar — between charcoal-grilled or toasted slices of bread.
It’s served with either coffee or tea and is usually accompanied by two soft-boiled eggs sprinkled with a bit of dark soy sauce and white pepper.
Ya Kun is a great coffee shop in Singapore to have this popular breakfast dish. They have many outlets throughout the city but we went to their branch at Ang Mo Kio MRT station en route to Singapore Zoo.
If you plan on going to the zoo, then this is a great place to have breakfast and try this classic Singaporean breakfast dish.
Address: Ya Kun has over 40 outlets in Singapore.
Operating Hours: Varies per branch
What We Paid: SGD 4.80 per toast set
4. Fatimah Stall Ar Rahman Royal Prata
This mouthful of a stall called Fatimah Stall Ar Rahman Royal Prata specializes in another popular Singaporean breakfast dish or street food snack called roti prata.
Known as parotta in Southern India and roti canai in Malaysia, it refers to a fried flour-based Asian pancake cooked over a grill and served with a curry dipping sauce.
Pictured below is a plate of crisp and chewy butter roti. It was slathered with butter and sugar so it had a good balance of sweet and savory when dipped into the curry sauce.
To be honest, Fatimah Stall Ar Rahman Royal Prata wasn’t actually our first choice. We wanted to go to Prata Saga Sambal Berlada, a stall that often came up when searching for the best places in Singapore to try roti prata.
Prata Saga Sambal Berlada was closed for Ramadan but we were lucky to find Fatimah Stall Ar Rahman Royal Prata just a few steps away.
We ate at Tekka Food Centre a few times and Fatimah Stall Ar Rahman Royal Prata always had a long queue of people waiting to buy their roti. That’s always a good sign when trying to figure out where to eat in Singapore.
Fatimah Stall Ar Rahman Royal Prata
Address: #01-248, Tekka Food Centre, 665 Buffalo Rd, Singapore 210665
Operating Hours: 7AM-10PM, Tue-Sun (closed Mondays)
What We Paid: SGD 2 per piece
Closest MRT Station: Little India
5. Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Jian Bo Shui Kueh specializes in one of the most interesting street food dishes we’ve had so far in Singapore – chwee kueh. It refers to a type of steamed rice cake topped with diced preserved radish and served with a side of chilli sauce.
Jian Bo Shui Kueh is located inside historic Tiong Bahru Market. Google “best Singapore restaurants for chwee kueh” and many Singapore food bloggers will point you to Jian Bo. This tiny stall has been selling this tasty dish for over fifty years!
When we were there early in the morning, there was an endless stream of people getting packets of rice cakes for takeaway. Like kaya toast, it’s a popular breakfast dish in Singapore.
Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Address: Tiong Bahru Market, Seng Poh Road, 30号 #02-05 邮政编码, Singapore 168898
Operating Hours: 6:30AM-9PM, daily
What We Paid: SGD 8 for 10 pcs
Closest MRT Station: Tiong Bahru
6. 1A Crispy Puffs
1A Crispy Puffs is known for this tasty street food snack known as the curry puff. Enjoyed throughout Southeast Asia, they’re basically small, half-circle shaped pies stuffed with a variety of ingredients like chicken curry and potatoes, beef rendang, and chilli crab in a deep-fried or baked pastry shell.
I googled “best restaurants in Singapore for curry puffs” and popular food blog sethlui.com led me to 1A Crispy Puffs. They have many outlets in Singapore but we went to their stall at Takashimaya Shopping Centre on Orchard Road.
Often cited for having some of the best curry puffs in Singapore, we tried a few others but we did find theirs to be the most delicious. The difference, for us, was in the pastry shell.
1A Crispy Puffs
Address: 1A Crispy Puffs has several branches in Singapore.
Operating Hours: Varies per branch
What We Paid: SGD 1.50 per crispy curry potato & chicken puff with egg
7. Zam Zam Restaurant
If you like roti prata, then you’re probably going to enjoy murtabak as well. It’s basically a stuffed version of roti prata that can be filled with either savory or sweet ingredients.
Murtabak is common in the Arabian Peninsula and Southeast Asia and can vary significantly depending on where its from. In Singapore, it’s typically filled with spiced beef, chicken, or mutton and served with a curry sauce, sweet pickled onions, or cucumber in ketchup. A version filled with mozzarella is also popular.
Pictured below is a plate of mutton murtabak from the legendary Zam Zam Restaurant, a heritage restaurant that’s been serving this street food favorite since 1908. That’s well over a hundred years!
Zam Zam is an institution and known for being one of the best restaurants in Singapore to try murtabak. If you look through the window below, you’ll see a murtabak-making maestro transforming balls of dough into delicious parcels of murtabak.
Zam Zam Restaurant
Address: 697-699 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198675
Operating Hours: 7AM-11PM daily
What We Paid: SGD 5 per small mutton murtabak
Closest MRT Station: Bugis
8. Sungei Road Laksa
Laksa is one of Singapore’s most beloved dishes and popular heritage stall Sungei Road Laksa is known for being one of the best restaurants in Singapore to try it.
If you’ve never had it, laksa is a spicy noodle soup of Peranakan origin consisting of rice noodles or vermicelli made with chicken, prawn, or fish. It’s soup can be based on either a rich and savory coconut milk, a fresh and sour asam (tamarind, gelugur or kokum), or a combination of the two.
In Singapore, the most popular version is the coconut-based curry laksa, which is the version I prefer. That’s the type of laksa you’ll find at Sungei Road.
I read that Sungei Road is among the last remaining places to use a charcoal burner for making their laksa. The curry is creamy and fairly mild at first, until you mix in that dollop of spicy sambal which really kicks it up a notch.
Topped with slivers of fish cake, blood cockles, and some Vietnamese coriander, this is one of the best bowls of laksa I’ve ever tasted in my life. It’s so good.
There are many popular laksa restaurants in Singapore and everyone seems to have their favorite. Even the Grab driver who took us to Sungei Road had his own recommendation.
We chose Sungei Road on the strength of KF Seetoh’s recommendation to CNN Travel. After all, they’ve been serving this same bowl of curry laksa for over 40 years!
Interestingly, there’s a bit of folklore associated with this place. Legend has it that the secret recipe was given to them by a mysterious customer who wanted to help their struggling food cart business.
Customers started pouring in soon after and this benevolent customer was never to be seen or heard from again. Heavenly laksa indeed!
Sungei Road Laksa
Address: #01, 27 Jln Berseh, 100, Singapore 200027
Operating Hours: 9:30AM-5PM, Thurs-Tues (closed on Wednesdays)
What We Paid: SGD 3 per bowl of laksa
Closest MRT Station: Lavender
9. Ng Ah Sio
Ng Ah Sio is known for their bak kut teh, a beloved dish made with meaty pork ribs cooked in a broth of different herbs and spices.
The name bak kut teh literally translates to “meat bone tea”, though no tea is actually used to make this dish. Its name refers to a strong oolong Chinese tea that’s usually served with the soup and pork bones to help wash down the fat.
Based on the way bak kut teh is described, it sounds like a comforting dish to many Singaporeans, something they can’t go too long without. We enjoyed ours with a bowl of rice and a side of braised mushrooms.
Many food bloggers, including sethlui.com and Dr. Leslie Tay, recommended Ng Ah Sio as one of the best restaurants in Singapore to try bak kut teh. They opened on Rangoon Road in 1977 and now have several branches in Singapore.
If you’d like to purchase meal vouchers in advance, then you can do so through Klook. They offer vouchers to the Ng Ah Sio branches on Rangoon Road and the Chui Huay Lim Club.
Ng Ah Sio
Address: Ng Ah Sio has four branches in Singapore.
Operating Hours: Varies per branch
What We Paid: SGD 8 for the signature spare ribs / pork ribs combo with soup
Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice
As its name suggests, the Heng Gi stall is known for its goose and duck rice dishes. As Dr. Leslie Tay puts it: “When you talk about braised duck, this is the one stall that is a bit of a legend in Singapore.” It isn’t hard to understand why considering the man behind Heng Gi has been selling braised duck for over 60 years!
We tried the mixed platter which contained braised duck, goose, pork face, and pork belly. The sauce was incredibly tasty and the meats juicy and flavorful. Everything on this platter was fantastic but my favorite part was the pig face.
If you’ve never had it, pork face has a unique texture that’s a little chewy and gummy but with snap. I love it.
The old man who started this stall is now retired but he’s turned the reins over to the family’s younger generations to keep the tradition alive.
After tasting their food, it’s hard not to agree with Dr. Tay. This place has to be one of the best Singapore restaurants to try braised duck.
Address: Tekka Food Centre, 665 Buffalo Road, Singapore 210665
Operating Hours: 8AM-3PM, Tue-Sun (closed Mondays)
What We Paid: SGD 6 per order
Closest MRT Station: Little India
11. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
You’ve heard of Hawker Chan right? The street food stall that was awarded a Michelin Star in 2016? What many people don’t know is that two hawker stalls were awarded Michelin Stars that year, the other one being Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle.
I think Hawker Chan got all the press because their food is cheaper and it made for a better story, but Hill Street Tai Hwa may be the better hawker stall.
Most of the hawker food stalls we went to in Singapore are popular so as expected, many had long queues. This legendary noodle shop on Crawford Lane had the longest by a mile.
I waited over an hour to get this bowl of bak chor mee. It’s a vinegar-y and spicy noodle dish made even more delicious with pork lard.
Served dry with a light broth on the side, it’s topped with a myriad of ingredients like pork slices, meatballs, liver, dumplings, minced pork, and a sun-dried sliver of fish.
I wasn’t kidding about the line. Though it may not look very long, it moved at a turtle’s pace but no one seemed to mind. We ate here before they were awarded a Michelin Star so I can only imagine how long the lines must be now!
If you’re a short-stay tourist with a full itinerary, then you may want to take this wait into account. Plan for a one- or two-hour lunch to be safe.
Hill Street Tai Hwa is a heritage stall that’s been open since 1935. Even before it was awarded a Michelin Star, it’s long been recognized as one of the best hawker stalls in Singapore. Those pork noodles are damn shiok lah!
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Address: 66 Crawford Lane, #01-12, Singapore 190466
Operating Hours: 9:30AM-9PM, Tue-Sun (closed Mondays)
What We Paid: SGD 6 per bowl of bak chor mee
Closest MRT Station: Lavender
Five Star Hainanese Cuisine
Five Star specializes in Hainanese chicken rice which is a Singaporean national dish. You can’t visit Singapore without trying it at least once.
Chicken rice is made by poaching whole chickens at sub-boiling temperatures. The resulting stock is then skimmed off while some of the fat and liquid, along with ginger and garlic, are used to cook the rice. The result is an oily, flavorful rice sometimes known as “oily rice”.
This popular dish is typically served with a trio of dipping sauces that include pureed ginger, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), and chili sauce. It’s absolutely delicious and one of my favorite things to eat in Singapore.
Five Star uses kampong chicken which is a breed native to Indonesia and Malaysia.
It seems that every Singaporean has an opinion on which restaurant serves the best version of this dish. We went to Five Star based on my friend’s recommendation. He’s been living in Singapore for many years and he loves to eat so I trust his judgement.
According to him, Five Star Hainanese Cuisine is one of the best restaurants in Singapore to try this dish. He may be right. It was delicious.
Five Star Hainanese Cuisine
Address: 419 River Valley Road, Singapore 248318
Operating Hours: 11AM-2AM, daily
What We Paid: SGD 16 for the five star kampong chicken (half order)
Closest MRT Station: Orchard
13. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Like many people, we’re fans of the late great Anthony Bourdain. Any place he features on his shows will definitely go on our itinerary.
Tian Tian is one of those places. According to him, the rice at Tian Tian is exceptionally fragrant and flavorsome, and is delicious even on its own.
We’ve had chicken rice many times before and this was indeed one of the best I’ve ever tasted. I enjoyed it even more than Five Star.
Apart from the flavorful rice, the owners say their secret is in the sauce (which was indeed very tasty), but what I remember most was the texture of the chicken. It was perfect – soft, succulent, and incredibly juicy.
Open since 1987, Tian Tian at Maxwell Food Centre has developed a reputation for being one of the best Singapore restaurants for chicken rice. It’s a Michelin Bib Gourmand awardee and beloved by both locals and tourists alike.
In 2013, Chef Gordon Ramsay was arrogant enough to challenge Tian Tian to a culinary showdown and see who could make the better chicken rice. Tian Tian won, sending a clear message that it clearly is one of the best restaurants in Singapore.
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
Operating Hours: 10AM-5:30PM, daily
What We Paid: SGD 3.50 per plate (small)
Closest MRT Station: Chinatown
14. 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles
Also known as hae mee, prawn mee is a popular soup dish in Singapore made with egg noodles. 545 Whampoa is said to be one of the best places in Singapore to have this famous hawker dish. According to Dr. Leslie Tay, the owner is a third generation hawker whose grandfather started selling prawn mee from a pushcart in the 1920s.
You can choose between a dry or soup version. I believe the dry version is a stir-fried dish known as hokkien mee. Dr. Tay recommended both but we went with the latter based on his slightly higher rating (4.25 vs 4.5). The soup was bold and delicious with a deeply flavorful broth that tasted heavily of prawn.
Like Fatimah Stall Ar Rahman Royal Prata and Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice, 545 Whampoa is located at Tekka Food Centre.
People looking for cheap but delicious food in Singapore should definitely check out this hawker centre. As you can see from this list, it’s home to many stalls offering exceptional food.
545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles
Address: #01-326 Tekka Food Centre, 665 Buffalo Road, Singapore 210665
Operating Hours: 6:30AM-2PM, Mon-Fri (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
What We Paid: SGD 3 per bowl of prawn mee soup
Closest MRT Station: Little India
Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wings
We chanced upon Huat Huat and their bbq wings at the Rasapura Masters food court in Marina Bay Sands. They were delicious so I thought of adding them to this list as a non-local dish you may want to try in Singapore.
Only when I saw this list of the best bbq wings in the city did I learn that they were actual Singaporean hawker food! Very cool!
Unlike the wings I’m accustomed to, the skin on these wings are crisp but delicately thin. Paper thin in fact. It feels like it was stretched taut over the wing and crisped!
There’s no heavy batter or thick sauce, just flavorful marinated wings cooked over charcoal and served with lime juice and a spicy chili sauce. They’re surprisingly good and highly addictive.
As described, we ate at the Rasapura Masters food court branch in Marina Bay Sands but Huat Huat has several outlets throughout the city.
Address: Huat Huat has a few branches in Singapore.
Operating Hours: Varies per branch
What We Paid: SGD 6.60 for 3 pcs
16. Red House Seafood Restaurant
Red House Seafood Restaurant is one of the many places in Singapore to try chili crab. Often referred to as the country’s national dish, chilli crabs are synonymous with Singapore. It’s considered one of its greatest culinary inventions and arguably its most important dish.
To make chilli crabs, chefs stir-fry crabs – commonly mud crabs – in a thick, tomato and chili sauce. Despite its name, it isn’t very spicy at all. It tastes sweet and tangy with just a hint of spiciness.
If you were to have just one dish in Singapore, something to represent the cuisine as a whole, then it should definitely be chili crab.
The best part of any crab? The sinful roe in its shell, of which ours had tons (pictured below). Instead of the usual Sri Lankan mud crabs, Red House uses Scottish brown crabs which are said to be meatier and less pungent.
According to my friend who recommended Red House to us, chilli crabs are delicious pretty much anywhere in Singapore so it doesn’t matter as much where you go.
He specifically recommended this restaurant because they’re equally known for their black pepper crabs, which we’ll definitely try on our next visit to Singapore.
Red House Seafood Restaurant
Address: Red House Seafood Restaurant has several branches in Singapore.
Operating Hours: Varies per branch
What We Paid: SGD 138.60 for one chilli crab, 2 pcs of fried mantou, mee goreng, rice, and drinks
17. Don Signature Crab
Don Signature Crab is known for their crab bee hoon, a popular Singaporean rice vermicelli dish made with whole mud crabs cooked in seafood stock.
Crab bee hoon shot to international fame after Anthony Bourdain tried it at Sin Huat Eating House and included the restaurant in his list of 13 places to eat before you die.
With an endorsement like that, I wanted to try it at Sin Huat Eating House but I was put off by its many negative reviews which called the place overpriced and poor value for money.
Thankfully, I learned about Don Signature Crab from this article listing 15 of the best restaurants in Singapore for crab bee hoon.
Because the dish is made with whole crab, it can be expensive which is why I chose Don Signature Crab. I was traveling in Singapore alone so I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg for it.
At Don Signature Crab, the smallest order of crab bee hoon goes for around SGD 25 which is good enough for two people.
Don Signature Crab
Address: Block 206, Toa Payoh North 1, #01-1197, Singapore 310206
Operating Hours: 12NN-8:30PM, daily
What We Paid: SGD 25 – Crab bee hoon (small)
Closest MRT Station: Braddell
18. The Banana Leaf Apolo
Google “best restaurants in Singapore” and The Banana Leaf Apolo will surely come up. This legendary restaurant has been open since 1974 and is known for serving many delicious dishes, one of the most popular being their fish head curry.
A Singaporean dish with South Indian and Chinese origins, fish head curry is prepared by stewing a whole sea bream’s head in a Kerala-style curry with assorted vegetables and a secret blend of eighteen spices.
Served on banana leaves, Apolo’s curry is available in small, medium, or large sizes. We got the medium which was more than enough for two people.
I believe this was the fish’s tongue. Be sure to pair this dish with plenty of rice and/or naan bread. The curry has a sourness and depth of flavor that’s absolutely wonderful.
The Banana Leaf Apolo
Address: 54 Race Course Road, Singapore 218564
Operating Hours: 10:30AM-10:30PM, daily
What We Paid: SGD 28 (medium)
Closest MRT Station: Little India
19. Ayam Penyet Ria
Ayam Penyet Ria is a restaurant chain that serves Indonesian food. Their signature dish – ayam penyet – literally translates to “smashed fried chicken”.
Ayam penyet is prepared by lightly pounding chicken with a mortar and pestle (or mallet) to make it softer. It’s then deep-fried, topped with kremes (crispy spiced flakes), and served with rice, sambal, cucumber slices, fried tofu, and tempeh (soybean cake).
I learned about this restaurant when I was searching for a good place to eat along Orchard Road. Ayam Penyet Ria fit the bill nicely.
The chicken tasted great but I’m not sure it was softer than “unsmashed” chicken. Ours seemed a bit dry as well. I loved the sides and the texture of those crispy flakes.
Ayam Penyet Ria
Address: Ayam Penyet Ria has several branches in Singapore.
Operating Hours: Varies per branch
What We Paid: SGD 8.20 per order of smashed fried chicken with rice
20. MA Deen Biasa
Sup tulang has been on top of our must-eat list from the moment we read about it. It refers to the most sinful-looking bone marrow dish cooked in tomato paste and spices.
When KF Seetoh described MA Deen Biasa’s sup tulang as “the most desperately delicious” in Singapore, I knew I found the right place to try it.
Served with slices of baguette to mop up the savory-sweet sauce, hunks of beef bone with marrow are cooked with tomato paste and a variety of spices to create this devilish-looking dish. We made the mistake of ordering basmati rice with it but don’t bother. It’s perfect with the bread.
The sauce and beef are fantastic but the real star of this dish is the marrow. MA Deen Biasa will give you straws so you can suck out the marrow like a mosquito. Awesome!
MA Deen Biasa is a simple restaurant but don’t let its spartan looks fool you. For us, it’s one of the best restaurants in Singapore. This dish is amazing.
MA Deen Biasa
Address: 95/97 Jln Sultan Road, Singapore 198999
Operating Hours: Open 24 hrs
What We Paid: SGD 20 per medium order
Closest MRT Station: Lavender
Candlenut serves elevated Peranakan food. The Peranakans are the descendants of Chinese immigrants who settled in Penang, Malacca, Singapore, and Indonesia between the 15th and 17th centuries.
They inter-married with local Malays and produced an intermingling of cultures that manifested itself in many ways, most notably in their food.
Chinese ingredients were used with local spices and cooking techniques to create Peranakan interpretations of Malay food that are characteristically tangy, aromatic, spicy, and herbal. If you enjoy bold flavors, then you’re going to love Peranakan food.
There are many places to get Peranakan food in Singapore, but I believe Candlenut is the only Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant in the city. If you’re looking to have a special dining experience in Singapore, then Candlenut is an excellent choice.
Even before it was awarded a Michelin Star, Candlenut already had a reputation for being one of the best restaurants in Singapore.
What makes Candlenut so interesting is that there’s no ala carte dinner menu. Inspired by Japanese omakase, Chef Malcolm Lee creates new dishes each week and serves them in a family-style tasting he likes to call ahma-kase dining. Ahma means “grandmother”.
Pictured below is a course of charred octopus with chincalok (fermented shrimp), cucumber and pineapple achar (pickled), and roasted peanuts.
Pictured here is a dish of tapioca leaf lodeh (vegetable soup) made with young jackfruit and crispy whitebait. You can check my article on Candlenut for more pictures of all the dishes from our ahma-kase dinner menu.
We went with beer but I believe Candlenut may have a wine bar as well. Pairing your Michelin-starred Peranakan meal with a good bottle of wine is a great way to elevate the dining experience even more.
Address: Block 17A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676
Operating Hours: 12NN-3PM, daily / 6-10PM, Sun-Thurs / 6-11PM, Fri-Sat, public holidays
What We Paid: SGD 128++ per person (set dinner menu)
Closest MRT Station: Commonwealth
22. 3S Beancurd City
We were searching for good Asian breakfast restaurants in Singapore when we came across 3S Beancurd City. They’re known for their soya bean curd served with a side of deep-fried doughstick (you tiao).
According to Dr. Leslie Tay, it’s “probably as good as beancurd gets in Singapore”.
Aside from Dr. Tay, 3S Beancurd City gets high praises from sethlui.com as well. They included it on their list of fifteen of the best Singapore restaurants to have breakfast.
3S Beancurd City
Address: 133 Jln Besar Road, Singapore 208851
Operating Hours: 12NN-8PM, daily
What We Paid: SGD 3.80 for hot bean curd, fried doughstick, and an egg tart
Closest MRT Station: Rochor
23. Simple Delite
Kueh is a blanket term that refers to these Asian bite-sized snacks made with rice. They come in many different forms and can be either sweet, like the kueh lopis below, or savory.
I added Simple Delite to our itinerary after reading about their kueh lopis on Dr. Leslie Tay’s blog. Made with glutinous rice, gula melaka, and shredded coconut, he described it as having “a sublime texture [with] a superb balance of sweet, salty and savory flavors”. He was right – it was amazing.
We also tried these other types of kueh called kueh salat and kueh bingka jagung (if I remember correctly). Kueh salat is made with pandan and tapioca while kueh bingka jagung is made with corn pudding and palm sugar. Both were just as good.
Like a few places on this list, Simple Delite is located at the Tekka Food Centre as well. According to Dr. Tay, they usually sell out by noon so be sure to come early.
Address: Tekka Food Centre, Buffalo Road, Singapore, 665号 邮政编码: 210665
Operating Hours: 8AM-3PM, daily
What We Paid: SGD 3 for 4 pcs
Closest MRT Station: Little India
24. Tiong Bahru Bakery
I know what you’re thinking. Croissants may seem like an odd choice for a Singapore restaurant guide but these are an exception.
Opened in partnership with Parisian Chef Gontran Cherrier, the croissants at Tiong Bahru Bakery and coffee shop are to die for. In fact, some say they’re even better than the croissants in Paris! We had the green tea almond croissant and it was divine.
Here’s the aforementioned green tea almond croissant and a kouign-amann. The kouign-amann was average but the croissant really was superb.
If you’d like to purchase Tiong Bahru Bakery meal vouchers in advance, then you can do so through Klook. They offer vouchers to meal sets similar to what you see below.
The bakery is in a stylish coffee shop in trendy Tiong Bahru, just a stone’s throw away from the market. This is a hip and trendy neighborhood in Singapore so if you have the time, then I suggest having breakfast here and exploring the area.
Tiong Bahru Bakery
Address: 56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-70, Singapore 160056
Operating Hours: 8AM-8PM daily
What We Paid: SGD 17.50 for a green tea almond croissant, kouign-amann, and two coffees)
Closest MRT Station: Tiong Bahru
25. Off the Eaten Track with A Chef’s Tour
This last entry isn’t a Singapore restaurant or a hawker center stall. It’s a food tour, an excellent street food tour by A Chef’s Tour featuring the most incredibly delicious char siew rice dish I’ve ever tasted in my life. Just look at that thing!
Char siew (or char siu) is a Cantonese dish of barbecued seasoned boneless pork. It’s the most famous dish from a family of roast meats popular in Hong Kong. I’ve been eating char siew practically all my life and this was the best I’ve had by a mile.
This char siew was tender, meaty, fatty, and juicy with ultra crisp skin and a deliciously thick savory-sweet sauce. Apologies in advance to my friends in Hong Kong, but I’d fly back to Singapore just for this!
If you don’t have the time to go from hawker stall to hawker stall on your own, then I suggest going on this food tour with A Chef’s Tour. It’ll give you a sampling of some of the best dishes this city has to offer.
Check out my article on this Off the Eaten Track food tour for more pictures and information. You can book this tour on Get Your Guide.
A Chef’s Tour
Availability: 3-6PM, Thurs-Sun
Cost: USD 100 per person
I created the map below to help you understand where these Singapore restaurants are in relation to each another. Click here to view an interactive version of the map.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON WHERE TO EAT IN SINGAPORE
This is by no means a comprehensive list but I do hope it helps you plan your trip. With so many great restaurants to choose from, choosing a place to eat in Singapore can be a challenge.
Like all our food guides, this Singapore restaurant guide will continue to grow and improve after each return visit to this island nation. It’s still missing many Singaporean food favorites like char kway teow, hokkien mee, carrot cake, yong tau foo, and oyster omelette. I’d love to add a good dim sum place and maybe a sushi restaurant as well.
With food this delicious and diverse and prepared by a people as food-obsessed as we are, I’m pretty sure we’ll find ourselves in Singapore often. We’re always looking for great places to eat so if you have any suggestions, then please let us know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful time eating the most shiok food in Singapore!
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50 Best New Food Places In Singapore For All Budgets—Eatbook Top 50 Awards 2020
Eatbook Top 50 Awards 2020
The Eatbook Top 50 Awards are back for their third edition, and this year, we wanted to honour a particularly trying time in the food and beverage scene by spotlighting 50 new eateries that topped 2020 for us.
Ranging from buffets to hawkers to our brand-new afternoon tea category, these 50 food places have either opened between December 2018 till now or have a new menu. To make the cut, they also held up against repeat visits, where a member from our team headed down anonymously to check if their quality remained consistent.
Here are the winners of Eatbook Top 50 Awards 2020, sorted via category in alphabetical order.
10 Best Hawker Stalls In Singapore
- Headless Baker
- Jiak Song Mee Hoon Kway
- Jia Li Seafood Soup
- Mad Roaster
- The Patio
- San Pin Pao Fan
- Skirt & Dirt
- Yakiniku Warrior
10 Best Restaurants In Singapore
- Menbaka Fire Ramen
- Soi Candy
- Shrimp Prawn Seafood
- Sum Dim Sum
- Yanxi Palace Steamboat
10 Best Cafes In Singapore
- Apollo Coffee Bar
- Baker’s Bench
- Bee’s Knees
- For The People
- French Fold
- Kream & Kensho
- Maison Sucree
5 Best Buffets In Singapore
- Food Capital
- Lao Dong Bei Shi Kao
- Tang Lung
- Yi Zi Wei
5 Best Afternoon Teas
- Atrium Lounge
- Cedele Marina Bay Sands
- Dian Xiao Er Jewel Changi
- JUMBO ION Orchard
- Lime Restaurant
10 Best Desserts In Singapore
- Bloom Artisan
- Carmen’s Best
- Dolc Patisserie
- Durian Lab
- KKI Sweets
- Mel Pot
- Simple Cafe
- Steeped Tea Bar
You can also check out our past editions of Eatbook Top 50 Awards 2018, and Eatbook Top 50 Awards 2019.
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Top 12 Authentic Food In Singapore You Want To Try
Where To Eat Chili Crab in Singapore
Mellben Seafood, Tze Char restaurant for the best Singapore chili and black pepper crab
Mellben Seafood is a local Tze Char restaurant also spelled Che Char or Zi Char. These uniquely Singaporean restaurants serve home style dishes in more elaborate settings than hawker centers.
The prices are also more expensive than hawker centers, but cheaper than upscale restaurants.
Hawker centres are large food courts in Singapore where they serve mostly street food.
This particular location was in Toa Payoh, a residential neighborhood. In the open courtyard setting are several restaurants, hawker stalls, fruit stands, and local shops.
Mellben Seafood TPY
Address: Blk 211 Toa Payoh Lorong 8 #01-11/15, Singapore 310211
Hours: Daily, 4:30pm to 11:30pm
Average Food Price: SGD 55, approx $39.70 USD
While we didn’t eat here, Jumbo Seafood is also recommended by locals for their award winning Singapore chili crab.
Address: East Coast Seafood Center, Blk 1206 East Coast Parkway #01-07/08, Singapore
Hours: Daily, 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Sunday’s, 12:00pm – 12:00am
Average Food Price: SGD 50, approx $36 USD
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: Taking a food tour is one of the best ways toexplore the food in Singapore while learning about the city’s history. We love our experience with A Chef’s Tour and recommend their Singapura Bites Food Tour. Go deeper into one of the world’s best food cities and discover the intriguing mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese specialties. With more than 13 tastings, you’ll learn what makes Singaporean food amazing.
46 Good Makan Deals Offered By Eateries Amid COVID-19 Slump
The COVID-19 outbreak has taken a huge toll on our local F&B industry, with eateries reporting a drastic drop in business since most folks are steering clear of crowds. “When business continuity plans got implemented a week after [DORSCON Orange], the [office lunch crowd] plummeted by 50%,” says restaurateur Howard Lo, whose company Empire Eats Group runs eateries like Standing Sushi Bar and Salmon Samurai in the CBD.
His Jewel Changi Airport restaurant Tanuki Raw has also been hit hard by the tourist slump since the novel coronavirus outbreak. “Jewel is still dead, aside from weekends. We’ve been doing some promotions there. Eventually we’ll probably have to get our staff to take unpaid leave, unless we want to do layoffs,” he tells 8days.sg. Meanwhile, our friend who had recently dined at Crystal Jade Palace at Ngee Ann City heard from a staff member that they now work only partial shifts due to a drop in customers.
Tourist hotspots like Orchard Road are especially affected by the lack of human traffic. “[Business] really worsened significantly after code Orange. We were down by 60% for the month of February, so it’s quite bad,” shares Cheng Hsin Yao, who owns F&B enclave Picnic Food Park at Wisma Atria. It houses stalls like Omakase Burger, Riz Labo Kitchen and Brother Cheng’s Chicken Rice.
But it looks like people are gradually feeling confident enough to venture out — over the past weekend, 8days.sg spotted a long queue at Hai Di Lao’s Plaza Singapura branch and sizeable crowds at other malls along Orchard Road, as well as heartland shopping centres like Nex at Serangoon. The Singapore pop-up of Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market at the Turf Club was also packed to the brim with shoppers.
To drum up biz, eateries in Singapore have started offering attractive promotions to entice customers. Below, we have compiled a list of good lobangs to make your makan outings great again.
32 late night supper places in Singapore – with options that are less than S$5!
Gathering your friends to relieve those damning late-night hunger pangs? Round after round of McDonald’s can be tiring, so how about some dim sum, bak chor mee, or burgers for supper?
It may feel like it’s not easy to find supper places in Singapore and get your late-night food cravings satisfied. Well, that’s only because you haven’t been searching hard enough.
AVENUE ONE has curated a list of 32 late-night supper places in Singapore – with nothing above S$30 (and we’re talking about buffets, too!) – for you and your friends to enjoy. Whether you are craving for supper in Yishun or Orchard, there is something on this list for you no matter which part of Singapore you’re located in!
1. Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
The number 1 on our list, this name is no stranger to fellow well-seasoned night dwellers, and even those who aren’t.
A rather no-frills dim sum place, the main attraction of this place is its affordability and its variety of dim sum – and of course, the fact that it opens till late night for suppers
Recommended eats include its Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun (S$ 3.60) more known amongst Singaporeans as Liu Sha Bao, which is exactly what you’d expect from one – a soft, fluffy bun, with a hot, gooey, custardy centre. Think all Liu Sha Bao are the same? Check out this raving review of it.
Alternatively, order their Sweet Potato Salted Egg Balls which still retain the gooey custard centre, but with a chewy exterior.
Another must-eat would be its Char Siew Bao (S$1.80). Swee Choon keeps their Bao big and done in the same tried-and-loved recipe since the start of its 40 years of establishment.
Sink your teeth into its soft fluffy exterior and sweet pork char siew filling, what more could you ask for?
Price range: Prices unavailable online. Prices vary from around S$1 – S$4, per dim sum.
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 11AM – 2.30PM; 6PM – 6AM | Sun & PH: 10AM – 3PM; 6PM – 6AM
Address: 183/185/187/189/191 Jalan Besar Singapore 208882
Chope Deal: Get up to 10% off at Swee Choon
2. Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice (Jian Dao Jian)
Another place to visit at Jalan Besar, this is where tired party-goers go to when Swee Choon’s filled to the brim. If you’re wondering what the name means, the eatery is actually named after its signature style of cutting its all its ingredients with a pair of scissors.
Not to be thought of as a lesser supper hangout than Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant, Scissors Cut Curry Rice serves a pretty mean Hainanese Curry Rice with Fried Pork Cutlet (SGD3.50), which, despite its rather old exterior, attracts a steady stream of loyal customers, especially as a late-night food hangout.
Price range: $3.50 for a plate of Hainanese Curry Rice. Menu unavailable online.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11AM – 3.30AM
Address: 229 Jln Besar, Singapore 208905
3. Niqqi’s The Cheese Prata Shop
Tucked away in the Pasir Panjang housing area, it is more or less a hideout populated by NUS students staying in halls and even former students who come back for a hearty supper here for nostalgic reasons.
Don’t be misled by its name – while its signature may be its Cheese Prata, what draws the NUS crowd over is its long, extensive list of over 20 different prata, from “weirder” flavour combinations like egg, chicken, chili, and cheese prata (S$4.80) to sweet prata like their Durian Prata (S$2.50), as well as the crunchy, towering Tissue Prata (S$2.50), ideal for sharing with a group of friends.
Price range: Prata starts from S$0.90 and onwards
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily
Address: #01-00, 18 Clementi Road, Singapore 129747
4. Al-Ameen Eating House
Another popular supper hangout for NUS students living in the nearby campus(es), it may have almost every cuisine under its proverbial umbrella, from Thai, to Chinese, to Malay, to Western food, but it is an Indian food place, at heart.
The true stand-out dishes of this place are definitely its Butter Chicken (S$8), and its Chicken Tikka (S$9). To get every last drop of that creamy butter chicken sauce, scoop it up with their chewy, oh-so-fluffy Naan (S$1).
Price range: S$6 and up
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily
Address: 438 Pasir Panjang Road, 118779
5. Hai Xian Zhu Zhou (Ke Kou Mian)
Instant noodles, we can almost unanimously agree, are one of the world’s tastiest, sinful things. So bad for our health, but so, so tasty, and an absolute comfort food for supper.
Ke Kou Mian, as this humble hawker stall is commonly referred to, attracts absolute drones of people to the stall. It cooks the oh-so-comforting Koka instant noodles, jam-packs it with homely ingredients like seafood, meats and veggies, and gives you four broths to choose from: seafood, pork, tom yam, or spicy, for just an overall hearty meal.
And if you’re worried about it being overly salty or having that tell-tale MSG taste? Plenty of reviewers online would beg to differ, even saying that it tastes healthy, and generally less salty yet more flavourful, compared to your run-of-the-mill MSG-saturated instant noodle broth.
Besides, if you were out with your friends looking for supper in the middle of the night, could there not be a more comforting option than a piping hot bowl of instant noodles?
P.S. For the super health conscious, don’t worry, they have other healthier noodle options like beehoon, ee mian, and various others if you still wanna have your hearty bowl of soup and eat it too!
Price range: From S$3 for a small pork broth bowl
Opening hours: Bukit Panjang: Fri – Wed: 4AM – 2.30PM | Thurs: Closed
Yishun: Thurs – Tues: 6AM – 3PM | Wed: Closed
Address: 163A Gangsa Road, Bukit Panjang, Singapore 671163 | #01-472 Choh Dee Place, Blk 233 Yishun
6. Guan Kee Grill Seafood
Located in Newton Food Centre, a famous hawker centre in its own right, it also has popular late-night supper haunts for you night bugs.
Looking for something to light your taste buds (and stomach) aflame? Look no further than Guan Kee Grill Seafood’s BBQ Sambal Stingray (S$12/15/20), and dig into the spicy, tangy lime-infused sambal sauce and the fresh, fleshy meat of the stingray.
We’d say that anyone who doesn’t like such a winning combination deserves to get their citizenship revoked, but we’ll give you one chance to give this place a try. (Just kidding!)
Price range: S$12 for a small portion of BBQ stingray
Opening hours: Daily: 5PM – 2AM | Closed on alternate Tuesdays
Address: #01-53 Newton Circus Food Centre, 500 Clemenceau Ave North, 229495
Another popular supper haunt for post-club party goers due to its proximity to nightclubs, Spize serves a wide selection of food ranging from Mediterranean, Indian, Thai food, and many other Singaporean street food.
With such a wide selection of food, this is the supper place you go with your friends when your friends reply to you with the ever-so-annoying “Anything! You decide!” Because Spize is literally “anything” embodied, so they have no reason to complain, really.
Price range: From S$5.90 – S$15++. Seafood platters go from around S$16.90 – S$38.90, for large portions. View the menu here.
Opening hours: River Valley: Mon – Fri: 6pm to 6am, Sat – Sun: 6pm to 7am
Bedok: Mon – Fri: 11AM – 4AM | Sat – Sun: 11AM – 4.30AM
Address: 409 River Valley Road, Singapore 248307 | 336 Bedok Road, Singapore 469512
8. Springleaf Prata
Yet another prata joint? Well, it seems that Indian-Muslim foods are popular supper places, so sit tight, strap in, and enjoy the ride.
But what makes Springleaf Prata so different from all the other prata joints are their ultra HUMONGOUS portions of prata, as well as free self-service helpings of their delicious curry – both chicken and fish curries, might we say, were definitely punchy, flavourful, and slurp-worthy on their own if we didn’t feel so guilty of our growing waistlines.
Air-conditioned, relatively spacious, with tasty, hearty prata and other Indian foods to enjoy, we’d be hard pressed to find anyone who wouldn’t be having a good time here.
Although slightly pricier than their regular prata, their Egg Benedict Prata (S$5), which, as strange as it sounds, actually goes pretty well together with the crunchy prata underneath.
Price range: From S$1.10 onwards, for the plain prata. View the menu here.
Opening hours: 8AM – 12AM
Address: The Rail Mall, 396 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 678048
9. Ladyboy Mookata
Source: Ladyboy Mookata Facebook Page
We know that fad diets like the recently popularised intermittent fasting tell us that late-night snacking is bad for our weight-loss goal, but hey, you wouldn’t be on this article if you weren’t looking to indulge. This is why something as sinfully decadent as this is going to tickle your palate for supper.
This is Ladyboy Mookata in a nutshell – free-flow of grilled meats galore, dipped in a moat of decadent, gooey, oh-so-sinful cheese. ‘nuff said.
We need to warn you about the long, snaking lines. Try to reserve seats ahead of time or be prepared to wait an hour or two to get your seats for a great supper.
Price range: S$30/pax
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 6PM – 2AM | Sat: 5PM – 2AM | Sun: 5PM – 1AM
Address: 644 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389574
10. Da Long Yan Hot Pot
Love the mala craze that is still really hot in Singapore? Try out Da Long Yan Hot Pot’s spicy, punchy mala steamboat broth, with free-flow assorted meats and veggies to soak it all up – a supper that is guaranteed to keep you up at night!
Price range: S$28.90/pax
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 5PM – 3AM | Sat – Sun: 5PM – 5AM
Address: 747 Geylang Road, Singapore 389654
11. Eminent Frog Porridge
Offering a variety of frog porridge, Eminent Frog Porridge is known for its delicious porridge – from its succulent juicy, tender meat to the soft, but not watery texture of the porridge to make for a piping hot, hearty meal, it is a meal that is hard to hate.
Its long snaking queues and drones of loyal customers are testament to its quality porridges. Without a doubt, this is definitely one of the most popular supper places in Singapore.
They also serve up other frog dishes like fried crispy frog, and a whole frog at S$8 – S$13, if you and your pals are inclined to try.
Price range: S$4 for a bowl of frog porridge
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 5PM – 3.30AM
Address: 323 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389359
12. Rochor Beancurd House
Enjoy some traditional beancurd at Rochor Beancurd House – which has customers coming back for more if it’s silky-smooth Tau Huey, with just the right amount of sweetness.
They also have other snacks for you to get your late-night supper fix, such as their Portuguese Egg Tart, and their You Tiao, perfect for dunking into your Soya Bean Drink. Opening till 3am, this is the perfect supper spot in Singapore if you’re craving something sweet.
Price range: S$4 for a bowl of Tau Huey
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 12PM – 3AM
Address: 745 Geylang Road, Singapore 389653
13. 126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi
Another popular late-night Dim Sum stall, what makes 126 from Swee Choon is that it’s open daily, and for 24 hours a day!
Try their Pork Belly Buns (S$3.50), which is wrapped in a thinner version of the traditional kung ba pau bun, in the form of a roll, with juicy, succulent, fatty pork meat in the centre.
Another unique eat that makes them starkly different from other dim sum restaurants would be their crab dishes, such as their Stir Fried White Pepper Crab Bee Hoon (S$10) and their Mantou served with Chili Crab Sauce (S$6), for a true Singaporean feast.
Price range: Prices unavailable online. Menu can be viewed here.
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily
Address: 126 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387449
14. Fei Fei Wanton Mee
Known for their bouncy egg noodles, and the very fact that it’s open for 24 hours, on all days of the week, keeps a steady stream of customers hoping to satiate their Wanton Mee fix, especially in the late night.
While the portions lean towards the small side, let’s be honest – it might very well be a blessing in disguise. After all, we know that frequent suppers are just bad, bad, bad to the bone for you and your health.
They also have meaty, tantalising meatballs (S$4/7) if wanton mee’s simply not enough!
Price range: S$4/5 for a bowl of wanton mee
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily
Address: 73 Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore 427790
15. Nana Original Thai Food
Located in Golden Mile Complex, Singapore’s unofficial Little Thailand, you can be sure you’ll be getting authentic Thai fare at Nana Original Thai Food.
Feeling guilty about midnight snacking (but still need to satisfy those munchies)? Try out their Thai Mango Salad (S$5) with the just right amount of spiciness, sourness, from the limes and mangoes, followed by a burst of sweetness from the onions and prawns for a truly tantalising, but guilt-free meal. Yum yum yum!
Other favourites include their fragrant, lemongrass-infused Tomyam Seafood Soup (S$10), and their Pad Thai with Fresh Prawns (S$5) if you’re looking for a sweeter Pad Thai with more of the sweet, Thai flair rather than the “localised” tone-down flavour.
Price range: Prices unavailable online.
Opening hours: Opens 24 hours daily
Address: 5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex #01-51/52, Singapore 199588
16. One Place Bistro and Bar
This may be one of the pricier supper places in our list, but we assure you the prices are completely worth it.
Serving up interesting, diverse foods you’re unlikely to get anywhere else, such as their Soft Shell Capellini Chili Crab Pasta (S$35) and Beef and Beer Chili Fries (S$15), this is where you’d want to visit for good food, or just to indulge in novelty of the dishes.
Psst, try out their Surprize cocktail, where you’ll leave the mixologist to create exciting new concoctions not from the menu!
Price range: Entrees go for S$18 and up
Opening hours: Sun – Fri: 6PM – 1AM | Sat: 6PM – 2AM
Address: 273 Jln Kayu, Singapore 799501
17. Ponggol Nasi Lemak
While its main outlet at Punggol doesn’t quite open till late for supper-goers, its other two outlets in Serangoon and Tanjong Katong are open till 3.30am and 2.30am respectively, every day.
Serving one of Singapore’s most easily recognised foods, Nasi Lemak, with its fragrant coconut rice, alongside various fried delights of your choice, Ponggol Nasi Lemak is certainly a hot favourite amongst Singaporeans, especially for late-night suppers.
Price range: S$4.70 for a set and up. View their menu here.
Opening hours: Serangoon: 5.30PM – 3.30AM | Tanjong Katong: 5.30PM – 2.30AM
Address: 965 Upper Serangoon Rd Singapore 534721 | 238 Tanjong Katong Rd Singapore 437026
18. Yi Ji Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
Just one of those days where you wanna stuff your face with greasy, super healthy, but oh-so-delicious simple meals?
Check out Yi Ji Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee, loved for its charred, slightly smokey, signature wok hei taste, and its fiery chili that’ll burn your mouth.
Price range: S$5/7
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 5PM – 3AM
Address: 965 Upper Serangoon Rd, Singapore 534721
19. 333 Bak Kut Teh
Supper at midnight is all about finding the right comfort foods, and Bak Kut Teh, another classic Singaporean dish, is one that truly warms the soul.
What 333 Bak Kut Teh does, is serve a hot, piping comforting bowl of Bak Kut Teh – and does it well.
Enjoy that hot peppery soup with a bowl of fragrant rice? We guarantee that you’ll be satisfied.
Price range: S$5 for a bowl of Bak Kut Teh
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily
Address: 333 Balestier Road., Singapore 329765
20. Chomp Chomp Food Centre
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A favourite hangout amongst the “Northerners”, this food centre is where you and your pals can share various supper dishes like BBQ Seafood, Stingray (S$12) Sambal La-La Clams (S$8), and Sambal Kang Kong (S$8) from Hai Wei Yuan BBQ.
Lip smacking spicy seafood over good company? Sounds like a good time!
There’s also a Hokkien Mee stall that opens till 12am there – you wouldn’t want to miss it.
Price range: From S$8 and up
Opening hours: Tues – Sun: 5PM – 12AM | Mon: Closed
Address: Stall 1, Chomp Chomp Food Centre, 20 Kensington Park Road, Singapore 557269
21. [email protected] Garden
Only a walking distance from the famous Chomp Chomp Food Centre, oblong cafe is where you can head over for your ice cream-and-waffles fix after supper.
Not just your run of the mill ice-cream-and-waffles cafe, Oblong serves flavoured waffles, instead of simply settling for your average, plain waffles.
But wait, that’s not all – what oblong does differently is to also put a dollop of cream in between the two waffles served, depending on what complements your chosen waffle. Truly, all about reinventing the classic waffle.
Despite the many flavours of waffles such as Salted Egg, Tiramisu, Charcoal and many more, many patrons’ ultimate favourite would be the Red Velvet Waffles, that has a dollop of cream cheese in between with notes of chocolate singing through the fluffy waffles. Top it off with ice-cream and a cuppa coffee for their set (S$10) and you’ll be in for a truly decadent experience.
Price range: Plain buttermilk waffles go from S$4.50, and one scoop of ice cream from S$3.30.
Opening hours: Sun – Tues: 2PM – 12AM | Wed – Thurs: 7PM – 12AM | Fri – Sat: 2PM – 2AM
Address: 10 Maju Ave, Singapore 556688
22. Bar Bar Black Sheep
A pretty well-known bar that has several outlets, Bar Bar Black Sheep has a pretty unique concept of having three different kitchens which each specialise in a cuisine of their own – North Indian, Thai, and Western fare.
With so many kitchens to pick from, you never have to decide between their heavenly Butter Chicken or Hamburgers, when you can simply have both, on the same table here.
Did we also mention that there is NO Service Charge or GST whatsoever? Despite there being servers? Yeah.
Crowd favourites would, of course, be their creamy, smooth, Butter Chicken, with generous chunks of chicken meat, and their soft, fluffy Naan (S$2.40). For drinks, try out their Mango Lassi (S$7.90), a popular Indian drink made out of spice, yoghurt, and fruit to combat the tropical heat.\Plus, there’s a TV in the al fresco area, so you’ll truly feel like you’re at home with the buds (but with a variety of good food, and drinks!)
Price range: From S$6 – S$21
Opening hours: Robertson Quay: Mon – Thurs: 11AM – 12AM | Fri – Sat: 9AM – 2AM | Sun: 9AM – 12AM
For the opening hours of the other outlets, check it out here.
Address: #01-04 Robertson Quay Robertson Blue, 86 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238245 | Holland Village, 17E Lorong Liput, 277731 | 879 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 279892 | #01-05C Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
23. Beauty In The Pot
Scared all those late nights might be ruining your skin? Even though the fad of the collagen skin steamboat may be wayyy over, you might be interested to know that the Beauty In The Pot outlets open up till 3AM, and latest, 6AM, for the night owls.
Probably one of the most well-known collagen steamboats in Singapore, you can’t really go wrong with something that tastes good, and is supposedly good for you.
There are six soup bases available for you to choose from, including the Signature Beauty Collagen Broth (Shark’s Cartilage Soup), Signature Spicy Nourishing Soup (Pork Bone Soup), Herbal Drunken Chicken Broth, Cooling Coconut Broth, Longevity Wild Pine Mushroom Broth (Vegetarian), and Vitamin C Tomato Sweet Corn Broth – so you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice.
Price range: A single pot starts from S$14. Every additional quart-pot starts from S$5 each.
Opening hours: OneKM outlets at Paya Lebar are open till 3/3.30AM, while the outlet at The Centrepoint is open till 6AM. For more details on the opening hours, click here.
Address: #02-21 and #03-38, OneKM, 11 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437157 | #05-15/16 The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843
24. Tim Ho Wan
It has won one Michelin star in Hong Kong and is well-known even in Singapore; you may be surprised to find its name on our list of supper haunts.
For those with a hankering for some good ol’ reliable Dim Sum, Tim Ho Wan’s outlet in Aperia Mall in Kallang has its doors open till 3AM on Saturdays, for you and your pals.
For signature dishes, look no further than their signature Big 4 Heavenly Kings, although if we were pressed to pick just one dish, it would be their Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (S$7.80), with a crunchy exterior, and a steaming sweet pork filling, a nice change of pace from our traditional fluffy, soft Char Siew Bao.
Price range: From S$5.80 – S$8.80. Check out their menu online.
Opening hours: Sun – Thurs: 9AM – 11PM | Friday – Saturday 9AM – 3AM
Address: 12 Kallang Avenue, #01-01/02/03 Aperia, Singapore 339511
Chope Deal: Get up to 25% off at Tim Ho Wan
25. Fat Boy’s The Burger Bar
Very aptly named Fat Boy’s, this is a place that is truly dedicated to making you fat.
Featuring giant-sized, heart-stopping burgers with juicy patties, and decadent, super-sinful (but oh-so-delicious!) malt milkshakes, this is the perfect place to go to have a satisfying meal.
Muslim readers will be happy to know that Fat Boy’s has also opened a Halal-certified joint, which apparently is just as sinful and heart-attack inducing as its non-Halal counterpart. Check it out here!
Must-tries would be The Elvis ($12), made of a quirky combination of beef patty slapped on with grilled bananas, and creamy peanut butter, with a honey oat bun to top it all off. For those who want to stick with the classics go with Wimpy (S$15), made of a classic combination of a fried egg, turkey bacon, cheddar, bbq sauce, with a choice of a beef or lamb patty, and finally, topped off with sesame seed buns.
Both burgers are available in both Fat Boy’s, and in Fat Papa’s.
Price range: Burgers go from S$11 – S$19.80, while mains go from S$13 – S$22.
Opening hours: Opening hours differ from outlet to outlet, with most closing at either 11PM, and 12AM. Check them out here.
Address: Yew Lian Park, 187 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574335 | 122 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118544 | Serangoon Garden Estate, 11 Kensington Park Road, Singapore 557263 | Dhoby Ghaut, 38 Orchard Road, Singapore 238836 | Holland Village, 29 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277687
26. Seng Huat Bak Chor Mee
Another classic Singaporean dish that is an essential to any hawker centre, what makes Seng Huat Bak Chor Mee so special, among other Bak Chor Mee stalls, is that its fishballs are handmade, and are perfectly smooth and bouncy.
Its noodles also have that classic bouncy texture that is so sought after in the perfect bowl of Bak Chor Mee, soaked in a flavourful spicy-sour, chili-vinegar sauce.
Open 24 hours daily – which makes it a perfect supper place – and located right opposite Bugis Junction, you won’t have to go out of your way just to get a satisfying bowl of Bak Chor Mee.
Bored of the regular ol’ Bak Chor Mee? Get their Abalone Bak Chor Mee, at only S$5 (relatively expensive for hawker fare, but hey, S$5 for a big slab of abalone? Sign us up!)
Price range: From S$3.50
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily
Address: 492 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188737
27. Ah Chew’s Desserts
Another conveniently located supper spot, right opposite of Bugis Junction, and just by Liang Seah Street, Ah Chew’s Desserts attracts long, snaking queues – both locals and Chinese foreigners alike, looking for satisfying desserts.
Must-tries would be their Fresh Milk Steamed Egg (S$3.30 – 3.50) – which you can order in either hot or cold variants (we like the hot one!)
For the more health-conscious, there is an option available without the egg yolk, and just the egg white. Personally, we prefer the egg white version, for a clearer, less eggy taste, but for those who love eggs, the egg yolk option may just be your cup of tea!
Another must-try would be their Mango Pomelo Sago (S$4.50), which is flavourful, with generous helpings mango, sour pomelo, and sago in it.
P.S. Got a hankering for durian? Try out their Durian Sago (S$6.50), served with a generous helping of real durian and flavoured with real durians.
Price range: From S$2.30 – S$6.50. Check out their menu here.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 12.30PM – 12AM | Sat – Sun: 1.30PM – 12AM
Address: 1 Liang Seah Street, #01-10/11 Liang Seah Place, Singapore 189032
28. Dessert First
Often overshadowed by the vastly more “trendy” Korean Bingsu, the Taiwanese Snow Ice doesn’t hold back in its punches – what makes it different from Bingsu and our local Ice Kachang is its differently flavoured, and super vibrant smooth ice.
So instead of the more subtle milk-flavoured snow ice you’d get from your regular, run-of-the-mill Bingsu, Snow Ice hits you with a flavourful punch, that’ll have you wanting more.
Must-tries would be their Mango Snow Ice (S$7.50), and their Durian Snow Ice (S$8.50), topped with a generous helping of Durian pulp right atop, and around the snow ice.
You can also consider their Signature Durian Waffle (S$9.50), which is topped with an even more generous helping of durian puree, and vanilla ice cream, with a fluffy, piping-hot, soft waffles beneath, it would make any durian-lover sing to the heavens.
Price range: Snow Ice goes from S$7.50 – S$8.50
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 4PM – 1AM | Fri: 4AM – 2AM | Sat: 1PM – 2AM | Sun: 1PM – 1AM
Address: #01-04 Liang Seah Court, 8 Liang Seah Street, Singapore 189029
29. Two Chefs Eating Place
A rather renowned zichar place amongst fellow foodies, this rather humble-looking coffeeshop is nearly always packed with eager patrons – mostly big family groups – despite its appearance.
Affordable, yet delicious, the unofficial star dish of Two Chefs would arguably be its Butter Pork Ribs (S$8), pork ribs fried to crispy perfection whilst retaining its tenderness, sprinkled with condensed milk powder.
While it may sound like a rather odd combination, it works surprisingly well together, with the condensed milk powder adding a nice touch of sweetness, without overpowering the saltiness of the pork.
For those who love their coffee, there is also a coffee variation of the Butter Ribs, which is also equally tasty. Pick your poison!
Do take note that the Sin Ming outlet closes earlier than the Commonwealth outlet, at 10.30PM compared to 11.30PM, so for your late night supper, the Commonwealth outlet may be a better bet for supper!
Price range: From S$4 – S$23 (for seasonal seafood)
Opening hours: Mon: 5PM – 11.30PM | Tues – Sun: 11.30AM – 2.30PM; 5PM – 11.30PM | Closed on Every Last Mon of the Month
Address: #01-129, 116 Commonwealth Crescent, Singapore 140116 | #02-01, 409 Sin Ming Avenue, Singapore 570409
30. Nunsongyee Korean Dessert Café
Since we already have so many savoury places that open 24 hours daily on our list, how about some icy, cold, sweet desserts?
With its main flagship outlet located in the middle of Rochor and Bugis, and the only outlet that is open 24/7, Nunsongyee is no stranger to the student crowd – particularly those from the neighbouring schools nearby, from the likes of NAFA, SOTA, and SMU.
For those who don’t like going to the city area, don’t worry – Nunsongyee also has outlets in Tanjong Katong, Century Square, Upper Thompson, and Bukit Timah.
Try their signature Injeolmi Bingsu (S$14.90), or for something different, how about giving their Snow White Bingsu (S$18.90) – an interesting mix of sweet white chocolate, cheese and biscuit bits – a whirl?
Intending to chat through the night with your friends? Get your coffee fix with their very own Coffee Bingsu (S$18.90), a favourite in Korea.
Price range: Prices unavailable online.
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily
Address: 534 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188749
31. Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak
Don’t worry fellow Westies, we certainly haven’t forgotten about you! For supper in the West of Singapore, check out this simple, no-frills Nasi Lemak stall that sells only Nasi Lemak. Its flavourful coconut rice is paired with spicy sambal, otak, fried egg and crispy fried, succulent chicken, and is a winning combination that attracts long queues at almost all times of the day.
Price range: S$2.50 for the fish set, and S$3 for the fried chicken set
Opening hours: Mon: 4.30PM – 3.30AM | Tues – Sun: 6.30AM to 3.30AM
Address: Blk 221B Boon Lay Place, #01-106, Singapore 642221
32. Ramen Keisuke Lobster King
Located almost right next to Zouk, Ramen Keisuke Lobster King is the place you want to go if you’re looking for a nice hearty affordable meal.
Specialising in several variations of lobster ramen and nothing more – with its soup reminiscent of lobster bisque in taste, this, we think would be the ultimate seafood paradise for seafood lovers.
Want something lighter? Go for their lighter, clear broth (S$13.90), but for those who want a hearty, thick, satisfying broth – the thick, rich broth (S$14.90) is the way to go.
Price range: From S$13.90 to S$20.90, with all toppings
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 5PM – 6AM
Address: 3C River Valley Road, #01-07, The Cannery, Singapore 179022
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10 Delicious Street Foods You Must Try in Singapore
Singapore may be among the world’s smallest countries, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with an astonishing culinary variety. Here are 10 street food items that shouldn’t be missed.
Don’t be put off by the name – frog porridge is one of the cleanest dishes you’ll ever eat, and far from a tourist-baiting piece of grotesquery. Frogs are marinated in soy, spring onions and wine, with spicy chili and milder ginger variations common. Cooked well, the frog meat is succulent, sweet and unbelievably delicate. Rumors that it tastes just like chicken may be exaggerated, but there are some similarities. The porridge that accompanies it is gloopy yet light. It often comes with a green onion sauce in most hawker stalls.
Frog porridge | © Pixabay
Developed by Hokkien immigrants from China, bah kut teh (‘meat bone tea’) has long been one of Singapore’s most popular street food dishes. It’s also one of the most mythologized. Tales abound of it being improvised by a poor cook attempting to use his meager resources to feed a starving beggar. Some say its name comes from its brown tea-like appearance; others, from the oolong tea served alongside it to dilute the fat. It comprises juicy pork ribs, simmered for hours in a rich herbal broth. Sounds simple? The soup is highly complex, and demands the right quantities of garlic, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel and dang gui to achieve the best flavor. Other ingredients, such as tofu, youtiao (fried dough) and mushrooms, are sometimes added. Teochew, the most popular variant, is light in color, while the original Hokkien recipe uses dark soy sauce for a saltier taste. Try it at Song Fa, which has specialized in bah kut teh since 1969.
Bah Kut Teh | © Jonathan Lin
Known as Ikan Bakar (‘barbequed fish’) in Malay, sambal stringray is a Singaporean invention. For years, stingray was looked down upon as a cheap, poor tasting fish. Then someone in the local Malay community had a novel idea – smear it with spicy sambal sauce. The resulting combination is a street food revelation. The fish is grilled in banana leaf, retaining its natural flavors. Sambal, a mixture of chili peppers, belacan (shrimp paste), shallots and spices, is spread on top. It’s often finished with a pot of cincalok (fermented krill) and a squirt of calamansi juice (a sour, lime-like fruit). At its best, the fish should have a crisp outside that breaks to reveal a moist interior. The simply named BBQ Seafood, in the Tamam Jurong Market, gets the balance just right.
Sambal Stingray | © Kyle Lamb Flickr | © Kyle Lamb / Flickr
Chili or pepper? It’s a difficult conundrum, and one that’s kept Singaporeans puzzled for years. A whole hard-shelled mud crab is stir-fried, either dry with black pepper or in a thick chili and tomato sauce. The chili recipe is older, originating in 1956 from a single seafood cart, but the pepper version followed soon after 1959. Both are mouthwatering, but to our mind the black pepper variety served with lush jackfruit sauce can’t be beaten. Long Beach Seafood cooked the original pepper crab and Red House Seafood is known for its chili. For the best of both worlds – and numerous other recipes besides – head to Crab Party! where you can even choose the geographical origin of your crustacean right at the street food stall.
Crabs galore | © Reylia Slaby / c/o Reylia Slaby Photography
Blame for this delightful combination lies with immigrants from the island of Hainan, at China’s southern tip. In Singapore, chicken rice has become something of an unofficial national dish, and is regularly voted one of the tastiest in the whole world. Following Hainanese tradition, a whole chicken – preferably old and plump, and so laden with oil – is dipped in a warm pork and chicken bone broth until cooked. It is then sliced, and presented with rice cooked in its own separate vat of chicken stock. A hot chili dip is served alongside, topped with ginger and soy sauce. Alongside the main variant, dubbed luji, the street food dish can be presented Shaoji (‘roasted’) or Baiji, where it is dipped in ice for a refreshing, squishy skin. Ming Kee, in the Bishan district, prepares some of the best, but you’ll be able to find chicken rice everywhere in the city. And if you’re ever bored of it, why not try duck rice, a distinctly different plate cooked using the same techniques?
Chicken Rice | © Wasabi Kiwi
Not for nothing is durian nicknamed the king of fruits. Singaporeans, along with their neighbors in Southeast Asia, have an insatiable appetite for the spiky treat. The famed theater in Esplanade area was even designed to mimic one. So pungent that it’s banned from enclosed public spaces such as hotels and trains, the durian is something of an acquired taste. When the Victorian evolutionist Alfred Russell Wallace claimed it had ‘a rich custard highly flavored with almonds’, he was probably just being polite. Persevere, though, and you’ll find a distinctively sweet flavor, used in Singapore to create all manner of deserts and drinks. Buy one from Teo Boon Teck and his daughter, who will guide you through the numerous varieties.
Fresh durian fruit
These two dishes, though both distinct, share a unifying ingredient – eggs. Oh-luak is an oyster omelet, made from fried egg and potato starch along with the delectable shellfish. Starch-less versions can be purchased, but they have a thinner taste. Originally from Taiwan, the Singaporean variant is always accompanied with chili vinegar. Ah Hock Fried Oyster Hougang serves some of the best. Chai tao kway, also known misleadingly as carrot cake, is generally served in the same stalls as oh-luak, and consists of egg-fried perverted radish, radish cake and seasonings. Its name comes from the apparent resemblance between carrots and radishes, and it’s often served for breakfast in many street food stalls.
There are few delicacies more disturbing to western diners than fish heads, which are often left behind after the rest of the meat is consumed. In Southeast Asia, however, it forms the basis for several delightful dishes, of which the most sainted is a curry. Originally from the Bengali region but refined to its present form in Singapore, the curry is a rich yet thin Keralan variety, with brinjal (eggplant) and Lady’s Finger (okra) often added for texture. Soaked in the sauce, the fish head is crisp and aromatic. Indian-run street food stalls tend to serve spicier varieties while the Chinese prefer a sweeter version. It’s the asam style – with tamarind for a sour finish – that’s most unusual. Try it in Gua Ma Jia, which opened in 2011 but already reputed to serve the city’s best.
Red Fish Curry | © Joshua Rappeneker
If you try only one dish in Singapore, make it laksa. The hallmark of Peranakan cuisine, which melds Malay and Chinese influences, laksa is a creamy coconut sauce filled with vermicelli noodles and fried bean curd. Slices of fish, shrimp and cockles are added for a hearty yet healthy meal. Like fish head curry, it can be enjoyed in a tamarind-filled asam variant which adds shredded mackerel and pieces of mangosteen. All laksa includes diced greens such as onion, pineapple, chili and cucumber, along with Vietnamese mint and bunga kantan (torch ginger) for taste. Some restaurants, especially in the Katong district, serve it with the noodles cut into small pieces, allowing it to be eaten as a soup. Get yours at 328 Katong Laksa, a street food stall which beat Gordon Ramsey in a televised cooking challenge.
Laksa | © Tiberiu Ana/Flickr
After all these spicy delicacies, make sure you have room for dessert. Tau hua is the local version of the Chinese donhua, where it is often served as a savory dish. In Singapore, however, it’s doused with a sweet syrup infused with pandan leaves and topped with ginkgo seeds. Formed from grainy bean curd tofu, it can be served both hot and cold. Avoid a recent jelly-like version, which contains huge amounts of sugar. QQ Soyabean serves some of the most authentic, with an almond version for those who like their desserts extra-sweet.
25 Places That Prove The West May Have The Best Food In Singapore
Best food in the West of Singapore
The West side of Singapore is no longer the industrial zone it used to be. It’s so well-developed now that we’ve managed to find other things to do in the West! With Singapore’s fast-paced developments, new shopping malls like JCube, JEM, Big Box and Westgate sprouting up, and the abundance of good food, the West has come a long way.
Today, we bring you the best food places in the West of Singapore, most of which are well-kept secrets by the residents who live here. For those living in the other regions of Singapore, these are 25 reasons you need to travel to the West. From cafe foods to hearty local delights and even lip-smacking Halal goodies, the West is a treasure trove of delicious grub.
1. For Fish Lovers – Zai Shu Curry Fish Head
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Let’s start with something really local, and there’s nothing more local than curry fish head. Though it’s summer all year round in our little island of Singapore, we’re always chowing down on something spicy or curry. We love our spice too much.
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head is famous for their fish, done a la Curry Fish head style or steamed. The fish is super fresh, no fishy smell and it comes in generous, meaty portions. Their curry fish head is not too spicy but is more on the sour side. Portions are generous, so prepare to order more rice to soak with curry.
Address: 253 Jurong East Street 24, #01-205, Singapore 600253
Opening hours: Thurs-Tues 7AM-3PM (Closed on Wed)
Telephone: 6560 8594
2. For Cafe Lovers – W39 Bistro & Bakery
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With such a lively cafe scene in Singapore, new joints are opening (and closing) faster that you can say “Abracadabra!”.
Not as raved about as other cafes in the West (think D’Good Cafe and Sunday Folks), W39 Bistro & Bakery is one of my favorite cafes. This cozy home-styled bistro and bakery serves up comforting grub. They have brunch, lunch and dinner menus complete with a range of sweets for the sweet-toothed. I especially love their Pan-Seared Lamb Rack ($28).
Address: 39 Jalan Mas Puteh, Off West Coast Road, Singapore 128637
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 11AM-10PM, Sat & Sun 9AM-10PM
Telephone: 9646 5372
3. For Curry Lovers – Gorilla Curry
As far as comfort food goes, we can never go wrong with a hearty plate of curry. Westies can get their curry rice fix over at Gorilla Curry, which is nestled in Bukit Batok just 10 minutes away from Bukit Gombak MRT station.
This teeny stall was formerly known as Lao Cai’s Curry, but has since rebranded earlier this year to have a more modern appeal. They’re serving up delectable curry with meats like salted egg chicken thigh cutlets and braised pork, along with veggies and a sunny side up egg. Prices for their pre-set meals start from $4 per plate.
Mala addicts, in particular, can satisfy their spice cravings with dishes like the Mala Fried Fillet Curry Rice ($4.50). The spice-coated chicken pairs wonderfully with the creamy curry, leaving your belly full and giving your taste buds that shiok sensation.
You can get it delivered to you regardless of where you live, as islandwide delivery is available via FoodLine.
Address: 323 Bukit Batok Street 33, Singapore 650323
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 8.30AM-3PM
Telephone: 8728 8886
4. Supper till 4am – Joo Seng Teochew Porridge and Rice
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The variety at Joo Seng Teochew Porridge and Rice beats most Teochew porridge stalls. Although their food is priced higher than usual, the variety and taste more than compensates for it. One of their must-tries is the boneless duck – which is tender, lean and well seasoned.
While not all the dishes are well executed, one plus point is the braised sauce served together to douse your porridge with – which makes it comfort food of the highest order.
Address: 14 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599738
Opening hours: 9.30AM-4AM, Daily
Telephone: 6463 0768
5. For The Vegetarians – Daehwa Vegetarian Restaurant
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So aptly named, Daehwa (the sister restaurant of The Boneless Kitchen) is of a rarer breed than a normal vegetarian store – it’s a Korean Vegetarian store! Piqued your interest yet?
Korean vegetarian food is rare in Singapore. Instead of the usual huge communal servings, the owners, NTU grad Rose Tan and her NUS grad pal Wang Xiudian, decided to serve their food in single serving portions so anybody can pop by for a meal by themselves. The Korean hot sauce and kimchi are handmade using vegetarian ingredients.
Address: 1 Fusionopolis Place, Galaxis Building, #01-35, Singapore 138632
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 11AM-9PM, Sat & Sun 12PM-9PM
Telephone: 6254 8446
6. Smoky goodness – New Lucky Claypot Rice
At New Lucky Claypot Rice, they still cook their claypot rice using the traditional charcoal, which explains why there’s a minimum waiting time of 15 minutes even during off-peak hours. But the wait is worth it as the rice is well-cooked, fragrant and full of the juicy goodness from the chicken pieces.
They also offer several other dishes like oyster sauce vegetables and soup.
Address: Holland Drive Market & Food Centre, 44 Holland Drive #02-19, Singapore 270044
Opening hours: Thurs-Tues 11AM-1PM, 5PM-8PM (Closed on Wed)
Telephone: 6778 7808
7. For Hotpot Fans – HaiDiLao
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The West is now home to the popular Sichuan hotpot chain restaurant Hai Di Lao at IMM, much to HDL’s fans’ delight. This outlet has been a well kept secret amongst West-dwelling Singaporeans and thankfully, the queue is not as daunting as its town counterparts. Plus, the complimentary fresh fruits and manicures provided by HDL help to pass the time as you wait.
Hai Di Lao is known for their numbing spicy soup bases and the freedom to customise your own dipping sauce. Alternatively, cool down with their free flow of fruits and soy bean pudding. Regulars recommend the fresh tasting meat, especially the Gongfu noodles – it’s served along with a performance you don’t want to miss.
Tip: Make a reservation two weeks in advance to guarantee yourself a table!
Address: IMM Building, 2 Jurong East Street 21 #03-01, Singapore 609601
Opening hours: 10.30AM-6AM, Daily
Telephone: 6896 4111
8. For a meal of sweet, sour and spicy – A Rashid Khan
At A Rashid Khan, mee siam comes in two forms – with ($5) and without ($3.50) mutton cubes. This mee siam is so far one of the best I’ve tasted, with its slightly sweet, peanut-ty gravy, orange-tinged vermicelli, and the mutton cubes that are neither too chewy nor gamey. It’s light on the tongue and not too jelat.
Address: Ayer Rajah Food Centre, 503 West Coast Drive, #01-58, Singapore 120503
Opening hours: Daily, 8.30AM-1AM
9. Sticks & Meats – Chai Ho Satay
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At 45 cents per stick, the satay from Chai Ho Satay has got to be one of the cheapest non-halal satay stalls in Singapore.
The pork satay here has succulent meat with a slight sweetness complete with a smoky flavor. Though they can be inconsistent at times with some overly-charred or dry sticks, the fragrant peanut gravy together with the juicy pieces of meat are worth queuing for.
Address: Clementi Central Market & Hawker Centre, 448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-10, Singapore 120448
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 1PM-9PM
10. Soup for Your Skin – Tsukada Nojo
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It is hard to find quality Japanese hotpot at affordable prices. But here at Tsukada Nojo, you get to savour their specialty hotpot Bijin Nabe, a chicken collagen hot pot served with organic vegetables.
There’s a catch though: the hotpot is only available for dinner on weekdays and there’s a 2-person minimum order. That said, you get a generous portion of locally-grown organic vegetables, amongst other hotpot ingredients like prawns and enoki mushrooms. Queues snake around the corner for this outlet so be prepared to wait for more than 30 minutes.
Address: Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, #03-04/04A, Singapore 608532
Opening hours: 11.30AM-3.30PM & 5PM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6465 9356
11. For a vegetarian midday snack – My Cosy Corner
Another popular hole-in-the-wall would be My Cosy Corner. Situated in a corner of Coronation Plaza, their signature dish is the popiah which is chock full of turnip, egg, and peanuts.
I waited close to 30minutes for a single roll of popiah the last time I was there, so expect to wait during peak hours. The chilli they put inside is not for the faint hearted – so be warned.
They also sell a large variety of food from Western to Japanese and even local favorites like Mee Siam.
Address: Coronation Shopping Plaza, 587 Bukit Timah Road, #02-02, Singapore 269707
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-7PM, Sun 11AM-4PM
Telephone: 6463 8286
12. For the meat lovers! – Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh
I used to frequent this BKT stall when I was young. Occupying 3 stall spaces, they see a constant stream of customers daily. My favorite would be the free flow hot, peppery soup they offer. Some also rave about their soft, melt-in-your-mouth braised pork trotters which is a delight to have with white rice.
Address: 349 Jurong East Avenue 1, #01-1215, Singapore 600349
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 8AM-7.15PM, Sun 8AM-3.30PM
Telephone: 9111 8129
13. For the occasional indulgence – Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak
Its name speaks for itself – this is one “power” nasi lemak which attracts throngs of people. Their chicken wings are freshly fried and served crispy, which are perfectly complemented by the soft coconut rice and kickass chilli.
Address: 221A/B Boon Lay Place, #01-106, Singapore 619332
Opening hours: 6AM-3.30AM, Daily
Telephone: 6266 4466
14. 24/7 Halal snacks – Richie’s Crispy Puff
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Rarely do you find stalls that are open 24/7 – but over at Richie’s Crispy Puff, you’ll find them churning out their delectable puffs around the clock.
Having tried their puffs before, I must say they’re really delicious, albeit a little too oily for my tastebuds. The pastry skin is handmade and freshly fried in the shop, with a medley of fillings offered from sardine to even durian! They’re Halal-certified, so our Muslim friends can enjoy them too.
Address: 349 Jurong East Avenue 1, #01-1201, Singapore 600349
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily
Telephone: 6345 5225
15. Vintage charm & delicious sweets – Carpenter and Cook
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If you’re craving for some sweet treats, head over to Carpenter and Cook. Not to be confused with Baker and Cook, this vintage home store and cafe is beautifully decorated where even the food and drinks are served elegantly in cute tea cups and plates.
Though I feel that prices are a little steep for the portion sizes, the taste makes up for it. One of my favorites is the Passionfruit Meringue Tart ($6.50), which is simultaneously sweet and tangy.
Address: 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-06, Singapore 598120
Opening hours: Weekdays 10AM-10PM, Sat 9AM-10PM, Sun 9AM-9PM
Telephone: 6463 3648
16. For the avid #foodstagrammer – Sunday Folks
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Sunday Folks is known for their crisp waffles (from $8.80), topped with a smooth soft serve and the choice of additional toppings like fruits and oats. Served up in a neat stack, these waffles are so photogenic that there’s no way you can resist a quick IG story.
Address: 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-52 Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278116
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 1PM-10PM
Telephone: 6479 9166
17. Drinks and hearty Mexican – El Patio Mexican Restaurant and Wine Bar
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Looking for some Mexican fare on a Friday night out? El Patio Mexican Restaurant and Wine Bar has you covered with some of the best tacos in Singapore.
Not to be missed is their El Patio’s Tacos de Pescado ($18) for some well-marinated fish wrapped in your choice of soft or hard taco shells. Celebrate the night over their variety of house pours, cocktails and beers.
Address: 34 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, S277691
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 12:00 – 23:00, Sat & Sun: 11:00 – 22:30
Telephone: 6468 1520
18. When the noodle cravings strike – Kok Kee Wanton Mee
Add another one to the list of good wanton mee in the west! For those who don’t know, there’s also a Kok Kee Wanton Mee branch at Jurong West, no need to travel all the way to Lavender whenever the craving strikes. The queues are pretty long come lunchtime but the QQ noodles with nary a hint of lye smell to them is worth the wait.
Address: Jurong West Food Centre, 505 Jurong West Street 52, #01-14, Singapore 640505
Opening hours: 7AM-12PM or until sold out, Daily
19. For Sunday brunch – Choupinette
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Another of my favorite brunch restaurants, Choupinette is known to sell one of the best egg benedicts in Singapore. True to that, my eggs benedict came perfectly poached with a creamy hollandaise sauce to top it off. The restaurant is pretty small, so go early or be prepared to wait.
Address: 607 Bukit Timah Road, #01-01, Singapore 269708
Opening hours: Mon 9AM-4PM, Tues-Sat 8AM-7PM, Sun 8AM-5PM
Telephone: 6466 0613
20. To curb the late night hunger pangs – ENAQ Restaurant
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Aching for some crispy hot off the pan prata? Swing by ENAQ. My advice would be to drive here, as it’s an ulu eatery hidden deep inside the suburbs.
Not only do they serve prata with a special ikan bilis chilli, they also serve a range of other indian favorites like biryani, murtabak, thosai, oothappam and more. They used to operate 24 hours, but it has since been revised due to several noise complaints. What a pity.
Tip: tell them to hold on the oil if you prefer your pratas less oily.
Address: 303 Jurong East Street 32, Singapore 600303
Opening hours: Mon 7AM-10.30PM, Tues-Sun 7AM-11PM
Telephone: 6899 0842
21. For some hearty, spicy local delights – Nasi Padang
As simple as its name goes, this stall’s nasi padang is definitely not to be frowned upon. Their signature dishes include Fried Long Beans with Tempeh, Brinjal with Sambal, Beef Rendang and Assam Fish. Prices are reasonable for their nasi padang however if you’re more of a ‘noodles’ person, they offer an equally good Mee Rebus ($3) complete with a tasty, thick piquant sauce.
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore 150123, Alexandra Village Food Centre #01-66
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 9AM-3PM or until sold out, Daily
22. A taste of nostalgia – Hock Sin Kee Tze Char
Image credit: Margaret Drive Lost and Found
Hock Sin Kee Tze Char has been cooking up such old school delights for decades. Their dishes elicit nostalgia such as the Pork Chop (from $6) tossed in a slightly tangy, thick and sweet ketchup-based sauce as well as a Sweet and Sour Whole Fish (from $19 – $30)
The fried egg omelette is cooked differently than the normal. Usually served dry, Hock Sin Kee does theirs doused in a thick homemade sauce which would go so well with a bowl of white rice.
Address: Alexandra Village Food Centre, 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-02, Singapore 150120
Opening hours: 10AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 8712 1132
Best food options in the West of Singapore
With so much awesome food in the West, no wonder so many Westsiders are so reluctant to meet in town for lunch. Whether you’re a healthy eater, a Japanese food lover, or are best satisfied by the quintessentially Singaporean satay, there’s bound to be something that will please your tummy here.
In fact, some first-time tourists were recently given an all-expenses paid, 4-day trip to Singapore with one condition: they could only visit the West side of Singapore. The novel idea was one thought up by SingaporeWest.sg to put Singapore on the map not just for Orchard Road and Sentosa, but also for more heartland attractions.
They had a great time sampling the best of our local food and had as great a shopping experience as any other tourist. On top of that, they had an excellent time in Singapore, go-karting, canoe-poloing, rock-climbing, brewery-touring, and trampoline-jumping. Check out some videos of their adventures, which are part of their “My Singapore West Adventure” experience.
If we’ve missed any of your favourite foods in the West, feel free to share them in the comments below!
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Original article published by Averlynn Lim on 25th August 2015. Last updated by Farzana Fattah on 17th August 2020.
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The first museum of contemporary art opens in Jakarta • ARTANDHOUSES
The country’s first Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art MACAN opened in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.It is based on the collection of Haryanto Adikoesoemo , a local entrepreneur and philanthropist, which contains more than 800 works by foreign and Indonesian artists.
The museum building was designed by the famous British bureau MET Studio , which built cultural institutions in the UK, the Netherlands, Mexico, Spain and other countries. MACAN consists of several stacked parallelepipeds of glass and concrete, with giant view windows and panoramic views of Jakarta.In the museum complex, the exhibition space is allocated over 2000 sq. m, about the same amount is occupied by a children’s center, a restaurant and a shop. The museum has a courtyard with a garden for displaying sculptures, as well as two spaces at the entrance, where they plan to place large-scale objects specially created for the museum. At the MACAN opening, installations for this place were made by Japanese artist Yukinori Yanagi .
The collection of art of the XX-XXI centuries, assembled by Adikoesoyemo, is considered one of the largest and highest quality in the region.Inaugural Exhibition “Art Turns. World Turns. Exploring the Collection of Museum MACAN opened to the public on 4 November and features over ninety works by seventy artists. Among them are the works of Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Damien Hirst, Lee Ufan, Takashi Murakami and many others. The first exhibition will run until March 18, 2018.
MACAN Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
MET Studio Design Ltd.
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Photo by Yori Antar
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Photo by Yori Antar
Collection of Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN)
“Rush 20 / Cloister”
Collection of Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN)
Infinity Mirrored Room – Brilliance of the Souls
Copyright of Yayoi Kusama
Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore
Collection of Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN)
© Justin Shoulder
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© Justin Shoulder
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“Eins und Eins”
Performance: ‘First Sight’, 12 August 2017 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN)
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In the Muslim Quarter of Singapore | Islamosphere
The Islamic past of this island state was preserved in the Kampong Glam quarter, which turned into a kind of historical and cultural complex, where the columnist for the Emirati edition of The National went on a tour.
Singapore has long been considered the ideal transit destination for long-haul flights to Southeast Asia or Australia to New Zealand, and its compact size allows guests to make the most of these short stops.
Singapore’s geographic diversity and cosmopolitanism will satisfy the most eclectic tastes in both culinary and history. Both of these destinations combine quite well if you want to know more about Singapore’s Muslim community.
If you are short on time, your best bet is the Makan Makan 3-hour walking tour, which focuses on Kampong Glam, considered the island nation’s Muslim quarter.
The starting point of the tour is 40 minutes from the airport, right around the perimeter of the pedestrian zone – this is the Malay Cultural Heritage Center.
At 10am, when I drive up here just after a pouring rain, the spicy scent of the spice garden of this majestic place, located just outside the arched gate next to the wooden pagodas, hits me right in the nose.
One particularly familiar scent catches my attention. Among the vibrant greenery – a wide range of aromatic herbs, from blue ginger and laurel to turmeric and black pepper – is a bush of wild red flowers.
I grab the leaf and inhale deeply; carnation immediately evokes memories of my favorite teahouse in Abu Dhabi. “Today we call it the spice garden,” observes my cheerful guide Abdul Rahim. “But 700 years ago our Arab friends valued them like gold.”
Spices not only form the basis of Singaporean cuisine, they also play a fundamental role in understanding the origins of the country’s Islamic heritage. Like its neighbors in Southeast Asia, Singapore came to Islam through trade.
Aware of its strategic position as a convenient transit point between East and West (a factor that continues to shape the island nation’s economy), Arab traders from what is now the Persian Gulf and Yemen viewed Singapore as a transit point for spices from the region to Europe.
According to Abdul Rahim, it was such a lucrative business that it dizzy people. “Let me explain it to you as follows,” he says. “Arab merchants sent three ships loaded with spices to Europe at a time. They knew that one or two ships would not be able to get there due to pirates or bad weather, however, if one of them makes it to Europe, then the Arab traders involved in this venture, in fact, will be provided for life. “
Incense Shop / Photo Source: The National
As part of the excursion, Abdul Rahim takes us to the area where the richest ancestors of the inhabitants of this region once decided to intermarry with members of the Malay community and opened trade shops here.
However, we have to use our imaginations to imagine a completely different time. Located north of the Singapore River, old Kampong Glam is so far from its current state when it is a artsy hipster hub full of colorful Art Deco buildings, fashion houses and cafes.
Run by noble Arab landowners and merchants, Kampong Glam was originally a slew of shabby but noisy stalls and businesses offering services ranging from non-alcoholic “halal cosmetics” to abaya, oud and honey.
However, relatively recently, pilgrim firms were one of the main sources of income for the area. Singapore’s strategic location once again made it a starting point for believers from all over the region on their way to Mecca for the Hajj in the 1960s and 1970s.
Kampong Glam was a one-stop shop for all your needs: white robes, Korans, tasbihis and travel guides were sold here at affordable prices.
Such a number of pilgrims fell on this area that the narrow strip of road, where most of the pilgrim companies were located, became known as Haji Lane – Hajiyev Lane.
“My father told me that this street was submerged in a sea of white,” says 36-year-old Karim, locking up his small fabric store to go to midday prayer.
“It’s not as crowded here now as it used to be, but you still feel a special and, in my opinion, somewhat strange spirit. This is some kind of pacification, maybe the memory of the ancestors who once worked here. ”
Other streets are also named for practical reasons: there is Arab Street (Arab Street), named after Middle Eastern and Yemeni shop owners. It is now home to a Czech retail chain that includes a gallery and a Mediterranean-style bakery.Next are streets named after famous Muslim cities (due to the mixing of the local population with visitors from a wide variety of places), including the streets of Kandahar, Basra and Baghdad.
Colorful houses in Kampong Glam / Photo Source: The National
The most important among them is Muscat Street, which received its official name five years ago in honor of the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. It is located next to the main traffic artery of the North Bridge Road, with eight-meter granite arches engraved with ornate Omani patterns at both ends of narrow thoroughfares.
The street is also decorated with imported art and granite bas-reliefs showing Omani culture, depicting a traditional dagger and an earthen pot, called hanger and dalla, respectively.
As I stroll here on Monday afternoon, Muscat Street, which is home to several Arab fabric retailers, is relatively calm. Try to come here at noon on a Friday, however, and it will be full of activity as this is one of the main entrances to the iconic Sultan Mosque.
With its towering gilded dome, the mosque dominates this majestic place with all its branched streets and alleys.
Although the mosque was originally built at the site in 1824 during the reign of the Malay ruler Shah Sultan Hussein, the current building of the mosque was built in 1932 by the Irish architect Denis Sentry and has a number of distinctive features characteristic of mosques in Southeast Asia: a spacious prayer room the hall, flooded with natural light, is divided into male and female parts.
Strolling along its lush-vegetated outer perimeter, I take a close look at its onion-colored dome. It turns out that faded gems surround its base.
“This is not entirely true,” says Abdul Rahim. “These are actually glass bottles, which mostly contained the sauce used for food. They were donated by the people for reconstruction. The message of this action is that the government is at the top, but thanks to the support of the people. “
Like all business districts, Kampong Glam has experienced ups and downs for decades. Modern store owners agree that the recent downturn caused by the global financial crisis that began eight years ago is essentially over.
Although, according to Sheikh Abdullah, who sells oud (Arabic string instrument – Islamosphere), new trends are emerging today. The area is increasingly seen as a tourist destination. Abdullah, who has lived in Kampong Glam for nearly three decades, says tourists who come here to experience cultural attractions create new opportunities for business owners.
“There was a time in the 90s when all the stores felt so good it felt like we were printing money,” he says. “Now, of course, everything has changed for the worse, but the tourists who come today make us think differently. This is a chance for us, as Muslims in Singapore, not only to sell them products, but also to tell them about our story. At least I’m very excited about it. ”
Said Said / The National
Singapore – moving to permanent residence, how to move to permanent residence
This document is also commonly known as a work visa.There are several categories and subcategories. The three main ones are the following: 1) for professionals; 2) for skilled and semi-skilled workers; 3) for students and trainees. Professionals in various fields can count on one of the following types of permits:
Employment Pass – for specialists with a relevant profile of high qualifications who were invited by a Singaporean employer and have a monthly salary of at least S $ 3,600;
Personalized Employment Pass – for high-earning Employment Pass holders or other foreign professionals, this is a more flexible document;
EntrePass – For entrepreneurs looking to run their own business.
Mid-level professionals can qualify for an S Pass if they have a monthly salary of S $ 2,200 or more. Low-skilled – for the Work Permit for foreign worker, which is issued to workers in the construction, manufacturing, processing industry, shipping, services. Also in the second category, there are separate permits for domestic workers and personal nannies of newborn children working in Singapore, for artists performing in public entertainment facilities such as hotels, bars and nightclubs.
For representatives of the third category, students and trainees, permits are provided that allow for a short period (up to 3 or up to 6 months) to reside in this South Asian country in order to undergo industrial practice or combine rest with work. More information about this, as well as about other questions on this topic, can be found in our article “Types of work permits in Singapore” and on the official website of the Ministry of Human Resources.
Long-term residence permit
Singapore citizens and residents holding an Employment Pass or S Pass can apply for a Long Term Visit Pass for their relatives, namely:
legal and common-law spouses;
unmarried children under the age of 21, including officially adopted children;
unmarried disabled children aged 21 and over;
unmarried adopted children under the age of 21;
This document allows you to not only live, but also work in Singapore, if you can find a suitable place. To be able to invite relatives, a citizen or resident must confirm the presence of a sponsor in the person of a local company (as a rule, we are talking about an employer) and a monthly fixed salary of S $ 5,000 or more, and in the case of an application for parents – from 10 000 S $.
Long Term Visit Pass is also issued:
people who have a certificate for a short educational course (no longer than 1 year) at a university in Singapore;
women whose child or grandchild is living in Singapore on the basis of a student permit;
women wishing to have a baby at a local clinic.
The application process itself costs 30 S $, in addition to this, you must pay 60 S $ for the finished document, as well as 40 S $ for the regular renewal of the document every 3 months. Plus you will need to pay a visa fee of S $ 30.
Obtaining resident status
The following groups of persons are eligible to obtain a permanent residence permit (resident status) in Singapore:
- spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 citizens and residents;
- elderly parents of citizens;
- Employment Pass and S Pass holders;
To submit an application, you must fill out Form 4A and prepare the appropriate package of documents. The official website of the Singapore Immigration Office (ICA) will help you find out which ones are needed in a particular case. Representatives of the first three groups must apply to the Permanent Resident Services Center, investors can apply for this purpose to the Economic Development Board (EDB) under the Global Investor program.To obtain a residence permit, investors need to invest at least S $ 2,000,000 in the creation and development of a company, venture capital or private real estate.
Permanent residence permit fee is S $ 100, plus S $ 30 is required to apply for a visa. The registration procedure usually lasts 4-6 months. It is important to note that in Singapore, resident status is easy to lose if you leave the country without discretion. To prevent this from happening, you must first obtain a re-entry permit, which usually takes 1 day.To do this, you need to pay 10 S $ annually, plus an additional payment for each issued permit.
The following categories of persons can apply for Singapore citizenship, and for this you have to give up the existing ones:
residents over the age of 21 who have had this status for 2 or more years, as well as their spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21;
Spouses of Singapore citizens who have been married for at least 2 years and have been living in the country for at least 2 years;
Child of a Singapore citizen who was born outside the country, provided that his or her parents are legally married.
An application fee of S $ 100 must be paid. If approved, you will need to pay an additional 70 S $ for the citizen certificate. Also, persons over 15 years old need to purchase a national identity card worth 10 S $. You can find out detailed information on the required documents in the corresponding section of the website of the Singapore Immigration Office.
Business and Investment
Foreigners wishing to start a business in Singapore must obtain an EntrePass.At the same time, an entrepreneur cannot count on acquiring resident status if he does not become an investor. Initially, the case is opened only for a period of up to 1 year, however, if certain conditions are met, it is allowed to be extended several times. At the same time, foreigners can not do business in all areas. The forbidden include catering establishments, bars, nightclubs, karaoke rooms; massage parlors, foot reflexology, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture; firms for the preparation and sale of herbal preparations; employment agencies; salons of geomancy.
China: Takla-Makan – a tempting and mysterious desert / Travel.Ru / Countries and regions
The Takla-Makan Desert, like an unimaginably large melon, lies in the middle of the Tarim depression, which is located in the southern Tien Shan region. In its north there are the Tien Shan mountains, and in the south – the Kunlun mountains, to the east the desert turns into the desert gobi of Lobnor, and in the west it stretches to the Kashgar oasis. The length of the desert from west to east is about 1500 km, and from north to south about 650 km. total area of about 337,600 sq.km. This is almost equal to the area of Germany and Japan.
Among the seven large deserts in the world, Taklamakan does not stand in the front ranks, but among the deserts with quicksand, it is no worse than the Rub al-Khali desert of the Arabian Peninsula and ranks second in the world. Takla Makan is well known to the world, because this desert is unique in its kind. The natural conditions here are very harsh.
Many, many secrets are hidden in the desert. Even the name Takla-Makan itself is mysterious. There are various legends and legends associated with it.According to rumors, in ancient times people of the Tohar ethnic group lived here and called their native places in their own way “Makan”. A rough translation means “Homeland of the Tokhars”. From this later came the name “Takla-Makan”. It is said that the Uighurs call the Euphrates poplar “toklak”, add the word “makan” and it will mean “Homeland of the Euphrates poplars”. It is also said that the word “Takla-Makan” means “Whoever goes will not return.” Indeed, many went and did not return. During the Tang Dynasty (618–907), the Buddhist monk Xuanzang (c.600–664), who traveled westward for the sutras also heard these traditions. In the depths of the desert, there was an ancient city. Once upon a time, villains lived here, they robbed people and killed the passing monks, which incurred the great wrath of the Heavenly Sovereign. For seven whole days and seven nights black winds blew, the city disappeared, only innumerable riches remained: gold, precious stones, but no one can take anything away. If someone takes something from this wealth, a black whirlwind will immediately rise, the person will lose his way back, and the exhausted person will die among the sands.And if a person holds back his greed, puts back the jewelry, then he can get out. But these people are usually greedy to insanity and cannot part with these riches and in the end they perish. A thousand years later, one traveler and explorer – the Swiss Sven Anders Hedin, who was here, heard about this legend. He dared to venture into the desert, but unsuccessfully. – Eight camels, all equipment and materials remained in the sands of Taklamakan and the accompanying people died. Miraculously, only two were saved: he and one of the companions.After that, this traveler called the desert “The desert of death”.
Following him, Stein, a Hungarian of British citizenship, also visited the Taklamakan Desert. He believed that Takla-Makan is a real desert, hinting that everyone else does not quite correspond to this meaning.
No one can tell exactly how the name Takla-Makan was formed, and I do not want anyone to reveal this secret. Let the mystery forever remain a mystery, a mysterious legend hidden in the sands.
I crossed the desert three times.The deepest impression was left by a mountain that suddenly appeared among the endless sea of sands, Mount Mazatag. In the Uyghur language “maza” means the word “cemetery”, “tag” means the word “mountain”, put together literally means “mountain cemetery”.
The Mazatag mountain range stretches for more than 100 km from east to west, it includes the Rostag, Gudongshan and Mazatag mountains. The width of this ridge from north to south is from 1 to 3 km, the relative height is in the range of 100 – 400 m. The highest peak is 1635 m above sea level.The eastern end of the mountain range forks: one branch goes to the north, for its whitish color it is called Baishanzui. The rock here mainly consists of dolomite, in which layers of gypsum are visible. Another branch runs south. The rock in it mainly consists of a sandy interlayer and shale. For its brownish-reddish color it received the name Hongshanzui. The mountains are natural defenses, Baishanzui in the north and Hunanzui in the south. Since ancient times, these places have been of great strategic importance.You can still see the ruins of ruined ancient fortresses, signal towers. There is a lonely grave of an unknown person on Mazatag, who is this person?
Quite unexpectedly, on the second day, we saw in the distance a caravan of eight camels approaching from the east. It was an expedition. Zhao Ziyong, the famous “king of the desert” in Xinjiang, walked in front of everyone. The rest were Japanese. They left Tsemo (Cherchen) and reached these mountains in 8 days. Here they expected to receive help, as the water ran out. We gave them 200 liters of water, for which they thanked us very much.In a friendly way, Zhao told me that he was already sitting without a smoke, I offered him tobacco and paper, which he was very happy about. Getting a smoke in the desert is a great joy for a smoker. They, too, set up their camp at the foot of the mountain and began making tea, making a fire. In the evening, freed from work, I went to their camp, because I really wanted to talk with Zhao Ziyong. It turned out that he worked in a geological expedition to study minerals in Xinjiang and almost went all of Xinjiang. He is now retired, but he cannot sit around.Sometimes he works as a conductor, without being at home for half a year. I asked, whose lonely grave is this? His answer surprised me – it turns out that a nun is buried here. Why is the grave of a nun preserved in an area where the teachings of Islam flourish? In those distant ancient times, two religions fought for their existence here, i.e. Buddhists and Islamists. The formidable troops opposed for a long time and could not defeat each other. With the help of a nun who left the Buddhist camp, the Islamists were victorious.They buried her after her death on this mountain and named it “Holy Mountain” in memory. The grave is well preserved to this day. A wooden lattice fence is placed around it. A dead bobak is tied to a pole stuck in the corner, probably with the aim of scaring away the living and not digging holes. The indigenous people of Khotan and Yutyan (Keriya), who do not have the opportunity to visit Mecca, come to bow here and express their sincerity.
It is unknown from what sources the King of the Desert took this information. I think, probably, from the legends and legends circulating among the people.According to historical data, after the establishment of Islamism in Kashgar (kingdom of Karakhan), Muslims and Buddhists who were in Yutyan (Keriya) waged long wars. In the vast territory of Xinjiang, there are more than 2,000 such obscure graves, in which the deceased military leaders who have not left their names are probably buried. The graves have hidden the mysterious past forever.
The Mazatag Mountains give the impression of a lighthouse standing in a sea of sand, like a calm harbor sheltering people from the sandy winds.And the mountains themselves form a natural corridor that crosses the entire desert. The corridor starts from Aksu, along the bed of the Khotan River and follows in a southeastern direction straight to the city of Khotan. On its banks thick reeds, Euphrates poplars grow, and behind them stretches a boundless sea of sands. On Mazatag we met the first rays of the rising sun of the second millennium. The sunrise was the same as at sea.
It is unknown how many ancient cities were hidden by the sands. One American scientist said that only a golden key can open the doors of the mysterious Tarim culture, but this key still needs to be found.Now a symbolic golden key has been placed on the square of the district town of Luntai (Bugur). They believe that more than 2,000 years ago, during the Western Han Dynasty, Emperor Wudi sent the military leader Li Guangli and his troops (more than 30 thousand people) to the west. (102 AD) So the first military camp was formed in Luntai (Bugur). Wars guarded borders and at the same time engaged in agriculture. In the later years of the Western Han Dynasty, it was already the administrative town of Ulei (east of today’s Luntai).Xinjiang has been inscribed on the map of our country since that time. Luntai was and is an important settlement on the ancient Silk Road, the only road leading to the Taklamakan Desert passes here. Archaeologists are excavating, hoping to find the golden key and revel in the Tarim riddle.
In 1901 the traveler Gedin S.A discovered Lop Nor. Over the past century, there have been consistently new discoveries. The archaeological group of the scientific expedition, which was sent by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, carried out a great work in Khotan and Aksu, having examined more than 450 places.In 1996, a Sino-French joint expedition in the desert discovered the ruins of an ancient city, but everyone was very surprised by its structure: it was round in shape. It was attributed to an earlier time, since it is known that the cities built after the Han dynasty were in the shape of a rectangle. The history left no traces and the remains of the ancient city had to be named “Ruins of Yuansha”. In the Taklamakan desert and its outskirts, more than 1000 ruins of ancient cities have been discovered that are important for the study of history.Guessing such riddles is a difficult task. For example, the Euphrates poplar is also one of the mysteries. Many poplar species in the world have disappeared, and the Euphrates poplar, existing on the earth for more than 135 million years ago, survived and the forests of the Euphrates poplars survived and can be seen in the Takla-Makan desert. The Euphrates poplar is the generosity of mother nature. In ancient times, all the household items of the indigenous inhabitants of the Tarim Basin were associated with the Euphrates poplars. Building material, walls, coffins, shuttles, oars, carts, dishes – everything was from this tree.It is impossible to imagine how ancient people could have survived without these poplars. Euphrates poplars have their own unique character, they bravely and bravely withstand drought and sandstorms, although each one is different.
Tamarisks create a special landscape of Taklamakan. These are not tall shrubs that bravely fight for their survival, trying to stay on the sand dunes, not fearing drought, felling, fire, because with the onset of spring new shoots will appear. They are especially beautiful at the time of flowering, as if fiery balls adorn the loneliness of the desert.Tamarisk fixes the sands, which earned great fame. Takla Makan is not such a bogeyman as people imagine. On the one hand, it’s really scary to look at, but on the other hand, there is a peculiar charm. I took a lot of photographs that captured wonderful views and looking at them you can feel the sound of the wind and musical rhythm.
When I stood on high sandy hills, and in front of me a sea of sand stretched to the very horizon, I had the impression that the dunes resembled billowing waves.Earlier, at the site of Takla-Makan, there was once a sea. Strong orogenic movements of the earth’s crust created the Himalayas, the mountainous areas surrounding Tarim rose, the result of a long process of advancing the sea of sands became a desert. Scientists to this day have not come to a single conclusion: some say that the desert was formed in the third period of the Neozoic (67 million years ago), others believe that the time of formation is 100 thousand years ago. The time difference is too big and it is still impossible to determine exactly.
Water in Taklamakan is also one of the mysteries. We only see relatively drought, especially we see that it is in the central regions of the desert that nothing grows, but the Euphrates poplar grows in the lowlands, grooves, depressions. 100 years ago (more precisely, 1893-1908) the traveler Gedin S.A, not going too deep into the desert, could still find water by digging wells. This meant that water exists in the desert. The smaller ones flowed here 20 rivers. Three of them – p. Khotan, r. Yarkand, r. Aksu – tributaries of the river.Tarim. Where did the rest of the water go? Hydrologists have found the answer, it turns out that there is underground water in the Taklamakan desert, a huge supply of water like a real underground sea. In terms of volume, it is almost equal to 8 times the annual flow of Yangtze water. If it floods the entire desert, then the depth will reach 6 meters. In the future, water will certainly be rationally used to improve the ecology of the area.
The Taklamakan Desert has large reserves of natural gas. The construction of a gas pipeline to move it from west to east begins here, in the middle of Taklamakan.The pipeline will not only continuously supply energy to the developing regions of the country’s southern coast, but will also stimulate the development of Xinjiang’s economy.
Luntai (Bugur) and Mingfeng (Niya) are connected by a 520 km highway. It is currently the longest highway in the world and is very convenient to cross the entire desert. And when Takla-Makan completely discards the veil that covered the tempting mystery, all the riddles will be solved, and people will no longer call it the Sea of Death, but will admire and sing, then this desert will be called the “Sacred Sea”.
Source: People’s Daily
Places: Little India – Singapore Travel Guide
The colorful and picturesque area of Little India, located near the colonial center, as well as other ethnic quarters of Singapore, invariably attracts the attention of most tourists who come to the country.Having appeared simultaneously with the city itself – two centuries ago, from a tiny settlement it has turned into a center of Indian culture in Singapore.
The Indian community, which formed in the city in the first half of the 19th century, settled near the Serangun River and was mainly engaged in breeding and trading in livestock. A reminder of this today is the remaining streets in Little India called Buffalo (“buffalo”) and Kerbau (“buffalo” in Malay). Later, when the size of the community increased significantly – mainly thanks to settlers from South India, administrative buildings, markets, craft shops and temples began to appear in the sprawling area.Thus, a compact Indian quarter was formed in Singapore, the inhabitants of which are ethnic Indians, who make up 8% of the total population of this tiny country, who honor their national traditions and gladly introduce them to numerous tourists.
Today Little India is associated primarily with trade: here you can buy all kinds of Indian spices and seasonings, ethnic jewelry and clothes, dishes and exotic sweets, as well as the famous Indian gold – there are countless jewelry shops in the area.You should look for the greatest variety of Indian goods on the shelves of the largest shopping centers in the quarter – Tekka Center and Little India Arcade, and for original souvenirs it is better to visit one of the many themed shops that dot the streets of Little India.
The Indian Quarter is renowned for its imposing places of worship. Here is Sri Veeramakaliamman – one of the oldest temples in Singapore and the famous Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya, famous for the 15-meter statue of Buddha located inside, illuminated by many multi-colored lamps, from which it got its middle name – the Temple of a Thousand Lights.Muslim mosques and Christian churches coexist with them on the streets of Little India.
Another unique attraction of this distinctive quarter is the Fortuna Hotel, which, according to locals, is inhabited by ghosts. It is said that there used to be another on the site of the current hotel, but in 1986 its building collapsed, burying more than thirty people under the ruins. Since then, the souls of the dead, dissatisfied with the construction of a new hotel, wander its corridors at night and excite the guests.
Little India is also a paradise for connoisseurs of culinary exoticism. In a relatively small area of the quarter, there are many colorful cafes and restaurants offering traditional Indian cuisine.
It is considered a real good fortune to visit Little India during one of the Indian holidays, which are accompanied by vivid, memorable rituals and colorful processions along the decorated and colorful streets.
How to get there. Take the metro to Little India station.
Macan crossovers dressed in iconic Porsche
Porsche has painted five Macan crossovers in iconic racing liveries that reflect the brand’s racing heritage. The cars were photographed in iconic places in Singapore.
The combination of white bodywork and red, navy and blue stripes harks back to 1970 when the Italian vermouth and sparkling wine producer Martini & Rossi was the sponsor of the Porsche 917 racing car.
“Martini Racing”. The car was photographed in the Holland Village – a modern and prestigious area of Singapore, popular with young people.
Rothmans made its debut at Le Mans in 1982 in a Porsche 956. Porsche finished in three first places that year and later set the Nurburgring record in 6 minutes 11.13 seconds.
“Rothmans design”. The car is photographed on Armenian Street in the center of Singapore.It houses an independent contemporary arts center and a museum dedicated to Chinese culture.
The Pink Pig is best known for the experimental Porsche 917/20 that took part in the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car was able to become not only the fastest in qualifying races, but also the most photographed race car of the year.
“Pink Pig”. The car was photographed in Chinatown, Chinatown.
Salzburg Design’s red color symbolizes the short-tailed Porsche 917 KH, which finished first at Le Mans on June 14, 1970.
“Salzburg design”. The car was photographed in the Ann Siang Hill area, the highest point in local Chinatown, where trendy bars and restaurants are located.
Another iconic Porsche racing color, Gulf, was made famous by engineer and driver John Wyer.
“Gulf design”. The car is photographed on Haji Lane, an old shopping center in the city, now a youth design center
He used the colors of his sponsor, Gulf Oil, on his cars.In 1970 and 1971, the Porsche 917 painted blue with an orange stripe won several races. Including the endurance race “1000 kilometers of Spa”. Also cars in Gulf color became heroes of the movie “Le Mans” (1971).
The top variant – Macan Turbo – can accelerate to 100 km / h in 4.4 seconds, and its top speed is 272 kilometers per hour.