Chope a seat on the Singapore food train!

“If we don’t get to the hawker centre by 12, can you chope some seats for us?”

Chope, derived from chop, is slang for reserving a seat, often witnessed at a hawker centre where Singaporeans leave an object to reserve the spot, usually a packet of tissues.

Food seems to be synonymous with Singapore; a tiny island that has fast become a melting pot of tastes and ideas. Right from local offerings like chicken rice or the simple satay to spicy Peranakan food to molecular gastronomical food labs, Singapore can pretty much boast of having it all and doing it well; you certainly are spoiled for choice.

Here is what and how I ate my way through Singapore!

Ku De Ta

Ku De Ta


How to get around?

⇒MRT
Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is clean and efficient and easy to use

⇒Bus

⇒Taxi
Comfort & CityCab (part of the ComfortDelgro group)
Call: +65 6552 1111
SMS : 71222 | to book text “Book<space>Postal Code<space>#Pick-up point” ORBook<space>Building Name<space>#Pick-up point” to 71222 | to cancel text “Cancel” to 71222. For e.g. Book 238406 #lobby
SMRT Taxi
Call:  +65 6555 8888
SMS : 75588 | to book text “Book<space>Postal Code<space>#Pick-up point” ORBook<space>Building Name<space>#Pick-up pointto 75588 | to cancel text “Cancel” to 75588. For e.g. Book 238406 #lobby


Key:

M – Closest MRT Station
B – Bus Line(s) operating
{R} – chope required!


Local favourites – WHAT to eat?

Chicken Rice – boiled or roasted chicken served with chinese rice cooked in chicken fat accompanied by THE most amazing fresh chilli paste [green optional].

Bak Kut Teh – pork bone tea; peppery with a hint of spice, eaten with soft bread rolls used to soak up the soup.

Wonton Mee – fried noodles doused in a sweet sauce, usually served with 2/3 pork wontons [slices of pork char siew and greens optional].

Laksa – this Peranakan curry is rich, oily, orange and oh so very tasty and is usually served with prawn or chicken and vermicelli.

Nasi Goreng/Mei Goreng – Indonesian classic of fried rice (nasi) or noodles (mei) with chicken or prawn, vegetable and egg.

Nasi Lemak –  fragrant rice cooked in coconut and spices steamed in a pandan leaf, accompanied by fish or lamp, egg, vegetables, pickled cucumbers and sambal. Popular in Malaysia as a snack and can be eaten at any time of the day.

Sambal Sting Ray – barbecued sting ray served with fiery sambal sauce.

Roti Prata – Singaporean-Malaysian version of the Indian parantha; commonly stuffed with chicken and served with a meat or vegetable based curry [available with egg, cheese, vegetable and meat stuffing as well]

Prawn Noodles – one word, d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! Fried vermicelli coated with spicy tangy red sauce, fried prawns accompanied with prawn broth. The yummiest I’ve had was at Liang Seah Street Prawn Mee [lunch? get there at 1145 to avoid the queues] at the Golden Shoe Food Centre in the Central Business District (CBD)
Liang Seah Street Prawn Mee | #02-21 | The Golden Shoe Food Centre | 50 Market Street | M: Raffles Place

Yong Tao Foo / Yong Tau Fu – a clear soup containing a varied selection of items – meats / vegetables / processed meats like sausage and fish ball  / noodles (thin, fat, round, thick). The production is similar to an assembly line: take a bowl, chose from neatly arranged fresh ingredients and fill your bowl with what you would want in your soup, hand it over to the Aunty behind the counter who will throw it all into a huge pot of clear soup for about 2 minutes until its cooked and ready to eat!

Rendang (beef) – an Indonesian spicy thick meat curry served with steamed rice.

Singapore Chilli Crab – crab, usually mud and with the shell on, in a sweet and tangy tomato and chilly based gravy. Comes with small sweet fried Chinese buns called mantou to mop up all the goodness.

Black/White Pepper Crab – my personal favourite, over the chilli crab that gets too sweet for me at times.
No Signboard Seafood Restaurant
8 Raffles Ave #01-14/16 | +65 6336 9959
6 Eu Tong Sen Street | +65 6221 9959
1202 E Coast Parkway | East Coast Seafood Centre | +65 6448 9959
Long Beach Seafood Restaurant | 47 Beach Road #05-02/05 Kheng Chiu Building | Singapore 189683 | +65 6338 9398
Jumbo (I particularly prefer the Dempsey branch to the tourist overrun Clarke Quay one) | 11 Dempsey Road | Singapore 249673 | +65 6479 3435

Satay – barbeque meat on a stick, served with peanut sauce.

Kaya Toast – for breakfast or as a snack this is Asia’s answer to peanut butter and jelly. It is prepared with kaya (coconut jam), a topping of sugar, coconut milk and eggs, pandan, and sometimes margarine or butter, generally served on toast.

Chendol / Ice Kachang – shaved ice, syrup, jelly and red beans.

Kopi – local thick coffee usually served with condensed milk

Teh Tarik – ‘pulled’ tea


WHERE to eat?

× Dim Sum fix!

Xiao long bao

Xiao long bao

Din Tai Fung – xiao long bao (soupy pork dim sum), pork wonton in chilli oil, and stir fried dou miao (morning-glory) in garlic.
Paragon Shopping Mall | 290 Orchard Road | #B1-03 | Singapore 238859 | +65 6836 8336 | M: Orchard
Wisma Atria | 435 Orchard Road Level 4 | Singapore 238877 | +65 6732 1383 | M: Orchard
Marina Bay Sands| 2 Bayfront Avenue #B2-63 | Singapore 018972 | +65 6634 9969 | M: Bayfront
Raffles City Shopping Centre | 252 North Bridge Road #B1-08 | Singapore 179103 | +65 6336 6369
… and many more!

Paradise Dynasty – more xiao long bao!
2 Orchard Turn | #04-12a | Ion Orchard | Singapore 238801 | +65 6509 9118 | M: Orchard

Crystal Jade – try  the La Mian Xiao Long Bao culinary concept restaurants for their xiao long bao and wonton in chilly vinegar and soy, outstanding!
Great World City #02-43 | Singapore | +65 6738 5595
Holland Avenue 241 | Singapore | +65 6463 0968


× Peranakan

Violet Oon’s Kitchen
881 Bukit Timah Road | Singapore 279893 | +65 6468 5430 | M: Botanic Gardens | B: 66, 67, 74, 77, 151, 154, 157, 170, 171, 174 | Closed on Monday

Whole Earth Peranakan Thai Vegetarian Restaurant – Singapore’s only vegetarian Peranakan-Thai restaurant
76 Peck Seah Street | Singapore 079331 | +65 6323 3308 | M: Tanjong Pagar


× Japanese

Ramen Bar Suzuki – with lines that start at 1130 for their lunch service, this CBD establishment serves one of the most delicious ramen bowls I’ve ever had in Singapore and the ultimate comfort food on a rainy day. Go for their ‘white’ soup, soft ramen noodles, extra mushrooms and spring onions with egg on the side to add as desired.
#01-01 | 61 Circular Road | behind Boat Quay | M: Raffles Place

Kinki  – for sushi/sashimi/after work drinks on the rooftop {R}
70 Collyer Quay | Singapore 049323 | +65 6533 3471 | M: Raffles Place

Yakitori Emmau Izakaya – for yakitori
2 Orchard Turn | ION Orchard #04-11 | Singapore 238801 |+65 6636 7282 | M: Orchard

Kazu Sumiyaki Restaurant
5 Koek Road  | #04-05 Cuppage Plaza | +65 6734 2492 | M: Orchard

Izakaya Nijumaru
5 Koek Road #02-10 | Cuppage Plaza | +65 6235 6693 | M: Orchard

Ohsumi Japanese Resturant – for shabu shabu
5 Koek Road, #03-24/28  | Cuppage Plaza | +65 6235 6178 | M: Orchard

Mos Burger – Japanese answer to McD; the Spicy Mos Burgur is yummers! (Multiple outlets all over the island)
Shaw House #1 | 350 Orchard Road | Singapore 238868 |+65 6735 0507 | M: Orchard
Tiong Bahru Plaza | Tiong Bahru Road |+65 6276 8221

Royce Chocolate – the champagne chocolate squares melt in your mouth; must try their potato wafers coated with dark chocolate, it is the most sublime salty-bittersweet experience! (Multiple outlets all over the island)
ION Orchard Shop | Basement 4, Near ION Station | 2 Orchard Turn | #B4-10 ION Orchard | +65 6509 9340 | M: Orchard
Takashimaya Department Store Shop | Food Hall, B2 | 391 Orchard Road | +65 6737 4977 | M: Orchard


× Korean

Korean BBQ / bibimbap / jeon – savoury pancakes (I love the zucchini kind!) / kimchi / bulgogi / Korean hot pot

Kko Kko Nara – everyones go-to place for Korean fried chicken
57 Tras Street #01-01  | +65 6224 8186 | M: Tanjong Pagar

Auntie Kim’s Dinner Special
460 Alexandra Road ARC 0221 |  Singapore 119963 | +65-6274-3383 | M: Labrador Park 

Bobby Good – quick, decent Korean in the CBD
51 Telok Ayer Street | #01-02 China Square | Singapore 048441 | +65 6222 9002 | M: Raffles Place


× Vietnamese

Pho and more pho!

The Orange Lantern – my neighbourhood favourite
73 Killiney Rd | +65 6732 8032 | M: Somerset

Viet Lang Restaurant – part of the Art House Singapore, glorious setting
1 Old Parliament Lane / Old Parliament House Singapore 179429 | +65 6337 3379 | M: Raffles Place

Baguette The Viet Inspired Deli 
16 Collyer Quay | +65 6535 7604 | M: Raffles Place

NUOC
#12-01 Orchard Central | 181 Orchard Road | +65 6884 6808 | M: Somerset


× Indian

Muthu’s Curry
7 Dempsey Road | Singapore 249671 | +65 6474 5128

Murugun Idli Shop
81 Syed Alwi Road | Singapore 207660 | +65 6298 0858 | M: Farrer Park

The Banana Leaf Apollo – for the fished curry
56 Race Course Road | +65 62938682 | M: Little India


 

International favourites – WHERE to go!

TRENDY TAPAS / SMALL BITES / AFTER WORK DRINKS

Sabio – trendy Spanish tapas bar and restaurant, a favourite for after work drinks.
5 Duxton Hill | Singapore 089591 | +65 6690 7562 | M: Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown | B: 80, 145, 166, 197 | Closed on Sunday
⇒ Try Sabio by the Sea at Sentosa | #01-02 Quayside Isle | 31 Ocean Way | Singapore 098375 | +65 6690 7568

Que Pasa – cute wine and tapas bar off Orchard Road, away from the noise, hustle and bustle. Chose from their extensive wine list and snack on crisp oven baked pizza topped with chorizo or try their mini burgers
7 Emerald Hill | Singapore 229291 | +65 6235 6626 | M: Somerset

Foodbar Dada – 12 seater tapas bar & restaurant, very hip and great if you get a seat inside (avoid sitting outside, it resembles someones unkempt backyard!) {R}
60 Robertson Quay | The Quayside # 01-12 | Singapore 238252 | +65 6735 7738 | M: Clarke Quay | B: 51, 64, 123, 186

Lolla – communal, small plate servings with amazing food makes Lolla an instant Club Street hit; I particularly liked the Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio. {R}
22 Ann Siang Hill | Singapore 069702 | +65 6423 1228 | M: Chinatown | B: 80, 145, 197Closed on Sunday

Lolla

Lolla

Esquina – one of celebrity chef Jason Atherton backed quirky tapas bar; the raw Hamachi and Scallop Vietnamese were interesting and repeat orders for me. {R}
16 Jiak Chuan Road | Singapore 089267 |  +65 6222 1616 | M: Outram Park | B: 61, 166, 197 | Closed on Sunday
⇒ For others by Jason Atherton, try Pollen at Gardens by the Bay and Kiong Saik Snacks (+ The Study)

SPANISH

Bomba – speciality paella bar greatly located between River Valley and Robertson Quay
38 Martin Road | Singapore 239059 | +65 6509 1680 | M: Somerset/Clarke Quay | B: 51, 64, 123, 186

Binomio
20 Craig Road | Singapore 089692 | +65 6557 0547 | M: Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown | Closed on Sunday

Catalunya {R}
The Fullerton Pavilion | 82 Collyer Quay | Singapore 049327 | +65 6534 0886 | M: Raffles Place | B: 10, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 196

MEXICAN

Lucha Loco – fun Mexican bar & restaurant in Duxton Hill, great on Friday evenings. {R on weekends}
15 Duxton Hill | Singapore 089598 | +65 6226 3938 | M: Tanjong Pagar | B: 61, 80, 145, 166, 197 | Closed on Sunday

Muchachos – barrito bar, great take-away hangover food!
22 Keong Saik Road | Singapore 089129 | +65 6220 0458 | M: Outram Park | B: 61, 166, 197 | Closed on Sunday

FRENCH

Absinthe – often presumed as one of the best resaurants in Singapore, I had missed every attempt at booking a spot during resaurant week and finally got to go as part of a business lunch. {R}
72 Boat Quay | Singapore 049860 | + 65 6222 9068 | M: Raffles Place | B: 51, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 166, 174, 197, 851, 961 | Closed on Sunday

Cafe & Bar Gavroche
69 Tras Street | Singapore 079008 | +65 6225 4869 | M: Tanjong Pagar | B:  80, 145 | Closed on Sunday

Keystone – ‘progressive’ molecular gastronomy restaurant {R}
11 Stanley Street | Singapore | +65 6221 0046 | M: Tanjong Pagar | B: 57, 141, 167, 186, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 542 | Closed on Sunday

Jaan {R}
Level 70 Equinox Complex | Swissotel The Stamford | Singapore | +65 6837 3322 | M: City Hall | B: 14, 16, 36, 111

L’Angelus – {R}
85 Club Street | Singapore 069453 | +65 6225 6897 | M: Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown

Les Bouchons – {R}
7 Ann Siang Hill | Singapore | +65 6423 0737 | M: Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown

ITALIAN

Senso Ristorante & Bar {R}     ♣ Ideal for Brunch ♣
21 Club Street | Singapore | +65 6224 3534 | M: Chinatown 

Pasta Brava – family run, wholesome tasty food – I keep going back! {R}
11 Craig Road | Singapore 089671 | +65 6227 7550 | M: Tanjong Pagar | B: 61, 80, 145, 166, 197 | Closed on Sunday

Ristorante Da Valentino – family run again, somewhat of an institution; I don’t think I have met anyone in Singapore who hasn’t eaten there.
200 Turf Club Road, #01-19 | Singapore 287994 | +65 6462 0555

Trattoria Lafiandra – cute Italian restaurant at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM).
71 Bras Basah Road | Singapore Art Musuem | Singapore 189555 | +65 68844035 | M: Bras Basah 

Oso Ristorante {R}
46 Bukit Pasoh Road | Singapore 089858 | +65 6327 8378 | M: Tanjong Pagar | Closed on Sunday

No Menu – great family run eatery true to it’s name!
23 Boon Tat Street | Singapore | +65 6224 0091 | M: Tanjong Pagar/Raffles Place

Latteria Mozzarella Bar – yum burratas {R}
40 Duxton Hill | Singapore 089618 | +65 6866 1988 | M: Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown

OTHERS

Kilo –  one of my all time favourites with a great restaurant space and unique marriage of Japanese and Italian food. {R}
66 Kampong Bugis, 2nd Floor | Singapore | +65 6467 3987 | M: Lavender | B: 7, 32, 51, 63, 80, 100, 145, 175, 197 |  Closed on Sunday

The Market Grill – great fish burger; no lunch reservations so you should get there before 12 to snag a place.
208 Telok Ayer Street | Singapore 068642 | +65 6221 3323 | M: Tanjong Pagar/Raffles Place

CUT – Wolfgang Puck’s signature restaurant at Marina Bay Sands (worth the hype!) {R}
2 Bayfront Avenue | The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands | Singapore 018956 | +65 6688 8517 | M: Bayfront

Bacchanalia – helmed by the highly-skilled and talented culinary trio who spent years training at Heston Blumenthal’s highly-acclaimed The Fat Duck, Bacchanalia serves reinvented classics, small plates style to encourage communal dining. The cauliflower gratin will make you fall in love with the cauliflower (we ordered seconds!). Also try the scallops and Wagyu short rib. {R}
23A Coleman Street | Singapore 179806 | +65 6509 1453 | M: City Hall | B: 2, 12, 32, 33, 51, 61, 63, 80, 197

The Marmalade Pantry – their Rider’s Club outlet has a nice al fresco area to make a wonderful brunch setting     ♣ Ideal for Brunch ♣
55 Fairways Drive | Singapore 286846 |+65 6467 7748

Wild Honey – try the Turkish breakfast skillet     ♣ Ideal for Brunch ♣
Scotts Square #03-01  | 6 Scotts Road | Singapore 228209 | +65 6636 1816 |  M: Orchard | B: 5, 54, 124, 128, 143, 162, 167, 171, 700 | {R}
Mandarin Gallery (Unit 03-02)  | 333A Orchard Road | Singapore 238867 | M: Somerset | Walk-in only

&Made – speciality burger place by 3 Michelin Star Chef Bruno Menard; great sweet potato truffle fries.
9 Scotts Road | Pacific Plaza | #01-04-06 | Singapore 228210 | +65 6690 7566 | M: Orchard | B: 5, 54, 124, 143, 162, 167, 171, 700

&Made

&Made

P.S. Cafe – anytime, all the time! I can’t resist their truffle fries and rose & berry sangria.
28b Harding Road | Singapore | +65 6479 3343 [Dempsey Hill]
45 Ann Siang Road | #02-02 | Singapore 069719 | +65 9797 0648 [Club Street] {R} | M: Tanjong Pagar

Open Door Policy – perfect brunch spot in the heart of uber hip Tiong Bahru; they make a mean Bloody Mary! {R}     ♣ Ideal for Brunch ♣
19 Yong Siak Street | Singapore 168650 | +65 6221 9307 | M: Tiong Bahru

Tippling Club – my favourite; love their cocktails and presentation and would recommend the 6/8 course tasting menu. {R}
38 Tanjong Pagar Road | Singapore 088461 | +65 6475 2217 | M: Tanjong Pagar

Juniper Sling, Tippling Club

Juniper Sling, Tippling Club

Burnt Ends {R}
20 Teck Lim Road | Singapore 088391 | +65 6224 3933 | M: Outram Park | B: 61, 166, 197

Jerry’s BBQ & Grill – arguably the best wings in Singapore!
92 Club Street | Singapore 069460 | +65 6323 4550 | M: Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown

The Black Swan – 20s-esque bar and restaurant smack in the middle of the CBD {R}
19 Cecil Street | Singapore 049704 | +65 8181 3305 | M: Raffles Place

Ding Dong – modern, fusion South East Asian food paired with delicious cocktails
23 Ann Siang Road | Singapore | +65 6557 0189 | M: Tanjong Pagar

Blue Kouzina – for Greek/Mediternean food
893 Bukit Timah Road | Singapore 589615 | +65 6875 0872 | M: Dover | B: 66, 67, 74, 151, 154, 157, 170, 174, 852, 970

Al Qasr – having spent 3 years in Dubai and practically living on Lebanese food, this Holland Village establishment’s food comes as close as possible.
46 Lorong Mambong | Singapore 277698 | +65 6467 7793 | B: 106, 111


 

Drinkies!

28 HongKong Street – this speakeasy was rated amongst the best bars in the world for 2013 {R}
28 Hong Kong Street | M: Clarke Quay

Ying Yang
The Club Hotel | 28 Ann Siang Road | Ann Siang Hill | Singapore 060708 | +65 6808 2188 | M: Tanjong Pagar

Screening Room
12 Ann Siang Road | Singapore 069692 | +65 6221 1694 | M: Tanjong Pagar

The Cufflink Club
6 Jiak Chuan Road | Singapore 089262 | +65 9694 9623 | M: Outram Park

The Vault – old bank converted into a restaurant and bar, hence the name
23 Circular Road |  Singapore 049379 | +65 6223 9695 | M: Chinatown/Tanjong Pagar

One Altitude – the best view in Singapore (beats Ku De Ta)
1 Raffles Place | Singapore 048616 | +65 6438 0410 | M: Raffles Place

The Merry Men Kitchen + Bar – no fuss Robertson Quay watering hole
#01-02 | 86 Robertson Quay | Singapore 238245 | +65 6732 5057 | M: Clarke Quay/Somerset

Wine Connection
11 Unity Square | Singapore
Robertson Walk | Singapore

The Green Door
13A Dempsey Road | Singapore 247694 | +65 6476 2922

Jigger and Pony
101 Amoy Street | Singapore | +65 6223 9101 | M: Tanjong Pagar | B: 186, 970

Oxwell & Co – G&T on tap!
5 Ann Siang Road |  Singapore 069688 | +65 6438 3984 | M: Tanjong Pagar

L’Aiglon 
69 Neil Road | Singapore 088899 | +65 6220 0369 | M: Chinatown | Closed on Sunday


 

Late night munchines

Boon Tong Kee
425 River Valley Road | Singapore 248324 |+65 6736 3213

Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice – great any time of the day!
419 River Valley Road | Singapore 248318 | +65 6235 6760

Spize – roti prats at 4 am has never tasted this good!
409 River Valley Road | Singapore 248307 | +65 6734 9194


 

Coffee & more

Carpenter & Cook

Carpenter & Cook

Kopithiam – outlets all over Singapore for your daily dose of kopi or teh tarik

Papa Palheta
150 Tyrwhitt Road | Singapore 207563 | +65 6299 4321

40 Hands Coffee     ♣ Ideal for Brunch ♣
78 Yong Siak Street | #01-12 Tiong Bahru | +65 6225 8545

Group Theropy Coffee – must try the Roasted Almond Latte
49 Duxton Road | Singapore 089513 | +65 6222 2554

Nylon Coffee Roasters – neighbourhood favourite of close friend’s living in Tanjong Pagar
4 Everton Park | #01-40 | Singapore 080004 | +65 6220 2330 | Closed on Tuesday

Toby’s Estate – Rob Quay gem!     ♣ Ideal for Brunch ♣
8 Rodyk Street #01-03/04 | Singapore 238216 | +65 6636 7629

The Department of Caffeine (D.O.C.)
15 Duxton Road | Singapore 089481 | +65 6223 3426


 

Bon appétit!

 

9 thoughts on “Chope a seat on the Singapore food train!

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  2. Amazing Information! 🙂
    I just wrote a blog on “Planning a trip to Singapore” as a part of a contest, for which I had to read a lot of stuff about Singapore. This post of yours is very informative. Probably the best on “Food in Singapore” ! Awesome 🙂 I have bookmarked it 🙂 🙂

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