Hungry Hungry Monkey’s must try in Singapore

Singapore has to be one of my favourite countries in the world. I love visiting my family and friends, trying out new cuisines and of course the shopping! :)

I visit Singapore at least once a year, but this particular trip has inspired me to share with you some of my favourite places to eat and visit in Singapore. I wanted to dedicate this post to my new friends at SingTel (especially JT) for sharing with me some of his favourite places to eat.

With its diverse culture and culinary food scene, Singapore isn’t just famous for ‘Singapore chilli crab’ if you take a closer look you’ll find a variety of local traditional dishes and more recently fusion flavours from all around the world. Below is just a few of my favourite places…

Don’s Pie Club

Don’s pie club, Crab bee hoon

Don’s Pie Club as the name suggests makes delicious savoury pies but, it was actually Don’s Crab bee hoon soup that drew me to this place after some friends mentioned it over dinner. Served in a small clay pot the crab bee hoon has over 20 different ingredients within the soup. One of the main ingredients you can taste is Dang Gui (Angelica Sinensis) which, is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine, fried ginger and xiong tong. The result is an intensity of flavours- herbal and rich yet, extremely light broth that is further enhance by the flavour of the crab.

Don’s Pie Club
20 Cross Street
China Square Central
#01-34/36, SINGAPORE 048422
Donpieclub.com.sg

 

East Coast Lagoon Food Village

East Coast Lagoon Food Village

There are hundreds of hawker centers all over the small island of Singapore. Over the years that I have travelled to Singapore I have always trusted my local family and friends to help me search out the best hawker foods. Some of my favourite hawker centres include Old Airport Road Food Centre, Chomp Chomp, Maxwell Food Center, Chinatown (Smith Street) Food Centre and more recently East Coast Hawker Centre. With thousands of stalls selling an array of different dishes it definitely can become a little overwhelming.

On this particular trip, we went to East Coast Hawker Centre and had some of the most delicious and true local favourites that singapore has to offer. From the picture above you can see we had a mini feast. From (L to R)  we ate our way through satay chicken and beef skewers, Rojak (fruit salad with fried dough fritters), BBQ sting ray on banana leaf, oyster omelette, and BBQ chicken wings.

N.B. To my wonderful new friends, thank you so much for a great night out and sharing with me some of your greatest local dishes. I hope to return the hospitality one day when you visit Sydney! :)

East Coast Lagoon Food Village
1220 East Coast Parkway,
SINGAPORE, 468960

 

Cherry Garden

Cherry Garden, selection of dim sums

Cherry Garden, located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is one of my favourite yum cha places in Singapore and probably one of the best dim sum place around. I love the intimate atmosphere and decor they have created. Its not the typical loud and bustling yum cha places that is common for Chinese restuarants but, more intimate. Along with traditional dim sums like har gau, siew mai, and xiao long bao,  you will find a few unique signature dishes here.

Cherry Garden
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5 Raffles Avenue,
Marina Square, SINGAPORE 039797
mandarinoriental.com.sg

 

Chicken rice, Raffles Place

One Raffles Place, chicken rice

Chicken rice traditional comes from China but the locals have put a twist on this dish and made it their own. Chicken rice is commonly found in local hawker centres but one of my favourite places is at the local food court below Clifford Centre. The chicken rice is cooked to perfection here- the rice is full of flavour and the chicken pieces is soft, tender and juicy.

Clifford Centre,
24 Raffles Place 048621

 

Wah Lok restaurant

Wah Lok, BBQ pork bun

Another one of my favourite dim sum place but what is a must mention is the pineapple crusted BBQ pork bun at Wah Lok restaurant. The buns are extremely fresh and soft with a crunchy top layer, the BBQ pork sauce oozes out when you bite into the bun. Absolutely delicious!

Wah Lok (Carlton Hotel)
76 Bras Basah Rd
Singapore 189558
carltonhotel.sg/wahlok

 

Mr. Teh Tarik 

Teh Tarik, Roti prati

No visit to Singapore is every complete without having a local breakfast. My top pick is the roti with egg and onion and a iced cold teh tarik.  

Mr. Teh Tarik (various locations in Singapore)
902 East Coast Parkway
Playground@BigSplash
Blk B #01-04/07
Singapore

 

Pique Nique

Pique Nique, Cheeseburger and fries

If you are looking for a good old burger than nothing beats Pique Nique. With its unique Central Park, New York backdrop and casual dining layout this place serves up the best burgers, hotdogs and chips in Singapore. My all time favourite is the cheeseburger with fresh cut potato fries and a large glass of caramel milkshake.

Pique Nique
391A Orchard Road
Ngee Ann City Tower A
B1-01, Singapore 238873
piquenique.com.sg

 

1-Altitude

1- Altitude, lobster roll

Probably one of the most breathtaking views of Singapore’s skyline can be seen at 1-Altitude. For a special night out with family, close friends or that someone special in your life. The food here is modern with a twist using the finest produce but, if you are just looking for a place to have a few drinks with friends than don’t forget to drop by their Gallery & Bar located on the 63rd floor.

1-Altitude
1 Raffles Place
(Former OUB Centre)
Singapore 048616
1-Altitude.com

 

Canton-i

Canton-i, Salted egg yolk custard bun

Famous for their fine Cantonese cuisine, Canton-i is another must try. My favourite dish here has to be the salted egg yolk custard buns. The buns are made fresh and steamed when you order them- hot, steamy and fluffy. A top tip is to break the bun in half before you take your first bite to allow the filling to cool slightly – you will notice the runny salted egg yolk oozes out like lava pouring out from a volcano. They are best eaten straight away! yum yum…

Canton-i
ION Orchard #03-14
2  Orchard Turn 238801
Singapore
canton-i.com 

 

Chinois

Chinois, Braised superior shark’s fin and crab soup

If you get a chance to travel out to Sentosa Island then make sure to book a table at Chinois for lunch or dinner. On my recent trip to Singapore I stayed at Hotel Michael and had dinner here. My favourite dish was the braised superior shark’s fin and crab soup- I love how Executive Chef, Susur Lee had designed this dish. Taking what i believe to be a traditional Chinese soup and deconstructing it on a plate. On one side you had the shark fin and crab in a thick gooey like sauce and on the other side was the fragrant broth. Tasting this dish for the first time gave me a different insight to how this dish has been traditionally cooked and served up.

Chinois
Resorts World Sentosa
Hotel Michael
26 Sentosa Gateway
#02-142/143
Singapore 098138
chinois.com.sg

 

Toastbox

Toast box, Traditional breakfast

So I’m sure your wondering what is a typical Singaporean breakfast, well it doesn’t get better than a cup of Kopi with Kaya Toast and two soft boiled eggs drizzled with dark soy sauce!

Kopi (coffee) which is usually served with condensed milk has a strong aromatic, strong and full bodied flavour. Unfortunately, on this trip I wasn’t able to go to the original Killiney Kopitam on Killinery Road but, I did find something similar at Toastbox which wasn’t too bad.

Toastbox (various locations in Singapore)
313 @ Somerset, #B2-31/32/33
313 Orchard Road
Singapore
toastbox.com.sg

 

328 Katong Laksa

Katong Laksa, Laksa with cockles

Katong Laksa had to make its way into my favourite places to eat in Singapore and was first introduced to me by my sister and brother in-law, C and J. Located on the famous East Coast Road, 328 Katong Laksa is probably my favourite place to eat laksa. Being the greedy person I am I always opt for a large bowl of the creamy laksa with cockles… yumo!

328 Katong Laksa
51 East Coast Road
Singapore

 

TWG Tea

TWG Tea, Foie gras terrine

TWG Tea traditionally has always been famous for its amazing tea selection and variety. I am personally a huge fan of their Silver moon and French earl grey loose leaf tea but on this trip I decided to try stop by and have lunch. I ordered the Duck foie gras terrine served with spinach shoots, red radish and fresh garden salad accompanied by toasted brioche and Sakura! Sakura! Tea jelly. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and the generous portion of foie gras on the plate.

TWG Tea Company (various locations in Singapore)
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
B2-89/89A, 2 Bayfront Avenue,
Singapore 018972
twgtea.com

 

Pizzeria Mozza

Pizzeria Mozza, Prosciutto di Parma, rucola, tomato & mozzarella

On this particular trip I also had a chance to catch up with my dear friends H and H,  who have relocated to Singapore for work from Australia. They took me to Pizzeria Mozza, a modern Italian style restaurant owned by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich located in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The pizza here is definitely worth mentioning- the base is light and crispy so you get to enjoy the topping in every bite.

Pizzeria Mozza
2 Bayfront Avenue
#B1-42/46 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018972
pizzeriamozza.com

 

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Even thoughI have family and friends living in Singapore sometimes its nice to spend a few nights at the luxurious Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The premier room located in Tower 1 and 2 are 47 meter squares are contemporary and stylishly decorated.

Premier Room @ Marina Bay Sands

The rooms also, have a private balcony with floor to ceiling doors which, allows you to enjoy the amazing view without leaving your room. But, if you only stay here for one night make sure you visit the famous infinity pool located on level 57. The view from the roof top is breath-taking and is probably the best way to take in Singapore and in case you were wondering who is lying in the middle of the king size bed… YES, its Monkey!

Ku De Ta, Cocktail

One of the best bars (and views of Singapore) has to be Ku De Ta, located on level 57 of Marina Bay Sands.

Formula 1 premium turn 3, Singapore

And finally… No visit to Singapore is ever complete if you don’t attend the Formula 1 Singapore race. The Only night race it is an event not to be miss on the Singapore calendar. This year I was lucky enough to get my hands on some premium turn 3 tickets and the opportunity to see the F1 live.

I would love to find out what your favourite places to eat and visit in Singapore so send me a message. Until next time!

N.B. If you are a F1 fan, watch this space I will be posting up a separate post soon!

 

 

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