Fatty Thai: A Tale of Three Young Hawkers

Wanton mee (2nd trip)

The hawker mindset is slowly but surely changing, and we have the internet to thank!  Gone were the days when people had look for a master to teach them how to cook certain dishes.  Millennial hawkers now learn to make charsiu via the internet!  This was the case for our three hawker heroes today who based their charsiu on my charsiu recipe which I spent 9 years perfecting!

Wei Zhe, Darryll, Edmund

The trio became friends in secondary school and after NS, they spent a year pursuing their own careers.  It was during this time that they made a trip to Bangkok where the idea of starting a Thai Wanton Mee stall was hatched.  It came about while they were recovering from a hangover and it was the first thing they ate.  Suddenly, three light bulbs lit up above their heads which failed to dim even after returning to Singapore.   So, our three amigos decided to quit their jobs and open a Thai style wanton mee stall!

Wanton mee (1st trip)

It is invigorating to see three young guys working together and working very hard at their chosen craft.  Edmund is the ring leader as he is the one with the culinary background, having worked at different eateries after school.  They began to experiment on the recipe at home, relying on the internet for the information they need.  After a few months, they were ready to open their own stall!

The really good thing about these guys is that they are flexible and willing to learn and try new things.  Unlike seasoned hawkers, they don’t have any pre-conceived ideas of how things ought to be done.  They only know that they want to re-create the wanton mee they had in Bangkok and it really doesn’t matter how they get around to do it. I have met them twice so far and after my first visit, they immediately went to work on the pointers that I gave them.

I like the the texture of the noodles and though the flavouring sauce is simple, it complements the noodles very well.  They use pork belly for the charsiu which they roast themselves in an “apollo” oven at the back of the coffeeshop.  It’s nicely marinated and the colour is now a more pleasing orangey red instead of the dull cherry red during my first visit.  They have made improvements on the wanton, but the seasoning in the filling still isn’t quite right.  The fried wanton skin is more crispy than before but still had a strong “kee” flavour.  4.25/5

I got my friend RJ, also a millennial hawker, who used to run crab meat wanton mee to help them with the wanton.  The supplier he recommended makes the best wanton skin in the market but is one of those old school suppliers who doesn’t need more business and doesn’t believe in customer service.  So, Edmond has been having trouble trying to buy the skins from him!  But, our young protagonist is quite determined and assured us that he will keep trying!

Aside from the wonton mee, they also do a decent Thai Teochew style braised pork trotter.  Again, they figured out their own recipe for the braising sauce from the internet.  It’s not bad, but still lacks that extra something that will bring me back again for it.  4/5


Very encouraged to see more young hawkers entering the hawker scene.  They tell me that they are motivated by the success of some of the other young hawkers who have been in the limelight in recent years.  Their plate of wanton mee is already very good, but with their persistence in trying to improve it, I reckon we should be seeing more Fatty Thai branches in the market soon!

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New Cafes and Hawkers in Singapore October 2017


aROMA Gelato
29 Arab Street Singapore 199728
T-F 12pm-10.30pm, Sat-Sun PH 11.30am-10.30pm

Hand-made gelato, made fresh daily. No additives, no artificial flavors, gluten-free.

1 West Coast Drive #01-75 Singapore 128020
tel: +65 6924 0876
12pm-9pm, closed Sun

American fried chicken with a little twist of Asian influences.

Burger Monster
10 Jurong East Street 12, Jurong East MRT, Singapore 609690
tel: +65 9728 9964
M-Th 11am-10pm, F-Sun 11am-10.30pm

By the people behind the popular Korean fried chicken brand, Chicken Up, the burger joint combines burgers with Korean flavors.

Caffe Pastore
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Beauty World Centre #01-17, Singapore 588177

All-day dining menu.

Courtyard Cafe
1 St Andrew’s Road, #01-02A National Gallery, Singapore 178957
tel: +65 6384 1874
Sun-Th 9am-7pm, F & Sat 9am-8pm

They serve contemporary Straits Asian food.

The Glasshouse
30 Victoria Street, CHIJMES #01-K11, Singapore 187996
tel: +65 9793 0234

This cafe opens to much fanfare. Unfortunately, we are unable to source for more information online.

81 East Coast Road Singapore 428785
tel: +65 8715 1625
11.30am-9.30pm daily

A salad shop selling salads at $ 12 nett inclusive of a protein, a base (vegetables or carb), 3 sides, 1 topping, and 1 sauce.

Blk 5, Changi Village Road, Singapore 500005

First halal Japanese onigirazu (sushi sandwich) in Singapore.

Hey Sugar
Blk 818 Choa Chu Kang Ave 1, #01-06 Singapore 680818
Sun-Th 12.30pm-10.30pm, F & Sat 12.30pm-11.30pm

Ice cream shop.

Just Because Creamery
8 Jalan Legundi, #01-11 Singapore 759274

Takeaway ice-cream shop by former banker. Ice cream is made with reduced sugar and no preservatives. $ 3.50 for a scoop, $ 6.50 for two, freshly made cones at $ 0.80.

1 Hillview Rise, Hillview Community Club #01-04 Singapore 667970
tel: +65 6288 8488

The people behind the specialty coffee Ninepress, who also have a takeaway kiosk Kyu Coffee at Raffles Place,  presents Kohi-Ya, a cafe that serves coffee and food.

Natsu Tempura
3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, Clementi Mall #B1-K17, Singapore 129588

Kiosk selling tendon, starting from $ 2.90. The signature goes for $ 6.90.

Omotesando Koffee Singapore
6A Shenton Way, Downtown Gallery Level 4, Singapore 068815
8am-6pm, closed Sun

The popular Japanese coffeehouse has landed in Singapore as a takeaway kiosk, selling hot coffee from $ 3.50 to $ 7 and iced from $ 6 to $ 8.50. Recommended: Iced cappuccino and iced matcha, both priced at $ 7.50.

Original Cake Singapore 源味本鋪
3 Gateway Drive, Westgate #02-24, Singapore 608532
tel: +65 9688 7012

On their facebook, they claim to be the original castella cake originated from Danshui, Taiwan. Not sure if it’s true but my mom bought it from JB for me before and it was delicious. Super eggy with the slight saltiness of cheese.

Samjin Amook 삼진어묵
2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard #B4-34, 238801
tel: +65 6759 0988

Founded in 1953, Samjin Amook is the oldest Korean fishcake shop selling over 40 types of fishcakes. Singapore houses its first international outlet outside of South Korea. Ingredients are imported directly from Korea and all are handmade from scratch. Recommended: Amook croquettes ($ 2.30), shrimp katsu ($ 2.80), fried chilli pepper ($ 3.50), and rice cake roll fishcake ($ 2). This is a kiosk.

The Wired Monkey
5 Dunlop Street Singapore 209335
tel: +65 9022 0194
M-F 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-7pm



121 Pasir Panjang Rd #01-08 Pasir Panjang Food Centre, Singapore 118543

BBQ-ed yakitori, bakwa, and curry rice.

FOMO Singapore
32 Sultan Gate Singapore 198480
tel: +65 9236 6093

FOMO, an acronym for “Fear Of Missing Out,” brands themselves as as a “hip-styled food court.” Not sure what that means but they house mostly Western food such as Poke Doke (poke bowls), Mr Wholly Seafood (Cajun seafood bucket), and The Don (pizza and pastas).

Hou Yeah Street Kitchen
505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre #B1-01, Singapore 199583
9am-7pm, closed Sun

“Hou Yeah” means “very good” in Cantonese but it can sometimes be said in a sarcastic manner. Here, the stall puns on “hou yeah” which means both “very good” and “good coconut.” The stall specializes in nasi lemak. Cute pun.

101 Yishun Ave 5, Chong Pang City, Singapore 760101
tel: +65 9781 7844

They serve nasi lemak kukus–rice is steamed, not placed in a rice cooker–and sweet martabaks, pancakes similar to min chang kueh, in different and original flavors such as red velvet and ondeh-ondeh.

Yishun Park Hawker Centre
51 Yishun Avenue 11 Singapore 768867
tel: +65 6338 8277

Opened on 20 Sept and run by Timber, the hawker centre houses 43 stalls, out of which 13 of them are first-time ventures. 24 year-old Lee Lock Teng, of Ah Lock Tofu, serves his grandmother’s Hakka yong tau foo in a donburi. There are also more experienced owners. Fishball Story, which was awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2016 but lost it this year, has a stall here (should be their 3rd outlet). Xin Long Xing has set up their 4th stall here, selling their specialty white beehoon and chilli crab hor fun. Payment is done through machines and when you return your tray, you get $ 1 back.

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New Cafes in Sept 2017
New Hawkers in Sept 2017
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New Cafes & Hawkers in July 2017

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Written by A. Nathanael Ho.


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New Hawkers in Sept 2017

Strictly speaking, many of them aren’t extremely new; they are newish. It is harder to discover new hawkers because they seldom publicize themselves, so there is a lag in transmission of information.

This month, people are doing very interesting things with hawker food. Some are offering similar food found in restaurants; and some sincere food. There is definitely a change in the foodscape at hawker centres, which gives us consumers more options. Many of the stalls are worth visiting.


Birds Can Fry
537 Bedok North Street 3, #01-501 Singapore 460537
tel: +65 8498 7679
12pm-3pm, 4pm-9.30pm

What a humorous shop name. As the shop name suggests, they sell fried chicken that comes with either rice or fries. A 2-piece chicken with coconut rice and hae bee hiam cost $ 5.50. They also have chicken burger ($ 5) and fried chicken caesar salad ($ 6.90).

Black and Gold Coffee Stop
Blk 531A Upper Cross Street, Hong Lim Food Centre #02-41 Singapore 051531
tel: +65 9688 9440

Forget Starbucks. Situated inside Hong Lim Food Centre, the drink stall provides specialty coffee and floral tea.

Chef Ron
1 Kadayanallur Street,  Maxwell Food Centre Stall 3, Singapore 069184
tel: +65 9689 8917

The hawker stall is helmed by Ipoh chef Ron whose signatures include nasi lemak, Penang laksa, Penang lam mee, curry chicken ($ 4.50).

Good Olden Days 1972
Blk 212 Hougang Street 21 #01-343 Singapore 530212

Good Olden Days 1872 is an air-conditioned kopitiam which houses traditional prawn soup ($ 4), porridge, toast, and cze char. The cze char has a 四大天王 (4 signatures): fish head with bittergourd and fermented black beans ($ 18/$ 24); secret recipe pork ribs ($ 10/$ 12/$ 15); deep-fried prawn roll ($ 8/$ 10/$ 12); and sambal potato leaves ($ 6/$ 8/$ 10).

Gyu Nami
7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Food Centre #02-126 Singapore 069111
11am-2pm, closed Sun

Gyu Nami has probably taken a leaf out of the books of Japanese restaurants such as Sandaime Bunji. Gyu means beef. It’s a mountain of roast beef slices with special yogurt and egg on rice. For only $ 10. Worth the buck.

Jiak Kang Tang
348 Bedok Road, #02-26 The Bedok Marketplace, Singapore 469560
11am till late

“Jiak Kang Tang” means “eat potato,” a euphemism for Singaporeans who are so Westernized that they can’t speak their mother tongue. Actually, the correct spelling should be “jiak kan tang” so we know that the stall-owners are jiak kan tang themselves. haha. In any case, the Western food stall focuses different ways of presenting potato but they also have salads and grilled items.

Kitchen Machiya
200 Turf Club Rd, Pasarbella @ The Grandstand #02-K29, Singapore 287994

Kitchen Machiya is opened by Yolk Concepts which also run FoodSmith. Machiya serves omu rice (Japanese omelette over rice).

Real Thai
1 Wallich Street, Tanjong Pagar Centre, Singapore 078881
tel: +65 9633 7314

Real Thai is a Thai fast food dining concept with set menu, ala carte, grab-and-go and retail options.

Scorch 一把火
24 Raffles Place, Clifford Centre, #01-12A Singapore 048621

They serve an eclectic mix of dishes here: nasi lemak sets ranging from $ 3 to $ 4.50; lu rou fan (braised meat rice), and cheesy waffles.

You may be interested in…
New Cafes and Hawkers in Aug 2017
New Cafes & Hawkers in July 2017
New Cafes and Hawkers in June 2017
New Restaurants and Hawkers in May 2017

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos without RERG logo are taken from the respective establishements’ facebook pages or websites.

Written by A. Nathanael Ho.


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New Cafes and Hawkers in Aug 2017


Ah Mah Homemade Cake
1 Jelebu Road, Bukit Panjang Plaza, #01-18, Singapore 677743
1 Harbourfront Walk, Vivo City #B2-K7, Singapore 098585

The most popular castella cake from Malaysia, Ah Mah Homemade Cake opens two outlets in Singapore at once! First launched in Restoran Poh Yap, Kota Kemuning, Malaysia, on 7 April 2017, the concept has soared in popularity within the span of two months, and has opened 14 outlets across Malaysia. With an average queue time of around 45 to 60 minutes, the brand has sold over 100,000 boxes of its delicious cakes in Malaysia to date.

The “castella” cakes from Ah Mah Homemade Cake are inspired by the popular egg sponge cakes from Tamsui, Taiwan, and infused with a local twist. Freshly baked for 80 minutes every day, each batch is made purely with milk, eggs, and quality flour. There is no added water, preservative and colouring.

There are two flavours to be savoured: Original, and Cheese (which comes with a variety of cheese to enliven the flavour). To ensure absolute freshness and maintenance of quality, Ah Mah Homemade Cake bakes its cakes daily and discards all cakes after 12 hours if they are not consumed.

All the Batter
17 Jasmine Road, Adelphi Park Singapore 576585
tel: +65 8510 6313

Taking over the space of Carpenter & Cook Jr, All the Batter opens their second outlet after the one at Anchorpoint. They specialize in… AVOCADO! and they serve many avocado-related desserts.

1 Raffles Place #B1-39, One Raffles Place Singapore 048616
7.30am-9pm, closed Sun

Amamoto Café is a take-away counter concept that reinvents the 1500-year-old Japanese culture of Amazake-drinking for a new generation of wellness and lifestyle aficionados. Amazake, or ‘sweet wine’, is an alcohol-free beverage made from fermented rice, with no added sugar. It is packed with enzymes – thanks to the special koji mould used in its fermentation, which in turn produce essential amino-acids, oligosaccharides, vitamins, minerals, and a host of other bio-chemicals that bring repair, nutrition and health to the body – giving the drink an amazing array of wellness and beautifying benefits.

The Autobus
6A Shenton Way #01-01 Singapore 068815
tel: +65 9690 7057
Weekdays 7am-10.30pm, weekedays 7am-3pm

The Autobus is a bespoke bicycle retail shop-cum-cafe. The weekend brunch starts from $ 11. They are proud of their pulled pork burger ($ 18) using slow cooked pork and house-made BBQ sauce.

Black White Tale
35 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207536
tel: +65 8189 9970
12pm-10pm, closed M

38 Jalan Pemimpin #01-04 Singapore 577178
Tel: +65 8200 5528
M-F 11.30am-3pm, 5pm-9pm, Sat 11.30am-3pm, Sun 5pm-9pm, Closed Tue

3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, Clementi Mall #05-16 Singapore 129588
tel: +65 6570 9287
Sun-Th 11.30am-10pm, F-Sat 11.30am-10.30pm

By Korean chef Emily Oh Young, CafeMama offers Dosirak도시락 (lunchbox) reminiscent of a scene from a Korean drama where mum prepares a tiffin meal packed with different vegetables and meat side dishes, kimchi and a serving of rice. Recommended: beef bulgogi dosirak ($ 9.90). They also serve other Korean street food like ramyeon pots ($ 8.90), and Budae Jjigae army stew ($ 9.90).

The Corner Chef
1 Sengkang Square, #B1-34, Compass One, Singapore 545078
tel: +65 6909 3513

The cafe serves Western food including pasta (from $ 11.50), steak (from $ 16.80), chicken chop ($ 11.90), and salmon ($ 17.90).

The Dark Gallery
9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk #01-K5 Singapore 039596
+65 6255 0368
11am-9.30pm daily

The Dark Gallery is a new boutique café that promotes not only the enjoyment of artisanal dark chocolate desserts, but also the art behind their making. Customers can embark on an exploration of single origin chocolate from various countries, such as Venezuela, Ecuador, Madagascar and the Dominican Republic. Recommended: Single Origin Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Platter ($ 12) and the Single Origin Hot Chocolate Shots Platter ($ 8). Single Origin Chocolate Medley ($ 10) comprises one pastry, one scoop of dark chocolate ice cream, and one hot chocolate shot.

El Spice Bistro
407 Jalan Besar, The Noble Hotel Lobby, Singapore 209012
Tel: +65 9619 7386
11am-11pm, closed Sun

El Spice Bistro aims to provide quality food at inexpensive price, focussing on Mexican & North Indian Cuisines. For their butter chicken ($ 11.20), the sauce base is made of pure tomatoes boiled and cooked instead of using canned tomatoes as market practice. The chicken is marinated overnight. Other recommended dishes: Tikki Carbonara (S$ 10.90) & Burritos (S$ 10.80).

Hustle Co
52 Craig Road Singapore 089690
tel: +65 9826 3382

Kopi and Tarts by Mayson Bakery
180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall B1-23, Singapore 208539

Mayson Bakery started as a small bakery in 1983. Now they open “Kopi & Tarts,” a local Halal cafe. Apart from coffee and tarts, they offer pastries, muffins, cakes, and mains such as Hong Kong-inspired noodle dishes.

Kori King
2 Handy Road, The Cathay #01-01 Singapore 229233

Kori King is the pioneer of the most ancestral shaved ice in the world. The tradition of Kakigori dates back to the 11th century and was one of the most appreciated dessert of the Japanese elites. Over the past few decades, Kakigori became very popular during the warm summer months in Japan and is considered as a healthy dessert to cool down. All products are handmade and prepared daily with highly quality products imported from Japan with no additives, colorant or chemical flavors.

Kurasu Singapore
331 North Bridge Road, Odeon Towers #02-01, Singapore 188720
M-F 8am-5pm, Sat 11am-3pm

Kyoto coffeeshop opens in Singapore at Odeon Towers.

M Seven Cafe
1 Selegie Road #01-12 PoMo Singapore 188306
tel: +65 6873 2776

Casual cafe.

My Banh Mi
5 Wallich Street #01-16 Tanjong Pagar Centre Singapore 078883
tel: +65 8608 8728

My Banh Mi Saigon (MBM Saigon) is a family business managed by Celebrity Chef Bobby Chinn’s father, Frank Chinn. Together with Vietnam’s well-known European chef Andreas Ertle who has opened restaurants globally from New York to Moscow, the specialty sauces and roasting processes of the quality meat being used by MBM Saigon was developed.

In Singapore, it’s a takeaway kiosk that currently sells 4 banh mi and 4 noodles. Recommended: Roasted pork banh mi ($ 7.50) and marinated pork rice noodles ($ 8.50).

Nom Nom
81 Macpherson Lane #01-55 Singapore 360081
tel: +65 8151 9049

A cafe and bar selling specialty rice and fusion dishes.

Pablo Cheesetart Singapore
435 Orchard Road, Wisma Atria #01-02/03, Singapore 238877
tel: +65 6835 9269

The famous Osaka cheese tarts are open today! They also offer a variety of other flavours including chocolate and matcha green tea. There are also cheese milkshakes.

Pasta Express
2 Havelock Road #01-11, Havelock II Singapore 059763
tel: +65 9278 1342
M-Th 8am-9pm, F 8am-11pm, Weekends 12pm-9pm

Pastas start from $ 8.90, and pizzas from $ 13.90. In the morning, they serve sandwiches starting from $ 4.50.

Tok Panjang Cafe @ Dorsett
331 New Bridge Road #01-03 Dorsett Residences Singapore 088764
tel: +65 6538 4475

Tok Panjang, which is established in 1985, has opened a new Peranakan cafe at Dorsett Residences.

425 East Coast Road Singapore 429012

Salad shop.


88 Mustang
1 Seletar Road, #01-09/10 Food Scholar Food Court, Singapore 807011

American Western food.

Bak Bak
10 Circular Road Singapore 049366
tel: +65 6222 8022
10am-11pm, closed Sun

This is a subsidiary of Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh, catering to a younger crowd. The set is priced at an affordable $ 8.50, and includes 2 side dishes and Japanese rice.

Beach Road Scissor Curry Rice
244F Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574369

After Beach Road and Geylang, Beach Road Scissor Curry Rice opens its 3rd outlet, taking over the space of Hua Nam restaurant. It is opened by a 4th generation hawker.

Donya Japanese Cuisine
126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, Singapore 310126
11am-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm

From the facebook page: “Quality ingredients and sauces are used in all dishes to allow individuals to enjoy ‘NEAR’ Restaurant Dishes at Coffeeshop prices.” Rice bowls are priced at $ 5.80 to $ 9.80.

Each a Pot
48a Tanglin Halt Road, Tanglin Halt Market, Singapore 148813
tel: +65 9780 3816
11am-2.30pm, 4.30pm-10pm, closed Sun

They serve curry in a claypot. Choose drumsticks or wings or veg.

Kokoro Ramen
348 Bedok Road, Bedok Market Place #02-22, Singapore 469560
tel: +65 8182 2015
T-Th 11am-9.30pm, F & Sat 11am-10.30pm, Sun 1pm-10.30pm

They hand-make their ramen noodles, and boil the broth for 8 hours. There are two options: tonkotsu pork broth or spicy miso broth.

Ramen Taisho
1 Kadayanallur Street #01-32, Maxwell Food Centre Singapore 069184
tel: +65 6777 5859
11am-9pm, closed weekends

Ramen Taisho moved from the Clementi mall to Maxwell food centre. They hand make their noodles and serve them in tonkotsu pork broth for below $ 10.

Song Kee Thomson Plaza
301 Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Plaza #01-107, Singapore 574408

The Toa Payoh Branch, not the one at Joo Chiat, has opened an outlet at Thomson Plaza.

Tasty Street
1 Buona Vista Drive, Ministry Of Education Building #02-01, Singapore 138675
tel: +65 8333 5170
9am-4pm, closed weekends

They serve Singapore-inspired bowls such as wagyu beef and iberico pork bowls.

Tiew Mai Thai Boat Noodles
1187 Upper Serangoon Road #01-22 The Midtown Singapore 533971
tel: +65 6238 0184
M-th 12pm-10.30pm, F 12pm-11.30pm, Weekends 11.30am-11.30pm

By the same people behind defunct Nung Len.

You may be interested in…
New Cafes & Hawkers in July 2017
New Cafes and Hawkers in June 2017
New Cafes in May 2017
New Restaurants and Hawkers in May 2017

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos without RERG logo are taken from the respective establishments’ facebook pages or websites.

Written by A. Nathanael Ho.


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New Cafes and Hawkers in June 2017

These are some of the cafes and hawkers opened recently. Strangely, young hawkerpreneurs favor Western food stalls and there are many of them recently.


The Affogato Bar
501 Bukit Timah Road #01-04B Cluny Court Singapore 259760
tel: +65 9238 9005
8am-11pm daily

Coffee, ice cream, and bagels. Their coffee beans are from Dimattina Coffee, Melbourne.

Appetide Cafe
35A Boat Quay Singapore 049824
tel: +65 6532 0419
11.30pm-8pm, closed weekends

Be My Guest Cafe
1 Irving Place, #01-20 Commerze@Irving, Singapore 369546
tel: +65 9221 4405

Bojio Cafe
3 Gateway Drive, Westgate #02-28, Singapore 608532
tel: +65 8742 1688
Sun-Th 11.30am-9.30pm, F & Sat 11.30am-10pm

Homemade Ice Creams, Waffles & Toasts. Popular for raclette cheese on toast.

Grand Jete Cafe & Bar
391A Orchard Road, Takashimaya Shopping Centre #02-11, Singapore 238873
tel: +65 6235 4267

Japanese cafe taking over the place of Saint Pierre Market, serving pastas and curry rice.

Greater Lot by Cedele
31 Ocean Way, #01-08 Sentosa Cove, Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375
tel: +65 8869 8438

Greater Lot is a collective foods store featuring a bakery, retail store and dining. They make food from scratch, and serve natural and super-foods and a variety of bakes with unrefined sugar.

KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar
617 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 269718
tel: +65 6468 8940
M-Th 11am-10.30pm, F 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11am, Sun 10am-10.30pm

From the people behind Sogurt, Kara cafe serves savoury grain bowls, grilled cheese toasties and artisanal soft-serve desserts.

Keong Saik Bakery
41 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089146

A bakery bridging the past and present through varying baking styles and flavour combinations.

Lickety Ice Cream and Waffles
34 Bussorah Street Singapore 199452
tel: +65 6291 7670

Lickety is by the people behind Muslim-owned Fika Cafe.

Multiple locations

The company that brought the Gong Cai franchise from Taiwan has discontinued it and will gradually convert their 80 outlets to LiHO. They sell cheese Tea, cheese smoothies and juices.

Lunar Coffee Brewers
6A Shenton Way, Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068809

By the people behind Atlas Coffeehouse.

Three’s A Crowd Cafe
Blk 802 Tampines Ave 4 #01-11 Singapore 520802
tel: +65 6702 0700
M-Th 12pm-10pm, F 12pm-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-10pm

They serve ice cream and cakes.


Big Charlie
Blk 28 Jalan Bukit Merah Singapore 152028

Western food shop specializing in grilled meats.

Chop Chop Western Grill
1 Kaki Bukit View, Techview, Singapore 415941
tel: +65 9742 3008
11am-3pm, closed Sun

ETL Flagship Store
Blk 531 Upper Cross Street #02-55 Hong Lim Complex, Singapore 050531
tel: +65 6533 5919
10am-7pm, closed Sun

They sell art pieces for home decor with a side of soupy Chinese noodles with no msg and no preservatives. A bowl of yong tofu goes for $ 12.80.

Hawker Chan Soya Chicken
Blk 450 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319394
11am-8pm, closed M
Tel: +65 6255 4357

[FULL REVIEW] The Michelin-starred hawker just keeps opening new stalls! And it’s a good thing because delicious food should be shared with many people.

Kay Lee Roast Meat
116 Bukit Merah View, Singapore 151116

[FULL REVIEW] Kay Lee opens their 9th joint at a kopitiam stall.

The Pasta Boutique
Blk 539 Bedok North Street 3, New Century Food House Coffeeshop #01-619 Singapore 460539

They are famous for their pastas, which are topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Their mashed potatoes are homemade with fresh potatoes, not premix. They brine their chicken to maintain its moisture while cooking, and source their 220gm Australian grass-fed beef from Huber’s Butchery. They baste the steak, which other Western stalls don’t usually do. Recommended: chilli crab pasta ($ 10.50), spicy prawn pasta ($ 10.50), creamy bacon & mushroom pasta ($ 9.50), chicken chop ($ 8.80), and Mediterranean ribeye steak ($ 18.50).

Project Warung
505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre B1-24 Singapore 199583
tel: +65 9154 4038
11am-2.30pm (till 1pm on Fri), 5pm-9.30pm, closed Mon

Halal burgers at about $ 5. Recommended: char-grilled teriyaki chicken burger with sesame coleslaw, sunny side up egg and bonito flakes.

130 Jurong Gateway Road (BGAIN 130 Eating House) Singapore
tel: +65 9101 3553

Young hawkerpreneurs uses modern cooking techniques for traditional roast meats.

阿呆 Silly’s Western
335 Smith Street Chinatown Complex Market Singapore 050335

Two Hands
33 Lorong Liput, Holland Village Food Court 33 , Singapore 277744
Tel: +65 6909 2350

It’s a partnership between Garcons (Enoch Teo and Immanuel Tee) and Kevan Tan. Two Hands serves contemporary western cuisine with modern skewers, pasta and rice bowls. Signature dishes: foie gras skewers ($ 7.90), duck leg confit spaghetti ($ 15.90) and striploin ricebowl.

You may be interested in…
New Cafes in May 2017
New Hawkers in May 2017
New Hawkers in Apr 2017
New Cafes in Apr 2017

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos without RERG logo are taken from the respective establishements’ facebook pages or websites.

Written by A. Nathanael Ho.


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New Restaurants and Hawkers in May 2017

In March, there were 43 new restaurant openings. In April, 30. This month, I could only track down 9. Not sure if this is a sign of the economy or maybe I am not hardworking enough. In any case, these are the 9 new restaurants and 4 new hawkers that open recently.


Amo Restaurant
33 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672
Tel: +65 6723 7733

Casual Italian restaurant by the Il Lido Group which operates other Italian restaurants such as Aura, &Sons, and Osteria Art. Opening sometime this month.

12 Ann Siang Road Singapore 069692

The shophouse of 12 Ann Siang houses 3 concepts, and one of them is Catchfly, a basement speakeasy bar headed by New York mixologist Liam Baer.

Coriander Leaf Grill
12 Ann Siang Road Singapore 069692
Tel: +65 6222 7276

Offshoot of Coriander Leaf and part of the 5-storey 12 Ann Siang, Coriander Leaf Grill serves charcoal grilled contemporary food with Asian accents. Recommended: Harissa chicken burger ($ 20).

Ergon Greek Deli & Cafe
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 8657 7814
Weekdays 8am-10pm, Weekends 10am-10pm

A 3-generation family business in Thessaloniki has expanded to 300 stores in Greece, and has a presence in Europe. This is the first permanent shop outside Europe, offering Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek produce.

Gonpachi Ramen
Block 212 Hougang Street 21 #01-329 Singapore 530212
Tel: +65 6584 1943
11am-2.30pm, 5pm-11pm

Gonpachi Ramen uses imported ingredients from Japan, and serves tonkotsu (pork bone) and tori (chicken) soups originated from the Kyushu and Nagasaki Region respectively.

Guenpin Fugu
32 Maxwell Road #01-06, Maxwell Chambers, Singapore 069115

Japan’s largest fugu restaurant chain, Guenpin, has 96 outlets in Japan and over 30 years of history. This is its first ever overseas outlet. The 32-seater outlet in Singapore serves torafugu and snow crab cuisines, offering both à la carte and full-course menus.

Ryori by Sushiro
301 Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Plaza #01-22/30, Singapore 574408
Tel: +65 9450 1020

The insanely popular Sushiro, known for their inexpensive barachirashi don, has expanded in the same mall. This new casual restaurant focuses on beef don ($ 12) and unagi don.

Straits Cafe
9 Bras Basah Road, Hotel Rendezvous, Singapore 189559
tel: +65 6335 1771

After 4 months of renovation, Straits Cafe reopened to bring new dishes to their Peranakan and local buffet (weekday lunch $ 42++, dinner $ 50++; Sunday brunch $ 48++; F-Sun dinner $ 58++). These new dishes include beef rendang lasagne, black pepper carrot cake, and kong bah bao. They also have chilled seafood, oysters, sashimi, and chilli crayfish. Of course they are famous for their durian pastries, and their durian penyat is the star for the dessert section.

Thai Super Bowl
1 Hougang Street, 91 #01-41 Central Place, Singapore 538692
Tel: +65 6385 3195

They serve Thai seafood hotpot ($ 36), good to be shared with 4 people.


Fish & Chicks
Blk 204 Bedok North Street 1 Singapore 460204

The fourth Fish & Chicks outlet.

Lobster Time
Blk 120 Bishan St 12, #01-67 BS120 Makan Hub Coffeeshop, Singapore 570120

[FULL REVIEW] Lobster Time at Bishan is newly opened on 10 Apr. They sell 5 bowls: prawn noodles ($ 4.50), big prawn noodles with clams ($ 8.50); crayfish with clams ($ 16.50), lobster with clams ($ 26.50); and combo ($ 38.50).

90 Bras Basah Rd, B1-33, Esplanade Food Inn, Singapore 189562
T: +65 8688 5920

Modus serves quinoa bowls at the Esplanade Exchange foodcourt for $ 7.50 each. The meat are cooked freshly upon ordering; the fermented vegetables are homemade; and the organic quinoa is from Peru. Recommended:  Japanese Bowl (quinoa, aburi salmon, tsukemono, sautéed crabmeat, corn kernels, furikake) and Western Bowl (quinoa, Australian striploin with fermented pineapple salsa, crispy wasabi chips).

Ted’s Kitchen
30 Eunos Road 5 Singapore 400030
T & W 11.30am-3pm, Th-Sat 11.30am-8pm, Sun 11.30am-5pm

The hawker graduated from Enderun Colleges in Manila that has a program by 3 Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse. Pick a protein and a pasta at $ 7. Most popular: chicken cutlet with aglio olio.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos without RERG logo are taken from the respective establishements’ facebook pages or websites.

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Bishan Food Guide – 11 Highly Rated Hawkers, Cafes & Thai Food Joints

Bishan – a breeding ground for great food

TSL's Bishan Food Guide!

Adapted from source: @l.in.x.in

With a good 10 schools in the neighbourhood, Bishan is habitually crowded by hangry students. I would know. After all, I spent 2 years here, a glassy-eyed student in the morning and a ravenous zombie by the afternoon.

For this foodie, discoveries were endless. All the places featured here – some well-known, some more ulu – were gems I found while on one of my hunger rampages. From eateries easy on the wallet to slightly more atas ones, there are choices for everyone.

1. Grin Affair

We’ve all experienced that panic: forgetting a friend’s birthday and having to rush out a last minute birthday present. On such days, Grin Affair was my life saver.

Cakes in a jar at Grin Affair!

Source: @hayzgal

With their cakes in a jar, you won’t have to worry about lugging around a burdensome cake box, or fear the accidental cake smash on a crowded MRT. The Honey Lavender mousse cake ($ 6) has never failed to help me bring a smile to a birthday girl’s or boy’s face – with a burst of flavour from real lavender flowers and fresh blueberries.

Waffles at Grin Affair!

Source: @sssamuelseah

The fluffy waffles ($ 9-$ 10.50) have always been my solution for a post-school sugar fix. Topped with a sizable scoop of Earl Grey gelato, cookie crumbs and maple syrup, this is pure bliss.

Address: Block 505 #01-408, 505 Bishan Street 11, Singapore 570505
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Mon to Sat), 1.30pm – 6pm (Sun)
Telephone: 8222 2678

2. Ming Kee Chicken Rice

Smooth, slippery chicken flesh served cold – now that’s one of a kind. At Ming Kee Chicken Rice, freshly-boiled chicken meat is immersed in ice cold water until serving time. The result is tender meat with a layer of gelatin under the skin that slides exquisitely across your taste buds.

Chilled chicken at Ming Kee Chicken Rice.

Source: @dizijoyjoy

Each plate is priced at a very enticing $ 3.50, but sharing a bigger portion among family and friends is always a good idea. I recommend coming slightly after lunch-hour from 2pm to avoid the half hour-long queues, so ain’t nobody will get in the way of your chicken rice dose.

Address: Kim San Leng Food Centre #01-522, 511 Bishan Street 13, Singapore 570511
Opening Hours: 10pm – 9pm

3. Mata Thai Restaurant

A tze char-style menu at Mata Thai makes it an ideal place for group sharing. My go-to order is the large sized Tom Yum Seafood Soup ($ 16) – served in a claypot, this tom yum comes with a generous medley of fresh seafood. Be sure to also grab some lemongrass juice for an extra zing.

Affordable sharing options at Mata Thai!

Source: @yellowsalmons

Give their set lunches a miss though. I’ve tried their Seafood Fried Rice ($ 8.80), but was left disappointed by a lacklustre plate of yangchow fried rice with a paltry seafood-to-rice ratio.

Address: 508 Bishan Street 11 #01-390, Singapore 570508
Opening Hours: 7am – 10pm
Telephone: 9276 2629

4. Wowffle Burger

If you’ve ever had to choose between waffles and a burger, this hole-in-the-wall burger joint housed in a humble coffee shop solves that dilemma. Instead of the usual burger buns, expect crispy charcoal waffles sandwiching the juicy patties at Wowffle Burger. Choose from a range of wacky flavours: Soy Garlic Chicken ($ 6.80), The Satay Burger ($ 12.80), and The Agaricus ($ 12.80).

Charcoal waffle buns at Wowffle Burger!

Source: @kimberleyyong_

My personal favourite is the Salted Egg Fried Chicken ($ 13.80), featuring a generous piece of fried chicken topped with a smooth and thick salted egg yolk sauce.

Fun fact: Wowffle’s salted egg yolk sauce is entirely homemade by way of a 5 hour-long process! Talk about dedication.

Salted Egg Fried Chicken Burger at Wowffle Burger.

Source: @eatoutsg

Address: 38 Jalan Pemimpin #01-04 M38, Singapore 577178
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 9.30pm

5. 284 Kway Chap

Delicious kway chap at 284 Kway Chap!


Turning on their stall lights from 8.30pm all the way into the early mornings, 284 Kway Chap’s fare makes for a great supper – it sure did for me during my late night study sessions.

Eat away the insomnia with a combination of sliced pig intestines, tau pok and tea eggs, all braised to perfection. All innards are impeccably cleaned, so you won’t get any of that gamey pork stench. And at less than $ 5 per person, this won’t burn a hole through your pocket.

Address: 284 Bishan Street 22, Singapore 570284
Opening Hours: 8.30pm – 4am (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sundays.

6. Meld Grilled Kitchen

Housed in the same District-20 coffee shop as Wowffle Burger, the Japanese-Western Meld Grilled Kitchen is often overlooked. But for my peers and I, this has become a place for repeat visits.

Smoked Duck Aglio Olio at Meld Grilled Kitchen.

Source: @shoniah

My favourite is the Smoked Duck Aglio Olio ($ 9.90), a perfect balance of chunky duck slices, bacon slabs and lightly spiced pasta. Seafood lovers will love the Mentaiko Pasta ($ 10.90). Packed with fried oysters, fried prawns and splattered with mentaiko, this is a dish that’ll make your heart melt.

Meld also gives you an extra reason to be decked out in your school garb – students get 10% off all items.

Address: 38 Jalan Pemimpin #01-04 M38, Singapore 577178
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10.30pm, Closed on Wednesdays.
Telephone: 9337 8600

7. Jai Thai Restaurant

Delicious Thai dishes at Jai Thai Restaurant!

Source: @tammyneok

2 Thai places in 1 article may seem excessive, but this is a Bishan student staple. With authentic, honest Thai food below $ 10, this is the ultimate bang for your buck.

Affordable and yummy set lunches at Jai Thai Restaurant!

Source: @shaunsimjaykay

The Pineapple Rice Set ($ 8.80) is my top pick for set lunch, with its melange of green curry, fried fish and spring roll.

The Tom Yam Seafood Noodles ($ 5) is also a crowd favourite for its generous serving of seafood and mushrooms, but if you’re not a fan of seafood, there’s also the chicken option. Upon ordering, you’ll be given the option of either clear or thick soup – the latter has a stronger chilli flavour.

The groups of students in the restaurant may put you off a bit, but hey, there’s gotta be a reason behind its popularity.

Address: 7 Clover Way, Singapore 579080
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 9pm (Mon to Thu), 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Fri – Sun)
Telephone: 6258 0228

8. Hup Seng Duck Rice

Hup Seng Duck Rice is a little off the central Bishan area, but worth those extra bus stops. Thick, juicy braised duck slices soaked in gravy are the main draw here. The meat is extremely tender – you won’t need any toothpicks for annoying bits stuck between your teeth.

Juicy duck slices at Hup Seng Duck Rice.

Source: @sen028

Hup Seng’s salted duck vegetable soup, or Kiam Chye Arh, is a good choice to warm the tummy, especially on rainy days. The light sour tang of the soup balances the saltiness of the duck sauce. A standard plate of duck rice is priced at $ 3.50, while a set of braised duck and pork for 2, complete with a bowl of salted duck veg soup, costs around $ 15 in all.

Address: Block 22 Sin Ming Road #01-258, Singapore 570022
Opening Hours: 9am – 2.30pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 1.30pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Thursdays.
Telephone: 6454 3810

9. Grub

Brick-panelled interior of Grub!

Source: @grubsingapore

Located in the heart of Bishan Park, Grub is my favourite for a post-run reward. Indoors, brick-panelled walls and wooden tables make for a cosy, earthy setting reminiscent of a cabin in the forest.

Maple Bacon Burger at Grub.

Source: @grubsingapore

Grub is best known for its hearty burgers, and that comes as no surprise. Reminiscent of a Hawaiian pizza – in burger form – is the Maple Bacon Burger ($ 14), with a thick wad of perfectly grilled bacon and a pineapple ring.

If you’re a sweet tooth like me, the Churros ($ 8) will be fried sugar heaven for you. Try it with the special yuzu white chocolate dip that comes on the side for a delicious cross between sugary sweet and tangy.

Address: 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Tue to Fri), 9am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Sat, Sun PH), Closed on Mondays.
Telephone: 6459 5743

10. Tuk Tuk Cha

Tuk Tuk Cha may have already become a household name. But few know of the easter egg in their Junction 8 outlet – the $ 1.90 mini bowls.

$  1.90 Thai boat noodles in Tuk Tuk Cha J8!

Source: @coolheart

This is the ultimate snack hack – mini versions of their regular tom yam and beef bowls at one-quarter the price.

Be sure to also quench your thirst with their Thai Milk Tea ($ 3). Choose your sugar level bubble tea-style, and voila, you can enjoy your Thai thirst-quencher without feeling too guilty about that sugar intake! Finish it off with Matcha and Red Velvet Waffles ($ 9.80) topped off with complimentary Thai Milk Tea ice cream!

Matcha and red velvet waffles at Tuk Tuk Cha!

Source: @jtljun

Address: Junction 8 Shopping Centre #02-20A/21, 9 Bishan Place, Singapore 579837
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm

11. Canopy Garden Dining

Canopy Garden Dining Interior

Source: @verna_0

This al fresco dining spot is great for atas indulgences. With its glass-windowed exterior resembling a greenhouse, Canopy Garden Dining is all about kicking back and quiet time. And of course, lots of natural lighting for the gram.

Crabmeat Aglio Olio at Canopy Garden Dining.

Source: @thesilverchef

One of my favorite comfort foods is their Crabmeat Aglio Olio ($ 19). Garnished with coriander and chilli, this dish makes for a well-deserved treat after a long day of work or school. When paired with a glass of red wine and an overhead sunset, this is one dinner experience you won’t forget.

My dog owner friends also love this place for their pet-friendly policy. So if you’d love a quiet evening with just you and your bae – the furry one – you know where to go.

Address: 1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Bishan Park 2, Singapore 569931
Opening Hours: 8am – 10.30pm (Sun), 9am – 10.30pm (Mon to Thu), 9am – 11pm (Fri), 8am – 11pm (Sat)
Telephone: 9113 4666

Bishan ain’t just a former burial ground

Bishan may have been known as a burial ground back in the day, but now, it’s a densely populated heartland hotspot with some of the best eats in central Singapore. Even though I’ve recently graduated and am no longer bound to the neighbourhood, I still find myself venturing to this part of the island for the food I find so much familiar comfort in.

If you’ve got more Bishan must-tries on your list, let us know in the comments!

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Sinn Ji Chicken Rice: Young, Innovative Next Generation Hawkers

White chicken

There has been much debate about how to preserve our hawker culture.  One idea was to set up hawker “schools” where courses are offered on how to prepare certain dishes.  On paper, this seems to be a good idea.  If you are a young person wanting to sell hawker food, you can enrol to learn how to cook laksa as well as how to rent and set up a hawker stall.  That might work for some hawkers, but it automatically selects for those who are toying with the idea of being a hawker.   They might succeed in earning a stable income, but what are their chances of becoming a hawker legend compared to those who are really driven by passion?


Passionate young hawkerpreneurs like 25 year old Derwin will find ways to carve out their own path.  Derwin has always loved cooking and after earning his diploma in animation, decided to pursue his first love.  He apprenticed himself under a chicken rice master for a month, learned the basics and then proceeded to innovate and improve on what he had learnt.

Chicken tube

I was quite impressed by some of the things he is doing to make a better chicken rice.  One of things he has come up with is a simple tube which he inserts into the cavity of the chicken which helps to cook the chicken so that the breast meat doesn’t dry out.


What the tube does is to ensure that the hot water is able to circulate and cook the inside of the chicken so that the breast meat is cooked evenly on both sides.  This enables him to lower the temperature of the poaching liquid. He also cooks his chicken in a large thermal vat which keeps the water at a constant temperature and he adds chicken bones and other ingredients to the broth so that the chicken is seasoned as it cooks.


The results of his innovations are quite evident.  His chicken is perfectly cooked and the breast is moist, tender and flavourful. There is a nice layer of jelly under the skin and his drizzling sauce is also very tasty.  Overall the white chicken is very good.  4.5/5

The rice is also good but can be improved.  The grains are well seperated but it does lack that fragrance that you find in really good chicken rice stalls.  He tells me that he doesn’t add any msg to the rice which is what he was taught to do during his apprenticeship and found other ways to make the rice tasty.  4/5

I found the chilli sauce to be a little on the sweet side, but there is a nice fragrance from the freshly squeezed lime juice.  Try some of his minced ginger when you are there.  Derwin personally travels to Pasir Panjang wholesale centre every week to buy his ginger which comes from Indonesia that is really fragrant and has a robust gingery zing.

Roast Chicken

The roast chicken is quite good but between the white and the roasted chicken, I would go for the white.  I felt it still lacked the oomph of a good spice mix. 4/5


It is really good to see young hawkerpreneurs who are willing to take a traditional recipe, innovate and make it even better.  This 25 year old’s chicken rice can easily rival some of the best ones which has been around for longer than he has!

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New Openings in March 2017 Part I: New Cafes, Bars, and Hawkers 

I thought we are facing a recession, but here we are in the month of March with so many eateries opening I have to split it into two entries. This entry will focus on new cafes, bars and hawkers opened recently while Part II will list the new restaurants.

These are the 17 cafes, 4 bars, and 12 hawkers:


20Grams Specialty Coffee and Roastery
14 Arumugam Rd, #01-05, Lion Industrial Building C, Singapore 409959
Tel: +65 6694 8109
M-Th 10am-6pm, F 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-5pm

16487131_1837123156503949_4821512991831642548_oThey source, roast, and brew their own coffee. Their lobster roll ($ 27) is tossed with homemade mayo.

Alakai Poke
3 Everton Park #01-79 Singapore 080003
Tel: +65 6094 4957
11am-2pm, 5pm-8.30pm, closed weekends

13680953_1725942207675942_1198545234809865006_nThe trend of poke bowls, a Hawaiian dish with marinated raw fish and rice/salad, is going strong.

Cook Mee
5 Raffles Place, Raffles Place MRT Station , #B1-32/33, Singapore 048618

16587052_1541769802517353_4933032140388304009_oCook Mee is by Wheat Baumkuchen, and serves dry ramen ($ 9.90) and light bites.

Dot & Dash
1 North Bridge Road, #B1-11/12 Singapore 179094

I Am
51 Tampines Avenue 4, Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529684

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Lab Made
3 Gateway Drive, Westgate L2-K3, Singapore 078884

15585087_375362246151972_2190451432199865207_oThey make ice cream using liquid nitrogen.

Makai Poke
7 Wallich Street, Tanjong Pagar Centre B1-08 Singapore 078884

img_2468The poke bowl game is going strong. This is a takeaway kiosk, selling poke bowls from $ 9.90. Full review.

Nesture Bird’s Nest
491 River Valley Road, #01-13, Singapore 248371
12pm-9pm daily
T: +65 6821 1771

16105914_415791858753301_5403432540498724904_nA takeaway shop, Nesture puts bird’s nest on top of Western desserts such panna cotta, creme brulee, and waffles. The bird’s nest comes from Sumatra, Indonesia, and is cleaned with filtered water with no chemical washing or bleaching.

Poke Doke
9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk #01-95, Singapore 039596
10am-9pm daily
T: +65 9181 9140

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset Poke Doke gets their fish fresh daily, and you can choose from Norwegian salmon or ahi tuna.

412 Bedok North Ave 2 #01-122 Singapore 460412
T-Th 12pm-10pm, F & Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm-11pm, closed Mon

16486961_603766019808195_8253243230906213260_oRoutesixtysix is a coffee-and-dessert cafe, serving waffles and coffee beans from Common Man.

Salmon Samurai
100 Tras Street, #03-22 100 AM, Singapore 079027
Tel: +65 6543 6823
M-F 11am-8pm, Weekends 12pm-6pm

16463716_1279882472090209_8303024540435955463_oBy the people behind Standing Sushi Bar, the salmon-themed restaurants serves salmon dishes from $ 9.90.

Slayer Coffee
2 Havelock Road, Havelock II, Singapore 059763
tel: +65 8688 4256

16114589_1255690097844610_4310236086211070355_nSlayer Coffee, which provides mobile coffee service for events, finds a shop at new mall, Havelock II.

Soma Coffee Singapore
8 Enggor Street #01-03 Skysuites@Anson, Singapore 079718
M-F 9pm-5pm, Sat 9pm-3pm

16707671_1736947256635509_9009991707542341039_oFrom their fb: “Specialty Coffee Shop serving Indonesian single origins and various foods.”

Super Bistro
314 Bedok Road, The Bedok Marketplace, Singapore 469478
Tel: +65 6702 0231
M-F 10.30am-9pm, weekends 8am-9.30pm

16665282_1369369199773714_7863709956504791704_oA subsidiary of Chong Pang Super Penyet.

Sweetfish Poke
13 Stamford Road, Capitol Piazza #B2-30, Singapore 178905

16715908_1793894607597412_1244595970225181227_oAnother poke bowl shop! This is mostly a takeaway shop. Bowls start at $ 9.

Takumi by Sushiro
301 Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Plaza #01-113F, Singapore 574408
11.45am-2.15pm, 5.45pm-9.15pm, closed Mon

16729481_1346275862099226_4815607582595437249_nFamed for their inexpensive barachirashi don, Sushiro has expanded and opened a new shop called Takumi which sells gyuniku (beef) don at $ 12 nett.

Thrive Kitchen
1 West Coast Drive, #01-73 NeWest, Singapore 128020
Tel: +65 6255 9030

15590854_1809971272602224_1714198657795267523_oThrive Kitchen serves wholesome pastas, sandwiches, French toast, crepes, and gluten-free cakes baked in-house. They try to substitute unhealthy ingredients with healthy ones. For example, cream is replaced by nut milk.


Atlas Bar
600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square, Singapore, 188778

atlasThe bartenders at Atlas, Roman Foltan and Carla Davina Soares, were formerly from Artesian at The Langham (London), which is the World’s Best Bar for four years. Opening this month.

Growlers Craft Beer & Bistro
37 Tai Thong Crescent, Singapore 347862
Tel: +65 8118 4677
11.30am-11pm, closed Sun

16715952_751488011683170_3456979282558342692_oThey brew their own beer at their own microbrewery but they only have 5 mains on their menu, the rest are mostly drinks. The food items include beer battered fish chips ($ 18) and salted egg yolk chicken burger ($ 19).

Lucky Bar
243 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278977
Tel: +65 6208 6845

Sister to the Cantonese restaurant Full of Luck Club by Li Bai.

The Wall
76 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088497
Tel: +65 6225 7988
5pm-1am, closed Sun

16665732_1670681693226235_25580048999526879_oSumiyaki (Japanese skewers) and cocktails.


Benson Salted Duck
Blk 168 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-1040, Singapore 310168
Tel: +65 9781 4042
9am-7pm, closed Tue

13708228_1759888940924043_271144733824894470_oBenson is 8-month old but it is worth being informed about. It sells poached salted duck with butter rice, a traditional dish seldom found these days. They also sell smoked duck breast, fish maw pork stomach soup, and braised duck heart.

Corner Burger
228 East Coast Road, Singapore 428925
Tel: +65 9827 4562
8am-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm, closed Mon

16195126_1068227819973474_1056791651551970701_nYoung hawkerpreneurs.

Hawker Chan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken
18 Tai Seng Street #01-02, Singapore 539775

hong-kong-soya-chicken-michelin-star-singaporeAfter receiving one Michelin star, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken has opened a restaurant at Smith Street. Now the third outlet is at Tai Seng.

Kim’s Kuehs
Blk 18 Toa Payoh Lor 7 #01-232 Singapore 310018
Tel: +65 9749 7163

13939381_1579014659061329_7071714825324670120_nYoung hawkerpreneur uses his grandmother’s recipe and makes handmade kuehs (Peng Kueh, Soon Kueh and Gu Chai Kueh) from $ 1.10 onwards.

Mr Lorbak
Blk 531 Bedok North St 3, Singapore 460531
12pm-8pm daily, closed Tue

Mr Prawnie
Blk 721 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, Singapore 560721
Tel: +65 8700 3168

15338670_1706675266316799_7874499315994953986_nOne of the recipients for Tiger Street Food Fund, Mr Prawnie serves luxurious hokkien meeA plate with with lobster, crayfish, and big prawns goes for $ 36, good for 3-4 persons.

Nimman Soi 5
Blk 201 Tampines St 21, 21 Street Eating Place, Singapore 520201
Tel: +65 8569 2482

15380867_1267563183300702_759548495762658474_nThe founder of Jane Thai, who sold it in 2012, has opened a stall in a kopitiam.

Pasta by Fraction Kitchen
51 Telok Ayer Street, China Square Food Centre #01-12, Singapore 069877

16473885_1863249840559685_9093448900949103333_nPasta shop at food court, starting from $ 8.

Sinn Ji Hainanese Chicken Rice
275 Thomson Road, Novena Regency #01-05, Singapore 307690
Tel: +65 6258 0855

14310308_1207470505939630_2377547499726697923_o25 year-old Derwin Chan improved on the cooking of Hainanese chicken and even came up with his own invention to blow air into the chicken before roasting. He makes his own chilli sauce using a ginger, more pungent than usual, from Pasir Panjang wholesale centre.

Wok Hey
200 Victoria Street Bugis Junction B1 Singapore 188021

This is a kiosk for takeaways. They sell fried rice and fried noodles.

Your Nasi Lemak
596B Sembawang Road, Singapore 758455
Tel: +65 6100 3242

They use traditional recipe that has been passed down for generations.

1 Kadayanallur St, Maxwell Food Centre #01-25, Singapore 069184
Tel: +65 9723 5720
8.30am-4pm, closed Sun

16487643_1755026628147661_8799614415988584424_oMuslim-owned Yugo bakes their own bread freshly to make sandwiches starting from $ 4.50.

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Soon Heng Hot and Cold Desserts: Hawkers we grow up with

Tau Suan

Our hawkers are really a big part of our lives here in Singapore, don’t you think?  Most of us would have grown up eating from the same hawker stall for years and and these hawkers would have become much more than just a person who sells food.


I am sure that this particular lady hawker at Soon Heng Hot and Cold Desserts would have many regulars who have grown up (or grown old) eating at her stall.  I have met many hawkers but she was the first one I met whose smile was sweeter than her desserts!

I get a lot of different reactions whenever I pull out my DSLR camera.  Some hawkers ask why I am taking photos.  Others continue to work as if I wasn’t there.  But when Mrs Yang saw my camera, she quickly struck up her kawaii pose!

Lotus seeds
Lotus Seed Sweet Soup (Lian Zi Suan)

What first drew me to the stall was the availability of lian zi suan. (Lotus seed soupThis traditional Teochew sweet soup is not easy to find nowadays because of the rising cost of lotus seeds.  (A 200g pack of lotus seeds at the supermarket costs around $ 6!)  The only other stall that I have come across that sells this is “House of Dessert” at Tampines Round Market.  They actually stopped selling it for a period of time because of the increase in price of raw lotus seeds.  Thankfully, they started selling it again last year.

This soup is not difficult to cook but it is easy to get it wrong unless you get a tip from grandma (or from the internet nowadays).    Most of us would intuitively soak the seeds first before cooking, but this is the last thing you want to do as the seeds will ever turn into the nice, mealy, powdery texture no matter how long you boil them.  Instead, the seeds must go straight into hot boiling water for a while then followed by either a slow simmer or steam.  Once they are soft, simply add them to syrup which has been thickened with tapioca starch.

For all that trouble, I think most people wouldn’t mind forking out the $ 2 for a bowl of lian zi suan at this stall.  I think this is probably also the cheapest place where you can buy this in Singapore.  In fact, all her other desserts are also just $ 1!  Talk about old school prices.  When I asked Mrs Yang how she managed to keep prices so low, she just smiled and said that its her way of keeping her customers happy!

Aside from the lotus seed soup, her tau suan is also very good.  4.25/5What was impressive was how her you tiao remained so fresh!  I managed to try some of her other desserts like cheng tng and honey sea coconut.  They were average but at $ 1 a bowl, I don’t think anyone is complaining!



Old school sweet soups served with an even sweeter smile which will make you smile even more when all you need is some spare change to enjoy it!

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