It is an undeniable fact that food fads in Singapore come and go at a rapid pace. As with all fads, many do not survive the test of time and they die down quietly before you even notice it.
Remember when donuts were all the hype because Krispy Kreme came to Singapore? What about the time when rainbow cakes filled up your Instagram feed?
Hipster food aside, we are (still) fortunate enough to be in Singapore because Asian cuisines are permanent and that while trends come and go, we have these 6 Asian Cuisines That Are Ever Popular With Locals.
Many locals enjoy Korean cuisine for its myriad of strong flavours and communal-dining style. One of the most well-loved Korean cuisines has got to be the Jjimdak – a chicken stew braised in soya sauce that is usually slightly sweet.
Seoul Jjimdak’s version is our favourite, and their house signature Seoul Jjimdak is a hearty pot that is filled to the brim with chicken, potatoes, carrots, onions and potato noodles braised in special soya sauce imported directly from Korea.
Without a doubt, you need to pair this hotpot-style dish with a glass of Coca-Cola®. Think about the refreshing bite of an ice-cold Coke® and the fizziness of the drink, as you take a slurp of the sweet, piping hot and savoury sauce of Jjimdak.
City Square Mall, #05-04
Tel: +65 6634 2668
Daily: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Farrer Park
Korean fried chicken is one of our guilty pleasures. Chicken pieces lightly coated with flour and deep-fried twice to a warm golden brown shade; that is always the best kind of indulgence. Nothing relieves stress like biting into crispy deep-fried chicken that are worth all the calories.
Kko Kko Nara’s Korean Fried Chicken comes in four different flavours: original, garlic, spicy and sweet & spicy. You can also order a combo set if you want to sample all the different flavours!
Kko Kko Na Ra
68 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel: +65 6225 9282
Mon to Sat: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 3am
Sun: 6pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar
Steamed Seabass in Thai Sauce is what we classify as comfort food, and one that will fit any mood. Soft white-flesh fish steamed to bring out the sweetness of the seafood, then drenched in a sweet and spicy Thai sauce—this is one Thai-style dish that we regularly order.
Thai Tantric is among our favourite haunts, and the Steamed Seabass in Thai Sauce is one of the best in town.
Orchard Towers, #03-23
400 Orchard Road
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Sun & PH: 3pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
If you love aburi rolls as much as we do, you have to head down to Kinsa Sushi to try their Aburi Sushi Rolls.
Cucumber and avocado are wrapped in a maki roll, covered with salmon slices and flying fish roe, topped off with a generous portion of mentaiko sauce, and flamed to a semi-cooked state for that melty, creamy texture.
Mentaiko sauce is thick and creamy, so it is always a good idea to balance your palate with a can of fizzy and refreshing Coke®. If you are looking for more options, there’s also Coke light® and Coke zero® for your consideration – and it goes just as well with the food!
4 Hillview Rise
Tel: +65 6710 7278
Mon to Thu: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Fri, Sat & Sun: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Bukit Batok
Despite living in one of the most humid countries, there is a reason why hotpot restaurants in Singapore are opening one after another—it is the ultimate comfort food and we are willing to brave the heat for it.
Cantonese-style hot pots are the speciality of Hua Ting Restaurant and you get to choose from 150 tasty dishes, ranging from beancurd sheet stuffed with salted egg yolk to sliced garoupa and US Angus sliced beef. The hotpot restaurant serves up eight soup bases such as shark bone and Chinese yam.
Hua Ting Restaurant
Mezzanine Level #01-08, Claymore Connect
442 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6739 6628
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Sat and Sun: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
#6 BUTTER CHICKEN – PRATA WALA
Many go to Prata Wala for a quick prata fix, but have you tried their butter chicken? If you have not, you really need to stop by one of their three outlets for lunch one of these days. There is a Butter Chicken Prata Set that comes with a portion of butter chicken and two slices of plain prata, and this is our regular order.
When feasting on a concentrated bowl of Indian curry, we often find ourselves reaching out for a can of Coke®.
And to us, the balanced taste of Coke® is a great complement to this full-flavoured Indian dish and the chilling bite of the ice-cold Coke® goes really well with the curry’s fiery sensation.
Prata Wala Cafe Restaurant
23 Serangoon Central
Tel: +65 6634 2910
Mon to Thu & Sun: 10am – 10pm
Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 10am – 11pm
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