It’s that time of the year again — when gouging down fifty pineapple tarts at a go and ruffling through mahjong tiles till 5am won’t be frowned upon. Chinese New Year 2020 has made a slightly earlier appearance this time around, which means lesser time to unwind from yesterday’s Christmas festivities.
But, the show must go on. And, we’re here to ease your celebratory dinner dilemmas with a round-up of 20 fantastic Chinese restaurants in Singapore that will open during the first two days of Chinese New Year! Whether you’re itching for a hotpot feast or crackling roast platters, you can rest assured that you won’t be going hungry this holiday.
From steaming baskets of siew mai to liu sha baos (salted egg yolk custard buns), dim sum is a well-loved staple among Singaporeans.
Yet, we are firm believers that the best dim sum should not only be yummy, but affordable too. Tang Tea House is a halal dim sum eatery at Simpang Bedok known for their budget-friendly scrumptious dishes.
They say that old is gold and that cannot be any more true with restaurants such as Roland Seafood—the birthplace of chilli crab—, Guan Hoe Soon and Shashlik Restaurant in Singapore have distinguished themselves as some of the most iconic restaurants in the country.
They’ve withstood the test of time, some having been around for almost a century—which says a lot about their cooking—and some going down as legends in Singapore’s culinary history. For a blast to the oh-so-delicious past, here is our list of 14 heritage restaurants in Singapore you need to visit before they’re gone forever.
Fried rice is comfort food for the soul. Period. Who can resist a steaming plate of that fragrant goodness? However, despite it being one of the simplest dishes to put together, it takes a great deal of skill for one to be able to create the perfect dish of fried rice.
And what do we mean by that? Some basic criteria we have would be that the dish cannot be too oily, the rice has to be fluffy and charred just right, and there has to be the right balance of ingredients and rice.
While homemade versions will get you by, they most certainly aren’t memorable. Here, we have a list of our top 12 places that sell incredible fried rice in Singapore that we wish home economics class taught us back in school.
Despite the vast array of cuisines available in our saturated food scene, the one we always find ourselves returning to and the very same one that delivers comfort like no other, is Chinese food.
From the concept of communal dining around a table with a lazy susan right smack in the middle to expertly executed dishes that never fail to delight—whether it’s a steamed fish or even hearty double-boiled soups—Chinese dishes are what we consider the truest form of comfort food.
Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochew or even the tastes of Sze Chuan, it doesn’t matter—they’re all darn delicious to us. If you are ready to dive into authentic Chinese cooking, here is our guide to 31 best Chinese restaurants in Singapore.
Teochew Traditional Steamboat Restaurant is a no-frills and utterly unpretentious steamboat restaurant along Joo Chiat Road that stands out against all other places not just for the affordability of its food, but also the authenticity and marvellous quality of the Teochew fare. They stick to the tried-and-proven methods of keeping things simple, with a myriad of dishes suitable for casual dining and gatherings
You know that this is the real deal you step into the restaurant and see countless photos of celebrities who have dined at the restaurant plastering the wall. The owner has travelled to and worked in various countries to pick up the skills needed to execute each dish perfectly, so as to ensure that only the most authentic and best-grade dishes are brought to the table.
Teochew Traditional Steamboat Restaurant is a clear hit amongst the older generations and it is definitely one that young adults alike should hit up for a wholesome, communal meal.
From now until 31 Oct 2018, quote ‘ladyironchef’ to enjoy these promotions (for customers who dine in only) upon making reservations:
- 30% off all steamboat orders (excluding seafood and beef) during lunch daily (not available on Mondays and public holidays).
- Free-flow live drunken prawns for every steamboat order during dinner from Mondays to Fridays (not available during weekends and public holidays). Do note that this is available while stocks last for the day.
And you’d love to know that at Teochew Traditional Steamboat Restaurant, the owner promises you something: if the food is not good and fresh, they will refund you. Money back guaranteed is the best guarantee for a good meal, right?
Wan He Lou is a traditional Chinese restaurant along Maude Road that is well known for its popular Lobster Porridge and myriad of classic Chinese dishes.
It is the kind of restaurant that will gain instant approval from your grandmother for its cosy ambience, comforting Chinese food that will never go wrong and attentive service from the friendly wait staff.
When it comes to Chinese restaurants in Singapore that evoke nostalgia, Wan He Lou is an established brand that always seeks to deliver. READ ON
The epitome of any Chinese feast and something that sets a good Chinese restaurant apart from a great one is the iconic Peking duck. A treat for the whole family, this delightful dish is loved for its crackly skin and tender meat that overwhelms the palate—in a good way of course.
Complete with the addition of hoisin sauce, sliced cucumbers and scallions before being wrapped in a thin crepe, Peking ducks that are well executed always boasts a delightful crunch on the first bite, followed by an addictive tenderness and flavour which takes your palate to a magical place. It’s no wonder this dish is regarded as China’s national dish.
Given its culinary complexity, not all Chinese restaurants serve Peking duck, but if you know where to look, then enjoying this dish on a regular basis need not be so hard. Here is our list of the best Peking duck restaurants in Singapore.