There’s nothing quite as thrilling as discovering something that is hidden—be it intentionally or not. Just the feeling of exclusiveness, being part of a special few to actually know of a hidden gem’s existence gives us a sense of gratification.
In our case, we simply love it whenever we discover hidden food gems. Some tucked away in some of Singapore’s lesser-known shopping malls and even some that find themselves nestled within industrial parks.
Some may say that secrets are meant to be kept, but as far as good food is concerned, sharing is caring—and we care. So here is our list of 11 secret eateries hidden in ulu places.
One of our ultimate guilty pleasures in life is Salted Egg Yolk Custard Buns, or more commonly referred to as Liu Sha Bao. Mad props to whoever invented this decadent steamed delight because it is a work of pure genius and we are sure that many would agree.
The moment you burst open the Liu Sha Bao and molten salted egg yolk come oozing out; that is the epitome of bliss.
Here is our list of 13 Best Salted Egg Yolk Custard Buns (Liu Sha Bao) in Singapore.
Perhaps one of the most versatile sauces to go onto—and sometimes even into—our food is salted egg yolk. A simple yet quintessential component that can turn something that, by itself is pretty average, into something insanely addictive, salted egg yolk is something we all go mad for.
Sweet, creamy, savoury and normally brimming with nuanced aromas of curry leaves and chilli, salted egg yolk dishes remain at the helm of Singapore’s ever-evolving food scene. A popular zi char comfort food and something we often gravitate towards whenever we’re in need of a hearty tummy filler is salted egg yolk chicken rice.
Here, we suss out our favourite spots to get salted egg yolk chicken rice, ensuring that you will always have a place to turn to whenever the craving for this decadent dish kicks in—regardless of the time of day. Here is our list of 5 salted egg yolk chicken rice in Singapore.
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
Cantonese cuisine, more specifically dim sum, often brings to mind the usual suspects such as comforting porridge, bao, and dumplings of sorts, but over at Song Garden, there is much more than meets the eye than the conventional mix of dim sum treats.
Located on the second level of Mercure Singapore Bugis, this contemporary Cantonese restaurant astounds with its array of elaborate and mouth-watering dishes. Your taste buds are in for a tantalising treat of innovative creations such as Pan-seared ‘Otak’ Seafood Dumpling on Skewer, Baked Abalone Pastry and Deep-Fried Charcoal Chili Crab Meat Ball.
Helmed by Executive Chef Wong Shea Nung and Executive Dim Sum Chef Leung Chi Man—both of whom have decades of experience in Cantonese cooking in Hong Kong—what diners can look forward to is an impressive array of over 30 classic dim sum staples as well as some modern interpretations that are all carefully curated by the chef duo themselves.
From now until May 31 2018 (except for Mother’s Day on 13 May), our readers can quote ‘ladyironchef’ upon making your reservation to enjoy 15% off all dim sum (with min spend of S$60++).
Here’s what you can expect from Song Garden’s stellar line-up of dim sum delights.
There is a new travel-lifestyle concept cafe in Singapore and it is none other than HyfeCafe—which just opened its doors in Tampines 1 this March 2018.
Ever wanted a conducive place to plan your trips with your friends? HyfeCafe it shall be. This cafe by Changi Recommends is a one-stop place for you and your travel buddies to plan your travels, book your attraction tickets and passes, purchase travel insurance and more—all while enjoying casual Asian-fusion fare!
HyfeCafe is Singapore’s first ever travel-lifestyle concept cafe where all your unanswered questions and/or planning woes will be solved. Cafe-hoppers and travel-lovers, this cafe has to be on your list.
The rise of healthy cafes in Singapore providing natural and organic eats has changed our perception towards healthy grub. While we love the occasional indulgence (who doesn’t?), we also enjoy guilt-free alternatives that allow us to stick to our fitness plans.
Taking over the former spot of One Man Coffee at myVillage in Serangoon Gardens, Staple Food aims to provide nutritious, yet gratifying meals that do not compromise on taste—using only fresh ingredients so from reliable suppliers. The cafe has a curated food menu but diners can customise their own bowl to suit their personal dietary needs.
If you fancy wholesome and well-sourced food, Staple Food is a great place to stop by for a quick lunch for those who work around the area. READ ON
Sitting along the old-fashioned shophouses that line North Bridge Road is The Dim Sum Place. You won’t be able to miss it because it has this eye-catching bright orange awning.
This place doles out good Cantonese dim sum with a creative local twist that will allow you to sample a unique mix of flavours in a single meal setting.
The best part? It is halal-certified so our Muslim friends can enjoy the dim sum, too!