Be The Best With These Rare Pokemon! We Included Their Exact Spawn Locations!

If you’ve been out playing Pokemon Go all week, you probably know that Pokemon-spawning areas are virtually everywhere. However, where are the rare pokemon locations?

There are some specific locales in Singapore that are home to rare and powerful Pokemon. We’re here to let you in on the rare pokemon locations, so you can find all 11 rare pokemon! Read on if you’d like to add these elusive gems to your collection and further your quest to become the very best!,

1. Ponyta

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Image Credits: With its luscious, red-hot flaming mane and tail, the incredibly rare Ponyta is one you’d want to collect for bragging rights. Easily one of the prettiest Pokemon around, this fire horse Pokemon – and its evolved form especially – is the closest you can get to catching a unicorn!

Rare pokemon location – Ponyta has been spotted at:

  • Yishun Park
  • Resorts World Sentosa

2. Chansey

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Image Credits: Kind and caring, the adorable Chansey is a ball of happiness. If you’re an avid Pokemon fan, you would probably remember that this lovely creature was always at the Pokemon Centre.

It was always helping Nurse Joy heal Pokemon back to health in both the game and animated TV series. Chansey also boasts an incredibly high HP. While it may not be a fighter, it can certainly hold its own in a gym.

Rare pokemon location – Chansey has been spotted at:

  • Changi General Hospital
  • Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

3. Snorlax

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Rare pokemon location – Snorlax has been spotted at:

  • Blk 401, Hougang Avenue 10
  • Bedok Point
  • VivoCity
  • Nex
  • 5 Tampines Central 6, Singapore 529482
  • Tampines St 83
  • City Plaza

4. Lapras

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With its friendly appearance and gentle nature, it’s hard not to fall in love with Lapras. Despite its docile look, this Pokemon also has relatively high combat capabilities. It is another popular choice for battles or gym takeovers.

Rare pokemon location – Lapras has been spotted at:

  • Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3
  • Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3
  • 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

5. Vulpix


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Fire fox Vulpix is already stealing our hearts in its own right. Look how cute it is!

However, its evolved form, Ninetails, will propel it to the top of your must-catch list. This Pokemon is an elusive one, with rare sightings in Singapore. Fire-type Pokemon are strong when up against Grass, Bug and Ice Pokemon, so it’s always useful to have some of them!

Rare pokemon location – Vulpix has been spotted at:

  • Sentosa Siloso Beach
  • Beauty World MRT Station

6. Dragonite

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Image Credits: Dragonite looks like a cuddly teddy bear. However, don’t let Dragonite’s harmless appearance fool you! It is actually pretty impressive on the battlefield!

The most advanced stage of Dratini’s evolution, this Pokemon is incredibly rare and hard to obtain. It is highly sought after by ambitious trainers. Dragonite is also evidently useful for holding gyms. Just take a look at the sheer number of Dragonites reigning in gyms all over Singapore!

Rare pokemon location – Dragonite has been spotted at:

  • Suntec City
  • Tiong Bahru Plaza
  • Singapore Management University (SMU)
  • Marina Bay Sands

7. Electabuzz

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Image Credits: Now, this is a Pokemon you don’t usually chance upon! This shockingly (pun intended) fierce Electric-type Pokemon would make a great addition to your team. Especially since there aren’t many Electric-type Pokemon around at the moment. Just what you need to take down Golducks, Slowbros and Vaporeons.

Rare pokemon location – Electabuzz has been spotted at:

  • Eco Park Tampines
  • Near White Sands Primary School
  • Resorts World Sentosa

8. Arcanine

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If you thought hunting for Growlithe is tough, wait till you try searching for Arcanine. A cross between a tiger, wolf and fox, this Pokemon is one you’d definitely want to catch. Arcanine is said to have one of the highest combat stats amongst the non-legendary first generation Pokemon.

Rare pokemon location – Arcanine has been spotted at:

  • Clark Quay area (near Riverside Point)
  • Chinese and Japanese Gardens

9. Hitmonchan

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Image Credits: With a name that pays homage to renowned martial arts artist and action star Jackie Chan, Hitmonchan certainly packs a punch.

You may be unsure if this Pokemon is worth hunting for. However, do note that fighting-type moves are the only moves that are effective against normal-type Pokemon! Hitmonchan would defo be useful in gyms. Time to take down that Snorlax!

Rare pokemon location – Hitmonchan has been spotted at:

  • West Gate Mall
  • National University of Singapore (NUS)

10. Porygon

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Image Credits: Unlike any other Pokemon, this prism-like Porygon is completely made out of a computer program. It does not require any food or sleep to survive!

Pretty cool, huh? While this Pokemon isn’t best suited for combat, Porygon’s sheer elusiveness justifies the need to catch one.

Rare pokemon location – Porygon has been spotted at:

  • City Square Mall
  • Clementi Mall
  • Orchard Central Mall
  • Esplanade
  • 271 Bukit Batok East Avenue 4, Singapore 650271
  • Parklane Shopping Mall

11. Pikachu


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We saved the best for last – you didn’t think we’d leave this out, now did you? Undisputedly the most famous Pokemon of all time, Pikachu remains as one of the most loved Pokemon to date.

If you didn’t manage to catch Pikachu at the start or hatch it from an egg, fret not, because here’s where you can find it!

Rare pokemon location – Pikachu has been spotted at:

  • Universal Studios Singapore (Sentosa)
  • Near Jurong West Temple
  • Tampines West Community Club
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • Gardens by the Bay (near carpark exit)

And there you have it – 11 of the rarest Pokemon that have been sighted in our city! While we don’t have access to internal spawn data, trust us when we say that the aforementioned places are your best bet to catch ’em all. Happy hunting!

(Photo header: Our Lives Have Changed Since Pokemon Go! 12 Things Every Player Can Relate To!

Singaporeans Are Going Crazy Over Pokemon Go! Here’s The Evidence!

When baked cheese tart hit our shores, we thought the queue was crazy. But when Pokemon Go landed in Singapore, Singaporeans take crazy to a whole new level!

Day or night, shine or very hot sunshine, Singaporeans are all out Poke-hunting and we have the evidence!

1. Hougang is gungho…real gungho

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When word about “rare” Pokemon such as Gyarados was spotted at Block 401 of Hougang Avenue, the precinct gained notorious reputation overnight.

2. ….doesn’t matter day or night

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Hot sun? What hot sun? Nothing is hotter than a Charizard that I’m about to catch!

3.  Punggol Park is not spared either

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It’s normal to see a park with people in sports attire but in flip flops and their smartphone on their hands? That’s the Pokemon effect!

5. Yishun Park at night

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Dear, we’re not going to the movies tonight. Instead, let’s go catch some Pokemon! Pokemon Go – redefining date nights.

6. Orchard Road

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How to get a bunch of youths going on a public holiday? Organise a Poke-crawl on National Day!

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The event started at 1pm (read: hottest time of the day) and yet our Singaporean youths braved the heat to be the very best! In fact, the turnout was so massive that Poke-crawlers were chased away by the security staff of ION!

7. Orchard At Night

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Just look at how everyone sits together so uniformly! It sure looks like they’re about to start a choir performance! Actually, they’re sticking as close as possible to leech from each other’s lure.

8. Chinese Garden, Jurong

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It may look less crowded in this picture but the Chinese Garden is a hot spot for Pokemon GO players as it houses 20 rest stops and 3 gyms. It’s very spacious so it’s great for people who don’t like crowd.

9. Vivo City

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We Singaporeans are all about efficiency. If we can get our shopping done at Vivo and catch some Pokemon too, why not?

10. Bishan Park

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Remember how people used to say that Bishan Park is really scary at night? This was taken at 1:30am and the park is still lively and buzzing!

11. East Coast Park

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East Coast Park is home to one of Singapore’s most haunting ghost stories. It’s one of those places people try to avoid going to at night. But ever since the launch of Pokemon Go, we’ve seen some really brave Singaporeans. And it’s the Hungry Ghost Festival now…

Do you have evidence of the Pokemon Go craze in your neighbourhood? Drop us a comment and share with us!

Header image source: Straits Times

Also, read Pokemon Go Guide: How To Catch Pikachu & Where To Catch ‘Em All

5 Hipster Hang Out Spots In Singapore That You Should Visit With Your Best Friends

All of us would remember fondly of a hangout spot where we spent many hours with childhood friends, pretending to be pirates and big bad wolves. As we grow older, this communal playground slowly disappears. But that does not mean that the fun has to end now that we’ve all grown up.

In Singapore, we’re lucky to have so many different hangout spots offering a game-and-food experience. We can bond with all our best buddies over different games; from pool to electronic darts to a sinister board game to Guitar Hero. The best part? All at a reasonable price.

Here are five superb hangout spots you can check out. Whether you want to kill some time, have some fun, or create new memories with friends, you’d find something you like.

Cue Guru

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Cue Guru is my first choice when it comes to killing an hour between plans, especially if there is some time between finishing dinner and a movie. Averaging about $10 to $20 per hour, depending on the time of day, it is a great way to have some fun without breaking the bank. You can easily split the game cost between a few friends.

For food, try the $28 combo available at Cue Guru. It comes with a jug of Tiger Beer and a plate of crunchy popcorn chicken. The $25 weekday value combo, which is only valid from Monday to Thursday 11 AM – 3 PM, comes with two hours of pool games, a choice of two mocktails or juices, and a snack. If you’re a little thirsty, order from the bar. It is usually well stocked with designer beers, wine and cocktails.

Cue Guru is currently available in two locations: Bugis+ and Kovan.

Cue Guru Bugis+
Address: Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street #03-19, Singapore 188067
Tel: 6509 6002
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 1 AM from Mondays to Thursdays and Sunday, 11 AM – 2 AM on Fridays, Saturdays, Eve of Public Holidays, and Public Holidays

Cue Guru Kovan
Address: J Forte Sportainment Centre, 50 Hougang Avenue 1, Singapore 538885
Tel: 6280 8800
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 1 AM daily

iDarts Halo

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Just right next to Cue Guru in Bugis+ is iDarts Halo, a fantastic hangout spot to hone your electronic dart throwing skills while spending time with friends.

There are six such hangout spots, operated by iDarts Singapore, all across the island – from Boon Lay to Punggol to Tampines. This particular setting in Bugis is perfect for the young cosmopolitan city-goer who would like some liquor to go with their missiles!

For beer lovers, especially, there is an ongoing daily happy hour promotion. You’ll receive a Carlsberg and Kronenbourg beer tower at $62 and $72 respectively. If you’re more of a cider kind of person, check out the new fruity ciders at the bar!

iDarts Halo
Address: 201 Victoria Street Bugis+, #03-24, Singapore 188067
Tel: +65 6634 9662
Opening Hours: 12.30 PM – 1 AM Sunday to Thursday (and Public Holidays), 12.30 PM – 3 AM Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays

Saint Games

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Can video gaming be serious? Saint Games says yes! Opened in 2009, the household brand is today located at The Cathay and Bugis+. It offers fun-filled game time to people of all ages!

This is the perfect hangout spot for those whose friends are obsessed with console gaming, from PlayStation 3 to the Nintendo Wii, and the Xbox. Game selections include classic Xbox titles, Rockband, Guitar Hero, Raving Rabbids, and more!

If you’ll be catching a movie on the same day, check out Saint Games @ The Cathay’s special tie up with Cathay Cineplexes, which is just a few floors up. Show your movie ticket for that day and get an extra 30 minutes of gameplay time, on top of your existing purchase.

Saint Games @ The Cathay
Address: #03-06, Handy Rd, Former Cathay Building, Singapore 229233
Tel: +65 6397 2285
Opening Hours: 12 PM – 10 PM Sundays to Thursdays, 12 PM – 2 AM Fridays to Saturdays


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Hideout is exactly what its name implies: a shelter from the outside world, an escape to a second reality. Located in Peace Center, a mall that really only comes alive after dark, this hangout spot offers a brief respite with board games and console games available for rental.

The rooms are spacious, soundproof, and furnished with the most comfortable bean bags! All these to provide you with a totally private gaming experience. With more than 30 board games available, including card games like Bang and Saboteur, and the latest gaming consoles in town, prices start at $9 for the first hour per person for first-timers, and $6 per person for subsequent hours.

Hungry? You will be able to purchase snacks from Hello Panda biscuits to spicy instant noodles to M&Ms. Eat while you play!

Address: #03-04/05 Peace Centre, 1 Sophia Rd, Singapore 228149
Tel: +65 6837 0686
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 11 PM Sunday to Thursday, 11 AM – 1 AM Friday and Saturday 

Settlers Cafe

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Perhaps you are not a console gamer, or maybe you just prefer something more old school. Try a game of Catan or Ticket To Ride with your friends for an hour or two at Settlers Cafe. It’s conveniently located in Clarke Quay. With many promotions available, from ladies night to student packages, gaming for an affordable fee is not too far from reality!

Food is also not a problem at Settlers Cafe, with an a la carte menu touting many scrumptious dishes! Dishes available are Jumbo Chicken Sandwich for $12.90 to Beef Lasagne for $9.90 to Tumeric Chicken for $12.90. You can also order light snacks and beverages, including several alcoholic choices.

One of our favourite titles at Settlers Cafe is Pandemic. It’s a 2-4 people strategy game that requires the players to stop and treat a virus that will soon conquer the whole world! If you’re looking for more of a party game choice, go for Taboo, a game that will guarantee a good laugh, no matter what.

Settlers Cafe
Address: 39 North Canal Road, Singapore 059295
Tel: +65 65350435
Opening Hours: 6 PM – 11 PM Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12 PM – 1 AM Fridays, 1 PM – 1 AM Saturdays, 2 PM – 8 PM Sundays, Closed on Mondays

With these five great hangout spots in mind, the next time you’re planning a gathering, whether it’s for the traditional board-and-card game enthusiast, the Xbox expert, the darts fan, or the pool champion in your clique, you’ll be sure to find something that makes everyone happy. Keep creating new memories! The fun does not end, play time starts now!

(Header image credits: @shaneinfinite, words by editor)

Also, read Stuck In Singapore? Here Are 10 Uncommon Places To Visit For A Different Kinda Fun!

7 Reasons Every Neighbourhood Deserves A Kick-Ass CC Like Ci Yuan

For those living at the North East, odds are you’ve heard of Ci Yuan Community Club (CC). Opened by our Prime Minister last September, this CC has its own food court, clinic and karaoke establishment. Did we also mention that it has a 500-seater performance theatre that is fully furnished with light and sound equipment?

The reasons every neighbourhood deserves a CC like Ci Yuan are pretty self-explanatory by now, but we thought we’ll add more to the list to prove our point.

1. Affordable food from $2.80

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The cost of living in Singapore can get pretty high and sometimes, all you want to do is to tuck in a bowl of affordable and frills-free bak chor mee. For those on a tight budget, you’ll be glad to know that food at the hawker centre situated in the CC are priced as low as $2.80. From Nasi Goreng to Chicken Rice, enjoy a variety of your favourite hawker dishes without feeling the burn!

Besides the low cost, this is also a non-profit hawker centre. Half the profits earned from the relatively low stall rental prices (from $1500 to $1800 per month) go into community funding like coupons for the poor. The other half is used to help hawkers ‘upgrade’ themselves. So you are doing a good deed whenever you dine at Ci Yuan.

2. Self-payment kiosk

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This hawker centre is the first and only in Singapore to go ‘cashier-less’. There’s a self-payment kiosk at every stall that accepts cash (notes and coins), and returns the exact amount to you. What a great way for stalls to increase productivity. Diners don’t have to worry about counting change; it’ll never be wrong!

It also shows how our hawker scene has caught up with times. These places are no longer the stereotypical ‘old and dirty’ food places in Singapore!

3. Great variety, good food

One dish we recommend is the Salted Egg Prawn Ball ($18) from the Hong Kong Chef’s Kitchen stall. It is run by a former Crystal Jade chef from Hong Kong. Talk about having good credentials!

Our food recommendations:

Hong Kong Chef’s Kitchen Stall

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Stall number: #01-23/24
Operating hours: Daily, 11.30am to 2pm and 5pm to 11pm

Traditional Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle

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Stall number: #01-29
Operating hours: Daily, 6am – 9.30pm (usually sells out by 7pm)

ABC Fatty Cheong

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Stall number: #01-22
Operating hours: 11am to 8.30pm, closed on Thursday. Usually sells out by 7pm.

4. 24/7 food stalls

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Teochew Handmade Fishball Noodle stall
Stall number: #01-07
Operating hours: Daily, 24hrs

5. More Job Opportunites

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This CC has also created more job opportunities, especially for the elderly residents living nearby.

Not only are the elderly workers at Ci Yuan given the freedom to work at their own pace, but each of them is also assigned to a specific area. They do not have to comb the entire hawker centre to clean and collect used cutlery. Also, the use of dishwashers help lessen the burden of the elderly workers. You won’t see any elderly scrubbing the dirty dishes at the back of the stalls.

Besides the elderly, more jobs are available for youngsters as well. Amongst the grey-haired hawkers, you will be able to spot some young adults. They are likely to be recent graduates from the 6. Elderly Care Services [caption id="attachment_8290" align="alignnone" width="1024"]silvercircle_onlywilliam Image Credit:[/caption]

If you don’t already know, Ci Yuan is the first CC so far that offers a Senior Care Centre. For some, this comes as a relief as some elderly may need constant supervision. For those who are unable to afford domestic help or are from low-income families, government subsidies for the Care Centre are available as well.

To make it even more convenient, transport can be arranged at a nominal cost. For patients who are bedridden, fret not for they do offer at-home services besides day care.

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Yes, there is a Teo Heng tucked away in the CC. It may be no KBox, but at $18/3 hours for a small room, we think its ambience and convenience is well worth the price.

Since Teo Heng sells only beverages, feel free to da pao some food from the hawker centre below. However, do remember to clean up after yourselves and you’re good!

Besides Teo Heng, there is a Toastmasters Club as well! Interested to improve your public speaking or leadership skills? Look no further for the Toastmasters Club has got it all covered. Get your khakis (friends) to join in! Best of all? It is free, nuff said!

Address: Ci Yuan Community Club, 51 Hougang Avenue 9 Singapore, 538776 Singapore
Operating hours: Every 1st Saturday of the month at 2pm
Contact: 9847 2509

If you are a North Eastsider who has yet to visit Ci Yuan, we’d recommend you to explore the place and make use of its facilities. For non-North Eastsiders, all that’s left to do is seethe in jealousy. We kid.

Have you been to Ci Yuan CC before? What do you like most about it? For those of you who have not, what would you like to see? Which facility do you use in your CC the most? Let us know in the comment box below!

(Header image by Today and words by writer)

Also read: Hipster Hawkers: 5 Stalls That Are Redefining Hawker Culture

8 Local Dishes Modified To Look Modern, Can You Recognise Them?

Modern Singaporean cuisine (local dishes modified to look modern), or mod-sin in short, amalgamates our familiar Singaporean hawker flavours with international dishes of the world. Very much like our Singaporean culture, mod-sin cuisine takes inspiration from various food cultures and adapts it into an experimental new dish that’s both bold and unique in taste.  

Let us explore the creativity and culinary concept behind some of these innovative creations that are only made possible thanks to our bustling local culture.

1. Hainanese Chicken Rice + Sushi


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Picture a plate of steamed chicken rice served in bite-sized tapas portions. The Poached Chicken Sushi is unique to Lepark, a rooftop bar that’s situated on the roof of People’s Park Complex. A thin strip of nori sheet wraps around a tender poached chicken and Hainanese chicken sushi rice. Each morsel is topped with some garlic chilli. It ticks all the elements that goes into making a traditional chicken rice dish, but made more portable as side to some beer.

Address: 1 Park Road, People’s Park Complex Level 6
Opening hours: Tue – Thu: 4pm – 11pm; Fri: 4pm – 12am; Sat: 12pm – 12am; Sun: 12pm – 11pm

2. Buah Keluak + Pasta


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The distinctive ingredient used in traditional Nonya cuisine has now found its way into a marriage with Italian spaghetti. Admittedly, the fruit’s nutty and earthy profile makes it an acquired taste, but those who enjoy the rich and slightly bitter profile will appreciate Violet Oon’s take on Buah Keluak Noodle. This aromatic dish is tossed with chilli padi to lend a subtle kick, along with coconut milk and minced prawn.

Violet Oon Singapore
881 Bukit Timah Road
Opening hours: 
Tue – Sun: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30am

3. Ondeh Ondeh + French Toast


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Deconstructing an ondeh ondeh and infusing the sweet flavours into a classic breakfast dish makes the Ondeh Ondeh French Toast at Hyde & Co. a great dish that doubles as both dessert and tea break. The egg-washed brioche slices come loaded with grated pandan coconut and drizzled with gula melaka sauce. Topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream for good measure and you have for yourself an oozing cold dessert with all the reminiscent flavours of an ondeh ondeh.

Hyde & Co.
785 North Bridge Road
Opening hours: 
Sun – Mon: 11am – 6pm; Wed – Sat: 11am – 10:30pm

4. Chilli Crab + Bun


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The thought of having a chilli crab bun might sound off putting initially, but they actually make sense if you think about how Singaporeans like to soak up the leftover chilli crab sauce with deep fried mantous. Making this Chilli Crab Bao possible is Bao Makers. They take deep fried crab meat and slather it with chilli sauce and top it off with coriander and fried shallots. Essentially a combination of various Asian flavours, think of it as our version of a slider with a local twist.

Bao Makers
Address: 78 Horne Road
Opening hours: 
Mon – Fri: 12pm – 10pm; Sat: 11am – 10pm; Sun: 11am – 6pm

5. Charsiew + Fries


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Give the standard truffle fries a miss the next time you’re hit with a fries craving. At Redpan, they top their Char Siew Chilli Fries with a charsiew ragout and dolloped with sour cream and some jalapeno salsa. The seemingly contrasting ingredients come together nice to form an addictive starter that you’ll polish off in no time.

Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-03/04
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 10pm; Sat – Sun: 11am – 10pm

6. Roasted Pork Belly + Pasta


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Not for the health-conscious, this Sio Bak Aglio Olio from Froth serves up chunks of roasted pork belly that sits on a bed of aglio olio, topped with a slice of their homemade bak kwa. The salty and crispy pieces of fats serve as a good contrast to the al dente pasta, creating a decadent dish that’ll fill you up with satisfaction.

Address: 2 Finlayson Green
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30am – 10pm

7. Rendang + Lasagna


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Replace the tomato sauce in a plain old lasagna with some authentic rendang gravy and what you’ll find yourself with is an explosion of taste comprising of Italian and Malay cuisine. Alternating layers of pasta sheets, beef briskets and bechamel make for the perfect Ren Dang! Lasagna. But top it with a scoop of rendang gravy and you get a savoury spicy kick in this updated dish. Regular lasagna will never cut it for you again.

Sunday Market
Address: 22 Lim Tua Tow Road
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 11pm; Sat: 9am – 11pm; Sun: 9am – 9pm

8. Bandung + Latte


Image credit: Infuse your cuppa with floral accents of rose with Bandung Latte. Getting your caffeine fix just got a whole lot sweeter, with a drink that comes in a pretty pastel shade of pink. The rose floral notes mask the bitterness of the coffee, making this a delicious drink that even non-coffee fans will enjoy.

Working Title – Burger Bar
Address: 48 Arab Street
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 11am – 10pm; Fri: 11am – 11pm; Sat – Sun: 10am – 11pm

So the next time you’re deciding between local delights or contemporary creations, you’ll be able to get the best of both worlds with these local dishes modified to look modern!

(Header image from Bao Makers, words by writer)

Also read: 9 Of SG’s Best Local Street Snack, How Many Have You Tried?