Feast On Food From All Around The World Without Leaving The West – Here’s How
Singaporeans are truly spoilt for choice when
it comes to food and shopping.
Gone are the days when we need to travel long
distances from our homes in the heartlands for a shopping spree, or to feast on
cuisines we cannot find at neighbourhood kopitiams.
For one, the folks at Westgate want to satisfy
all your cravings without you needing to take that long train ride to town.
If you’re looking for some recommendations for F&B places to check out during your next visit to the mall, Westgate is running a ‘Tantalising Treats Are Made Of These’ campaign showcasing the diverse flavours that they have to offer.
From mouth-watering Korean barbeque to an indulgent xiao long bao feast, there’s something for every craving!
Here’s a breakdown of
some of Singaporeans’ most favourite cuisines, and the eateries that you can
Move aside salted egg, mala is the flavour for the year 2019.
We’re all familiar with the tongue-numbing
goodness of a huge bowl of mala xiang guo,
but have you tried mala tang?
The soupy variation of the unofficial Singapore dish of the year, Gong Yuan Ma La Tang’s (#04-07) piping hot bowl of mala soup is the perfect complement to a cold, rainy day.
For those unable to take too spicy food, Gong
Yuan also offers soup bases like pork broth and pickled vegetables.
Regardless, we would still recommend that you
try out their signature mala soup
base with a selection of your favourite ingredients for a unique mala experience you can tell your
Still need more mala in your life?
Pop by Ooh (#02-K1) and grab a pack (or ten!) of
their signature mala potato chips, a
perfect match for your Netflix marathons.
If you want to indulge with a little less
guilt, Ooh also offers mala cassava
Known to be a healthier alternative to potato
chips, cassava is said to be a good source of protein and vitamin K!
Digging into a whole grilled fish over a flame
is the new steamboat, and TANYU (#B1-02) is one of the more well-known
brands serving that option in Singapore.
Westies will be glad to know that TANYU now
has an outlet in Westgate, and fans will be able to savour 12 different kinds
of grilled fish flavours on its menu.
If you like the numbness that mala gives you but not so much the spiciness, we’d recommend you to try TANYU’s Grilled Fish with Green Peppers, which has garnered rave reviews from customers!
If you’re into more traditional eats, all-time
favourites Paradise Dynasty (#02-13) and Crystal Jade (#04-42) are also there to whet
Since a round of xiao long bao is already a given, why not add on a plate of
fragrant fried rice to end off the feast?
You don’t have to be a fan of K-Pop to enjoy
the bold flavours of Korean cuisine.
In the spirit of communal dining, grab some
friends and cook up some spicy chicken galbi
at the ever-popular Yoogane (#03-08).
Don’t forget to add the cheese ring!
Cool all that spicy chicken off with naengmyeon, a chilly and refreshing bowl of buckwheat noodles in a slightly savoury broth topped with slices of sweet Korean pear and cucumbers. We guarantee that your tastebuds will thank you for the break!
If you’re looking for Korean fare with a twist,
why not check out NY Night Market (#01-08) for some
Korean-Western fusion fare?
Hailing from Seoul, NY Night Market brings you
to Korea and the US with every morsel.
Want to try something that will definitely
leave your dining buddies in awe? Try their 50cm Baguette!
An intimidating-looking 50cm-long baguette
loaded with beef, salsa, cheese, jalapeno and more, the experience that comes
with sharing one with friends is one that cannot be missed.
Cool it all off with over 15 different
flavours of bingsu at Nunsaram (#04-37). From the classic injeolmi flavour to local favourites
like Milo, there’s a bingsu flavour
for every preference.
To recreate the experience of snacking at a
roadside cart in Korea, Nunsaram also sells savoury dishes like tteokbokki and fried treats.
We’d recommend you to try Nunsaram’s Special Tteokbokki, which comes with rice cakes,
fishcakes, fried dumplings, seaweed rolls and half a roll of gimbap!
For fans of the all-time popular Japanese
cuisine, head down to Gochi-So Shokudo (#01-02) for some next level
Using Iberico Pork, Gochi-So Shokudo grills
their meat over charcoal, resulting in a delectably smoky flavour in every
Did you know: The Premium Iberico Pork they
use in their delicious rice bowls contains oleic acids which have a beneficial
effect on blood cholesterol levels!
Craving for a hearty bowl of ramen? Ippudo
(#03-03) is a renowned ramen chain which has captured the hearts and stomachs
of ramen lovers all around the world!
Try out Akamaru Shinaji, where Ippudo’s
signature tonkotsu soup is enhanced by fragrant black garlic oil, which adds
depth to the already rich broth!
Delight your taste buds with the wonderful
world of Indian cuisine!
If you can’t decide between North or South
Indian cuisine, Anjappar
(#04-08) has got any craving you have covered.
Bringing Singaporean foodies the best that the
cuisine has to offer, we suggest you get their Chicken Briyani which
comes with chunks of flavourful chicken and fragrant basmati rice.
For a garlic naan and butter chicken feast, check out Zaffron
Kitchen (#01-20) for mouth-watering dishes that will leave you hungry for
Once you’re done, wash it all down with a cup
of Teh Halia, which mixes milk tea
with ginger for a comforting combination.
Did you know: South Indian cuisine tends to
use rice and rice-based items while North Indian cuisine leans towards breads
like naan and chapati?
We’ve covered Asian favourites – what about
some Western-style cuisine?
Check out homegrown brand COLLIN’S (#01-05) for some delicious yet wallet-friendly
steaks, pizza, pastas and chicken chops.
If you’re looking for a little treat, try out
COLLIN’S Grilled Tiger Prawns and U.S. Scallops, which comes at a rather
affordable price tag of $22.
For something more indulgent, order a sharing
platter and a round of chilled beer at Brotzeit (#01-04) and get immediately
transported to Germany!
A sharing platter comes with crispy pork
knuckles, pork ribs and a generous variety of sausages so get your fill of
meaty goodness at Brotzeit!
If you’re bored of froyo, check out the
IG-worthy acai bowls at An Acai Affair (#B1-30).
With every bowl packed with fresh fruits,
organic ingredients and superfoods, who says healthy food needs to be drab?
Share Your IG-Worthy Photos And Win
Westgate is holding a
photo contest and you can be one of the 5 lucky winners to win $50 worth of
Crystal Jade vouchers if you’re selected!
All you need to do is
snap a photo of your meal and include the hashtag #WestgateSGEats
for a chance to win.
For the entire dining selection at Westgate, click through this link!
Address: 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm
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Header Image Credit: Yoogane, Collins, Gong Yuan Mala
Also Read: 6 Experiences At This M’sian Island Paradise – And It Costs Less Than SGD100 To Fly There
[QUIZ] How Well Do You Know Japan?
There’s so much to love about Japan, from its beautiful scenery to its addictive food and entertainment.
If you’re a fan of Japan and want a way to prove it, look no further than our quiz dedicated to the Land of the Rising Sun.
So you think you know all there is to know about Japan? Prove it below!
This quiz was made in collaboration with Westgate.
Missing Bangkok? Head To Soi 19 To Get Your Thai Wanton Mee Fix For Just $4 A Bowl
When it comes to Thai food, I order the same three things every time — green curry, basil chicken and an omelette.
Any self-respecting chef serving Thai grub will have no problem cooking these classic dishes, and they’re so tasty and reliable that i’ve never really seen the need to try anything else.
In a way, this “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mindset has stunted my knowledge of Thai cuisine, so when I was told that I’d be eating Thai Wanton Mee I honestly thought that it was some kind of Southeast Asian fusion dish.[caption id="attachment_37098" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] (Image Credit: Discover SG)[/caption]
Turns out Thai wanton mee is actually pretty similar to Singapore’s, but prepared in a different style. Same same but different, basically.
For the uninitiated (I can’t be the only one…right?), the main difference between “regular” wanton mee and the Thai version is the absence of any sauce, resulting in a drier dish that places a heavier reliance on the noodles for flavour. The ingredients remain mostly the same though, with the inclusion of char siew, vegetables, and of course, wantons.
Bang(kok) For Your Buck
When it comes to eating Thai wanton mee in Singapore, there’s only one name that you need to know: Soi 19.[caption id="attachment_37096" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] (Image Credit: Discover SG)[/caption]
Named after the street that houses the famous SabX2 Wanton Mee in Bangkok, founder Ng Sing Chow set up his first outlet in Ang Mo Kio back in 2012, and has since opened two more outlets in Jurong and Kovan that see long queues every day.
This isn’t a case of culinary appropriation either. Ng — who previously worked in the clothing industry and had zero f&b experience — actually learned his recipe from his god brother in Thailand, and painstakingly tried 20 noodle varieties before finding one with the right texture.
His efforts have certainly paid off, because the noodles are without a doubt the star of the show here. Despite having no sauce, they’re infused with a rich, eggy flavour, and have a bouncy, al dente texture that makes it effortless to chew on. I seriously think I could’ve eaten a bowl of them without the ingredients.[caption id="attachment_37097" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] (Image Credit: Discover SG)[/caption]
That’s not to say that the ingredients aren’t good, though. The char siew used here is less sweet than what you’d usually expect — a deliberate choice, according to Ng’s daughter Claire — and it balances out the noodles’ strong taste. The larger bowls also include a few slices of fish sausage, which strangely enough taste like bak kwa (I’m still trying to figure that one out myself).
And then there’s the crispy pork lard, which is made in-house on a daily basis. The Ang Mo Kio outlet is famous for offering a free flow of these crispy bites, but this unfortunately isn’t available at the other two stores in the interest of cost. It’s a shame, considering that a small amount already adds yet another dimension of savoury goodness to an already-varied taste.[caption id="attachment_37099" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] (Image Credit: Discover SG)[/caption]
And what would a wanton mee be without…well, good wantons? The dish includes both the crispy and soft variety, and they’re quite literally bursting with flavour thanks to a generous amount of minced meat within each of them. Throw in some juicy greens for good measure, and you have an extremely hearty and satisfying meal for as low as $4.
You’d think that a wanton mee with no sauce would be less flavourful than its gravy-laden counterpart, but Soi 19 has converted my wanton allegiance to team Thai.
Earlier in our interview, Claire tells me that the goal was not to produce an exact replica of Thai wanton mee, but instead use it as an inspiration to create a version that appealed to the local palate (“60% Thai, 40% Singaporean”, she says).
Having tried a bowl for myself, I can safely say that they’ve succeeded.
Soi 19 Kovan
Address: 9 Yio Chu Kang Road, #01-56, Singapore 545523
Opening Days: Tuesday to Sunday
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10pm
Soi 19 Ang Mo Kio
Address: 151 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Singapore 560151
Opening Days: Wednesday to Sunday
Opening Hours: 7am – 3:30pm
Soi 19 Jurong
Address: 130 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-211, Singapore 600130
Opening Days: Tuesday to Sunday
Opening Hours: 7am – 4pm (7pm on Fridays)
Also Read 6 Dishes Crazy Rich Asians Should Have Tried At Newton Food Centre Instead Of Satay
(Header Image Source: Discover SG)
Legendary Heavy Metal Band Judas Priest To Bring Some ‘Firepower’ To S’pore On December 4
For all you headbangers, one of the most legendary heavy metal acts ever, Judas Priest, is bringing their ‘Firepower‘ tour to Singapore on 4 December 2018![caption id="attachment_36948" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image Credit: Judas Priest[/caption]
The British heavy metal legends will be performing at [email protected][caption id="attachment_36949" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image Credit: LAMC Productions[/caption]
The last time the band performed in Singapore was back in 2013 together with Lamb of God.
You can purchase early bird tickets at $148 from 5 September 2018 at 10am. Early bird ticket sales will be available till 12 September 2018.
General ticket sales will begin on 13 September 2018 at $158.
Tickets will be available for purchase via all SISTIC outlets.
In the meantime, here are some of Judas Priest’s greatest hits to make the waiting more tolerable.
Are you ready to rock hard with Judas Priest this December?
Judas Priest ‘Firepower’ Tour Live In Singapore
Venue: [email protected]
Date: 4 Dec 2018
Price: Early Bird: $148, General Price: $158
Also read Maroon 5 Is Coming To S’pore In 2019 – Here’s A Likely Setlist So You Can Start Memorising The Lyrics
(Header Image Source: PledgeMusic)
10 Michelin Bib Gourmand Eateries Actually Worth Visiting, According To S’poreans
The list of restaurants that have been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2018 has been released.
Not to be confused with the Michelin Star, the Bib Gourmand is awarded to eateries that serve really good food below a maximum price determined by local economic standards. For Singapore, the maximum is $45.
And this year, there are 17 new additions to the Bib Gourmand list.
However, with so many eateries on the 50-strong list, how many are ACTUALLY worth visiting?
After all, food preference is subjective. So we’ve sieved through the list of 50 to pick out our 10 favourites.
Here we go.
Ah Er Soup
If you love soup like I do, then this is it.
I’ve seen many shops with the sign “老火汤”, which translates into “Old Fire Soup”, but I’ve never come across one with accolades like the Bib Gourmand.
Ah Er Soup serves up various herbal soups with offerings such as Lotus Root Soup and Watercress Soup and even their own version of Buddha Jumps Over The Wall.[caption id="attachment_36010" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Image Credit: Burppler Maureen Ow[/caption] [caption id="attachment_36009" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Image Credit: Burppler Bryan Lee[/caption]
Every order of soup comes with white or pumpkin rice. And the best part is, the prices are incredibly affordable, between $3.50 to $6.50.
Ah Er Soup
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre #01-143, Singapore 618642
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am – 9pm
Alliance Seafood blends into the sea of tze char stalls at Newton Food Centre very easily mainly because it looks like a generic stall.
It doesn’t really look any different from a regular tze char stall.[caption id="attachment_36007" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Newton Alliance Seafood 27[/caption]
Like any tze char stall, the available dishes are quite standard. You can expect Chilli Crab, Black Pepper Crab, Fried Rice, Cereal Prawn, BBQ Stingray, Sambal Kangkong, and more.[caption id="attachment_36008" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Newton Alliance Seafood 27[/caption]
Seats are hard to find due to the crowd here, so come early with a tissue packet for the chope.
Address: Newton Food Centre, 501 Clemenceau Avenue North #01-27, Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: Thu – Tue: 1pm – 12am, Wed: Closed
Chey Sua Carrot Cake
Don’t expect to find the sweet, dark carrot cake here because Chey Sua Carrot Cake only serves the savoury, white carrot cake.
The carrot cake here is homemade from scratch, unlike most carrot cake stalls nowadays who prefer to use machine-processed carrot cake chunks.[caption id="attachment_36006" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Image Credit: Burppler Anthony Ali[/caption]
The cooking method is also slightly different. While most carrot cake hawkers pan-fry the carrot cake chunks first before cracking and adding the eggs later, Chey Sua Carrot Cake mixes the carrot cake chunks in beaten egg mixture before pouring it on to the pan to fry.
The result is a carrot cake that resembles a pancake. Flat with each carrot cake chunk evenly coated in egg mixture.
Need your carrot cake fix? Be prepared for a wait. Especially now that they’ve received their Bib Gourmand accolade.
Chey Sua Carrot Cake
Address: Blk 127 Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre Lorong 1 #02-30, Singapore 310127
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 6am – 1pm, Mon: Closed
Hoo Kee Bak Chang
Hoo Kee Bak Chang is known to be Singapore’s best bak chang (rice dumpling).
If you love salted egg, then you’ll love this too. They’re known for their Salted Egg with Chestnut Bak Chang – a traditional bak chang with the addition of salted egg yolk.[caption id="attachment_36005" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Image Credit: Burppler Bryan Lee[/caption]
The bak changs are priced from $2.80 to $3.60 and each one is handmade.
If you know your bak chang, then you have to try this because there’s no better bak chang than this.
Hoo Kee Bak Chang
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre #01-18, Singapore 069111
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11am – 3pm, Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 6221 1155
Address: Blk 161 Bukit Merah Central #01-3735, Singapore 150161 There are other sides to order as well, such as various boiled soups and blanched vegetables with oyster sauce. Because of the long waiting times, there’s the option to call ahead to place your orders so piping hot claypot rice will be ready when you arrive. Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice I remember there was a stall in Bukit Panjang Plaza’s Kopitiam that sold really good Chinese-style curry. I love Chinese-style curry. It is usually spicier and comes paired with either white rice or baguette. This is what you’ll find at Na Na Homemade Curry. They serve a variety of Chinese-style curries, with options such as Curry Chicken ($3), Curry Vegetable ($3), Curry Fish Head, and even Curry Mutton ($4) and Curry Pork Ribs ($4). Order yours with a side of white rice or toasted baguette slices because you’ll definitely need a buffer for the incoming spice hit. Na Na Homemade Curry Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee always has a long queue, but don’t worry, it clears pretty quickly because every plate is cooked and served with surprising speed. Even though it says “Kway Teow Mee” in the name, what they serve here is basically Char Kway Teow. However, the version here isn’t as oily as the ones you’d find elsewhere, with plenty of egg, lard, beansprouts, and cockles. They’re also not heavy-handed with their dark soy sauce so the Char Kway Teow is more savoury than sweet. You can order the spicy version and your order will be fried with chilli instead of the typical scoop of chilli on the side. This is probably the best Char Kway Teow you can find in Singapore at the moment. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee Chicken rice is probably Singapore’s most iconic dish. Everyone can learn to cook chicken rice, but few can make GOOD chicken rice. However, that’s what Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice has managed to achieve. The chicken is tender and full of flavour, so no complaints there. The chicken rice, however, could do with a stronger flavour. At this point it just seems like white rice flavoured with a bit of chicken stock and is a little mild. I prefer the chicken rice to be full of flavour. And now the aspect of chicken rice that can make or break the dish, the chilli. Once again, flawless execution. Spicy with a hit of tanginess, thanks to the lime and vinegar. You want good chicken rice? This is where you should be going. Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice Ipoh Hor Fun is a magical dish. It’s neither kway teow or hor fun. It just toes the line between the 2 and is so simple yet delicious. The ones served at Shi Hui Yuan come with either duck, chicken, braised spare ribs, or a mixture of all 3. The recommended one is the Blissful Combination ($5), which has braised shiitake mushrooms, roast duck and chicken slices, as well as braised spare ribs. A worthy mention is the sauce that they pour over the hor fun. It’s a magical concoction of the braising liquid of the mushrooms, spare ribs, and chicken. The biggest problem you’ll encounter here is finishing your hor fun before you can finish the sauce. Shi Hui Yuan Hor Fun Specialty Zai Shun Curry Fish Head looks just like a regular cai fan stall albeit slightly more upscale, with their rather impressive display shelves for the dishes. While their name suggests that they’re known for their Curry Fish Head, it’s their Steamed Fish that fares better and is more popular. The steamed fish depends on the catch of the day which ranges from red snapper to grouper. Aside from their signature Steamed Fish, other must-orders include the Salted Egg Minced Pork, Fried Egg with Bittergourd, Har Cheong Gai (Prawn Paste Chicken), Braised Pork Belly, and Herbal Chicken. There’s a lot more that’s worth trying so our advice is bring more people so you’ll get to try everything once. Zai Shun Curry Fish Head So there you have it. 10 of the best eateries, out of the 50 chosen by the Michelin inspectors, that’s actually approved and loved by locals. Are any of these eateries already a favourite of yours? Or which are you going to try next? Let us know! Also read Beyond Char Siew Siew Yoke – Cantonese Words & Phrases You Can Impress Your Grandma With (Header Image Source: Burppler Marvin Lowe and Burppler I Makan SG)
Contact no.: 6222 7866
Image Credit: Burppler Wan Yu Elton Goh[/caption]
Address: 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex #02-198/199, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: Fri – Wed: 4.30pm – 10pm, Tue: Closed
Contact no.: 6227 2470
Na Na Homemade Curry
Address: 115 Bukit Merah View, Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11am – 7pm, Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 9106 4316
Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee
Address: #02-18 Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, 531A Upper Cross Street, Singapore 051531
Opening Hours: Daily: 7am – 9pm
Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice
Address: Blk 40 Holland Drive, Singapore 270040
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 11am – 8pm, Mon: Closed
Shi Hui Yuan Hor Fun Specialty
Address: 159 Mei Chin Road, Mei Ling Market & Food Centre #02-33, Singapore 140159
Opening Hours: Wed – Sun: 7.30am – 2pm, Mon – Tue: Closed
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
Address: 253 Jurong East Street 24 #01-205, Singapore 600253
Opening Hours: Thu – Tue: 7am – 3pm, Wed: Closed
Contact no.: 6560 8594
There are other sides to order as well, such as various boiled soups and blanched vegetables with oyster sauce.
Because of the long waiting times, there’s the option to call ahead to place your orders so piping hot claypot rice will be ready when you arrive.
Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice
I remember there was a stall in Bukit Panjang Plaza’s Kopitiam that sold really good Chinese-style curry.
I love Chinese-style curry. It is usually spicier and comes paired with either white rice or baguette.
This is what you’ll find at Na Na Homemade Curry. They serve a variety of Chinese-style curries, with options such as Curry Chicken ($3), Curry Vegetable ($3), Curry Fish Head, and even Curry Mutton ($4) and Curry Pork Ribs ($4).[caption id="attachment_36002" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Image Credit: Burppler Christina Nanana[/caption]
Order yours with a side of white rice or toasted baguette slices because you’ll definitely need a buffer for the incoming spice hit.
Na Na Homemade Curry
Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee always has a long queue, but don’t worry, it clears pretty quickly because every plate is cooked and served with surprising speed.
Even though it says “Kway Teow Mee” in the name, what they serve here is basically Char Kway Teow. However, the version here isn’t as oily as the ones you’d find elsewhere, with plenty of egg, lard, beansprouts, and cockles.[caption id="attachment_36003" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Image Credit: Burppler Steve G[/caption]
They’re also not heavy-handed with their dark soy sauce so the Char Kway Teow is more savoury than sweet.
You can order the spicy version and your order will be fried with chilli instead of the typical scoop of chilli on the side.
This is probably the best Char Kway Teow you can find in Singapore at the moment.
Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee
Chicken rice is probably Singapore’s most iconic dish. Everyone can learn to cook chicken rice, but few can make GOOD chicken rice.
However, that’s what Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice has managed to achieve. The chicken is tender and full of flavour, so no complaints there. The chicken rice, however, could do with a stronger flavour.[caption id="attachment_36001" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Image Credit: Burppler Marvin Lowe[/caption]
At this point it just seems like white rice flavoured with a bit of chicken stock and is a little mild. I prefer the chicken rice to be full of flavour.
And now the aspect of chicken rice that can make or break the dish, the chilli. Once again, flawless execution. Spicy with a hit of tanginess, thanks to the lime and vinegar.
You want good chicken rice? This is where you should be going.
Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice
Ipoh Hor Fun is a magical dish. It’s neither kway teow or hor fun. It just toes the line between the 2 and is so simple yet delicious.
The ones served at Shi Hui Yuan come with either duck, chicken, braised spare ribs, or a mixture of all 3.[caption id="attachment_36000" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Image Credit: Burppler Jeremy Tan[/caption]
The recommended one is the Blissful Combination ($5), which has braised shiitake mushrooms, roast duck and chicken slices, as well as braised spare ribs.
A worthy mention is the sauce that they pour over the hor fun. It’s a magical concoction of the braising liquid of the mushrooms, spare ribs, and chicken.
The biggest problem you’ll encounter here is finishing your hor fun before you can finish the sauce.
Shi Hui Yuan Hor Fun Specialty
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head looks just like a regular cai fan stall albeit slightly more upscale, with their rather impressive display shelves for the dishes.
While their name suggests that they’re known for their Curry Fish Head, it’s their Steamed Fish that fares better and is more popular.[caption id="attachment_35998" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Image Credit: Burppler Sze Qi Wong[/caption]
The steamed fish depends on the catch of the day which ranges from red snapper to grouper.
Aside from their signature Steamed Fish, other must-orders include the Salted Egg Minced Pork, Fried Egg with Bittergourd, Har Cheong Gai (Prawn Paste Chicken), Braised Pork Belly, and Herbal Chicken.[caption id="attachment_35999" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Image Credit: Burppler Gin[/caption]
There’s a lot more that’s worth trying so our advice is bring more people so you’ll get to try everything once.
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
So there you have it. 10 of the best eateries, out of the 50 chosen by the Michelin inspectors, that’s actually approved and loved by locals.
Are any of these eateries already a favourite of yours? Or which are you going to try next? Let us know!
Also read Beyond Char Siew Siew Yoke – Cantonese Words & Phrases You Can Impress Your Grandma With
(Header Image Source: Burppler Marvin Lowe and Burppler I Makan SG)
Escape Reality At These 5 VR Gaming Places In S’pore – Prices From As Low As $12/Hour
The gaming scene is ever-changing, with new gimmicks and gadgets trying their best to immerse us in the game as much as possible.
Today, we even have virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) gaming. For reference, Pokemon Go uses AR technology so it looks like you’re catching that Pidgey in your living room.
While augmented reality gaming is popular, virtual reality is by far the more exciting of the 2.[caption id="attachment_35854" align="aligncenter" width="4011"] Image Credit: Unsplash[/caption]
I personally enjoy virtual reality gaming much more than augmented reality. So here’s a list of the places in Singapore that you and your friends can try virtual reality gaming.
1. V-Room Singapore VR Arcade
V-Room Singapore has the widest range of games I’ve seen so far, for a virtual reality gaming arcade.[caption id="attachment_35855" align="aligncenter" width="892"] Image Credit: VRoom[/caption]
Most VR game centres only have 1 or 2 games but V-Room has an entire library, with various genres to choose from.
From puzzle games, to horror games and shooter games, V-Room has it all.
Every newcomer will have to sign up as a member. It’s mandatory, and there’s a $5 fee to register. But the good news is, the membership is lifetime and the $5 is a one-time charge.
It’s $12 per person per hour on weekdays, and $15 per person per hour on weekends. You can also book a private room though it has to have a minimum of 2 people.
It’s by far the cheapest VR game centre in Singapore, and for a maximum of $15, you have a whole library of games to choose from.
V-Room Singapore VR Arcade
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube #02-11, Singapore 609731
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6904 4045
2. Clique Gaming
While Clique Gaming is primarily a LAN gaming shop, it also provides many other gaming facilities.[caption id="attachment_35856" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Image Credit: Clique Gaming[/caption]
And Virtual Reality gaming is one of them. At Clique Gaming, you can book the VR Room that accommodates a maximum of 4 people from $20 per person per hour.
They use the PS4 for VR gaming, so you might even be familiar with some of the games if you own a PS4 console at home.
If you’re playing alone, it’ll be $25 per person per hour on weekdays.
The best part about this is, Clique Gaming operates 24 hours a day, meaning it NEVER CLOSES.
Address: 35 Selegie Road, ParkLane Shopping Mall #B1-16, Singapore 188307
Contact no.: 9009 3707
3. Sandbox VR
Located at level 5 of Orchard Central, Sandbox VR is a great place to go if you’re wandering Orchard/Somerset without a plan.
It uses movie quality, real-time motion capture rigs, which means, every movement of your limbs will be captured in-game.
There are 2 games for you to choose from – Deadwood Mansion and Curse Of Davy Jones.[caption id="attachment_35857" align="aligncenter" width="563"] Image Credit: Sandbox VR[/caption]
If you like your zombie first-person shooters, Deadwood Mansion is the one for you, with increasingly overwhelming hordes of zombies.
Each session is about 30 to 45 minutes and will set you back $29 per person off peak, or $40 per person during peak.
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #05-31, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 11.15am – 10.30pm, Fri – Sat: 11.15am – 12am, Sun: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Contact no.: 9832 5988
4. Virtual Room
Unlike the previous VR gaming spots, Virtual Room is more like a VR escape room, in the sense that it’s team-based rather than solo play.
You and 3 other players will join forces to save the world by travelling back in time to solve puzzles and challenges.
However, the twist here is, each player will be in a different room. So it will take all your skills to cooperate and complete your mission.
The Virtual Room can accommodate up to 22 players at one time.
It’ll cost $44 per person during off peak timings (Mon – Thu until 5pm), if you book online. It will be $49 per person for walk-ins, email, and phone bookings.
Peak hour prices will be $49 for online bookings, and $54 for walk-ins, email, and phone bookings.
Address: Basement 3, Lucky Chinatown, 211 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059432
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 11pm
Contact no.: 6966 8060
5. Zero Latency
If you’ve been to Suntec City recently, you might’ve seen Zero Latency.
Zero Latency is the largest free-roaming, multiplayer virtual reality gaming arena in Singapore.[caption id="attachment_35858" align="aligncenter" width="1944"] Image Credit: Zero Latency[/caption]
With 4,200 square feet of space for you to roam as you play, Zero Latency increases the immersion in their VR games.
You can literally walk to another point in the map in the game, and even use the “lift”.
There are 4 games for you to choose from, with 2 being zombie outbreak first-person shooters, a space shooter adventure, and an adventure puzzle.[caption id="attachment_35859" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image Credit: Zero Latency[/caption]
It is recommended that you come in a bigger group for a better experience. There are 4 packages to choose from and prices per person go from $59 to $69, depending on the package selected.
You can check out their packages here.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-346, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 11am – 10pm, Fri: 11am – 11pm, Sat: 10am – 11pm, Sun: 10am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6931 0331
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Hallelujah! Paramore Is Coming To Singapore This August
If you’ve gone through a phase of teenage angst (who hasn’t?), then you’ve probably rocked out to the sounds of Paramore.
These Grammy Award-winning international rock superstars have long been the icon for angsty pubescent teenagers.[caption id="attachment_34165" align="aligncenter" width="679"] Image Credit: LAMC Productions[/caption]
Well we’ve got news, Paramore will be performing at [email protected] on 21 August 2018 as part of their ‘After Laughter’ World Tour!
The ‘After Laughter’ World Tour
The ‘After Laughter’ album is Paramore’s fifth studio album and notably, their first new album in more than 4 years.
Fans will be able to hear tracks from the album, such as “Hard Times”, “Told You So”, “Fake Happy” and “Rose-Colored Boy” though to be honest, everyone’s hoping a blast from the past with the hits that we all grew up with.
Early bird tickets are $158 (excluding booking fee) and go on sale on 3 May 2018 at 10am on SISTIC.
Public tickets are $168 (excluding booking fee) and go on sale from 5 May 2018 onwards and can be purchased here.
Get your wallets ready because it’s about to get wild.
In the meantime, here’s Paramore’s Hard Times Music Video.
Are you ready for Paramore’s triumphant return to Singapore?
Paramore The ‘After Laughter’ World Tour Live In Singapore
Venue: [email protected]
Date: 21 Aug 2018
Price: Early Bird: $158, General: $168
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Comedian Jo Koy Makes A Pitstop In S’pore This June For One Night Only
If you’ve heard of a particular comedian asking his mother for the location of his car keys, then you’ve seen one of Jo Koy‘s stand-up performances.[caption id="attachment_33825" align="aligncenter" width="828"] Image Credit: LA Comedy Live[/caption]
The hilarious Filipino-American comedian is bringing his latest global tour, “BREAK THE MOLD” to Singapore on 30 June 2018, at Zepp @ BigBox Singapore!
From performing in a Las Vegas coffee house to nearly breaking a world record for selling the most number of tickets as a single artist and even having his own “Jo Koy Day”.
If you’re wondering, it’s 24 November. That’s Jo Koy Day, as proclaimed by the Mayor’s office in Honolulu.
Ticket prices go from $88 to $168, excluding booking fee.
The Fan Club pre-sale for the tickets are live until 5 April 2018, 5pm.
Public sales begin on 6 April 2018 at 10am and can be purchased here.
We’re still a month and more away from June so here’s a clip of Jo Koy’s stand-up.
Don’t miss out on this side-splitting comedy night!
Jo Koy BREAK THE MOLD Tour Live In Singapore
Venue: Zepp @ BigBox Singapore
Date: 30 Jun 2018
Price: $88 – $168
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11 Artsy Events And Tantalising Eats For An Exciting End To January
It’s finally 2018!
We’re back in January, the “Monday” of the year. We’re all feeling sian but no worries, we’ve got some artsy AF events and great food for you to make it through the rest of this huge “Monday”.
Let DiscoverSG be your lobang. Let’s go!
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1. Art From The Streets
From 13 January 2018 to 3 June 2018, the world’s most iconic street artists will be showcasing their most provocative works for the first time in Singapore.[caption id="attachment_32197" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: Artsy[/caption]
Titled Art from the Streets, this ground-breaking exhibition will trace the 40 years of street art, from its beginnings to the urban art form that it is today.
The exhibition will feature a series of live paintings that are created on-site by some of the most iconic street artists as well as new and upcoming names such as Spain’s Felipe Pantone, Singapore’s Speak Cryptic and Yok & Sheryo.
The new artworks are specially created for the exhibition, to showcase the diversity of the street art movement and how it is relevant to society in present times.
That’s not all, there will also be large-scale mural paintings, videos, prints, installations, archival material, drawings, and sketches from 50 of the biggest names in street art.
The ArtScience Museum will also be shining a spotlight on artworks from upcoming SouthEast Asian street artists.
Art from the Streets
Venue: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore, 018974
Date: 13 Jan 2018 – 3 Jun 2018
Image Credit: World Snack Fair Facebook[/caption]
Held at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, the World Snack Fair gathers hundred over brands of snacks from all over the world.
Expect to find snacks from Japan, Korea, Europe, Australia, and SouthEast Asia. There’ll also be a Character cafe and a Cosplay Competition!
This is a fair for the serious snackers and anime fans.
World Snack Fair
Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Date: 19 – 21 Jan 2018
3. Light To Night Festival 2018
The Light To Night Festival is back from 19 to 28 January 2018, once again painting the Civic District in a shower of stunningly vibrant light displays, installations, and creative works of art.[caption id="attachment_32821" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: National Gallery Singapore[/caption]
As one of the marquee events of Singapore Art Week, the festival is set to expand from an anniversary celebration by the National Gallery Singapore, to a district-wide arts festival, in collaboration with The Art House, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Asian Civilisations Museum, and The Esplanade.
The theme for this year is “Colour Sensations”. Visitors will be taken on a captivating multi-sensory experience, from the stunning kaleidoscope of public art and installations from local artists to interactive light projections and immersive colourscapes.
There will also be a Festival Food Street at the Padang. So gather your friends and family and head down to the Light To Night festival for a night of artsy fun!
Light To Night Festival 2018
Venue: Civic District and Marina Bay (National Gallery Singapore, Padang, The Arts House, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress Lawn, Esplanade Park, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)
Date: 19 – 28 Jan 2018
4. Clean Bandit Live In Singapore
Grammy Award-winning musical sensation Clean Bandit will be here in Singapore on 22 Jan 2018, performing at the Suntec City Convention & Exhibition Centre Halls 601 – 604.[caption id="attachment_32566" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: here.
5. Munah & Hirzi Live: Curtain Call
For one night only, Munah Bagharib and Hirzi Zulkiflie, better known as MunahHirziOfficial, will be celebrating the end of an era, as they hold the final curtain call for their Youtube channel.
[caption id="attachment_32809" align="aligncenter" width="1001"] Image Credit: Munah & Hirzi Live: Curtain Call[/caption]
Sadly, they will be closing their Youtube channel after a decade of hilarious antics, parodies and a whole roster of familiar and crazy characters.
Don’t miss this final opportunity to catch them live at the Capitol Theatre on 24 January 2018.
Ticket prices go from $45 to $105 and can be purchased here.
Hurry and grab your tickets before they’re sold out!
Munah & Hirzi Live: Curtain Call
Venue: Capitol Theatre, 17 Stamford Road, Singapore, 178907
Date: 24 Jan 2018
Price: $45 – $105
6. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2018
The annual St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is back!
This year’s event features a smashing lineup including Aldous Harding, Amy Shark, Anderson, Paak & The Free Nationals, Billie Eilish, Bonobo, Father John Misty, Loyle Carner, Mac DeMarco, Moses Sumney, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Slowdive, Sylvan Esso, The Internet, The War On Drugs, and Wolf Alice.[caption id="attachment_32567" align="aligncenter" width="685"] Image Credit: Laneway Festival Singapore Facebook[/caption]
Happening on 27 January 2018, the festival promises to be a total sensory experience, bringing the best live acts – both new and established – onto the Laneway stage for music fans.
St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Venue: The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay
Date: 27 January 2018
Tickets: Standard Tickets: $158 | Door Sales: $200. Get your tickets Image Credit: here.
8. Pizza Maru
Can’t decide between pizza and Korean food for dinner? How about both?
Pizza Maru is the latest franchise to hit our shores, serving up Chicago-style deep dish pizzas with a Korean twist. That’s right, we’re talking about deep dish pizzas with Korean flavours.
Known for their patented pizza dough made with green tea, chlorella and 12 kinds of cereals, this hefty pizza dough is made to support a multitude of ingredients in their deep dish pizzas.
One of the pizzas to look out for is the Real BBQ Chicago ($26.80) which comes stuffed with double mozzarella cheese, cream cheese mousse, string cheese, roasted onion, tomatoes, potatoes, chicken chunks, mushrooms, BBQ sauce, honey, almonds and icing sugar.[caption id="attachment_32812" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Image Credit: Burpple User Rachel Chua[/caption]
Sounds like a weird combination but it makes sense given the Korean influence on the dish.
Another must-try is the Mango Ocean ($19.80/regular, $23.80/large) which is a seafood pizza with shrimps, squid, scallops, mushrooms, broccoli, onions, black olives, mango, pilaf sauce, mozzarella sauce, spicy buldak sauce, and sweet potato-stuffed crust.[caption id="attachment_32813" align="aligncenter" width="567"] Image Credit: Pizzamaru Singapore Facebook[/caption]
A great side dish to order is the SPAM Tower ($12.80). Layers of chicken SPAM, bell peppers, fried kimchi, cabbage, mushrooms, onions, seaweed, and a fried egg sitting on a bed of rice and garnished with potato crisps, parmesan cheese and sriracha sauce.[caption id="attachment_32814" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Image Credit: Burpple User Rachel Chua[/caption]
If you’re a fan of Korean food, or deep dish pizza, this is a place you have to check out.
Address: 930 Yishun Avenue 2, #B1-192/193 Northpoint City South Wing, Singapore 769098
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am – 10.30pm
Contact no.: 6280 6196
9. Mak Hong Kee HK Kitchen
Newly opened along Keong Saik Road is Mak Hong Kee HK Kitchen, serving up classic Hong Kong fare that you normally find in a high end Chinese restaurant, albeit at a more reasonable price.
A must-try is their roasted meats. Mak Hong Kee HK Kitchen serves up roast pork which is slightly fattier with a thin crisp layer of crackling that is oh-so-satisfying.
Another roast meat to look out for is the BBQ Pork with Honey sauce, better known as Char Siew. The char siew served here is tender and not as sweet.[caption id="attachment_32815" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Image Credit: Burpple User Xing Wei Chua[/caption]
If you need your carbs, then we suggest getting the Beef Hor Fun ($10). The hor fun (rice noodles) used in the dish is narrower, and is stir fried with bell peppers and tender beef slices in a rich black bean sauce. This is a dish that you must order.[caption id="attachment_32816" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Image Credit: Burpple User Veronica Phua[/caption]
Mak Hong Kee HK Kitchen also has other selections of rice, noodle and congee dishes if you’re looking for other options.
If you’re looking for a place for a fuss-free family dinner, this is it.
Mak Hong Kee HK Kitchen
Address: 2/4 Keong Siak Road, Singapore, 089110
Opening Hours: Sun – Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Contact no.: 6909 0414
10. SayChiizu Singapore
Singapore has seen its fair share of cheese-flavoured food. Four cheese pizzas, grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese sundaes, cheesecakes, cheese cookies, and even cheese foam bubble teas.
This time round, SayChiizu, a popular Hokkaido Grilled Cheese Toast brand from Bangkok is opening its first store in Singapore at VivoCity on 15 January 2018.
SayChiizu will be serving up their signature grilled cheese toasts in several flavours such as Charcoal, Chocolate, Strawberry Cheese and Matcha Cheese.[caption id="attachment_32817" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: SayChiizu[/caption]
The cheese is made from a secret blend of 3 different cheeses, which results in an incredibly stretchy consistency when melted.[caption id="attachment_32818" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image Credit: SayChiizu[/caption]
That’s not all, the menu will also include cheese teas and cheese fries.
We cannot wait for SayChiizu to open!
Address: VivoCity, #B2-K16, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore, 098585
11. MAAD, Market Of Artists And Designers
Since 2006, the Red Dot Design Museum has been organising MAAD, Market Of Artists And Designers as a platform to promote local artists and designers, for them to showcase and sell their original works.[caption id="attachment_32819" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Image Credit: Also read Celine Dion To Perform For The First Time In Singapore This July
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