Are you a foodie? If you answered yes, can you tell me what are the dishes that are quintessentially Singaporean?
Singapore has so many races and cultures in our tiny island, that Singaporean cuisine doesn’t exclusively belong to one particular culture.
However, here are some dishes that come to mind whenever Singaporeans think of local food.
1. Cai Fan (Mixed Rice)
Mixed Rice, colloquially known as Cai Fan by locals, is a simple, cheap, and filling meal for most Singaporeans.[caption id="attachment_35910" align="aligncenter" width="3968"] Image Credit: yumyumformytumtum[/caption]
Cai Fan stalls are decked out with trays upon trays of various dishes, from the humble steamed egg, to stir fried cabbage or long beans, and even poached fish fillets.
Customers would choose their carb of choice and select their accompanying dishes and that’s a meal on it’s own.
It’s a very simple and affordable option for a meal.
2. Roti Prata
Roti Prata is a fried flatbread that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
It can be eaten plain or stuffed with fillings like cheese and sliced button mushrooms or hot dogs. It is usually served with a side of curry, usually fish or chicken, and in rare cases, mutton.
It’s a local favourite breakfast and supper dish, and the best part, it’s usually cheap!
3. Hainanese Chicken Rice
Ah, Hainanese Chicken Rice, the most iconic dish in Singapore. It’s even been mentioned in cooking anime, Shokugeki No Soma (Food Wars).[caption id="attachment_35905" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Image Credit: youtube[/caption] [caption id="attachment_35904" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image Credit: moe sucks[/caption]
There are a few version of chicken rice served in Singapore, with roasted chicken or the standard hainanese white chicken rice.
Besides the fragrant chicken, hainanese chicken rice is also known for its flavoured rice. Instead of being cooked in water like white rice, the chicken rice is cooked in chicken broth and fat, resulting in flavoured rice that complements the chicken perfectly.
4. Sliced Fish Soup
Sliced Fish Soup is a comfort dish for most. While there’s a variant that uses fried fish pieces instead, sliced fish is still preferred because it allows the freshness of the fish to come through.[caption id="attachment_32184" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: Burpple User Ying Ying[/caption]
Sometimes, evaporated milk is added to the fish soup for an extra layer of flavour.
Most sliced fish soups are made with snakehead fish, though there are some that use more expensive fishes like pomfret, batang and grouper.
Read our list of best fish soup places in Singapore!
5. Yong Tau Foo
People love customising their food, and Singaporeans are no different. After all, we like the idea that we’re in charge.
Which explains why Yong Tau Foo is a popular dish here. You pick a minimum of 6 ingredients that’s then quickly boiled and served in anchovy broth and soy beans.[caption id="attachment_18940" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: hungrygowhere.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_35909" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: Image Credit: DiscoverSG[/caption]
Personally, I like Nasi Lemak as it is – rice cooked in coconut milk, a chicken wing, omelette, ikan bilis and peanuts, and the sambal chilli. Some might even have ikan kuning instead of a chicken wing.[caption id="attachment_28674" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: Ang Sarap[/caption]
Either way, Nasi Lemak is a filling and simple dish that can be eaten at any time of the day.
7. Bak Kut Teh
Now this might be a bit polarising, but I prefer the white, peppery broth of Bak Kut Teh, rather than the dark herbal version.
Bak Kut Teh, which translates to “Meat Bone Tea”, is made with pork ribs cooked in a broth with various spices.
The dark, herbal version is more popular among Malaysians, while the white, peppery version is more common here.
It is usually eaten as a breakfast meal, with dough fritters (you tiao) or rice, and a variety of sides such as braised pig trotters, preserved vegetables, and braised beancurd skin.
Which type of Bak Kut Teh do you prefer?
For our Muslim friends, there’s actually Halal Bak Kut Teh.
8. Chilli Crab
Chilli Crab is also a popular dish among Singaporeans – mud crabs are cooked in a thick, sweet and spicy sauce that’s made with tomato and chilli.[caption id="attachment_28742" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image credit: Image Credit: Burppler Joe Yang[/caption]
The dish also includes beansprouts, fish cakes, and clams. Some hawkers even include vegetables in the dish for a healthier option.
I don’t know about you, but I like mine without clams.
Durians. These pungent, thorny spheres are also known as the “King of Fruits”.
And they’re also Singapore’s national fruit! We even have a building in Singapore that’s designed to look like durians.[caption id="attachment_35906" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons[/caption]
There are many types of durians, each with a slight difference in their taste.[caption id="attachment_35907" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: DiscoverSG[/caption]
You either love or hate durians, and I personally am not a fan of it. Someone just pass me a banana. That, I can deal with.
Tickets To NDP 2018
With the nation’s birthday coming up, what better way to rejoice the fact that you’re Singaporean by indulging in Singaporean food?
That’s not all, from 2 to 29 July 2018, if you’re dining at Food Republic, join in their Instagram Snap-and-Win contest and you might even win yourself a pair of tickets to the National Day Parade 2018!
Don’t forget to check out the terms and conditions here!
There will be a total of 15 winners picked across multiple batches.
Don’t worry, if you didn’t win in the first batch, your name will be forwarded to the subsequent batches, so you will always stand a chance to win until all 15 winners have been selected.
Meanwhile, which dish do you think represents Singapore the most?
(Header Image Source: Gastronommy and Ang Sarap)
It’s finally here – September!
September is always a busy month because of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix stop. As the drivers descend upon our shores, we are armed with loads of parties and festivities to welcome them to our sunny island.
If you aren’t into the racing and/or partying scene, here are some ideas on what else you can get up to the first half of this month.
Play & Discover
1. Star Wars: Experience The Force
On the stroke of midnight of 1 September, you’ll be able to get first dibs on exclusive merch from the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at Ion Orchard.[caption id="attachment_29422" align="aligncenter" width="300"] (Image Credit: Expat Living SG)[/caption]
The celebrations will continue with pop-ups and installations like the Millennium Falcon and a super adorable BB-8 virtual reality experience.
It’s never too early to start, so bring your young ones to their very first Padawan training class to kick start their journey to being a Jedi Master.
The festival will culminate in an entire zone dedicated to fans of the galaxy at the annual Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC). Go crazy taking photos with replicas of Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, J.J. Abrams’ autographed Rey’s Speeder, and a film replica of the interior of the Millennium Falcon.
Star Wars: Experience The Force Festival
Address: Ion Orchard and Sands Expo & Convention Centre Hall D, E & F, Level B2, Marina Bay Sands
When: 1 – 10 Sep
The Imaginarium Of David
The greatest suspense is the feeling of mystery![caption id="attachment_28993" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image Credit: Andsoforth[/caption]
Andsoforth, who is well known for bringing whimsical fantasies to life in a theatrical dinner setting, are back again with another hit production.
This time round, the tale of David and Goliath is re-imagined in a modern disco setting, with b-boys, swan ballerinas, Shaolin Ballerinas, and a cabaret that will ensure you won’t have a peaceful dinner.
Here’s what went down at their previous show:
The food will also be extraordinary, with a four course meal to tease your tastebuds and a sneaky cocktail thrown in at the end to finish off the night.
The Imaginarium Of David
Address: Secret location – only revealed on the day of the event itself
When: Every Fri & Sat till 30 Sep
3. Dashboard Confessional Live In Singapore
Relive your childhood with one of the icons of the 2000s emo era – Dashboard Confessional![caption id="attachment_29423" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image Credit: LAMC Productions[/caption]
Even though they’ve been to Singapore twice previously, they were both stripped down, acoustic shows. This time round, they will come at us full force, with the entire band in attendance.
You can expect old favorites like ‘Belle Of The Boulevard’, ‘Stolen’, and also newer material off their latest album, such as ‘Hopes Up’. Their sound has changed slightly over the years, but still retains the same poignancy and rawness that we loved in our teen years.
Dashboard Confessional Live In Singapore
Address: D’Marquee@Downtown East
When: 9 Sep
4. Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2017 (STGCC)
Our local version of Comic Con is celebrating its tenth year this year![caption id="attachment_29426" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image Credit: STGCC[/caption]
Anything from manga, anime, comics to cosplay and collectibles goes at STGCC. Attendees can score limited edition drops, meet artists and famous cosplayers, and take part in the festivities by dressing up as their favorite characters.
C.B. Cebulksi, editor of Marvel Comics and talent scout, will be here doing his portfolio review rounds for aspiring cartoonists and illustrators. Also visiting are Japanese toy designers Hinatique and Yasu, who will be visiting Singapore for the first time.[caption id="attachment_29425" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A replica of the Millenium Falcon (Image Credit: STGCC)[/caption]
This year, there will be a dedicated zone for Star Wars fans, with a live replica of the Millenium Falcon.
An entire hall dedicated to competitive and casual gamers will also see three gaming tournaments – ROG Masters 2017 – DOTA 2 – Singapore Qualifier and ROG Masters 2017 – CS:GO – Singapore Qualifier finals, and semi-final to finals Tickets
5. West Side Story
Pretty much the underworld version of the Shakespearean romance tragedy Romeo And Juliet.
One of Broadway’s biggest spectacles will be making its way to Singapore after selling out shows in Sydney, Tokyo and London.
West Side Story is a tale of two star-crossed lovers from rival teenage gangs, set in the slums of 1950s New York. The musical will take to the stage in a flurry of explosive choreography and jazzy tunes.
We’re sure you won’t be able to resist singing along to this ill-fated violent romance that painfully reveals the injustice of the social system in America back in the 1950s.
West Side Story
Address: Grand Theatre, Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
When: 13 – 30 Sep
6. Music Matters Live 2017
Held in conjunction with the All That Matters Live Conference and Apple Music, Music Matters Live is back again this year, happening from 9 – 13 Sep! Artists from all over the world will gather to showcase the best of their country’s burgeoning music scene.[caption id="attachment_29427" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image Credit: DANakaDAN[/caption]
This event will see rapper DANakaDAN from USA, indie outfit Fairchild from Australia and Taiwanese rock heavyweights Elephant Gym 大象體操 making up some of the international acts.
Repping Singapore, we have Falling Feathers, M1ldl1fe and Tabitha Nauser.[caption id="attachment_29429" align="aligncenter" width="240"] Image Credit: Falling Feathers[/caption]
Head over to the Various locations, including CHIJMES and Timbre outlets The highlight of the racing world is finally here!
When: 9 – 13 Sep
Singapore Grand Prix: Singapore F1 2017
When: 15 – 17 Sep
The highlight of the racing world is finally here![caption id="attachment_29433" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image Credit: Image Credit: Singapore Grand Prix: Singapore F1 2017
Spice up your yakitori with CHIKIN’s Szechuan-style yakitori.
[caption id="attachment_29347" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chikin skewers[/caption]
Instead of using the usual tare sauce, CHIKIN uses mala to season their yakitori. Expect to find over 11 parts of the chicken available on the menu, as well as various other kushiyaki like veggies and other meats.[caption id="attachment_29349" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cocktail[/caption]
The pop-art inspired bar also has an extensive range of Japanese whiskies and sakes to choose from, as well as an entire menu of cocktails that reinterpret old favorites with a twist.
Address: 6 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089820
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 5pm – 12am; Sat: 6pm – 12am
Contact no.: 6634 2916
9. Ben and Jerry’s new flavors: Frozen Flakes and Cocoa Loco
We just cannot get enough of Ben & Jerry’s new ice cream flavors!
This time, their two new flavors remind us of breakfast. Cocoa Loco is a chocolate cereal milk ice cream with crisp chocolate cereal swirls. Frozen Flakes is the normal milk ice cream version of Cocoa Loco, just without chocolate.[caption id="attachment_29430" align="aligncenter" width="240"] Image Credit: @nylonsg[/caption]
Who says we can’t have ice cream for breakfast?
Ben & Jerry’s
Address: Various outlets
10. Superga X Disney collection
No matter how old we are, Disney characters will always have a place in our hearts.[caption id="attachment_29431" align="alignnone" width="300"] Image Credit: Superga[/caption]
The classic 2750 cut gets an adorable update with a baby pink Minnie mouse print and a fire-truck red shade covered in Mickey’s handprints.
These shoes also comes in kid sizes, so that you can be all matchy-matchy with your younger siblings.
These shoes can be found in-store at Wheelock and Vivocity, and you can also purchase them online.
Address: 501 Orchard Road, Wheelock Place #B2-04, Singapore 238880
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6634 2916
With such an exciting and star-studded month ahead, we can’t wait for it to come! You definitely won’t want to stay in and miss out on all the fun.
(Header Image Source: Expat Living)
With the rising popularity of millennial pink, it seems rose-flavoured things have come into trend in the world of F&B. The humble ingredient has come a long way since our first taste of it in Bandung. Now, it’s found its way into mooncakes, crepes and even fried chicken!
Not only does it smell great, rose has many health benefits, including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties.
If you’re a fan of the floral flavour, here’s a list of 6 foods and drinks that put rose front and centre!
1. Rose Mille Crepes[caption id="attachment_29160" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Lady M Singapore Facebook[/caption]
The latest creation from Lady M, the Rose Mile Crepe ($90.95/9″ cake) is layered with rose flavour infused pastry cream and garnished with sweet rose jelly and edible rose petals. A boutique exclusive at the Scotts Square outlet, hurry down to try this fairy-tale like cake that’s perfect for tea time!
Lady M Singapore
Address: Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road #01-06/07, Singapore 228209
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm
Image Credit: Elaine Koh Burpple[/caption]
At Choo Choo Chicken, the Rose Chicken ($30) consists of rose cream sauce in a bread bowl and 12 pieces of fried chicken. The cream sauce is thick with a hint of tomato flavour. The batter is crunchy without being too greasy, and the meat is exactly as it should be – juicy and tender.
Choo Choo Chicken
Address: 33 Bali Lane, Singapore
Opening Hours: Daily, 11.30am – 11pm
Image Credit: TANGS[/caption]
Only available at TANGS, grab yourself a box of the quadruple White Lotus Paste with Rose Baked Mooncakes ($51/4pcs) which are lower in sugar and calories. That means you get to indulge in these light treats guilt-free! The white lotus paste is paired with French chewy roses, so that the mooncake contains a mixture of flavours that are sure to delight!
TANGS AT TANG PLAZA
Address: 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 10.30am – 9.30am; Sun: 11am – 8.30pm
4. Madeleine Rose Cookie
Known for creating cookies with unconventional flavours such as Chilli Crab and Chicken Rice (say what?!), The Cookie Museum also offers Madeleine Rose cookies ($47/24pcs).[caption id="attachment_29163" align="aligncenter" width="320"] Image Credit:
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-280, Marina Square Shopping Mall, Singapore 039594
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 9pm
Image Credit: Cha Tra Mue Singapore Facebook[/caption]
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know Cha Tra Mue has been making waves in Singapore with the launch of their rose tea, which comes in three flavours: Rose Milk Tea, Honey Rose Tea and Lychee Rose Tea.
Their cups are all very Instagram-worthy, and we think they deserve the title of “Bangkok’s prettiest tea”.[caption id="attachment_29167" align="aligncenter" width="592"] Image Credit: chatramuesg Instagram[/caption]
Of the three drinks, the hot favourite is the Rose Milk Tea ($4.50) – a cup of fragrant Thai milk tea that has a faint taste of rose and a whiff of floral fragrance. For those who are slightly lactose-intolerant, try the Honey Rose Tea and Lychee Rose Tea. These refreshing drinks will keep you going for the rest of the day!
Antoinette serves an exquisite Superlova ($10.70) – Rose finger sponge cake with raspberry jelly, raspberry caviar & crumble, which is delectably lifted by a yuzu cream. They gel seamlessly together into a pleasantly creamy treat with light floral notes. The taste is neither overpowering nor elusive – truly a rose creation that’s deserving of admiration.
The ornate pastry is served with a Rose macaron on top, which consists of two light and crisp cookie shells sandwiching a delicate rose buttercream filling. While great with the rest of the cake, you’ll love it on its own too!
Address: 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, #02-33/34, Singapore 238897
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 10pm
These rose creations are not only easy on the eyes, they also play well with the taste buds.
The great thing about rose is that because it’s light, it doesn’t overpower the other flavours it’s brought together with. If you love your millennial pink and love a light, floral flavour to go with your food or drink, these are a must-try.
Nothing gets us more excited than the start of a new month, and this August gets us especially excited!
With National Day just round the corner, there’s a whole slew of fresh activities and yummy new eats that remind us of why we love living in Singapore.
This month’s line-up includes outdoor movie screenings, the hottest Kpop stars on our shores, a coffee festival, and fresh food spots to pamper your tastebuds at. Whether you’re a movie buff, avid concert-goer or full-time foodie, here are some ways to keep having fun the first half of August!
Here’s a calendar of 10 of the newest events and eats to head to this month!
Play & Discover
1. Films At The Fort
If the combination of good films, food and wine sounds like heaven to you, read on.
Films At The Fort by Casillero del Diablo is this years fanciest open-air cinema event![caption id="attachment_28733" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Films At The Fort[/caption]
Catch award-winning new releases, cult classics and documentaries on the big screen, under the stars.
A team from The Providore will be onsite to serve up a freshly prepared menu. There’s dinner, dessert and snacks to keep your tummy happy.
There’s also a bar selling wine, sparkling wine, beer and cider at prices that won’t break the bank.
So spread out your picnic mat, clink glasses, and lay back for a chill evening as the sun sets.
Films At The Fort
Address: Fort Canning Green (Fort Canning Park)
When: 3 – 20 Aug, 5pm till late
2. KBS Music Bank World Tour[caption id="attachment_28738" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: Kpop Map[/caption]
Calling all diehard K-Pop fans!
Get ready to sing and dance your heart out at the highly anticipated KBS Music Bank World Tour.
Fans can expect a star-studded lineup, with some of K-pop’s biggest stars taking the stage.
The one-night-only concert’s power lineup includes SHINee, CNBlue, BTS, Red Velvet and Mamamoo.
KBS has been a huge driving force behind the Hallyu wave, from debuting rookies in the K-pop world to charting the leading K-pop hits.
So grab your tickets and be treated to a night of non-stop chart toppers!
KBS Music Bank World Tour
Address: Suntec Convention Centre Hall 601-604, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593
When: 4 Aug, 7pm – 10pm
Admission: $148 – 288/person
Ba dum tss!
This month’s Singapore Drum Fest is a festival unlike any other music festival you’ve ever experienced.[caption id="attachment_28735" align="aligncenter" width="1089"] Image Credit: Drum Fest brings the world’s best drummers and musicians to our shores for an unforgettable experience.
This year’s killer line-up is sure to attract fans from all over the world.
Those in the circle will know international drumming star Meytal Cohen and her bassist Anel Pedrero Orantes. There’s also Juan Carlito Mendoza, Jost Nickel, Federico Paulovich and Stanley Randolph.
Local talents Benjamin Lim, Anson Koh (Drum Off 2016 Open Category Champion) and his band will also be playing!
Drum Off contestants hail from 9 countries including Japan and USA, and are sure to put on an impressive show.
Singapore Drum Fest: Ultimate Drummers Weekend
Address: Max Atria, Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150
When: 5 – 6 Aug, 10am – 7pm
If you closely follow the Voice of China, now’s your chance to watch one of their most loved contestants IRL!
G.E.M. is coming to our shores with her brand new “Queen of Hearts” World Tour.[caption id="attachment_28736" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Hong Kong’s new reigning Queen of Pop will be rocking it out at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The talented singer will be belting out original songs in Chinese and Cantonese, in conjunction with her latest album, “Heartbeat”.
The last time she was here was in 2015, with her sold out 73-show tour. This year, she promises a bigger, better and more breathtaking show, so make sure you get your tickets for it!
G.E.M. “Queen Of Hearts” World Tour
Address: Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 397691
When: 13 Aug
Contact no.: 3158 7888
Admission: $128 – S$248
There really isn’t a shortage of international stars on our shores this month.
Our favourite British indie pop act, Bastille, is taking centre stage here too![caption id="attachment_28737" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Watch lead singer Dan Smith, keyboard player Kyle Simmons, bassist Will Farquarson and drummer Chris ‘Woody’ Wood in the flesh.
You’re probably most familiar with the infectious track ‘Pompeii’ off their 2013 debut album ‘Bad Blood’.
In 2016, Bastille returned with catchy singles ‘Good Grief’ and ‘Send Them Off!’
These are songs that have become the alternative anthems of the last few years.
If you didn’t catch Bastille’s dazzling sold-out show at The Coliseum in 2015 and at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix in 2016, make sure you don’t miss this one!
Bastille – Live in Singapore
Address: The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, 138617
When: 14 Aug, 8pm
Contact no.: 6348 5555
6. Epicurean Market
This isn’t your ordinary food and wine fair.
The Epicurean Market gives you three days of direct access to world-class food, wines and spirits, all for a fraction of the usual price!
[caption id="attachment_28739" align="aligncenter" width="4256"] Image Credit: Sample famous signature dishes by celebrity chefs, taste one-of-a-kind cocktails, and take home imported specialties.
There will also be an exciting lineup of masterclasses for you to upgrade your culinary and bartending skills with.
Participating restaurants include the award-winning Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda, and more!
Address: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
When: 11 – 13 Aug
Contact no.: 6688 8826
Imagine having a single voucher you can use at over 50 restaurant brands.
Well, Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) lets you do just that at the best value festival ever!
[caption id="attachment_28742" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: You can get $100 worth of vouchers for only $70, to be used across 50 restaurant brands island-wide.
This year’s focus is on the trendy salted egg yolk, homely pandan, and the all-time favourite, chilli crab sauce.
As a tie-in with the Singapore Food Festival, each eatery will also be highlighting a locally inspired dish.
Expect dishes such as chicken rice risotto (Joo Bar), chilli crab (Palm Beach Seafood) and chicken tikka pizza (Cali Café and Bar).
Singapore Restaurant Festival
Address: Various participating restaurants
When: 1 Jul – 30 Sep
8. Singapore Coffee Festival
Calling all cafe hoppers and caffeine addicts!
The Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 is Singapore’s first ever coffee-centric festival.
[caption id="attachment_28734" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: This is showcase of Singapore’s speciality coffee, local kopi and cafe lifestyle.
Be spoiled for choice with over 100 exhibitors from the coffee and café industry.
The festival showcases local craftsmanship in specialty coffee, as well as Singapore’s unique and rich kopi heritage.
Besides being a one-stop shop for those interested in all things coffee, there will also be a wide range of brewed drinks, beans, gadgets and machines available for purchase.
Singapore Coffee Festival
Address: Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Drive, 018947
When: 3 – 6 Aug
Imagine going shopping and not having to pay for anything.
Well, that’s exactly what the Singapore Really Really Free Market lets you do![caption id="attachment_28741" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Singapore Really Really Free Market[/caption]
The market will showcase all sorts of goods–and services!
Things you can expect to see include second-hand stuff, basic yoga lessons, and even tarot card reading.
There are also sing-alongs and mutual shoulder massages to really foster that community spirit.
So come join in and feel a different, more caring and sharing side to the economy we’re used to!
Singapore Really Really Free Market
Address: Lorong Ah Soo, Blk 138
When: 13 Aug, 2pm
Happy birthday, Singapore!
With National Day just round the corner, enter Singapasar, just one of the many nation-centric events that’ll pop up this month.
[caption id="attachment_28740" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: Returning for its third year, Singapasar is a wildly popular design-centric pasar malam.
It brings together the best and the newest collections of Singapore, under one roof.
Expect to find locally designed and made products including furniture, food, apparel, bags, beverages, accessories and many more.
All of these items have their own story to tell about our Singaporean identity, history and culture.
This is where you want to shop and soak in some festive cheer this National Day!
Address: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
When: 4 – 6 Aug
Sounds like an amazing month, doesn’t it?
We can’t wait to head out and get busy at all these exciting activities this August!
If you’re a normal human being with tastebuds and you love fries, keep reading.
You’ve definitely tried the ever-delicious Truffle Fries, but that has had its day. Now, we’re ready for a new type of fry to take over the spotlight.
Some of these are really sinful, but as the saying goes: don’t count your calories, make your calories count. After all, potatoes are a staple too, right?
Here are 10 places to binge on some of the most unique fries you’ve ever come across!
1. Char Siew Chilli Fries
We Singaporeans really do love our fusion foods.
Here’s where Redpan’s Char Siew Chilli Fries come in; a tasty specimen of east meets west.[caption id="attachment_28550" align="aligncenter" width="1880"] Image Credit: The Ranting Panda[/caption]
The fries are covered in a moist, saucy char siew ragout you won’t be able to stop scooping up!
Think sweet BBQ meat chunks laced with sour cream and jalapeño salsa. Mm mm mm… A step up from your usual fries with meat sauce.
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-03/04 Singapore 039593
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 10pm; Sat, Sun & PH: 11am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6255 5850
You can’t go wrong with falling back on a local favourite.
That’s what Loof has done with its heavenly Chilli Crab Fries![caption id="attachment_28547" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: These fries are drenched in Loof’s signature tangy blue crab dip.
Their waffle-cut shape is perfect for scraping up super big servings of the dip.
Enjoy this with crafted Southeast Asian inspired cocktails for a chill evening at this urban rooftop bar!
Address: 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 5pm – 1am; Fri – Sat: 5pm – 2am; Closed on Sun
Contact no.: 6337 9416
McDonald’s may be the original creator of these, but we’ve found a better version.
Everything With Fries’ Curry Fries aren’t just sprinkled with curry powder.[caption id="attachment_28555" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Image Credit: Rather, the fries here are tossed with fried curry leaves, and heavily spiced with a highly addictive curry powder.
An eatery specializing in fries, the fries here definitely do not disappoint.
Order these as a side to their burgers, or have them on their own – we know we would!
Everything With Fries
Address: #04-05, Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria St, Singapore, 188021
Opening Hours: Sun – Mon: 10am – 11pm; Fri – Sat: 10am – 1am
Contact no.: 6463 3741
These fries have to be the most sinful of the lot.
Introducing Duck Fat Fries!
[caption id="attachment_28552" align="aligncenter" width="1698"] Image Credit: TripAdvisor[/caption]
These fries are fried in duck fat two to three times.
The result is a crispy outer layer that’s guilt-inducing, but oh-so-flavourful.
At Les Bouchons, these delicious babies are free flow with every main!
Address: 7 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069689
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 3pm, 7pm – 11pm; Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 7pm – 12am; Sat: 7pm – 12am; Closed on Sun
Contact no.: 6423 0737
Fans of all things Korean, listen up!
Here’s where you can get one of the best Kimchi Fries in Singapore.[caption id="attachment_28664" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image Credit: Deliveroo[/caption]
At Don’t Tell Mama, the fries are served with real kimchi; none of that artificial kimchi powder you may get at some other places.
The fries are drizzled with generous amounts of homemade kimchi mayo, with extra jalapenos and onions for that sharp, spicy kick.
There are also chunks of pulled pork hidden within the dish to make it more filling.
It’s definitely something we’d order as a meal instead of just as a snack.
Don’t Tell Mama
Address: 52 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088473
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 5.30pm – 2am; Fri – Sat: 5.30pm – 3am; Closed on Sun
Now, here’s a healthy(ish) option.
House At Dempsey’s Pumpkin Hazelnut Fries are sure to delight with it’s unique mish mash of flavours.[caption id="attachment_28551" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: Deenise Glitz[/caption]
Sweet, nutty and spicy sensations hit you with each bite you take.
The fries are actually deep fried pumpkin slices, while the hazelnut bits give them the nutty flavour and crunch.
It’s not all sweet though – there’s also chilli powder and paprika in it for that extra kick that makes it so appetizing.
House At Dempsey
Address: 8D Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249672
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 11pm; Fri: 12pm – 12am; Sat: 11am – 4pm, 6pm – 12am; Sun: 9am – 4pm, 6pm – 11pm
Contact no.: 64757787
This dish combines two of our favourite things – pizza and fries.
The two flavours are a match made in heaven, and we’re glad they’ve finally gotten together.[caption id="attachment_28549" align="aligncenter" width="1202"] Image Credit: ’s fries are covered with loads of melted cheese, three-cheese sauce and smoky pepperoni slices.
It’s paired with a savoury house-made bacon ketchup.
Is it sinful? Yes. Is it worth it? Definitely
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue #01-13D Singapore 039802
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 11am – 11pm; Eve of PH, Fri, Sat: 11am – 1am
Contact no.: 63279301
Salted egg yolk has made its way into all sorts of foods recently, and Arbite Cafe has hopped onto the bandwagon with its Salted Egg Yolk Fries!
Their crispy fries are coated all over in the all-familiar salted egg yolk sauce!
For less than $10, you’ll get a mean serving of these golden babies, so share away!
That said, we would be more than willing to brave a sore throat to finish a whole plate of this ourselves.
Address: 66 Serangoon Garden Way Singapore 555962
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm; Sat & Sun: 11am – 10.30pm
Contact no.: 6287 0430
9. SPAM Fries
Here’s the ultimate diet-killer.
Spam Fries – or deep fried cuts of luncheon meat – are apparently a thing now.[caption id="attachment_28554" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Imade Credit: serves this in thick cuts and in a large portion.
Scoop up some of the Kaffir lime mayo dip for a flavour combo you’ve probably never tried before!
This is probably the fanciest form good old luncheon meat will ever take.
Address: 35 Kampong Bahru Rd Singapore 169356
Opening Hours: Wed – Mon: 9am – 10pm; Fri & Sat: 09am – 12am
Contact no.: 6222 4869
10. Truffle Taro Fries
Okay, so we cheated and threw in some Truffle Fries.
But these ones are made with Taro, and that makes all the difference.[caption id="attachment_28556" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Burpple Guides[/caption]
House At Dempsey’s shoestring truffle taro fries are a power combination.
Unlike the the rest of its heavier counterparts, these fries are as light as air.
The taro fries are dipped generously in batter and fried to maximum crispiness.
Together with the fragrance of truffle oil, this becomes the ultimate snack for both truffle and taro lovers alike.
House At Dempsey
Address: 8D Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249672
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 11pm; Fri: 12pm – 12mn; Sat: 11am – 4pm, 6pm – 12mn; Sun: 9am – 4pm, 6pm – 11pm
Contact no.: 64757787
Are you ready to satis-fry your deepest cravings?
We say, skip the McDonald’s fries and try out one of these out-of-this-world creations on your next cheat day.
We’ve been having a whale of a time the first half of July.
The rest of the month doesn’t disappoint too! There’s a whole host of amazing activities and yummy new eats we can’t wait to try out.
This month’s line-up includes a Disney concert, international football stars on our shores, a dainty tea festival, and new food spots your tastebuds will thank you for. Whether you’re a music fan, party animal, or self-confessed foodie, here are some ways to keep busy the second half of July!
Here’s a calendar of 10 of the freshest events and eats to head to this month!
1. Disney in Concert: A Dream Is A Wish
“A dream is a wish your heart makes”.
So if you’ve been dreaming of reliving your childhood, let Disney In Concert take you back![caption id="attachment_28342" align="aligncenter" width="2780"] Image Credit: This is one magical concert that’ll transport you to the musical world of new and old Disney Animated Feature films.
Join in to awaken a little mermaid who longs to be human, a lion cub who struggles to find his place in the circle of life, two sisters who wish to warm a frozen relationship, and more!
Their stories are told through the talents of four Broadway-caliber singers, original Disney film footage and sweeping orchestral scores performed by Base Philharmonic Orchestra.
Here, the magic of Disney storytelling comes to life once again and reminds us that anything is possible!
Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish
Where: Grand Theatre, Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956
When: 14 – 15 Jul | Fri: 8pm; Sat: 2pm & 8pm
Contact no.: 6348 5555
Grab your gear, roll up your cuffs, and gather your troops.
Baybeats is back, and it’s the biggest music festival of its kind in Singapore and the region![caption id="attachment_28334" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Baybeats Festival[/caption]
This year, it presents a fist-pumping line-up of both Singapore and international acts.
The line-up covers genres including folk, pop, metal, post-rock, emo, punk, electro and everything in between.
Baybeats aims to gather the best of our homegrown talent in music-making, while creating a festival village that brings together local indie crafters.
Best of all–it’s free!
So reach out, touch faith and rock on at Singapore’s very own alternative music festival.
Where: The Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
When: 14 – 16 July
Contact no.: 6828 8222
Shout out to all the party people!
The first edition of the Rasa Fiesta Singapura Block Party is just around the corner![caption id="attachment_28336" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: After a week of Rasa Fiesta Singapura Bar Adventures, come to Jiak Chuan street for the hottest party this month.
On the street, you will find dancers, limbo games, beer pong, live DJs and workshops.
Then, duck into participating outlets Lime House and Phat Cat Laundry for a drink, or check out the street booths!
Food vendors from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and the French Carribbean will also be here to satisfy your appetite.
There’s even a special free kids playground area so Mums and Dads can also have a drink!
Rasa Fiesta Singapura Block Party
Where: Jiak Chuan Road / Keong Saik Street
When: 15 Jul, 3pm – 10.30pm
4. TED x Pickering Street
If you spend your time on YouTube binge-watching TED Talks, you’ll wanna check this out.
TED x Pickering Street is a self-organized TED event for our own little community in Singapore.[caption id="attachment_28340" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: TED believes that great ideas and stories are not found only in the movers and shakers of the world, but in the most ordinary everyman.
Great ideas can and should be shared, regardless of language, and TED hopes to achieve this with this bilingual, language-blind TEDx event.
At TED x Pickering Street, live speakers from all backgrounds will spark deep discussions and connections.
Because sometimes, inspiration lives right next door without us even knowing it!
TED x Pickering Street
Where: ArtScience Musuem, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
When: 15 Jul, 1pm – 6pm
The Botanic Gardens is known for its occasional chill, picnic-style concerts.
This month, we have one supported by The Straits Times![caption id="attachment_28335" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: The Ladies Room[/caption]
Join the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor Jason Lai at the park for an evening of well-loved classics.
The more musically inclined may recognize some pieces from the line-up, which includes “Morning Mood” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, Third movement (Poco allegretto) from Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90.
There are also selections from West Side Story, Cinema Paradiso: Theme, First Youth, Love Theme, and “Ritual Fire Dance” from El amor brujo.
What’s best? Admission is free!
So make it a day to remember, and don’t forget your picnic mat!
The Straits Times Concert at Gardens
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
When: 22 Jul, 6pm
Contact no.: 6602 4200
6. The xx: I See You Tour
If indie music is your groove, this indie phenomenon must be a central part of your playlist.
London-based band The xx is landing on our shores this month with their I See You Tour![caption id="attachment_28341" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Image Credit: Following two spectacular headline shows here in 2013, The xx are set to bring the house down in their biggest Singapore show yet.
Formed in 2005, The xx are Romy Madley Croft (vocals, lead guitar), Oliver Sim (vocals, bass guitar), and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler).
The xx reveal that they are exploring a more playful, eclectic and expansive musical direction, winning new and old fans with singles such as ‘On Hold’ and ‘Say Something Loving’.
They’re also travelling with electronic/R&B musician Sampha, one of the UK’s most soulful rising artists!
This one-night-only concert promises to be an unforgettable experience – don’t miss it!
The xx: I See You Tour
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 397691
When: 25 Jul, 7pm
Contact no.: 3158 7888
Heads up, football fans!
The 2017 International Champions Cup is set to be held in Singapore this month.[caption id="attachment_28337" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: The International Champions Cup (ICC) is the world’s premier summer football tournament, bringing the best in football to iconic venues around the globe.
ICC Singapore will feature Chelsea FC, FC Bayern and FC Internazionale in a round-robin three-match tournament.
The fixtures in July will mark the first time these top European teams have played each other in Singapore.
So grab your jerseys and head to the Singapore National Stadium to catch your teams in action!
2017 International Champions Cup
Where: National Stadium, 1 Stadium Dr, 397629
When: 25, 27, 29 Jul, 7.35pm
Contact no.: 3158 7888
8. The O.P.E.N.
Ready to gain new insight into our world?
The O.P.E.N. is a public engagement initiative from the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) that offers just that.
[caption id="attachment_28339" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: Singapore International Festival of The Arts[/caption]
A pre-festival of ideas before SIFA, The O.P.E.N. presents 5 weeks of exploration.
It presents a curated selection of events through diverse platforms, including film and creative displays.
You’ll be sure to come across fascinating questions and eye-opening insights about our world and humanity.
The curatorial theme for SIFA 2017 is “Enchantment”, so be prepared to be taken in with the unusual and unexpected of everyday life.
Where: Various Locations
When: 28 Jun – 9 Sep
9. Singapore Tea Festival
If your answer to the standard “coffee or tea” question is always the latter, read on.
The inaugural Singapore Tea Festival (STF) will be making its debut at the upcoming Food Festival![caption id="attachment_28343" align="aligncenter" width="1984"] Image Credit: Singapore Tea Festival[/caption]
Organised by The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., STF celebrates one of the world’s most popular beverages with a showcase of 17 homegrown tea brands.
Whether you’re a tea enthusiasts and just tea-curious, there’s something for you.
The weekend festival will feature new tea collections and signature tea blends, tea-inspired wares and modern tea bites, alongside tea-themed workshops and a tea heritage exhibition.
Adding to the mix are tea-related lifestyle offerings such as tea-pairing literature titles curated by BooksActually, lifestyle products from Naiise, and ceramic wares by Mud Rock.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, be sure to head on down!
Singapore Tea Festival
Where: B4 ION Station, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, 238801
When: 22 – 23 Jul, 10am – 10pm
10. Sunset Social Market
It’s no secret that our biggest national pastimes are eating and shopping.
Well, Open Farm Community (OFC) combines the best of both in its popular Social Market.[caption id="attachment_28338" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image credit: Expat Living Singapore[/caption]
The market’s tenth edition is extra special.
It’s its first foodie-friendly edition, and also the first time it’s held in the evening instead of during the daytime.
Taking its cue from local foodie culture, the two-day market will bring together some of the island’s best artisanal bakers, gourmet grocers, small-batch producers, and modern-day hawkers.
More than just a day of feasting, the market grounds will also play host to communal activities for all ages.
Think a cocktail masterclass, DIY flower crowns, and leisurely strolls through OFC’s flourishing outdoor farm.
Sunset Social Market
Where: Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
When: 22 – 23 Jul, 3pm – 8pm
Contact no.: 6471 0306
What’re you waiting for?
With so much happening this month, your weekends are bound to be a rollercoaster of fun-filled activities!
The month of June is done and dusted!
At DiscoverSG, we love looking back on and celebrating all the exciting activities our ambassadors dropped in on in the month.
This month’s highlights include plenty of electrifying events and scrummy eats!
If boutique tea houses are your thing, you’ll love this dainty yet unique one.
Arteastiq is a teahouse/restaurant/art jam studio tucked away in Mandarin Gallery.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVY3yIxDyvO/?taken-by=cherzinga[/embed]
That means a full fancy 3-course meal (normally $48) prepared just for us![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVcGV7PFEhU/?taken-by=dianabakar_[/embed]
The brunch menu consists of hearty and healthy dishes, while the dinner menu features creative Asian fusion dishes.
For appetisers, the ambassadors had the signature pan seared duck foie gras.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVcLYc0gy7z/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
Next up was the Herb-Crusted Codfish served on a bed of mash potatoes, asparagus, scallops and balsamic reduction sauce – a dish that was crunchy on the surface, while tender underneath.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BU3Fa6xBsbi/?taken-by=rachaelwong[/embed]
Other must tries are the Australian Wagyu ribeye with sweet potato fries, and mango strudel that has actual popping candy in it.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BWFExmXhO6d/?taken-by=vaneszs.h[/embed]
To complete our meal was an exclusive range of teas, brewed pot by pot on the spot with the finest tea leaves and herbs. (Psst! They even have alcoholic ones!)
Address: Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6235 8370
Whether or not you got the chance to go to Ultra Singapore, it’s hard to miss the hype that took over all our social media platforms.
We sent a whole bunch of our ambassadors down to join in the fun at the hottest party this year![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVZOTtkAu_o/?taken-by=claregwendolyn[/embed]
Just like last year, the 2-day electronic dance music festival in Singapore was ultra wet, ultra muddy, and ultra amazing![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVWwn1BBPF6/?taken-by=dtynx[/embed]
We partied the day and night away to music by headlining DJs, including Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, Dash Berlin, Steve Angello, Tiësto, and Don Diablo.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVSMesTDQka/?taken-by=gracekowie[/embed]
Other famous names include Dubfire, Martin Solveig, Nic Fanciulli, Sasha & John Digweed and Showtek.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVUKSfegYXu/?taken-by=isapiaoz[/embed]
Not to forgot our local acts on the Live stage: homeboy ShiGGa Shay, DJ Duo Rave Republic, and singer-songwriter Jasmine Sokko.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVRo6nFnIgL/?taken-by=siowjiamin[/embed]
With stunning lights, visuals, sound and special effects, it was easy to stay upbeat and pumped even through the rain.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVKW19whTl_/?taken-by=victoinette[/embed]
You know a party is ultra good when it’s hard to go for one set and not have #FOMO from passing up on the others; that’s exactly how we felt about Ultra Singapore’s crazy line-up this year!
Can’t decide between steamboat and BBQ?
You don’t have to at Hao Lai Wu Steamboat and BBQ, where they let you cook your food both ways at the same table.[caption id="attachment_28052" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Image Credit: Choose from 5 types of soups: Ma La, Tom Yam, Chicken, Double Boiled Herbal & Tomato, to cook them all in. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVmWW8_ANco/?taken-by=chel.sea.ang[/embed]
They especially loved – and couldn’t stop eating – the prawns that were super fresh and sweet![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BV_VUEHArQc/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
They went for the specialty Ma La broth that added a zing to all the ingredients – perfect for lovers of spicy food.
Why not have your next family dinner here? Its unique steamboat in a crystal pot and smokeless BBQ will not disappoint!
Hao Lai Wu Steamboat and BBQ
Address: 8 Sago Street, Singapore 059012
Open: Daily, 11am – 3am
4. Oo La Lab
“Fragrance is a powerful personal ritual… It is the right to see and to be seen in ways that are not made from words.”
If that speaks to you, or if you’re just a sucker for nice-smelling things, you’ll love Oo La Lab’s sensorial workshop session![caption id="attachment_28047" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: This craft fragrance lab lets you select from the finest raw ingredients to build your very own fragrance.
The perfume ingredients you pick are mixed on site and hand-poured to order.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVt4uXqACEX/?taken-by=chel.sea.ang[/embed]
They had a lot of fun reliving their days of mixing chemicals in science class, and were extremely satisfied with their final product![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVt6heyjJoT/?taken-by=cherzinga[/embed]
Whether you like floral, oriental or sporty scents, Oo La’s mixologists will guide you on how to achieve the perfect mix!
Or you could just go ham and create your own crazy scent that’s sure to be a conversation starter!
Oo La Lab Calling all tempura fans! Kogane Yama is the newest Japanese restaurant in town specializing in premium tendon bowls. Here, you get to choose your tendon toppings, base and spiciness level for a fully customisable tendon, just for you. The 4 flavours are Mixed Bowl ($15.80), Chicken Bowl ($13.80), Prawn Bowl ($13.80) and Vegetable Bowl ($11.80). Our ambassador Rachael headed there for a taste. She tried the Mixed Bowl, which had everything she could’ve asked for. She really loved the prawn tempura, chicken tempura and the green pepper, which were all so juicy under the crisp tempura crust!
Address: Commune Home, 02-51/52/53 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, 039596
Contact no.: 6338 3823
Calling all tempura fans!
Kogane Yama is the newest Japanese restaurant in town specializing in premium tendon bowls.[caption id="attachment_28164" align="alignnone" width="1023"] Kogane Yama[/caption]
Here, you get to choose your tendon toppings, base and spiciness level for a fully customisable tendon, just for you.
The 4 flavours are Mixed Bowl ($15.80), Chicken Bowl ($13.80), Prawn Bowl ($13.80) and Vegetable Bowl ($11.80).[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BV35F5JhTKd/?taken-by=rachaelwong[/embed]
Our ambassador Rachael headed there for a taste.
She tried the Mixed Bowl, which had everything she could’ve asked for. She really loved the prawn tempura, chicken tempura and the green pepper, which were all so juicy under the crisp tempura crust![caption id="attachment_28049" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: Fussy about what goes into your tendon? Now, you can have it just the way you like!
Address: 200 Victoria Street, #02-50 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Open: Sun – Thu: 11am – 10pm; Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm
Ô Batignolles is an open-air concept wine bar that serves up food and wine with authentic French flavours.[caption id="attachment_28051" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: It pays tribute to a stellar range of wines, curated from small batch independent and passionate winemakers throughout France.
The elegant and chic bar also offers a large selection of quality air-flown cheese, and iconic French fare.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BWIED1-A53-/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
They discovered that Ô Batignolles had just added a new French Tapas selection to their menu – a new way to enjoy and share their signature French dishes, appetizer-style.[caption id="attachment_28050" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: They’ve also revamped their popular weekend brunch, which now includes free-flow croissants!
That sure sounds like something we’d get out of bed for!
Address: 2 Gemmill Lane 069247 Singapore
Contact no.: 6438 3913
7. The Bridge Bistro & Beacon Bar
Love a relaxing view of the sea while you eat?
The Bridge Bistro & Beacon Bar is a seafront bistro located at RSYC, Asia’s oldest yacht club.[caption id="attachment_28166" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Image Credit: This seafront bistro offers a selection of modern European cuisine with an Asian touch.
Their Signature bar lets you sip away on cocktails while watching the sun set in the horizon.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BV4YFWtB2nl/?taken-by=piinkmasquerade[/embed]
They were spoiled for choice – the newly revamped menu included a more comprehensive selection of yummy mains.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BWPqghlgYuQ/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
The beautifully plated dishes also made the whole meal experience a feast for the eyes as much as it was for the belly.
The bar will also be updating their drinks menu really soon, in particular to lower prices.
So come and grab a drink with your friends and family! Here, you won’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket!
The Bridge Bistro & Beacon Bar
Address: Level 2, Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, 52 W Coast Ferry Rd, Singapore 126887
Contact no.: 6768 9443
If you’re looking to increase your brand’s awareness and want to introduce products or services both old and new to more Singaporeans, drop us an email at [email protected]. We would love to work with you!
We’re also on the lookout for more ambassadors who are on a mission to discover the fun and exciting things in Singapore. If you love eating, shopping, and discovering new places in Singapore, drop us an email at [email protected].
If the only curries you’ve tried to date only vary in shades of brown, it’s time to spice things up (pun intended).
Aside from soup curry – a kind of soup-curry hybrid – there is also the unique white curry served at Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry![caption id="attachment_27844" align="aligncenter" width="1365"] Image Credit: Tengawa[/caption]
Tengawa is the newest Japanese enclave to join the line of Japanese restaurants on the second floor of Millenia Walk. Their signature dish is – you guessed it – white curry straight from Hokkaido!
This is the FIRST ever Japanese white curry restaurant in Singapore.
Hokkaido White Curry
Tengawa prides itself in being the first restaurant in Singapore to specialise in Japanese white curry.
Its creamy stew is made from pure and fresh Hokkaido milk.
Wondering what gives this curry its white texture? It’s actually the absence of tumeric, the spice that gives the curries we know and love its usual yellow-brown colour.[caption id="attachment_27842" align="aligncenter" width="1365"] Image Credit: Tengawa[/caption]
On Tengawa’s menu, you’ll find three set dishes.
Firstly, there’s the bestseller – the Crunchy Chicken Katsu White Curry Set ($15.80).[caption id="attachment_27845" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Tengawa[/caption]
The breading is light, crisp and fragrant, while the chicken within is moist and tender.
Next, there’s the Premium Ebi Fry White Curry Set ($16.80).[caption id="attachment_27843" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Tengawa[/caption]
Covered with the same breading as the chicken, opt for this for that light prawn flavour! The prawns are pretty large too, so you don’t have to worry about going hungry!
Lastly, there’s the Juicy Japanese Style Hamburg White Curry Set ($15.80).[caption id="attachment_27840" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Tengawa[/caption]
Its juicy and tender pork patty is nicely battered and well worth a try too!
Each of these sets come with a homely bowl of miso soup and chawanmushi, so you get even more of a mix of flavours and textures in your meal!
What’s On The Side
With just three dishes on the menu, you can be sure that each plate of creamy, curry goodness is made to perfection!
The chawanmushi is smooth and silky, with a lingering truffle taste.[caption id="attachment_27839" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Image Credit: Tengawa[/caption]
The fragrant short grain rice is cooked in small batches too, which means you always get them fresh from the cooker.
For extra authenticity, even the garnishes of yellow petals and perilla leaf are brought in from Japan!
A complete meal with a delicious, unique curry, it’s definite worth checking out the next time you’re not sure what to have for lunch!
Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry
Address: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-16, Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: Daily, 11.30am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6265 1314
(Header Image Source: Tengawa)
There’s no need to mope over the end of the June holidays. This month, there’s still a host of exciting activities and scrummy new eats to dive into!
This month’s line-up includes a trippy circus, an out-of-this-island trip to pulau ubin, interesting art exhibitions, and new food spots to tickle your tastebuds. Whether you’re an adventurer, an art lover, or a die-hard foodie, here are some ways to keep yourself busy for the first half of July!
Here’s a calendar of 10 electrifying events and eats to try out this month!
Play & Discover
1. Singapore International Festival Of Arts
Who says Singapore’s art scene is dead?
The Singapore International Festival of Arts is just one of the many arts events happening this month![caption id="attachment_27802" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: Singapore International Festival Of Arts[/caption]
From street performances to public film screenings, to even talks over brunch, everyone’s invited to this celebration of the Arts!
Helming the event are the best of local and international artists.
Maybe you’ll recognize some of the more established names like Robert Wilson, Michael Nyman, London Sinfonietta, and the Berliner Ensemble in the line-up.
This year, there are even some of the newest productions from Korea and the US, such as the award-winning The Chorus, Oedipus, and Robert Move’s Martha.
They’ll be showcasing quality works in theatre, dance, and music you don’t want to miss!
Singapore International Festival Of Arts
Where: Various Locations
When: 28 Jun – 9 Sep
2. Pink Dot
Let your pride shine at the brightest event of the year!
Pink Dot is set to bring together family, friends, and lovers of all kinds at its annual event.[caption id="attachment_27796" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: Hong Lim Park, New Bridge Road, Singapore 059299
When: 1 Jul, 5pm
3. Closing of Sungei Road Thieves Market
Sadly, another remnant of Singapore’s past will soon be no more.
After eight decades of existence, Singapore’s oldest flea market in Sungei Road will be turning its last page.[caption id="attachment_27804" align="aligncenter" width="930"] Image Credit: Sam’s Alfresco Coffee[/caption]
The open-air market was already reduced by half once, to make way for Jalan Besar MRT station.
This time, all of it will be cleared for residential and commercial developments.
Known as the “Thieves Market”, stolen items were once notoriously sold here.
Popular with tourists, foreign workers, and locals, it offers all sorts of nibs and nubs ranging from household items to jewellery and electronic items!
Come down and have a glimpse of this lesser-known bit of history before it’s gone for good!
Sungei Road Thieves Market
Where: Sungei Road
Last day: 10 July
4. Cirque du Soleil – KOOZA
Get ready for some jaw-dropping action.
Cirque Du Soleil is back in Singapore with KOOZA, its most chilling and thrilling show yet![caption id="attachment_27805" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Image Credit: Cirque Du Soleil[/caption]
KOOZA combines acrobatic performance with the art of clowning, while exploring the themes of fear, identity, and power.
Expect breathtaking acts like Hoops Manipulation, with up to 7 spinning hoops at once, as well as the Double Highwire, where the acts skitter and ride bicycles across wires criss-crossed diagonally at up to 25 feet above the stage.
There’s also the Skeleton Dance, a crazy trip to the dark side, and the Wheel of Death, an enormous spinning contraption that can’t be tamed.
Cirque du Soleil has brought so much wonder and delight to more than 300 cities, and it’s landed on our shores once again.
Don’t hold your breath, this is one circus show you’ll want to catch!
Cirque du Soleil – Kooza
Where: Under The Big Top Tent, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
When: 13 Jul – 20 Aug
Contact no.: 6348 5555
5. Gallery Children’s Biennale
No more dragging your children around to boring art exhibitions.
The National Gallery’s newest and most colourful display will have them clamouring to go again and again.[caption id="attachment_27797" align="aligncenter" width="1620"] Image Credit: National Gallery[/caption]
Themed “Dreams & Stories”, the Children’s Biennale invites not just children, but your inner child, to embark on a creative journey.
Exhibitions are interactive, and truly let you delve right into and explore the world through the eyes of different artists.
The Obliteration Room, for example, lets you stick colourful stickers all over the furniture and walls of a completely white room. Watch as the space magically transforms as more and more colourful spots are added to it!
A series of public programmes, film screenings, special family tours, and artist-led workshops for children are also in the line-up.
Here, there’s something for everyone to discover, whether young or young at heart!
Gallery Children’s Biennale
Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
When: 20 May – 8 Oct
Contact no.: 6271 7000
6. Pesta Ubin
We’ve all heard of Pulau Ubin, our most happening offshore island.
This July, the yearly Pesta Ubin celebrates all there is to this little island![caption id="attachment_27794" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Pesta Ubin[/caption]
Pesta Ubin is a kampung-style open house, during which people step up to share their special slice of Pulau Ubin with the public.
That means activities are heartfelt, organic, and passionately led by the community.
Expect kampung photo booths, map colouring booths for the kids, and even kayaking with the family.
The event is set to highlight all of Ubin’s unique charms, its culture, kampung life, nature, and wildlife, on both land and sea.
Leave the city attitude behind and get a taste of the kinder, gentler way of life here.
What’s more, most Pesta Ubin activities are free of charge and don’t require registration!
So, simply take a bumboat to Pulau Ubin and join in the fun!
Where: Pulau Ubin
When: 10 May – 16 Jul
7. Imaginarium: To The Ends Of The Earth
How much do you know about the planet we live in?
This nature-focused art exhibition brings you in for a closer look at the environments we reside in.[caption id="attachment_27848" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Image Credit: Time Out Singapore[/caption]
This is Singapore Art Museum’s seventh edition of the family-focused exhibition.
Young and old explorers alike are invited to see how people, flora, and fauna, adapt to their ever changing surroundings.
The lovely exhibits include a giant lizard’s tail, and a magical floating mountain.
There are even real life plants and mushrooms incorporated into the art pieces.
Walking amongst them will surely bring you closer to appreciating Earth’s many marvels.
With such inspiring and engaging artworks, be prepared to see the world that much differently by the end of it!
Imaginarium: To The Ends Of The Earth
Where: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
When: 6 May – 27 Aug
Contact no.: 65899 580
The mention of curry most often brings to mind a spicy, thick gravy.
Well, Sama Curry & Café throws off all expectations as the first ever Japanese soup curry restaurant in Singapore.[caption id="attachment_26788" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Originating straight from Sapporo Hokkaido, Sama Curry reinvents curry in a delicious soupy bowl.
You’ll first get to take your pick from the Marathon Chicken, Oink Oink Hamburg, Keema Natto, Ocean Trophy or Vegetarian bear.
Then, choose from 30 levels of spiciness for just the right punch.
Lastly, select a soup base from Japanese wafu, Shrimp, Tomato or Coconut–and your perfectly customized curry bowl is done!
Remember to finish off your meal with their specialty Hokkaido Crab Cream Croquette!
Sama Curry & Café
Where: OUE Downtown 2 Gallery Level 2, 6a Shenton Way Singapore 068809
When: Mon – Sat: 11am – 9pm
Contact no.: 6224 0590
9. Gain City Durian Feast
Love it or hate it, durian is here to stay.
Gain City is holding a Gain City Durian Feast for all those who can’t get enough of our national fruit![caption id="attachment_27793" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image Credit: Held for the third year running, Gain City is bringing durian lovers together for a sumptuous feast.
Get ready to pry open the spiny shell, and delve into the luscious flesh of the fruit you love so much.
You’ll also get to enjoy the cool breeze on the Gain City Megastore rooftop, mixed with the deliciously pungent scent of durian.
Remember to get your tickets online for this finger-licking good event!
Gain City Durian Feast
Where: Gain City Megastore @ Sungei Kadut, 71 Sungei Kadut Drive, Rooftop, Singapore 729577
When: 7 – 9 July
Contact no.: 6333 1212
10. Singapore Food Festival
There’s no question that our Singaporean love for good food runs deep in our blood.
Well, there’s no better time to eat like a local than at the annual Singapore Food Festival!
[caption id="attachment_27799" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image Credit: Here, local culture, proud tradition, and contemporary dining are served up on a platter.
This is all done through unique culinary experiences, local chef collaborations, and workshops, which showcase Singapore’s rich heritage and culture.
Highlights include pairing traditional kueh with artisanal tea and coffee, learning to take great food photos like a professional, and an immersive food-and-dance experience!
Whether you’re a serious foodie or just a curious, hungry soul, you’ll get to savour a myriad of flavours and hear the stories behind the traditional snacks of Singapore.
So bring your appetite for a feast of the island’s best!
Singapore Food Festival
Address: Various Locations
When: 14 – 30 Jul
This ‘EZ-Link System’ For Beer Lets You Drink To Your Heart’s Content And Pay By The Millilitre
Waffles are such a versatile food. You can have them sweet or savoury, and you can have them any time of the day.
Although they can be found everywhere, not all waffles are created equal. The perfect waffle is fragrant, light, with just the right amount of crunch. From taro waffles to Korean fried chicken waffles, here is a list of the best waffles in Singapore. Try not to salivate while reading.
For those with a sweet tooth,
1. Hatter Street Bakehouse & Cafe
Hatter Street Bakehouse & Cafe is probably one of the more underrated cafes selling waffles in Singapore. Their waffles are baked to the perfect level of crispiness, while remaining moist within, and the texture of the waffle is consistent throughout.[caption id="attachment_27452" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Pandan Ice Cream with Gula Melaka Sauce Whoa’ffles (Image Credit: Burpple User Doreen Tan)[/caption]
The Pandan Ice Cream with Gula Melaka Sauce Whoa’ffles ($9.50) was rich with local flavours. Instead of honey or chocolate sauce, Hatter Street drizzles Gula Melaka over the waffles. The Pandan Ice Cream was a nice accompaniment, with its light pandan fragrance. The waffle was perfect for soaking up the mixture of Gula Melaka and the melted scoop of creamy ice cream.
Hatter Street Bakehouse & Cafe
Address: 212 Hougang Street 21,#01-333, Singapore 530212
Opening Hours: Daily, 1pm – 10pm
Chocolate Root Beer Float Waffle (Image Credit: Burpple User Cafehoppingkids .)[/caption]
The Chocolate Root Beer Float Waffle ($12) is an aesthetically pleasing dessert creation. The rectangular waffle comes with a chocolate chip cookie, and an ash grey charcoal vanilla soft serve to top it all off. The charcoal soft serve had a hint of root beer in every mouthful, which did not overwhelm the original vanilla taste.[caption id="attachment_27180" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Burpple User Jayson Yeoh [/caption]
Because Red Velvet is so 2015, The Cold Pantry has taken their waffles to the next level by introducing Pink Velvet Waffles with Baileys Coffee Ice Cream and Sea Salt Caramel drizzle ($13.50). The rose-infused waffle and slightly bitter Baileys Coffee Ice Cream combo is a sure-win on two fronts: your stomach and your Instagram feed.
The Cold Pantry
Address: 88 Rangoon Road, #01-01, Singapore 218374
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 4pm – 10pm; Sat – Sun: 12pm – 1opm
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Served with one scoop of gourmet ice cream, the Taro Waffles ($15.90) has a rich taro taste, with beautiful purple hues. The waffle screams “Taro Heaven” as there was taro infused within the batter, and a generous spread of yam paste all over the buttery waffles. While the ice cream is nothing too special, the waffles more than made up for it.
Address: Ascott Raffles Place Singapore, 2 Finlayson Green, Level 2, Singapore 049247
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11.30am – 10pm; PH: 11.30am – 5pm; Closed on Sun
Image Credit: Facebook
PrimaDeli serves some of the best affordable waffles in Singapore. Done in a traditional Singaporean style, the waffles are dense and soft on the inside. They’re made fresh and right before your eyes when you order, so you can munch on them while they’re nice and warm.[caption id="attachment_27455" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Image Credit: Some recommended flavours are the old school Kaya Waffle ($1.70) and the cannot-go-wrong Peanut Butter Waffle ($1.80). Classic, tasty, and oh-so-nostalgic, these waffles are the perfect comfort food to take with you on the go.
PrimaDeli [caption id="attachment_27457" align="aligncenter" width="960"] The Revelry Signature Burffle (Image Credit: theurbanwire)[/caption]
For those of you who prefer your waffles savoury instead of sweet, Revelry is the place for you. They serve ‘Burffles’, a cross between burgers and waffles. The Revelry Signature Burffle ($18) comes with juicy beef patties, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese sandwiched between crispy waffles. The waffle quarters are crisp and light, making the dish less heavy on the stomach.
Address: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road #B1-K09, Singapore 208539
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am – 10pm
For adventurous tastebuds,
[caption id="attachment_27457" align="aligncenter" width="960"] The Revelry Signature Burffle (Image Credit: theurbanwire)[/caption]
For those of you who prefer your waffles savoury instead of sweet, Revelry is the place for you. They serve ‘Burffles’, a cross between burgers and waffles. The Revelry Signature Burffle ($18) comes with juicy beef patties, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese sandwiched between crispy waffles. The waffle quarters are crisp and light, making the dish less heavy on the stomach.[caption id="attachment_27186" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Waffles Royale (Image Credit: Revelry Facebook)[/caption]
The Waffles Royale ($17.50) is a spin on the classic all-day breakfast favourite, Eggs Royale, but with a waffle in place of the usual English muffin. The waffle has a light, fluffy texture and with its subtle flavour, pairs nicely with the runny poached eggs and creamy Hollandaise.
Address: 21 Lorong Kilat, #01-02, Singapore 598123
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed – Friday: 11am – 10pm; Sat – Sun: 10am – 10pm; Closed on Tue
Imagine old school waffles but with chunks of succulent meat piled into it. That’s what Griddy specialises in – savory waffles for adventurous foodies.[caption id="attachment_27188" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Griddy Burger (Image Credit: Griddy Facebook)[/caption]
The Griddy Burger ($9.90) is generously stuffed with a juicy beef patty and black pepper mushrooms. With a relatively thin and buttery waffle, this waffle burger hybrid is a real crowd-pleaser.[caption id="attachment_27189" align="aligncenter" width="639"] Ocean Catch (Image Credit: Griddy Facebook)[/caption]
Alternatively, try the Ocean Catch ($7.90). The golden brown fish fillet is tender, with bonito flakes and mayonnaise scattered and splattered over it. Fish and Chips lovers should definitely give this a try as the Ocean Catch is a unique twist on savoury waffles.
Griddy Am I the only one who eats pizza without the crust? For those of you who shun the pizza crusts like I do, why not try the waffle ‘pizza’ at 23 Jumpin? [caption id="attachment_27193" align="aligncenter" width="2448"] Image Credit: Image Credit: Burpple User Alexander Chiew[/caption]
And if you want the best of both worlds? Simply opt for the half-half option of Mushroom and Hawaiian! 23 Jumpin Many of you may know Stateland Asian-Fusion Cafe for their Red Velvet or S’mores Waffles, but how many of you have tried their newest creation–the Korean Fried Chicken Waffle?
Address: Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, #B2-K12, Singapore 608532
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, Sun: 11am – 10pm; Fri – Sat: 11am – 10.30pm
8. The Beast [caption id="attachment_27458" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Chicken & Waffles (Image Credit: 9. 23 Jumpin
Address: The Commerze Building, 1 Irving Place, 01-25, Singapore 369546
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 11am – 9pm; Mon: 11am – 2pm
10. Stateland Asian-Fusion Cafe
Am I the only one who eats pizza without the crust? For those of you who shun the pizza crusts like I do, why not try the waffle ‘pizza’ at 23 Jumpin?
[caption id="attachment_27193" align="aligncenter" width="2448"] Image Credit: Image Credit: Burpple User Alexander Chiew[/caption]
And if you want the best of both worlds? Simply opt for the half-half option of Mushroom and Hawaiian!
Many of you may know Stateland Asian-Fusion Cafe for their Red Velvet or S’mores Waffles, but how many of you have tried their newest creation–the Korean Fried Chicken Waffle?[caption id="attachment_27459" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Korean Fried Chicken Waffle (Image Credit: Burpple User Phoebe Ting)[/caption]
The chicken was nicely fried, with a crispy outer layer and tender meat on the inside. Paired with a waffle that was tossed in cinnamon, this is a dish that we daresay even the Koreans can’t re-create.
Also, the kimchi slaw that is served on the side is so rich with flavour, you’ll be wishing there was more of it!
Stateland Asian-Fusion Cafe
Address: 32 Bali Lane, Singapore 189866
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed – Sun: 12pm – 10pm; Tue: 6pm – 10pm
No matter your personal preference when it comes to waffles, I’m sure we can all agree that waffles can bring a smile to your face any day. So, text your friends and jio them out for a waffle date if your stomachs are up for it!