10 Electrifying Experiences To Enjoy To Close Off April [16-30 April]

We’ve been having a rad April so far, and we hope you have too!

If you haven’t, don’t fret! The second half of the month has even more to offer. There are parties, runs, run parties, and so much more! Not forgetting the many new food spots that have sprung up, to satisfy cravings we didn’t even know we had.

Here’s a calendar of fun and exciting activities to fill up your 15-30 April! We wouldn’t miss them if we were you. 

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1. Amoy St. Bloc Party

This month, Amoy St. Bloc Party returns for its second edition!

If you were there for last year’s affair, you’ll remember a rowdy celebration of food, drinks, play and music, with more than 3,000 party-goers.

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Expect nothing less at this year’s street festival! Soak up the bustling atmosphere of the area, which houses a bunch of cool, edgy restaurants and bars in a row of colorful shop houses.

Participating chow joints include French-Japanese Izakaya Le Binchotan, Mediterranean Maggie Joan’s, New York cocktail bar Employees Only, Burger Joint, Birds of a Feather, boCHINche, and many more!

Groove the evening away with yummy food and boozy drinks, to live performances, featuring local music acts and an exciting headliner.

The party doesn’t stop there–come night, Ding Dong’s playful restaurant space will be reworked into a retro dancefloor for the after-party.

Amoy St Bloc Party
Where: Amoy Street
When: 23 April, 3pm-10pm (Afterparty at Ding Dong until 12am)

2. Singapore Ink Show

Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting your first tattoo. Maybe you’re already a tattoo veteran on the hunt for your next masterpiece.

Regardless, come celebrate body art at the Singapore Ink Show!

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When: 21 April 12pm – 9pm; 22 April 11.30am – 9pm; 23 April 11.30am – 8pm

3. City 65 Music Festival

Because Singapore can’t get enough of its music festivals, here’s the latest one to join the list!

The first CITY65 Music Festival will be taking place this Saturday, within the chill, urban forest vibes of Tin Hill Social Kitchen & Bar.

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Local bands and singer-songwriters are set to steal the spotlight at this music event that aims to bring together and support local musicians.

It’s about time we got in on the local indie music scene! Expect to see a total of 13 acts including Jack & Rai, Dru Chen, Falling Feathers, Stopgap and Kings.

Admission is free for children under 12, so feel free to bring your little ones to this family-friendly event!

Did we mention all tickets come with a free drink? Consider your Saturday night plans made.

City 65 Music Festival
Where: Tin Hill Social Kitchen & Bar, 100 Turf Club Road, Horse City, Singapore 287992
When: April 15 – April 16 (Apr 15 at 1pm to Apr 16 at 2am)
The only thing that can get you more pumped than a good run or a dance party is a smashing combination of them both

That’s exactly what you can expect at this year’s Electric Run Recharged!

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22 April, 6pm – 9pm
Price: $95/pax
Maybe you want to do something a little more relaxing.

Whether you appreciate art, love flowers, or anything in between, Gardens By The Bay has the perfect exhibition for you.

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See art blossom before your eyes as you take a leisurely stroll with your loved ones through this year’s Tulipmania.

Be enthralled as Vincent Van Gogh’s famous self-portrait and art piece “The Starry Night” come to life with the vivid hues of tulips.

More than 100 varieties of tulips and hyacinths will be on display in this striking palette of colours.

Tulipmania at Gardens By The Bay
Where: Flower Dome
When: 1 Apr – 7 May, 9am – 9pm

6. Nat Geo Earth Day Run

Runs seem to be a recurring theme this month. Here, we have one you can participate in for a good cause!

National Geographic is holding Singapore’s first and only run, powered solely with renewable energy!

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23 April, 2.30pm – 8.30pm
Never fret again if you’ve been looking for all-day dim sum eatery!

Canton Paradise’s newest outlet at Marina Bay Sands serves up dim sum, roast specialties, Hong Kong style congee and noodles, and Cantonese wok-fried dishes.

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Feel right at home in its swanky interior, and bask in its naturally lit, lively atmosphere.

Must tries include the Handmade Meatball Congee ($9.80) that have a velvety smooth and silky texture. Mmm.

The tasty Steamed Molten Salted Egg Yolk Custard Piggy Bun ($6.80/3 pieces) is also sure to make it to your Instagram!

Canton Paradise Marina Bay Sands
Where: 2 Bayfront Avenue #01-02 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
 Singapore 018972
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 10.30am – 10.30pm; Fri – Sun, Eve of PH, PH: 10.30am – 11.00pm
Contact no.: 6688 7052
Always wanted to try Ebi Ramen by a Japanese Michelin starred chef?

Jimoto Ya’s signature ramen was created by Chef Nobumasa Mieda of Michelin-Starred Kaiseki Restaurant Mieda from Sapporo Hokkaido.

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A distinctive aroma that’s similar to prawn noodle soup will hit you the moment you enter this eatery.

You’ll taste the difference in their ramen immediately. The broth is made from a special blend of amaebi (sweet shrimp) and tonkotsu.

Take your pick from the 5 types of ramen available: Ebi Shio ($16.50), Ebi Miso ($16.50), Ebi Shoyu ($16.50), Ebi Curry ($16.50) and a cold Hiyashi Cyuka ($18.50).

Jimoto Ya
Where: 3 Pickering Street, Nanking Row, 01-44/01-45 (opp Hong Lim Complex) Singapore 048660
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11.30am – 10.00pm, Closed Sun
Contact no.: 6223 3397

9. Garang Grill

This is one grill that lives up to its name.

With cuts infused with bold charcoal flavours that are truly Singaporean, this pop-up restaurant by New Ubin Seafood has our mouths watering.

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Garang Grill is perfect for those with a garang appetite, with their Western spread mixed with a touch of local flavour.

Charred to perfection, their signature USDA Prime Rib-Eye Steak ($90 for 500g) is complemented with Garang Fried Rice, where the rice is infused with beef fat and chilli padi.

End your sumptuous meal with a sweet bang, with the Mao Shan Wang Creme Brulee ($9) or the Gula Melaka Banana with coconut ice-cream ($8).

We must press that this restaurant is open for a limited time only. So do head down before it disappears forever–don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Garang Grill
Where: 5 Swan Lake Ave, Singapore 455711
When: Till 25 June, daily except Mon, 11.30am – 2.30pm AND 6.30pm – 10.00pm


10. The Local People X Singapore Changi Airport Art Market

The Local People are travelling to the east this month!

The organizers of the coolest art markets have set their next meeting ground for artisans and craft-hunting hipsters: Singapore’s Changi airport.

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When: Art Market 29, 30 April 2017, 12pm – 9pm
Concept Store 29, 30 April and 1 May 2017, 12pm – 9pm

What are you waiting for?

With Labour Day weekend just round the corner (yay to short work weeks!), there’s more than enough time to check out these exciting activities, and round up your April with a bang!

Also read, Discover SG Ambassador Highlights #8 – Sarawak Noodles, Toys, Virtual Reality & More!

6 German Food Places In Singapore For A Guten Appetit Time!

German cuisine is all about big and hearty portions. Think Bratwurst, Pork Knuckles as well as meat and sausages of all sorts. Besides meat, German food also includes tantalising desserts such as the popular Blackforest Cake. Of course, Germans love to have their beer at almost every meal time.

If that has already roused your taste buds, guess what? Here are 6 places in Singapore where you can enjoy authentic German food without having to fly all the way to Germany to enjoy it!

1. Stew Küche

Located within one of the hipster coffee shops in Singapore, Salute, is Stew Küche. Occupying the position typically set aside for zi char stalls, this hawker stall is clearly the anchor tenant here. What draws crowds from island-wide to this stall is their extremely affordable German / Bavarian cuisine.

Once you are here, there is absolutely no missing out on ordering their famous signature Pork Knuckle!

Available as a half or whole portion, you will be treated to a well-marinated and oven-baked pork knuckle with tender meat. This dish is served with thick mashed potatoes set in a savoury brown gravy, and with a Singaporean twist of Peranakan spicy pickled achar.

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Of course, no meal here is complete without ordering a pint of cold beer from their extensive selection of German lager. They serve mostly German and Bavarian brands, from beers on tap to craft beers for you to choose as well.

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Besides the Pork Knuckle, there are several other German dishes worth trying as well, such as Oxtail Stew & Pretzel as well as a range of pastas. Either way, dining at Stew Küche will make you feel as if you are in eating in Germany itself.

Stew Küche
Blk 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-40, Singapore 151119
Opening hours: Tue – Sun, 11am – 3pm, 5.30pm -10pm; Closed on Mondays

2. Erich’s Wuerstelstand

Erich’s Wuerstelstand claims to be the last sausage stall before the equator. While we cannot ascertain the truth behind that statement, one thing is for sure here – their Currywursts are absolutely to-die for!

Sink your teeth into their currywurst, a bratwurst (the standard German sausage) that is dressed up with curry sauce.

Top it off with curry powder and you get the all-time favourite German snack. Understandably, one piece is usually not enough so we highly recommend that you pair it with one of their classic German side, sauerkraut or fermented chopped cabbage.

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Just beside Erich’s Wuerstelstand sits Erich’s Backstube, which essentially is a bakery stall. Here, be spoilt for choice with the numerous muffins and cupcakes baked fresh daily.

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Despite being located in a rather odd place in Chinatown, you can still find a small piece of Germany right there at Erich’s Wuerstelstand.

Erich’s Wuerstelstand
5 Banda St, Singapore 050005
Opening hours: Daily, 11am – 9pm

3. Baden Restaurant & Pub

For a rustic, quiet atmosphere, and of course, good German fare, Baden Restaurant & Pub is the best place to go. Located within the hipster enclave of Holland Village, this restaurant certainly exudes Bavarian-style with the extensive use of teak wood. You will certainly feel as if you are in a real German tavern itself.

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The wide range of beer here will definitely keep you and your beer-drinking friends happy. Additionally, complement your cold yummy beer with their selection of authentic hearty German dishes!

From the classic pork knuckles and sausage platters to pretzels as well as currywurst, you will have a hard time choosing what to order.

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For a cosy dining ambience, go for the indoor seating. Else, do it the German way by dining alfresco at their outdoor seating.

Baden Restaurant & Pub
42 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277698
Opening hours: Mon – Thu, 2pm – 1am; Fri – Sat, 12pm – 2am; Sun 12pm – 12am

4. Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Café

Set at the classy Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Café serves up classic, traditional German (also known as Swabian) fares. Its whimsical ambience and rustic wooden furniture is reminiscent of the lush forests and picturesque villages of the Black Forest region in southwest Germany.

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Indulge in traditional hearty German comfort food such as the Beef Goulash Stew or the Maultaschen, which is a traditional Swabian dumpling. Besides the delectable Swabian dishes, an ice-cold German beer is a definite must-order.

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The main crowd-puller here is, without a doubt, their signature Blackforest Cake. Stuttgart’s rise to fame is because of their delectable Blackforest Cake and it goes to show that the Germans do love their desserts too.

Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Café
9 Bras Basah Road, #01-01 Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, Singapore 189559
Opening hours: Daily, 11am – 11pm

5. Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant

The origin of Brotzeit’s name is derived from Bavarian origin, which is the local expression for bread and time. This restaurant boasts several outlets across our little red dot, making it extremely convenient to satisfy your German food cravings.

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Brotzeit stays true to its Bavarian roots with its selection of tantalising Bavarian cuisines. Savour the rich honey Bavarian pork ribs, or a platter of sausages, perhaps even their pretzels and cold cut salads.

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There are even seasonal specialties during the German festive periods, such as Oktoberfest and Christmas Day. Needless to say, the month of October is the best time to head down to Brotzeit for some German beer binge session while soaking up the festive atmosphere.

Discovery Walk at 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, #01-27, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: Mon – Thu, 12pm – 12am; Fri 12pm – 1am; Sat 11am – 1am; Sun 11am – 12am
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Given its location within the heartlands, Wilder Mann is a popular hangout spot for EPL fans to catch some soccer action while gulping down ice-cold German beers.

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For some simple, authentic German fares without the nasty GST and service charge, Wilder Mann is the best place to go.

Wilder Mann
906M Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 787110
Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 6pm – 1145pm; Sat 6pm – 1am; Sun 6pm – 1am (closes at 10.30pm on days without English Premier League games)
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Count Yourself As A True Blue Singaporean Only If You Have Tried These 9 Local Dishes!

We Singaporeans are certainly proud of our vibrant and thriving culinary scene.

However, besides fine dining, typical cafe dishes and fast food, there is a category of quintessential Singaporean dishes that only a true blue Singaporean would know!

Think you know it all when it comes to these true blue Singaporean dishes? Rate yourself with our ultimate list of dishes only a true Singaporean heartlander would have tried.

Time to find out if you deserve the bragging rights of being a true blue Singaporean.

1. Curry Fish Head

Largely influenced by Nonya cuisine, Curry Fish Head is now a staple weekend dinner indulgence for most Singaporean households.

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A red snapper’s head is typically used and stewed in a bubbling pot of fragrant curry broth. It is usually cooked together with an assortment of vegetables as well, such as lady’s finger and eggplant.

Where to get: Ocean Fish Head Curry
Address: No. 181 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068629
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 10.30am – 3pm, 5pm – 8.30pm; Sat 10.30am – 3pm (Close on Sun & PH)
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Think fried egg tofu served atop a large fried egg. It comes topped with an assortment of vegetables, such as sliced carrots, cauliflower and mushrooms. The entire dish is then completely covered in thick bubbly gravy that includes minced meat, oyster sauce and chilli bean paste.

Where to get: Two Chefs Eating Place
Address: 409 Sin Ming Ave #02-01, Singapore 570409
Opening hours: Daily, 11am – 10.30pm

3. Mee Rebus

Image delicious yellow noodles drenched in thick gravy with a slight nutty taste, topped with Chinese celery and a squeeze of calamansi for that extra flavour, it leaves little to wonder why Mee Rebus is a popular Malay dish among Singaporeans.

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3. Prawn Paste Chicken Wings (Har Cheong Gai)

Affectionately known as Har Cheong Gai at most zi char stalls, this particular dish is a local alternative to fried chicken wings.

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Comprising of stir-fried water spinach with sambal belacan, this dish delivers a spicy kick to the taste buds! No wonder this is a popular veggie dish among Singaporeans.

Where to get: Tan Chin Lee Sea-Fresh Restaurant
Address: 71 Pioneer Road, #02-06 Tuas Amenity Centre, Singapore 639591
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10pmm

5. Putu Mayam

Putu Mayam is a popular Indian dish that is commonly eaten for breakfast. It consists of steamed vermicelli-like rice noodles with the addition of aromatic pandan leaf as flavouring.

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6. Chilli Crab

Chlli Crab is a long-standing national dish of Singapore.

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7. Ice Kachang

Singaporeans are certainly no stranger to Ice Kachang, which is the Singaporean-version of a slurpee/ shaved ice in a bowl. Made entirely of shaved ice and drizzled with brightly-coloured sweet syrup, it is typically paired with sweet corn, grass jelly, atap chee and red beans.

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This savoury dish is typically served at auspicious events such as weddings or during the Chinese New Year reunion dinner. It certainly is getting harder to find this rare dish around so we highly recommend you try it before it is forgotten!

Where to get: Mei Zhen Hakka Delicacies
Address: Shunfu Mart Food Centre, 320 Shunfu Road, #02-26, Singapore 570320
Opening hours: Tue – Sun, 7am – 2pm (Closed on Mon)

9. Sugee Cake

For some true Singapore-Eurasian food, look no further than Sugee Cake.

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Chai Chee Folks – A Super Good Fish Head Steamboat Place Has Opened Near You!

For fish head steamboat lovers, Whampoa Keng is a familiar name, notably offering patrons wholesome fish and tasty broth.

Founded in 1990, Whampoa Keng has since opened its third outlet. Best of all? It’s located in the heartlands, in Chai Chee Neighbourhood!

Furthermore, this new location, situated in Bizhub 28, has two additional stalls – Whampoa Keng Economic Rice and Whampoa Keng Fish Soup Noodle. Perfect for those who prefer to have fish soup noodle or economic rice!

What is on the Menu at Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat?

We headed down and had a taste of the oh-so-good food. Be warned, don’t read on an empty stomach!

1. Fish Head Steamboat

Served in a traditional pot with charcoal burning in the centre, Whampoa Keng makes their own soup stock, keeping the soup broth sweet and rich. Carnation milk is added to the broth to give it a slightly thicker texture.

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Remarkably, 3 different types of fish are offered; Bardan Fish, Bucket Pomfret and Red Grouper.

Fresh fish is used everyday, with the meat marinated in their secret recipe before going into the steamboat, giving it a tender and firm bite.

No wonder, because this pot of goodness was polished off quickly!

2. Speciality Food Street Tofu (SGD $10-20)

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This egg tofu was smooth and silky. Generously doused in an abalone based sauce, it is the perfect companion to the Fish Head Steamboat

3. Signature Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs with Fried Cod Fish (SGD $15-25)

A unique dish found only in Whampoa Keng, the spare ribs are both sticky and sweet!

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Cod fish was shredded into thin strips and fried till crisp. The combination of fried cod fish and sweet sticky pork ribs was heavenly!

4. Salted Egg Yolk Prawns (SGD $20-$40)

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Another all time favourite – Salted Egg Yolk Prawns! Fresh, succulent and juicy prawns were cooked with the house made salted egg yolk sauce. Expect a spicy kick to the salted egg yolk goodness with the scattered chilli padi.

5. Signature Prawn Paste Chicken Wings (SGD $10-$20)

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Whampoa Keng creates their own prawn paste and batters their chicken wings. This gives the juicy and delightful wings just the right amount of savoury prawn taste.

The perfect place for a gathering

This is the place for family dinners and gatherings with friends. Imagine everyone tucking into warm steamboat with the best side dishes!

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As part of their opening promotion, Whampoa Keng is offering Lunch Promotional deals to guests. To top that, there is not GST or service charge when you dine at this new outlet.

Don’t just sit around, have your next gathering at Whampoa Keng @ Bizhub 28!

Whampoa Keng @ Bizhub28
28 Senang Cresent Bizhub28 Singapore 416601
Open: Monday- Friday, 11am-3pm and 5pm-11pm, Weekends and Public Holidays, 11am-11pm
Price: Total 5 dishes, approximately $95
Facebook: Whampoa Keng Fishhead Steamboat

This was an invited food tasting session.

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6 DIE DIE Must Visit Stalls For Lovers Of Seafood White Bee Hoon!

The seafood white bee hoon buzz is one of the latest food craze in our sunny island.

This unassuming tze-char dish has been around for ages in Singapore, with no one paying so much attention to it until now.

With so many wannabes in the market riding on the wave of the craze, it’s rare to come by stalls that genuinely know their stuff.

Here are some of the places we recommend for a good plate of our favourite local seafood white bee hoon!

1. Woon Woon Pek Beehoon

This small hawker stall at Changi Village Hawker Centre brings in long lines of customers every week.

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Their speciality is the seafood that goes with its bee hoon. Choose from a top-up of fish, crab, prawn, crayfish or mussels. If you’re feeling hungry (or are in a group), you can try the seafood platter ($30 or $40).

Woon Woon Pek Bee Hoon
Blk 2, Changi Village Road #01-52, Singapore 500002

2. East Seafood White Beehoon

Led by a chef with 30 years of culinary experience, East Seafood hawker chain prides itself on offering affordable seafood white bee hoon amidst rising seafood prices.

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With three hawker branches located in Toa Payoh, Hougang (Ciyuan CC) and Ang Mo Kio, they also offer great seafood add-ons with their bee hoon (crayfish, lala and crabs).

East Seafood White Bee Hoon
Blk 210 Toa Payoh Lorong 8, #01-06, Singapore 310210
Blk 407 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-733, Singapore 560407
No.51 Hougang Ave Ci Yuan Hawker Centre, Singapore 538776

3. Jia Wei White Beehoon

Quietly tucked away in an HDB coffee shop in Jalan Bukit Merah (near ABC Brickworks hawker centre), Jia Wei brings a homey taste to its tze char specials.

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Jia Wei White Bee Hoon
Address: Block 2 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 150002

4. White Restaurant The Original White Beehoon

When it comes to seafood white bee hoon, this famous restaurant chain in the north is the mother of them all.


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White Restaurant The Original White Beehoon is one of the pioneers of the famous Sembawang White Bee Hoon. Their version is dressed in thick sauce and copious ingredients (eggs, sotong, chai sim, and prawns – yum!). Beware of the long queues on the weekends!

White Restaurant The Original White Beehoon
Address: 22 Jalan Tampang (Opp Sembawang Shopping Centre) Singapore 758966

5. Hualong Fishhead Steamboat

Though not seafood white bee hoon specialists, Hualong manages to differentiate its rendition of the dish by making it drier than usual.

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The seafood white bee hoon is served on an opeh leave, and topped with sliced cabbage, fried garlic and lime for flavour.

Complete your meal with one of their delicious dishes, such as fish maw soup, fried sotong and fuyong omelette.

Hua Long Fishhead Steamboat
Address: Block 347, #01-2142 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 560347

6. Hong Yun Seafood

One of the more successful coffee shop stalls in Toa Payoh, Hong Yun is known for the crispy – and huge – pork lard that they generously scatter across several of their dishes. Same goes for their seafood white bee hoon dish!

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While you’re there, try out their sambal kangkong and potato leaves – shiok!

Hong Yun Seafood
Address: Block 124, Toa Payoh Lor 1, #01-459 Singapore 310124

What is it about seafood white bee hoon that keeps drawing customers – new and old – week after week?

Could it the salty rice noodles that make up the core of the dish? Is it the prawns and sotong that accompanies it? Or could it be the fragrant, hot gravy that tops it all off?

It’s pointless to think too much into it – just join the queue this weekend and find out!

Also, read Wanna Share? 7 Steakhouses With Portions So Huge, You Need To Call Your Entire Squad!

Old Is Gold – 12 Best Food Finds In Mature Estate Toa Payoh!

Familiar to most Singaporeans is Toa Payoh, one of the most mature heartlands you can find in Singapore. Some may equate maturity to being old and forgotten, but hidden in this estate are some delicious dishes you can’t find anywhere else.

Listed below are our top 10 food picks from Toa Payoh. We don’t know about you, but we think this mature estate has yet to lose its charms.

1.Fu Zhou Ban Mian


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Not only are the stall owners generous with their ingredients, the fresh fish slices served with noodles are often accompanied by with a hearty serving of crispy anchovies and poached egg. For non-veggie fans, you will be pleased to know that you can opt to switch the veggies for extra noodles at absolutely no charge.

Do, however, expect to wait up to 20mins for a bowl of soupy goodness during lunch hours!

Fu Zhou Ban Mian
Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 9pm
Address: #01-406 J99 Eating House, Blk 186 Toa Payoh Central Singapore 310186

2. Melben Seafood 


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For those craving zi-char or crab dishes, you’d want to check A stall definitely familiar to crab lovers, Melben offers a variety of crab dishes that range from Chilli Crab to its signature Crab Bee Hoon in Claypot ($60). The sweet and savoury milky buttery soup of the Crab Bee Hoon totally had us at the first sip. However, be sure to ration the soup as extra soup comes at an extra charge.

The queue can get expectedly long during dinner time so it’s best to either head down a little earlier or to book a table beforehand.

Melben Seafood (Toa Payoh) 
Address: TPY Melben Seafood, Blk 211 Toa Payoh Lorong 8 #01-11/15, S310211
Contact: 6353 3120

3. Oppa! Choo Choo


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For the K-Pop fanatics, you may have already heard of this Korean fried chicken café.

With six flavours (crispy, spicy, sweet, garlic, soy and honey soy) to choose from, the fried chicken ($16 for 8 pieces) here is juicy and flavourful. The crispy version tastes like the average fried chicken but the honey soy (our personal favourite) is a good mix of sweet and savoury; totally worth every sinful calorie!


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Besides fried chicken, Oppa! Choo Choo serves a variety of other Korean food such as rice burgers and bingsus. We highly recommend the rice burger with spicy pork ($6.90).

Oppa! Choo Choo
600 Toa Payoh Lorong 4 #01-05 S319515
Opening hours: Daily, 11.30am to 11pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
Contact: 6255 2023

4. RedRing Treasures


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Since we’re on the topic of fried chicken, there is another eatery in Toa Payoh that specialises in the dish.

Opened last year is , which happens to be one of our childhood chicken rice haunts.


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Their crunchy, tender and juicy cutlets are marinated for whopping 24 hours. Each bite is a step closer to food heaven.

A must-try is the RedRing Signature Chicken Cutlet Noodles ($4.90). Like the cutlet, the noodles are made in-house. Paired with two kinds of sauces, the QQ (chewy) noodles are sweet and savoury at the same time.

RedRing Treasures (Gourmet Paradise Outlet)

Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 10pm
Contact:  9489 6057
Address: 502 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, S319397

5. Hougang 6 Mile Mua Chee


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Originally located at Hougang Ave 8, this childhood snack is our favourite of the lot.

Though $3.50 for a box of mixed Mua Chee (sesame and peanuts) may admittedly be a little steep, it is arguably the best Mua Chee in Singapore.

Hougang 6 Mile Mua Chee

Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 10pm
Contact:  9862 1501
Address: 480 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 #B1-01 HDB Hub Gourmet Paradise Food Court Stall 21 Singapore 310480

6. Thunder Tea Rice (HDB Hub)


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For the health nuts, you’ll be glad to learn of the existence of It may look unappetizing, but the greenish soup that comes with our meal was pretty tasty. Never judge a soup by its appearance, we say.

Thunder Tea Rice (HDB Hub)

Address: Blk 480 Toa Payoh Lor 6, HDB Hub S(310480) Gourmet Paradise, Stall 4
Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 10pm
Contact:  6397 2880

7. JQ Chef Café


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They do offer set lunches ($15.90) that consist of a salad, main course and ice cream. For this, we highly recommend getting the Mushroom Aglio Olio as the main course! Do note that set lunches are only available from 11.30am to 3pm.

JQ Chef Café

Address: 186 Toa Payoh Central #01-428
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12 pm to 10pm, closed on Mondays
Contact:  6354 4541

8. Creamier 


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If you are afraid that things may get a little too saccharine for your liking, we recommend getting the Sea Salt Gula Melaka ice cream for that savoury contrast.

Like some of the other eateries mentioned, Creamier is insanely popular, especially during the weekends. You might have to wait up to 40mins. So if you wish to get your waffle fix, be sure to head down early!


Address: Blk 128 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-835, S310128
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday, 12pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturdays, 12pm to 11pm
Contact:  6250 1476

9. Toa Payoh Fried Kway Teow


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An old school comfort food, we’re sure many are familiar with Char Kway Teow. At Toa Payoh Fried Kway Teow, get ready to expect a slightly darker and sweeter version of the dish. The version served at this stall may be closer to Malaysia’s rendition, but we assure you that it is just as delicious.

Toa Payoh Fried Kway Teow

Address: Blk 22, Toa Payoh Lor 7 Food Centre #01-51 S 310022
Opening hours: Monday and Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm, closed on Tuesdays
Contact:  9743 1206

10. Swatow Teochew Restaurant


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It may not be a bakery, but Swatow’s egg tarts are hands down, one of the best we’ve had so far. Speaking of Dim Sum, Swatow offers Dim Sum buffets from 3pm to 5pm daily ($19.80++ on weekdays and $22.80++ on weekends). A little tip from us: be sure to get your hands on the egg tarts first as they tend to run out fast!

Swatow Teochew Restaurant

Address: Blk 181 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #02-602 S310181
Opening hours: Daily, 8am to 10.30pm
Contact:  6363 1717

11. Kim Keat Hokkien Mee


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Unlike the usual Hokkien mee, Kim Keat Hokkien Mee serves theirs in bubbling hot claypots. Claypot has been known to enhance the flavours of dishes, but we’re not too sure if the claypots or some other secret ingredient is responsible for the delicious stock of this dish.

Besides the usual prawn, sotong, and sio bak (fried pork belly), you’ll find clams in this dish, making the broth slightly sweeter than its counterparts.


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They do offer the Opeh leaf version ($8) where the Hokkien mee is served on the leaf itself, giving the dish a smoky taste. The broth is not as rich, though. So for those who prefer the slurpy type of Hokkien mee, you may want to stick to the claypot version.

Portions here run a little small so big eaters may wish to consider upsizing their meals (from $10 for 2 pax onwards). The chilli may be a little disappointing for chilli lovers but rest assured that the dish itself is tasty enough.

Kim Keat Hokkien Mee

Address: Toa Payoh Lorong 4, Blk 92 #01-264, Toa Payoh, S310092
Opening hours: Monday and Wednesday to Sunday, 11.30am to 9.30pm, closed on Tuesdays
Contact:  9456 0413

12. Ocean Curry Fish Head 


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Whilst you are here for Kim Keat Hokkien Mee, be sure to also check out The dish may be relatively pricier, but that’s because stall owner Mr Tay uses only the best quality Ang Goli (Gold Band Snapper). We can definitely testify for the freshness of the fish as some of us have had it many times!


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The curry here is a mix of Indian and Nyonya curry. The sweetness of the Nyonya curry marries perfectly with the spiciness of the Indian’s. As you dig in, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find chunks of fresh pineapple and ladies’ fingers.

Besides fish head curry, this stall also serves other zi char dishes like Har Lok ($3 per prawn). You choose such dishes ala economical rice stall style – dishes are displayed in circular tin plates behind a glass panel. Again, prices are relatively higher than your usual economic rice stall but we say it’s worth every cent.

Ocean Curry Fish Head (Toa Payoh)

Address: Blk 92, Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #01-264, S310092
Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 9pm, closed every alternative Tuesdays and the day after all public holidays
Contact:  6252 2168

Did we miss out any good eateries in Toa Payoh? Leave a comment and let us know your favourite eats!

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Also, read 8 Geylang Serai Bazaar Street Snacks Worth Braving The Heat For!

You Can Now Fish & Dine At Singapore’s First Kelong Restaurant! You’ll Want To Check This Out!

Fancy a short, idyllic getaway after a long week’s worth of work or study? Seek a different kind of adventure from the normal dining experience in Singapore? Well, calm down, because Smith Marine Kelong is quite literally, a great catch!


Singapore’s Floating Kelong Restaurant

Originally an aquaculture farm (a place where farmers cultivate aquatic organisms such as fish) back in 2006, or kelong in local context, Smith Marine Kelong has evolved into one of the most unique places to dine at for delectable seafood!

Although Smith Marine is not Singapore’s first kelong, it remains in our unique history because it has adapted according to shifting times and has emerged as Singapore’s first one-of-a-kind kelong restaurant.

For those who don’t know, “kelong” is a Malay word describing a form of offshore platform built with wood (imagine a house on long sticks in the sea). Built by fishermen for fishing purposes, only a handful remain in Singapore due to urbanisation (yet another reason to visit this place!).

Food at Smith Marine Kelong

Check out the amazing “zi-char” style dishes of the restaurant! My favorite is their signature Chilli Crab with Man Tou!

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You may call, SMS, or Whatsapp them for their menu. There is also no tax or service charge! Say what?!

Situated next to Pulau Ubin, this modern kelong has a solid base structure, a tiled floor and a roof over your head while you take in the scenes. It looks really modernised, like a chalet on water. The place is spacious and clean, so not to worry, you won’t be walking on cramped rickety wooden kelongs from the olden days! Oh yes, don’t worry about a “fish” smell around the kelong because the farms are sheltered off.

Fish at Smith Marine Kelong

Did I mention that you can fish for your own food? You heard me right, because yes you can!

As a fun pre-meal activity, diners can try their hands in the ‘sure-catch’ pond with fishing rods and baits provided. The pond is filled with Snapper and Sea Bass. Even the most amateur fishers can catch something (trust me). It’s a great experience for first-timers too!

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The fish you catch can be given to the chef to be cooked to your liking in the restaurant ($35.00). You can also take them home at ($15.00). This isn’t a catch-and-release fishing pond so you’ll have to choose one option.

What to do at Smith Marine Kelong

Aside from fishing, visitors can take a leisurely stroll on the decks of the kelong to enjoy the cool breeze, see fish being farmed, or take some amazing pictures. Bear in mind that some parts of the farm are not accessible to the public.

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That’s not all! You may even enjoy a game of pool, lay in a hammock or simply bask on the deck and witness the amazing sunset.



Since they are in the middle of the sea, the weather will be hot. However, visitors can sit by the waiting area to enjoy the cool breeze and dip your feet into the cool waters.

Be wary of inclement weather. Your trip is best enjoyed if there is no rain. So, make sure you check the weather forecast beforehand!

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Getting there

To get to Smith Marine Kelong, you will have to book a 2-way ferry at S$100 which can carry up to 12 pax. So it is best to get more of your friends or family to come along. (It doesn’t link to anywhere else, so just a simple to-and-fro journey)

Departure is at Changi Point Ferry Terminal at Changi Village. Smith Marine Kelong will assist you to book the 15-20 minutes ferry ride. Time of departure is according to your preference.

Reservation is required. Visit their also read: 

7 Restaurants With A Stunning View That Are NOT Rooftop Bars

A nation of foodies, Singaporeans love an extensive choice of delectable menus and we spare no effort to hunt down great eats around the island. However, dining in an environment with great ambience does make a difference to the overall dining experience. This does not have to mean swanky fine dining with candlelight setting, it can be as simple as just enjoying the view of nature, soothing those frazzled nerves, and tired, overused eyes with the serenity of greeneries or sea views. Despite Singapore’s reputation as a concrete jungle, we do have pockets of oasis tucked away, waiting for you to discover. Note them down on your diaries this weekend!

  1. Belly View Café



Situated at the Changi Sea Sports Centre, Belly View serves good zi-char dishes with an informal and rustic seaside dining experience. Enjoy the sea breeze while trying out their signature dishes which include curry fish head and assam fish head.

Address: National Service Resort Country Club, 10 Changi Coast Walk s499739
Opening Hours: 11am -10pm
Pricing: $11-20 per pax


  1. Poison Ivy Bistro




Nestled in the midst of a wonderfully kept sanctuary in the Kranji countryside, Poison Ivy Bistro is the place to visit if you would like to escape the hustle and bustle on our little red dot. Health-conscious diners will be pleased to know that the ingredients used are fresh farm produce with little or no preservatives and MSG. The café also caters to vegetarians, vegans, and is halal certified.

Address: 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026 (Kranji)
Opening Hours: Wed to Fri : from 9.30am to 6.30pm, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays : from 8am to 6.30pm
Pricing: $15-20 per pax


  1. Just The Place European Bistro




The north-eastern part of Singapore is up and coming with a myriad of F&B outlets mushrooming at breakneck speed. One of the most popular eateries at the Punggol Settlement, Just The Place serves wholesome European food and offers a seafront dining experience. Food and service quality is excellent, but pricing is on the high side. Serves really good desserts and truffle fries.

Address: 3 Punggol Point Road #02-07/08 The Punggol Settlement Singapore 828694
Opening Hours: Tues-Fri : 5pm-12am, Sat to Sun: 10am-12am
Pricing: $25-30 per pax


  1. Wayne’s Chill Out Café




Wayne’s Chill Out is a cozy little café at The Punggol Settlement. It stands out with its nautical themed décor and is a popular hangout for the younger crowd because it serves snacks and desserts at very reasonable pricing. Round up your buddies and get your fix of ice-cream, pizzas, waffles and shakes while enjoying the sea view.

Address: 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-11 The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri : 2pm-11pm, Sat to Sun: 11am-11pm
Pricing: $6-10 per pax

  1. GRUB





GRUB, a fun bistro located in tranquil Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, prides itself for serving food that is responsible, inspired and delicious. Opened by the guys from Cookyn Inc, GRUB brings the same message of awesome food to be shared with friends in a warm, fun and welcoming environment. GRUB is famous for its burgers. It is also popular as a weekend brunch or drinks place after that morning workout at the park. Note that pets are not allowed at the restaurant.

Address: 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri : 11am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm, Sat to Sun: 9am-4pm, 5.30-10.30pm
Pricing: $30 per pax

  1. Ohana Beach House




Well-known for their alfresco beach dining, Ohana is situated along Pasir Ris beach and is touted as one of the best bistro and bars in the eastern part of Singapore. It transforms into a hip and trendy drinking hole once the sun sets. Chill out with friends with a session of darts and beer after work. Don’t forget to try their new injection to their menu –a glorious soft boiled egg over a bed of home made creamy mash topped with Japanese seaweed and served with garlic herb spread.

Address: 131 Pasir Ris Rd Singapore 519148
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri : 4pm-12am, Sat to Sun: 11.30am-12am
Pricing: $20 per pax


  1. Wild Oats at Punggol Park





Perched at the edge of a 5-ha lake, Wild Oats is set amidst the lush tropical greenery of Punggol Park. Enjoy the view of the lake while tucking into a delectable menu of local cuisine such as sambal fish rice, or western cuisine like grilled salmon and chicken chop. Insect repellent is advised for those opting for outdoor dining. Indoor dining is available.

Address: 97 Hougang Ave 8 Spore 538792
Opening Hours: Mon-thurs : 4pm-12am, Fri: 4pm-1am, Sat: 4pm-2am, Sun: 4pm-12am
Pricing: $15-20 per pax

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