As a native of “clean and green” Singapore, a melting pot of flavours and cultures, I'm very passionate about food. Particularly sushi and many other local foods. To see just how passionate I am, do checkout my Instagram, @sushimastertessa, and my Facebook page.
Here are some of my favourite places for local dishes and sushi in Singapore. I love them for their consistent quality, reasonable prices, nice ambience and good service!
1. SUSHI @ Standing Sushi Bar
- 8 Queen Street, #01-03 Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 188535
- Tel: +65 6333 1335
- Daily - Lunch: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
- Daily - Dinner: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
- (There are 4 outlets in Singapore)
STANDING SUSHI BAR is a Japanese restaurant that serves good food complemented with a lovely ambience and awesome promotions from Mondays to Thursdays. A good time to visit would be on their “Monday Madness” to get your fill of salmon sashimi (only $3!), while letting go of your stress by enjoying $2 sake glasses, $5 hot sake flasks, Asahi beer, umeshu, and wine. It is held every Monday night from 6 pm - 10 pm at the Queen Street outlet!
2. HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE @ Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
- Stall 10, Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street,
- Off Maxwell Road, Singapore 069184
- Tel: +65 9691 4852
- Tuesdays – Sundays: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Closed on Mondays
Tian Tian HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE is well known for its succulent steamed white chicken that is cut into bite-size pieces and served on fragrant rice with some light soy sauce.
Its meat is tender, tasty with sprigs of coriander leaf and sesame oil toppings, enhanced by a delicious garlic-chilli dip. A thick broth of chicken stock garnished with a sprinkle of spring onions that is served together, certainly adds some ‘oomph’ to the dish! Don’t miss it!
3. SATAY @ Lau Pa Sat Festival Market
- 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
- Tel: +65 6220 2138
- Daily from 7 pm till late.
It is street food that locals cannot live without and travellers must have! Lau Pa Sat satay street, is an outdoor dining area that only wakes up energetically after dark, from 7:00 pm onwards.
SATAY is a savoury dish of seasoned and grilled meat, served with spicy peanut sauce, rice cakes and cucumber slices. It consists of chicken, mutton and beef which are cut into thin strips or bite-sized pieces, skewered and barbecued over wood or charcoal fire. Yes, basically just skewering the meat, marinating, grilling and voila! I like the sauce best on the chicken.
4. PORK RIBS SOUP @ Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House
- 208 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218453
- Tel: +65 6291 4537
- Tuesdays – Sundays 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Closed on Mondays
Another ‘must try’ local dish is the “BAK KUT TEH”, literally means "meat bone tea" in Chinese (Teochew dialect). It is a tasty, fragrant soup that is served piping hot in a claypot.
It consists of fresh meaty pork ribs simmered in a broth of garlic, pepper, herbs and spices. Having it with hot Chinese tea, rice, braised peanuts, fried salted vegetables and bean curd skin, will make this flavourful soup delight your taste buds even more!
5. CHILLI CRAB @ Jumbo Seafood Restaurant
- (This outlet has the best ambience with lovely view of the sea)
- Blk 1206 East Coast Parkway
- #01-07/08, East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449883
- Tel: +65 6442 3435
- Mondays – Saturdays: 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
- Sundays & Public Holidays: 12:00 pm – 12.00 am
The CHILLI CRAB dish is among Singapore’s greatest culinary inventions, the king of all crab dishes. Jumbo Seafood Restaurant serves succulent deep-fried Chilli Mud Crab in a sweet yet savoury, and supremely satisfying gravy. It is not too spicy, hence suitable for Western palates. I love dipping the deep-fried buns (called ‘mantou’) into the thick gravy, and then slurp the ruddy liquid drip by drip. So scrummy!
6. LAKSA @ 328 Katong Laksa
- 51/53 East Coast Road (Main Outlet)
- Singapore 428770
- Daily: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
328 KATONG LAKSA has become a household name in Singapore. It is a Peranakan (Malay-Chinese) spicy and savoury coconut-based curry noodle soup. The main ingredients are fishcake, fresh prawns and cockles, and the delicious soup is flavoured with coconut milk and dried shrimp. Thick vermicelli are cut into short pieces and can be easily slurped up with a spoon. At some stalls, you only get a spoon to eat the LAKSA – no chopsticks needed! Super yummy!
7. KAYA TOAST @ Ya Kun Kaya Toast
- 18 China St
- #01-01 Far East Square
- Singapore 049560
- Tel: +65 6438 3638
- Daily: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
- (Multiple outlets)
There are many YA KUN KAYA TOAST outlets strategically located around the island of Singapore. Its signature KAYA TOAST set consists of toasted local white bread spread with butter and kaya (coconut and egg jam), local traditional coffee or tea, and poached eggs.
The traditional kaya toast set at Ya Kun is my favourite breakfast. The toast is crisp and light with the right amount of kaya and butter. The poached eggs that come with the set are boiled to runny perfection, and dipping the crumbling kaya toast in the eggs mixture of light soy sauce and pepper always makes my palate tingle with joy!
Cover photo credit: Eustaquio Santimano