As bona fide foodies who’s lived in Singapore and now in Canberra, we’re going to start a collection of great food spots on the island. Here’s the first five!
Known today as the Long Bar at Raffles, this heritage watering hole is steeped in history and quirky traditions. A must try is the famous Singapore Sling. The legendary hot pink cocktail with a reputation of iconic proportions, having travelled the world since its creation in 1915 at the Long Bar by Hainanese-Chinese barman, Ngiam Tong Boon has put Singapore on the map by bar hoppers and travellers alike. As approximately 2000 Sling’s are served up each day at the Long Bar, it’s fascinating to point out that the famous Singapore sling was originally meant as a woman’s drink. But with time, growth in popularity and taste, the Singapore Sling is enjoyed by both men and women despite its attractive pink colour. Address: Raffles hotel, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore.
Tucked away in the middle of an over populated row of Indian Restaurants in Little India is Jaggi’s Northern Indian Cuisine. Established a century ago as a small hawker stall catering to the port labour force near the harbour, it has grown into a much sought out restaurant in the last six years or so. It stands out mainly for its rich authenticity and deep flavours, hardly found in most Northern Indian restaurants around town. A must tries: Sheesh Kebabs, Butter Chicken, Mutton Kheema, Moongi di dhall, Aloo Matter, Sahi Paneer, Eggplant Partha, Saag Porji and Stuffed Capsicum. Address: 37 Chander Road, Singapore.
With the creation of the Singapore Food Trail, food lovers and heritage seekers can feast in the splendour of historical appeal. Set in the backdrop of the iconic Singapore Flyer, this dining attraction brings back the nostalgic feel and charm of Singapore in the 1960s fully decorated with antics and common roads signs of areas that were popular with hawkers back in the day. A must try is the Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters. Commonly known in Singapore as “Orh Lua”, this Chinese dish of Teochew origin consists of a deliciously-fried omelette cooked with pork lard and filled with small oysters. Address: 30 Raffles Avenue, #01-09/12 Singapore Flyer, Singapore.
If noodles are your thing, try Fried Kway Teow. Made from rice, the noodles are stir fired in a deep black wok with garlic, bean sprouts, cockles, prawns and coated in a sweetish savoury soya sauce. This scrumptious plate of noodles gets its special taste from being cooked in pork lard and topped off with some Chinese sausages called lap cheong. Address: 7 Smith St, Singapore.
Featuring a fine selection of handcrafted cocktails and modern tapas, Anti:dote boasts a chic and modern aesthetic, with influences of local heritage; reflecting an urban space that is warm yet sophisticated. Must try: The Charlatan’s Cure which is made from hum, lime juice, green chartreuse and rum which leaves a wonderful cleansed palate after each sip. Address: Level 1, Fairmont Singapore, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore.