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Sep 10, 2013 06:28 AM

Planning a Singapore Food Trip

Hey hey guys!

A friend of mine and I are making a trip to Singapore in October for about 10 days, and our only agenda is food. Sadly, we aren't really that well off (and the rupee crumbling isn't helping our cause) but we have enthusiasm and energy and no dietary restrictions. We refuse to eat Indian food in Singapore unless its something absolutely outstanding.

Right now, we have a few must eats on our list:
1. Hainanese Chicken Rice
2. Satay
3. Laksa
4. Crab Bee Hoon
5. Char Kway Teow
6. Yong tau foo
7. Peking Duck
8. Yusheng

I've heard that there's a Din Tai Fung and Tim Ho Wan in Singapore and since I visited DTF in Taipei and HK (and Bangkok, damn I love dem XLBs) and Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong and I loved them. But if I can do better in Singapore, do let me know.

From cuisines - Cantonese, Teochew, Sichuan, Malay, Perankan - I don't know, we'd like all, but the budgetary constraints hurt a lot. :(

I'd also like to give the Korean BBQ Buffets a shot (though in Chennai thanks to Hyundai and Samsung we get pretty authentic Korean stuff) and the Brazilian Meat Spreads and maybe even the best burgers and pizza in Singapore.

We are starting with a basic daily allowance of 50 Singapore dollars a day for food, though we have been advised that one really great blowout meal is totally worth it. I don't think we can do more than 150 singapore dollars for that meal, unless it's really, really, really, worth it.

I know it's boring advising people on budgets, but please help! :D

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  1. You'll be ok with a S$50 a day to cover all the local hawker favourites: Hainanese chicken rice at Tian Tian @ Maxwell Rd Food Centre, Malay-style Satay at Lau Pa Sat (only in the evenings), Laksa at one of the competing outlets in Katong (most popular is 328 East Coast Rd), etc. Just search the threads on CH to get the details.

    Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck at Paragon Orchard will give you a taste of the real thing, not exactly cheap but your combined budget should be enough for this, plus some dim sum items there, all of which are superb.

    You won't find 'yu sheng' now, unfortunately. The dish only makes its appearance around Chinese Lunar New Year season - the next will be 31 Jan 2014.

    I don't have any particular fave Char Koay Teow spots to recommend you, nor for Yong Tau Fu. Every self-respecting food centre (Old Airport Road, Maxwell Road, Amoy Street, Newton Circus) will have stalls offering those.

    Skip THW and DTF if you'd done them - those are chains which you'd find to be the same everywhere.

    Do check out the Italian, French or any continental spots during lunch - the set meals will fit in your budget. The renditions here are better than what you'd get in India. Any particular dish you'll look for?

    4 Replies
    1. re: klyeoh

      Thanks! I saw some of your replies on the boards - is the Old Airport Road food centre the best food centre in town?

      My friend hasn't been to either THW or DTF so we think we'll hit those anyway. I was also looking at your Taste Paradise reviews and that roast pork looks amazing! When you say $165 a head, is that a set menu? It seems worth splurging on :)

      1. re: MumbaiCentral

        Indeed - you can find most, if not all, good hawker food options at Old Airport Road FC, but be prepared to sweat though: Singapore weather is hot & humid throughout the year, with very little respite during the rainy, monsoon season towards the end of the year. Also, try and avoid peak meal periods - best time is to be there around 11.30am.

        Taste Paradise' set menu was for a table of 10 - I think you can eat very well (and for less) by ordering a la carte.

      2. re: klyeoh

        Oh yes, well, we'd love to try set menus for lunch. A Sardinian friend has recommended this as close to the real deal, and also My friend and I are actually on a low carb (keto) diet, and so we are only going to eat carbs that are absolutely, completely worth it (eg: a hainanese chicken rice is welcome, but not a biriyani) Our budget is flexible - but we'd like to start low, if you know what I mean :p

        1. re: MumbaiCentral

          Cugini is very nice, I liked it as well. The pastas are their strong suite.

      3. Any plans for Singapore fish-head curry?

        Try the food court at Basement 2 of Takashimaya SC. Or the other one at ION Orchard. You should be able to find local hawker food items there.

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        1. re: M_Gomez

          Oh....yes I forgot about that. Thank you for those recommendations!

        2. Hi guys. I'm the OP's friend and we're really depraved foodies. As in, we got it bad. The Imperial Treasure Peking duck is on the cards for sure, as are some recommended non-South-East-Asian food places - Brazilian barbecue, and apparently one good Sardinian restaurant, for example.

          I"m really looking forward to the DTF and the THW so we're going there for sure.

          Any favourite burger places? What about steakhouses? Am plotting doing Whatever Is Necessary to have the bone marrow flan at "Cut by Wolfgang Puck"

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          1. re: Kream

            You can't go wrong with CUT at Marina Bay Sands. There's also Mortons at the Mandarin Oriental in Marina Square, and Lawry's at Mandarin Galleries, Orchard.