With too many options to pick from, we’ve curated a short list of the expats’ favorite local and western spots featuring a colorful menu resembling one of the city’s oldest and thriving neighborhoods: spectacular! Check out our guide on 5 Best Expats’ Go-To Spots In Singapore.
1) Bak Kut Teh @ Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Chinatown Point
A fine example of Chinese cuisine’s complexity can be experienced here at Song Fa Bak Kut Teh. You’ll leave with a lasting memory of their Teo Chew Style Bak Kut Teh coming through with a hint of pepperiness elevating the broth alongside tender ribs cooked for long hours for the fall off the bone effect. While you’re at it, their salted veg and peanut are a must-try!
Address: 133 New Bridge Rd, #01-04, Singapore 059413
Hours:10.30 PM to 9.30 PM. Opens daily
Phone: +65 6443 1033
2) Michelin Starred French Cuisine @ Meta
Authentic french in an Asian Country? Meta will show you how it’s done. Picking up the art of French and Italian cooking in world-acclaimed restaurants is Meta’s Head Chef Sun guiding you through the delicate taste of French cuisine with the option of 3,4 or 5 courses spread. The curious connoisseurs would click here .
Address: 1 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089109
Hours: 6 PM to 11 PM. Closed On Sunday
Phone: +65 6513 0898
3) Chicken Rice @ Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice Noodle
They say look for the queue and you’ll spot the good food! Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle cater’s the queue from the minute the shutter is lifted. Withstand the agony of waiting and the goods: chicken, char siew, roast pork or pork ribs shines best with rice.
Why Michelin Star Though? The soya sauce chicken skin is made to crack when you sink your teeth into it, giving way to tender and succulent meat. Oh, and the char siew is roasted to give out this smoky flavor with a hint of sweetness coating the fats just right. Such a simple dish yet memory lasting flavors? That’s the answer to your question.
Address: 335 Smith St, #02-126 Complex Market & Food, Singapore 050335 Hours: 10.30 AM to 8.30 PM
Phone: +65 6221 1668
4) Cantonese Style Porridge @ Tiong Shian Porridge
Traditional porridge is tasty on its own with the texture being not watery nor sticky.
Serving just like the ones you can get in a Cantonese household where grandma is in charge of the kitchen, Tiong Shian Porridge will elevate your taste sense with the Dried Chilli Claypot Frog arriving at your table piping hot. Fried frog absorbing the rich and spiced black chili gravy sauce will wake you up from mundaneness in an instant.
Address: 265 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 088745
Hours: 8 AM to 4 AM. Opens daily
Phone: +65 6222 3911
5) Dim Sum @ Yum Cha Restaurant
Don’t be surprised to find a queue well into the early hours for a seat at Yum Cha with customers hogging on the dim sums when the pushcart comes around. Bursting with juices from the filling is their well-loved Xiao Long Bao and stealing the show is their egg tart, sweet custard filling the flaky pastry that falls apart, mess-free goodness in one big bite.
Address: 20 Trengganu Street Off, Temple St, #02-01, Singapore 058479 Hours: 10.30 AM to 10.30 PM. Opens daily
Phone: +65 6372 1717