I haven’t been everywhere but I have a feeling Singapore is going to be one of my favourite food destination out of the existing 195 countries. I truly enjoyed my 1 month stay in this little food paradise even though the weather made it almost impossible to explore – with the heat and humidity, I still managed to discover hidden gems thanks to the locals and friends who helped me out in finding the best places!
Singapore is a multicultural hub and so it’s really easy to find authentic cuisines (or at least close) but as always, I prefer to enjoy local food and I advise my readers to do so because not only you save so much money (local food is ALWAYS cheaper) but also, I just see no point in going all the way to eat what I could have eaten back home too. Of course, that’s just me!
Even if you’re not a food enthusiast, you MUST try one of these places to truly experience (and taste) the Singaporean culture! I know that there’s a lot of guides out there on ‘ where to eat in Singapore ‘ but I promise you, the one’s you’ll see on this list is a product of my personal experience, exclusively for this blog’s readers ONLY. 😉
1. Sin Hoi Sai, Tiong Bahru $$$ Seafood Restaurant
If you’re looking for the best crabs in town, look no further. This is the place to satisfy all your seafood cravings. Sin Hoi Sai has a long history and is a favourite not just of the locals but of the visitors who were lucky enough to try their dishes! They’re also open until late night so if you’re flying in late, head to Tiong Bahru for a quick fix! Tbh, I lost count of how many times I ate here even though it can be a little pricey in comparison to food in Singapore in general. It’s honestly so worth it.
Crab in black pepper sauce. Don’t forget to pair it with mantou (Singaporean fried buns)!
Crab in sweet chilli sauce
Crispy Fried Noodles.
It really depends on what you order but it should be at least $150-$200 SGD / $146 USD / £111 / $184 CAD for a meal with crabs and drinks for 2 people.
2. The Best Haianese Chicken Rice Of Your Life, Far East Plaza $-$$
I don’t remember the name of this place but go to Far East Plaza and you’ll find it on the last floor. They’ve stayed there for years so I suppose they’re still going to be there. It’s so famous with the locals that they’re usually sold out by the afternoon so go early! They don’t speak english and I haven’t seen a tourist go there but just go and ask for ‘Chicken Rice’. Also because the space is so small, you’re gonna have to share a table with the other guests but you’re going to forget about world as soon as you take your first bite, no joke. 😉
Roasted chicken rice with soup. Drizzle some soy sauce over your rice and dip the chicken in their homemade chilli sauce. Ah, heaven. I don’t have a huge appetite but I ate TWO plates here!
Approx. $20 SGD
3. Xu Ting Steamboat, Far East Square $$ (Chinese Hotpot Buffet)
Another one on my list of favourite restaurants in Singapore. The food is amazing and there’s value for your money. However, if you’ve never had steamboat before, this can be a little complicated. Despite looking all fancy, the servers didn’t really speak English other than the receptionist and I think I only saw locals around. If you decide to go for it, well and good because you’re about to have food from a restaurant that really knows what they’re doing – 12 years into the business!
Here’s a tip: it’s just like an unlimited, eat all you can Chinese hotpot buffet BUT the food is served right on your table except for the sauces and condiments which you have to go get yourself.
So you pay a certain amount + the soup and you can ask them for anything on the buffet menu as much as you want. You cook it in the boiling soup/broth of your choice along with the other meat/vegetable you order. I would only suggest this place if you’re really hungry or if you have a big appetite! Luckily, I went with a friend who ate at least 36 prawns plus etc. so he totally covered for my lack of appetite.
Curry Beef Soup
Try the Banana Fritters for desert!
About $60-$65 SGD for 2.
4. Balestier Road Hawker/Food Centre – $ (Singaporean)
You probably already know Singapore is famous for their hawker centres. These are the little cluster of eateries in one area, think of it like an Asian version of food courts. They follow an open area design but are usually independent (not in the malls). Every area will always have a couple of hawker centres. I stayed in Balestier road in Novena but even after I moved to another area, I still came back for the food in Balestier!
This place was my go-to place for midnight munchies. I remember walking to the centre at 2am just for a bite!
Fried Ikanbilis Rice from the last stall in the corner (I’m bad with names)
Korean Chicken Wings from the only Korean BBQ stall.
Kopi Tiam/Singaporean coffee from the only beverage stall in the centre.
Cost: Less than $10 SGD for a large meal with a drink.
5. Ju Shin Jung, Robertson Quay $$-$$$ (Korean BBQ)
I love Asian food as you can tell but Korean Barbecue is my ultimate favourite. If I had a choice, I would eat only that everyday. Ju Shin Jung was recommended by a local and it didn’t disappoint. I wouldn’t say it’s the best of my life but if you’re looking for traditional, charcoal barbecue, this is it. The ambience is so authentic and the food was great, perfect for friends looking to have good food and a good time! Korean actors and actresses frequent this place, you’ll see their signature and pictures hanged on the wall.
They give you a choice between their unlimited BBQ menu or the a la carte.
Ojingeo ( Stir fried spicy squid)
Cost: Approx. $100 for 2 with drinks included.
6. 333 Bak Kut Teh – Balestier Road – $
Bak Kut Teh is a traditional Singaporean/Malaysian dish consisting of pork ribs cooked in a broth with herbs and spices. This restaurant is packed 24/7, even at midnight. I asked my cabbie guy at night-time to take me to the best restaurant that’s open at that hour and he even gave me a list of what to order, how kind of him!
Honestly, when I reached the Bak Kut Teh was sold out and I couldn’t get myself to try the other dishes on their menu. My cab guy said he and his wife would always come back to this place for the Pig Trotter (Feet) and Kidney – if you’re into exotic dishes, you found a place!
Bak Kut Teh
Pig Trotter and Kidney (Exotic Dishes)
Cost: It’s a hawker centre so it shouldn’t cost you more than $20 for 1-2 person.
7. Makansutra Gluttons Bay, Raffles Avenue – $ (Singaporean Favourites)
This is something you’d find on Lonely Planet too but I still want to include it because I really liked the fried sotong (Asian style Calamari). The concept is basically a cluster of eateries in one place, celebrating the street food culture of Singapore. Think of it as a fancy version of a hawker centre just because you get to dine with a view – Singapore’s mini-Manhattan district across the bay!
8. The Larder Cafe, Toa Payoh – $$ (Cafe)
On my first day in Singapore, I walked around the neighbourhood trying to familiarise myself with the place. I walked for about 30 minutes before I gave in to the heat and humidity and luckily, I found this cute little cafe tucked in where you least expect it to be. I walked in and I’m glad I did!
The homemade crème brûlée was to die for. I still remember how it melted in my mouth before I washed it away with their lemon iced tea… Oh, the memories. They also have an extensive menu so you can just grab a bite before finishing off with a dessert!
$20-$25 for one person.
9. Al Capone’s Ristorante & Bar, Scape Building
It’s no news that Singapore is in the top 5 of the world’s most expensive cities, if not #1. For alcohol drinkers, getting drunk in Singapore is going to cost you a fortune. Which is why Al Capone is almost always packed with tourists because they offer the cheapest alcohol in town — and the food isn’t half bad either!
In fact, Anil, the humble owner offered me and my friend a free, large pepperoni pizza! You better pay this place a visit, you might just get lucky too. 😉
Cost: 3bottles of Heineken: $13 Nett (*Source: Facebook Page)
10. Masizzim, 313 Somerset Mall – $$ (Korean Stews)
Oh, my favourite of all. If I was given a ticket to Singapore just to eat one meal, this would be it. I don’t know if I was just really hungry but as far as I can remember, it was insanely good. I have no idea why it has bad reviews on Google but for me, it was a rather pleasant experience. The staff was kind and fast with their service and most of all, the food was amazing.
Ordering the food is as easy as 1,2,3,4. 😉
1st: Choose your meat.
2nd: Choose the level of spiciness.
3rd: Choose your noodles.
4th: Choose optional add-ons (I went for the collagen because good skin is life, duh.)
The food is then served in hot iron pots which kept the food warm all through out! The meat is also marinated overnight before slow-cooking it to perfection. Yummy! You can also have fun with your kids/friends if you order the rice bowl – you get to wear gloves, mix the ingredients yourself and make rice ‘balls’!
Its perfect for when you’re shopping at the Orchard Road or for when you just feel like having good korean food.
Pork Ribs in Level 3 Spicy (I love spicy food but I didn’t wanna risk it so I played safe with 3. Still spicy though!) with collagen as an add-on.
Cost: Approx. $20-$30 for one.
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