It is certainly an exciting time for Singapore’s food scene and I was ecstatic to be able to savour some of the many famous dishes available here!
Here are the highlights of the event based on the Michelin star rating. And just in case you’re wondering what’s a Bib Gourmand, it’s a status given to restaurants that provide exceptional good food at moderate prices.
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle (1 Michelin star)
This hawker stall has made news across the world for being the cheapest Michelin star dish. I joined the bandwagon and decided to experience waiting in line for three hours to try this fabled dish. Read about my experience here!
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle 香港油雞飯麵
Blk 335, Smith Street #02-126, Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 7:00pm (Mon to Tues, Thurs to Fri), 8:30am to 7:00pm (Sat to Sun), Closed Wed
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (Bib Gourmand)
Compared to the Malaysian counterpart, the bak kut teh at Song Fa is clear and peppery when it comes to the broth and adding to the aromatic bliss is the inclusion of garlic. I can only imagine getting an instant high especially on cold and rainy days as I down the soup that will instantly warm me up from the inside.
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
Chinatown Point #01-04, 133 New Bridge Road Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 9:30pm daily, last order 9:15pm
JB Ah Meng (Bib Gourmand)
Singaporeans sure do like their pepper. This is the second dish at the food festival that is cooked with pepper, the White Pepper Crab. The sweetness from the fresh crab and the piquant kick of the white pepper was a creative approach to cooking seafood and one that paid off because it has turned me into a fan.
JB Ah Meng
534 Geylang Road Lor 30 Singapore 389490
Tel: +65 6741 2418
Opening Hours: 5:30pm to 2:30am
A Noodle Story (Bib Gourmand)
Have you ever heard of Singapore-style ramen? If you haven’t then you’re with me because this was the first time I ever heard of such a thing. Everything is handmade but more importantly it’s fresh! The dish is deceptively simple and the magic lies in how the noodle is made and cooked. Everything is done just right and it’s safe to say that this establishment with its creative approach has added another innovative dish to the diverse makeup of the food available in Singapore.
A Noodle Story
Amoy Street Food Centre #01-39 7 Maxwell Road Singapore 069111 (Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit G)
Opening Hours: 11:15am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 7:30pm (Mon to Fri), 10:30am to 1:30pm (Sat), Closed Sun, PH
Hoo Kee Bak Chang (Bib Gourmand)
Hoo Kee Bak Chang is considered to be more flavourful and robust compared to the Cantonese and Nyonya versions. They’re old school and proud of it and I was more than happy to chow down on the dumpling that was generously filled with the pork filling. I also noticed that their exterior is softer and not as dry as the ones I’ve tasted before.
Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling
Amoy Street Food Centre #01-18 7 Maxwell Road Singapore 069111 (Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit G)
Opening Hours: 10am to 4pm (Mon to Sat), Closed Sun, PH
Na Na Curry (Bib Gourmand)
I saw the fiery colours of orange and red and I knew I was in for a treat! Na Na Curry uses spices and masala that are prepared in-house and you can taste the freshness. Certainly a far cry from the curries you get at other establishments that used pre-packed curries. And make sure to order rice as it goes well with the curry and the tender chicken.
Na Na Curry
Blk 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre, Bt Merah View Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 7pm (Mon to Sat), Closed Sun
Wedang (Bib Gourmand)
There are only three Halal establishments recognized by the MICHELIN guide and Wedang is one of them. Their menu only features a couple of items but to make things simple at the festival they brought their ever popular tahu goreng and satay for the guests. The deep fried tofu is crispy and soft on the inside while the satay is succulent, and who can forget about the peanut sauce that is aromatic and full of wonderful spices?
Blk 117, Aljunied Ave 2 #01-44 Singapore 380117
Opening Hours: 10am to 3pm (Mon to Fri), Closed Sat to Sun
Keng Eng Kee (Listed in the Michelin guide Singapore)
Keng Eng Kee specializes in seafood and they do it well. But at the festival they decided to showcase their famous coffee pork ribs and the salted egg yolk prawns. I enjoyed the pork ribs with its sweet and a slight bitter aftertaste but what I loved more was the prawns. I think anything covered in salted egg yolk batter and deep fried is delicious and the prawns were no exception with their fragrant, crunchy texture and succulent interior.
Keng Eng Kee
200 Pandan Garden #01-12 Singapore 609336
Tel: +65 6694 3044
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 10pm Daily
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