Three-quarter of the year has passed in the blink of an eye as we fast approach the festive season (and year-end bonus). We know you have been inundated by marketing images of mooncakes over the past few weeks in September, so we have gathered 12 trending and unique things for you to try in October.

 

For hearty lunch bowls, Tiong Bahru
Keeping up with the times is Caffe Pralet’s newly launched lunch menu of bold, hearty Asian-inspired rice bowls, with creations like Tom Yam Beef rice bowl and Kicap Manis Squid rice bowl with yakiniku BBQ eggplant. Check out the signature Mentaiko Battered Fish ($12) and Roasted Sesame Chicken ($11) served on Japanese rice seasoned with sesame furikake. For something lighter, there’s even an option to turn your rice bowls into a salad by substituting rice with romaine lettuce (+$3). Don’t miss the Chilli Crab Cheese Fries ($12) that features chunks of shredded backfin crab meat and chilli crab sauce’s that actually satisfying spicy! We recommended that you share the latter.

Caffe Pralet is located at 17 Eng Hoon Street, #01-04, Singapore 169767, p. +65 6223 5595. Open 11am – 9pm (Mon to Sat); 11am – 6pm (Sun) See their Facebook page here.

 

Try this unique plate of old school Malaysian-style wanton noodles which see the springy noodles tossed in a thick savoury black sauce that contains shreds of crab meat, served with slices of fatty char siew (barbecued pork), stripes of deep-fried wanton skin, along with their signature crispy wanton that’s filled with crunchy water chestnut and crab meat instead of the usual minced pork. At $4, you also get a bowl of soup with three pieces of plump crab meat dumplings! Picture shot by Natalie (@mysweetlittletooth).

Crabmeat Wanton Mee is located at 560 Macpherson Road, Singapore 368233, p. +65 8119 9022. Open 11:30am – 10pm (Mon to Sun). See their Facebook page here.

 

The latest Singaporean classic to get a lobster makeover! Lawa Bintang’s Lobster Nasi Lemak ($22) features a whole lobster which spans the entire rectangular plate, split, coated in an aromatic blend of grounded herbs and spices, grilled and topped with a rich, creamy fusion of cheese, then served on fluffy fragrant coconut basmati rice! Ask for extra homemade sambal chilli tumis because they’re spicy shiok! Picture shot by Travis Lim (@travlim).

Lawa Bintang is located at 9008 Tampines Street 93, Singapore 528843. Open 9am – 2pm (Tue to Sun); closed on Mon. See their Facebook page here.

 

The cut of meat used for making char siew is important because the fattier it is, the juicier it will be. At Zhong Yu Yuan Wei (忠于原味), instead of using pork loin, belly or neck which most char siew is made from, they feature the armpit, also known as “Bu Jian Tian” char siew (不见天叉烧) that’s both flavourful and well marbled with a thin layer of fat coursing through it. The premium char siew (with wanton mee, $6) is lightly glazed so you could enjoy the unadulterated flavours of the special char siew! Picture shot by Mike Wes (@mik3_w3s).

Zhong Yu Yuan Wei Wanton Noodles is located at 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-30 Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre, Singapore 168898, p. +65 6835 7606. Open 8am – 2pm (Mon to Sun); closed on Mon & Fri.

 

From Half Pound’s new menu is the Half Pound Burger ($22) which sees 220 grams (that’s half pound) juicy beef patty on broiled cheddar cheese, candied bacon and the works between fluffy charcoal sesame buns that contrasted well with the striking color and flavour of beetroot mayonnaise (which comes with actual slices of beetroot surprise within). All burgers are served with fries and an addicting butter sauce that we think would go well with almost everything on the menu! While crowd-favourite small plates like Crispy Wild Mushroom remains on the menu, expect a host of new items to come at Half Pound in the coming month.

Half Pound is located at 8 Purvis Street, #01-01, Singapore 188587, p. +65 6906 1900. Open 12pm – 10:30pm (Tue to Sun); closed on Mon. See their Facebook page here.

 

For a tower of salmon, Clarke Quay
The impressive-looking Salmon Tower Maki ($21.80) from the recently-opened full-fledged Ramen Champion restaurant at Clarke Quay Central sees generous amount of thick-cut salmon sashimi and crunchy ebiko (shrimp roll) piled over stacks of maki rolls of sushi rice, creamy avocado, crabstick, cucumber and even more ebiko, accompanied with briny, pop-in-your-mouth ikura (salmon roe). A great dish for sharing before your ramen arrives! Picture shot by @365days2play.

Ramen Champion is located at 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-89 Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817, p. +65 6221 2156. Open 11am – 11pm (Mon to Sun). See their website here.

 

If you’re looking for wholesome brunch fare with big flavours and a million-dollar view of the Quayside Isle marina, look no further than Greater Lot by local bakery and cafe chain Cedele. Try the set of Open Face Tart ($15) that combines rustic oat shortcrust tart with savoury ingredients like smoky paprika, peppery nigella seeds, sprouts, crunchy shrimps and slices of creamy avocado on a bed of vibrantly-colored and complex beetroot hummus that’s rich, earthy and nutty at the same time. This is the second dish that features beetroot and we hope to see more beetroot-related creations in Singapore in the near future! Picture shot by Meiling Wong-Chainani (@universalscribbles).

Greater Lot is located at 31 Ocean Way, #01-08 Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375, p. +65 6262 1512. Open 8am – 8pm (Mon to Thu, Sun); 8am – 10pm (Fri & Sat). See their Website here.

 

Pork belly is a truly versatile and wonderful ingredient, and if you have not eaten Kwong Satay’s Pork Belly Satay ($1.20 each), please make an effort to try it this month. The smoky and succulent pork belly skewers is marinated in a myriad of spices including cumin, fennel, coriander, turmeric, candle nut, galangal and even saffron(!), served with a rich, spicy Peranakan-style peanut (satay) sauce that contains prawn paste, dried shrimps and a dollop of zesty sweetened mashed pineapple! Picture shot by Chris (@gourmetotaku).

Kwong Satay is located at 549 Geylang Road, Sing Lian Eating House, Singapore 389504, p. +65 6565 0002. Open 5pm – 11pm (Mon to Sun); closed on Wed. See their Website here.

 

In the month of October, pleasetake time to appreciate the humble trinity that is the savoury Teochew kueh trio: Soon Kueh (turnip), Gu Chai Kueh (Chinese chives) and Png Kueh (glutinous rice). Skip the mass produced replicants and go for the ones that are birthed from a labor-intensive process of chopping, dicing, frying, followed by mixing, kneading, rolling, cutting, filling, hand-forming and steaming, going for just $0.70 to $0.90 at Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh. The daily made fillings are generous and the steamed kueh skin are remarkably thin, yet supple and chewy, and it stays that way even a few hours later! You really can’t get better value for your money that these handmade goodies and you must try their pan-fried soon kueh. Picture shot by Dor (@dorangelz).

Lai Heng Teochew Handmade Kueh is located at 347 Jurong East Avenue 1, #01-218 Yuhua Market & Hawker Centre, Singapore 600347, p. +65 9455 6341. Open 6am – 2pm (Mon to Sun).

 

Ya Kun makes a pretty mean variation of kaya toasts, but what if you want something substantial that’s soft and pillowy, yet crisp at the same time? YY Kafei Dian’s freshly-baked in-house Kaya Buns ($1.20) got your covered! Located at the corner of Beach Road and Purvis Street, this quaint coffeeshop is particularly popular among locals as well as Japanese tourists with their old-school vibes, good food and affordability in the city. A set of kaya buns, soft-boiled eggs and Nanyang-style coffee only cost $3.70, while YY Kafei Dian’s fluffy homemade sugar donuts is only $1 each! Picture shot by Raine (@rainraineeataway).

YY Kafei Dian (喜园咖啡店) is located at 37 Beach Road, #01-01, Singapore 189678, p. +65 6336 8813. Open 7:30am – 10:30pm (Mon to Sun). See their Facebook page here.

 

Despite a lack of ever-changing seasons like Japan which inspire art and poetry the world over, we are blessed with Non Entree Dessert’s inventive and often beautiful-looking desserts. Take the intricate Ike ($17.90) from the Urban Garden dessert series for example, a dessert inspired by the Japanese pond put together with an arrangement of bold soya flour-coated goma (black sesame) gelato atop thin crisp sesame brittle resting on milky matcha-filled mochi pebble, accompanied by sweet goji berries and a delicate umeshu jelly koi. The inventive dessert is then brought to life with a blend of hand-roasted sencha and aged sake consomme. Full points for creativity that tastes as good as it looks! Picture shot by Caecilia (@singaporeliciouz).

Non Entrée Desserts is located at 204 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218451, p. +65 9878 6543. Open 2pm – 10pm (Tue to Thu); 2pm – 11pm (Fri); 12pm – 11pm (Sat); 12pm – 10pm (Sun). See their Facebook page here.

 

On one hand, we are incorporating lobsters to every other local dishes we can think of, on the other, we transform anything that’s dessert into photogenic unicorns! Check out dessert specialist Hatter Street’s adorable Unicorn Whoaffles ($14) which features their signature crispy waffles topped with scoops of Toasted Marshmallow ice cream and Lavender White Chocolate ice cream, complete with edible unicorn decorative bits. We recommend pairing it with a sauce of your choice for an additional $0.50. Picture shot by Steffi (@lastchristmas14).

Hatter Street is located at 212 Hougang Street 21, #01-333, Singapore 530212, p. +65 6988 4591. Open 1pm – 10pm (Tue to Sun). See their Website here.

 

We hope you like this list of things to eat in Singapore. Which one is your favourite? Do you have any recommendations that you would like to share with us? Please tell us in the comments below!







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