4 Places for Modern Singaporean Food
April 2, 2015
Classic Singaporean cuisine with a modern edge is catching on in this sunny island. Here are four establishments that do it with finesse. By Grace Ma.
Published on Apr 2, 2015
1. Wild Rocket
Chef Willin Low is widely credited as pioneering Singapore cuisine with a contemporary touch. His restaurant Wild Rocket reopened with a hot new look and revamped menu to match, with homey favorites like the pineapple sorbet with soy sauce, salt and bird's eye chili powder, a tribute to the way Low's father used to eat pineapples during his era. Order the ever-evolving Singapore fried noodles, served as kombu tagliarini with king prawn in prawn stock and lobster oil. wildrocket.com.sg.
Wild Rocket deconstructed strawberry cheesecake.
2. Pidgin Kitchen & Bar
"We're a chill-out place but we take our food very seriously," says Pidgin Kitchen & Bar's chef Kenny Lim. You should too. Chef Lim infuses local flavors into common dishes to churn out crowd-pleasers such as bak kwa (savory sweetmeat) mac and cheese, foie gras with sweet rojak sauce, and tiger prawn wonton capellini with prawn-stuffed dumplings and slices of chorizo ibérico. Save space for the satisfying kaya (coconut jam) breadand-butter pudding and the Milo Dinosaur Version 2.1 chocolate dessert. pidgin.sg.
Pop-up craft cocktail bar Hopscotch is blaring on the hipster radar. Expect obscure ingredients that are more commonly found in your grandmother's kitchen or the neighborhood provision shop such as Bovril and coffee powder. Feeling adventurous? Try the Hop Kee, which contains white sesame oil steeped in vodka for a week; or the Arab Street, flavored with rose, saffron, pomegranate and apple, and garnished with a cherry-smoked cotton candy that simulates the smell of shisha. hopscotch.sg.
Hopscotch's Joel Ne Win shakes it up.
4. Flee Away Café
The food here is as fun as the vintage toy motif lining its walls. We chomped down their signature le char kuey, a fried dough fritter shaped like a French baguette and stuffed with local fillings like dry spicy laksa noodles and chicken bak kwa with crushed cracker and wasabi mayo. Also recommended: milk shakes that come in flavors like grass jelly, black glutinous rice pudding and chendol, an Asian dessert mix of coconut milk, red beans and green jelly noodles. As the locals say, they're sibei (damn) good. fleeawaywith.me.
Fly-by fun at Flee Away Café.