Come to think of it… It can sound ridiculous that we queued for vending machine food, fish and chips, egg tarts and salted egg croissants in 2016. Add raclette cheese burgers, and *secret recipe* chicken rice (I don’t mind waiting for this.)
This is 1 to 2 hours we are talking about.
Every now and then, some food review, blog article, or food video go viral, and suddenly people start turning up at these restaurants and stalls. Some for the novelty factor, or to include in the instagram gallery.
So many people don’t have to work ah? No need to zo-gang? But I do know of friends who TAKE LEAVE to queue. #NotJudging #NoCondemnation
10 Food Places In Singapore With LONG QUEUES In 2016. Worth The Queue Or Not?
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Arrival Hall Central #01-22 Terminal 3 Singapore Changi Airport
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Hello Kitty Cafe
Singaporeans LOVE Hello Kitty. We USED TO fight over and break fastfood restaurant doors over these plush dolls.
When Singapore’s 1st Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Cafe officially arrived at Changi Airport Terminal 3, this became a must-visit destination for Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel fans.
The queue on Day 1… was estimated to be as long as 4 hours! Will you queue that long for a cat? Judging from Singaporeans’ previous love for queues and kitties, the answer is obvious.
Hello Kitty foodie fans can open their mouths for a range of Kitty-fied food such as all-day breakfast, mains and desserts. Some of the recommended include a Big Breakfast Surprise ($18.50), Kitty Meets Benedict ($17.50 with Hollandaise sauce done two ways in yuzu and dill, Enchanted Forest quesadillas ($17.90), Cowabunga Wagyu ($24).
But people said food so-so.
I went during daytime before flying. No more queue. Hello Kitty Orchid Garden (Changi Airport T3)
Bake Cheese Tart Singapore
ION Orchard #B4-33, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (or till sold out)
So many shops in Singapore are selling Cheese Tarts – Prima Deli, The Icing Room, Antoinette. But the real McCoy is Bake Cheese Tart from Hokkaido, which opened at ION Orchard to 3-hour long queues.
3 different types of cream cheese are used to create the cheese mousse – Hakodate cheese for mild flavour, Betsukai cheese for full-bodied taste, and French cheese for a saltier balance.
The funny thing was, people walked past the stall thinking there was not a line, UNTIL they went to the other side of the mall to see a queue extended all the way to the back.
Some refused to queue. Or paid for people to queue. Or just fly to Hong Kong or Bangkok where Bake Cheese Tarts are readily available. BAKE Cheese Tart (ION Orchard)
Tai Cheong Bakery Singapore
Takashimaya Shopping Centre #B208-5 (Food Hall), 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 8223 1954
Opening Hours: 10am – 9:30pm
Tai Cheong Egg Tarts
Tai Cheong Bakery Singapore had 2 pop-ups before a permanent stall-space at Basement 2 food hall.
The signature Egg Tarts 皇牌蛋撻 are sold $1.90 for one, or $7.60 for four.
Other traditional bakes will be available soon: Chicken Pie 皇牌雞批 ($2.80 each); golden-brown shortcrust pastry packed with creamy diced chicken and mushroom, Cocktail Bun 港式雞尾包 ($1.80 each); shredded coconut and butter snuggled in a pillowy bread roll, Char Siew Bolo Bun 叉烧菠萝包($2.20 each), Sponge Cup Cake 紙包蛋糕 ($1.50 each) and Butter Egg Rolls 港式牛油峰巢蛋卷 ($15 per box).
Don’t be deceived. The queue goes all the way outside of the food hall. Tai Cheong Bakery
Honolulu Café Singapore
#01-33F/G The Centrepoint 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Honolulu Egg Tarts
The signature Honolulu Egg Tart ($1.70) is known for its 192 layers of flaky pastry, crumbly, with wobbly eggy fillings.
Frankly, the Egg Tart was not too bad – we liked the crumbly crust which reminded us of cereal.
During a period of time, there was a No Takeaways rule for the egg tarts allowed, only for dine-in customers. Each customer can request to takeaway the remaining egg-tarts after dine-in. Each takeaway box is priced at 50 cents. IKR.
After a period, didn’t work, popularity dropped. Takeaways are back. Honolulu Café Singapore (Centrepoint)
Ramen Keisuke Lobster King
Clarke Quay – 3C River Valley Road #01-07 The Cannery, Singapore 179022 (Clarke Quay MRT)
Tel: +65 6255 2928
Opening Hours: 6pm – 5am (Last order 4:30am)
Ramen Keisuke Lobster King at Clarke Quay is his 10th set up locally, and the Keisuke brand is created to be unique where concepts are seldom repeated.
Four different styles are available at Ramen Keisuke Lobster King – Lobster Broth Ramen with Clear Soup ($13.90), Lobster Broth Ramen with Rich Creamy Soup ($14.90), Miso Lobster Broth Ramen ($14.90) and Spicy Miso Lobster Broth Ramen ($15.90).
The broth reminded me of a combination of both French style lobster bisque and Japanese ramen soup base, which can be both brimming with flavours and heavily rich.
Clarke Quay party goers are known to queue up to an hour or two for the comforting bowl. Ramen Keisuke Lobster King (Clarke Quay)
Note: Long queue too during peak hours for Keisuke’s Crab concept at Orchard Cineleisure.
Eat At 7, 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-311 Suntec City Mall Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6333 4386
Opening hours : 11am – 10.30pm (Last Order 10pm)
Kohaku specialises in Edomae Tendon, where bowls of Hokkaido rice piled with tempura drizzled in a specially made sauce are served. So, so good.
The options are straight forward – the signature Kohaku Tendon ($15), Vegetable Tendon ($14), Spicy Flavour ($15) and Vegetable Spicy Flavour ($14).
Apparently, people quarreled at the queue before? Don’t lah. It is just for food, gentlemen. Sooner or later will get. Peace. Peace.
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 – Tues, Thurs – Fri), 8:30am to 7:00pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Wed
At SGD$2 (USD$1.47!) for a plate of Soya Sauce Chicken Rice, this is THE CHEAPEST Michelin Star Meal you can get in the world. (‘Beating’ Hong Kong’s famed Tim Ho Wan)
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle sells Soya Sauce Chicken Rice, Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle, Roasted Pork Rice, Char Siew Rice, and Char Siew Noodles are unbelievable prices of $2 – $3.
Even before winning the award, a queue of between 30 to 45 minutes is not uncommon for this corner stall at Level 2 Chinatown Food Complex.
Now the wait can be anticipated up to 2 hours at least, judging from the long line in the heat, waiting for a star to enter the belly.
And you cannot really stop the person in front of you from ordering a FEW chickens. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle (Chinatown Food Complex)
(The other Michelin hawker stall Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles at Crawford Lane also LONG queue.)
Fish & Chicks
Blk 531, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Happy Hawkers 喜多福, Singapore 560531
Tel: +65 9828 3490
Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm, 5pm -10pm
Cathay Cineleisure Orchard 8 Grange Road Basement 1 (Koufu), Singapore 239693
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Because Salted Egg
Fish & Chicks is the humble Western food stall at Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 which propelled into instant social media fame for its Salted Egg Yolk and Chilli Crab Sauce Fish & Chips.
It has opened another outlet at the basement of Orchard Cineleisure.
The owners probably didn’t expect their stall to be such a hit. A 2 hour wait? Frankly, I didn’t too.
Food bloggers from RubbishEatRubbishGrow, SethLui, and recently TheSmartLocal gave the thumbs up, and parts of their posts can be seen quoted on the walls, including… “the crunch (of the fish) could be heard from the other side of the kopitiam”, “great fish and chips foundation plus a killer fusion combination…”.
Articles went super viral. Tah-dah.
121 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1348, Singapore 530121(Kovan MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 9pm (Mon, Wed-Fri), 9am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 9pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Tue
Also Because Salted Egg
Once upon a time, not too long ago, Singaporeans went crazy over salted egg croissant, and salted egg anything.
Flavour Flings can be said to be the first shop to release Salted Egg Croissants in Singapore. Demand was so huge that the croissants were sold out in half an hour.
When such things happen, businesses will go with the flow (pun intended). Both the good and the copycats.
There are so many Salted Egg Croissant places in Singapore it is not even funny anymore. Read: Unique Salted Egg Yolk Food In Singapore)
[Pop-Up] Pokémon Café Singapore
200 Victoria Street, #04-05, Bugis Junction Singapore 188021 (Bugis MRT)
Pika Pika… Gotta Catch ‘Em All! EwF at Bugis Junction was changed to a Pokémon Café for a limited period. (It is now back to selling burgers and fries)
Despite less than favourable reviews on the FOOD, people still went to queue and take plenty of photos, and some went on to complain after that. Oh well.
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Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle (Chinatown Food Complex)
Ramen Keisuke Lobster King (Clarke Quay)
Tai Cheong Bakery
Honolulu Café Singapore (Centrepoint)
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden (Changi Airport T3)