Quite a number of overseas food brands have set up outlets in Singapore.
Among those featured this month include NY Night Market 뉴욕야시장 from Seoul; 1st Jjamppong eatery in Singapore Nipong Naepong; Thai restaurant chain Baan Ying; and Malaysia’s Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.
NY Night Market
Westgate #01-08, 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532
Tel: +65 6816 1018
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 11pm, Last Order 10:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Popular SEOUL Restaurant Serving International Street Foods
The popular NY Night Market 뉴욕야시장 from Seoul has arrived in Singapore at Westgate shopping mall.
While it is called a “Night Market”, the Korean fusion restaurant inspired by the cosmopolitan food markets in NYC is opened by day time at 11am.
In terms of food, you can say it is a menu of popular Western comfort food from fried chicken, pastas, pizzas and stews, many with that unique Korean twist.
The recommended highlights include the 50cm Baguette ($13.90) loaded with bulgogi beef, shredded cheese and assorted vegetables, Cream the Curry ($13.90); topokki red curry topped with whipped cream, Finger Steak ($14.90) with homemade gorgonzola butter, and Waterfall Cheese Shrimp ($13.90) doused in cheese fondue on a sizzling hotplate. NY Night Market 뉴욕야시장 (Westgate)
Patbingsoo Korean Dining House
VivoCity #B2-27 1 Harbourfront Walk Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 9187 0372
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm Last Order 9.30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11:30am – 10:30pm Last Order 10:00pm (Fri – Sat, Eve PH, PH)
Hip Korean Street Food And Bingsoo At VivoCity
Patbingsoo Korean Dining House with its first outlet at Plaza Singapura has opened at VivoCity.
There is a wide selection of savoury offerings, largely inspired by the popular street food in Korea, so you get anything from the hearty Budae Jjigae (Army Stew), Tteokkochi (Rice cakes in sweet red chilli sauce) to a creative Seafood Sundubu Pasta.
The House Special Ramyeon ($12.90) turned out to be my favourite, most likely due to the rich, spicy soup which was quite shiok and not too diluted. The kimchi added a layer of mouth-watering tanginess. Patbingsoo Korean Dining House (VivoCity)
JEM #01-16, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549 (Jurong East MRT)
Tel: +65 6262 4078
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Last order 9.30pm (Mon – Fri); 11am – 11pm, Last order 10.30pm (Sat – Sun)
1st Korean Jjamppong Specialty Restaurant Opens At JEM
Nipong Naepong which loosely translates to “your ppong, my ppong”, is Singapore’s first “ppong” specialty restaurant.
Classic Jjamppong, Vongole Jjamppong, Alfredo-Jjamppong, Thai Jjamppong, Tomato Jjamppong, and even Salad Jjamppong… you get this dish transformed in 9 different renditions inspired by flavours from around the world.
Get the Cha Ppong ($15.80) which is the Classic Jjamppong noodles, a bowl which came loaded with fried cabbage, mussels, squid, prawn, and quail eggs.
The soup was actually quite addictive, of richly flavoured seafood broth, balanced with the sweetness of the broth. Nipong Naepong (JEM)
Royal Square, 103 Irrawaddy Rd, #02-07, Singapore 329566 (Novena MRT)
Tel: +65 9111 7852
Opening Hours: Lunch 11am – 3pm, Dinner 6pm – 12mn Daily
Popular Thai Restaurant From Bangkok Opens In Singapore
Baan Ying, the popular Thai casual dining restaurant from Bangkok, has opened in Singapore at Royal Square Novena (located in the same building as Hai Di Lao 海底捞.
I must say that this restaurant in Singapore is a bold and brave attempt – a 126-seater space decorated in a pleasant, elegant way. (The group also owns Dink Dink Thai Street Café downstairs.)
The space was bright with tall ceilings, window allowing soft natural sunlight to shine in, with light wooden furniture and greens for comfortable surroundings to dine in.
Some of the recommended items include the Signature Baan Ying Omelette (Starts from $3.80), Deep Fried Sea Bass with Crispy Herbs ($32.80), Squid Stir Fry with Salted Egg ($11.80), Fried Morning Glory Salad ($10.80), and Thai Basil Stir Fry – ($10.80). Baan Ying (Novena)
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul Singapore
Northpoint City South Wing #01-168/169, 930 Yishun Avenue 2, Singapore 769098
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm
Popular Chendol Shop Opens At Northpoint City
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul has opened in Singapore at Northpoint City.
Foodies who have been to Penang should have tried or at least heard of this chendol store at Lebuh Keng Kwee (the other popular store is Ais Kachang).
Over at Northpoint City, the main meals included Penang Curry Mee ($7.90), Assam Laksa ($8.90), Penang Prawn Mee ($7.90), Pandan Nasi Lemak Chicken Kunyit ($8.90) and Penang Fruit Rojak ($5.90).
I read differing opinions on their Facebook page, with almost equal number of 1 star and 5 stars reviews, ranging from ”food was so so only, nothing fantastic to crave or praise”, to ”food to be very authentic and yummy.” Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul Singapore (Northpoint City)
New Ubin Seafood CHIJMES
CHIJMES #02-01, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 9740 6870
Opening Hours: Lunch 11am – 3pm; Dinner 5:30 pm – 10:30pm Daily
Zhi Far Fare At More Centralised And ‘Atas’ Location
New Ubin Seafood has opened at CHIJMES, a more convenient location which is a short-walk from City Hall MRT.
They do not just sell the typical zhi char dishes, with recommendations of signature U.S. Angus Rib-eye Steak ($16 per 100gm), St Louis Grilled Pork Ribs ($40 for half rack), Boss Style Bee Hoon ($12), Hei Chor ($17.00 for small), and Satay ($6 for 5 sticks) among the top selling dishes.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Angus Rib-eye Steak ($16 for 100gm) was served luke-warm at most, lacking in the characteristic smokiness and succulent pieces. Think they are still working on fine-tuning the processes. New Ubin Seafood (CHIJMES)
The Salted Plum
10 Circular Road Singapore 049336
Tel: +65 6260 0155
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Taiwanese Inspired Dishes At Mainly $5 And $10, At Circular Road
The Salted Plum can be said to be a version 2.0 of the now-defunct Five Ten, known to serve Taiwanese-inspired dishes at $5 and $10. Unfortunately that excludes service charge.
Helmed by Head Chef Shawn Koh who was previously of Salted and Hung, the dishes are mostly inspired by Taiwanese kuai chao stir-fry restaurants.
Some of the recommended dishes included Brussel Sprouts with Shiitake Mushrooms ($5), Fried Eggplant with Dried Shrimp ($5), Chicken Hearts with Ginger ($5), Sirloin Steak with Picked Cabbage ($10), Fried Chicken with Nori Mayonnaise ($10), Braised Pork Belly ($10), Taiwanese Sausage Patties ($10), Barramundi poached in Dashi Broth ($10), and Oyster Steamed Egg ($10).
Mr. Sheng Jian 生煎先生
8 Liang Seah Street #01-01 Singapore 189029
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm
Soup And Cheese Filled Pan-Fried Buns
Mr. Sheng Jian in Singapore serves up three different types of Pan-Fried Buns – Classical Flavour ($5.50 for 4), Kimchi with Prawn ($8.oo) and a Cheese with Shrimp ($10.00) which they named “Nice To Meet U”.
If I were to order again, I would just stick to the Original Flavoured ones, with slight crunchy bottom and piping sweet porky soup.
Great that they tasted fresh. These weren’t the best, but quite close to what you would get from Shanghai. Mr. Sheng Jian 生煎先生 (Liang Seah Street)
Broth Noodle Bar
Blk 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee #01-164 Singapore 162004
Opening Hours: 10am – 9:30pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 10am – 10:30pm (Fri – Sat)
Beef Noodle Shop Took Over Sin Lee, At Bukit Ho Swee
Broth Noodle Bar specialise in noodles in ‘homemade’ broth cooked from bones and vegetables, without the use of additional MSG.
There are two main options for noodles, with beef broth or pork bone broth.
I had the Double Combo Braised Beef ($10.80) served with bak choy, pickles and braised egg.
Actually, it vaguely reminded me of the hearty Taiwanese style of hong-shao noodles, with flavourful soup, and meat with good balance of fat and tendon. Broth Noodle Bar (Bukit Ho Swee)
Marina One #B2-28, The Heart, 5 Straits View Singapore 018935
Tel: +65 6282 7280
Men Men Tei has opened at the basement of Marina One.
Two interesting ramen to look forward to include Creamy Sardine Ramen – a combination of dried baby sardine stock and tonkotsu soup; and Red Snapper Ramen – made from Kagawa red snapper’s extracted stock.
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