“Food Fusion” is the new wing at Tiong Bahru Plaza (TBP) which gathers a range of casual dining restaurants all at one place.
From Chinese (Ju Hao Xiao Long Bao), Japanese (Ichiban Boshi, Flaming Don, Ajisen Ramen X Osaka Ohsho), Thai (Bangkok Jam), Vietnamese (O Banh Mi), Korean (Paik’s Bibim) to local delights (A-One Signature, 328 Katong Laksa)… you can find it all there.
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The basement level is where you can find exciting food kiosks, and I wish to highlight the Bonito Flakes Large Fried Chicken from “Hao Da” Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken which is exclusive to TBP; and newly launched “Dirty Swiss Rolls” from Ah Mah Traditional Sponge Cake if you are searching for something trendy to have.
Also look out for “A Taste of TBP at $1” where you can taste delicious foods for only $1! New food, old prices. More details at the end of the post.
Here are 10 FOOD Places to check out at Tiong Bahru Plaza:
Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-111, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
Tel: +65 6255 0870
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Some may have the misconception that Korean food is expensive in Singapore. Let me introduce you to Paik’s Bibim and Paik’s Coffee.
The brainchild of Korea’s celebrity chef Paik Jong Won, Paik’s Bibim has modernized the way traditional bibimbap is presented – all at wallet-friendly prices.
The mixed rice bowls are all below $10, and you can have your fill from the Spicy Pork Bibimbap ($9.00), Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap ($9.00) or Teriyaki Chicken Bibimbap ($9.00). Best to go with a side of Fried Chicken in Sweet & Spicy Sauce ($6.00).
Can I also recommend the Iced Paik’s Original Coffee? This comes at a very reasonable price of $3.50 for a large cup, great for you to ta-bao back to office.
TBP Recommends: Spicy Pork Bibimbap ($9.00)
The Spicy Pork Bibimbap is the latest addition to Paik’s Bibim menu, consisting of stir-fried pork slices seasoned in a special spicy marinate and served with a variety of fresh vegetables.
Before mixing all up, drizzle some of Chef Paik’s specially formulated gochujang sauce for that extra kick.
Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-110, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
Tel: +65 6352 8285
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Braised Pork Rice or Lu Rou Fan seems to be getting traction in Singapore, as local diners crave for Taiwanese dishes popular in their night markets.
Perhaps you can save on the flight ticket and try some of the traditional Taiwanese dishes available at Tea Valley such as Oyster Noodle Mee Sua ($6.50), Braised Pork Rice ($6.90) and Crispy Salted Chicken ($5.50).
For those who prefer lighter snacks and beverages, try their mouth-watering Fried Tofu, Seaweed Fries, Fried Sweet Potato and Dumpling; and feel refreshed with their Red Tea, Green Tea and Milk Tea drinks.
TBP Recommends: 3 Cup Chicken With Rice ($6.90)
The Taiwanese dish of 3-Cup Chicken or San Bei Ji is so called because the dish is cooked with 3 cups – 1 cup each of soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil.
The seasoning used to create this dish is specially imported from Taiwan, and I particularly enjoyed the fragrance of the sesame oil.
There was also a slight hint of spiciness and aroma from basil leaves. Very comforting as you pour some of the savoury sauce over fluffy rice, and chomp it all down.
328 Katong Laksa
Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-111A, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
Tel: +65 9732 8163
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
The famous 328 Katong Laksa is one of those listed in the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand guide – for two years in a row.
Its signature Laksa needs little introduction, cooked with a recipe passed down for generations, known for that aromatic and spicy coconut based gravy.
Other than the Laksa ($5.50 small, $6.50 medium, $7.50 large), the other popular items to look out for include the Curry Chicken ($4.50 small, $5.50 medium, $6.50 large), and Nasi Lemak ($2). I think a-must to add is also the Otah ($1.40).
TBP Recommends: Laksa ($5.50 small, $6.50 medium, $7.50 large)
To be honest, I was initially concerned if the Laksa would taste similar to the Katong branch. The gravy turned out to be quite tasty – rich in coconut, just mildly spicy, and lovely additions coming from the dried shrimps.
Ah yes, no chopsticks.
You are supposed to eat this only with a spoon, as the noodles have been cut into shorter lengths and can be easily scooped.
Bangkok Jam Off The Street
Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-135, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
Tel: +65 6250 3448
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
There are two concepts available here – Bangkok Jam Off The Street and Flaming Don. That means you can order both Thai dishes and Japanese Donburi at the same time.
The Tiong Bahru Plaza outlet offers a new ordering experience which results in reduced waiting time. Plus, service charge is waived for all dine-in and takeaway orders. Yeah.
Comforting Thai treats available include Seafood Phad Thai ($12.90+), Thai Beef Noodles Soup (from $13.90+), Pineapple Fried Rice with Seafood ($12.90+), Chicken in Green Curry ($12.90+) and Red Tom Yum with Prawns & Thai Jasmine Rice ($10.90+).
TBP Recommends: Thai Beef Massaman Curry ($13.90+)
The Thai Massaman Curry is a rich, relatively thick, mildly spicy dish. (CNNGo once ranked Massaman curry as Number One in “World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods”.)
The Bangkok Jam Off The Street rendition consists of cubed beef shin stewed on slow fire with coconut milk for 2 hours, later added with coconut milk, onions, potatoes and other ingredients.
Best paired with entree of Fried Chicken Mid Joints with Thai fish sauce marinate.
O Banh Mi
Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-113, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
Tel: +65 6352 8929
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 9:30pm (Fri – Sat)
O Banh Mi is a fast, casual Vietnamese brand created by 3 food entrepreneurs from Hanoi and Singapore. This is the first eatery you see as you walk into the Level 2 “Food Fusion” at Tiong Bahru Plaza.
It does not just serve Banh Mi, but other popular and iconic Vietnamese street food as well, such as Beef Combination Pho Soup ($11.90), Fried Beef Vermicelli with Spring Roll ($9.90), Summer Rolls ($5.50 for 2) and Vietnamese Coffee.
Great to know that prices are Nett too.
TBP Recommends: Beef Combination Pho Soup ($11.90 Nett)
The Pho Bo is a comforting treat with flavoursome broth – cooked for 15-hours a day.
This is recommended for those who like to try the best of both worlds (or make it three), as you get thinly sliced beef tenderloin, beef brisket and beef ball in a single bowl. I liked the beef balls as they didn’t taste like the generic factory-made ones, and had a pleasurable, firm bite.
You can also go for the signature BBQ Pork Banh Mi ($7.50 Nett) of char-grilled pork collar meat, yummy fried eggs and pickled vegetables served in crispy Vietnamese baguette.
Tiong Bahru Plaza #01-106, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
Tel: +65 6352 5881
Opening Hours: 11am –10pm (Mon – Sun)
One of the newest addition to Tiong Bahru Plaza, Magosaburo Café is a Japanese – Western style café that offers hearty set meals.
Offerings include the Signature Wagyu Don with Black Truffle ($28.80), Wagyu Burger Steak ($18.80), Pork Collar Sukiyaki ($14.80), Pork Katsu ($14.80), Spicy Beef Nabe ($17.80), Minced Wagyu Beef Pasta ($16.80), Chicken Teriyaki ($13.80) and Grilled Salmon Mentai Yaki ($17.80).
TBP Recommends: Signature Wagyu Don with Black Truffle ($28.80)
Truffle lovers can unite. The Signature Wagyu Don with Black Truffle comprise of Kogoshima Wagyu Beef which is ‘aburi-ed’ to a slight char, added with black truffles and onsen egg.
The scent arrived before the food itself.
The wobbly Salted Konbu Truffle Chawanmushi ($8.80) should also entice with its distinct aroma and smooth custardy texture.
Munch Roasts & Salads
Tiong Bahru Plaza #01-161, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
Tel: +65 6255 4991
Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)
For those looking for healthier alternatives, Munch Roasts & Salads offer over 60 different flavours of freshly tossed, hand cut salads with varied choice of toppings.
Diners needing some heartier protein after a workout session, can also choose to add on juicy chicken thigh or breast, grilled salmon slab, John Dory fillet and pan seared German Bratwurst.
TBP Recommends: Double or Triple Salads ($8, $10)
Prices are kept affordable here, in which you can choose 2 salads for $8, or 3 salads at $10.
The salad variety is quite wide, from Broccoli, Cherry Tomatoes, Mushroom Marinara, Roasted Vegetables, Brown Rice, Chicken Caesar, Oriental Cucumber to Tofu Salad.
One of the most popular options for Munch fans’ is the Chicken Roast Set ($12) of a Juicy Chicken Thigh with Mushroom Marinara Pasta and Broccoli Salad.
If you would like a ‘guilty’ treat, go for the Roast Sausage ($10) of crisp shredded potato pancake with German sausage.
Ah Mah Traditional Sponge Cake
Tiong Bahru Plaza #B1-K4, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
Tel: +65 63254508 or +65 81338508
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Do you know that Ah Mah Homemade Cake is the largest castella cake chain in Singapore?
These soft-spongy cakes inspired by the ones from Tamsui Taiwan, are made with natural ingredients and baked freshly in store daily (catch them when they flip the huge cakes around).
They are sold in flavours of Original ($8), Cheese ($11), Kopi Siu Dai ($11), Sunny Orange ($11) and my personal favourite of Rocky Chocolate ($13) peppered with chocolate chips.
TBP Recommends: Blanket Castella Roll ($2.50, $3.20)
New in the market, this is Asia’s first-of-its-kind design your own Blanket Castella Roll.
The base is like the soft castella cake with flavours of rich chocolate, fragrant pandan and earthy sesame, rolled up like a Swiss Roll, and filled with a spread of your choice.
I would go for the more nostalgic tasting Pandan base with Kaya Coconut, with the choice to top it up further with coconut flakes. Looking like a Swiss Roll, but reminding me of Ondeh Ondeh.
There is also the Premium Choco Roll ($3.20) of brittle crispy flakes, spread with chocolate sauce and dusted with rich choco powder.
Choco powder warning: I call this the “Dirty” Swiss Roll, and do get some wet tissues ready. Don’t forget the selfie!
Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken
Tiong Bahru Plaza #B1-K2, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
Tel: +65 9111 4750
Opening Hours: 10.30 am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken is one of the most popular food exports from the night markets in Taipei.
It is known for its large crispy chicken – ridiculously huge, measuring up to 30cm long, easily bigger than a palm, and almost the size of a face.
Good to know: Only fresh poultry (not frozen) are delivered to the outlet daily, and all ingredients used are without preservatives and artificial flavourings.
TBP Recommends: Bonito Flakes Large Fried Chicken ($6.20)
The Bonito Flakes Large Fried Chicken ($6.20) is a new flavour available exclusively at Tiong Bahru Plaza outlet. For a limited period only.
The large crispy chicken piece was drizzled over with BBQ sauce and mayonnaise, then topped with bonito flakes. This totally reminded me of the Japanese Okonomiyaki, with an addictive sweet sauce.
You can have your chicken in full, or cut into pieces for easier consumption.
Tiong Bahru Plaza #B1-123, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
Tel: +65 6358 3465
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Bun Times 包含 is a bakery by Singaporean’s favourite Old Chang Kee you may not know about. I had a friend who loved their buns and thought the taste was soooooo familiar, without knowing it is from OCK. The realisation.
The shop at Tiong Bahru Plaza basement serves up a range of buns and bakes, made according to original Hainanese recipes. The appeal of these buns lies in their simplicity.
Pick your favourites of Curry Chicken Bun ($1.70), Coconut Bun ($1.70), Baked Curry Chicken Puff ($1.80) and Baked Black Pepper Tuna Puff ($2.00) on the old-school tray, and also look out for any on-going promotions to get more value for your buck.
TBP Recommends: Curry Chicken Bun ($1.70)
Ever wondered how your Old Chang Kee Curry Puff taste like with a different ‘crust’?
Think about this with a soft, golden-roasted bun instead for its exterior, along with the filling of soft potato, chicken chunks and tangy curry paste.
I am also a fan of the fragrant Hae Bee Bun filled with spicy sweet dried shrimps. Great for breakfast, or a between meal snack.
Head over to Tiong Bahru Plaza’s website for more details: http://www.tiongbahruplaza.com.sg
*This entry is brought to you in partnership with Tiong Bahru Plaza.