Gastronomic Gems: What To Eat And Where To Go For Singapore Food Festival - Food & Travel

Here’s a listing of gustatory delights to indulge in during the Lion City’s food festival happening until September 12th.

The Singapore Food Festival is in full swing welcoming guests from all over the world to experience this culinary adventure.

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Here is Lifestyle Asia’s list of gustatory delights and where to find them so you can enjoy this gastronomic journey through Singapore.

KEK (Keng Eng Kee) at Alexandra Village. Must-tries are the Coffee Pork Ribs, Salted Egg Prawns, Black Pepper Crabs, and Moonlight Hofan. If you’re eating with family and friends, we recommend as well the Chili Crabs with Steamed Buns, Chinese Spinach with Ikan Bilis, Ming Zhu Roll, and Clay Pot Rice with Liver.

Black Pepper Crabs flavored with black pepper, dried shrimp and curry leaves | Photo from KEK’s Instagram

Ya Kun Kaya Toast Coffeestall at Clark Quay Center. We highly recommend the Kaya Toast with Butter Set, Smoked Cheese French Toast with Kaya Set, and Ginger Milk Tea. Both sets come with two perfectly delicate soft-boiled eggs. While we enjoyed our kaya toast at Clark Quay Center, you will find other branches across Singapore City.

Kaya Toast with Butter Set and soft-boiled eggs, Smoked Cheese French Toast, and Kopi | Photo from Ya Gun Kaya Toast’s Instagram

Satay Street at Lau Pa Sat Festival Market. They serve everything satay here—chicken, beef, pork, and mutton as well! The rich and flavorful peanut gravy deserves special mention. 120 sticks of assorted satay will go a long way to satisfy a group of 10-12 hungry bellies. Don’t forget to eat these with the rice cakes that look like adorable little pillows.

Lau Pa Sat Festival Market

Chinatown Complex at Smith Street. The Hawker Feast is an unforgettable nine-course meal from the best among 226 hawker stalls. Musts are the Michelin-starred Hawker Chan’s soya sauce chicken rice (#02-126) as well as Hakka Thunder Rice Tea from Hakka Fun (#02-123) and the Fried Carrot Cake from Super Mummy (#02-103). We do suggest you work up an appetite and indulge in the complete Hawker Feast set that also includes an appetizer of Bak Wa (Chinese bacon) and Pig Ear Biscuits (they’re actually not made from pig’s ears) as well as mains like the Fish Ball Noodle, Prawn Noodle, Braised Tofu, Chee Cheong Fun, and a dessert of Soya Beancurd, apart from the first three dishes mentioned. Coffee and tea are customary and you have the option to enjoy them iced. If you’d like to learn more about the Hawker Feast at Chinatown, contact Cornelius Ang +65 9773 8937.

Hawker Chan is the first hawker to be awarded One Michelin Star

New Ubin at CHIJMES. The foie gras egg special with a dash of truffle salt and soft boiled eggs will have you savoring every bite while the steamed and deep-fried squid paste youtiao will surprise you with its different textures of moist and crunchy. You can find them on Instagram for inquiries.

Foie Gras Egg Special and Squid Paste Youtiao

Dunman Center at Joo Chiat. Brunch just got better with vadai from Gina’s as well as the tau kwa pau from Tekong, and bean curd with grass jelly drink from Say Seng.

Vegetable and Prawn Vadai from Gina’s in Dunman Center, Joo Chiat

Yong’s at Katong, Joo Chiat. Have a taste of some traditional teochew kuey. These dumplings are perfect if you’re in a rush since you can eat it while on the go.

Yong’s Teochew Kuey at Katong, Joo Chiat

328 Katong Laksa in Katong, Joo Chiat. Authentic laksa, steaming hot, aromatic, and flavorful. Best to go at 11 AM before the lunch time rush.

Laksa from 328 Katong Laksa

Blue Smoke at 261 Joo Chiat Road. Chicken skin, duck breast, and dirty basmati are just few of the musts on this Asian contemporary smokehouse’s menu. Reach out to them on Instagram for more information.

Blue Smoke’s Duck Breast went perfectly with their Dirty Basmati

The Elephant Room at 20A Teck Lim Road. This culture-forward cocktail bar is inspired by Singapore’s Little India. Some of our favorites include the watermelon & rose; Laddoooooo with Two Indies Rum, saffron, and coconut marshmallow; and the Cocktail Asura with Two Leaf Distillate, lime and curry leaf, roasted orgeat, topped with charred curry meringue. You can find The Elephant Room on Instagram.

Laddoooooo and Cocktail Asura | Photos from The Elephant Room’s Instagram

Ice Cream Stand outside Gucci, Paragon. Fondly called as Uncle Ice Cream, the queue at his ice cream stand never seems to run out while he patiently serves each and every customer eager to dig in. Choose your ice cream from 12 different Magnolia flavors like blueberry ripple, yam, sweet corn, peppermint chocolate chip, durian, green tea, mango, chocolate chip, red bean, raspberry ripple, vanilla, and chocolate then opt to either sandwich your ice cream in a slice of folded rainbow bread or between two thin wafer biscuits.

Kind Kones in Paragon at 290 Orchard Road. This plant-based ice cream uses only nut, oat or coconut and is sweetened with unrefined cane sugar, molasses, and natural sugars and is free of preservatives, artificial coloring, and flavoring. If you love chocolate, you must try the chocolate chai made from coconut milk, cashew milk, ashwaganda, cardamom, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and sea salt. Head over to Instagram to find out more.

Kind Kones plant-based based ice cream | Photo from Kind Kone’s Instagram.

Azabu Sabo Hokkaido Ice Cream at Clarke Quay. The long queue for this Hokkaido ice cream was well worth it and if you love milk tea you won’t regret trying the houji cha flavor. The roasted beniharuka sweet potato flavor is another option for those looking for something out of the ordinary. Other flavors include lychee, matcha, rum and raisin, and matcha chocolate chip among others.

Azabu Sabo Hokkaido Ice Cream is at Clarke Quay

Visit the website for more information on the Singapore Food Festival. Now on its 29th edition, the festival runs until September 12th.

For a fun taste of Singapore, contact Singapore Tour Master Toon Hee +65 945 50235.

Dive deep into the streets of Joo Chiat with Katong Boy, Anthony Ang +65 923 69138.

Banner photo via Instagram @elephantroomsg.

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