Singapore-inspired dishes in all their splendour.
Apart from flags fluttering in the wind, Singapore-inspired dishes are probably the next most visible sign of National Day cheer. Here are just a few that remind us of all the reasons why we love this melting pot of cultures called Singapore.
(1) Beer and burgers
If local beer and tze char-style burgers sound like good accompaniments to National Day fireworks, head to Tiger Street Lab at Jewel Changi Airport where they will be offering a Limited Edition Tiger Red Dragon Fruit Lager with burgers from Keng Eng Kee Seafood’s Wok In Burger. Available at $54 (U.P $64) for two Tiger Red Dragon Fruit Lagers, 300ml (or Tiger White, 500ml) paired with the chili soft shell crab Wok In Burger and salted egg yolk chicken Wok In Burger.
#05-205 Jewel Changi Airport. Tel: 6243 2047
(2) Peranakan affair
Whether we’re Peranakan or not, we seem to have imbibed the culture as representative of Singapore. Think SQ’s sarong kebaya or the well-loved The Little Nonya television series. At chef Malcolm Lee’s Candlenut restaurant this National Day, tuck into Straits Chinese specialities such as homemade kueh pie tee, Westholme Wagyu beef rendang and blue swimmer crab curry (from $16). Or go for the fittingly matriarchal ‘Ah-ma-kase’ menu (from $88 for lunch and $128 for dinner) featuring dishes such as babi buah keluak soft bone pork with black nut gravy and the Kuhlbarra barramundi fish fillet with masak merah and a variety of chillies.
17A Dempsey Road. Tel: 1800 304 2288
(3) Heritage cuisine
Since their opening at the Great World Amusement Park in 1929 as Wing Choon Yuen (yes, it’s their 90th anniversary this year), Spring Court in Chinatown has been one of the most enduring and well-loved Singaporean Chinese restaurants in the city. Up until 11 August, they are offering their signature roasted whole chicken at $5.40 instead of the usual $29 for dine-in customers, with every minimum spend of $90. Head here to access the coupon.
52-56 Upper Cross Street. Tel: 6449 5030
(4) Steak re-imagined
Mention Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and you might think of Porterhouse steak or a fillet mignon paired with creamed spinach or sauteed mushrooms. See how they turn steak conventions on their head this National Day season with their rendition of beef rendang, featuring USDA Prime Black Angus beef prepared with a melange of spices, and served with rice, homemade cucumber achar and papadum. Available until 11 August at $38, paired with a glass of Prunotto Moscato d’asti.
#02-01 InterContinental Singapore, Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Road. Tel: 6887 5885
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(5) Garden Delights
Tucked away at Sunset Way, Clementi, Summer Hill offers a respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. For the month of August, try their flower fritter ($19), an ode to local and regional ingredients, comprising garam masala tempura batter, shrimp, banana and hummingbird flower petals, kunyit, moringa and lime leaf, torch ginger-lemon salsa verde.
#01-62, 106 Clementi Street 12. Tel: 6251 5337
(6) Nostalgic treats
Creamier’s Little White Rabbit ice cream ($4.80 per scoop; $16 per pint) features the milk and caramel flavours of White Rabbit candies of the past. New this season, their Creamier chendol float ($7.50 per serving) comes chock-filled with goodies such as gula melaka syrup, sweetened red beans, chendol jelly, pandan-infused coconut milk, signature handcrafted sea salt gula melaka ice cream and gula melaka syrup.
Gillman Barracks, 5A Lock Road. Tel: 6262 1087
(7) Five stars arising
Tiong Bahru Bakery’s Singapore stars tart of coconut sponge, coconut lime mousse with strawberry and raspberry confit reminds us of the National Day song that goes, “There are five stars arising out of the stormy sea…”. Even if the lyrics don’t ring a bell, the treat’s shades of red and white should liven up your coffee table come National Day. Available from $8.90 at all Tiong Bahru Bakery’s outlets until 12 August.
#01-70, 56 Eng Hoon Street. Tel: 6220 3430
(8) Luxurious lobster
Burger & Lobster, Jewel, will be paying homage to local flavours through laksa lobster ($70), their version of laksa, featuring whole, steamed Nova Scotia lobsters served in a coconut-based broth flavoured with laksa leaves, ikan bilis and red chilli, along with rice noodles, tofu, and bean sprouts. Limited servings are available per day until 10 August.
#05-203, Jewel, 78 Airport Boulevard. Tel: 6971 6126
(9) Plant-based celebration
Even without crab meat, VeganBurg recreates the flavours of chilli crab in their National Day special, the chilli krab burger. The plant-based burger comprises a vegan shredded konjac ‘crab’ meat patty, sunny-side up egg made from pumpkin, romaine lettuce, homemade chilli crab sauce and fresh coriander, clasped between wholemeal buns. Try it by ordering their 1-for-1 National Day meal ($24.90), which includes curry fries, ginger lemonade and coconut pineapple ice cream. Available for dine-in from 9 to 22 August.
44 Jalan Eunos. Tel: 6844 6868
(10) Bring on the bubble tea
Pop the bubble tea cocktails in celebration of Singapore’s 54th birthday. At Bar Canary, Grand Park Orchard, two bubble tea cocktails will be available until 31 August. Paradise Pop ($17) features a housemade osmanthus sencha tea with gin, sugar syrup and lychee pearls. Smooth Criminal ($17) on the other hand, pairs lavender and early grey tea with sweet caramel jelly, and is built on a base of whisky, angostura bitters, caramel syrup, fresh milk and Frangelico liqueur.
Level 4, Grand Park Orchard. Tel: 6603 8855