11-05-2018 04:50 AM - edited 11-05-2018 06:24 AM
I got the chance to visit Singapore two weeks ago. I made a stop there for a few days while on my way to my hometown, Jakarta. I had always known Singapore is a very diverse city in terms of cuisine, so I thought that it would make for the perfect food crawl for a foodie like me.
Here are the three best restaurants I went to.
Do you like the combination of noodles and seafood? If your answer is yes, then the prawn Hokkien mee is a must-try for you. This is a classic meal, which has become a signature dish of Singapore. I could find it everywhere in the city, but in my opinion the best place to try it was at the Thye Hong Eateries Pte. Ltd. restaurant.
The prawn Hokkien mee is full of flavor. It’s made of yellow and rice noodles, rich seafood stock, and prawns.
2. Kam’s Roast
Even though this is a one Michelin star restaurant, I didn’t have high expectations when I first heard about it. The reason is that the Kam’s Roast’s specialty is roasted duck, a dish so common in Asia.
When we were seated in the restaurant, we received an order card to fill in and give to the waiter. First we ordered a jellyfish—a cold appetizer, also popular in my area. This dish was lightly seasoned with vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. It felt crunchy while I was chewing it, and that was very refreshing.
Then the star of the evening came out—the special roasted duck. When I saw the sauce underneath the duck, I thought it would make the duck soggy. I couldn’t be more wrong! The duck skin was crispy, the meat was very tender, and the sauce simply completed the whole experience.
The Haidilao Hot Pot @ 313 restaurant impressed me the most because of its service. When we were seated, the staff welcomed us with hot towels, aprons (so we didn’t stain our clothes), hair ties for the women, and ziplock bags for our phones in case we spilled the soup.
There was a sauce and appetizer bar where we could mix and match the sauces and enjoy a free appetizer while waiting for our order to arrive.
It turned out that this restaurant doesn’t play around when it came to broth selections. We could choose to have a one, two, three, or four-section hot pot with broth of any flavor we wanted. I chose a four-section hot pot with classic chicken broth, pork broth, mala broth, and sour soup broth. There was a great variety of toppings to choose from—anything from meat and fish to vegetables and tofu.
One of the signature things to order at the Haidilao Hot Pot @ 313 was the dancing noodle. There would be a short performance by the noodle maker, dancing around with the noodles among the customers. After the performance, he would cut and put the noodles in your hot pot.
This usually is a pretty packed restaurant and you’ll likely have to wait for a table if you didn’t make a reservation beforehand. But if you think you’d be bored while waiting here, think again. There are free snacks and drinks provided in the waiting area, free manicures, and a kids’ playroom.
What are some of the best restaurants you’ve been to in Singapore? Share in the comments below.