By Finder blogger: Chua Xing Wei, writer at jiaksimipng.wordpress.com
Curious about local flavours? If you haven’t tried them out – from coconut jam to pandan – you’re seriously missing out. Our finder blogger, Xing Wei, shares his favourite spots for some good old Singaporean eats to start the day.
Breakfast of Singaporean champions
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and being a Singaporean at heart, nothing beats the warmth of having a Kaya (coconut jam) Butter Toast with soft-boiled eggs and a cup of Kopi (coffee) to start the day.
Sure, the local breakfast may be an easy find in coffeeshops and food courts, but here are some hipster spots that you can sit and chill and soak in the vibes while enjoying a slow morning with a good local breakfast.
1. The Lokal
Known for their aussie-style brunches, The Lokal serves a rather hipster version of the local Kaya Butter Toast.
Their rendition comes with four lightly-toasted triangles of bread with homemade kaya and butter. To serve up the complete local breakfast experience, the Kaya Toast Set also comes with a sous-vide egg for you to dip your toast into.
Order a Flat White or Long Black to go with, and there you have your full breakfast, Singapore-style!
136 Neil Rd, Singapore 088865
2. Ah Kong Den
Ah Kong Den is named after a local gang that had its heydays in the 1970s, but fret not, for the staff here are polite and nowhere gangster-like.
The breakfast set, Ah Kong Tradition, comes with a choice of Kaya Butter, Kaya or Peanut Butter Toast with two soft-boiled eggs and a cup of kopi (coffee) or teh (tea).
They also have more substantial items such as Mee Siam, Mee Rebus, Laksa and Curry Chicken sets, as well as a wide variety of toast options if you fancy (Butter sugar cinnamon toast, anyone?).
Aqueen Heritage Hotel, 51 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427373
Located within Mapletree Business City, Chiak is a salad-cum-noodle bar that targets the health-conscious office workers while bringing a local twist to their food.
While the focus may be on their Design-Your-Own-Bowl menu, Chiak also offers an extensive menu of Chiak toasts. Their Pandan Kaya spread is made with organic unrefined sugar, making it a healthier option; the more adventurous ones go for the Coffee Butter and Vanilla Custard Toast or the Black Sesame and Vanilla Custard Toast.
#02-37 Mapletree Business City, 40 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 117383
4. Sam Yat Coffee
Sam Yat Coffee serves mainly local fare, with usual suspects such as Economic Bee Hoon, Mee Rebus, Curry Chicken, but they do also interestingly serve a couple of Chinese and Korean desserts on the menu.
You cannot go wrong with the timeless Kaya Butter Toast Set, as you get teleported back to the good ol’ days with its typical coffeeshop décor and environment.
241 Outram Rd, Singapore 169044
About Xing Wei
Jiak simi png translates to “eat what rice” in the Hokkien dialect, which is Singlish for “What are you eating?” A longtime lover of food – both Eastern and Western, Xing Wei spends his time checking out the newest places to eat in town. He believes that all food should be enjoyed from two angles: the way it tastes to you as well as the way that the chef intends the food to be tasted. Check out his foodie adventures on his website and Instagram.