Old is gold
These decades-old restaurants in Singapore have withstood the test of time. And surely this says something about their food!
They say a city’s culture is best sampled through its street food, and if that’s anything to go by, Cantonese restaurant Fatty Weng’s origins as a modest roadside stall surely means something. Go from honey pork ribs to deep-fried soon hock fish (pictured) to the quintessential chili crab.
37 Smith St, Singapore 058950
NEXT: Shashlik →
When this Russian-Hainanese restaurant drew its shutters a while back, regulars flocked here for one last taste of the signature skewered meats (after all, that’s what shashlik means in Russian). They fought to stay alive, and they did – their re-opening saw age-old favourites (A baked Alaska set aflame by your table, anyone?) doled out plate after plate to eager diners.
#06-19 Far East Shopping Centre, 545 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238882
NEXT: Tong Ah Eating House →
The quintessential Singaporean breakfast – kaya toast and hard-boiled eggs – may not be the most extravagant, but it’s still the breakfast of champions. The set at this 75-year-old eatery : eggs prepared to a runny white and silky yolk, ready to ooze sunshine yellow at the prick of your spoon, with thin, crispy toast spread with custardy coconut jam.
35 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089142
NEXT: Good Chance Popiah →
Think of popiah as an Asian burrito of sorts – braised turnip, prawns, ribbons of omelette, chopped peanuts and more wrapped in thin yet chewy skin. At Good Chance Popiah, you’re presented with all the ingredients for you to DIY your meal. Tradition likens putting a popiah roll together to wrapping gold and silver, a symbol of good luck!
#01-58, 149 Silat Ave, Singapore 160149
NEXT: Quentin’s Eurasian Restaurant →
The best Eurasian food is found not in restaurants but in homes, chef Quentin himself admits, and it’s this very notion that inspired him to defy the odds and replicate the art of Eurasian cooking, passed down from his parents and grandparents, in a homey restaurant setting. A must-try: the Oxtail Curry Devil (pictured), a fiery curry glorified with melt-in-your-mouth meat.
Eurasian Community House, 139 Ceylon Rd, Singapore 429744
NEXT: Islamic Restaurant →
Many regulars and VIPs – from Asia’s politicians to Brunei royalty – have only praise for a comforting plate of nasi briyani at this almost 100-year-old establishment. Now headed by third-generation owner, choose from chicken, mutton or fish to go with your flavour-packed rice. They’ve even got a Dial-A-Briyani delivery service!
745 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198713
NEXT: Colbar →
While kampong-style dishes for both Western and Eastern tastes make for a hearty brunch, it’s the history of the place that’s particularly significant: Formerly a canteen for a British army barracks in the area, the eatery retains this very aesthetic for a blast to the past.
9A Whitchurch Rd, Singapore 138839
NEXT: Chao Shan →
Previously known as Guan Hin, this Teochew restaurant’s humble beginnings can be traced all the way back to the 1970s. And it was there that the second-generation owner Koh learnt and refined his culinary craft that he exhibits in the now well-loved classics at Chao Shan, including the tender braised goose (pictured), a delightfully crispy oyster pancake and more.
#01-01/02 Grand Building, 17 Phillip St, Singapore 189694
NEXT: Moi Lum →
Old is gold, but this homey restaurant has kept up with the times, too, updated its menu by introducing modern ingredients such as wasabi and salted egg yolk; or, go with classics like the Majestic Roast Chicken (pictured) and their legendary Crispy Fried Chicken.
#01-01/02 Airview Building, 38 Maxwell Rd, Singapore 069116
NEXT: Fatty Weng →
By Pinky Chng, September 2017
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