5 best foods to eat in Singapore this month
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You might be able to return or refund a bad shopping decision, but you can't take back what you've consumed. And with the hard work that we get up to in our intensive barre and HIIT sessions, every bite counts. Meaning, when we actually set aside meals for indulgence, it has to actually be mind-blowingly delicious. To save you from that disappointment, we have very spontaneously gone out, to scour, taste, and ingest a myriad of foods to streamline a list of five for you from our city's thriving food scene this month. Some of them might be timeless classics that we've recently rekindled with (as with any old flame), while some are new chart-toppers that have made our insides delight with glee. You're welcome.
1. Cioppino from Caffe Cicheti
Surprise surprise. Caffe Cicheti (from the famed Italian line of establishments of Cicheti and Bar Cicheti)'s winning dish isn't a plate full of fresh pasta. Instead, the hearty bowl of seafood stew won its way to our hearts. A culmination of fish and prawn stock, housemade tomato sauce and cream as well as a generous mix of seafood (of grey prawns, flower clams, scallops, and squids). It's enjoyed with a slice of toasted foccacia lathered with garlic and butter, but once you're done with that — we encourage you to slurp till the very last drop.
26 Beach Rd, South Beach Tower, #B1-21, Tel: 6384 1878
Opening hours: (Tues-Fri)11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm,(Sat)11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm, (Sun) 10.30am-4.30pm
2. Chicken liver parfait cigars from Maggie Joan's
Remember Collon? The Japanese snack that encased a rich sweet cream varying many flavours. Well Maggie Joan's has a similar equivalent — but probably a hundred folds tastier. Think a velvety and sweet chicken liver parfait and quince jam filling piped within a thin, crisp shell. Playfully shaped like cigars, every bite is accompanied with candied pistachios. This was truly an interpretation that was fun to savour while going through motions of delicate yet bold flavours.
110 Amoy Street #01-01, Tel: 6221 5564
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri)12pm- 2.30pm, (Mon-Sat) Dinner 6pm- 10.30pm
3. Brinjal Delight from New Ubin Chijmes
People rave about the heart attack fried rice, the premium steaks, and maybe the chili crab. But we're dubbing the underdog to be the eggplant here at New Ubin Seafood at Chijmes. Thin caramelised crisp slices served with dried chili — you can't possibly stop at one so might as well order it in 'L'.
30 Victoria Street #02-01B/C, Tel: 9740 6870
Opening hours: 11am-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm
4. Cheese French toast from Jalan Tua Kong at Bedok Simpang
We know Jalan Tua Kong has made its bones from the solid formula of fishball dried mee pok. But the branch at Bedok Simpang comes with a secret weapon. A coffee and tea stand, which operates at the back where you can procure a heady cup of teh and a selection of French toasts. Order the one with cheese and it comes with a slab of kaya (bearing a golden hue). It's the perfect dessert post-spicy high from the bowl of noodles.
306 Bedok Rd, Tel: 6241 0201
Opening hours: 7am-5pm
5. Baked custard buns from Dim Sum Haus
Those that deem custard buns passé clearly have not tried these ones from Dim Sum Haus. By replacing the typical pillowy buns with a baked crust, the savoury-sweet golden lava blends delectably — even more so than the usual. It's that indulgent moreish dessert you want to end a meal with, despite the one too many dumplings you might have had earlier.
57 Jalan Besar, Tel: 6442 0910
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri)11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm, (Sat-Sun)10.30am-10.30pm