My favourite dining spots: Anthony Yeoh

My favourite dining spots: Anthony Yeoh

Because F&B insiders know best

Denise Kok

The head chef of Cocotte talks guilty pleasures, carrot cake that hits the spot, and culinary collaborations

A hawker stall I would queue for is Ah Heng Carrot Cake in Newton Circus. They make their own carrot cake from scratch. We've had many a late-night chef suppers there. 

A heritage eatery I hope will never disappear is 
Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring. They were mentioned in the Michelin Guide Singapore 2016, which means their queue now is even longer than before. I hope that means many more years of those fluffy, steaming cakes filled with melty gula melaka.

Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring | Instagram (@foodonfork)

I'm a regular at Bird Bird, the palace of Thai fried chicken, for their late night suppers on weekends.

Bird Bird

When I need to eat clean, I head to Goldhill Hakka Restaurant in Upper Changi. They serve handmade yong tau foo and it's cooked to order. The soup tastes of pure comfort. Expect a worthwhile wait at lunchtime.

My guilty pleasure is 
pork rinds. Bags and bags of pork rinds. Under my pillow.

My go-to supper spot is
Ah Heng Carrot Cake in Newton Circus. 

The best place to get a meal with seafood is
Cheek by Jowl. Chef Rishi Naleendra is killing it with his Coffin Bay oysters buried under an umami-bomb of a tomato granita. His barramundi dish is great, too. The dude is a master of flavour balance.

Oysters with smoked tomato granita  cheek by jowl

For special occasions, I head home. Homecooked meals by mom are so rare for me. There's isn't anything quite like that.

I had my most memorable meal at
Labyrinth, where Chef Han Li Guang cooked me an amazing meal. His takes on Peking duck and Hainanese chicken rice were just pure fun.


My favourite bar is... I don't have one. I'll hop around to different ones to see what's going on once in awhile but I'm not a regular bar crawler.

For coffee, I head to
the coffeeshop outside work for kopi peng.

A restaurant to watch is
Morsels. They are located on Mayo Street, just down the road from Cocotte. Petrina Loh does amazing things with unusual flavours. Think clams with figs and a kimchi broth. Come 26 September, we're collaborating with them to present a five-course sake and wine pairing dinner. Follow Cocotte or Morsels on Facebook to find out what we're up to. 

Morsels collab

The food scene in Singapore is maturing. Everyone opened in a flurry the past 10 years, but recently, we've started to see the sophistication of a more mature dining scene and local talent come forward. That being said, we still loooove our trends to our own blessing and detriment.

The country that has the best food scene is...
any country that has a great street food/hawker culture as a bedrock for its dining scene. In that vein, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and Vietnam are all fantastic culinary cities.

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