From overseas food trends to overnight local sensations, we take a look at some of the hype-worthy fare that got us whipping up an appetite this past year.
Where: Suntec City #03-310/311, Eat At Seven, Singapore 038983
Tel: 6333 4386
Snaking queues are a common sight at the third level of Suntec City, all thanks to Tendon Kohaku’s comforting bowls of tendons served with Hokkaido rice. Despite opening its doors since last year, the specialty joint hasn’t stopped patrons from lining up early just for a go at tempura fried to golden perfection. The standard Kohaku Tendon ($15.90) is a definite crowd-puller, but opt for the Seasonal Tendon Spicy Flavour ($17.90) – only 100 bowls are available daily – for an extra gastronomical kick.
Where: 34 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199452
Tel: 6291 7670
You won’t have to travel to Hong Kong the next time you’re craving some authentic egglet waffles. New Halal dessert parlour Lickety opened its doors earlier this year to bring the sweet treat to Singapore with an OTT twist, paired with a wide assortment of unique localised ice cream flavours such as gula melaka and mao shan wang. You can also choose to have your ice cream and waffles combi served in a fanciful bouquet, which will look ever so chio against the pastel-perfect shopfront. Should we even be surprised that this spot’s a hit on Instagram?
Rainbow cakes were all the rage once upon a time, but here’s the latest colourful confectionary fad to get you into a tizzy. Local-based online bakery Batikrolls launched their creative spin on Swiss rolls earlier this year, which has swiftly caught attention on social media feeds. With a choice of cream filling from vanilla to nutella, these handcrafted sponge cakes (from $26) come adorned with meticulously-drawn floral patterns and abstract motifs, wrapped in an equally attractive pull-out box. While they look almost too good to eat, these artistic creations certainly make for great additions to that mandatory #Flatlay!
Ah Mah Homemade Cakes
Where: VivoCity #B2-K7, Singapore 0985851
Don’t let these unassuming batches of sponge Castella cake fool you: their ability to draw a sizable crowd is proof of its widespread appeal. The trend started in Taiwan, before this Malaysian-based bakery wisely brought the craze over for the local crowd. What’s special about the Ah Mah brand is undeniably the Cheese version ($11) that entices with Parmesan crunch and melted cheese threatening to spill out of its jiggly frame – and hungry visitors get to view its baking process from start to finish right at the store. It’s no wonder that they’ve already opened a multitude of outlets islandwide, with more to come!
Where: 49 Temple Street, Singapore 058594
Tel: 6221 2338
Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the seasonal appeal of our famed national fruit. For durian fanatics however, you can now get your thorny fix all year round at the newly-opened Mao Shan Wang Cafe. The brainchild of Four Seasons Durian, the first-of-its-kind concept store dishes up plates of durian-everything – from ice cream puffs ($15.80 for six pieces) to french fries served with durian dipping sauce ($3.80). Oh, don’t forget to also pick up some packed D24 goodness for your finger-licking consumption at home too!
Where: Downtown Gallery #04-01, Singapore 068815
Famed Japanese coffee brand Omotesando Koffee has finally arrived in Singapore to much fanfare, and for good reason. While the Downtown Gallery joint specialises in artisanal brews that would satisfy even the most serious caffeine aficionados, casual coffee drinkers will also enjoy sipping on their signature Iced Cappuccino ($7.50), an airy mocha concoction that fluffs up with large milk bubbles – photo ops, anyone? The lack of seats might not appeal to those looking to linger over a cuppa, but it’s the perfect setting to strike up a conversation with the friendly baristas who would be more than happy to share their knowledge with you.
Where: 72 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079329
Tel: 6908 4348
No stranger to the ramen scene in Singapore, Keisuke has done it yet again with its latest dining concept. A stone’s throw away from Tanjong Pagar MRT station, the Japanese food chain outlet is a haven for sizzling plates of cheese-oozing hamburger patties. You know it’s good because they only serve up two menu varieties – Plain ($18.80) or Triple Cheese ($20.80) – but it more than makes up for the lack of options with flavour, complete with a free-flow salad buffet spread and eggs done the way you like it. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so be sure to head down early to secure a table!
This article was adapted from the December 2017 issue of Teenage.
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