You don’t have to travel far to devour authentic cuisine around the world – from Japanese cheese tarts to Taiwanese sponge cakes, check out all the latest international outposts that have landed in Singapore.
Time to round up you K-foodie crew! South Korean F&B franchise Dookki, which has over 100 outlets around the world, is not your typical all-you-can-eat destination – enter Singapore’s first tteokbokki (rice cakes) buffet restaurant which is known for its unique two-meal dining concept. At just $18.80, you can enjoy an endless carb-loaded feast in a simmering hotpot along with an assortment of ingredients to choose from; then finish the meal kimchi fried rice cooked with leftover tteokbokki sauce (you can DIY you own customisable sauce!). But here’s where the real fun starts: order the Double Cheese Ring at an extra $9.80, which comes served in a molten ring of dippin’ goodness. Can anybody say “cheese pull”?
April’s Bakery, from Bangkok, Thailand
Pies are having a huge moment now thanks to the arrival of April’s Bakery, the Bangkok-based establishment well-loved for its homemade Cantonese-style pastries ($2 each). Think of it as your traditional wife biscuit/sweetheart cake with a contemporary twist. Look forward to a colourful medley of sweet favourites like taro, matcha and black sesame as well as savoury options like honey pork and honey chicken. Although, it’s hard to go wrong with any of the flavours – and it doesn’t hurt that they are all equally instagrammable – the Thai milk tea is hard to beat. Psst, this one’s a bestseller so be sure to head down early if you want in on the cha yen action!
25 Degrees, from Los Angeles, United States
Address: 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980
When a restaurant is named after “the precise temperature difference between a raw and well-done hamburger”, you know they take their craft seriously. No stranger to the likes of your favourite A-listers, 25 Degrees has finally brought its distinctive West Coast flavour to our sunny shores. Located at Hotel G, this freshly-minted 40-seater retains the original Hollywood charm of an all-American burger shack – complete with old-world décor, vintage vibes and a snazzy soundtrack. Only five burger varieties are on the menu but its signature Number One ($14) featuring a juicy Angus beef patty, Canadian smoky bacon and cheese galore is enough reason for us to drop by. And just think, we haven’t even gotten to the milkshakes, truffle fries and French toasts yet…
LE Castella from Taipei, Taiwan
Address: Tampines One #B1-32, Singapore 529536
It’s no secret that Singaporeans love to queue, so it isn’t surprising to see snaking lines outside LE Castella’s newly opened local outpost – all ready to sink our teeth into these Instagram-approved blocks of fluffy sponge cakes. And you know the hype is real when people queue simply to witness the showmanship, where freshly-made batches of Castella cakes are wheeled out every 15 minutes to be flipped and sliced before being stamped with the brand’s logo in all its jiggly glory. Limited flavours are available as of now – original ($9.90), Cheese ($11.90) and the soon-to-be-launched Chocolate – but we heard they’ll be rolling out a uniquely Singaporean flavour soon so keep that kiasu streak going!
PABLO, from Osaka, Japan
Can’t get enough of the cheese tart wave? Hot on the heels of BAKE, “the most famous cheese tarts from Japan” is set to spark another frenzy. Come July, Osaka-based franchise PABLO will be serving up their signature 15cm cheese tarts (from $13) at their new 80-seater café in the heart of Orchard Rad. Flavours include cheese, matcha cheese and chocolate cheese, but we recommend the premium cheese tart which is lightly torched to create a candied glaze that cracks satisfyingly on top of its creamy cheese filling – it’s pretty much crème brulee in a tart form! In addition, to the baked goods, you can also expect other cheesy delights ranging from smoothies to cookies and even iced coffee topped with cheese soft serve (yes, it’s a thing!).
This article was adapted from the Teenage July Issue 2017, out on newsstands now.
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