Singapore is synonymous with food – whether it’s a glistening plate of chicken rice, steamy bowl of curry laksa or simple kaya toast with a strong cuppa joe. And now that the Lion City is starting to open up post-Covid, there’s no better time to get reacquainted with Singapore’s local eats. Here’s where to go when you touch down:
Keng Wah Sung
There’s nothing quite like a trad Singaporean brekkie of kaya toast and kopi. Go old skool and pay tribute to one of Singapore’s oldest coffee shops, Keng Wah Sung, in Geylang. This cheap and cheerful family-run joint has been around for over 70 years, with loyal regulars coming back for the strong brews and value-for-money toast and egg sets. It doesn’t get more authentic than this.
783 Geylang Road, +65 6744 3784, 6am-12am Mon to Sat, closed Sun
The Original Katong Laksa Since 1950’s (Janggut Laksa)
An oldie but a goodie, legend has it this is the OG of ‘katong laksa’. Whilst the nondescript Roxy Mall location may not be so enticing, you’re only here to slurp up that bowl of noodles. Add on the curry chicken if you have room.
50 E Coast Road, Roxy Square, +65 9658 6133, 9am-4.30 pm daily, facebook.com/janggutlaksa
East Coast Lagoon Food Village
Head down to East Coast Park for a long, leisurely stroll along the water towards your early dinner. East Coast Lagoon is home to top-notch stalls like Choon Hiang – ask Aunty Mui Mui to serve up some of her renowned fried kway teow, you’ve earned it. Since you’re by the water, it’s only right to tuck into some seafood. Song Kee Fried Oyster plates up delectable oyster omelettes, or hit up 28 Barbecue Seafood for chili crab, sambal sotong and bbq prawns. Dee-lish.
1220 ECP, 5pm-12am daily, note stall opening times vary
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