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Miss Chinatown: Insta-Worthy “Magic” Noodles + Peking Duck Tacos At Chinatown Rooftop

Last Updated: February 25, 2019

Written by Niger Tam

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Wandering around the carpark at People’s Park Complex, we found Miss Chinatown, the only eatery there. Taking over from now-defunct Lepark, it’s sandwiched between the top floor of the carpark and the iconic residential building.

The bar is owned by Singapore’s homegrown singer-songwriters Jack and Raiwho were also the ones behind The Flying Squirrel. As a result, they even have a private event space with a small stage for a live band.

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Miss Chinatown is a dimly-lit bar with neon drawings that look like street signs on the wall. 

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I couldn’t wait to try out what they have to offer. We started with the Peking Duck Wonton Tacos (S$12/two pieces), which featured innovative use of wonton skin as a taco shell.

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The Peking Duck Wonton Tacos combines the traditional Peking duck dish, with a playful Asian interpretation of a Mexican taco.

Each mouthful was filled with crispy thin wonton skin and the tender pulled duck meat. I could also taste the sweetness from the Peking duck sauce and the slight gaminess from the pulled duck. 

I really liked the different layers of textures in this dish, with crunchy wonton skin and tender, juicy pulled duck.

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We also tried the Cereal Chicken (S$12+), which came with a side of sweet and spicy Thai sauce. The chicken bits were coated in a batter and then covered with a cereal crust. Deep-fried till golden brown, the chicken within still managed to stay juicy.

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The cereal had a buttery fragrance which I really enjoyed and it also helped to add more crunch to the crust. 

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Dipping the chicken into the sweet and spicy Thai sauce added some acidity which helped to cut through the oiliness. 

The Cereal Chicken makes for a great bar snack, and especially with their affordable Asahi Beer Towers (S$50/tower, S$120/three towers).

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We went on to try something ‘magical’ that they recommended: the Thai Magic Noodles (S$7). The dish came with blue butterfly pea glass noodles, and we were quite amazed at the bright hue.

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The ‘magic’ happened when we dipped the blue glass noodles in a citrusy clear soup, turning the noodles purple! The sauce also gave the noodles a tangy taste alongside prominent notes of lemongrass.

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I could also taste the smokiness from the roasted nuts which contrasted with the sour clear soup. This dish was lighter and more refreshing, which was a welcome contrast to the previous heavier dishes.

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Finally, we also tried the Beef Rendang Gua Bao (S$16) which was a twist on the familiar kong bak pau.

I could distinctly taste the coconut flavour from the rendang sauce, with a hint of spiciness at the end. The lettuce and cucumber within the bun also added a crunchy texture to this meaty pau dish.

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I really appreciated how they were generous with the chunks of beef inside the bao. However, I felt that the beef was tough and slightly overcooked.


If you get a little full from the food, take a stroll around the old People’s Park Complex carpark.

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The old carpark has a stunning yellow residential building as a backdrop that’s great for Instagram-worthy pictures.

With such a relaxed atmosphere and even a view overlooking Chinatown, Miss Chinatown would be my new go-to place. Furthermore, their creative menu and affordable beers would surely be attractive to any hipsters taking pictures around the area.

My only gripes are just that the eatery was a little too warm, and that some of their other dishes could be better refined. But other than that, I would definitely come back to Miss Chinatown as I really enjoyed their innovative Asian-inspired food.

Expected Damage: S$30 – S$60 per pax

Price: $ $

Our Rating: 5 / 5

Miss Chinatown

1 Park Road, #06-01/02, Singapore 059108

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Our Rating 5/5

Miss Chinatown

1 Park Road, #06-01/02, Singapore 059108

Operating Hours: 3pm - 11pm (Wed & Thu), 3pm - 12midnight (Fri), 11.30am - 12midnight (Sat), 11.30am - 10pm (Sun), Closed on Mon & Tue

Operating Hours: 3pm - 11pm (Wed & Thu), 3pm - 12midnight (Fri), 11.30am - 12midnight (Sat), 11.30am - 10pm (Sun), Closed on Mon & Tue
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