It goes without saying that Singaporeans will go to great lengths if they’re promised a good meal, and the fact that I am one of them was definitely brought up during my interview for this job. Being the person who’s ever-ready with her list of food suggestions is a mantle I have proudly undertaken… and created an Excel sheet for.
My list is conveniently organised into columns denoting the names of places, their respective cuisines, their location, and a personal rating if I’ve ever gone there. It’s never failed me yet, and today, it won’t fail you, because here are 10 places to pop by if you’re paying a visit to Potong Pasir.
Run by third generation Shangri-La Confectionery and Delicatessen, and recently revamped from a bakery to a café, is Kizuna, which means “bond or connections between people” when translated into English from Japanese. The café offers your typical coffee options such as Mocha (S$6.50), Earl Grey Cold Brew (S$4), and even Hot Chocolate (S$5.50), perfect for the rainy afternoons we’ve been having as of late.
They currently have pre-orders open for their Teochew-style Beef Kway Teow (S$21.90) and Summer Slurp (Cold Beef Noodles) (S$21.90), for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Well-loved and often complimented as one of Singapore’s better prawn noodles is River South (Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodles. The stall was established four decades ago, and currently boasts an impressive variety of more than 20 dishes. Take your pick from perennial favourites such as Prawn Noodle Soup with Baby Abalone (S$10), Dry Prawn Noodle with Pork Ribs (S$5.50), and more.
Oh, and don’t worry about getting your hands dirty, because all prawns are deshelled whenever you order. A service to mankind, indeed.
I’m definitely a meat lover, but it’s definitely easier to stick to Meatless Mondays when the vegetarian options are aplenty. Cue No Monkey Business, serving vegetarian iterations of Singaporean favourites such as Char Kway Teow (S$6.80) and Fried Hokkien Noodles (S$6.80).
No Monkey Business also offers no-egg options on their menu, and who knows? Maybe you’d enjoy the vegetarian options of these local delights a lot more than the originals.
4. Ms Durian
Our review of Ms Durian yielded a whopping five out of five stars, so if you’re a durian fiend who simply can’t get enough of the pungent yellow fruit and want it in dessert form—maybe a trip down to Potong Pasir is in order. Grab your friends for an afternoon tea of Durian Coconut Milk Pudding (S$6), Durian Craquelin (S$2), which uses D24 durian, and top it all off with a decadent slice of MSW Durian Mousse Cake (S$8.50).
Just skip your diet for one day—we won’t tell, pinky promise.
I’m a sucker for nice ambiances as much as I am for a good meal, and The Beef Station is well known to give you both. Enjoy natural lighting with their all-glass storefront, and dig into a comforting bowl of hot beef noodles. Fans usually opt for their signature Hainanese Beef Noodle (S$7), topped with cilantro, bean sprouts, and peanuts.
Alternatively, you can switch things up with their Spicy Mala Beef Noodle (S$9), which is generously doused with pepper, spices, and chilli, and reminiscent of the Samyang Hot Chicken Ramen we all know and love.
6. Fuel X
Whenever I check the menu of any eatery, I always look at the desserts first, you know, as one does. Enter Fuel X, part of the Fuel family consisting of Refuel Café, Refuel 2, and Fuel Plus+. This café promises to keep any dessert enthusiast fueled up with their Matcha Pancakes (S$15), Red Velvet Waffles (S$16), or their Homemade Apple Crumble (S$10). It’ll definitely keep your tank full, especially with their signature Fuel Tank (S$19) platter, consisting of eggs, sausage, grilled bacon, smoked salmon, grilled tomatoes, and more.
7. DLLM Lok Lok
Few of us aren’t fans of lok lok, and fewer still haven’t heard of the popular Malaysian street snack. Every skewer sold by DLLM Lok Lok costs S$1 by default, and is covered in a mouthwatering savoury and sweet sauce. It’s going to be a messy affair, but what’s not to love about Taiwan sausages, smoked duck, and deep fried squid dipped into their tangy and spicy chilli padi and lime sauce?
Thank goodness it’s free flow, am I right?
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Here’s another one for my avid café hoppers everywhere. Juparo Coffee is definitely one to visit, with its cosily-decorated interior, wooden tables, and warm lighting that’s perfect for a little insta shot while you’re there. It also boasts of an extensive menu including Chicken Pesto (S$13.50) pasta, Brekkie Burger (S$12.50), and Wagyu Beef Burger (S$16.50) that you can order if you want to treat yourself to something good.
If you’re in charge of picking the place for your next family dinner, let me tempt you with Butter Salted Egg Yolk Crab (S$66), Claypot Wine Chicken with Ginger & Sesame Oil (S$16+), and Siam Style Hot-plate Prawn (S$20+) from Gu Ma Jia Private Kitchen. It’s worth travelling all the way down to Potong Pasir just to visit the epitome of Chinese restaurants that your Chinese parents will definitely approve of.
After all, isn’t that what matters most when it comes to keeping the elders satisfied?
For me, every day is cheat day, but if you’re sticking to that diet plan religiously, your next pit stop at Potong Pasir might just be Staple Food Singapore, which also offers healthy vegetarian options. Take your pick from their Crafted Healthy Bowls such as the Sesame Soba Bowl (S$16.80), or try out their Smoked Salmon Pasta (S$17.30) if you need meat in your meal.
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