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8 Singapore Night Bites

Having supper, especially on weekends, is a huge subset of Singaporeans’ favourite past time – eating. There’s something strangely exhilarating about feasting late at night. A short car ride would take you between supper haunts. On week nights, you would see people dining alone (probably those who work the graveyard shift) or in pairs late at night. On weekends, having supper is almost like a must with your group of buddies.

Prata Soak in Singapore1) Prata
Flakey on the outside, fluffy on the inside; Prata is a quintessential night bite (and one of Jess’ favourite!). Customarily dipped (or dunked) in curry, prata suffices as a savory dish or a satisfying dessert when complemented with a myriad of toppings, as many would dab it in sugar. Chocolate prata and tissue prata (super thin, cone-shaped and spinkled in sugar) are other common sweet favourites. If you need something more substantial, try ordering egg prata or murtabak wrapped with chicken or lamb and onions (great for sharing!). This Indian specialty is simply one pan-fried to perfection! Even watching the prata man in action flipping the dough makes you salivate (because of the prata, and maybe the man). Oh, and did we mention you could have this for breakfast too? Click here to read up more on roti prata.

Recommended!
– Mahamoodiya Restaurant
@ 335 Bedok Road, Singapore 469510
Opening hours: 24 hours  daily!

– The Roti Prata House
@ 246M Upper Thompson Road, Singapore 574370
Opening hours: 7am to 2am (Sun to Thurs) / 24 hours (Sat to Sun)

2) Porridge
Find solace in this iconic comfort food. What could be more heartening than a piping hot bowl of homely nourishment, especially on a wet evening in Singapore? (As I envisage myself delving into a bowl of porridge, childhood memories of my grandmother’s cooking flood my mind.) Porridges from all walks of life are akin to antique gems. The porridge haunts in Singapore mostly come from the Cantonese, Teochew and Hainanese heritage. The Cantonese  and Hainanese porridge are well flavoured on its own, with the Cantonese version being starchy and smooth (almost like a paste!) and the Hainanese one with the rice grains intact. These are normally topped with a handful of dough fritters. Digging into the hot bowl, you’d find your order choice of century egg, sliced fish or minced pork/liver. Teochew porridge is plain and cooked with lots of water such that when served, the ‘porridge water’ makes up a third of the final porridge product. To go with it, there are a myriad of mini dishes to choose from, including salted eggs, salted vegetables, ikan bilis (fried anchovies), steamed fish with black bean, stir fried bitter gourd in black bean, fish cake… (you get the ‘salty’ idea.)

Recommended!
– Heng Long Teochew Porridge
@ 1006 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534744
Opening hours: 24 hours daily!

– Chai Chee Pork Porridge
@ 85 Bedok North Street 4, Fengshan Market and Food Centre, Singapore 460085
Opening hours: 5am to 2pm (closed on Thursdays)

Cantonese porridge Soak in Singapore

Teochew Porridge Soak in Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Dim Sum
From the luscious char siew bao (sweet pork buns) to the delectable lo mai gai/hor yip fan (lotus leaf glutinous rice wrap), piquant fragrance is a trademark amongst dim sum dishes. The Cantonese cuisine at its zenith makes for an idyllic way to paint the town red at midnight. Oh, and remember to end supper off with a warm and flaky egg tart! (Click here to watch us eat dim sum!)

Recommended!
– Wen Dao Shi
@ 126 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387449
Opening hours: 24 hours daily!

– Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
@ 183-191 Jalan Besar, Singapore
Opening hours: 6pm to 6am daily (closed on Tuesdays)

Tau Huey Soya Beancurd4) Bean curd dessert
Sweet, silky, pillowy goodness – relish this dessert as it melts in your mouth. The texture of Tao Huay (beancurd) is almost ethereal. Hot and cold versions are available, and so is soyabean milk if you prefer a beverage. To add more substance to your supper, you can order glutinous rice balls (with peanut or black sesame filling) to go with in your beancurd!

Recommended places:
Rochor Beancurd House
@ 745 Geylang Road Lor 39, Singapore 389653
Opening hours: 24 hours daily!

@ 432 Balestier Road #01-436, Singapore 329813
Opening hours: 1pm to 1.30am

@ 232 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574363
Opening hours: 1pm to 2am

5) Bak Kut Teh
A mouth-watering delicacy, Bah Kut Teh is an invigorating Chinese soup with a deeply-rooted heritage. Succulent and tender pork ribs are simmered in a broth of herbs and spices, assembling a symphony for your taste buds. A perfect way to unwind after a day’s toil. A pot of Chinese tea to go with completes the Bak Kut Teh experience.

Recommended!
– Outram Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh
@ 7 Keppel Rd, #01-05/07
Opening hours: 7am to 4am daily (closed on Mondays)

– Founder Bak Kut Teh Restaurant
@ 154 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218431
Opening hours: 9am to 10.30pm (closed on Wednesdays)

Bingsu6) Bingsu
This authentic Korean dessert is the latest novelty amongst young Singaporeans. Finely shaved ice made of milk (how do they make it this fine??) garnished with sweet toppings like red bean, oreo, ice cream and tropical fruit, is comparable to our Singaporean iced kacang. Turn to bingsu for a rejuvenating respite from Singapore’s sizzling heat! Ooo yeah!

Recommend!
– Nunsongyee
@ 45 Burghley Drive, Singapore 559022
Opening hours: 12pm to 10pm (Tue to Thur), 12pm to 11pm (Fri), 10am-11pm (Sat), 10am to 10pm (Sat) (Closed on Mondays)

@ 534 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188749
Opening hours: 24 hours daily!

@ 232 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437020
Opening Hours: 12pm to 10pm (Sun to Thur), 12pm to 11pm (Fri to Sat, Eve of public holidays)

 Satay7) Satay
Skewers of grilled meat served with mouth-watering peanut sauce makes for the perfect late-night snack. Inhale the aroma of the satay’s tantalizing glaze and all worries dissipate. Arguably the prime of our local cuisine, satay for supper is one of my food fantasy. Pick from chicken, beef and mutton (usually 50 cents apiece with a minimum of 5 or 10 sticks), and opt for a ketupat (rice wrapped in palm leaves) if you wish. (Do I hear the satay man shout ‘Satay, satay, satay!’)

Recommended satay haunts!
– Satay by the Bay
@ 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

– Lau Pat Sat
@ 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582

 

8) Minced Pork Noodle
A deceptively simple dish, bak chor me with the exquisite balance of ingredients deserves a Michelin star. Capable of satiating the deepest cravings, this treasure can only be found in Singapore.
Sweet, tangy, salty – sublime for a midnight treat.

Recommended!
– Seng Huat Eating House
@ 492 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188737
Opening hours: 24 hours daily!

– Yan Kee Noodle House
@ 21 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058667
Opening hours: 24 hours (closed on Sundays)

Hello, when’s our next supper meet up?

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