Locally Inspired Food Creations

10 Locally-Inspired Food Creations You Mustn’t Miss!

Are you one of those who heaved a sigh of relief or disappointment when McDonald’s announced that their Nasi Lemak Burger was sold out as quickly as it took our country by storm? If you’re one of the unlucky few that didn’t manage to get your hands on the elusive burger, fret not! (Editor’s Note 25 August 2017: We also hear that that the McDonald’s Nasi Lemak Burger will be making a return at the end of August 2017 so don’t miss it again!)

We’ve put together a list of 10 interesting dishes and desserts that are inspired by our favourite local food! 

Love everything local? Also read: 10 Brands We Bet You Didn’t Know Are Local!


1. Salted Egg Yolk Crab Cake Sliders – Lepark

Sometimes, you just can’t decide between good ol’ local food and Western cuisine. Get the best of both worlds with the Salted Egg Yolk Crab Cake Sliders (2 for S$14) from Lepark! The idea sounds simple but is genius. Basically, it consists of crispy homemade crab cake sandwiched in a piece of mantou, with Salted Egg Yolk drizzled generously over it. They also serve up the Lepark Platter (S$18) which comes with other locally-inspired sides such as Chicken Rice Nigiri Sushi, Thai Basil Pork Tau Pok, Otah Bomb and the Chicken Skin and Nachos with Spicy Salsa.

Credit: Lepark

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Address: 1 Park Road, Level 6, People’s Park Complex, Singapore 059108


2. Hae Bee Hiam Aglio Olio – The Assembly Ground

The Assembly Ground’s new menu includes Singaporean-inspired food creations that are sure to tantalise your tastebuds. A casual dining cafe with affordable prices, this place makes for a perfect chill out spot with their featured coffee blends from Common Man Coffee Roasters and Nylon Coffee Roasters. The Hae Bee Hiam Aglio Olio (S$17) comes with sea tiger prawns, squid and clams cooked with linguine. Another popular choice would be the sinfully good Bak Kwa Carbonara (S$18) that sees bak kwa and a 62 degree celsius poached egg in a decadent creamy sauce, topped with parmesan cheese.

Assembly Ground
Credit: Assembly Ground

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Address: 2 Handy Rd #01-21 The Cathay, Singapore


3. Chilli Crab Pasta – Pasta Boutique

Hidden at a corner of a coffee shop in the Bedok heartlands, lies PASTA Boutique, which is opened by two friends, Eddie and Mark. Expect locally inspired dishes such as the Salted Egg Ravioli (S$13.80/4pcs), which is handmade in-house! Coated in salted egg yolk sauce, the rich dish is sure to please. Other than that, one of their signature item that comes highly recommended is the Chilli Crab Pasta (S$10.50), which features an extremely generous portion of crab meat. Homemade pastas at an affordable price, what’s not to love?

PASTA Boutique
Credit: PASTA Boutique

Address: Blk 539, Bedok North St 3, #01-619, Singapore


4. Gnocchi Mee Rebus – Hyde and Co

Hyde and Co is a halal-certified cafe serving up a new menu which has a plethora of mod-Sin dishes. Apart from their Signature Chilli Crab Pasta ($22.90), they have Gnocchi Mee Rebus ($21.90) that comes with a delicious poached egg, sambal sotong in homemade mee rubus sauce and fishcake cubes. Hyde and Co is probably the first cafe in Singapore to combine such distinct local and western flavours together! If you’re looking for something to share as a side, why not try the half portion of The Bomb ($13.90 for half portion), which sees sambal cincalok spread smeared on the pizza base, and is topped with chye poh, fresh prawns and an omelette layer.

Hyde & Co
Credit: Hyde & Co

For reservations, call 6635 5785 or email hello@hydeandco.com.sg

Address: 785 North Bridge Road, Singapore


5. Truffle Duck Confit, Salted Egg Prawns or Beef Rendang – Redpan

There’s no way we could leave Redpan out of this! Even their name pays tribute to Singaporean flavours! Besides being iconically Singaporean, the ‘red’ in their name also represents passion. You can find more than a few familiar sounding flavours in their dishes! Our pick is the Soft Tacos, which include Braised Beef Rendang (S$15), Salted Egg Prawn (S$16) and Truffle Duck Confit (S$16). Just imagine braised beef with tomato pico de gallo nestled within a soft taco shell, with a slight kick from the spice. Other interesting dishes include Bak Chor Foie Gras Pasta (S$19) which pairs minced pork stew with seared pork belly. A rich piece of foie gras completes the pasta dish.

Credit: Redpan

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Address: #02-03/04 Marina Square 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594


6. Prawn Otah Sandwich – Chiak by Cedele

Chiak is set up by Cedele. That should be enough to assure you that eating here is a healtheir choice! Primarily a salad and noodle bar, Chiak also serves up some locally inspired snacks such as their Prawn Otah Sandwich. Part of their All Day Menu, the Brioche Sandwich Set sees other popular Asian-inspired flavours like the Pork Belly Char Siew, Teriyaki Chicken and Sesame Pulled Chicken. Their Prawn Otah patty which is house-made sits within a warmly toasted mantou bun. The sandwich is then completed with fresh vegetables.

Chiak by Cedele
Credit: Chiak by Cedele

For reservations, call 6358 2313 or email feedback@cedeledepot.com

Address: 40 Pasir Panjang Road #02-37, Mapletree Business City, Singapore 117383


7. Ondeh Ondeh Cake – Inthebrickyard

Sometimes, you REALLY want that second slice of cake. Sadly, our expanding waistlines don’t allow for that to happen too often. Not unless the cake is from Inthebrickyard, that is. Inthebrickyard is a Singaporean start-up that prides itself on being light-handed with the sugar and using natural food colouring in their bakes. Being inspired by local flavours, their cakes are sure to hit the spot. Recommended cakes include the light and fluffy Ondeh Ondeh (from S$48), Pulut Hitam and the crowd favourite Thai Milk Tea. Be sure to place your orders at least 4 days in advance!

Credit: inthebrickyard

Order online, email hello@inthebrickyard.com or whatsapp 82880402! Beautiful customised cakes are also available.

Address: 8 Jurong Town Hall Rd, JTC Summit #02-01, Singapore, 609434


8. Pandan and Soya Cheesecake – Keong Saik Bakery

Keong Saik Bakery is a charming bakery set up by two friends. They serve a range of bread, pastries and cakes that fuse contemporary and traditional flavours that most of us are familiar with. Their signature pastry is the Sor Hei (S$3.20), which features a black and white Danish Pastry which has oozy chocolate chips embedded within its layers. Apart from that, a cake called Lucy (S$6.50) is available by the slice. It is essentially a decadent pandan cheesecake with soya bean mousse, and is named after the owner’s girlfriend’s mother – how cute!

Keong Saik Bakery
Credit: Keong Saik Bakery

Address: 41 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089146

9. Gula Melaka Cake – Sinpopo

Gula Melaka (palm sugar in English) originates from the state of Malacca in Malaysia. Sinpopo prides itself on being an ‘ode to Katong and its heritage’. They aim to preserve traditional flavours and make it more accessible to even the younger generation of Singaporeans. Well, I say that they’re doing an amazing job. Their best seller is the Gula Melaka Cake (S$7), a rich tasting cake with a robust flavour that does not overwhelm the senses. If you’re looking for something lighter on the palate, try the Pandan Kaya Tart (S$7), which features an authentic kueh sarlat filling in the buttery tart base.

Credit: Sinpopo

Address: 458 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427671


10. Pandan Chiffon Tea – ETTE TEA

Even if you’re a tea aficionado, I bet you’ve never heard of Pandan Chiffon Tea, let alone Nasi Lemak tea! ETTE TEA is a contemporary tea shop located in the heart of Chinatown, Singapore. Started up by passionate tea maker Victor Koh, ETTE TEA aims to combine traditional tea making with modern flavours. They certainly have an extensive range of tea blends! Their Local Flavours collection includes blends like Mango Sticky Rice (from S$8), Nasi Lemak (from S$8) and even Chicken Rice (from S$8). If you’re not feeling too adventurous, stick to the classic tried and tested Green/Black/Oolong Tea blends which are also available.

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Credit: ETTE TEA

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Address: 333 Kreta Ayer Road #03-25, Singapore 080333


Love these yummy local creations that we’ve handpicked for you? Whether you’re a buffet-lover or prefer 1-for-1s that are not hotel buffets? Check them out here!

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Written by Adele Chiang

Adele Chiang

Can be found on the yoga mat, taking long walks, or stuffing her face silly with chocolate. Can't sing, roll in the deep or set fire to the rain.

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