End of the day with some late night food.
One of the things we love most about living in Singapore is the availability of food pretty much 24/7 – and mostly at affordable prices too. We all have our personal favourite late-night food like prata or Teochew porridge joints that we frequent and most of us can name which coffee shops or hotel restaurants are open till late. But if you’re looking for some new late night food options, here are 10 places to check out the next time the late night hunger pangs hit you.
1. Tim Ho Wan
Dim sum for supper? Why not? This popular Hong Kong chain – a Michelin-starred one, no less – is a great spot for dim sum. You just never know when the dim sum craving will hit you so it’s good to keep this in mind and plan ahead. Perhaps you want one of their ‘Four Heavenly Kings’ – Baked Bun with BBQ pork ($5.80), Steamed Egg Cake , Beancurd Skin with Prawn ($6.00), and Pan Fried Carrot Cake ($5.00) – or their piping hot siew mais. Whatever it is, you know you’ll definitely be craving for more even after you’re done.
Tim Ho Wan, 12 Kallang Ave., #01-01/02/03 Aperia Mall, 339511; open Mondays to Fridays 11am to 10pm and 9am to 10pm on weekends.
Modern American comfort food is the order of the day here so whether you fancy a late big meal, want to share one with friends or simply didn’t have time to eat all day, this is where to get it. Pick a burger (from $23.00), or try a main dish like Roasted Pullet Chicken ($26.00) or Baby Back Ribs ($32.00).
Spruce, 320 Tanglin Rd., Phoenix Park, 247980; open Mondays to Fridays 11am to 10:30pm, Saturdays, Sundays and public holiday 9am to 10:30pm.
3. Chicken Up
Singaporeans love fried chicken so we definitely need an option to snack on this late in the night too. Often named as the best Korean fried chicken in Singapore, Chicken Up has a couple of outlets that open late on certain days. The secret to these tasty wings is that each chicken part is marinated for 12 hours, so all the spices are sealed in when the chicken is then deep-fried. The flavours do really burst out of every bite.
There are three ways to enjoy these chicken wings – ganjang (soya), yangnyum and spicy yangnyum ($12.84). Other chicken dishes are available too, such as half chicken ($19.26) and popcorn chicken ($21.40), as well as noodles, salads and a variety of fries, so there’s something for everyone.
4. Senor Taco
So you fancy some spice late at night but don’t want your usual prata or mee goreng? Try a taco instead. This Mexican taqueria‘s signature item, Tacos al Pastor – fresh pork marinated in a special recipe of herbs and spices – ($7), is a must-try. You know you’re getting authentic Mexican street cuisine here as it imports its fresh ingredients and chillies from Mexico and even owns a tortilla factory in Singapore. Expect tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos…and lots more. Just make sure you top them off with some spicy salsa.
Senor Taco, 3A River Valley Rd., 01-07-A, Clarke Quay, 179020; open all week 4pm to 10:30pm.
5. District 10
Each of its outlets specialises in different sorts of cuisine and the casual chic outlet at Clarke Quay is perfect if you’re craving late-night fish and chips. Plus, it’s open till after midnight, perfect for late night food cravings. It’s not just the food here that will keep you coming back for more; cosy al fresco dining is always a hit and especially so when you’re surrounded by the beautiful architecture of Clarke Quay. Signature dishes include Spicy Chicken Wings ($14.00), Black Angus Cheeseburger ($14.00), Canadian Pork Loin Chop ($26.00), of course, their much-loved Fish & Chips ($25.00).
District 10, 3D River Valley Road, #01-11 Clarke Quay, 179023; tel: 6336 8189; open Mondays, Tuesdays, Sundays 6pm to 2am, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 6pm to 3am, and Saturdays 6pm to 4am.
6. The Bark Cafe
This is a popular spot especially with people who live in the east and you’ll know why when you dine here. It’s an outdoor cafe (definitely more comfortable dining here at night) that is surrounded by lush greenery and gives a peaceful vibe as you’re surrounded by nature. The atmosphere is cosy, the food is good and you’ll also get live musical performances to accompany your meal. The menu is a mix of local and western cuisines and the open-concept kitchen adds a nice touch to this casual restaurant. Their chicken wings are often talked about so it’s no surprise that they’re known as Bark Cafe Famous Chicken Wings ($8.90 for three pieces). There are burgers, pastas, pizzas, plus local dishes like sambal nasi goreng and crayfish hor fun so a wide range of tastes are catered for.
The Bark Cafe, 1000 Upper Changi Rd. North, 507707; open Sundays to Thursdays 11am to 1am, Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 2am.
7. 2am: Dessert Bar
There’s no rule that says you can’t have dessert for late night food, so if you’re the type who loves a late-night sugar rush, this is the place to go. Janice Wong is the woman behind this dessert bar and her creations have been talked about not just here in Singapore but globally too (she has appeared on MasterChef Australia, for example).
Located in Holland Village, it’s a sweet spot (no pun intended) to while away a few hours late in the night. You’ll get classic desserts such as Chocolate Tart ($18.00) and Tiramisu ($17.00), or try something different like Yuzu Cheesecake ($18.00) and Cassis Plum ($24.00). There are also some delicious ice-cream flavours such as Blood Orange Sorbet and Coconut Marshmallow Sherbet ($15.00 for three selections). If you need something more filling, there’s a small savoury menu too, with delights such as Popcorn Chicken ($14.00) and Cheese Melts Toasties ($9). And why not bring something home for the next day (or later, we won’t judge) – the chocolate bonbons here feature exciting flavours like Chilli Padi, Praline Poprocks, Kaffir Lime Caramel and Mango Curry ($20 for box of five).
2am: Dessert Bar, 21a Lorong Liput, 277733; open Tuesdays to Saturdays 3pm to 2am, and Sundays 3pm to 11:45pm. Closed on Mondays.
8. The Ramen Stall
This halal restaurant serves traditional Japanese cuisine that has been altered to suit the local palate. The secret is in how the chicken-based soup is prepared – by boiling meat and bones for 30 hours and not adding any artificial flavouring. So what you’ll get is a soup that’s lighter than the thick broth at most Japanese restaurants, but with a delicious rich texture. It’s made as naturally as possible too, with no added MSG, salt or sugar.
There’s a good range of ramen dishes to try here including their Mushroom Ramen ($11.90) which comes with chicken chashu, nameko and enoki mushrooms topped with tempura battered shiitake mushrooms, and Volcano Ramen ($11.90), its most popular dish. This dish ,which comes in three levels of spiciness, is not for the faint-hearted — red chillis and dried Indian chilli padi are added to the mix to create a fiery kick. If you just want some light bites, there’s a variety of sushi and sashimi dishes too.
The Ramen Stall, 787 North Bridge Rd., 198755; open Mondays to Thursdays and Sunday 11am to 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 2am.
9. Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
With long, snaking lines pretty much every night, this dim sum resto located in the streets of Jalan Besar is a popular favourite among locals. Having been around for 50 years since 1962, Swee Choon has been satisfying the hungry tummy with classic Cantonese dim sum dishes. Xiao long baos, salted egg buns, fried egg plant fritters, congee, sour-spicy soups, egg tarts are just among the many must-tries. Dishes range from $2 to $6 – so rest assured, eating here is definitely affordable!
Be sure to come by early because we aren’t kidding when we say the lines can get really long. That’s just how good it is!
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant, #183/185/187/189, Jalan Besar, 191/193, 208882
10. The Roti Prata House @ Thomson
A definite must-try if you love Indian-Muslim food. The streets of Upper Thomson are bustling with open-till-late eateries and this prata house is one of them. Its unique Chicken Floss Prata is a common favourite, along with its Murtabak and Mango Lassi (a mango-flavoured yoghurt drink). Delectable treats start from just $0.90 here! So go easy on the gorging, because it’s so worth the price and flavour. Tip? When you’re done, stop by Udders or Salted Caramel which are just around the vicinity to end off on a sweet note.
The Roti Prata House, 246 Upper Thomson Rd., 574370
By Balvinder Sandhu, April 2019 / Updated by Isabel Wibowo, March 2021 / Images: credited to respective websites.
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