Restaurants

Top Choice Chinese in Orchard Road

Paradise Dynasty

Preened staffers in headsets whisk you into this svelte dumpling den, passing a glassed-in kitchen where Chinese chefs stretch their noodles and steam their buns. Skip the novelty-flavoured xiao long bao (soup dumpl…
Top Choice Chinese in Holland Village, Dempsey Hill & the Botanic Gardens

Chopsuey

Swirling ceiling fans, crackly 1930s tunes and ladies on rattan chairs – Chopsuey has colonial chic down pat. It serves revamped versions of retro American-Chinese dishes, but the real highlight is the lunchtime yum…
Top Choice Chinese in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

Jumbo Seafood

If you’re lusting after chilli crab – and you should be – this is a good place to indulge. The gravy is sweet and nutty, with just the right amount of chilli. Make sure you order some mantou (fried buns) to soak up …
Top Choice Noodles in Chinatown & the CBD

A Noodle Story

With a snaking line and proffered apology that 'we may sell out earlier than stipulated timing' on the facade, this one-dish-only stall is a magnet for Singapore foodies. The object of desire is Singapore-style rame…
Chinese in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

Janice Wong

Singaporean chef Janice Wong, known for her showstopping late-night desserts at 2am Dessert Bar, recently opened her flagship restaurant at the National Museum. Together with Chef Ma, who she collaborated with on Di…
Chinese in Chinatown & the CBD

Ah Chiang’s

Join gossiping uncles and Gen-Y hipsters for a little Cantonese soul food at Ah Chiang’s. The star turn at this retro corner kopitiam (coffeeshop) is fragrant, charcoal-fired congee (a rice-based porridge). While it…
Chinese in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh

If you need a hug, this cult-status eatery delivers with its bak kut teh. Literally 'meat bone tea', it's a soothing concoction of fleshy pork ribs simmered in a peppery broth of herbs, spices and whole garlic clove…
Chinese in Chinatown & the CBD

Jing Hua Xiao Chi

Locals outnumber out-of-towners at halogen-and-laminex Jing Hua. Tuck into a limited yet satisfying repertoire of northern Chinese classics, among them plump pork dumplings, noodles with minced pork and soya-bean sa…
Chinese in Little India & Kampong Glam

Nan Hwa Chong Fish-Head Steamboat Corner

If you only try fish-head steamboat once, do it at this noisy, open-fronted veteran. Cooked on charcoal, the large pot of fish heads is brought to you in a steaming broth spiked with tee po (dried flat sole fish). O…
Dim Sum in Orchard Road

Tim Ho Wan

Hong Kong's Michelin-starred dim-sum seller is steaming in Singapore, with the same Mong Kok queues (head in after 8.30pm) and tick-the-boxes order form. While nothing compares to the original (the Singapore branche…