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SG Local Delights

SG Local Delights

Singapore local cuisines from the "zenged" to the original classics
Jessica Chew
Jessica Chew

2nd time trying the food here and I feel that the nasi lemak base with a mix of blue pea rice was a better choice given its fragrance and lemak-ness. Although the butterfly pea flower dye gave the rice a pretty colour, it was bland and aroma-less. The har cheong kai was crispy with a good amount of prawn paste taste. Juicy and tender too. What I really liked was the unassuming curry veg that gave the additional spice and flavour to the whole set. 👍

At a first look, it is your classic nasi lemak with egg, sambal and ikan bilis with one difference, the coconut rice. The rice was a brilliant blue hue from the butterfly pea and each scoop was a fragrant mouthful. For the base, I had the rendang chicken that was slathered with a mildly spicy rendang gravy, which was welcoming on a rainy weather. Note: Do try the har cheong chicken which I left was more scrumptious.

Chicken Leg Set ($16.30)

A once-humble hawker food elevated to Michelin Bib Gourmand listed status. Expensive for what it is (nasi lemak) but I have to say it's worth the quality and calories. The Jasmine rice was lemak, fluffy and fragrant that I could not stop eating after mixing in the sambal (which could be spicier). The chicken leg was relatively huge and it was crispy and encrusted with flavours and spices that I ate the skin; and the meat was tender and moist. Overall a satisfying and substantial meal and I'm glad to see a local dish given its due status.

This famous Hokkien Mee didn't disappoint. The yellow noodle and bee hoon had soaked up the tasty stock that was full of flavour. Mixed in some of their homemade bright orangey red chilli sambal for the added spicy kick and shiok-ness.

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Other than the much notable slices of pork loin marinated with Tipsy's own 5-spice sauce, the rice itself was flavourful. Perfect golden egg colour on every rice grain and each spoonful of it was filled with the taste and fragrant of the wok hei.

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A local favourite by many, the upgraded version of 'chai tow kway' was fried with XO sauce and topped with garlic crumbs and sakura ebi; making the dish more fragrant and packed with flavour. Their homemade chilli sauce added a spicy kick that left a tingling sensation in my mouth for a few seconds. Caution: The chilli sauce was quite potent.

Best of both worlds with one of Singapore's local favourites packed into a quick snack. The onigiri was savoury, sweet and spicy all in one, and well stuffed with fillings. Quite a fun alternative to eating a plate of it.

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A modern spin on a local favourite - this ticked all the boxes for me. Crispy. Soft. Tender. Flavourful radish taste. The contrast of textures left me wanting more with the added bonus of the truffle taste.

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This relatively small shop specialises in Chinese-style nasi lemak with a variety of dishes that leave you spoilt for choice. The coconut rice was light and not heavy on coconut milk. Mixed it with the spicy-sweet sambal chilli and crispy ikan bilis, it's crunchy shiok-ness with every bite!

Added $1.50 more for the otah. The assam sauce was sour and spicy with slight sweetness to it. It whetted my appetite as it made the whole dish even more appetising. The set was definitely value for money as it came with chicken, stewed cabbage and fried egg. And I love how it was served on a traditional tiffin plate, giving it a nostalgic feel.

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East meets West or perhaps more French as the bakery fuses local flavours with pastries. My breakfast set came with teh-o, two soft-boiled eggs and a bun from a choice selection. Intrigued by what looked like mango at a glance, I opted for the Black Glutinous Rice with Chicken Floss. The combination of flavours and textures was interesting - a bit of sweetness and stickiness with the right balance.

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The Sweet Thai Chicken ($4.80)
Lychee Cold Brew Tea ($3.50)

This place sure jazzes up the good ol' popiah craft by infusing modern flavours with the traditional local snack. The popiahs are made-to-order which explains the freshness of the ingredients. I had the Sweet Thai Chicken popiah and the fillings were packed with flavours. The fresh mango and sweet thai chilli mayonnaise added a pleasant zing, while every bite had the crunch from the lettuce and savoury crispy bits. A definite go-to place for a light dinner or quick bite.

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