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Singapore's Best Rice Bowls

Singapore's Best Rice Bowls

Burpple's guide to the best rice bowls in Singapore. From hearty poke bowls to new-and-improved yong tau foo and tantalising gyu dons — Halal-certified one included, we've put together a list to bowl you over. Ready to rice to the occasion?
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The name needs no introduction. You're joining the queue for a famous Kohaku Tendon ($15), which features an assortment of crisp battered prawn, fish, monkfish liver, fish cake and cuttlefish tempura atop pearly Japanese rice. What we like about Kohaku's version of this ubiquitous don is how the morsels are not greasy, but light and crisp with juicy insides. For a meatless alternative, order the Vegetable Tendon ($14) that still offers up a solid tendon experience — think delectable, crunchy veg like baby corn, asparagus and lady fingers.
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For a no-frills hangout, here's another hidden gem in Sunshine Plaza. Hungry folks who work in the area should escape here for the Gyu Don ($7.90) sporting savoury beef slices and sweet caramelised onions. Opt for the runny Onsen Egg ($1) that helps create a wonderfully moist texture when mixed in with rice. If you feel like indulding, go for the Gyu Don with Cheese ($9.90) — the same flavourful beefy bowl with the smoky, salty kick of melted cheese.
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Nestled in the basement of Sunshine Plaza, this tiny but bustling spot serves Japanese comfort food at their best. For an instant moodlift, go for the Beef Demi Glacé Omurice ($15) that features silky omelette and equally melty slices of roast beef. Another yummy alternative is the appetising Gyutan Don With Salted Spring Onion Sauce ($28) starring thick, chunky pieces of ox tongue. It's safe to say you'd be belly happy with the bowls here!
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This Tanjong Pagar haunt has the hearts of those who need their chirashi fix in the CBD — at under $15 a bowl, we can see why! The must-try is a Chirashi King Kong ($14.90) that doubles up on fresh bluefin tuna belly, served both minced and sliced. But the real star of the show is the base of rave-worthy truffle oil-infused rice peppered with briny, crunchy furikake and tobiko — delicious even on its own! For those who prefer a little variety in the mix, opt for the also-good Salmon Tuna Bowl ($9.90) that melds lightly seared tuna with fresh salmon sashimi.
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If you thought rice bowls were too basic for special occasions or serious business lunches, think again. This small but stellar Beach Road restaurant dishes up a Signature Truffle Wagyu Don ($45) for lunch, and it's well-worth the steep price tag — we're talking thinly sliced tender beef topped with runny egg and shaved truffle. Yum! Foie gras fanatics should go for the Foie Gras Bifuteki Don ($45) that comes with creamy glazed foie gras and meaty wagyu steak chunks.
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Here's a treat after you've worked up a sweat running along MacRitchie: chill Japanese dinner and drinks with a close friend. Expect bold flavours when you order their Aigamo Smoke Donburi ($16.80) that features lean, full-flavoured cuts of juicy duck meat with crispy skin. Alternatively, there is the Grilled Unagi Don ($28) with sweet, soy-fragrant unagi, or the Salmon Zukuchi Donburi ($19) with fresh salmon belly. Use your 1-for-1 #BurppleBeyond deal to save on two bowls and drinks — more moolah to spend on a roe-loaded Ikura Chawanmushi ($8) side instead!
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Take a break between shopping sprees and fuel up at this Vivo City joint that sees a focus on bowls. The Kurokuta Hoho Don ($16) sees melt-in-your-mouth smoky, fatty pork cheek slices slathered in sweet teriyaki sauce, served on fluffy white rice. For a gamier experience, go for the Premium Wagyu Don ($28) that makes up for it’s loftier price tag with generous slabs of quality beef. The variety here is also worth a mention — come back to try more yummy bowls like the Buta Don ($12), Aburi Salmon Don ($13) and Buta Bara Don ($15).
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Yong tau foo with pink neon lights and glossy white walls in the background? You got it. This modern-meets-traditional favourite highlights a Hakka Tofu Bowl ($7.80), which features warm Japanese short-grain rice instead of your standard white rice. Expect also the usual yong tau foo suspects like taupok, tofu and toukwa stuffed with minced pork and doused in yummy soy sauce. If you’re feeling extra peckish, go for the Hakka Tofu Bowl Classic Set ($9.90) that comes with a hot drink and a charcoal peanut pancake — perfect to munch on while waiting for your rice bowl to arrive.
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Bring a couple of friends for a laidback, healthy lunch at this Hawaiian-inspired cafe set along Keong Saik Road. You're here for The Wikiwiki Salmon (from $14), a poke bowl based with well-cooked Japanese rice and quinoa topped with salmon cubes dressed in zingy chipotle mayo, kimchi, jalapenos and a dollop of creamy avo. Alternatives include The Hoku ($16), a combination of brown rice, salmon, pineapple and wasabi mayo, as well as the Ono Hamachi ($16) that comes with diced hamachi mixed with wasabi, ponzu, edamame, seaweed, pickled ginger and tobiko.
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Don't look past this hole-in-the-wall — serving up solid bowls at an extremely affordable price, the Keisuke joint garners a consistent crowd. If it's a simple but satisfying meal you're out for, go for their value-for-money Beef Sukiyaki Don ($13.90). The bowl features a mound of US Prime Beef with onsen egg, a sesame tofu appetiser and killer sauce. For those who take their beef very seriously, splurge a little for the extra smooth and buttery Wagyu Beef version ($29.90).
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Popular for the hearty, meaty bowls, this Thai-inspired spot turns out a delicious Iberico Pork Jowl Rice Bowl ($12). The marinated pork is grilled over charcoal for a supple, smoky finish that keeps the juicy layer of fats in place. To best enjoy this flavour-packed bowl, have each bite with a little bit of rice, egg and chilli sauce. If you prefer chicken, the tasty Gai Bowl ($9) comes with Thai basil marinated-chicken thigh chargrilled to a crisp. Add a Mi-Cuit Egg ($1) and you're all set!
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The first thing that hits you when you enter this charming little Duxton eatery is the aroma of truffle wafting in the air. What everyone is here for: the Truffle Wagyu Don (from $13.90) with pinkish, truffled wagyu that melts like butter, an onsen egg and a heap of pearly rice. Yum! For those that aren't too keen on beef, go for the delicious Mentaiko Salmon Don (from $23.90) that sees fresh salmon chunks, glazed in mentaiko and torched to perfection. Both bowls are worth trying so consider sharing with a friend — get 'em with 1-for-1 using #BurppleBeyond!
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