Not able to head to Singapore for a long weekend to get your Hainanese chicken rice fix? Or perhaps you’re longing for some heat and are missing sambal belacan? It’s no surprise that food from the South-East Asian country is increasing traction here in Hong Kong, with the rise in favourites such as nasi lemak, laksa, satay and chilli crab. Read on to check out our one-stop list of delectable eateries that whip up the best Singaporean classics in Hong Kong.
Named after the Strait of Malacca, this restaurant aims to reflect the colourful and multicultural cuisine found in Malaysia and Singapore – with its mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian dishes. The restaurant serves a lip-smacking buffet of South East Asian delights, including generously stuffed popiahs, fragrant chicken rice, aromatic nasi lemak and luscious durian puddings.
Average dinner price: $500 to $600 for two
Sassy tip: If you enjoy a little heat, don’t be afraid to request the spicy version of your mains and sides! Thei sambal isn’t too mouth-numbing and it’s the best way to savour Singaporean food as the paste brings out the flavour.
Café Malacca, 2/F, Hotel Jen Hong Kong, 508 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/cafemalacca
Satay Inn serves up Singaporean classics – from famed grilled satays to, esoteric rojak salad, chilli and black pepper crabs, and the national favourite of Hainanese chicken rice. This is a family restaurant that encourages eating together, with food portions designed to be shared. So gather up your folks and plan your next Sunday dinner, South-East Asian style.
Average dinner price: $550 to $650 for two
Sassy tip: Diners at Satay Inn can enjoy an indefinite promotion of a 10% discount on the a la carte menu or 10% off dinner
Satay Inn, Basement Level, City Garden Hotel, 9 City Garden Road, North Point, North Point, www.facebook.com/SatayInnSGH
Katong Laksa Prawn Mee is popular for its Singaporean noodle dishes, with the signatures of laksa, prawn mee (not to be confused with another famous stir-fried dish – the Hokkien Prawn Mee), and the malay-styled mee siam with gravy. The noodles here have a good spring and the gravy is nicely savoury. We recommend going for the supreme dishes and piling your noodles high with the generous toppings for a yummy and filling meal.
Average price: $60 to $90 per person
Katong Laksa Prawn Mee, G/F, 8 Ma Sha Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/KatongLaksaPrawnMee
The Toastbox brand is synonymous to Singaporean food for Hong Kongers and it really is the best place to enjoy a traditional Singaporean breakfast of buttered kaya toasts, half-boiled eggs and hot coffee. Other toasts options such as the pork floss thick toast and peanut butter toast also hit the spot.
Average price: $40 per person
Sassy tip: If you have inadvertently slept in too late for breakfast, tea-time favourites such as the fluffy pandan chiffon cakes and decadently powdered milo dinosaur are also great for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Toastbox, various locations across Hong Kong, www.toastbox.hk
Yo Hay serves good rustic ‘zi char’ dishes and has raving diners giving its cereal prawns, hot pot soups, stingray and black pepper crabs the thumbs up. The home-style dishes are one of the best ways to gain an insight into a typical Chinese-Singaporean family dinner cooked at home on a Sunday, and are perfect if you’re craving comforting South-East Asian meals that aren’t usually found in hawker centres.
Average dinner price: $400 to $500 for two
Yo Hay, Shop K-M, G/F, Oscar Court, 232-242 Fa Yuen Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/YohayRestaurant
Hong Kong’s cold season may over but that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy a bowl of winter warmers. Bak Kut Teh, or pork bone tea, is a well-known soup eaten on rainy days or when you’re feeling under the weather (albeit in Singapore’s tropical and balmy weather!). Tucked away in a corner of Quarry Bay you’ll find Soupaholic serving up its signature bowls of steaming Bak Kut Teh, but this isn’t the only comforting item on the menu, the seafood laksas are pretty popular with the lunch crowd as well.
Average price: $65 to $105 per person
The Soupaholic, Shop D5, G/F, 18 Hoi Tai Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Featured image via Getty. Image #1 courtesy of Cafe Malacca via Facebook, image #2 courtesy of Satay Inn via Facebook, image #3 courtesy of Katong Laksa Prawn Mee via Facebook, image #4 courtesy of Toastbox via Instagram, image #5 courtesy of Yohay via Facebook, image #6 courtesy of batnat via Instagram