New Rasa Singapura is an interesting restaurant-bar at the Tanglin Post Office (located across the road from Tanglin Mall). It is a social enterprise serving Singapore hawker food. New Rasa Singapura provides training and job employment opportunities for the underprivileged, including people with physical or mental impairment, recovering stroke patients and other disadvantaged individuals. Dining at New Rasa Singapura may be a way to show support to a good social cause – but that is really just a bonus. The local delicacies served by New Rasa Singapura are actually quite tasty – more than enough reason for us to want to eat there again.
New Rasa Singapura is a semi-al fresco space. Although it faces a busy road junction, the greenery fencing the restaurant makes the traffic seems quite far away. The decor is quite basic but there is a dining in a bungalow verandah kind of atmosphere.
New Rasa Singapura serves the typical bar bites like chicken wings, calamari rings and fries. However, there are local versions of bar bites like rojak, fried wantons and kacang puteh. The local mains include fish head curry, soup kambing and chap chye; and one dish meals like laksa, hokkien mee and char kway teow. Here are pictures of the simple straightforward menu of New Rasa Singapura.
We went to New Rasa Singapura for lunch and ordered a dry laksa ($12) and the crispy chai tow kway with prawns ($12). We also ordered a hot long black ($4) and an ice coffee ($5). No service charge or GST would be added to the bill.
The wait for the food was about 10 minutes. On the whole, the service level was quite good.
The crispy chai tow kway was a rice cake omelet with prawns. It was more like the teochew style or luak (or oyster omelet) in restaurants than the typical “carrot cake” found at food centres. There was a nice crispy layer and the mix of textures was very pleasant. With each bite, the chai tow kway seemed to get tastier. Add a little chilli and it would taste even better. It was an enjoyable dish.
The dry laksa looked like some fancy pasta dish when it was served. It was authentic traditional Singapore laksa but without the soupy base. All the goodness of the laksa soup was reduced to a thick paste. The noodles were stir-fried with the paste so that the flavour of the laksa stock was well absorbed by the noodles. The noodles were garnished with the usual laksa ingredients like tau pok, bean sprouts and laksa leaves. The dish was delicious. The next time we crave for good dry laksa, we would head back to the New Rasa Singapura.
Rasa Singapura Food Centre was set up in 1978 by the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board to showcase the best of Singapore food. Located where Tudor Court and Tanglin Mall are now, Rasa Singapura Food Centre was a great success; popular with the locals as well as tourists. The New Rasa Singapura is located just opposite where the iconic Rasa Singapura Food Centre used to operate. If the standard of the food we tried at the New Rasa Singapura is any indication, the New Rasa Singapura should become as popular as the original Rasa Singapura – a good place to get a taste of Singapore.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
New Rasa Singapura
56 Tanglin Road
B1-02 Tanglin Post Office
Closed Sundays and public holidays