Comfort food in Singapore – 16 suggestions to fight the Covid Blues

Keng Eng Kee

The new safe distancing rules for restaurants and f & b outlets announced on 20 March 2020 (Measures for safe distancing rolled out at retail, F&B sectors, CNA) and the additional measures announced two days later are stringent. Although more rules are always a pain for businesses, we hope that f & b places can still be accessible and dining out or buying takeaway can continue, albeit at a reduced capacity. Here is our list of comfort food in Singapore we hope we will continue to enjoy.

Comfort food in Singapore

Comfort food in Singapore – Our suggestions

Zhi Char Restaurants

Zhi Char restaurants are such an integral part of the Singapore food culture. They serve all kinds of comfort food in Singapore that are firm classics among many of us. From a simple fried horfun take away to an expensive chilli crab dinner, they are the best kinds of restaurants and can be found all over Singapore. Here are two suggestions:

Keng Eng Kee Seafood

Comfort food in Singapore
Coffee Pork Ribs

Keng Eng Kee Seafood is located at Bukit Merah Lane 1, among the cluster of shops at the junction facing Ikea and Queenstown Shopping Centre. The must order item is the coffee pork ribs. Read more.

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Keng Eng Kee Seafood

Blk 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1
#01-136, Singapore 150124

Tel: 6272 1038

Kok Sen Restaurant

Kok Sen Michelin Star Keong Saik

Kok Sen Restaurant probably needs no introduction. They are listed as a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant for their “classic cze char dishes”. Read more.

Kok Sen Restaurant
30-32 Keong Saik Road
Tel: 6223 2005

Nearest MRT Station: Outram

Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun

Comfort food in Singapore

Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun Restaurant is not located in Holland Village. They were once at Holland V but are now in a Dover Rise coffee shop. The must eat item? XO fish head bee hoon of course. Read more.

Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hoon Restaurant
Dover Coffee Hub
Blk 19A Dover Rise #01-05
Singapore 131019

Tel: 6778 3691

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Chicken rice

No list of comfort food in Singapore will be complete without chicken rice right? There are many good chicken rice places in Singapore. Here are two chicken rice restaurant suggestions.

Yet Con Restaurant (群逸)

Comfort food in Singapore

Yet Con Restaurant (群逸) occupies an old shophouse in Purvis Street. Its frontage and entrance seemed unchanged since the 1980s or even earlier. We think that $6 is a fair price to pay for a true heritage dining experience. Read more.

Yet Con Restaurant
25 Purvis Street
Singapore 188602

Opening Hours: 11 am – 9.30 pm

Wee Nam Kee

There are a few Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice restaurants in Singapore. The one at United Square is situated on the ground floor with direct access from the driveway. Which makes it a convenient place to order take away. Call them in advance and drive by to pick it up. Read more.

Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice (United Square)
101 Thomson Road
#01-08 United Square
Singapore 307591

Tel: +65 6255 6396

Teochew porridge

We think that nothing is as well qualified to be considered Singapore comfort food as Teochew porridge. The watery porridge ranks high on our personal favourite comfort foods in Singapore. Here are two places where we like to go for it.

Ghim Moh Porridge and Rice

There are two good teochew porridge stalls in the Ghim Moh market and food centre. Ghim Moh Porridge & Rice is one of them. It is popular with Ghim Moh residents as well as the Mount Sinai private estates nearby. Office workers travel from Biopolis and Fusionopolis to eat here. Read more.

Ghim Moh Porridge and Rice
#01-63
Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road Market & Cooked Food Centre
Ghim Moh Road
Singapore 270020

Zai Shun Curry Fish Head

Zai Shun Curry Fish Head Curry 载顺咖喱鱼头 in Jurong East received official recognition of their culinary prowess when they were listed as a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant in the 2017 Singapore Michelin Guide. But fans of high quality steamed fish have known this restaurant for years. Read more.

Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
Block 253 Jurong East Steet 24, #01-205
Singapore 600253

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Dry Noodles

Noodles come in all shapes and sizes and in all kinds of sauces. The ones that we like are the dry noodles with a generous dose of chilli. Here are the two that we could eat everyday.

No. 10 Noodle House

Fortunately for ordinary patrons like us, there are still stalls like No.10 Noodle House where we can get a good bowl of mushroom minced meat noodles for only $2.50. Read more.

No.10 Noodle House
#02-10, 80 Market & Food Centre
Block 80 Circuit Road
Singapore 370080

Opening Hours: 6.30 am – 1.30 pm

Nearby MRT Station: MacPherson 

Foong Kee Coffee Shop

For one of the best wanton mee in Singapore, we suggest Foong Kee Coffee Shop in Keong Saik where the noodles are light and has a nice taste that brings back nostalgic feelings of noodles from childhood times. Read more.

Foong Kee Coffee Shop
6 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089114 Singapore

Traditional Food and Snacks

Traditional food and snacks always bring a smile to our faces – not just because of the taste but the fond memories that come with them.

Tan Hock Seng

Which recipient of a gift of elephant ear biscuits or little piglets will not squeal with delight? For the ladies at home, what better gift than the wife biscuits 老婆饼 and mom cakes 老妈糕 from Tan Hock Seng cake shop.

Tan Hock Seng Cake Shop 陳褔成饼家
86 Telok Ayer Street #01-01
Singapore 048469

Tel: +65 6533 1798

MRT Station: Outram

Ji Xiang Confectionery

Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh
Ji Xiang Confectionery

Ji Xiang Confectionery in Everton Park specializes in traditional Ang Ku Kueh. We think they make one the best ang ku kuehs money can buy in Singapore. Not all ang ku kuehs of this traditional confectionery are “ang” – they come in many colours with different fillings. Read more.

Ji Xiang Confectionery
Block 1 #01-33 Everton Park
Singapore 081001

Tel: +65 6223 1631

Dim sum

I suspect many of our readers also have a soft spot for dim sum. The small dishes and affordable prices mean we can try many items in the course of a lunch. There are too many good dim sum places to list here. Here are two suggestions to go for comfort food in Singapore.

Wah Lok

Wah Lok Restaurant

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant in Carlton Hotel is one of the most well-known Chinese restaurants of Singapore. We like it for is service and the por lo bao which we think are the best in Singapore. Read more.

Chope Reservations

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant
Level 2 Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189558

Tel: +65 6338 8333

Cherry Garden

Cherry Garden Mandarin Oriental

Those with a healthy appetite will appreciate the dim sum brunch at Cherry Garden. Currently priced at $68++ diners can enjoy 2 hours of great Chinese cuisine that serves more than dim sum. Read more.

Chope Reservations

Cherry Garden
Level 5 Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square
Singapore 039797

Opening Hours:
LUNCH
12 – 2:30pm

BRUNCH
11am – 1pm (1st seating)
1:30 – 3:30pm (2nd seating)
Sat-Sun & Public Holiday

DINNER
6:30 – 10:30pm

Tel: +65 6885 3500

Brunch Food

Brunch food is our favourite western comfort food in Singapore. Nowadays many restaurants serve what we think of as “brunch food” – pancakes, fancy sandwiches and egg based dishes etc throughout the day. Often paired with a cup of designer coffee and enjoyed in a hip cafe environment, brunch food is what we would enjoy in the late morning or at anytime of the day when we just want a slow relaxed meal. Here are some suggestions.

Pacamara

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters, is a trendy cafe along Upper Thomson Road with good brunch food and good coffee. Read more.

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
185 Upper Thomson Road 
Singapore 574333

Chope Reservations

Matchaya

Matchaya at The Cathay is a very nice place for brunch in the city. It has a calm space that does not feel crowded or congested. It serves excellent matcha and its coffee is good too.

Matchaya Concept Store
The Cathay #01-08
2 Handy Road
Singapore 229233

​Tel: +65 9837 3187

Opening Hours:
Sun – Thu 11 am – 10 pm
Fri & Sat 11 am – 10.30 pm

Nearby MRT Stations: Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah

Fine Dining Bakery by Akira M

Fine Dining Bakery by Akira .M is a cosy bakery cafe in UE Square. It has a tiny space for eating in but if you can get a table it is a great place for weekend brunch. Their freshly baked bread is excellent. Read more.

Fine Dining Bakery
207 River Valley 
#01-59 UE square
Singapore 238275

Opening Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Closed on Tuesday

Nearby MRT Station: Fort Canning


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All human history attests
That happiness for man, - the hungry sinner! -
Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner. - Lord Byron George Gordon
All human history attests
That happiness for man, – the hungry sinner! –
Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner.
– Lord Byron George Gordon

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