BY: Hariz Hashim
Food is undoubtedly an important aspect in the Singapore culture. From hawker centres to the high-end restaurants, the Singaporean taste buds have definitely acquired the ability to source out good food wherever they go. From long queues that we see at more famous stalls, we learn that many people are willing to travel across the island, just to get good food.
If it's anything in this multi-racial, multi-lingual and multi-religious society that we have come to notice, it is that we are the classic example of cultural diffusion. While the main aim of cultural diffusion stems from the want of capital gains, it has brought more colour and added variety to the Singapore landscape that all Singaporeans are far too familiar with. We travel across to neighbouring countries, tasted their food, and said to ourselves, “Why they don't have this in Singapore?” Well, some of them have finally set their feet down here in Singapore now and brought the food along with them. Here are 3 places where you can find food that you never knew were available in Singapore.
· *Scape, 2 Orchard Link #02-18C Singapore 237978
· Opening Hours: 1230pm – 10pm Daily
Aroi mark mark. You may have seen coconut ice cream in a husk while roaming around the streets of Bangkok. It is a very common dessert in the country and many indulge on it on a regular basis, to cool down in the unforgiving Thailand weather.
Pong Gelato now gives you the same refreshing feeling and the best thing is that you can have it right away at * SCAPE (Above *SCAPE Underground). The local Pong Sorbet revamped the dessert by introducing different sorbet flavors (mango, passion fruit or banana) to go with their Coconut Gelato, and accompanied with the traditional sides that you get on the original ones. It also comes with a cup of coconut water to drink after you are done with your coconut. The delicious concoction is named A Huskful of Handcrafted Gelato ($5.50)
· 220 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437011
· 6247 7760
· Hours: 1:00pm - 10:00pm
Ironically, despite its name, Wednesday Cafe is a novel ‘anti-café’ concept to Singapore, whereby patrons pay for their time spent in the cafe instead of what they consume. The concept is similar to Coffeemin - Singapore’s first ‘anti-café.’ Paying only a cover charge ($12 for first hour, $5 for subsequent half hour), customers are entitled to an all-you-can-eat dessert bar, inclusive of free flow of coffee, tea and their very own special Pink Lemonade.
But the one thing that makes people keep coming back for more is their famous ice cream rolls, that are originated from Thailand. The ice cream rolls are the ‘potong’ of their country. Usually prepared on an ice plate, a special tool is used to lower the temperature and freezes whatever that comes in contact with it.
How it is made is simple; a cream base is placed on the ice plate accompanied by various fruits and syrups of your own choice. This makes customization a key aspect to why it became so popular. It is then chopped up and blended while still remaining frozen on the plate. Lastly, they will flatten it out and scrape off the ‘rolls’ that everyone needs.
· Bedok Mall #B1-53, 311 New Upper Changi Road 68449230
· 180 Kitchener Rd #B1-33/34/K15 6595 6595
· 11:00am - 10:00pm
Wingstop is an aviation-themed restaurant that sells American-style Buffalo Wings. It was first founded in 1994 in Garland, Texas, and it began offering franchises in 1998. Since then, Wingstop has grown into a chain with more than 650 restaurants that are either open or in development.
Now that they have finally opened up their branches in Singapore, their very first outlet was at Bedok Point and not long later, they expanded to City Square Mall. Confident of their product, they intend to open up to 20 shops in Singapore soon in the future.
Despite only selling Buffalo wings, they are pulling in a very large crowd. The secret lies in the wide array of unique flavors available that will ensure that there is a taste for everyone. Patrons are recommended to go for their Classic Wings or Boneless Wings sets ($9.96 for 6 pieces, $11.95 for 8 pieces). You’ll get 2 flavors out of the 11 different sauces available with 1 regular side dish, a drink and a dip. One of their unique flavors, Oriental Soy Pepper, was specially created just for the Singaporean market.
Their wings do come in various heat levels, but the one that trumps them all is the Atomic Wings. Those who are looking for a challenge, try out their atomic level. It was said to make even some of the largest men begging for iced water. Here are some tips if you are planning to get them: save them for the last, and prepare some milk beforehand, just in case.