Have you ever stumbled upon a food court, and wondered if there was something really unique that you should try at a Food Republic? What makes Food Republic unique
Peramakan is a play of words from the word ‘Peranakan’ meaning ‘local-born’ and ‘makan’, a Malay word to eat. Marrying two great cultures together, Peranakan cuisine comes the preparation techniques of both traditional Chinese and Malay cooking, hence the taste is distinctive and filled with exciting flavours made from local herbs and spices.
Owner, Kathryn’s rendition of Beef Rendang $7.80 is literally one of the best Beef Rendang I’ve had. It’s so tender, even a baby without teeth could eat it! It’s not that spicy either. The flavours here encompasses the freshness of the meat and spices. The meat literally melts in your mouth. Other signature items include Durian Pangat $6 for dessert or try the Apom Berkuah $6.90.
2. Guan’s Mee-Pok
Originally located at Maxwell Market is Guan’s Mee Pok, famed for serving ramen style eggs in a hawker center. Comes a modernized and improved take on the local favourite. The noodles used here at Guan’s are specially formulated to hold moisture and stay QQ~ Even after extended periods, the noodle still hold flavour and moisture! Definitely a good choice especially for takeaway meals!
The noodles are served atop of freshly fried lard that is extremely crispy, and very addictive, when eaten on its own! The variety shown here includes, Guan’s Signature Mee Pok $5 , Plain Noodle with Xia Hua Chicken Soup $6.50 and Plain Noodle with Fish Maw and Dried Scallop $8. The highlight of the Signature Mee Pok is that golden orange egg yolk and springy noodles! Definitely worth the calories!
3. Thu Thu Baguette and Pho House
In all my years of searching for affordable vietnamese food or banh mi, I had never expected to find it at a food court. Food Republic continues to bring in hidden gems that would’ve otherwise be unheard of.
This Vietnamese run stall offers BBQ pork with Noodles $7.90, Beef Noodle Soup $7.90 and Viet Pate with Pork Belly Sandwich $5.90. Most of these dishes uses ingredients like Vietnam specific-region cultivated vegetables to ensure customers taste the REAL and AUTHENTIC vietnamese food.
The baguette here is so damn fresh! I must say, it’s so crisp on the exterior with just the right amount of texture to ensure you can bite into the sandwich, without all the ingredients falling out and creating a mess. There’s a good mixture of sweet sauces in the sandwich to entice me to eat all my vegetables in my sandwich. I generally shun vegetables!
4. Balestier Bak Kut Teh
One of the contenders of the best Bak Kut Teh in Singapore is Balestier Bak Kut Teh, conveniently located at Vivocity Food Republic. Warm your appetite with the Pork Ribs Soup (Premium) $8, the pork ribs in the strong peppery soup base were tasty and together with the Braised Trotters $6.80, makes a great combination meal.
Take note that Balestier Bak Kut Teh, has it’s own dining area designated for it’s patrons, so you won’t have an issue finding seats. The staff are also attentive and will offer to refill the soups for you.
This is definitely the soup for my soul on a cold, rainy day. Another must order, is their Braised Pork Belly $7.80, generous servings of tender pork meats in a sweet braised sauce.
5. JJ Thai Cuisine
Started as a humble hawker in Bukit Merah in 2012, JJ Thai Cuisine quickly registered on the radar of foodies all over Singapore for it’s authentic and affordable Thai food.
My personal favourite is their Thai Red Curry, served with endless boneless chicken chunks, the fragrant curry is both sweet with a good mixture of coconut milk giving it a “lemak” taste as well as spicy.
Other signature dishes include Pad Thai $6, and Thai Roasted Curry Duck $7.
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