The #SGWinter hashtag, which was coined by Singapore’s Blogfather, Mr. Brown, is being bandied around again. That’s because Singaporeans spent the first few days of 2021 getting used to some unusual weather.
As the rain that began last Friday continued well into Sunday afternoon, temperatures plunged to as low as 21.2 degrees Celsius in some parts of the island.
To cope with the atypical weather, we compiled a list of the best food to deal with the bitter cold.
The best type of food to share is the kind that comes in a big pot. Kambing Soup is great with a baguette from your neighbour bakery shop. Plus, mutton soup is a great alternative to curry if you are eating with people who can’t handle their spice. Use the bread to mop up the soup as you enjoy a quiet evening with your family after work.
While many prata joints serve kambing soup, only the best end up on the Michelin supper guide. Haji M Abdul Razack Stall has been serving up bowls of steaming hot mutton soup since 1955. You’ll understand why people keep coming back when you take your first sip.
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Road, Boon Keng Market and Food Centre, #01-03
If you’re in a health-conscious mood, this next entry here is the diametric opposite of the sumptuous but oh-so-sinful Sup Kambing. Sliced Fish Soup is a typical Teochew dish, which means the flavours are subdued and light. The perfect comfort dish for getting over that flu and for sweater weather days.
Unlike Chicken Rice which is one of those dishes you know you’ll find in every single kopitiam, Sliced Fish Soup is common but not that common.
Singaporeans who want to get their hands on a great bowl of fish can head to Jalan Besar for Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup. If your stomach disagrees with any form of dairy, you’ll be glad to know they do not add milk in their soup.
Address: Berseh Food Centre Stall 44, 166 Jln Besar, Singapore 208877
The thought of Bak Kut Teh might have already occurred to you. Comforting with a slight herbal aftertaste and loaded with a peppery kick, it’s a great pick-me-up for a rainy day. Add as many pieces of you tiao (dough fritters) or rice as needed for a filling meal.
Here’s something you may not know: the original Founder Bak Kut Teh stall is still open! Simply named Balestier Bak Kut Teh, this is THE place, the one which has been visited by the likes of Emil Chau and Jay Chou.
Address: 347 Balestier Road, Singapore 329777
Once upon a time, I found out from a movie that some people put butter in their coffee. Some white guy asked for butter in his coffee before getting Blue Galoshes brand cigarettes.
Since then, the scene has been sitting at the back of my mind, forgotten until I discovered Kopi Gu You.
It’s safe to say that Kopi Gu You would be even smoother than coffee with butter, since our Kopi beans are already roasted with margarine and sugar.
Heap Seng Leong has been around since the 70s, which makes the shop older than some of you reading this. They also haven’t changed much since then, which makes for an interesting experience. Bring your parents and older relatives there and ask for the Kopi Gu You!
Address: 10 North Bridge Road, #01-5109, Singapore 190010
A hybrid of instant coffee and milo, NesLo is like kampong style mocha.
A dash of condensed milk adds a richer, sweeter taste to your drink. Who needs an extra shot of caffeine?
The Malaysian Chinese people call this drink Ho Ga Sai, which is Cantonese for tiger bites lion.
At a rustic kampong-looking house in Simpang Bedok sits Tang’s Tea House. A Chinese Muslim restaurant, it serves Halal Chinese food.
Address: 57 Lor Bekukong, Singapore 499173
What’s your favourite cold weather food? Have you been drinking way more Milo than usual? Tell us on our Facebook page.