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Sightseeing In Singapore – Singapore’s Best Bars

Every year The World’s 50 Best Bars publishes a list, complied by 500 drinks experts from across the globe, of the worlds top watering holes. This year Singapore won 6 spots on that list including the Best Bar In Asia!

So if your feeling thirsty on your Singapore city tour, just let your Hello Singapore tour guide know and we’ll pull in for a boozy pit stop!

 

MANHATTAN – Number 7 and the Best Bar In Asia

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Manhatten is an ‘American bar’ that does everything well. It has more than a touch of New York glamour and am impressive cocktail menu. If you are looking for places to visit in Singapore on a Sunday put their Cocktail Brunch to the top of your list.

Level 2, Regent Hotel, 1 Cuscaden Road. Open everyday 5:00 pm – 1:00/2:00 am. Sunday Cocktail Brunch: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm. Violet Hour: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Weekdays)

 

ATLAS – Number 15

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If you like Gin this is the bar for you. ATLAS has over 1,000 gins on offer from around the world, including some dating back to 1910. They also have an outrageously good champagne list too. Housed inside the Parkview Square; an iconic building inspired by the Art Deco skyscrapers of New York , ATLAS is a celebration of the roaring ’20s.

Parkview Square , 600 North Bridge Road. Monday – Friday: 10am – 1am. Saturday: 3pm – 2am.

 

OPERATION DAGGER – Number 24

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Incredibly hard to find but worth the effort when (if) you do. OPERATION DAGGER is hidden away down an alley, through a nondescript door and down a flight of stairs. The hundred or so jars behind the bar contain bee pollen, fermented fruit wines, aromatics for smoke and countless other tinctures and ingredients. These cocktails are seriously special.

No. 7 Ann Siang Hill #B1-01. Tuesday – Saturday 6pm – late.

 

28 HONG KONG STREET – Number 25

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28 HONG KONG STREET is one of the linchpins of Singapore’s bar scene. Located at number 28 on Hong Kong Street you would walk straight passed if you didn’t know what was hidden behind the shabby entrance door. Low lights, booth seating,  a jazz/ hip-hop soundtrack, attentive staff and the best mac ‘n’ cheese in Singapore make this a must visit bar.

28 Honking Street. Monday – Thursday 6pm-2am; Friday & Saturday 6pm-3am

 

TIPPLING CLUB – Number 31

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TIPPLING CLUB hits the top 50 list twice with its restaurant also winning awards. Spanning three shophouse units on Tanjong Pagar Road TIPPLING CLUB serves up innovative cuisine and cocktails in a light and spacious environment. Head bar man Joe Schofield has curated a Sensorium Menu of cocktails, each with distinctive smells designed to trigger childhood memories. The set lunch menu is excellent value.

38 Tanjong Pagar Road. Monday – Friday 12 noon to midnight. Saturday 6pm to midnight.

 

NATIVE – Number 47

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NATIVE  uses local ingredients from across Asia to give its cocktails a unique flavour. Think mango, turmeric, cinnamon, tapioca etc. The bar’s signature drink, Antz, is a mix of coconut, Thai rum, sugar cane and basil, topped with a sprinkling of crunchy foraged ants!

52A Amoy Street. Mondays – Saturdays 6pm – midnight.

 

Enjoy a Teh Tarik on a Singapore food tours on your city tours

Food Tours In Singapore – The Best Teh Tarik

Our Singapore Food Tour is an exploration of both food and drinks across the geographies and cultures of Singapore. When designing the food tour we sampled a LOT of Teh Tarik and the Teh Tarik from the shop that technically has no name (but belongs to Mr Zamir Ahmad) came in top.

A hot cup of Teh Tarik as tried on our Singapore food tours.

 

It is delicious and here it is!

 

What is Teh Tarik?

Tarik is the Malay word for ‘pulled’ so Teh Tarik is pulled tea. It is made from tea dust rather than tea leaves.  The tea dust is boiled and condensed and evaporated milk is added. The tea is then pulled from one mug to another. The pulling action blends the milk into the tea giving it a very smooth, creamy flavour.

On our Singapore Food Tour we judge a Teh Tarik on the proportion of condensed milk used. Too much and it is considered too sweet, too little and it is not rich enough. We also look at the amount of foam in the cup. The more foam the more the teh has been pulled and the smoother it is. If you order it with extra foam they will pull it more giving you a smoother drink AND more time to snap your photographs!

 

Who is the man in the picture? 

The lovely man in our main picture is Barker, Mr Zamir’s nephew.  Barker has been working at the teh stall  for 40 years and he is a master Tariker! If you would like to meet him you will find him in the shop from early morning until about 2pm in the afternoon.

 

Where did Teh Tarik come from?

The origins of this drink go back to South Indian- Muslim immigrants who arrived in the Malay Peninsula and Singapore and set up drinks stalls at the entrance to the rubber plantations to serve the workers.

They used the broken tea leaves and ground them into dust because it was cheaper and therefore affordable for the plantation workers. The Indians themselves were used to drinking Chai Tea which is tea flavoured with spices. That was a little bit strange for the Chinese and Malay workers and it didn’t sell well so the Indians took the spices out added a richer thicker milk, and in order to catch the attention of the plantation workers added some artistic flair and started pulling it!  Hey presto Teh Tarik was born!

 

 

Mr Zamir Ahmad’s Teh Tarik is open everyday from 06:30am to 2am. Occasionally the stall closes for half an hour or so if the staff need to pop out. You can find it 21 Baghdad Street in Kampong Glam. 

 

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John and Janelle on a Singapore Food Tour at Old Airport Road Hawker Centre

Singapore Food Tours – From Hong Kong to Singapore

We have had the pleasure of John and Janelle’s company in both Hong Kong and Singapore! Hailing from New South Wales Australia these two like to travel. And when they travel they like to eat like a local.

They found us Hong Kong first where they took our Hong Kong Food Tour and feasted on Dim Sum and Char Sui. Enjoying their food adventure so much they booked onto our Singapore Food Tour and embarked on a 5.5-hour food exploration across our tiny Island.

Pictured here with Daryl, their private tour guide for the day, at Old Airport Road Hawker Centre trying a selection of local dishes.

John and Janelle, it was an absolute pleasure showing you around both Hong Kong and Singapore and we hope to see you again on your next adventures ✈️ 🍴

 

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Try a bowl of famous congee as part of your Singapore food tour with us here at Hello Singapore walking tours!

Singapore Food Tour – Mui Kee Congee

Meet the three generations of Mui Kee Congee and find out the secret behind their success. You might consider congee to be a simple dish but to make it this tasty takes bucket loads of time and effort. Literally! With a huge following in their hometown Hong Kong these guys have just opened in Singapore. If you are taking a private tour in Singapore with us and want to visit the new Mui Kee Congee branch just let us know.

Take a long relaxing lunch break on your 8 hour private tour of Singapore and enjoy a Steamboat for lunch!

Steamboat

Steamboat is a Chinese hotpot. You have a ‘boat’ of soup or stock base in which to cook your selection of raw ingredients (fish, meat, veggies). Some Steamboats are divided into two, three or even four sections allowing you to mix and match a number of different soup bases. Put this on your list of ‘must try’ in Singapore for a fun night out.

Yes that is a fish head in that curry! It s a popular food in Singapore and if you would like to one just ask your Singapore tour guide where the best ones are!

Fish Head Curry

Fish head curry is unique to Singapore. It is, as it sounds, curry made and served with a fish head in. It is the invention of a Indian immigrant to Singapore called Mr Gomez. Noticing that the Chinese REALLY liked to eat the fish head he added it to his traditional South Indian fish curry recipe from Kerala and it was an instant hit! You can find Fish Head Curry in both Chinese and Indian restaurants in Singapore. If you do try one on your food journey around Singapore don’t forget to scoop out and chow down on the eyes!

 

Fish Bee Hoon is another Singapore food that can be enjoyed on your private Singapore tour, just ask your private guide in Singapore to take you to one of the many wonderful Hawker Centres.

Fish Bee Hoon

Fish soup bee hoon, also known as fish head bee hoon, is a noodle soup dish. The noodle is the bee hoon noodle which is better know as rice vermicelli to none Singaporeans. There are two main types of Fish Head Bee Hoon; one with milk and one without. Our picture shows one with milk which has a whiter cloudier consistency. The snakehead fish is most commonly used in this soup but some restaurants will use pomfret or grouper. This is one of the healthier foods in our foodie guide.

Durian is the king of fruits. try one as part of your Singapore walking tours or perhaps try the durian ice cream instead!

Durian

Durian is known as the King of Fruits. It is also know as the Vomit Fruit so potent is the smell! Like Blue Cheese and Stinky Tofu once you get passed the smell (IF you can get passed it) your taste buds are in for a treat! Durian is insanely popular in Singapore with people paying as much as US$40 per kg! If you haven’t tried Durian before we suggest that you go with one of the cheaper ones (circa US$11-18 per kg) to see if you like it first. If the smell is too strong to get passed how about a Durian Ice-cream to ease you in? Click into this post for a picture of me (Laura) trying the ice cream on one of our Singapore walking tours.

Singapore tour company owner Laura trying a Durian ice-cream on a Singapore walking tour!

Duck Rice can be enjoyed in Singapore at both lunch and dinner time. Add it to your eat like a local list of foods to try on your singapore private tour.

Duck Rice

Duck Rice is predictably duck meat served on rice. There are two main types of Duck Rice in Singapore originating from two different groups of Chinese immigrants to Singapore.

Teochew duck rice has a light thin gravy and is served with white rice. The meat is braised, de-boned and thinly sliced. Hokkien duck rice has a thicker gloopier gravy and is occasionally served with yam rice. The meat itself is roasted.

Pictured is a Teochew duck rice.

Dosa is one of the foods on our food tour Singapore. Enjoyed in the district of Little India tours it will delight your taste buds!

Dosa

Dosa is a South Indian speciality that made its way to Singapore with the Indian immigrants. It looks like a big rolled up pancake and it is served with a selection of dips. The main ingredient of Dosa is rice and black gram (an Indian pulse) which is ground to form a batter. Fried in ghee it is not the healthiest of foods but it is delicious!  

You should eat Dosa with your hands if you want to do it in the traditional way. Make sure you use your right hand, the left is the one you use when you go to the toilet! Use your thumb and fingers to tear off a bit of the Dosa and then scoop up the sauce. Join one of our Singapore food tours for a master class in how to eat them correctly!

 

whilst traditional a breakfast dim sum is enjoyed at all times of day and night on our Singapore tours and by the locals.

Dim Sum

Dim Sum hails from the province of Canton in Southern China. Essentially ‘Chinese Tapas’ it is a serving style rather than a food itself; small portions of food designed to share. You can find everything from steamed buns to dumplings, to deep fried snacks, to seafood, meat and sweet snacks on a Dim Sum menu. Dim Sum arrived into Singapore with the early Chinese immigrants from Canton and Hong Kong. It is a firm favourite on our food tour in Hong Kong.

A tasty snack which is perfect to enjoy on the go. Crispy pastry with a chicken curry filling. If you are getting hungry on your Singapore Tours we will get you one!

Curry Puff

Curry Puffs are another firm favourite in Singapore. Usually semicircular in shape they are pastry shells filled with a curry filling. If you are British think of it as a miniature crispy curried Cornish Pasty. Most often the filling is chicken curry with potato but tuna curry, vegetable curry and other variants are also available.

Such is the love of the Curry Puff in Singapore that countless tests have been conducted to try and find the best puff in Singapore and #thecurrypuffincident trends on Instagram.

If you would like to eat like a local in Singapore ask your private tour guide to introduce you to some traditional Singaporean foods like chew kueh on your walking tour.

Chwee Kueh

Chwee Kueh are steamed rice cakes topped with fried radish. They are made from rice flour and starch. The direct translation of Chwee Kueh is ‘water cake’. When cooked the cakes have a little depression in the middle in which water pools.

They are one of the most traditional delicacies and are fast disappearing so try them whilst you still can. We  can recommend Jian Bo at Tiong Barhu’s hawker market. If you would like to try them on your walking tour of Singapore just let us know!

Oh my god, its delicious Singapore chilli crab!

Chilli Crab

Here it is, the mother of all Singaporean dishes; Chilli Crab!

The sauce is sweet and savoury and a little bit spicy. It is made from tomato paste, samba chilli paste and eggs. It might sound a little strange but it is finger licking delicious! Eat it with Mantou; little bread buns which you can mop up the sauce with.

You can find Chilli Crab all over Singapore from Hawker Centres to high-end restaurants. One of our personal favourites is Melben Legend Seafood. Your personal Hello Singapore tour guide can make a few other recommendations for you.

 

Want to know what the best chicken rice is in Singapore? ask your Singapore food tour guide!

Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice is one of Singapore’s national dishes and a visit to Singapore is not complete until you have eaten (at least one) Chicken Rice. But what makes it so special? The chicken is blanched in boiling water untill it is fully cooked, and then soaked it in cold water ensuring the meat remains tender and succulent. The rice is cooked in chicken stock with some ginger and pandan leaves making it deliciously fragrant. And finally the dish is served with a side portion of tangy chilli sauce.

Where can you find the best Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore? That is a widely contested question! Ask your Singapore tour guide for their top three and try them all!

want to try and old fashioned local dessert? Ask your tour guide in Singapore to take you for a Cheng Tng

Cheng Tng

Cheng Tng literally means clear soup. It is a dessert that is light and refreshing, sold in the olden days to coolies who worked down at the quay. Typical ingredients found in Cheng Tng are gingko nuts, dried longan, red dates, white fungus, dried persimmon and candied winter melons. The soup is made from sugared water and it can be ordered hot or cold.

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Chendol

Chendol is an iced sweet dessert that contains slivers of worm-like green rice flour jelly, red azuki beans, coconut milk and palm sugar syrup. It is commonly found in Southeast Asia and is popular in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma. Additional fruit toppings are sometimes added.

take a food tour in Singapore and enjoy a fresh plate of Char away meow noodles!

Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow is a dish of flat rice noodles and tubular yellow wheat noodles fried in garlic, sweet soya sauce and lard, with ingredients such as egg, Chinese waxed sausage, fishcake, beansprouts and cockles. A smoky aroma is essential to this dish, and a charcoal fire is believed to provide the best flavours.
In the Hokkien dialect of Chinese, char means “stir-fried” and kway teow refers to flat rice noodles.

You can commonly find this dish at Hawker Centres across Singapore.

Try a carrot cake on your Singapore food tour

Carrot Cake

Fried Carrot Cake is made of cubes of radish cake stir-fried with garlic, eggs and preserved radish. The radish cake is made from white radish and steamed rice flour. There are no carrots in a Carrot Cake! The dish has two common versions: the white version, which is seasoned with light soya sauce, and the black version, where dark soya sauce is added instead. The below picture is half black and half white Carrot Cake.

The dish was invented by early Teochew immigrants to Singapore. It is based on a rice cake they ate in China. Radish or turnip was added and it was called a Carrot Cake! Chinese people often translate the word radish as carrot 🙂

If you would like to try a carrot cake on your tour in Singapore just let us know!

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Biryani

Biryani also known as biriyani or biriani, is a mixed rice dish with its origins among the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. It is generally made with spices, rice, and meat.

The spices used in biryani include  nutmeg, pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander, onions, tomatoes, and garlic. In all biryani, the main ingredient that accompanies the spices is chicken or mutton; special varieties also use beef and seafood. The dish is often served with chutney or raita, curry sauce, a sour dish of aubergine (brinjal), boiled egg (optional), and salad.

One of the best places to get Biryani in Singapore is the Tekka Centre in Little India. If you are taking a food tour with us we’ll point out some of the best ones to you!