Guest post by HHWT, Top 5 Halal in Singapore
Visiting Singapore? Don’t Miss These 5 Local Halal Food Places!
Hello readers of Salt and Sheikh! We’re guest posting from Have Halal, Will Travel for the very first time ☺ We’re based in Singapore – aka FOOD PARADISE and also named the friendliest destination for Muslim travellers among non-Muslim countries so finding halal food in Singapore is not a problem. In fact the only problem you’ll have is deciding on a place to eat. So we’ve done the work for you and shortlisted the Top 5 Local Halal Food Places in Singapore You Cannot Miss!
1. Tang Tea House Hong Kong Café (Chinese Cuisine)
Craving for Chinese cuisine? Tang Tea House Hong Kong Café is the place to try Zi Char (a term used by locals to describe home-style and comfort dishes), halal dim sum and other Chinese local fare! Typically, Zi Char is only available at Chinese eateries but at Tang Tea House, everything is halal-certified!
If you aren’t in a sharing mood, we highly recommend trying local favourites such as Singapore fried bee hoon, hor fun and almost everyone’s favourite dish – chicken rice! Another dish that’s a hot favourite at Tang Tea House is the sinful but oh-so-yummy Pan Fried Crispy Bee Hoon. If you’re ever in doubt, look out for chef’s recommendations in the menu!
Tang Tea House is also well-known for the authenticity and freshness of its halal dim sum, ranging from Shanghai steamed dumplings, Siew Mai, Har Kow and their famous Golden Sand Pau (Liu Sha Pau)!
#HHWT Tip: If you’re trying Zi Char, it’s best to go with a larger group of people so these dishes are usually shared!
1. Simpang Bedok outlet: Shop Houses No. 357/359, 357 Bedok Road, 469545
2. Jalan Kayu outlet: 242 Jalan Kayu, 799466
Opening hours: 11am- 4am
2. The Lab SG (Western Cusine With A Local Touch) – Muslim-owned
A café inspired by Breaking Bad? Now we’re talking. The concept of The Lab is as its name suggests. Think scientific laboratory where experiments are constantly carried out because that’s what it’s like in the café! Experimentation is reflected not just in the décor of the café but also incorporated in their food and drinks.
Their iced coffee is served with espresso shots in syringes where you can then customize your own drink and have some fun experimenting with the caffeine level in your drinks! Condiments such as pepper and salt are also found in dropper bottles. Experiment at your own risk 😉
The ‘scientists’ at The Lab are constantly inventing and the result? Amazing fusion dishes such as Terefrank Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip/Lychee Sweet Chilli and drinks like the Yam Latte and Heisenburg Sparkler (served with Blue Curaco syrup, alcohol free)!
And of course, you can’t pay a visit to The Lab and not try the burger inspired by its namesake, the Heisenburger. With a homemade tender beef patty that literally melts in your mouth, bacon, blue cheese, garlic mayo and served with sweet potato fries, it’s really not hard to see why the Heisenburger is The Lab’s signature dish!
#HHWT Tip – You may want to visit The Lab slightly before the café opens as there tends to be a queue.
Address: 1 Jalan Pisang #01-01, Singapore 199069
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12:30 pm – 10:00 pm Sun: 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm
3. Zam Zam Restaurant (Indian Cuisine)
Want to try the most popular murtabak in Singapore? Then you will definitely want to pay the century old stall, Zam Zam, a visit! Conveniently located at North Bridge Road, it’s the perfect place to stop for a (big) bite after checking out the sights in the area.
But first, what exactly is murtabak? Simply put, it is fried dough stuffed with chicken, mutton or beef with onions and egg, served with a bowl of curry. Think roti prata with a punch.
If you’re already a fan of murtabak, it gets better at Zam Zam. Their mutton murtabak is served with an extra layer of fried plain prata at the bottom and an egg with minced mutton on top.
#HHWT Tip: Arrive with a hungry stomach and preferably 2 or more people because you’ll want to try more than just their famous murtabak!
Address: 697 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198675
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 8am to 11pm
4) Hajah Maimunah Restaurant (Malay and Indonesian Cuisine)
Don’t leave Singapore without trying kampung styled traditional Malay and Indonesian food at Hajah Maimunah (also known as Hjh Maimunah)!
You’ll be spoilt for choice the moment you step into the restaurant. Some of the dishes include Beef Rendang (braised beef), Sambal Belachan (chilli and shrimp paste), Ayam Bakar Padang (grilled chicken), Tahu Telor (deep-fried beancurd) and Ikan Bakar (grilled fish).
If that’s not enough for you, you can polish off your meal by trying traditional desserts such as Kueh Lapis (layered cake) and Odeh Odeh (a Pandan dessert filled with palm sugar)!
#HHWT Tip: Again, this is another eatery where it’s better and more affordable to visit with a group of friends as you get to try more dishes!
1. 11 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199078
2. 20 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427357
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun
5) Carousel (International Buffet)
If you’ve spent a long day shopping at Orchard Road and your tummy is crying out for food, Carousel’s just the place for you to have a giant feast!
With a huge variety of international cuisines such as Asian, Japanese, Mediterranean and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
While it is very tempting to start with the food closest to your table, we highly recommend going straight to the seafood counter FIRST, especially you’re a seafood lover. Our personal favourites include the Alaskan King Crabs*, Whole Atlantic Salmon and Boiled Tiger Prawns!
*Do note that the Alaskan King Crabs and certain seafood are only available during dinner on weekends and public holidays.
Even if you’re bursting at the seams, you’ll be extremely tempted by the wide variety of desserts, such as cakes and pastries and THREE flavours of chocolate fondue! Yes, you heard us right, three glorious fountains of green tea, rose and dark chocolate fondue 😛
Carousel has won the ‘Best Buffet Restaurant in Singapore’ title for 6 years in a row, so it’s no surprise that the restaurant is almost always fully booked. Don’t forget to make a reservation before heading down!
Check out a sample buffet menu at Carousel here!
#HHWT Tip: If anyone in your traveling party is having a birthday celebration, do let the staff at the reception know because the birthday boy/girl will be in for a treat! 😉
Address: 25 Scotts Road Singapore (*Prayer Room available)
Opening hours: Breakfast: 6:30am-10:00am, Lunch: 12:00pm-2:00pm, High tea: 3:30pm-5:30pm, Dinner: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cheeky 6) Fluff Bakery – Muslim-owned
After trying all these amazing food places in Singapore, it’s time to satisfy your sweet tooth with desserts! And there’s no better place to do that than at the immensely popular halal cupcake store in Singapore – Fluff Bakery.
Our newest favourite has got to be the cupcake with a local twist – Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun Cupcakes. Yep, that’s Fluff’s take on the popular Liu Sha Bao or Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun from Hong Kong!
Fluff Bakery is a short walk away from The Lab Café!
#HHWT Tip: Fluff Bakery changes their menu every week and tend to sell out pretty quickly so do check them out on Instagram (@fluffbakery) for updates.
Address: 12 Jalan Pisang
Opening Hours: Tues to Sat, 12noon till 7pm or when bakes sell out.
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