Wen Kang Ji @ Joo Chiat Road – 2nd Outlet for Famous Wonton Noodles with Melt-In-Your-Mouth Char Siew

Wonton mee is one of those ubiquitous noodle dishes that you can’t really go wrong with, especially if you’re craving something decadent and filling, with just enough meat to top up a bowl of lardy, al dente noodles. 

Wen Kang Ji is known for that, just with a touch more decadence as you can see from the XXL Wonton Mee that put it on Singapore’s foodie map. Hot on the success of its original branch at Golden Mile Food Center, a second one has opened up shop on Joo Chiat Road, in the same coffee shop as Da Dong Prawn Noodles


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Da Dong Prawn Noodles @ Joo Chiat Road, Joo Chiat – Second-Generation Hawkers Serving Prawn Mee with Insane Umami Broth

The old adage, the early bird catches the worm, could not be more true at Da Dong Prawn Noodles, known for its umami prawn noodles that consistently sell out way before its 2pm closing time.


Tucked away in a sleepy corner of Joo Chiat Road, Da Dong Prawn Noodles is a heritage hawker stall that is currently run by second-generation owner Watson Lim, who took over the business from his father in 2018. The stall has been running strong since 1966, when it first opened.

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When in Tokyo: Gyoza Hohei @ Ryushin Buiding, Ginza – Gyoza Bar Open Till Late; Try Their Ginger Gyoza

I love me a good gyoza, whether as a hearty dinner dish or a sinful snack to pair with beer. There are few experiences as comforting as biting into a thin gyoza skin and sinking your teeth into greasy minced meat that is bursting with flavour. 

I stumbled upon Gyoza Hohei while searching for a late dinner near my hotel in Ginza. Turns out, this unassuming establishment is actually the sister location to the legendary Kyoto-based eatery of the same name! 


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When in Ibaraki: 10 Places to Sightsee and Eat At in This Coastal Prefecture North of Tokyo

Ibaraki once held the title of “least attractive prefecture in Japan” for several years in a row, a dubious “achievement” which is a tad unfair considering the understated charms that it has to offer. 

Spanning over 6,000 square kilometres and bordering other famous locales such as Tochigi and Fukushima, Ibaraki is situated two hours north of Tokyo. From a sprawling seaside park to a torii that commands an arresting view of the Pacific Ocean, here are ten places to sightsee and eat to your heart’s content over a weekend in this coastal prefecture! 


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When in Tokyo: Ikumimama Animal Doughnuts @ Nakahara Ward, Kawasaki – Kawaii Animal Doughnuts

Insanely cute and delicious to boot, animal doughnuts have become synonymous with Japanese bakeries since capturing the Internet a decade ago. While wandering through Ikebukuro Station, I chanced upon a popup counter by Ikunimama Animal Doughnuts, a local doughnut store located in Kawasaki


According to their Instagram page, the store can often be found roving around various train stations in Tokyo, so you might just stumble upon one if you’re lucky!

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When in Tokyo: Mrs Charlotte Food Truck – Lavender-Themed Ice Cream and Drinks, Available Only on Weekends

Modern food trucks are all the rage in Tokyo, with several offering various cuisines from Mexican and Middle Eastern, to even Singaporean. Mrs Charlotte is one such food truck known for its eclectic, pastel-themed desserts. 


Not only is Mrs Charlotte a hit among locals, it’s also fairly elusive, open only on selected weekends for up to five hours. One reviewer reportedly took three attempts before being able to get her hands on the sought-after crepes and ice cream. 

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