Bee Cheng Hiang Grilley @ Serangoon Road, Potong Pasir – Flagship Store with Dine-In Bistro, Wine Degustation, and Live Grill (Media)

With Lunar New Year literally around the corner, customers are flocking to their favourite bakkwa shops to get their festive fix of sweet, barbecued pork. But who says you have to queue under the sweltering hot weather?

Homegrown bakkwa chain Bee Cheng Hiang has turned its flagship store on Serangoon Road into Bee Cheng Hiang Grillery, a two-in-one retail meets bistro concept that brings the joys of purchasing your favourite Chinese snacks and enjoying a meal in a comfortable environment under one roof.

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House of Happiness @ Bedok Road, Tanah Merah – Claypot Rice with Tobiko and Pork Jowl by Mr Lorbak

While cooking technologies and recipes advance swiftly in this day and age, nothing beats the good old fashioned dishes we grew up with. Claypot rice is one dish that stands out from my childhood. Nothing beat the satisfaction of tucking into a piping hot meal that had been diligently slow cooked over a charcoal stove, with dozens of similarly packed claypots simmering away over the flames.

House of Happiness at Bedok Shopping Complex on Bedok Road is one such eatery that is preserving this beloved dish with a few modern twists.

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Lots Gourmet @ Changi Civil Service Club, Changi Village – Hidden Gem in the East with an Oyster Bar

There’s something to be said about cafes that are able to stand the test of time in Singapore’s food scene – and the finicky fads that come and go with initially strong players that turn out to be no more than flashes in a pan.

The name Lots Gourmet might ring a bell with cafe goers of old. Established back in 2009 (way before hipster cafes and indie coffee joints started sprouting across the island), the humble establishment has come a long way from its cozy premises in Upper Changi Road, to its lavish new home at Changi Civil Service Club on Netheravon Road. 

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Fatburger Singapore @ KINEX (Formally OneKm Shopping Mall), Paya Lebar – The Last Great Burger Stand in America Lands in Singapore

This is a trip that’s long overdue. Fatburger, coined as “The Last Great Burger Stand” , made its home in Singapore at KINEX and Velocity @ Novena Square back in September, with the gargantuan Quad (XXXXL) Burger making waves among foodies. Hailing from Hollywood, this famed burger chain has enjoyed a massive cult following in America, with celebrities like Kanye West and Pharrell among its clientele and partners.

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With its famed reputation preceding its arrival, expectations were high when I visited Fatburger’s KINEX outlet for lunch.

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