With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, there are now many more opportunities for you to eat your fill. Choices, choices; instead of sticking to your regular comfort food, why not cave in to your craving for some other Asian fare, such as Thai, Taiwanese or Japanese? Whether you are ordering in or having a party-of-5 dinner out (make sure everyone’s vaccinated, tested or recovered, please), here are 3 restos, each specialising in each said cuisine, to pick your Asian-flavour-of-the-week fare from.
Suki-Suki Thai Hot Pot
Yes, you may be ultra glad to know that you can enjoy the hot, hot, heat of Thai hot pot at home, too, thanks to the halal-certified Suki-Suki Thai Hot Pot. If you have all the crockery, utensils and enough Thai food fans at home, then you can scoot over to the Oddle ordering site of this Creatives Eateries’ resto to order either its Hot Pot Sets or, if you are feeling indulgent, its Premium Hot Pot Sets (from $49.80; available for 2 pax or 5 pax). Our recommendations for a fab fam feast: the Hot Pot Set B (from $124.50, for 5 pax) has all the meats you need – beef short rib, beef chuck roll, chicken and fish paste (all in 500g portions) as well as a meatball platter – plus your soup bases (you can pick 2) and choice of rice, Mama noodles or glass noodles.
If you don’t want to deal with the aftermath of cleaning up, then head straight to any of its two outlets to take advantage of its weekday buffet promotion ($35 nett for 2 pax). A party of 5, too, can “hot pot” up a storm (from $17.90++ per pax for lunch). Try its signature Red Tom Yum soup base (comes with an additional dollop of chilli paste for extra fieriness) or Sweet Basil Chicken (chicken broth flavoured with aromatic basil leaves), top up with premium items (from $10.90++ per pax) like tiger prawns, wagyu beef and fried beancurd skin, and finish off on a sweet note with desserts such as mango sticky rice and khanom chan (Thai pandan layered cake).
BONUS: SAFRA members get to enjoy 20% off Thai Hot Pot Buffet with a minimum spend of $50 at Suki-Suki Thai Hot Pot. (Only valid for Monday to Thursday only, except public holidays, special occasions and their respective eves.) Click here for more information.
Eat at Taipei
Think Taiwanese food and the following will surely pop into mind: Shilin Night Market in Taipei, oyster and pork intestines mee sua, egg fried rice with chicken chop, deep-fried sweet potatoes, and so on. Think no more – you can order all of these yum-yums for your tum-tum from Eat at Taipei, a Creative Eateries’ dining concept that brings together the best of Taiwanese traditional fare and street food. You can order any of the aforementioned dishes through any of the major food delivery platforms, or bring your foodie gang or family to its outlet at Kallang Wave Mall to explore your options.
Start your gastronomic journey by nibbling on some street snacks. Whether it’s Chilli Oil Wantons (from $7.90 for 6 pieces), Kong Bak Pau (from $6.90 for 2 pieces), Deep-fried Chicken Chop with Fermented Bean Curd (from $10.90) or Golden Fish Skin (from $7.90), try your best not to over-eat, especially since there are still delish mains to be had. From a series of La Mian dishes (from $4.90 and up) to a Crab Meat Broth with Glass Noodles soup ($9.90), a dependable Claypot Mala Tofu (from $9.90) to a “Taipei Mains” chef’s recommendation of Canadian Pork Belly Stew (from $9.90), the range on offer should more than satisfy the ravenous ones. If you’ve still got room in your separate dessert stomach, try the sugary Horlick Teaser Donut (from $9.90) served with Malteser balls, vanilla crumble, milk syrup and Horlick Sauce. Finally, wash it all down with Taiwan’s must-have bubble tea bevs: the 3-in-1 Brown Sugar Milk Tea (from $6.90) and Matcha Fresh Milk (from $6.90) get the thumbs up on the menu.
BONUS: SAFRA members get to enjoy 20% off à la carte food items with a minimum spend of $50 at Eat at Taipei. (Only valid for Monday to Thursday only, except public holidays, special occasions and their respective eves.) Click here for more information.
The resto serves up three different types of tonkatsu broth ramen, in White (original), Red (spicy) and Black (with black garlic and onions). Choose your broth, then choose your dish: a classic Aburi Cha Shu Ramen (from $16.90), Duck Ramen (from $13.90 for 3 pieces), or a Shabu Shabu Ramen (from $14.90) are good choices.
Aside from these, Menya Musashi’s also renowned for its tsukemen dishes (dry noodles that you dip in a separate bowl of soup or broth before slurping it all up); for just $15.90 and up, you can try one topped with either chicken cutlet, duck slices, shaved cha shu or yakibuta (large, slow-cooked or grilled pork). If somehow, you aren’t in the mood for noodles, there are also rice sets or simple side dishes (if you are just feeling peckish) to get. Order via your usual food delivery platforms or drop by any of its outlets (there are 6 spread across the island, each located within a major mall) with your fellow Japanophiles to go white, black or red.
BONUS: SAFRA members get to enjoy 10% off à la carte menu at Menya Musashi. Click here for more information.