A few days ago, I was invited to a gin-tasting session by the Singapore Tourism Board. During my evening at Run Rabbit Run, I looked back on my trips to Singapore, especially the food. I’m sure you’ve read or seen Crazy Rich Asians so you know how much the locals obsess over their cuisine. If you’re in Manila and you’re craving for some good Singaporean food, I recommend Nanyang.
Nanyang is perfect for a snack or a full-blown meal since they have something for every kind of appetite. If you want something light, there’s the Traditional Kaya Toast (P70), a Singaporean breakfast staple of kaya (coconut jam) and butter slathered between two perfectly-cut slices of bread. The toast comes with soft-boiled eggs mixed with soy sauce and pepper, which complements the airy sweetness of the dish.
The Kaya Toast is best paired with Nanyang’s drinks list. You can choose between kopi (coffee) or teh (tea), which you can enjoy hot or cold. Of course, given the unbearable heat, the Iced Teh Melaka (P120) or the Iced Kopi Melaka (P120) are ideal. For something different, you can try the Milo Dinosaur (P130)!
There are also plenty of options for diners coming in Nanyang on an empty stomach. For noodles, there’s the Cheesy Chicken Chop Noodle (P238), an interesting noodle dish paired with chicken glazed with cheese. There are also two varieties of Laksa (P268) and you can choose from the Prawn or the Fish Ball. Both versions come with hot and creamy soup that’s perfect for those who like their food with a little kick.
I love rice so I naturally gravitated to the meals filled with them. Of course, I had to try the Hainanese Chicken Rice (P268), one of Singapore’s national dishes. I like the generous servings of ginger, sweet soy, and chili sauce, which pairs so well with the juicy chicken. The rice is also flavored with chicken so it’s an indulgent dish.
Another good option is the Homemade Nasi Lemak (P238), a dish composed of crispy chicken chops, sweet coconut rice, a boiled egg, anchovies, peanuts, and a spicy sambal sauce. The flavors are strong and are best enjoyed by those who are adventurous when it comes to food.
A meal wouldn’t be complete without dessert and Nanyang’s offering is the Mango Pomelo Sago (P120), a combination of mango slices, pomelo shreds, and tapioca in ice. It’s a good treat for the summer.
In case you’re missing Singapore and you want to try some of the island nation’s cuisine, you can check out Nanyang!
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