Restos You Can Get Singaporean Dishes From, Approved by the Singapore Tourism Board

One of the best things about Singapore is its food. The city-state is known for its hawker centers that serve different cuisines and dishes. Many hawkers specialize in one dish, which has been refined and perfected over the years and passed down from generation to generation. In fact, Singapore’s hawker culture is so well-loved that it was inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2020.

If you miss the diverse cuisine of Singapore, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) launched a partnership with five popular restaurants in Manila to bring a taste of hawker culture to Filipino foodies.

The menus all feature Zi Char, a popular cooking style in Singapore influenced by home-cooked comfort food. It’s also the perfect choice for meals with friends and families because of its big servings.

 

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You can order Har Cheong Gai or Salted Egg Fried Chicken from Byrd Tubs, the Crab Bee Hoon from China Mommy, or the Chili Crab Brioche Burger from I’M Hotel’s HotKiss Kitchen. You can also try the Marmite Kurobuta Pork Ribs from Sambar. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can cook with the Black Pepper Butter or Sambal Butter from Comer y Comic.

 

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I have tried most of them and loved everything, but my favorites were the Salted Egg Fried Chicken from Byrd Tubs and the Marmite Kurobuta Pork Ribs from Sambar. Both are rich and flavorful, and I’m craving for them as I type this. The Chili Crab Brioche Burger from HotKiss Kitchen is decadent, and the buns are soft and pillowy. The Crab Bee Hoon has a generous serving of crab that gives the noodles a new flavor.  I’ve yet to try the butters but I can’t wait to add a Filipino twist by spreading them on freshly-baked pan de sal in the morning.

Zi Char or char lang?

 

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Working with STB, actor and restaurateur Marvin Agustin recently starred in the Singapore Reimagined YouTube series where Marvin learnt how to pronounce “Zi Char” and was taught popular Zi Char recipes such as Coffee Pork and Cereal Prawns. 

Now, Marvin hosts the second part of this web series, but this time, with his fellow Filipino celebrities. Entitled Zi Char or Char Lang, the show will have Marvin teach his celebrity friends how to cook Zi Char dishes. Among the list of Marvin’s guests are musician-couple Karylle and Yael Yuzon, comedian Victor Anastacio, and former love team partner Jolina Magdangal.

Marvin will teach the guests how to cook Zi Char recipes such as Chili Crab and Pork Rib King. If it’s a success, Marvin will say “Zi Char,” and if not, then it’s a “char lang!”

 

This story is in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board. For more information, visit the website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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