Father’s Day is coming up and if you’re thinking of taking your dad out for a special meal, I recommend Nanyang. The restaurant serves some of Singapore’s most iconic dishes and they’re both delicious and affordable.
I recently visited their latest branch in SM Mall of Asia. As always, I started off my meal with the Hainanese Kaya with Honey Traditional Toast (P70), a Singaporean breakfast staple of kaya (coconut jam) and butter slathered between two slices of bread. It came with two soft-boiled eggs that you can dip into. The sweetness of the toast goes well with the savory flavor of the egg and it’s a great way to start a meal. This is also a good breakfast option; you can upgrade to the Toast Set Meal, which comes with Kopi (coffee) or Teh (tea).
My main course was the Cheesy Chicken Chop Noodle (P248), a noodle dish paired with chicken glazed with cheese. This is my go-to order at Nanyang because it’s filling and flavorful. I never expected chicken chops would go well with cheese.
Nanyang also has a great set of drinks and I always go for the Milo Dinosaur (P130). It’s a cup of iced Milo with Milo powder on top, which I mix in the drink to create a thick layer. A little sinful but oh so good.
There are plenty of dishes to order at Nanyang. I got to try the Hainanese Kaya with Honey Thick Toast and the Nonya Kaya Thick Toast (made with pandan). I like them both but it’s heavier so I think I would just have this on its own with Teh or my favorite Milo Dinosaur since it’s so thick.
There’s also the Homemade Nasi Lemak (P248), made up of crispy chicken chops, sweet coconut rice, a boiled egg, anchovies, peanuts, and a spicy sambal sauce. This is a flavorful dish and I recommend this for people looking for something new. I’ve tried this before but on my recent visit, I was craving the Cheesy Chicken Chop Noodle.
I also like the Hainanese Chicken Rice (P268), a Singapore classic. That’s what I order when I’m starving because it’s so filling. Think juicy chicken, chicken-flavored rice, and generous servings of ginger, sweet soy, and chili sauce.
The Laksa (P268) is always a hit. Nanyang has two versions: one with fish balls and one with prawns. Both feature hot and creamy soup that I like. I was considering it during my visit but it was just so hot (it still feels like summer) that I ordered a dry noodle dish instead.
If you want soup but don’t want anything spicy, there’s the Prawn Noodle Soup (P268). I have not tried that but will definitely order when the weather cools down a bit.
For drinks, I always get the Milo Dinosaur but there’s plenty to choose from. Their Kopi (P100 for hot and P110 for iced), which features coffee, water, evaporated milk, and condensed milk is a hit. They also have the Kopi O (P90 for hot and P100 for iced), which has coffee, water, and sugar; and the Kopi C (P100 for hot and P110 for iced), which has coffee, water, and evaporated milk.
Try the Teh if (P100 for hot and P110 for iced) you want less caffeine. It’s made up of tea, water, evaporated milk, and condensed milk. They also have the Teh O (P90 for hot and P100 for iced), which has tea, water, and sugar; and the Teh C (P100 for hot and P110 for iced), which has tea, water, and evaporated milk.
For something truly unique, go for the Yuan Yuang (P100 for hot and P110 for iced). It combines tea with coffee, evaporated milk, and sugar.
Nanyang is a great place to spend Father’s Day because the food is delicious and reasonably priced. The restaurants are also designed well with bright lighting and lots of tables. It’s definitely a family-friendly place.
Their latest branch is the one in SM Mall of Asia but they also have stores in SM Aura, Greenbelt 5, Bonifacio High Street, SM Megamall, Bonifacio One Technology Tower, Ayala North Exchange, Manila Bay, SM Baguio, The Podium, and Robinsons Place Manila. They will soon be opening their branch at the Ayala Triangle Gardens Tower 2.