SINGAPORE – Chinatown Food Street is set to welcome foodies and families back to the well-loved alfresco-style heritage food and dining spot as it reopens on Tuesday, 1 December 2020. With the introduction of six new steamboat and BBQ ala carte buffet concepts amongst the 17 reopened stalls that line the street, diners can expect to get more value with free flow dishes, like Sichuan wanton, poached Hainanese chicken and even Korean tteokbokki, alongside new thematic ‘Always 99’ offers.
“As an iconic heritage food street in the heart of Chinatown, we want to offer our best local and Asian favourite food experience at an affordable price to Singaporeans as part of the reopening celebration of Chinatown Food Street. Good food always brings people together and with the unique, nostalgic ambience of the street, we aim to bring joy, community spirit and normalcy back into the Chinatown precinct,” says Ms Rae Ng, Senior Head of Marketing for Select Group, the company that manages Chinatown Food Street.
The six new ala carte buffet concepts feature Singaporeans’ most loved steamboats and BBQ cuisines, namely Chinese BBQ, Chinatown Laksa Steamboat, Mala Steamboat, Hongdae Korean BBQ, Nabemono Shabu Shabu and S88 Mookata Steamboat – priced from S$19.90 to S$23.90 nett per adult and S$12.90 nett per child (aged 3 to 12), for a minimum of two diners each time.
Each concept offers signature soup bases and marinated meats, seafood, a wide selection of fresh vegetables, and various sauces and condiments. Choose from these Chinese-style cuisines to enjoy a sumptuous meal – tickle your fancies with the familiar rich laksa soup base, a peppery pork stomach soup or herbal chicken soup at Chinatown Laksa Steamboat or experience juicy flavours oozing out and into your mouth with sizzling meats and sides from Chinese BBQ. For those who dare venture a sensory-peaking adventure, dive into one at Mala Steamboat for a numbing-spicy experience made from Sichuan peppercorn and chilli pepper.
At Hongdae Korean BBQ, expect to spice things up with its signature marinated meats like black pepper beef short rib, original garlic pork belly and spicy bulgogi chicken. Diners can even add on a bowl of cheese at just S$2 for dipping.
There is also a Japanese offering in the form of Nabemono Shabu Shabu. Diners can choose from a selection of Japanese oden, udon, leafy produce, dipping sauces and thinly sliced quality meats. Helmed by former fine-dining chef Daniel Lim (pictured above), who was celebrated for his nimono and agemono at restaurants including Shinzo and Hinoki, his techniques for delivering the intricate Japanese flavour is one of many culinary finesses being introduced to the street in this reopening.
Not only that, diners can satisfy any zany hunger-pangs with the amalgamation of BBQ and steamboat at S88 Mookata Steamboat.
Customers dining at these steamboat and BBQ stalls can also look forward to mouth-watering, free flow dishes such as garlic fried rice with braised pork belly, poached chicken, Sichuan wantons, Korean tteokbokki (spicy rice cake), kimchi pancake, guo tie (fried dumplings) and steamed dumplings, amongst other items, served by the relevant stalls.
Additionally, the alfresco dining style at Chinatown Food Street would also allow every table of minimum four diners to enjoy two different steamboat or BBQ stalls’ food at once, giving you, your family and friends more flexibility for dining together.
Alongside its rich history and delicious food, the street also serves the success stories of its tenants, including one from Famous Eunos Bak Chor Mee. Ex-banker Ler Jiewei (pictured above with his mum) is the fifth generation hawker for the stall which he took over from his parents, who are still operating their stall at Eunos Hawker Centre, and has gone on to perfecting the recipe that was passed down to him from his great-great-grandfather. The hardworking pioneer built his legacy by literally carrying his kitchen, charcoal stove and food on a bamboo pole across his shoulders back in the 1920s, selling his signature bak chor mee (minced meat noodles) in Kampung Chai Chee. Despite the changing times and tastes, the new generation hawkers remain faithful to the recipe and ingredients to allow their customers to relive memories through a bowl of traditional bak chor mee.
Other favourite local fares, such as chilli crab, roast meats, BBQ seafood and satay, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink towers are also available along this nostalgic food street to round off your dining experience.
Chinatown Food Street is currently running its new ‘Always 99’ thematic promotion for ala carte style items, going at S$0.99, S$1.99, S$9.90 or similar price points across all of its reopened stalls between December 2020 and January 2021.
Diners can look out for attractive promotions, such as the limited-time-only S$9.90 deal for the first 30 customers at each of the new steamboat and BBQ concept during dinner times from 1 – 6 December 2020 and char siew rice from Tiong Bahru Meng Kee Roast Duck at just S$1.99 (U.P. S$5.00).
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