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Good Food Hunting
Watching cargo being unloaded from massive ships at the harbourfront recalls the history of how Singapore built up its economy as a flourishing port city. But in more recent times, with the likes of Sentosa, VivoCity, marinas and the lure of a seafront lifestyle, Singapore’s western district has become a go-to district for both fun and food. In this seventh installment of our weekly dining series, Oddle Eats’ food hunters go in search of the tastiest meals from seafood favourites to local delights. With island-wide delivery, you can enjoy a good meal from the West right in your own home.
With a name like Dancing Crab, you know exactly what to expect - a lot of fun, excitement and a menu focused on marvellous clawed specimens packed with thick, succulent flesh. Inspired by New Orleans’ seafood cuisine but with a Singaporean spin, you can expect hearty dishes that the whole family can share. Backed by the TungLok Group, be prepared to make a delicious mess with its family bundles that include whole crabs, prawns, clams, crab cakes, fried rice and more. Or go for its live crab or Dungeness crab combo, chilli crab bread bowl, black pepper crab and tasty set meals.
Min order: S$50. Island-wide delivery: S$5. To order, go to eats.oddle.me/menus/dancing-crab
Le Shrimp Ramen
Inspired by the flavours of Japanese ramen broth and silky threads of Chinese la mian, Le Shrimp Ramen is a perfect marriage of Chinese and Japanese culture, offering a simple menu of elaborate flavours.
It features two specialty broths, with each enjoying a loyal following. There’s rich and creamy tonkotsu broth, made from collagen-rich, slowly-simmered pork bones; and shrimp, which combines fresh sea prawns, pork bones and Chinese spices giving the broth its delightful tangerine-orange hue. Don’t miss its menu highlights such as its signature shrimp ramen, Ebiko Prawn Paste with Chilli Vinaigrette Ramen and Braised Pork Rib Tonkotsu Ramen.
Min order: S$50. Island-wide delivery: S$5. Free delivery with orders over S$100. To order, go to eats.oddle.me/menus/le-shrimp-ramen
The Alkaff Mansion
The most romantic and beautiful lifestyle F&B mansion in Singapore, The Alkaff Mansion features more than 100-year-old Tudor architecture and exquisite gardens which house two Spanish culinary concepts – TXA Pintxo Bar and UNA. TXA recreates the vibrance of an authentic Basque pintxos bar, while UNA celebrates Basque gastronomy in a romantic atmosphere. It is also the venue for Basque-centred events aimed at spreading Basque culture, and that includes authentic cooking such as Paella de Marisco and Gambas Al Ajillo. It also houses the popular Wildseed Cafe which serves a hearty Big Pan Breakfast for a satisfying weekend brunch.
Min order: S$20. Delivery fee varies with distance. To order, go to eats.oddle.me/menus/the-alkaff-mansion
This family-style zi char restaurant has been an institution in Telok Blangah for almost 20 years, serving its affordable and wide range of zi char dishes. Families who grew up in the area will have fond memories of tucking into its quirkily named dishes such as bikini, wallet or Ultraman chicken. It’s also famous for its London duck braised in savoury soya sauce, as well as spicy and robust curry fish head which has a good assam kick. And don’t miss its XO Sum Lor Hor Fun - flat rice noodles wok-fried with scallop XO sauce and bits of dried Chinese sausage.
Min order: S$38. Island-wide delivery: S$5. To order, go to eats.oddle.me/menus/sum-kee-19-yung-ho-road
Greendot is an Asian-fusion meat-free, fast-casual concept that was founded in 2011 with the intention of helping people to eat more healthfully and be more mindful of the environment. It specialises in repackaging traditional vegetarian cuisine into accessible fast-casual formats to make it easier for people to make the switch. If you’ve been thinking about changing your diet, now’s your chance. To start, try its signature herbal noodles and stir-fry mushroom and vegetable pot. If you can’t decide, order the Chill & Relax Bento Set which includes lion mane mushroom rendang, broccoli, seasonal vegetables and rice for a tasty and healthy meal.
Min order: S$49. Delivery fee varies with distance. To order, go to eats.oddle.me/menus/greendot
Eng’s Wantan Noodle
The key to great wanton noodles is not just the quality of the char siew and slippery wontons but the noodles themselves, which need to be springy with a ‘QQ’ bite. Eng’s Wantan Noodles started out from its original stall in Dunman hawker centre but has since spawned a few branches around town. But fans still swear by its distinctive chewy noodles tossed in delicious lard, soy sauce and its special chilli sauce. Apart from the signature noodles, you can also enjoy some side dishes for a complete meal such as handmade ngoh hiang and boiled vegetables in oyster sauce.
Min order: S$35. Island-wide delivery: S$8. To order, go to eats.oddle.me/menus/engs-wantan-noodle
Penang is renowned for its food culture, notably its incredible range of hawker food from Penang laksa to cendol and char kway teow. But since it’ll be some time before we can travel there personally, Penang Culture will help to satisfy your cravings. It serves reasonably priced and authentic Penang food in comfortable nostalgic surroundings. Dig into favourites such as Malacca Seafood Cheese Bee Hoon, Penang White Curry Mee and Penang Lor Bak. The kitchen is helmed by Penang-born chef Wong Thin Lipp, whose repertoire also includes Char Kway Teow, Assam Laksa and Rojak that will transport you to Penang without leaving home.
Min order: S$50. Island-wide delivery: S$5.90. 20 per cent off pickup orders. To order, go to eats.oddle.me/menus/penang-culture
No Signboard Seafood
As the name says, this now famous seafood restaurant started out as a humble hawker stall in Mattar Road by founder Ong Kim Hoi in the 1970s. Although chilli crab was popular, Mdm Ong made her name with her own special recipe for white pepper crab. The name was given to the stall by customers because she literally had no signboard at the time. While it’s now a food empire, it still serves its original crab dishes including the decadent Alaska White Pepper King Crab. For something more down to earth, try its Braised Yee Mee and Sweet and Sour Kurobuta Pork.
No minimum order required. Island-wide delivery: S$20. S$12 off delivery with minimum order of S$100. To order, go to eats.oddle.me/menus/no-signboard-seafood