Singapore is surely the spot in the world designed for city slickers. Its compact geography and reasonable taxis make most destinations easily and quickly accessible. Over the years, Singapore’s land area has been staggeringly increasing by land reclamations.. And this also allows its citizens to venture on different business and became entrepreneurs. Over the years, Singaporean restaurant owners continuously bringing in their authentic delicacies to Philippines and became really successful.
One of this is the Singapore Food Republic by Nasi Lemak. Tucked in Bonifacio Global City, this restaurant has been providing Filipinos the most authentic Singaporean dishes which they take pride because of their 20 years of research, cooked with authentic and imported ingredients.
This grand scale of the successful act of bringing and serving in authentic Singaporean dishes to Filipino tummies may explain how a group of food bloggers were invited to visit the restaurants. And I am proud to be one of those who are invited.
Who wants to feel like you’re really in Singapore when you enter a restaurant?
Singapore Food Republic looks very relaxing and the interiors are really inviting. We were welcomed with a very cozy looking counter adorned with its several local and imported beers. Not to mention the very good-looking deserts in their glass display.
Pictures of different favorite places in Singapore are displayed all over the walls of the restaurant. All photos were taken by the owner — Mr. HK. Even when you look up to the ceiling, yes, there’s still sets of magnificent photos.
High quality tables and chairs, plates and other utensils, are all over the place too.
Looking at their menu line up, there’s a broad choices of Singaporean dishes and I noted that they are all affordable and looks really delicious. Mr. HK was with us all throughout our stay in his restaurant. He generously gave us his time to give us the most exciting food review that we can have. A real good person that’s why he’s blessed with a lot of friends.
Kueh Pa Ti is Singapore’s version of Sushi. A very unique appetizer beautifully presented in eight (8) audible cups adorned with sautéed vegetables and prawn. And was served with Thai sweet chili sauce. This is a true delight for me. 🙂 After our short lesson with Mr.HK on how to eat kueh pa ti, I literally cannot wait to try it with own hands. I did as I was told how and I loved it. Because it is so delicious, we asked for another round. 🙂
Next was the Crispy Baby Squid. This is soo addicting. Addicting that you won’t noticed you almost finished the whole plate. The crispiness is just right which went really well with its enriched sweet sauce. It’s insanely rich and sweet but presumably that’s the point.
Thai Green Mango Salad. Shredded green mango suffused and pestled with peanuts, dries shrimps, shallots, chillies, lime and sugar. The combination of all of these ingredients produced a spirited medley of flavors that tickles the palate. The taste is unexplainably yummy.
Fish Head Curry. This is the king of all curries as per Mr.HK. The distinctive taste of this dish makes it the King of Curries. The large fish head is simmered in a spectacular mix of coconut milk, tamarind, kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass, galangal, turmeric and bunga kantan (ginger flower). This brings about an exceptional gravy that’s think, spicy, tangy and bursting with flavor.
Hainanese Chicken Rice Set. Singapore food trip will never be complete without this. Tender and juicy chicken prepared in the traditional Hainanese method with three different condiments — ginger oil, lime flavored chili and thick soy sauce. The difference of this Hainanese chicken from Singapore Food Republic is the thick soy sauce which really made a huge difference in what can have in some ordinary restos in the metro.
Here’s how you properly eat a Hainanese chicken: (1) Mix the thick soy sauce in the chicken rice (2) add the shreds of chicken (3) add the aromatic ginger (4) and lastly, the chili. Believe me, this sequence really will make a big difference in the taste. 🙂
Malaysian Chicken Curry. In the heart of every Malay man is good home cooking hence the pampering of Malay women. This shows admirably in their cooking. Using only carefully selected ingredients, they pound the herbs and spices by hand in the traditional mortar and pestle, then tumis the dish until the chicken pieces are so so tender and the dish unmistakably fragrant.
Thai Chicken Curry. This authentic curry dish is said to be the most cooked among all the curries in a Thai household. The curry paste is customarily prepared with patience by pounding all the fresh herbs and spices and blending it with shrimp paste and chicken. The harmonious blend is then gently stewed in rich coconut milk to produce a rich and thick gravy best eaten with a cup of fragrant jasmine rice.
Beef Rendang. This is a dish of Indonesian origin. The beef is thoroughly stewed in coconut milk and fired up with just the right amount of ginger, galangal, turmeric, lemon grass and chili. The end-result, tasty tender shreds of beef simmering in a rich gravy of herbs and spices. This was served to us with Nasi Lemak rice which successfully brought out the true flavor of beef rendang and the right mix of gentle heat.
Kang-Kong with Sambal Blachan. Crunchy stalks lightly sautéed with Singapore Food Republic sambal. So delicious!!
Nonya Chap Chae. Healthy and light. Stir fried vegetables of cabbage, black fungus, bean curd, carrot and sotanghon.
Say It, Nessie visited Singapore Food Republic in Bonifacio Global City as a guest. All meals were complimentary and because of the generosity of Mr.HK. 🙂 All ratings on the meals are mine and based on my taste and palates.
Singapore Food Republic
Location: Unit 8 Commercenter, 4th Ave cor 31st St. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Contact: (02) 925-1988