Hot! Raise A Toast to Singaporean Heritage Food at Yum Sing!

Yum Sing!

CONTENT: Seraphina Tang

Truly, there is nothing more Singaporean than a love for good food – especially after our local hawker culture has been officially added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Yum Sing!, a brand-new casual dining joint by the founder of Putien, celebrates just that: the appreciation of all things Singaporean, from its retro décor and collaborations with local brands, to its menu of heritage hawker favourites.

Yum Sing! invokes a sense of nostalgia from the moment you step in with its 1960s-themed décor (taken after the Singaporean amusement parks of yore: New World, Great World, and Gay World), replete with vintage lacquered and wooden panel,s and carnival-esque neon lights, even merry-go-round horses suspended from the ceiling of the main dining hall for a delightfully whimsical experience. Take a seat and tuck into a variety of hawker delights and local favourites – perhaps you’ll be at a loss for what exactly to order from the menu, but we’ve highlighted our top picks below.

Yum Sing! celebrates the one thing that makes us truly Singaporean – food

Don’t miss out on the Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$10) and Hokkien Prawn Rolls ($10) – the former crunchy and oh-so-addictive, the latter a savoury, briny bite interspersed with the crunch of chestnut. There’s also the classic Rojak (S$8) with a well-balanced prawn paste sauce that paired especially well with the sharply sweet pineapple and crisp youtiao, as well as the fun, do-it-yourself Kueh Pie Tee (S$10).

For the mains, we couldn’t stop digging into the Char Kway Teow (S$10), each bite perfumed with heavenly wokhei and filled generously with lupcheong (Chinese dried sausage), shrimp and cockles. The Moonlight Dried Beef Hor Fun (S$10) was a favourite too, coming with a gorgeously golden egg yolk wobbling in the centre. Mix it up, and savour each bite of wokhei-scented, beefy goodness. Of course, there’s the classic Hainanese Chicken Rice (S$10) as well: while we thought the rice was a tad dry, we did love how tender the steamed chicken was, dipping each piece into a mix of ginger sauce and chilli. The Bak Kut Teh (S$10), Teochew-style with a clear and peppery broth, warmed our stomachs, and we were delighted by how tender the ribs were!

New restaurant Yum Sing! pays homage to Singapore’s heritage food

Savour your meal with a drink or two, because Yum Sing! also has a veritable drinks menu that includes the Yum Sling (S$20), their take on the traditional Singapore Sling, with gin, fresh coconut, pineapple and orange juice, orange peel and pomegranate for a refreshing tipple. There’s also locally-inspired cocktails made with coffee liqueur by home-grown distillery Compendium Spirits –the Kopi-O Gao (S$20) and Kaya Toast Set (S$20).

Indulge in a spot of nostalgia with your meal at Yum Sing! – indeed, when pandemic restrictions ease up more, the restaurant plans to have live getai and music performances as well!

Yum Sing!
Block B, #01-06/07, Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Road, Singapore 179021
Operating Hours: Mondays to Sundays (including Public Holidays), 4pm – 10.30pm

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