Makansutra Singapore Food Ebook 2023/24

Tanjong Rhu Pau & Confectionery

389 Guillemard Rd (Map) 10.30am – 8pm Mon

This family business has kept the faith all these decades, churning out a steady and consistent line of dim sum and snacks. Their outlet along Guillemard Road often causes a traffic snarl as cars stop at the roadside and customers hop out to buy them. The ones not to be missed are the mini cha siew bao and the triple filling (yuan yang) bao with red bean, lotus paste and salted egg yolk. The pastry is uber soft and gummy plus the cha siew filling bits have a lightly roasty edge. We also like their chive dumplings, minced pork with a garden of chopped chives wrapped and steamed in a translucent wanton skin. The little meaty siew mai is also a no-brainer item with their fans.

Sing Lung HK Cheong Fun

Blk 1 Beach Rd #01-4757 (Map) Wed – Mon: 8.30am – 2pm


Not all "chef turned hawker" make the mark, some are merely famous. But HK born and "kitchen lifer" Mr Kong You Man brought his almost 5 decades of Cantonese kitchen craft out of fancy restaurants and even his head chef gig of 8 years in a top local restaurant to this humble kopitiam stall. The daily queue moves very slowly because it's an OMO (one man operation) with his wife handling orders. The acid-test, on the rice rolls, comes up tops. It's springy, softly firm yet resistance and has a distinct rice flour flavour to it. Very well balanced batter of starch and rice flour. We love the plain version, with just a moreish traditional sauce of peanut cream, sesame and soy sauce - a league of its own. He offers prawns, mushroom and cha siu versions but those are merely nice distractions. The lo mai fun (glutinous rice) is laden with black fungus, Chinese sausages and dried shrimps. His century egg porridge is not drowned in a meaty porridge but instead is light enough to bring out the egg flavour.


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