(Closed) Food Republic Beer Garden
Hawker centres in the 1960s were wet and messy. As Singapore become more modernised, we now have more comfortable hawker centres and food courts around us. But we miss the 1960 scene so much that many F&B leaders are setting up hawker centres depicting the scenes from the past. Food Republic Beer Garden is one of them.
This is a 400 seater open-air hawker food concept located at the carpark area in front of St James Power Station. The modern hawker centre concept was conceptualised through the vision of George Quak, Chairman of Breadtalk Group Limited and Dennis Food, CEO of St James Power Holdings Ltd. Since it opened, the beer garden has garnered a loyal following of regulars – mostly clubbers and staff from St James, Sentosa visitors and nightowl foodies (yes, it’s only opened for dinner and supper).
Food Republic Beer Garden highlights a scene from the streets of Singapore in the 60s with 18 rustic style pushcarts, truck stalls and kiosks selling all kinds of Singaporean-style hawker fare. Diners can look forward to almost 100 different dishes to whet their appetite.
As it was still within the 15 days of Chinese New Year, our dinner started with the Salmon Yu Sheng from St James. I have already lost count of the number of times I ate Yu Sheng, but still, cheers to a better year ahead!
Boon Tat Street BBQ Seafood
Signature: BBQ Stingray / Prawn / Sotong, Sambal Kang Kong, Black Pepper Crab
The BBQ Stingray from Boon Tat Seafood is superbly soft and juicy, with the sambal sauce that gives it a tremendous flavor. I like the homemade orange chinchalok, it makes the stingray much sweeter and appetizing.
Wok n Roll
Signature: Java Mee, Fried Carrot Cake, Sweet Carrot Cake, Char Kway Teow, Fried Mee Tai Mak
We thought this is Mee Goreng, but it was actually Java Mee. Java Mee is said to be a long-lost recipe which can hardly be found in Singapore now. The noodles are QQ but too sweet for my liking.
I still prefer my Char Kway Teow, perhaps the wok hei is stronger and the black sauce gives the dish more flavour.
Zhong Zhong Fine Spice
Signature: Ngoh Hiang, BBQ Chicken Wings
With almost 15 years of experience preparing and serving at Ngoh Hiang Stall, Zhong Zhong Fine Spice sells really good meat and liver roll, crispy prawn crackers etc. Besides this, they also have charcoal grilled chicken wings which goes perfectly with ice cold beer.
Lorong 9 Geylang Frog Leg Porridge
Signature: Dried Chilli Frog Porridge
If you are a fan of Lorong 9 Geylang Frog Leg Porridge, you should know that the original stall is always long queue. Fear not! You can now enjoy the same Frog Leg Porridge at Food Republic Beer Garden. The Dried Chilli Frog Porridge comes with a pot of steaming hot porridge and Dried Chilli Frog Leg. The spicy gravy gives an extra zing to the porridge, leaving the frog legs soft and tender.
Balestier Bak Kut Teh
Signature: Prok Ribs Soup, Braised Trotter
And if the Dried Chilli Frog Porridge is too spicy for you, have a bowl of Balestier Bak Kut Teh. Using fresh pork ribs simmered till tender in a rich pork stoch, the Balestier Bak Kut Teh has a peppery punch and tastes just like home.
Bliss is when the meal is complete with a delicious bowl of their signature pig trotters.
Old Days Minced Pork Noodles
Signature: Minced Pork Noodles, Abalone Noodle
If you still prefer Minced Pork Noodles, Old Days Minced Pork Noodles is a good choice. The mushroom sauce is stewed for 6 hours and the soup stock is made with premium pork ribs and boiled overnight. As we spent too much time taking photos that day, the dried noodles was too dry and I would prefer to have the soup one instead.
Signature; Satay – beef, mutton, chicken, beef tripe
How can we miss out Satay while indulging in a range of hawker dishes? The satay from Satay power are fanned over a hot charcoal grill. The owner, Mr Ibrahim, has his own recipe of herbs and spices marinade for the succulent pieces of beef, chicken, mutton and beef tripe.
Thye Chua Fried Hokkien Mee
Signature: Fried Prawn Noodles, Fried Oyster Omelette
My favourite for that night is Thye Chua Fried Hokkien Mee! Now the secret of a good plate of Hokkien mee is the pork stock. Here, each plate of Hokkien mee is served with opeh leaf, and a generous amount of sliced squid, fresh prawns and homemade chilli. YUMMY!
What You Do Prata
Signature: Roti Prata, Murtabak, Nasi Goreng
Besides the Chinese dishes, there is also roti prata, murtabak, nasi goreng etc from What You Do Prata. The murtabak is filled with a choice of mutton or chicken, it has a thin dough with a light crisoy and fluffy finish.
Chinatown Tan’s Tutu Kueh
Signature: Tutu Kueh
If there is one childhood food I love, it has got to be Tutu Kueh. I remembered when I was still a little girl, I had this piece of Tutu Kueh (I can’t remember where I bought it) that is so moist and fluffy. Chinatown Tan’s Tutu Kueh is not bad too, the ground rice flour is filled with grated coconut cooked in palm sugar or peanuts sprinkled with sugar.
Aunty Jessie Rojak
Signature: Fruit Rojak, White Rojak
Do you eat rojak before or after meal? For my family, we always have them only after we finished our meal.
Fans of white rojak will be delighted to find white rojak here. The owner uses sour plum paste instead of the traditional shrimp paste which gives the dish a lighter and refreshing taste.
Hot & Cold Drinks
Signature: Longan Drink, Grass Jelly Drink
To quench your thirst, enjoy a cup of Longan drink or Grass Jelly at the drink stall.
Dining at Food Republic Beer Garden is not only about the hawker fare, but also the whole experience. While enjoying the different local cuisines, you can also sing along with the artistes and musicians from St. James Power Station’s stable, all performing hits from yesteryear as well as current chart-toppers.
We are all very full and happy people!
Food Republic Beer Garden
Opens daily from 6pm – 5am (Sundays to Thursdays), 6pm – 6am (Fridays, Saturdays and eve of Public Holidays)