Tiong Bahru Bar Pays Homage to Singapore’s Heritage Recipes (PLUS GIVEAWAY)
It’s Friday night and you wanna find a place to chill out with friends, enjoy food and have some post-work beers. Here’s a recommendation: Tiong Bahru Bar (TBB)!
Sitting at the periphery of pre-war art deco apartment buildings in one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates, T B B pays tribute to the newly minted heritage trail and possibly a future Unesco site. The best thing about here is the space! The owners transformed an old Chinese restaurant to a chic neighborhood bar. There are lots of sitting space for you – in front of the bar counter, on the sofa or outside the restaurant.
TBB used to be serving Spanish tapas but they have recently did a menu revamp and serves fragrant dishes locals grew up with and are fond of. The new menu is created by award-winning Chef Daniel Sia, who is the creative culinarian and co-owner of The Disgruntled Chef. He was inspired by Tiong Bahru’s colourful history and delicious culture, so he created a brand new Local Remakes Edition Menu which presents favourite local eats in tasty bites paired with homemade sambal belachan and fiery chilli dips.
Chilli Crab is one of our iconic dish and now you don’t have to dirty hands to eat crabs with TBB’s Mantou with Chilli Crab ($10). It has a balance of sweet and spicy, with some threads of egg through it which makes it rich and thick. Use the golden mantou to mop up the delicious chill crab sauce!
Crispy Fried Fish Skin ($5) is a great starter with remarkable crunch that comes from the delicate skin of eels. Be warned, these crisps are dangerously addictive and all you have to do is to dip it in their excellent homemade belachan chilli. Another great starter is shaved Luncheon Meat ($4).
Sliced Raw Fish Cerviche ($8) is marinated with sesame oil and garnished with spring onions and ginger. The fish is fresh with no fishy odours. Now where is my porridge?
Kong Bak Pau ($5/2 pieces) offers slices of fatty pork belly marinated in a mixture of dark and light soy sauces, oyster sauce, garlic and spices and braised till tender. The meat and the fat just melt in your mouth, and aiyo, anything goes well with their belachan!
You don’ have to get your hands dirty as Shrimp Paste Chicken Tulips ($6) which reveal juicy and tender meat beneath crispy skin and allows you to bite off the meat easily.
Freshly-made Churros ($4) came with a rich chocolate sauce. Note that afternoon portions and prices are reduced.
End your meal with a glass of Mojitos (Happy Hour $10 or $14) with flavours such as sweet lychee, mango and mixed berry. There’s an extensive global wine list, with bottles starting at a reasonable $48, and 10 beers including Heineken (HH $7 or $10) to choose from.
Tiong Bahru Bar
Address: 3 Seng Poh Road, #01-01
Tel: 6438 4380
Opening Hours: 12 Noon – 1am
Thank you Tiong Bahru Bar, I am giving away $30 dining vouchers to THREE LUCKY READERS. Each voucher has no minimum spending and is valid for three months. All you have to do is answer the simple question:
Question: Which gastrobar serves Chef Daniel Sia’s local remakes edition menu in Tiong Bahru?
Giveaway ends on 8 September 2013 (Sunday), 11:59. A random generator will be used, everyone has an equal chance of winning. Good luck!