With 9 August approaching, fast food and restaurant chains are amping up the celebration with uniquely Singaporean, locally inspired creations. From durian desserts to rendang burgers, here’s our compiled list of the most hyped local food launches to get you started on!
Chilli Crab Xiao Long Bao
Din Tai Fung’s iconic Steamed Chilli Crab & Pork Xiao Long Bao has returned just in time for Singapore’s birthday. Since its launch in 2007, the chefs at Din Tai Fung have mastered the art of capturing the flavours of the chilli crab dish in the form of a dumpling. This dish is available all over the island until 31 August – the perfect morsel for a National Day feast!
Durian kaya toast
Got a liking for Singapore’s most iconic fruit, the durian? Ya Kun Kaya Toast celebrates the nation’s 53rd birthday by paying homage to the “King of Fruits”, in its unique durian kaya toast featuring the D24 Durian.
Salted egg yolk chicken
Jumping on the salted egg trend, KFC has rolled out a National Day special, the Goldspice Chicken. Coated in a heavenly blend of salted egg yolk, curry leaves, chilli, and basil, the combination of the different flavours allows you to a have a taste Singapore in one bite.
Burger King’s Hainanese Tendergrill Chicken Burger and Double Rendang Beef Burger are back! A nod to Singapore’s national dish, the former incorporates the different flavours of chicken rice with a grilled chicken patty topped with garlic chilli and a ginger sauce. The rendang burger (available in chicken or beef) is a take on another well-known Singapore food, beef rendang.
Golden Lava Floss Bun
Home-grown bakery BreadTalk is celebrating both their 18th anniversary and Singapore’s 53rd birthday with this special release. Filled with a creamy salted egg yolk sauce, then topped with savoury floss and buttery cereal bits, the Golden Lava Floss Bun is a nod to local tze char (Chinese stall) flavours. Available until 2 September at $2 per bun.
From 1 to 15 August, homegrown craft brewery RedDot Brewhouse Singapore is offering its iconic SG Dragon Beer. Red dragonfruit is infused into Pilsner in this ruby-hued brew. Malty, fruity and citrusy with a clean, crisp finish, this refreshing beer is available in Dempsey (#01-01, 25A Dempsey Road) and Boat Quay (33/34 Boat Quay).
Available for a limited time only, McDonald’s latest hawker-inspired menu is one to look out for. The Ha Ha Cheong Gai (which means prawn paste fried chicken) menu includes a chicken burger, drumlets, and Durian McFlurry – yes, durian ice-cream! If you’re in the mood for a savoury breakfast, there’s also the Breakfast Curry Burger – chicken patty slathered in McDonald’s classic curry sauce, stacked with an egg and melted cheese.
Last but not least…
Although it’s a bit of a trek from the city, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Back for the second year, RWS Street Eats by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is happening from 9 to 19 August at Malaysian Food Street. Tuck into authentic Southeast Asian delicacies by a total of 29 renowned hawkers and eateries from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. Top picks include Pork Star Bali from Indonesia, popular for its melt-in-the-mouth Balinese-style pork dishes, and Flying Roti Canai by Malaysia chefs Zainal Abidin and Mohd Fairus.
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