Singapore—If you and your tummy are in a patriotic mood this weekend, TISG has got you covered. As we celebrate our country’s 54th birthday, we simply cannot miss out on the delicious dishes—past and future—concocted specifically for the occasion.
Since food is, quite proudly, a national pastime, we hope that you find your appetites satisfied this weekend!
Fast food fare
Let’s start off with Burger King, which offers Rendang Tendergrill Chicken/Double Beef and Laksa Tendercrisp Chicken/Double Beef burgers.
Burger King says the Double Beef Burger consists of “two delectable layers of 100% beef patties, spread with two layers of wholesome Laksa sauce cooked with dried shrimp”, hard-boiled eggs and sliced cucumbers between buns sprinkled with sesame seeds, while the chicken version consists of a fried chicken patty with laksa sauce, hard-boiled eggs, cucumbers and sesame seed buns. For the Rendang Beef Burger, 2019 is its comeback year. It has two beef patties with with Rendang sauce and fresh onions in sesame seed buns, with a chicken version also optional.
Which reminds us that once upon a time McDonald’s had a Nasi Lemak burger, which was also launched as part of the National Day celebrations in 2017.
Pizza chain Domino’s jumped the gun by giving away 54 pizzas on August 5, but you can still get their Sambalicious Pizzas and Ondeh-Ondeh Lava cake until August 25.
Buns, more burgers, and more
For those with more discerning tastes, but who still love a good burger, Potato Head & Three Buns Singapore are offering the Chick In Rice burger, described as “Deliciously tender sous vide chicken breast smothered in ginger and garlic and a slow-roasted, spiced chicken thigh confit crisped to order, all sandwiched between the softest rice flour buns.’
BreadTalk offers a “radiant croissant” filled with kaya, as well as chili crab and curry crab puffs.
It’s going to be hot in Singapore this weekend (as usual) and so if you need to cool down, head on over to Cold Stone Creamery for some Nasi Lemak or Chendolicious dessert. For the curious, their version of Nasi Lemak is coconut ice cream, mixed spicy sambal ikan bilis and peanuts, rice puffs and cucumber slices.
Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, we know the combination sounds strange but this concoction is surprisingly popular. Their Chendolicious, meanwhile, also has a coconut ice cream base, plus green jellies, red beans, atap seeds, and is topped with gula melaka.
If you’re looking for a treat that’s a little bit more traditional, why not try Ananda Bhavan‘s Putu Bola? A creation of Putu Mayam sellers who came to Singapore from India, the mixture of rice flour and grated coconut is shaped into a ball, steamed and then served with more grated coconut and red sugar (aka Gula Merah).
In the mood to splurge?
Burger & Lobster at Jewel Changi is offering Lobster Laksa only until Saturday, August 10, so if you want one, get it now. This special National Day Dish ($70) is “made with wild-caught fresh Canadian lobster that’s cooked in a rich aromatic coconut cream sauce and served alongside rice noodles, bean sprouts, fried tofu, red chillies and a sprinkling of spring onions.”
Another National Day special is the Satay Buffet at Town Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. But this isn’t your backyard satay, since it features Sambal Stingray and Barbecued King Prawns side by suide with satays from homegrown brand, Chims’ Satay, Chilli Mud Crab, Oatmeal Prawns and Beef Rendang with Kerisik. Prices start at $59, and the buffet ends on August 10.
PS–The Fullerton also has a special birthday cake for Singapore, in case your sweet tooth kicks in after the satay lunch.
Dimsum lovers can opt for lunch at Yan Cantonese Cuisine, where, for this year’s celebrations, their chefs put a local twist on Cantonese classics for their National Day Special Dim Sum Menu. Must-haves include Steamed Xiao Long Bao with Bak Kut Teh stock, Steamed Hainanese Chicken with Sticky Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf and much more.
Happy Birthday, Singapore! And have a delicious National Day, everyone!