Singapore's Chinatown has been getting a serious facelift in the past years. Modern bars, restaurants and a (redesigned) concept Food Street (Smith Street) are burgeoning in the neighbourhood. The downtown area has become our new favourite spot for late night drinking. Besides, what’s better than to start off the night than with some local tze char with the varied punters in the area? Plus you can save the bucks for another round of beer later. Here are some of our favourite tze char restaurants in Chinatown and their 'must-orders':
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Tong Ah Eating House| Many know Tong Ah for its perfectly crisp kaya toast ($1.40), half-boiled eggs ($1.20) and coffee ($1.30) – all of which were had been featured in New York Times. But ask for their menu and you will be amazed by the great variety of tze char dishes churned out at their back kitchen. Coffee pork ribs (small $10, medium $12, large $15) has a kopi-o (coffee) -like glaze; crispy on the outside and fork tender and fatty inside. The same goes for the claypot fragrance chicken ($10/$12/$15) – crisp, juicy and sweet, but with extra kick of dried chillies. A unique dish that is not listed in their menu is the salted egg yolk string beans ($10/$12/$15): each string bean is coated in salted egg yolk batter and stir-fried with curry leaves, rendering the beans lightly crisp on the outside an meltingly tender on the inside. Tong Ah has recently moved from its previously iconic triangle corner to this new spot a couple of doors down on Keong Saik. Go there in the early evenings and grab one of the very few tables available outdoor and enjoy the backdrop of iconic shophouses and Pinnacle@Duxton as the sun goes down.