CI YAN ORGANIC VEGETARIAN HEALTH RESTAURANT
Customers refer to this as the “Tibetan Place.” The Buddha statues, books and scriptures collected from travels give this humble eatery an inspiring ethnic vibe. Try the brown rice set meal and the green curry hor fun while you’re here.
Large fancy‑looking coffee machines are sold at this young café‑barista academy (it’s under two‑years‑old)— great news for coffee afi cionados. The barista classes are conducted from 9am‑6pm, which are also the opening hours of the café. Other than coffee, bites such as pizzas are on the menu.
THE INN AT TEMPLE STREET
Occupying fi ve restored shophouses, The Inn is a boutique hotel rich in heritage. The area, once occupied by Straits Chinese trading houses, lends the hotel inspiration in its design.
LAN ZHOU LA MIAN
The main man in the store is the noodle chef, who is also the restaurant’s owner. Their signature minced pork with bean sauce noodle is defi nitely worth a try. The pan‑fried dumplings and handmade tofu—so crispy on the outside and soft on the inside—left us wanting more.
MEI HEONG YUEN DESSERT
While this Chinese dessert joint has a variety of typical desserts such as steamed egg custard (with or without ginger juice), glutinous rice balls and sweet potato soup, it is their Taiwanese ice dessert that we adore.
This stall might occupy a minimal area but it serves goodies galore. The good variety of generously‑sized muffi ns they offer is nothing short of tantalizing.
SIA HUAT PTE LTD
This is the shop that chefs and restaurants hit for all their tools of the trade. You’ll fi nd everything from pasta‑making machines and kitchen utensils, to an array of glassware and pots and pans.
YUM CHA CHINATOWN
Not a weekend goes by that doesn’t see this popular restaurant packing in the crowds. With a name like this, you don’t need a degree in rocket science to guess what it specializes in. Suffi ce it to say that there is plenty of variety here, including traditional standards such as steamed barbecue pork buns and modern variants like its mini goose liver xiao long bao.
The décor of this eatery may be a little bland, however their food is anything but. The spicy beef pho has just the right amount of spiciness with a rather generous amount of beef slices in its aromatic beef stock. For light snacks, order the summer rolls or spring rolls.
More of Chinatown:
Amoy / Boon Tat / Robinson / Stanley / Telok Ayer
Duxton / Gopeng / Hoe Chiang / Tanjong Pagar / Teck Lim
Ann Siang / Club / Erskine / Maxwell
Bukit Pasoh / Keong Saik / Kreta Ayer