Where to try Singapore’s delicious modern cuisine

Jul 26, 2017

There have been many permutations of modern Singaporean (mod-Sin) food since the genre was first coined in 2005. Here is a list of where to savour the best of this avant-garde cuisine, and what the chefs recommend you should try.

Wild Rocket

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It was here that self-taught chef Willin Low first established the mod-Sin genre in 2005. “Twelve years ago, nobody knew what to call the food I was creating at Wild Rocket which was why we coined the label. Since then, mod-Sin has grown.” Low defines the cuisine’s approach as “almost artistic, deconstructing Singaporean food and reworking the elements into new dishes which often look nothing like the original inspiration.” These were exactly the standards Wild Rocket set.

What to order:
1. Pomelo Salad with frozen coconut dressing (above)
This one dish allows you to taste the different profiles of South-east Asian cooking all at once as it is spicy, sweet, savoury, bitter and sour

2. Laksa Spanner Crab Ravioli
The laksa broth is made using a 60-year-old traditional recipe, and the ravioli is made in-house daily

Hangout Hotel, 10A Upper Wilkie Road

CreatureS Restaurant

Miso cod ulam onigiri from CreatureS

So-named for its intentions, CreatureS seeks to ply its diners with creature comforts. Warm, dark woods, grey foundations, and vases and pots filled with larger-than-life plant arrangements fill up the interior of this shophouse restaurant (main photo) in Singapore’s Little India. Dining here is akin to dining in a hipster Singaporean home, with chefs who are eager to share traditional Asian and Peranakan flavours delivered through Western aesthetics.

What to order:
1. Miso Cod & Ulam Onigiri (above)
Oven-roasted miso cod served with belacan-and-assam-herb rice balls

2. Hainanese Chicken Rice Roll
Poached chicken and fragrant rice rolled with cucumber ribbons and rice paper served with home-made chicken rice chilli, sesame soy sauce and spring onion-ginger dip

120 Desker Road

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