The unfortunate exit of McDonald’s Nasi Lemak Burger does not mark the end of National Day related food in Singapore. As we get closer to 9 August 2017, restaurants are gearing up to curate patriotic dishes, menus & drinks to commemorate Singapore’s 52nd year of independence. Many of these dishes drew inspirations from our familiar childhood dishes and cater to our love for local flavours such as pandan, gula melaka and of course, salted egg yolk. Here is our list of Singapore National Day Themed Food you must try before August ends! Check them out and let us know which are your favourites!
1. McDonald’s Nasi Lemak Burger, Chendol McFlurry & Bandung McFizz – Sold Out Now replaced by Eggcellent McSpicy & Dinosaur McFlurry)
This amazing burger has been the talk of the town this year. Inspired by the iconic Malay dish, it boasts of cornflakes-coated fried chicken thigh patty infused with a spiced coconut marinade, fried egg, caramelised onions, sambal sauce and cucumber slices served between lightly toasted semolina buns. The burger is part of McDonald’s National Day inspired menu which includes a Chendol McFlurry and Bandung McFizz.
Too bad for you if you have yet to try it. Launched on 13 July, the burger was so sought after that everything was sold out. In its place, you now have the Eggcellent McSpicy & Dinosaur McFlurry. The new twist on the original McSpicy will feature spicy chicken thigh with a fresh golden fried egg.
2. The Beast’s Nasi Lemak Burger, Salted Egg Yolk Chicken & Pandan Waffles and Beef Rendang Cheese Fries (National Day Menu)
Move aside McDonald’s, this is the Nasi Lemak Burger ($20) with real rice. As of most of the menu items, the portion is generous. Home-made sambal sauce was well spread over the huge chunk of chicken thigh cooked in southern fried style before topping it with a runny egg, deep fried coconut rice buns and served with a side of luncheon meat fries.
Salted Egg Yolk Chicken & Pandan Waffles ($20) was served together with a side of creamy milk sauce. Each tasted awesome on its own but didn’t really quite gel for us.
The Beef Rendang Cheese Fries ($14) consists of hot piping fries topped with secret rendang recipe and oozy mozzarella cheese. If you are there in a group, you may want to go for their Yum Seng to SG52 Set ($56, usual price $66) where you can savour all 3 dishes and 2 Pandan Arnold Palmers Drinks all in one set.
3. CRAVE’s Nasi Lemak Satay Chicken
CRAVE just launched a classic delight, Nasi Lemak Satay Chicken ($8.90) with Iced Calamansi. The Nasi Lemak Satay Chicken consists of a full piece of tender chicken thigh, marinated with a variety of spices and drizzled in sweet satay sauce. Cleanse your palate with an iced calamansi after your feast!
4. JPOT – Chilli Crab Hotpot
JPOT is celebrating National Day with one of Singapore’s iconic dish – The Chilli Crab but in the form of a hotpot soup base ($19.80++) across all its restaurants islandwide! The local hotpot specialist, known for its “Hotpot Singapore Style”, will be introducing the Chilli Crab Soup Base in August, so that you and your loved ones can enjoy chilli crab while dipping all your favourite hotpot ingredients into the yummilicous Chilli Crab soup base. There is no better indulgence for folks who love both their hotpots and chilli crabs!
5. Pezzo’s Durian King Pizza
Folks who are not that into the king of fruits may have to pinch their nose around Pezzo stores in Singapore because they have just launched Singapore’s first-ever durian charcoal pizza – Durian King ($5.90 per slice or $32.90 for a whole 14″ pan). This handmade charcoal pizza dough is said to be topped with A-grade Mao Shan Wang and D24 durian flesh before it gets baked to perfection.
6. Tino’s Pizza Cafe’s D24 & Mao Shan Wang Pizza
Well, Pezzo is not the only restaurant with Durian Pizzas. In fact, Tino’s Pizza Cafe was probably the first to introduce two durian pizzas – The D24 ($16.90 for Neapolitan Thick Crust) and the Mao Shan Wang Pizza ($21.90 for Neapolitan Thick Crust) in Singapore.
7. The Black Sheep Cafe’s 3 Course National Day Menu
This cafe in Upper Thomson Road will be serving created a three-course National Day Menu ($45) this year that includes a pandan souffle baked in a coconut and laksa panna cotta with chilled prawns!
8. Jamie Italian’s Chicken & Rice
The Chicken & Rice Jamie’s Style ($19.65++) boasts of roasted free-range chicken and broccolini on a bed of chicken stock-infused carnaroli rice. The rice, in this case, is risotto served with green onions and a sweet wine vinegar-spiked red chilli paste.
9. Roost’s Chicken Rice Sushi
Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice probably has its place in the hearts of local Chinese similar to that of Malays for their Nasi Lemak. Roost has a patented iKook machine that automatically prepares its chicken to the precise and perfect temperature. The Chicken Rice Sushi ($4.90) is presented with a thinly sliced soya sauce chicken over rolled chicken rice cooked in canola oil and drizzled with teriyaki sauce.
9. Lepark’s Poached Chicken Rice Sushi
Lepark’s Poached Chicken Rice Sushi (5 for $8) is served in the shape of a ball infused with herbs and garlic and finished with poached chicken, garlic chilli and wrapped with seaweed.
10. LeVel33 Singapore Platter
LeVel33 is proud to feature their new Singapore Platter for 2 pax which includes black vinegar roast pork, chicken rice arancini, cereal prawns with lemongrass emulsion, beef and hazelnut satay with soy and pan seared coconut brioche with pandan jam. This amazing platter is only available from 1 to 9 August 2017.
11. Labyrinth’s Soft Boiled Egg & Kaya Toast (Cristal De Chine Caviar & Kaya)
Labyrinth deconstructed Singaporean’s favourite breakfast – kaya butter toast dipped in soft-boiled eggs, black soy sauce and pepper with a more atas version – Cristal de Chine Caviar & Kaya as dessert. Made out of kaya ice cream on a slice of sugar-flecked buttered toast with caviar and a drizzle of soya sauce-cured egg yolk, this is one surprisingly delightful collision of sweet and savoury.
12. Hyde & Co’s Ondeh Ondeh French Toast
How can any Singaporeans resist this traditional Peranakan dessert? Instead of balls of rice cake are filled with gula melaka and rolled in grated coconut, Hyde & Co de-constructed it into a brioche French toast with grated pandan coconut, a gula melaka sauce and topped with vanilla bean ice cream ($12).
13. The Bread Table’s Love Singapore Red Velvet Cinnamon Bun
Proudly donning our national colours, the Love Singapore Red Velvet Cinnamon Bun ($3.80) is made available only till 31 August at this European-style bakery. The bun obtained its dark red hue from roasted beetroot puree and is full of with chocolate chips before being topped with vanilla cream cheese and finished off with red candy bits.
14. Baba Chews Bar and Eatery’s Chews Laksa Cocktail
Laksa is probably another signature Singapore dish right next to Nasi Lemak. Baba Chews Bar and Eatery has a signature concoction named Chews Laksa which consists of a unique mix of Bacardi white rum, Malibu rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, gula melaka (palm sugar) syrup and laksa-infused whipped cream with grounded laksa leaves as garnish.
15. Starbucks Shiok-ah-ccino!
In celebration of Singapore’s 52nd birthday, Starbucks Singapore has launched a locally-inspired menu, featuring its first-ever, Singapore-only Shiok-ah-ccino! Inspired by local desserts, the Shiok-ah-ccino is made with gula melaka and blended with our signature coffee Frappuccino®, layered on top of smooth Starbucks® coffee jelly and topped off with whipped cream, more gula melaka, and toasted coconut for an added crunch.
16. The Pine Garden’s Gula Melaka Attap Chee Cake
Inspired by our familiar pink-hued attap chee (palm seed) ice cream, Pine Garden’s created a National Day- themed Gula Melaka Attap Chee Cake (from $28 for a 800g cake) – Pink vanilla sponge layered with gula melaka fudge, studded with pieces of attap chee. The cake is decorated with buttercream in rosette swirls that form a Singapore flag design.
17. Bakerzin’s Chendol Mousse Cake
An illustrious masterpiece comprising of three flavorful layers of distinct tastes and characteristics to each of its own. The aromatic and soft pandan sponge is layered with double mousse of chendol cream and gula melaka cream. Topped generously with delectable chendol jelly, this is the ultimate icing on the cake, and best eaten chilled! It is a great dessert to complete a meal or as a perk me up afternoon tea break choice with a cup of coffee or tea! Priced at $35 for the whole cake or $3.50 per slice, it is available at all Bakerzin outlets & Eshop.
We hope we have inspired you to try out these National Day Specials next week while we celebrate our Nation’s 52nd birthday. Have fun!