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6 Spots Reinterpreting Local Flavours For National Day

These restaurants are adding a creative twist to Singaporean favourites. And even better, you’ll get to savour them past 9 August.

01 | The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore goes all out with its National Day a la carte and set menus, a well-rounded selection of Chinese, Peranakan and Malay dishes and on-theme sweet treats. Town Restaurant presents nasi panggang, Wagyu beef cheek rendang, gado-gado, popiah, kueh pie tee, satay babi goreng and more, divided into two menus, each including the delightful Ondeh Ondeh Cake. There’s the four-course National Day takeaway set menu from Chinese restaurant Jade, comprising roasted Peking duck, stewed pork rib, crispy diced chicken and truffle ee-fu noodles. And not forgetting the flag-inspired National Day Cake, along with the takeaway National Day afternoon tea set.

Until 31 August; shop.fullertonhotels.com

02 | Goodwood Park Hotel

Vol-au-vent stuffed with chili crab salad, mini curry chicken shepherd’s pie, mango pomelo pudding and chendol panna cotta are just a few of the savoury and sweet treats inspired by Singaporean dishes that are found in the two- and three-tier takeaway snack sets from The Deli’s online shop. And if you’re in the mood for a taste of nostalgia, the old-timey confectionery available as part of the Good Ol’ Days Desserts range will have you covered, with items such as pineapple upside-down cake, banana pie, and Castella cake.

Until 31 August (Good Ol’ Days Desserts) or 30 September (two- or three-tier takeaway snack sets); thedeligoodwoodparkhotel.oddle.me

03 | Mandarin Oriental

Toast to the nation’s birthday — all the way until the postponed National Day Parade — with the limited-edition drinks package from MO Bar comprising three cocktails formulated in tribute to the country: Roaring City (pineapple tepache, vermouth and Prosecco), Oriental (pandan-infused whiskey, mango and coconut) and Thunder (local gin and herbs that bring to mind Hakka thunder tea rice).

Until 21 August; mandarinorientalshop.com

04 | Tablescape

Making its return this year is Tablescape’s Sofa Menu, designed for convenient convivial grazing at home but without compromising on indulgence. Besides taking the red-and-white theme seriously, the menu is packed with references to local dishes and ingredients, with items such as chicken satay pot pie, baguette with ham and “hei bee hiam” mayo, chilli crab tartlets, and even tapioca chips, accompanied by a dessert platter with red velvet cheesecake, chocolate hazelnut mousseline, pralines, eclairons and more.

Until 30 August; Tablescape e-shop

Yan National Day Dim Sum
Image: Yan

05 | Yàn

It’s not every day you get to tuck into dim sum that’s this distinct. Yàn’s National Day Dim Sum Party Takeaway Set consists of seven courses that bring together the best of local flavours and Cantonese favourites, comprising steamed Hainanese chicken and glutinous rice in a lotus leaf wrap, steamed laksa buns with chicken and mushroom, wok-fried carrot cake with Chinese sausage and house-made XO sauce, seafood mee goreng, and chicken satay, paired with the indispensable prawn dumplings and pork dumplings topped with fish roe.

Until 31 August; yan-restaurant.myshopify.com

Restaurant Gaig National Day Oyster Omelette
Image: Restaurant Gaig

06 | Restaurant Gaig

It may be a Catalan institution, but Restaurant Gaig is getting into the National Day spirit with its take on the oyster omelette. Created by Executive Chef Marti Carlos Martinez, Gaig’s version features quail eggs — with yolks and whites cooked separately — with oysters and caviar, resulting in an exquisite dish that is at once familiar yet fresh.

Until 31 August; for delivery or takeout

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