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Everyone can agree that eating good food is a national hobby of Singaporeans. To make things better, the easing of Safe Management Measures means that we are finally able to gather in groups of 10. So what better way to host social gatherings or reconnect with loved ones than to explore new eateries?
Changi Airport is not just a travel hub — it’s a solid destination to explore countries around the world through the tummy. Satisfy your appetite for travelling with an appetising trip to the airport and Jewel Changi, where foodies can rediscover their favourite places in Asia through a bevy of restaurants offering some of the best Asian cuisines from around the region!
1. The taste of Hong Kong: Kam’s Roast
Nothing beats succulent roast meat, and you certainly will not go wrong with Kam’s Roast. The internationally-acclaimed restaurant from Hong Kong is a Michelin Star franchise for good reason: their signature Pipa Duck (S$42.80) simply melts in your mouth oozing with umami goodness.
The same taste that originated in 1942 along Hong Kong’s Wellington Street is available in its Jewel Changi Airport outlet, where patrons can savour its delectable medley of meats in a cosy, family-oriented atmosphere.
Duck is not the only meat on the menu, of course. Other delectable must-haves: Iberico Char-Siu (S$28.80), Crispy Roast Pork (S$16.80), and Soya Chicken (S$22.77 for half, S$40.02 for whole). These go well with other Chinese vegetarian dishes like marinated black fungus with vinegar (S$7.82), Hong Kong-style kai lan (S$10.12) and dry braised noodles with ginger and green onion (S$7.82).
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #02-210
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday — 11:00am to 9:00pm, Friday to Sunday — 10:00am to 10:00pm
2. The taste of Japan: Shiki Hototogisu
Speaking of Michelin Star restaurants, here’s another one to consider: Shiki Hototogisu Ramen. Hailing all the way from Tokyo, its parent restaurant in Japan — Sobahouse Kino Hototogisu — is only the third ramen shop in the city to receive Michelin Star acclaim.
Another addition to the list of Japanese food joints at Jewel, the branch in Jewel Changi Airport offers a gorgeous view of Jewel Changi Airport’s main attraction — the vortex. This magnificent view is elevated by the flavourful broth and noodles served at the restaurant through a special “Four Seasons Ramen” menu.
Its four signature dishes (at S$15.90 each) are inspired by the seasons by utilising seasonal ingredients. Spring is represented through a cherry blossom-infused soup; summer is represented with young bitter gourd and bamboo shoots; autumn is represented through a variety of mushrooms and porcini; winter is represented with salmon.
Be sure to accompany the bowls of delicious ramen with a range of matcha desserts from Kagurazaka Saryo, the popular Japanese matcha teahouse.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #B1-300
Opening hours: Monday to Friday — 10:00am to 10:00pm, Saturday to Sunday — 11:00am to 10:00pm
3. The taste of Yun Nan: Yun Nans
With over 200 outlets in China alone, Yun Nans is the largest F&B chain in the world that specialises in authentic cuisine from the Yunnan Province.
Its flagship outlet in Jewel Changi Airport will be able to transport foodies to Yunnan’s gorgeous landscapes through its comforting Asian food — all utilising fresh ingredients from the highlands.
The must-have at Yun Nans: Steam Pot Chicken Soup (S$24.90). It’s a uniquely brewed dish made in a hand-made Jianshui claypot, with the chicken cooked via steam pressure for 3hrs. The result? A hearty soup dish packed with delicate flavours and unctuous chicken served alongside beansprouts, peppercorn and spicy sauce.
The Yunnan Truffle Rice Noodles in Prawn Broth (S$13.90) is a Singapore exclusive inspired by local prawn noodles. You’ll get a bowl of rice noodles swimming together with large prawns in a truffle-infused prawn broth. They even serve a range of teas like Sticky Rice Green Tea and Yunnan Rose Tea with Goji Berries for under S$3 to help wash down the feast.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #02 - 217
Opening hours: Monday to Friday — 11:30am to 4.30pm, 5.30pm to 10:00pm, Saturday to Sunday — 11:00am to 4.00pm, 5.00pm to 10:00pm
4. The taste of Sichuan: Tai Er
Not many can handle the heat of Sichuan cuisine, but for those who do, that spicy-sour kick is downright addictive. Be prepared to sweat your tongue off at Jewel Changi Airport’s Tai Er.
If you are wondering why there are always long lines of people waiting to enter the restaurant, this über popular Chinese franchise is known for its signature dish: Chinese Sauerkraut Fish (S$48/S$68/S$88). It comes in a huge bowl of spicy-sour mala soup packed to the brim with red chillies, Sichuan peppercorn, pickled cabbage and — of course — tender cutlets of fish. Chase the heat with even more savoury favourites like the aromatic Poached Sliced Beef in Hot Chilli Oil (S$26).
Fret not if you are unable to handle the fiery dishes as there are options for those who always ask for ‘xiao la’. Salted egg snack lovers can munch on the Seaweed Roll with Salted Egg Yolk (S$6), a crispy Singapore exclusive that will have you popping all the crackers in no time at all. Alternatively, the Fried Crispy Prawn Topped with Mustard (S$13) to enjoy Sichuan’s sweet-and-savoury delicacies.
Cool the fire in your tummies with a special Sichuan Pepper Milk Tea (S$5) or the free flow Tangerine Peel Roselle Tea, which you can make for yourself at the restaurant’s mini tea station.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #03-208
Opening hours: Open Daily from 11:30am to 2:00pm, 5:00pm to 9:00pm
5. The taste of (contemporary) China: Shang Social
A culinary brainchild of three acclaimed master chefs from the Shangri-La Hotel Group, Shang Social is best known for its modern take on traditional Chinese dishes.
Contemporary Chinese flavours take centre stage here with a wide-ranging menu that offers highlights from Cantonese, Szechuan and Huaiyang cuisines.
Compartmentalised into three sections (DINING for fancy dinners, MARKET for casual meals, BAR for cocktails), Shang Social elevates the dishes you might know and love at home to lofty heights.
Take, for example, the Deep Fried Whole Spring Chicken Filled with Fried Glutinous Rice (S$52.80) — a gorgeous plate of glutinous rice packed with dried shrimp, mushrooms and preserved meat, topped with a crisp-but-moist whole chicken.
Communal dining awaits at MARKET, where handmade dim sum classics accompany bowls of springy bamboo noodles exploding with bold flavours. The Three Treasures Homemade Sauce Bamboo Noodle Platter (S$17.80) offers a sample of crisp noodles featuring different sauces and toppings.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #01-219 to 222
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday — 11:30am to 9:00pm, Friday to Sunday — 11:30am to 10:00pm
6. The taste of Indonesia: Dapur Penyet
Nothing beats eating Indonesian fare like Siomay (steamed fish dumplings with vegetables and peanut sauce) served and eaten by street-side food stalls, but eating at Dapur Penyet comes close to that experience.
Beyond the already-beloved likes of Ayam Penyet and Gado Gado, Dapur Penyet offers other Indonesian soul food like Sayur Asam (sweet-sour vegetable soup), Bawal Bakar (barbecued pomfret fish) and Terong Belado (deep-fried eggplant with Belado-style sambal).
You cannot go wrong with Indonesian-style satay too, which offers a chunkier version of chicken skewers and savoury sauce, served with a choice of steamed rice or lontong.
The outlet at Jewel Changi also offers something that you might have never tried before: Ayam Geprek Cheese. It’s a huge slab of boneless fried chicken topped with torched mozzarella cheese. Yum!
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, B2-241/242
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday — 12:00pm to 9:00pm
7. The taste of Malaysia: Wang Nasi Lemak
Let’s be honest, Malaysia will always win the argument when it comes to debates about who comes up with the best nasi lemak. Granted, Wang Cafe is a homegrown outfit (founded in Bugis Street in 1953!). But its newest brand, Wang Nasi Lemak at Changi Airport Terminal 1, promises to deliver the popular local food featuring the traditional coconut rice dish in true Malaysian style.
For those who are not familiar to other types of nasi lemak available up north, Wang Nasi Lemak invites you to try the likes of Nasi Kuning (rice cooked with turmeric spice), Nasi Ulam (rice cooked with coconut milk, lime leaves, and other herbs) as well as Nasi Kerabu (rice cooked with coconut milk and butterfly pea flower).
All of which can be paired with the rich flavours of curried, barbecued or fried chicken leg, as well as sambal telur (boiled egg cooked in sambal) and the usual accoutrements of cucumber slices, anchovies and peanuts. Otherwise, there is always beef rendang or fried fish fillet if you are not up for some chicken.
Each set goes for S$10.40 — a good price for such a hearty meal that will have you in a food coma, dreaming of the next time you pop by for another delicious platter of nasi lemak.
Location: Changi Airport Terminal 1, Level 2, Public Area
Opening hours: Open daily from 11:00am to 8:00pm
8. The taste of Thailand: Saap Saap Thai
Looking for halal food joints at Changi Airport? Authentically Thai and Halal-certified, Saap Saap Thai at Changi Airport serves up dishes from the Land of Smiles with a fast-food twist.
With two outlets — one at Jewel Changi Airport; the other within the cluster of food stalls at basement 2 of Changi Airport Terminal 3, this is where you get to enjoy some of the best street food Thailand has to offer, including Thai Crispy Chicken Noodle, Beef Brisket & Tendon Tom Yum Soup, and Green Curry Seafood Caribbean with Rice.
Those wanting a quick bite can always opt for the snack boxes, which come with beef balls, chicken wings, drumettes and fried fish cutlets — all served with a spicy-sweet sauce.
Dessert is a must-have at Saap Saap Thai too, which offers creative spins to the usual Thai mango desserts. Aside from mango sticky rice, adventurous foodies will love trying out Thai Iced Milk Tea filled with mango cubes, mango ice cream, or red tea jelly.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport #B1-299, Terminal 3 Basement 2, Public Area
Opening hours: Jewel Changi Airport: Open daily from 10:30am to 9:30pm; Terminal 3: Open daily from 11:00am to 09:00pm
9. The taste of India: Anjappar
Loved feasting at Banana Leaf Curry at Food Emporium when Changi Airport Terminal 4 was operating? Give Anjappar a shot instead! Established in Chennai in 1964, Anjappar is now one of India’s largest restaurant chains that offers Chettiar cuisine — food of the traders hailing from Tamil Nadu in India.
Dig into a variety of spiced meats that you might not have tried before, including the Kaadai Masala (quails marinated and cooked with chettinad spicy masala, S$8) or the Mutton Sukka Varuval (tender goat cuts marinated in crushed peppercorns fried with chopped onions and curry leaves, S$13).
Drizzle some Chettinad Crab Soup (S$6.60) over rice and enjoy thick chunks of crab cooked in seasoned stock and pepper. Add another layer of deliciousness with Karandi Omelette (S$7), a popular Indian street food made with seasoned eggs fried in a Kuzhi Paniyaram pan.
Wash down all that rich food with refreshing Mango Lassi (S$6.50), rich Butter Milk (S$4) or spicy Masala Tea (S$4).
Location: Changi Airport Terminal 1, #03-20, Public Area
Opening hours: Open daily from 10:30am to 10.30pm
Even with quarantine-free travel slowly opening up between Singapore and other countries in Asia, the feeling of wanderlust still bites hard for those of us who cannot afford to make the trip abroad right now.
Let these delicious options transport you to your favourite destinations in the meantime — your tummy will thank you for the Asian delights!
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