Singapore's hottest food trends in 2017

Here's a look back at 10 trending eats that Singaporeans enjoyed most this year

Singapore's hottest food trends in 2017
Singapore's hottest food trends in 2017
28 Dec 2017

Singapore's hottest food trends in 2017

While 2016 saw local foodies queuing for the likes of gooey cheese tarts and Instagram-worthy light bulb drinks, 2017 has upped the ante with a diverse range of mouthwatering food and beverage offerings.

From the highly sought-after nasi lemak burger to self-heating mala hotpots, Singaporeans have had plenty to keep their tummies happy and cravings in check. Here, we round up the most popular eats that have foiled dieting plans across the country in recent months. 

Nasi lemak burger
Nasi lemak burger
28 Dec 2017

Nasi lemak burger

Marketed as a National Day special, McDonald’s unique take on the local delight proved wildly popular. After all, what’s not to love about crispy, coconut-flavoured chicken patties served with a sunny side up and generous dollop of sambal sauce? In fact, Singaporeans loved the fusion creation so much that the burger was sold out within two weeks of its launch. Thankfully, it’s now back on the menu, though there’s no saying when it’ll be taken off again.

Will it stay or go?
Stay. For a while, at least. After all, the healthy demand has inspired several other F&B establishments like The Chop Chop Selections (pictured, right) and Little House of Dreams to hop on the bandwagon with their own versions.

Where to get your fix:
All McDonald’s outlets in Singapore
The Chop Chop Selections: 348 Bedok Road, Singapore 469560
Little House of Dreams: Block 8 Dempsey Road #01-14, Singapore 247696

Photos: Toggle, The Chop Chop Selections

Castella cake
Castella cake
28 Dec 2017

Castella cake

Including castella into this list was a piece of cake. Known for its fluffy texture, the Japanese-style sponge cake attracts long lines, and comes in flavours like Cheese, Chocolate and Pandan. It was first popularised in Singapore by Taiwan’s Le Castella, which made its local debut at Tampines One earlier in May. Hot after its heels was Malaysia's Ah Mah Homemade Cake, which arrived in July. Riding on the jiggly wave is Grand Castella (pictured), another famous Taiwanese brand which has just opened its first local store at NEX.

Where to get your fix:
Le Castella: Tampines One, #B1-32, 10 Tampines Central 1, Singapore 529536
Ah Mah Homemade Cake: Bukit Panjang Plaza, #01-18 / Vivo City, #B2-K7
Grand Castella Cake: Nex, #03-K19/K20, 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083

Will it stay or go?
Go. While there’s no denying that castella tastes decent, the hype is overrated and likely to die out once local foodies get bored.

Photo: Raine Liu via burpple

Cheese bubble tea
Cheese bubble tea
28 Dec 2017

Cheese bubble tea

When Gong Cha’s outlets made way for homegrown brand LiHo’s earlier in the year, the latter’s cheese teas set the Internet ablaze with speculation as to how it would taste. And as strange as the beverage sounds, it works. The drink is prepared like a macchiato, with a thick frothy layer of cream cheese topping off your choice of tea. 

Where to get your fix:
LiHo is located at various outlets including NEX Mall, Junction 8 Shopping Centre, and Paragon Shopping Centre.
Tuk Tuk Cha is located at various outlets including Raffles City, Tampines 1, Junction 8, Nex, Waterway Point, and Velocity.

Will it stay or go?
Stay. While it has an acquired taste, and can get pretty jelak, it has its diehard fans.

Photos: Instagram/@where.is.karl, @mjteo

Related:
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Burnt-looking foods
Burnt-looking foods
28 Dec 2017

Burnt-looking foods

From ash-infused waffles to charred charcoal buns, burnt-looking foods are in right now. There’s just something adventurous about sinking your teeth into the dark depths of a charcoal burger, without knowing what to expect. But truth be told, there’s not much difference in terms of taste, and you’re probably better off paying less for a regular version.

Where to get your fix:
For burgers: Luxe Sydney - 1 Keong Saik Road #01-04 The Working Capitol Building, Singapore 089109
For waffles: FATCAT Ice Cream Bar - Blk 416 Bedok North Ave 2, #01-25 Singapore 460416

Will it stay or go?
Go. With no proven or significant health benefits, the novelty can only last so long.

Photo: Instagram/@flhjg.co via FATCAT Ice Cream Bar

Self-heating mala hotpots
Self-heating mala hotpots
28 Dec 2017

Self-heating mala hotpots

Remember when videos of these instant hotpots were a regular on your Facebook feed? These spicy one-dish meals come with a heat pack that generates enough warmth to cook a container of ingredients for up to 20 minutes. All you have to do is add room-temperature water and wait for your food to be ready. However, do note that it was announced in October that those containing meat are not approved by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority!

Where to get your fix:
They are sold online on websites such as Qoo10 and Shopee Singapore, as well as marketplace app Carousell.

Will it stay or go?
Likely to stay. Perfect for when you don’t feel like queuing for Hai Di Lao, or when you just want a quick tongue-numbing fix.

Photo: Qoo10

Cha Tra Mue’s rose teas
Cha Tra Mue’s rose teas
28 Dec 2017

Cha Tra Mue’s rose teas

Earlier in July, local millennials found the antidote to their bowel inactivity -- Cha Tra Mue’s rose teas. While the Thai tea chain had warned its customers about the potential laxative effects of its Instagrammable rose drinks, it didn’t stop Singaporeans from trying them out. Let’s just say that this drink does as described. And if you want something more potent, try its rose tea soft serve.

Where to get your fix:
Cha Tra Mue: Far East Square 137 Amoy Street #01-05, Singapore 049965

Will it stay or go?
Stay. This is a much more palatable version of prune juice.

Photo: Instagram/@chatramuesg, Cedric Lim via burpple

Unicorn-themed goodies
Unicorn-themed goodies
28 Dec 2017

Unicorn-themed goodies

All things colourful, cute and glittery are trending and showing no sign of letting up. For one, cafes have gotten creative with classic favourites like cheese toasties (the ones over at Epicurious are rainbow-hued), as well as shimmering drinks like Dapper Coffee’s Unicorn Tears, a lemon-flavoured beverage in a gorgeous metallic blue. And if that isn’t enough, the unicorn waffle (pictured above, served with ice cream) from Hatter Street above is sure to make you go “awww”.

Where to get your fix:
Unicorn Tears: Dapper Coffee, 73A Amoy Street
Rainbow Cheese Toasties: Epicurious, UE Square Shopping Mall, #01-13
Unicorn Waffle: Hatter Street, Block 212 Hougang Street 21, #01-333, Singapore 530212

Will it stay or go?
Stay. Never mind the additional food colouring used -- these photogenic goodies look fantastic on social feeds and at parties. 

Photos: Facebook/Hatter Street, Dapper Coffee

Seafood white beehoon
Seafood white beehoon
28 Dec 2017

Seafood white beehoon

As simple as seafood white beehoon sounds, Singaporeans are digging it. And with several hawker stalls starting to specialise in the dish, you’ve probably seen one at your neighbourhood food centre. The rice vermicelli is often served in a savoury seafood broth with fresh toppings like crayfish, lobsters, prawns and sliced fish, and is best enjoyed with lots of freshly-fried garlic chips and pork lard bits. Be prepared to brave snaking queues during peak hours.

Will it stay or go?
Stay. It’s easy on the palate, suits local taste buds and looks set to be an iconic hawker dish in its own right.

Where to get your fix:
Woon Woon Pek Beehoon: Chomp Chomp Food Centre, 20 Kensington Park Road #01-10, Singapore 557269
East Seafood White Beehoon: Block 210 Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market and Food Centre, #01-06, Singapore 310210
White Restaurant: 3 Punggol Point Road The Punggol Settlement Singapore 828694

Photo: Instagram/@lirongs

Gradient drinks
Gradient drinks
28 Dec 2017

Gradient drinks

As you may already know, these gradient drinks are made from the butterfly pea flower, from which a natural blue dye is extracted. The drink’s multi-hued appearance can be attributed to the difference in pH levels of the ingredients added. For instance, adding lemon juice to the tea will turn it purple. The butterfly pea flower purportedly boasts pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, but we’re probably buying the pretty drink for our Insta Stories.

Where to get your fix:
Available at all Tuk Tuk Cha outlets: Suntec Tower 3, Sun Plaza, Raffles City, Tampines 1, Junction 8, NEX, Waterway Point, Jurong Point, and Velocity.
The Talad Drink & Thai Kitchen is located 190 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, #01-520, Singapore 310190 

Will it stay or go?
Because there are only so many photos you can post of the same drink on your social feeds, this trend is likely to fade when the next one arrives.

Photo: Instagram/@stormscape, Toggle

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