If the list of over 50 restaurants seems overwhelming, start with these three picks.

We are one month into this year’s Singapore Restaurant Festival (1 Jul to 30 Sep), a bigger and bolder version of the perennially popular Singapore Restaurant Month. With a theme of ‘Flavours of Singapore’, over 50 participating restaurants dish out local-inspired creations such as har jeong-marinated pork belly and bak chor mee-influenced Italian pasta. Exclusive to DBS/POSB card holders, purchase $100 worth of vouchers at a special price of $70 at stipulated locations and use them at all participating restaurants. If you haven’t explored this year’s offerings, here are three recommendations you can consider.

8 Korean BBQ

The specialty meat you have to try at 8 Korean BBQ is Mangalitsa pork belly (Mangalitsa is a Hungarian breed of pig that produces high marbling). For the festival, they have marinated the pork belly in har jeong (prawn paste), a flavour that pairs surprisingly well with the Korean condiments. DBS/POSB card holders, enjoy 20% off with minimum of $150 spent. #02-79 Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street. Tel: 8692 1188

Supply & Demand

Italian restaurant Supply & Demand serves quality pastas and pizzas in a romantic ambience, and their featured dish is called maiale orientale (“oriental pork”). An Italian take on local favourite bak chor mee, it is pasta tossed with minced pork, bacon, mushrooms, a splash of white wine vinegar, and topped with arugula. DBS/POSB cards entitle you to 5% off a minimum bill of $200. #01-13 Esplanade Mall, The Annexe, 8 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6336 0588 // #02-13 Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road. Tel: 6702 6218

Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh

Let’s not forget traditional restaurants that have been preserving fading cultures and old cooking techniques. Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh, a six-decade-old institution, uses fresh pork ribs in their Teochew-style herbal soup, which is also spiced with garlic and roasted white pepper. Served with chilli, dark soya sauce and freshly-brewed Kung Fu tea, this is a Singapore heritage dish you simply have to try. Get a 15% discount with your DBS/POSB card if you spend at least $50. Hong Building, 208 Rangoon Road. Tel: 6291 4537 // 248 Tanjong Katong Road. Tel: 6344 4537 // #01-03 Chui Huay Lim Club, 190 Keng Lee Road. Tel: 6250 4537 // Rasapura Masters, #B2-50 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. // #B1-217, The Forum, Resorts World Sentosa. Tel: 6835 7540 // #B210-5-4 Takashimaya, Food Village.