What’s red, white and hot? The Bites team recommends the top 50 dining experiences, treats, deals, events and collectibles you simply can’t miss this year. Let’s celebrate this once in a lifetime golden jubilee!
1 la Cure Gourmande, landed on our shores in May, and they’ve won our hearts with a SG50 tin ($33, till end Sep) featuring artist impressions of our national symbols, and filled with their signature butter cookies. #03-09 Takashimaya S.C, 391 Orchard Road. Tel: 6684 2983
2 Ayam brand has released 1 million pieces of its SG50 sardine cans ($2.40 for 215g, $3.95 for 425g) in six designs. The winning artworks were chosen from over 700 public submissions, in the first such project.
3 Coca-Cola couldn’t get any better, now that they’ve released five designs of limited edition aluminium bottles ($2.95) featuring Singaporean icons such as our HDB flats, National Service, birdsinging corners, game of five stones, and the MRT network.
4 When beer drinkers around the world seek out Tiger beer as one of the world’s best lagers, you know we have a good thing going. To celebrate the occasion, the SG50 15-can (323ml) take-home packs ($35) comes with a collectible SG50 glassware.
5 For Tupperware‘s 50th anniversary, it has designed its first-ever Singapore exclusive collection just for our 50th celebrations. The limited edition Vanda Miss Joaquim gift set ($50) comprises two One Touch Canister Junior and two One Touch Topper Junior with a matching carrier bag, all encircled with the elegant namesake orchid design. #01-00, 85 Defu Lane 10
6 Homegrown brand 1872 Clipper tea & Co. commemorates landmarks in their City of Flavours – Singapore’s Local Delights keepsake box collection ($50). The Orchard Road blends hibiscus flowers and raspberry leaf, along with High Street Ceylon black tea, and Lau Pa Sat infused with gula Melaka.
7 Established in 1956, OWL Coffee has chosen to support the arts via a special promo pack (free with promotional pack sales) featuring a coffee artwork by a 15-year-old budding artist. Proceeds go towards the SING50 fund.
8 The SG Funpack (free to every Singaporean and PR household) contains nostalgic games and toys, and best of all, a commemorative Singa Lion figurine! If you want more than one, you can buy individual ($10/each) or the Collectible Box Set ($300 including a special DIY figurine). www.kindness.sg
9 We’re all over Hopscotch Bar‘s Liew Lian Liew Lian ($22) cocktail, featuring the King of Fruits in a fantastically addictive blend–creamy, fragrant and almost floral, no kidding! Angostura light rum, Disaronno Amaretto, pink salt, milk and durian ice cream is served in a closed jar, for all the fruit’s goodness without too much of a smell. #01-04, 28 Maxwell Road. Tel: 6327 4820
10 Pan Pacific Singapore has created Fireworks No50 ($22), a refreshing blend of gin and white balsamico with zesty hints of lemon, lychee and beetroot. We love the accompanying festive sparkler that inspired its name. The Atrium, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard.
11 If any drink has put Singapore on the map, it has to be Long Bar‘s Singapore Sling. Invented by Hainanese bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915 to cater to British ladies, the sweet drink celebrates its 100th year by doing away with premixes. 1 Beach Rd, Raffles Hotel Singapore. Tel: 6412 1230
12 How cheeky! Stylo Milo ($20) from Ding Dong is a dessert cocktail that brings memories of chilled, comforting Milo from the green trucks of yore. This version uses Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve whisky, green Chartreuse and Milo concentrate–served perfectly in a crumpled green cup. 23 Ann Siang Road. Tel: 6557 0189
13 Drinkdings is offering a complimentary SG50 cocktail menu of four specially created tipples for every Mobile Bar booking this month. The Jubilee Ruby, or Juby, is just what the nation loves–a tropical mix of rum, Malibu, coconut juice, mint and happy jelly bits with capsicum. email@example.com
14 One of two special SG50 dishes available till 31 Aug, BWB‘s tiger prawn otak otak burger ($17.50) is made of mackerel and tiger prawns accompanied with streaky bacon, sunny side up eggs and curry aioli. #11-03/04 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road. Tel: 6634 0423
15 Almost too cute to eat, Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant‘s chirpy chick pastry ($5.50/3) lotus paste filled pastry is available till 30 Sep. #04-19 Takashimaya S.C., 391 Orchard Road. Tel: 6735 2388
16 Till 31 Aug, Din Tai Fung‘s bitesized xiao long bao rendition of the classic chilli crab dish ($7.50/4) is an unorthodox but tasty blend of crabmeat and pork, juicy and savoury at the same time. #01-04 Junction 8 Shopping Centre, 9 Bishan Place. Tel: 6356 5228
17 Serving up to four diners, Majestic Bay‘s signature Boston lobster bee hoon ($50, usual price $84) is limited to one order per table, while stocks last. #01-10 Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive. Tel: 6604 6604
18 One of the four main dishes available at Pastamania, the prawn sambal-pura pasta ($16.90) sambal sauce together with the deep fried silver fish creates a nostalgic taste that works wonderfully. #B1-08 Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street. Tel: 6339 6635
19 Putting an Italian twist on Singapore’s beloved chilli crab, Spizza‘s National Day pizza ($20-24) is topped with a combination of crab meat, sun-dried tomatoes and rucola salad. #B2-52 Capitol Piazza, 13 Stamford Road. Tel: 6702 1835
20 One of four winning entries for SG50, Artisan Boulangerie Co.‘s la madeleine durian blends durian puree together with buttery madeleine to create a perfect balance. Till Aug 31. #01-02 Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View. Tel: 6844 9907
21 Using handmade baguettes and their very own creme patissiere kaya recipe, the Antoinette queen kaya toast ($10/3) is one that is fit for royalty. 30 Penhas Road (off Lavender Street). Tel: 6293 3121
22 A modern twist on a traditional Teochew treat, Bloomsbury Bakers‘ lighter-style orh nee cake ($6.50/slice) is one of three special offerings for SG50. #01-889 Blk 30 Bendemeer Road. Tel: 6299 3450
23 Domino’s banana kaya dessert ($3.90, U.P. $7.80) hits the right spot with its light buttery crust, aromatic pandan kaya and rasted banana slices. www.dominos.com.sg
24 Available in two flavours, Fiesta‘s Hokkaido red velvet ($4.20) and white chocolate ($4.50) cheesecakes will be sold exclusively at all Ichiban Sushi and Ichiban Boshi outlets. Ichiban Sushi #02-23 Hougang Mall, 90 Hougang Avenue 10. Tel: 6386 7836
25 Don’t miss Goodwood Park Hotel‘s D24 durian mousse cake ($50, 500g) inspired by the hotel’s original durian mousse cake, available 1-10 Aug. 22 Scotts Road. Tel: 6730 1786
26 Honey CrÃƒ ¨me‘s pandan gula Melaka ($6) comes packed with attap chee and sprinkled with coconut chips. Available till 30 Sep, the treat is topped off with a Merlion biscuit during the National Day weekend only. #01-37 313@somerset, 313 Orchard Road. Tel: 6884 8468
27 Lasting till 17 Aug, Ichiban Sushi/Ichiban Boshi‘s Singapura nigiri ($4.20/plate) is made from a combination of tuna, cuttlefish, red pepper, parsley and salt-flavoured sauce and is just one of many specials on the menu. #B1-04 Nex, 23 Serangoon Central. Tel: 6634 0128
28 Don’t miss out Krispy Kreme‘s marshmallow topped Milo or the lemon filled lemon National Day doughnuts ($2.95) available only from 7-9 Aug. #01-419/420 Suntec City Mall 3 Temasek Boulevard.
29 The patriotic two-layered Lime Patisserie HeartSG Red Velvet Cake ($50) in the shape of Singapore island is available till 30 Sep and comes with a limited edition tote bag with every purchase. PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street. Tel: 6809 8899
30 Available till 31 Aug across all outlets, St. Marc’s Café‘s chilli crab croissant ($2.60) puts a savoury, lightly spicy spin on their airy confections. #01-108 to 110 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk. Tel: 6222 230 9
31 Complete with a gummy worm, shovel your way to the bottom of Swensen‘s Milo Dinosaur sundae dirt pot ($10.50). With Milo powder covering the Milo ice cream underneath, this treat rightly brings Milo flavours to the fore. #03-11 JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road. Tel: 6734 7712
32 The Terrace’s SG50 red and white lapis ($75, 1kg) layered cake is the perfect combination of bandung and coconut flavours. Till end Aug. Conrad Centennial Hotel, 2 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6432 7487
33 One out of four flavours available, Tiong Bahru Bakery‘s flying pig croissant ($4.50) is a unique mixture of spicy pork sausage, caramelised onion jam and miso dressing. #01-70 56 Eng Hoon Street. Tel: 6220 3430
34 Axis Bar and lounge’s SG50 Singapore Food Trail monthlong afternoon tea ($42/pax, $80/2 pax) packs a punch with three tiers of durian desserts (scones, creme brulee, souffle roll etc) along with local-style canapes. Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6885 3500
35 Swoon over Fordham & Grand‘s SG50 Tasting Menu three-course Mod-Sin meal ($50, till 15 Aug). Start with piquant chilli crab over warm homemade focaccia, dive into Hokkien mee crafted from linguine, tiger prawns, Japanese pork and calamari, and finish with banana cake goreng pisang, paired with vanilla ice cream. 43 Craig Road. Tel: 6221 3088
36 You won’t get such moovelous prices any other time at Fat Cow. The hearty lunchtime SG50 Shokado Bento ($50) features kinpirago (sauteed burdock and carrots), wakeginuta (leek, seaweed and shellfish with vinegar miso), sashimi– and of course, a Wagyu hamburg steak. #01-01/02 Camden Medical Centre Singapore, 1 Orchard Boulevard. Tel: 6735 0308
37 Dine while soaring above our sunny island with Singapore Delights onboard Singapore Cable Car. Can’t decide between Hainanese chicken rice and chilli crab meat with mini mantou? Have both options and five other local faves in one bento ($50, till 30 Sep). Pre-order only. Tel: 6377 9688, www.faberpeaksingapore.com
38 Chow down on heartwarming dishes that’ll make you beam with pride at Bakerzin: mains include pork belly rice, satay burger and chilli crab pasta. Each Celebration Set Meal ($15-$20, till 31 Aug) comes with an appetiser and a Snapple drink. Don’t skip the $5 add-on dessert for the full experience. www.bakerzin.com
39 New parents of SG50 tots, enjoy up to 50 percent off your Neo Garden Catering Ã¥ ® Ã¥ ® Baby Full Month buffets. The same goes for granny or yeye’s party with the Pioneer Generation Birthday Buffet Promotion. For anything else, turn to the (Un-unun) Unbelievable Weekdays Promotion (Monday events net you 50 percent off Deluxe, Divine and Blossom menus). Till 31 Dec. Tel: 6896 7757, www.neogarden.com.sg
40 Be whisked away in a limousine to a three-hour Flavours of Singapore hands-on cooking class. After you whip up dishes like Nyonya laksa, chilli crab, chicken satay with peanut sauce and onde-onde, head back to your cosy room to unwind, thanks to Hotel Clover‘s SG50 Room Package: be a Clover Wok Star! (from $540/2 nights; till 30 Sep). www.hotelclover.com
41 Tuck into a six-course $34 Celebratory Set (U.P. $88, min. two to dine) from En Grill & Bar which stars chef recommended Wagyu and seafood dishes (fugu mirin, aburi hotate ikura salad, grilled salmon with butter shoyu, etc. Till 31 Aug, reservation required. #0160 UE Square, 207 River Valley Road. Tel: 6732 6863
42 Treat yourself to Kinsa Sushi‘s signature Wagyu don, sashimi and sushi, and enjoy $5 cash voucher rebates with every $50 spent (before service charge and tax, dine-in only). Till 31 Aug. #02-02 HillV2, 4 Hillview Rise. Tel: 6710 7278
43 A pot of Segar Village‘s authentic fish head curry at half price ($10)? While there, don’t forget to order their barbecue dishes and other items from the mouthwatering halal tze char menu. Til 30 Aug. 19 Sims Way @ Geylang Lor 3. Tel: 6547 1031
44 Enjoy Jack’s Place flambe escargot at half price (6pcs, U.P. $10.50) sauteed with creamy garlic butter and baked in their shells with any main course or set meal ordered. Perfect for Instagram when set alight. jacksplace.com.sg
45 Nosh on HarriAnns nonya table’s $8.80 nett high tea set for two (till 31 Aug). It includes the third-gen family-run business’ choux filled with Nyonya kaya cream, six kuehs (rainbow lapis, pink fairy, kueh salat, etc) and two cups of traditional Nanyang style coffee/tea. #01-01A Bugis Junction Towers, 230 Victoria Street. Tel: 97367 449
46 Giant Tampines celebrates our local SMEs (till 31 Aug) with special booth spaces given to 31 brands at the SG50 Pop-up Fair. Shop for the meaty Capitaine sardines, try Camel’s new muruku and try Coffeehock’s raw sugar java. Level 1, #03-01, 21 Tampines North Drive 2. Tel: 6788 5919
47 You gotta party like it’s SG50! Pops Of The Top at OverEasy Fullerton‘s 6 Aug gig features Kurt and KiDG spinning old school faves and pre-millennial hits from Third Eye Blind to the Goo Goo Dolls. From 8pm till late. #01-06 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road. Tel: 9129 8484
48 Head to The State of Fun, Sentosa, to view 3D video projection mapping shows on the Sentosa Merlion (till 30 Aug), and free guided tours of Fort Siloso (till 10 Aug, excl. 9 Aug). During the Golden Jubilee weekend, view a 100m-long sand sculpture showcasing Singapore’s key achievements and milestones at Siloso Beach (7-10 Aug). Enjoy other freebies like cable car joyrides (10 Aug, 8.45am9.30pm). Best of all, enter for free if you drive in (car or taxi) after 5pm on weekdays (till 31 Dec)! www.sentosa.com.sg/sg50
49 You must make a trip to Singapore’s newly-crowned and first UNESCO site, Singapore Botanic Gardens. There’ll be a carnival, concerts, an orchestra, movie screenings, band performances and a live screening of our NDP at various sites (7-9 Aug, 10am-10pm). Look out for vintage knick-knacks, traditional snacks like kachang puteh and other nostalgic activities which also celebrate our Gardens’ heritage. Tel: 6471 7138, www.sbg.org.sg
50 National Day Parade 2015 We celebrate our golden jubilee, the celebration’s theme echoing our anthem’s chorus of ‘Majulah Singapura’. So go on, collect your NDP Funpack, fill your picnic basket, wear red, and enjoy the extra special aerial displays, a vintage segment, and of course the beautiful fireworks! 9 Aug. www.ndp.org.sg