With Chinese New Year starting tomorrow, and all this talk of reunion dinners and steamboats, we know some of you have been thinking it’s time to treat yourself to something special 😋
That’s why we’ve reached out and gathered a list of 10 halal-certified and Muslim-owned eateries that have confirmed they’ll be open for the next two days. So there’s no need to wait until your local hawker centre re-opens at the end of the week to get out of the house and indulge in something yummy 😉 (And to those looking for reunion dinner-friendly spots, don’t worry because we’ve included a stunning 4 places perfect for larger groups!)
* All eateries either publicly announced their opening hours or responded to a Facebook inquiry. All information is accurate as of 31 Jan 2019.
1. Home of Seafood
We’ve walked by countless huge Chinese seafood restaurants with fancy dishes and busy staff communicating with one another through their walkie-talkies. To our disappointment, many of these restaurants are not halal 😔 Well, Home of Seafood is here to the rescue!
Don’t miss out on their award-winning Chilli Crab which has fresh juicy crabs coated in a thick and sweet chilli sauce and has just the right amount of spice. Plus, it comes with a plate of tasty Mantou (fried buns) too which is so yummy you’ll be craving for more 😋
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Another dish that you shouldn’t miss is their Seafood In A Bag, which is equivalent to your seafood bucket – it has crayfish, prawns, squids, mussels and lala cooked in a sauce of your choice! 😍 And just for the 2019 CNY season, Home of Seafood is having special course sets that serve up to a group of 10! All of the set menus even include the iconic CNY dish Yu Sheng, which is served with abalone! 😱 The special menus will be around till 20 Feb but make sure you call in advance to make a reservation!
Located along Joo Chiat Road, it’s easy to head to Home of Seafood when you’re around Geylang Serai, and they also join occasional bazaars at Expo or Suntec so make sure to keep a look out for them!
2. Tang Tea House
You can always rely on Tang Tea House if you’re looking to satisfy your dim sum fix, especially since the outlets are open till late – making them perfect for a midnight snack 😉
With halal favourites like their Shanghai steamed dumplings, Siew Mai, Har Kow and their famous Golden Sand Pau (salted egg yolk pau) on the menu, you’re all set for a scrumptious meal 🤗
Tang Tea House also has a range of authentic Chinese fried rice and noodles you cannot miss! We highly recommend trying the fried bee hoon (fried noodles), Beef Brisket noodles and everyone’s favourite – chicken rice.
Tang Tea House is great if you’re eating with a larger group this CNY season – their set menus serve groups of 6 to 10! Some sets even include dishes such as Chinese Sausage Fried Rice and Red Garoupa Teochew teamed which are so difficult to find elsewhere 😁 With 5 restaurants across Singapore, you know you’re never too far away from a Tang Tea House outlet – just give them a call to reserve a table in advance! Now you can even get your reunion dinner even in the wee hours of the morning if you and your friends are night owls 😉
3. Segar Restaurant
Head down to Segar Restaurant when you find yourself stuck in Chinatown, with no idea of where to go. Offering good authentic zi char at economical prices, it’s a good joint to go to if you’re in a large group.
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Focusing on local Chinese and Thai-infused cuisine, Segar serves up spicy dishes such as fish head curry, sambal kangkong, hotplate chicken/beef, salted egg prawn, various seafood and so much more. Combining both great food and even greater prices, there’s no reason not to head to Chinatown now!
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Their 2019 special CNY menu only gives us more reasons to head over ASAP! Serving up to 10 persons at a time, the set menu even includes herbal chicken, which is a welcome and delicious break from the more traditional CNY dishes we’re seeing around 😊 Make sure to call and make a reservation soon!
4. Flame Café
What could possibly be a more perfect bonding activity than cooking together with your loved ones? Cooking on a 4-tiered pagoda-shaped steamboat, of course! In the spacious comforts of the Flame Café, you can cook in 4 different ways – all at the same time! This fun experience bonding over food may cost you between $20-40 per pax, depending on the package you opt for.
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The most expensive package, the Ultimate Seafood Experience Supreme Buffet, offers the entire selection of seafood they have, including their delectable freshly cut sashimi.
#HHWT Tip: Make your choices quick! There’s a limit of 2 hours for every buffet package.
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But if you’re not looking for a mighty feast, the Deluxe Buffet will satisfy you with ingredients ranging from enoki mushrooms and sambal chicken to choices of cheese, Mongolian sauce or salted egg for the dip on the third tier. It truly is a treat for your tastebuds!
Address: 73 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Centro Bianco, Singapore 534818
Opening Hours: 11AM-11PM
(Closes at 2AM on Friday and Saturday.)
Reservations: +65 6282 0251
(Weekdays and weekends respectively)
Deluxe Basic Buffet Set: $25.62, $27.96
Premium Selections: $34.98, $38.49
Supreme Indulgence: $47.85, $51.36
Child (5-12yo, with accompanying adult): $18.49
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5. Habib Family Restaurant
Why not spend this CNY trying out a halal version of a traditional Chinese meal? 😋 We’ve always seen countless Bak Kut Teh stalls with queues winding down the block, and even those dried Bak Kut Teh spices they’re selling in grocery stores. Bak Kut Teh is traditionally known for having pork but thanks to Habib Family Restaurant, you can now have the opportunity to savour halal Bak Kut Teh! For the uninitiated, “bak kut teh” actually means “meat bone tea” though it actually doesn’t have any tea in it 😅
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Located in Bukit Batok, Habib’s Bak Kut Teh is something every adventurous foodie should try. You may opt for their beef or lamb Bak Kut Teh and have it on its own or in a set which comes with rice, omelette, kang kong and chilli paste. This will be a peculiar experience for your taste buds, especially when the only thing you’ve ever related to Bak Kut Teh is the non-halal version.
Their Chinese chef and co-owner uses traditional herbs to cook the broth, so this dish is as authentic as it gets! Habib Family Restaurant will be open throughout CNY so make sure you get there earlier to beat any queues!
6. The Malayan Council
Tucked in a street opposite the Abdul Gafoor Mosque, The Malayan Council is a cosy café to chill in with your friends during this holiday break.
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Known best for their ondeh-ondeh cake (served alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream!), this is the ideal hangout for delectable eats while catching up with a loved one.
#HHWT Tip: You may also visit their new branch in Bussorah Street if it’s more convenient for you!
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The Malayan Council mainly serves Malay-Western fusion food, and in generous portions at that! You can easily save costs by sharing a meal with someone, so be sure to try their astounding Roti Kirai Beef Ribs. The juicy, tender ribs drizzled with savoury sauce are served alongside Malay net pancakes and salad – a feast fit for a king!
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With so many more mains and desserts to choose from, be sure to visit The Malayan Council for a relaxing and indulgent meal this CNY. 😌
Address: 22 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209350
Opening Hours: 11.30AM-11PM daily
Dunlop Street: +65 9002 4414
Bussorah Street: +65 9009 7345
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7. Hararu Izakaya
Ever wondered how it feels to dine like the Japanese in a tatami-matted room? Head on down to Hararu Izakaya!
Here, you can choose to dine at a normal table, the bar, or at one of their tatami-mat seating on the second floor.
The restaurant is so reminiscent of the actual shops in Japan that you’ll find yourself marvelling at the artwork on the walls and the little details that give the place authenticity. But your attention will definitely be drawn to your food when it arrives! The unagi don, a favourite among customers, will especially tantalize your taste buds. 😋
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If you’re up for a challenge, why not try their Surume Ika, a ginormous grilled whole squid guaranteed to fill your stomach for the next few hours? This foodie adventure to the land of cherry blossoms is waiting for you right in Singapore, just a walking distance away from Sultan Mosque!
Halal Status: Muslim-Owned
8. Positano Risto
The CNY break is probably too short for a flight to Italy, but you can certainly bring your tastebuds on an Italian gastronomical adventure at Positano Risto! Serving up pizzas and pastas that will make you go ‘Delizioso!’, this ambient restaurant is ideal if you’re looking for a sumptuous meal along Bussorah Street.
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Treat yourself to this specialty dish, the Fetuccini Aragosta. It’s sure to catch your eye instantly with the generous 500g of fresh lobster atop a bed of fettucini pasta served with homemade sauce. Just the sight of it will make your tummy rumble. 🤤
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Cheese has always been the craze, and if you’re into it, you have to try the Positano Mac ‘N’ Cheese! What makes their mac and cheese stand out is the addition of crab meat – a hearty meal at its best.
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If you’ve got room left after savouring the mains, delight the sweet tooth in you by ordering their impressive Oreo Lava Tower! Yes, you noticed it – Positano Risto’s dishes and desserts are all worthy of a feature on your CNY Instagram dedication 😉
Halal Status: 100% Muslim-Owned
Priding itself on ensuring that you can savour the flavours of Japan in every bite, Gyunion offers an extensive menu made with ingredients sourced directly from Japan! Plus they create their own house blend from scratch so there’s really no other place that will taste quite like Gyunion’s food 😉
Kick off your gastronomic adventure here with their signature Curry-Don Chicken. Their house-blend chicken curry with potatoes and carrots are served with short-grained rice. Alternatively, you can opt to have your curry with noodles 😋
If you’re not a fan of curry, try their signature Gyu-Don ($7.90). The savoury and sweet thinly sliced beef and onions on rice is bound to make you drool 🤤
And of course, a Japanese eatery would not be complete without some cold soba noodles with their house tsuyu dipping sauce! Choose to spice up your soba with real crabmeat, Japanese spring onions and nori for an additional cost 😍 Tempted? Well, you should be! The best part is that you can savour authentic Japanese food without blowing your budget as their food is affordably priced. And they’ll be open throughout both days of CNY, so make sure to go down and try them out for yourself!
Halal Status: Muslim-Owned and using Halal-Certified meat and ingredients
10. Chix Hot Chicken
You might better know this place as the chicken restaurant co-owned by Taufik Batisah, but did you know that Chix is the only location in Singapore specializing in halal Nashville-style fried chicken? 😍
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Now if you’re wondering what exactly is the draw since it’s just fried chicken, their Nashville Hot Chicken is breaded and coated with one of the world’s “spiciest peppers”, the ghost chilli, and has a crispy hot finish! 😱 It’s served with white bread and pickle chips, and you can choose from 3 levels of spice for the chicken!
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If white bread isn’t what you’re craving at the moment, get their Soul Sliders instead – 2 boneless chicken burgers served with slaw, pickles, and pink mayo. We’re pretty sure you’ll be left thoroughly satisfied when you bite into this crunchy and flavourful meal. If their spicy chicken is not for you, you can always get the milder version, The Original – buttermilk fried chicken made from spices inspired by New Orleans 🤤
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As an added bonus, their popular Chix Quarter and Soul Slider Meals are now just $9.99 from 5-28 Feb! Each meal comes with either a Nashville Quarter or Soul Slider, along with Chicken Tender, Fries, and a Free-flow soda. Head on over before they’re all sold out!
Halal Status: Muslim-owned