SINGAPORE: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON THE LAYOVER

When Anthony Bourdain visited Singapore on his show The Layover Season 1 Episode 1, he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased on The Layover Singapore, all in a convenient list:

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DISH – Chwee Kueh, Glutinous Rice and Chestnut Sausage, and Pig’s Organ Soup

WHAT IS IT?

Chwee Kueh – steamed rice cakes topped with preserved pickles; Glutinous Rice and Chestnut Sausage – served with a sweet sauce; Pig’s Organ Soup – lean meat and offal soup flavored with pork broth and salted mustard leaves.

WHERE IS IT?

Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre
30 Seng Poh Rd
Singapore

THE LAYOVER SINGAPORE NOTES

A hawker place with over 109 food stalls of different nationalities, each with one or two specialties. Bourdain recommends: Tiong Bahru Chicken Rice, Teck Seng Soybean Milk and Curd, Min Nan Pork Rib Prawn Noodle, and the famous Kampong Carrot Cake.

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DISH – Peanut Pancake

WHAT IS IT?

Pancakes made of peanuts and yam.

WHERE IS IT?

Original Peanut Pancake at Tanglin Halt Hawker Centre
1A Commonwealth Dr
Singapore

THE LAYOVER SINGAPORE NOTES

The Original Peanut Pancake is famous for handpicking, roasting and grinding their own peanuts. While Anthony Bourdain did not visit Tanglin Halt Food Centre during this Singapore trip, he highly recommended the Original Peanut Pancake.

DISH – Chicken Rice, Pork Chop and Fish Head Curry

WHAT IS IT?

Chicken Rice – poached chicken with seasoned rice; Pork Chop – tomato-based pork cuts; Fish Head Curry – fish stewed in curry and vegetables.

WHERE IS IT?

Chin Chin Eating House
19 Purvis St
Singapore

DISH – Lamb Biryani

WHAT IS IT?

Biryani with gosht.

WHERE IS IT?

Bismillah Biryani
48 & 50 Dunlop St
Singapore

THE LAYOVER SINGAPORE NOTES

Owner and chef grinds his own spices fresh and procures his own supply of whole sheep. Anthony Bourdain did not stop by Bismillah Biryani in this episode but he suggested it as a place to grab some good biryani.

THE LAYOVER SINGAPORE NOTES

Owned and operated by the same family since 1934. Bourdain tip: “If there’s one dish you must try, it’s chicken rice. You may not like it the best, but it’s the dish that might just lead you to understand Singapore better.”

DISH – Gin Tonic

WHAT IS IT?

Cocktail of gin and tonic water.

WHERE IS IT?

KU DE TA Club Lounge
1 Bayfront Avenue Hotel Tower 3, Level 57 Marina Bay Sands, SkyPark
Singapore

THE LAYOVER SINGAPORE NOTES

KU DE TA Club Lounge has since rebranded to CÉ LA VI Singapore.

DISH – Masala Chicken, Mysore Mutton, Sambal Prawn and Biryani Rice

WHAT IS IT?

Masala Chicken – roasted marinated chunks of chicken in spicy curry sauce; Mysore Mutton – marinated mutton with onion and tomato based gravy; Sambal Prawn – prawns in sambal sauce; Biryani Rice – rice mixed with curry.

WHERE IS IT?

Samy’s Curry
25 Dempsey Rd
Singapore

THE LAYOVER SINGAPORE NOTES

Aside from the dishes mentioned above, Anthony Bourdain had his second Fish Head Curry of the day at Samy’s Curry Restaurant. Bourdain recommends: Masala Chicken, Mysore Mutton, Sambal Prawn, Fish Head Curry, Fish Cutlet, Naan Bread, Biryani Rice, Cucumber Raita, Pumpkin Dahl, and Papadam.

DISH – Mango-Tuna Poke, and Prawn and Chili Pizza

WHAT IS IT?

Mango-Tuna Poke – diced raw tuna with mango; Prawn and Chili Pizza – pizza with prawns and chili.

WHERE IS IT?

Kilo
66 Kampong Bugis, level m
Singapore

THE LAYOVER SINGAPORE NOTES

Anthony Bourdain did not stop by Kilo in this Singapore trip but suggested its fusion dishes. This location is reported as closed.

DISH – Peranakan Cuisine

WHAT IS IT?

Blend of Chinese and Malay culinary traditions.

WHERE IS IT?

Candlenut Kitchen
17A Dempsey Rd
Singapore

THE LAYOVER SINGAPORE NOTES

Anthony Bourdain did not stop by Candlenut Kitchen in this episode but he suggested dining there for a taste of Peranakan cooking. Candlenut Kitchen has reopened to its present location on Dempsey Road since then.

DISH – Claypot Rice, Tempura Soft Shell Crabs, String Beans, Slipper Lobster, Manila Clams, and Steamed Grouper

WHAT IS IT?

Claypot Rice – layer of rice topped with chicken marinated in wine and soy sauce, Chinese sausages, liver, meat sausages, salted fish, and mushrooms; Tempura Soft Shell Crabs – battered soft shell crabs in chili and curry leaves; String Beans – topped with dried fish powder for flavoring; Slipper Lobster – cooked with pumpkin curry sauce; Manila Clams – cooked with sambal chili sauce; Steamed Grouper – grouper steamed in soy and ginger.

WHERE IS IT?

Geylang Claypot Rice
361, 363, 365 Beach Rd
Singapore

THE LAYOVER SINGAPORE NOTES

The famous Geylang Claypot Rice has moved to its new location on Beach Road.

DISH – Cocktails

WHAT IS IT?

Alcoholic mixed drinks.

WHERE IS IT?

Bar Stories
55-57A Haji Ln
Singapore

THE LAYOVER SINGAPORE NOTES

Bar Stories serves bespoke cocktails with fresh and artisanal ingredients. While Anthony Bourdain did not stop by during this Singapore trip, he recommended it as a place for having drinks.

DISH – Nasi Lemak

WHAT IS IT?

A dish of egg, fried chicken, fried dried fish, sambal and coconut rice.

WHERE IS IT?

International Nasi Lemak
2 Changi Village Rd, #01-03
Singapore

THE LAYOVER SINGAPORE NOTES

International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak is in the Changi Village Hawker Centre on the way to the airport. And while Nasi Lemak might not make sense, Anthony Bourdain thought otherwise, saying: “”They do my friends, they do… It works man, that is magic.”