Dining

World Cup 2018: what and where to eat while watching the matches

Whether you'll be watching the match at home or at a community club, get yourself ready for nerve-wrecking moments and incessant cheering with delicious food right by your side
 

Breadtalk food

Photo: Breadtalk

World Cup-themed food

BreadTalk Soccer-themed creations by the bakery chain include croissants ($1.50 a piece or $6 for five) in six new flavours. Three flavours under #TeamSweet are strawberry, pandan-infused kaya and lemon with diced pistachios. For #TeamSavoury, there is mentaiko, nacho cheese and garlic.

Another dessert option is Matcha Goal ($40.80, available at all BreadTalk outlets except Singapore Cruise Centre and United Square), a matcha chiffon cake layered with red bean and honey yuzu.

Other themed breads include Russian Roulette ($4.50), a fresh milk loaf studded with raisins; Kick-Off! ($1.70, available at selected outlets), a soft brioche filled with red bean paste and shaped like a soccer ball; Pitch Perfect ($3.80), a focaccia sandwich with barbecue chicken patty, lettuce, tomatoes and onions; and Jersey-licious ($1.70), a brioche filled with lemon cream and shaped like a soccer jersey.

Where: All BreadTalk outlets (for croissants, Russian Roulette, Pitch Perfect and Jersey-licious), various opening hours

When: Till July 1

Infowww.breadtalk.com.sg

 

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Get some grub near these community clubs

Bishan community club

Community Club

Photo: Bishan Community Club / Facebook

Where: 51 Bishan Street 13

MRT: Bishan

Info: Call 6259-4720 or go to www.facebook.com/BishanCommunityClub

 

Seoul Yummy

Seoul Yummy

Photo: Seoul Yummy / Facebook

At Junction 8, fire up your taste buds with the Korean restaurant's new Dak Bokkeum Tang stew. Pick from three levels of spiciness for the stir-fried spicy chicken stew, which also has potatoes, carrots and Korean ramen.

Each set, priced at $49.80, includes a choice of side dish and dessert. Get 30 per cent off the set if you order Level 3 spiciness and finish everything.

Where: 01-40 Junction 8, 9 Bishan Place, open: 11.30am to 10pm daily

When: Till July 8

Info: Call 6570-2033 or go to www.facebook.com/seoulyummy

 

Mata Thai

Mata Thai

Photo: Mata Thai / Facebook

The casual eatery serves Thai food with signatures including curry fish head ($25), pandan-leaf chicken ($12 for five pieces), fried prawn cakes ($10 for five pieces) and mango sticky glutinous rice ($6). Other highlights include Thai-style steamed fish with lemon sauce ($28), tom yum seafood soup ($12 or $16) and claypot prawn with vermicelli ($15).

Where: 508 Bishan Street 11, 01-390, open: 9am to 10pm daily

Info: Call 9276-2629 or go to www.facebook.com/matathai

 

Kim San Leng food centre

The bustling food centre offers a variety of hawker options, from the popular Koo Kee Yong Tow Foo Mee to Yu Kee House of Braised Duck. Fishball noodles, fish soup and Indian Muslim food from Thawfeek Cuisine are also available.

Where: 511 Bishan Street 13, open: 24 hours

Info: Order online at kimsanlengbishan.oddle.me

 

Keat Hong community club

Where: 2 Choa Chu Kang Loop

MRT: Choa Chu Kang

Info: Call 6769-4194 or go to www.facebook.com/ilovekeathong

 

Rasa Istimewa C2K Restaurant

Rasa Istimewa restaurant

Photo: The Straits Times

If you need a break from soccer madness, walk no more than 10 minutes from Keat Hong Community Club to the peaceful Choa Chu Kang Park. It is home to this halal-certified restaurant, which serves a wide variety of dishes from seafood to chicken to vegetables. Satay starts at 70 cents a stick. Highlights include Thai chilli sauce sliced fish ($16.50 or $26), salted egg crab (seasonal price), Thai-style green curry chicken ($18.50 or $28.50) and cereal butter prawns ($32 or $45).

Where: Choa Chu Kang Park, 26 Choa Chu Kang Drive, open: noon to midnight (Sundays to Thursdays), noon to 1am (Fridays and Saturdays)

Info: Call 6877-9339/6877-1913 or go to www.rasaistimewa.com.sg

 

PGFN (Pandan Gardens Fishball Noodles)

PGFN

Photo: PGFN / Facebook

This 24-hour eatery is located in the community club itself. Noodle options include signature fishball minced meat noodles (from $3.70), signature laksa (from $3.70), meatball noodles (from $3.40) and laksa mini wok with noodles or rice (from $5.90). Add $2.40 for a set meal that includes a drink and side dish.

Where: 2 Choa Chu Kang Loop, 01-02, open: 24 hours

Info: Call 9009-2714 or go to www.facebook.com/pandanfishball

 

CCK 302 foodhouse

The coffee shop offers hawker fare such as fishball noodles, laksa, roast meats and Indian Muslim food from SrisunPrata.com.

Where: 302 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, open: 24 hours

 

Chong Pang community club

Where: 108 Yishun Ring Road

MRT: Yishun

Info: Call 6758-8258 or go to www.facebook.com/chongpangcc

 

Chong Pang market & food centre

Chong Pang

Photo: The Straits Times

Amid all the food options here, do not miss stalls such as Super Penyet for nasi ayam penyet (Indonesian-style smashed chicken) and nasi lemak; Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck for braised duck rice; Old Chong Pang Wu Xiang Xia Bing for ngoh hiang and beehoon; and Pig's Organ and Herbal Mutton Soup.

Where: 104 Yishun Ring Road, various opening hours

 

Swee Sian Yuen eating house

The busy coffee shop is home to popular brands such as Nasi Lemak Kukus for nasi lemak and roti john, and S. Bistari Changi Village Ayam Penyet for ayam penyet, ikan penyet and satay. Thai Muslim seafood is also available, from barbecued stingray to deep-fried baby squid to cereal prawns.

Where: 101 Yishun Avenue 5, various opening hours

 

Sin Heng Kee

The casual congee eatery offers many options, including its Signature Porridge ($6), with century egg, sliced pork, meatballs, liver, intestines, cuttlefish, sliced fish and minced chicken. For something more premium, go for the Seafood Porridge ($9.50), with prawns, scallops, fish, sliced abalone and cuttlefish; Prawn Porridge ($8.50) or Frog Porridge (from $8).

Where: Block 101 Yishun Avenue 5, open: 7am to 9.30pm daily

Info: Call 8613-9763

 

Tampines West community club

Where: 5 Tampines Avenue 3

MRT: Tampines West

Info: Call 6783-7910 or go to www.facebook.com/tampineswest

 

Brothers in Fine Food

Brothers in Fine food

Photo: Brothers in Fine Food / Facebook

Save yourself the hassle of heading out to dine. Have a meal at this cosy Muslim-owned eatery in Tampines West Community Club instead. Small plates include salmon carpaccio ($8), with blueberry-cured salmon and orange dressing; and sliced dry-aged beef ($7), with braised fennel, parmesan cream and chilli oil. Mains include red snapper with nasi lemak broth ($17) and squid ink rice with soft-shell crab ($17). Desserts include banoffee ($9) with banana blancmange, compressed grapefruit, salted chocolate ice cream, bruleed bananas, toasted rice pops and salted caramel.

Where: 5 Tampines Avenue 3, 02-07, open: noon to 10.30pm (Tuesdays to Fridays), 9am to 10.30pm (weekends), closed on Mondays

Info: Call 6909-0502 or go to www.facebook.com/brothersinfinefood

 

Georgetown Coffeehouse

Located opposite Tampines West Community Club, this coffee shop houses zi char stall Hock Chai Seafood; Sichuan Kitchen, which sells mala xiang guo (a stir-fried version of mala hotpot) and other Sichuan dishes; and Kungfu Roast, known for its roast duck. Go before 7pm, when a whole roast duck costs just $15.

Where: 820 Tampines Street 81, open: 24 hours

Infohttps://www.facebook.com/Georgetown-Coffeehouse

 

Al-Hussain restaurant

Get your roti prata fix here. Prices start at $1 for a plain prata. Other options include cheese egg prata ($4), ice cream prata ($5) and coin prata with sardine ($5). Biryani, nasi goreng, murtabak and roti john are also available.

Where: 822 Tampines Street 81, open: 24 hours

 

Ulu Pandan community club

Where: Ulu Pandan Community Building, 170 Ghim Moh Road

MRT: Holland Village

Info: Call 6463-7333 or go to bit.ly/2lcsDv5

 

Full Of Luck restaurant

Full of Luck restaurant

Photo: Full of Luck Club / Facebook

The recently revamped Full Of Luck Club is now known as Full Of Luck Restaurant, with a refreshed menu. New appetisers include crabmeat chilli cheese tart with pomelo ($10) and steamed black bean spare ribs ($10). Other highlights include stir-fried scallops and French beans with truffle ($20) and Ultimate char siew and crispy Kurobuta pork claypot rice ($23).

While it may be a long walk from the Ulu Pandan Community Club, one can soak in the World Cup atmosphere at Holland Village first. Alternatively, this is suitable for those watching matches at Buona Vista Community Club (36 Holland Drive, selected knockout matches only, go to bit.ly/2MsxWCX).

Where: 243 Holland Avenue, open: 11am to 11pm daily

Info: Call 6208-6845 or go to fullofluck.com

 

Master Crab Seafood Restaurant

Have a crab feast at Master Crab, which offers a variety of crab dishes (seasonal price) - from salted egg to white pepper to fried crab with Chinese wine. Other meat, seafood and vegetable dishes are available, along with set menus.

Where: 19 Ghim Moh Road, 01-229, open: 3pm to 1am daily

Info: Call 6314-1868

 

Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre

Have an early dinner here before catching a match. Stalls to check out include Hai Nan Hometown Curry for chicken curry; Muslim-owned Western stall I Love Burger Lah! for burgers and fancy fries such as salted caramel fries; and Pasta & Donburi for its miso carbonara with onsen egg.

Where: 20 Ghim Moh Road, various opening hours

 

Delivery deals

Old Chang Kee

Old Chang Kee

Photo: Old Chang Kee / Facebook

No soccer match is complete without snacks. Check out Old Chang Kee's Golden Ball Set ($88+, for six to eight people), which includes its signature curry puffs, gyoza, chicken nuggets and cheesy chicken balls. The Champion Set ($138+, for 10 to 12 people) includes a choice of puffs, braised beehoon, prawn nuggets and crispy chicken wings.

When: Till July 15

Info: Call 6555-0055, order on Honestbee app or go to www.honestbee.sg (delivery between 11am and 11pm daily; till 2am on July 7, 8, 11 and 12)

 

Paradise Group

Paradise Group

Photo: Paradise Group / Facebook

Restaurants under the Paradise Group are offering set meals - good for four people - for delivery during World Cup season.

Paradise Dynasty's menu ($45.90 for five dishes, delivery from 11am to 9pm on weekdays, 10.30am to 9pm on weekends) includes pork dumpling with hot chilli vinaigrette, stir-fried French beans with minced pork and preserved olive vegetables, and stir-fried la mian with shredded pork and black fungus.

Paradise Classic's menu ($52.23 for four dishes, delivery from 11.30am to 2.30pm and 5 to 9pm on weekdays, 11.30am to 9pm on weekends) includes crispy fried shrimp-paste chicken and sweet and sour pork with lychee.

And for Canton Paradise ($63.99 for five dishes, delivery from 11am to 9.30pm on weekdays, 10.30am to 9.30pm on weekends), the menu features dishes such as stir-fried clams in dried shrimp and chilli, crispy fried pork chop, and wok-fried carrot cake in XO sauce.

When: Till July 15

Info: Order on Deliveroo app (or go to deliveroo.com.sg), Foodpanda app (or go to www.foodpanda.sg) or Honestbee app (or go to www.honestbee.sg)

 

Deliveroo

Deliveroo

Photo: Deliveroo / Facebook

The food delivery service's restaurant partners are rolling out bundle deals - good for those looking to host World Cup parties at home. For instance, Collin's Grille offers a $12 platter, which includes chicken karaage, assorted sausages and sweet potato fries. Crystal Jade's platter for two ($32.80) includes baked honey wings, shrimp roll skewers and deep-fried mini spring rolls.

Pizza Hut also has a Soccer Bundle for six ($65), which includes two large pan or hand-stretched thin pizzas and six soups.

When: Till July 15

Info: Order on Deliveroo app or go to deliveroo.com.sg

 

Mos Burger

Online grocery and food delivery platform Honestbee is the exclusive partner for Japanese fast-food chain Mos Burger, delivering to customers near selected outlets. These include Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Marina One, White Sands Shopping Centre, Northpoint City, Jurong Point, Paya Lebar Square, Parkway Parade, Compass One and Takashimaya Shopping Centre. More outlets will be added in the coming months, along with the full menu.

Info: Order on Honestbee app or go to www.honestbee.sg

This article was originally published in The Straits Times.

 

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