Madras New Woodlands
Another excellent vegetarian joint dishing up some huge portions (if you ever
wondered how vegetarians get fat, here’s your answer) on banana leaves. The thalis
are vast and truly magnificent, and need at least half an hour to finish, if you can
finish them at all. The service is friendlier and more accommodating towards
confused foreigners than many of the Little India eateries.
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Golden Mile Complex
Singapore's Little Thailand. Forget all the fancy restaurants
with their Buddha statues and cultural knick-knacks, if you want real Thai food,
brave the stumbling drunken Isaan workers in this seedy old shopping centre for an
evening of friendly service, cheap Singha and som
tam (spicy papaya salad) like mother used to make. It's uniformly
superb (the north-east Thai food is best), but the Nong Khai Food & Beer
Garden on the ground floor is particularly good.
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Din Tai Fung
One of the best restaurants in the country, Din Tai Fung is the first Singapore
branch of Taiwan’s oldest dumpling and noodle chain. The food here, carefully
prepared by the large team of chefs visible through the full-length glass of the
kitchen, is nothing short of unbelievable. Among the highlights, and worth
savouring, is the simple pork and shrimp dumpling soup in a delicate broth, while
the fried rice, delicately flavoured with spring onion, is superb. A must visit.
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