Food Republic Opens at WestgateMay 6, 2014
Food Republic is well-known for its creative themes that constantly redefines the way hawker food is presented and enjoyed in Singapore. Their latest concept at the new Westgate shopping mall is first-of-its-kind, revolving around the themes of theatre and stage drama.
Food Republic @ Westgate is a must-visit, with the limelight shone on the 22 dramatically fashioned stalls that resembles a live theatre set that concentrates on capturing the distinctive flavour of Singapore's hawker heritage.
Each stall were meticulously handpicked for their culinary flair, traditional tastes and wholesome flavours. Let's zoom in on some of them!
Xi De Li Fried Fritters
You Tiao, Glutinous Bun, Butterfly Bun and 3-in-1 Nian Gao - $1 each.
Xi De Li Fried Fritters is a hand down family business from Clementi. You will find that they're ever-changing in order to meet reach out to the younger taste buds.
Chinatown Tan's Tutu Kueh
Coconut and Peanut Tutu Kueh (5 pcs) - $3.
The moder tutu kueh comes in small bite-sizes which are more convenient for hawking. The kuehs are unique to Singapore, consisting of ground roasted peanuts or grated coconut with brown palm sugar fillings. Handcrafted from start to end, this is truly a nostalgic snack that diners can’t skip.
Apa Rojak - $4 (S) / $5 (L).
This rojak originated from Kota Tinggi, Malaysia is in Singapore by popular demand! Owner Christine Apa makes her own blended sauce from a 40-year old recipe. You will find that taste-wise, it is light and fresh! Their peanut garnish is manually grounded upon each order so that the peanut flavour and fragrance is at its freshest when served. There's a vegetarian version called the Vegetarian Rojak as well! A secret vegetarian sauce is used.
There are also alternative variations of the local mixed salad such as 'Taupok Rojak' and 'Snowjak', which uses a special mayonnaise mix with Apa’s sauce.
Little Hanoi Noodle Bar
Fresh/Fried Spring Roll - $3.90.
Little Hanoi Noodle Bar specializes in affordable and contemporary Northern Vietnamese cuisine. Being cheap and good, it's no wonder that they're able to open this 7th outlet served with light, refreshing and quality Hanoi food.
Little Hanoi Noodle Bar
Sugarcane Shrimps -$6.90.
Little Hanoi Noodle Bar uses only the freshest ingredients and traditional Vietnamese recipes with no added preservatives.
You Men HK Roast
Mix Platter Combination - $19.
The Chinese stall name of You Men (友明) is befitting for this Hong Kong roasted meat stall as it is famous for its succulent meats. It shot to fame after being featured by then popular variety program 'City Beats' on Channel 8. They have a wide variety of meat to choose from. You even have the option to enjoy your meat with rice of noodles!
Mei Shi Quan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
Fried Black/White Carrot Cake - $6.
They serve both black and white on a plate! Owner Wong Sai Kwan's first stall Lau Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette was constantly in the media spotlight for its delectable line-up of local delights. He always had a beeline of customers who would return for his famous Fried Hokkien Mee! Now with Mei Shi Quan opened at Food Republic, we get to enjoy the yummy Singaporean favourites Fried Oyster Omelette, Fried Black/White Carrot Cake and Fried Kway Teow again!
Li Xin Teochew Fishball Noodles
Li Xin Specialty Noodles - $6. Consists of fishballs, fish dumplings, fish cake and noodles.
This mixture is only available at Westgate! The secret to Li Xin’s amazing fishballs lies in two things – top-grade fish meat and freshness. There's a slightly fishy taste to it because they are made twice-daily using only superior yellowtail fish and kept chilled in cold water but never frozen. You can add lime if you don't fancy the strong taste!
The fishballs are soft, bouncy and succulent because they've been using the same recipe that has made Li Xin’s fishball noodles so well loved since 1968.
Sarvanaa Bhavan Indian Vegetarian
Saravanaa Special Meal - $7.50.
Specializing in fine Indian vegetarian cuisine, Sarvanaa Bhavan Indian Vegetarian stall sells quick North Indian lunches. They also have Paper Roast Dosa and Channa Bhatura that are unique to the stall! This is its 4th outpost in Singapore, providing a synergy of taste & quality in their amazingly lip-smacking Indian Vegetarian cuisine.
Original Fish Village
Twin Fish Bee Hoon - $6.30.
The dish tasted light and tasty with generous slices of fresh fish. With its wholesome fish and chicken soup broth flavoured with an aromatic blend of herbs, it's no wonder that his local fish soup stall at Lau Par Sat has gained a lot of popularity. Their springy rice noodles are specially imported from Fu Jien, China! Also, if you'll definitely be running back for the homemade chilli sauce.
Qiu Lian Traditional Ban Mee
Ban Mee - $4.
The white mian at Qiu Lian Traditional Ban Mee is handmade fresh every day and steeped in a tasty and nutritious broth flavoured with meat and vegetables. Each helping comes with crispy fried ikan bilis (anchovies), fried shallots, minced meat, cai xin, a broken fresh egg to thicken the soup, and the owner's secret homemade chilli sauce for added oomph!
Woo Lee Jeeb Dae Bak Korean Cuisine
Hot Stone Mixed Rice - $7.
This family business used to be at Tanjong Pagar. The owner Xiang Hua picked up cooking skills from her mother who is of Korean descent, and has more than 30 years of experience in operating food courts and restaurants in Singapore, Korea and China. To perfect her dishes, she even made a trip to Korea to learn more about seasonings and the intricate methods of cooking Korean food!
The stall specializes in Bimbimbak, Ginseng Chicken Soup, Bulgogi and Kimchi Ramen. The Bulgogi comes with a choice of pork, chicken or beef and customer can even ask for a mix of two meats.
Miso Japanese Cuisine
Chicken Teriyaki with Salmon - $6.80.
Owner Mike is surprisingly of Korean descent. He started his own F&B company Baek Doo San in Singapore more than 10 years ago. Under his brand lie 20 Korean and now Japanese stalls in food courts islandwide. Together with his chef-pal, the duo opened 11 Miso Japanese outlets to date. Customers who are health conscious can look forward to sampling healthy wholesome meals and will be pleased to know that the homemade Teriyaki sauce is naturally sweetened with apples instead of sugar. Fish and chicken bento sets are also offered, alongside omelette rice meals.
Hot Hot Pot
Xiang Guo - $25 (for 4 pax).
Spicy dry hot pots originate from Chongqing, Jinyun Mountain. It's more of a fusion of Chongqing Hot Pot and Sichuan style dry pot which enhances the distinctive taste of the signature notes: dry, numbing, spicy and fragrant. The heat level is categorized from 5-7, allowing diners to customize the spice level according to palate preferences. Health benefits are apparent as Chinese herbs are used as the raw ingredient in the spicy pot, which eventually aids in “removing heat”, hence it is a special diet suitable for relieving humidity in a climate like ours.
Ah Chew Yong Tau Foo
Mini Hot Pot - $7.60 (for 1 pax) / $11.50 (for 2 pax).
This is exclusive Mini Hot Pot Yong Tau Foo is only available at Food Republic @ Westgate! Believe it or not, everything in this stall is made from scratch. The soup is very aromatic, with the yong tau foo is not only extremely tasty but also good to look at.
Chinatown Beef Noodle
4 Treasures Beef - $8 (S) / $12 (L).
Using an inherited secret recipe prepared in Cantonese style to make its beef stock, this is definitely no ordinary soup. Each serving contains succulent beef that has been soaked in the flavourful decoction. Apart from the broth, the Beef Tendon makes it to one of the signature dishes as it is known to be high in collagen and no cholesterol, which is a healthier choice of meat.
There are almost 100 different delicious Singapore-style hawker fare you can find. Coupled with live entertainment and music performances, Food Republic at Westgate is all set to excite, entice and entertain locals, business professionals and families alike.
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