Its brashy neighbour Gumshara Ramen might get all of the attention in Eating World food court, but the delicious, authentic and extremely affordable fare from Singapore Shiok! should be on your list if you love food from the Lion City.
Occupying a corner stall of Eating World that once belonged to KL Kopitiam, Singapore Shiok! opened in 2010 and has been drawing hungry expats ever since. The word 'shiok' is apparently a term used by Singaporeans and Malaysians to express pleasure and happiness – two feelings you'll probably experience after tucking into a meal at Singapore Shiok!
The stall's recently updated menu covers all the notable Singaporean favourites. Think Hainanese chicken rice, har mee (prawn noodle soup) and char kway teow (noodle stir-fry). Classics done without fuss, but which are sure to ignite your tastebuds.
Hainanese chicken rice is the most popular dish and comes in a few different formats. The standard version is $8.80, but you can also upsize with more rice, more chicken or have an egg on the side. Half chicken and whole chicken varieties are also on offer, but unless you're dining with a Singaporean soccer team, you'll have way too much food to deal with.
Char kway teow is another staple from the region and the Singapore Shiok! version doesn't disappoint. Basically a seafood, chicken, pork and vegetable stir-fry, char kway teow is a smart choice for a quick Chinatown feed. The har mee is also tasty and consists of egg noodles, prawns and pork set in a spicy broth. At $10.50 it's ludicrously good value and sure to keep you full for several more hours.
The menu is rounded out by several other crowd-pleasers. The Singapore laksa comes with either chicken or seafood, and sits in a spicy coconut soup. The nasi goreng is pretty accessible but delicious just the same. Nasi lemak, possibly one of Malaysia's greatest gifts to the world, is also done well and is a steal at $8.80.
Singapore Shiok! is handily located close to Eating World's bar, and while you can't get a Singapore Sling there, a Tiger beer makes the perfect match for your meal. All you need then is to start sweating, and hey presto, you may as well be in Singapore.
Singapore Shiok! is at stall 213 of Eating World food court, which is located at 25-29 Dixon Street right in the heart of Chinatown. Eating World is open from 10am to 10pm.