Singapore’s Heritage Food Guide

Singapore’s slogan, ‘Passion Made Possible’, has a strong resemblance to our food history. Heritage Food Brand of Singapore has an important role in helping mould the food history in our nation, creating iconic dishes recognised globally as uniquely Singapore. Hence we are 9 iconic brands which we think have vibrant backgrounds which have contributed to our food history.

1. Ya Kun Kaya Toast


Ah Koon, originally from Hainan came to the island of Singapore in 1926. After working for 10 years as an assistant in a Hainanese Coffee Stall, he ventured out to start his own in 1944, called Yakun. This coffee stall was birthed in the Telok Ayer Basin.

Ya Kun is renowned for its coffee and kaya toast served in a Kahwin style, where the kaya and butter are sandwiched between two slices of brown toast.


Today, there are around 50 outlets in Singapore, and have expanded to many countries in Asia. To get your fix of this traditional Kaya Toast and Coffee, have it delivered straight to you!

2. Keng Eng Kee Seafood


Keng Eng Kee Seafood (KEK) was started in the 1970s selling local ‘zichar’ from a hawker stall. Prior to KEK, the forefathers originally form Hainan, honed with cooking skills, started out operating a Hainanese Chicken Rice Stall. Today, the third generation is managing KEK.


Miss Tam Chiak has rated KEK one of the best ‘zichar’ in Singapore, serving up heartwarming and tasty dishes. A must have is the Midnight Fried Hor Fun.


Photo Cr: Misstamchiak

Do checkout their menu, they deliver islandwide!

3. Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah


Today, most Popiah skins are made in factories but this is not the case for Kway Guan Hua Joo Chiat Popiah. Founded in 1938, and for more than 80 years now, their Popiah skin is made by hand, using the original family’s secret recipe. Many may know them as Joo Chiat Popiah as their birth place is at a shop house restaurant in Joo Chiat.


Local media and food bloggers including Brad Lau (Ladyironchef) and Dr Leslie Tay (iEatiShootiPost) have reviewed this place and sings praises of their Popiah.


For those that have not tried this 80 year old family recipe, it’s not too late to try it out now!

4. Swee Choon


Swee Choon emphasises on the fact that Tim Sum should be both affordable and an experience. For over 50 years now, this store has been seen as Singapore’s happiest tim sum haven. Till today, queues still snake onto the main road.

This shop serves up a variety of traditional tim sum, ranging from xiao long bao, har gao, siew mai to their signature mee sua kueh.


Local media and food bloggers including Brad Lau (Ladyironchef) and Dr Leslie Tay (iEatiShootiPost) have reviewed this place and sings praises of their Popiah.

For those who did not know, Swee Choon does deliveries! Order from them to have this amazing tim sum in the comfort of your own home without queuing up!

5. Westlake


Established in 1976, by late Chinese High School PE teacher, Mr Lim. His motive for opening Westlake is fuelled by his passion for cooking and dreams of running a restaurant. Their signature Kong Bak Pau has been crowned the King of Kong Bak Pau by Dr Leslie Tay (iEatiShootiPost). The making of this Pau is a combination of 3 families secret recipes for this dish. Till today, the recipe remains untouched, retaining its original iconic taste.


Get your Kong Bak Pau now without needing to travel down!

6. Outram Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh


Bak Kut Teh (Spare Rib Soup) is an iconic dish in Singapore’s food history. The name, Outram Ya Hua would pop into locals mind immediately when Bak Kut Teh is mentioned. Founded in 1973, this iconic store serves up one of the finest bowls of Teochew style, Bak Kut Teh.


Fancy a piping hot peppery bowl of pork rib soup? Get it here!

7. Samy’s Curry


Founded in the 1960s, Mr M Veerasamy started Samy’s Curry

Samy’s Curry was started by Mr M Veerasamy in the 1960s. His love and passion for cooking inspired him to start out this restaurant serving up his recipes.

According to Seth Lui, Samy’s Curry is “The oldest and best Indian Curry Fish Head in Dempsey”


Get your Indian food fix delivered straight to your door step here. 

8. Poh Cheu


Established by Mr Neo Poh Cheu and his wife back in 1985, this store carries 30 years of rich history. 

Poh Cheu sells traditional Teochew Ang Ku Kueh (Red Tortoise Cake) usually filled with either mung bean or peanut. However, they have some unique flavours including fruit variations such as durian, mango and pineapple.


Skip the queue and order online here. 

9. Lana Cake


“Baked and frosted by hand” That is the motto which Mrs Violet Kwan stuck with since her opening in 1964. Till today, the family ran business offers the same old-school chocolate cake enjoyed through generations and is considered to part of Singapore’s history.

Having eaten her cakes while growing up, there is only one cake I will buy, which is the chocolate fudge cake.


For those who do not know, Lana Cakes is offering islandwide deliveries! Order now from here.


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