It’s approaching: the big day. The day of red, white, and the iconic celestial fashion statement pieces and face tattoos. The day of our country’s parade party estimated to surpass the whooping S$39.4m from last year, with over $20m catering for the fireworks buffet at the end. Colour us excited.

What’s more exciting is the increase in Singapore-centric dishes sliding out from our favourite restaurants all over the island. Is it the peak of Mod-Sin, a cuisine that transforms beloved hawker fare into modern dishes designed to capture the unique homegrown palette? Is it just everyone having pure, unadulterated fun? Is this innovation here to stay? We hope so. Marrying these flavours, the past and the present evokes a sense of nostalgic pride: nostalgia for the real deal and pride for delectable achievements of modern gastronomy advances.

This National Day, we’ve rounded up the six quirkiest Singaporean creations to properly express all the overwhelming feelings we might have once the actual day rolls around. We like to remember what Agatha Christie wisely shared, “When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach.”

Durian Pizza

Photo credit: Pezzo

Photo credit: Pezzo

Nothing beats the universal appeal of pizza. The oven-baked crust typically acts as a vehicle for everything you layer on it, and in this case: 100% pure Mao Shan Wang and D24 durian flesh. Yes, you now have an option of having pure durian flesh baked on a chewy charcoal base, then sold as both individual slices and/or a whole 14” pie. The up side to this is no more frustrations about prying the hull or getting your fingers embalmed with the fruit’s distinct perfume.

Pezzo
When? Now until mid Aug 2017
Pezzo’s Durian King pizza will be available in limited quantities daily at all Pezzo outlets, except the Changi Airport Terminal 2 outlet

Salted Egg Yolk Crab Popiah

Photo credit: Birds of a Feather SG

Photo credit: Birds of a Feather SG

Yellow on black is a fantastic aesthetic choice for a dish and revealing that it’s salted egg yolk only makes it more drool-worthy. The kopitiam staple is given a restaurant uplift, turning it into an endless flavour bomb: a cycle of sweet, salty, and spicy to excite the taste buds. The filling features soft shell crab tempura, crab roe, assorted vegetables with the kick of Sichuan peppers, then swathed in their handmade charcoal wrap and topped with rich salted egg espuma.

Birds of a Feather
When? 8 — 11 Aug 2017
115 Amoy Street, #01-01, Singapore 069935

Nasi Lemak Cookie & Nasi Lemak Tea

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Nothing is more “Singaporean-forward” than serving your friends this bunch of fiery cookies and then offering equally fiery tea to increase the heat. If you want real ikan bills, peanuts, and sambal chilli, these cookies are proud to feature all while maintaining their classy Victorian-era packaging. The No. 829, Nasi Lemak tea might not be as powerful in flavour, but with a rice blend of houjicha, genmaicha, coconut flakes, dried pandan, and dried spices, it will make for an intriguing addition to any afternoon tea parties.

The Cookie Museum
When? Now till otherwise specified
The Cookie Museum’s Singapore Nasi Lemak cookie is available at all outlets

ETTE TEA Company
When? Now till otherwise specified
333 Kreta Ayer Road #03-25, 080333

Chili Crab Pasta

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Like the name suggests: there are dual forces at play here. If you prefer a scorching end to your chilli crab, then this will be a perfect fit. Generously loaded with crabmeat and tossed their rendition of arrabbiata sauce, the entire pasta dish is a feast for the eyes  While the spices are hard at work, the crustacean sweetness also comes through, allowing the sensory experience to ricochet from hell to heaven with each bite.

Hyde & Co.
When? Now till otherwise specified
785 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198753

Laksa Sandwich & Laksa Cocktail

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Or by its full name, the Coconut Cream Prawn Croquette Sandwich with Laksa Cheese. A joint creation by Wing Lam from The World is Flat and Gwern Khoo from A Noodle Story, it is possibly everything you want in a sandwich: creamy, cheesy, crispy, and spicy. Once you’re satisfied, wash it down with a Laksa cocktail if you dare. While you may turn squeamish at first, the cocktail combination is actually very palatable. The refreshing flavour is due to a sublime mix of rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, gula melaka syrup, and then topped with laksa-infused whipped cream, along with a sprinkle of the quintessential laksa leaves.

Timbre+
When? Now till otherwise specified
73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, 139957

Baba Chews Bar and Eatery
When? Now till otherwise specified
86 East Coast Road, #01-01 Katong Square, 428788

Chicken Rice Sushi

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Since chicken rice and sushi both have similar components, this is not something as wild as the rest, but the idea of serving chicken rice in a more… fashionable form has its own appeal. It is akin to eating a Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball, with the rice tightly packed together with copious amounts of ginger and chilli engulfing the poached chicken. There is a strip of seaweed, but it serves more of a decorative purpose than adding any flavour to the overall dish.

Lepark
When? Now till otherwise specified
1 Park Rd, #06-00 People’s Park Complex, 059108

Everything At Once & Rooftop Secret For Fireworks Buffet

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If you’re like us and cannot decide on a single dish, then buffet is the way to go. Rooftop bar [email protected] will be celebrating the night by turning their open kitchen space into pop-up live roast stations, sushi counters, oyster bars, canapés served by butlers and dessert corners. There will also be free-flow of drinks all night, including their signature Singapore Sling and house-pours. What’s more, their outdoor lounge area offers a perfect bird’s-eye view of the entire Marina Bay skyline and celebrations, an alternative option to consider if you want to avoid the sardine assembly while enjoying the fireworks show at the end of the night.

[email protected] Fiesta – National Day Edition
When? 9 Aug, 5.30pm — 8.30pm
OUE Bayfront Rooftop, 50 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049321
$188 onwards per person with free-flow alcohol and drinks

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Cover image credit: Lim Zhi Wei

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