With so many more World Cup matches left to catch, the usual fast food deliveries may not be all that appealing after a while. Indeed, there is only so much Ronaldo’s Double-Down Burgers or Macs’ Samba Spicy Drumlets one can consume in a month. With the final games promising to be more exciting and entertaining (will we see more Robben dives, or perhaps Samba football will finally show up), we check out some places to get your nosh on that will whet your late night munchies (an unavoidable symptom of coming down with World Cup fever), wherever you might be headed to catch the match!
24 HOUR WONDERS
No surefire way to get yourself wide and awake for a whole night of cheering than a fiery bowl of Tom Yum Goong! As one of the spicier versions around, Diandin Leluk’s Tom Yum soup comes in both clear and coconut milk versions, both of which go great with their signature Pineapple Fried Rice (that is interestingly served in a hollowed out pineapple). The soup’s tanginess is well-balanced out by its generous amount of seafood, whose sweetness lends the entire dish a scrumptiousness that makes it good till the very last drop. Don’t forget to go for the Thai Prawn Cakes while you’re there too!
5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex (Main) #01-67/68/69 Singapore 199588
126 Dim Sum
Who says that Dim Sum can only be eaten in the daytime? Enter Geylang 126 Eating House, another nifty late-night dim sum spot that is open around the clock! Boasting an extensive menu that includes good ol’ favourites as well as a local spin on dishes not found anywhere else (curry chicken chee cheong fun anyone?) 126, or Wen Dao Shi’s wallet and tummy-friendly fare will certainly fuel football fanatics all throughout the match. If you’re feeling extra peckish, why not head over to Mongkok Dim Sum that’s just around the area as well, and which serves pretty decent dim sum round the clock too!
P.S. If you are catching a game in the vicinity of Bendemeer (near Boon Keng MRT), 126 has recently opened a branch there along Serangoon Road! Unlike its flagship stall, this outlet only opens til 2am.
搵到食 126 Eating House No. 126 Sims Ave (Towards Bedok) Between Geylang Lor 15 & Geylang Lor 17 Singapore 387449
Late Night Delight
Bedok 85 Bak Chor Mees
Perfect for just before those 12am World Cup matches, both Seng Hiang and Xing Ji Bak Chor Mee are no doubt the ones bringing in the crowd at Feng Shan Food Centre. Despite being located just beside each other and both being equally famous, the two noodle stalls couldn’t be more different. For those who prefer a heartier and meatier broth, the one from Seng Hiang with its silky soft noodles hits the spot, and together with its juicy meatballs simply oozes comfort. Xing Ji on the other hand, features a clearer and lighter broth, together with chewier noodles and bouncier meatballs – a somewhat refreshing take on the usual Bak Chor Mee.
It might seem strange at first that everyone only goes for the soup versions, but slurping down the soup with their generous bits of pillow-soft minced meat in it will make sense of everything. A good 40 minutes is usually expected before your noodles arrive, but come after 11pm and you may get your noodles as quick as in 10 minutes, although it must be noted that this applied to before the World Cup madness!
Blk 85 Bedok North St 4 #01-07, Bedok, Singapore Singapore 460085 (4 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.)
Kko Kko Nara
Touting themselves as serving “KFC in Singapore since 2008” – KFC referring to ‘Korean Fried Chicken’ – Kko Kko Nara is an excellent alternative to the usual fried chicken from fast food deliveries. Featuring a more condensed menu in the evenings, this cosy little Korean joint also serves up usual Korean dishes such as Bibimbap, Seafood Pancake and a hearty Army Stew, but the main star is undoubtedly its fried chicken. With four flavours for you to choose from – Original, Sweet and Spicy, Hot and Spicy and Garlic-Soy – these juicy little morsels absolutely bursting with flavour might make you leave KFC for good! Tip: Order the Chicken Combo Set as it allows you to sample the wide range of flavours. Start with the Sweet and Spicy one before ending off with the Original flavour. That way, you’ll get a nice progression from the sticky sweet glaze that includes just a touch of tamarind, to the crunchy full-flavoured goodness of the Original one. It’s also great for takeaways when catching matches at your mate’s place! The Korean football team may be out of the World Cup, but these Korean delicacies will be around for a long time!
57 Tras Street #01-01 Singapore 078996 (11am – 4am)
The Ramen Stall
Just like Korea, the Honda, Kagawa and co. have bid farewell to Brazil. But here we say goodbye instead to another of those weird late-night Japanese food cravings! The Ramen Stall offers everything Japanese from sashimi and sushi, to dons and kushiyaki, and of course, their ramen which features a soup base of a stock boiled for over 30 hours. Nothing elaborate or fancy here – just a nice alternative to the usual local supper fare, especially if you are missing the Japanese at the World Cup!
P.S. Why not hop over next door to Rochor Beancurd for dessert too?
No. 6 Short Street, Singapore 188213, diagonally opposite Peace Centre, next to the famous Rochor Beancurd (Monday to Friday: 5pm – 5.30am; Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday: 12pm – 5.30am)
2:am dessert bar
End off (or begin) your day on a sweet note at Chef Janice Wong’s 2:am Dessert Bar. Winning multiple awards for her innovative dessert creations, this modern and sophisticated dessert bar that stays open till (as its name suggests) 2am, is one that will certainly leave you with an unforgettable experience, combining the most unexpected flavours together in its desserts. Favourites include the H20 (a luscious chocolate mousse filled with caramel and topped off with coconut ice cream) the Popcorn and the good old Chocolate Tart. So if your team has just been eliminated from the round of 16, you know where to get your cheery sugar fix!
21a Lorong Liput Holland Village Singapore 277733 (Monday to Saturday: 6pm – 2am)
Where you do get your late night grub? Leave your recommendations in the comments section below!
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