Food is the universal gateway to far-flung cultures, transcending language and geography in ways little else can. People once crossed vast oceans or deserts for just a fleeting taste of the exotic. Nowadays, we’re fortunate enough to enjoy international flavours at our fingertips.
Although travelling may be a remote reality these days, your palate can be the passport on a culinary journey around the globe. From authentic Japanese curry to classic Spanish desserts, fresh Scandinavian seafood and everything else between, taste the world from the comfort of Jewel Changi Airport. No packing or visas required!
CONJURE A BARCELONA CHRISTMAS WITH LA LOLA CHURRERIA
Everyone loves fresh and handmade dough delights but the Spanish do it best with their crispy, sugar and cinnamon-dusted churros. La Lola Churreria’s Churros (Clasicos start at $6.50) are fried on the spot in pure olive oil – like how they do it at outdoor Christmas fairs in Spain.
FOR A TASTE OF THE ARCTIC OCEAN, HEAD TO PINK FISH™
Award-winning Norwegian chef Geir Skeie aims to make ocean-fresh seafood eco-friendly and accessible with PINK FISH™, where the catch is sustainably sourced and cutlery is compostable. It doesn’t get any fresher or tastier than this fast food eatery’s Nordic Creamy Soup, from $10.90: a traditional Norwegian creamy salmon soup, boiled with silky fish broth along with a generous serving of garden picks such as celery, carrots, fennel, and flavoured with fresh orange.
RELIVE THOSE SEOUL-FUL DAYS AT JINJJA CHICKEN
If you’re missing the sights and sensations of Korea’s capital and its bustling nightlife, Jinjja Chicken’s Signature Wings, from $7.90, will take you there. This place is the real Korean street food deal: 100% fresh chicken, double fried for that extra crisp, and then individually hand-brushed with your choice of sauce. Choose between classic soy garlic, spicy-sweet yangnyeom, or lip-tingling Fiery Monster.
TUCK INTO COMFORTING LOCAL STAPLES AT O'TAH
Brimming with fragrant local flavours, this homegrown joint’s signature Chicken Cutlet Nasi Lemak, $5.10, is an all-day delight. Who could resist pandan and coconut-infused rice, served with a fish cake, sambal chilli, ikan bilis, and peanuts? Up the spice with extra sambal chilli, or bring home the ikan bilis and peanuts, $5.90 for 200g, to enjoy as a snack.
FOR A SLICE OF THE BIG APPLE, MAKE A DATE WITH LADY M
Originating from New York, this patissier boasts famous fans such as lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, fashion designer Issey Miyake, and supermodel Linda Evangelista. Live out your Upper East Side fantasies and indulge in the Signature Mille Crêpes, $10 per slice, which boast clouds of sweet pastry cream sandwiched between 20 layers of gossamer-thin crêpes and topped with a caramelised exterior.
CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN? HEAD TO KKO KKO NARA
Kko Kko Nara’s Honey Shiok Korean Fried Chicken, $25, is a dish that’s fried to crispy perfection and then glazed in sweet honey – simply addictive and shiok. For the full Seoul experience, it is best paired with cold beer while listening your favourite K-tunes.
CRAVING FOR THE SPICES OF THAILAND? SURRENDER TO SAAP SAAP THAI
The Land of Smiles is famous for its many culinary delights: tom yum, boat noodles, and of course, the aromatic green curry. Naturally, Saap Saap Thai’s menu offerings are as authentic as they come. The Green Curry Seafood Caribbean with Rice, $9.90, is made with fresh produce, genuine Thai-imported sauces, herbs, and spices – resulting in a sweet, sour and spicy concoction that’ll tickle your taste buds and get your lips tingling.
ENJOY HONG KONG’S FINEST AT TIM HO WAN
Dim sum is all about a variety of small dishes, but one would be hard-pressed to stop at just a single serving of Michelin-star restaurant Tim Ho Wan’s irresistible offerings. On the menu is the Baked BBQ Pork Buns, $7.30, featuring a crumbly, fluffy crust and juicy pork filling seasoned to perfection with the restaurant’s signature sweet-salty sauce.
SATIATE YOUR BUSAN BITE CRAVINGS AT SAMJIN AMOOK SINCE 1953
This third-generation street food deli from Busan boasts a long history of manufacturing amook (fish cakes). Served in every form from skewers to hotdogs, the Christmas Special Box, $10, also features a selection of popular items such as rice cake rolls and squid balls. Brimming with authentic taste, these on-the-go snacks will transport you to the alleyways of historic Gukje Market.
VISIT THE ISLANDS OF HAWAII VIA ALOHA POKÉ
You’ll truly go loco for Aloha Poké’s contemporary Hawaiian staple, the Loco Moco, $25, which includes a wagyu beef patty and Japanese brown gravy. Reportedly invented in 1949 by a bunch of teenage diner patrons, this crowd-pleasing platter will remind you of sunny days sitting at a beachside grill on Waikiki Beach.
GET A BURST OF HOKKAIDO FLAVOUR AT SUAGE HOKKAIDO SOUP CURRY
Japan’s answer to rustic soul food takes the form of Chicken Kushiyaki, $10.50, a hearty herbal soup curry packed with a savoury, secret spice blend and topped with a juicy, grilled-to-perfection chicken thigh. Just close your eyes, take a spoonful, and you’ll be instantly transported to wintry Hokkaido.
Need more foodie inspiration? Get some delicious ideas in the video below.