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Katong Morning Food Experience

Highlights
  • 3-hour walking and eating tour of Katong
  • Sample roti prata, rice dumplings, nonya kuehs, and otah
  • Visit Joo Chiat Road, Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple, and the original Katong Laksa
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Katong Morning Food Experience
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Overview
Katong is known among locals for its colorful shops, old-world cafes, and dumpling houses. This walking and eating tour makes it possible to sample some of the residential neighborhood’s best eating spots while learning about local history with a guide. You’ll skip tourist joints to sample delicacies at venerable cafes and restaurants, visiting Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple and hawker markets along the way. Plus, this small group tour is limited to eight to make getting between eateries a breeze.
What to Expect
We start the tour at a local Indian coffee shop where we enjoy our first dish, roti prata. This is a good time to learn about the Indian influence in Singapore and how the food that they brought over from India has evolved over time. We have around a 20-minute stop here and its nice to get to know the rest of the group. 

Take a short stroll down Joo Chiat road, learning about the history of the area, and have a look at one of the area's most famous hawker market centers to see how the future looks for the industry.  Its great to see people doing something positive and creating an environment where merchants can earn good money and still provide great value with superb flavors. 

Stop off at a Peranakan shop house museum for half an hour to enjoy some local delicacies such as pork, rice dumplings, otah, and famous Nonya kuehs. After you've enjoyed the food and learn more about the Peranakan culture, we walk down East Coast Road and turn into Ceylon road and visit the Hindu temple. The Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple is the second oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Take a walk around while soaking in the hypnotic atmosphere, learning about the religion, and how food plays a part. This is a really popular part of the tour and a great opportunity for some cool photos.

Following your temple visit try the eponymous Katong Laksa. Outside of the normal tourist spot where most people think Laksa was invented, go to the real original shop which is hidden from the main road. We sit and enjoy the Laksa whilst telling the story of the infamous Laksa wars.

After, take a stroll along East Coast road and see an old coffee shop that hasn't changed for generations. Try some local fruit from the fruit stall and visit a famous Bak Kwa shop to watch the pork being grilled to perfection.

The tour ends at a local Nonya home cooking restaurant where we feast on Popiah and Tahu goreng. This restaurant is part of the fabric of the area and has been around for generations. The tour takes about 3 hours and no one leaves hungry.
Reviews (12)
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Reviewed 15 August 2018
Great fun, with a good dose of history and culture

My wife and I had a great time with Shabnam, and learnt a great deal about the significance of Paranakan culture on the influence on our meals. It's a heroic amount of food, and I'd recommend avoiding a big breakfast beforehand. Or any breakfast beforehand....More

Thank DrewM986
Reviewed 13 May 2018
Paranakan delights

What a wonderful morning! This was my second Singabites tour, and lived up to the great experience of the first. Salma was an excellent guide, so friendly and informative, and she gave fascinating background information about the history and culture of Katong and Joo Chiat...More

Thank CraftyEC
Singabites, Manager at SingaBites, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2018

Thanks a lot for coming again on our tour and for this great review. I will let Salma know your kind words and we look forward to a 3rd visit from you in the future.

Reviewed 3 May 2018
Fabulous mix of lots of food and plenty of info - Shabnam rocks!

Booked this tour following a lot of research on Trip Advisor and so glad we did. We were a little dubious when we turned up at the first meeting point but Shabnam our guide put our minds at rest. The Roti Prata was simply delicious...More

Thank IncognitoJones
Singabites, Manager at SingaBites, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Hi, Many thanks for the very positive review. I've passed on your words to Shabnam and we look forward to welcoming you guys on your next visit here. I'm glad you found stop 1 "a little dubious". One of the best things a food tour...More

Reviewed 16 April 2018
Great food tour

We enjoyed both the food and the introduction to a new part of Singapore. Our guide was excellent, a native, full of information about the area.

Thank Ellen B
Singabites, Manager at SingaBites, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Hi Ellen, Many thanks for taking the time to write the review. Glad to read you enjoyed yourself and we met your expectations. We look forward to hosting you guys on your next trip.

Reviewed 16 March 2018
Great overview of Katong

We enjoyed the morning walk and tastes. Always love food tours as a great way to learn about a district. Informative and knowledgeable guide. Well worth doing

Thank Ewa J
Singabites, Manager at SingaBites, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thanks a lot for the review Ewa it was a pleasure to host you all. Safe onward journey.

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