Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Malaysian Member of Parliament and one of the country’s youngest-serving minister ever, is currently in Singapore to further his education in National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
The aforementioned activities must have bored and/or worn him out, because he then went on to ask this all-important question:
Mornings in Singapore
Planking for 5 minutes.
What’s good food i should order here?
Selamat pagi semua.
Naturally, the internet responded with many suggestions, including humorous ones like this one:
The rest of the comments offered tasty local recommendations for the young politician, but no one actually considered what he really likes.
So we took it upon ourselves to find out his favourite food and offer places in Singapore to find them.
Short of asking the man himself what he likes, we did the next best thing: stalk his Instagram.
Syed, here are our recommendations based on your Instagram
1. Rojak Petis / Rojak Mamak
Syed is a Johor native and Muar, a historical town in Johor, is his constituency. Unsurprisingly, Syed loves food from Muar and he often professes it on his Instagram.
In this particular post, he is having a meal at a local gerai (coffeeshop) where he’s ordered several items such as ice kacang, rojak petis and gorengan (fried snacks). Here’s where he could go to re-create this meal:
Address: 44 Holland Drive, #02-13, Holland Drive Market and Food Centre, 270044
Ministry of Rojak
Address: Northpoint City, 930 Yishun Ave 2, #B2 – 02 / 08, Singapore 769098
Ice kacang: Almost every food court / hawker centre has a stall selling this.
2. Nasi Lemak
It’s no surprise that Syed has a business venture in Malaysia with Santan, a food and beverage brand by AirAsia. The restaurant menu features predominantly rice-based dishes with ASEAN flavours and ingredients, such as Nasi Lemak and Nasi Padang.
For the sake of this article, we recommend Syed to seek out Nasi Lemak by our proudly Singaporean brands:
3. Nasi Padang / Malay dishes
Lontong, ketupat, siput sedut! This post proves that Syed is a fan of traditional Malay dishes. Luckily for him, there is no shortage of similar food here in Singapore. Whilst he should be able to spot numerous Malay food stalls in every corner of the island easily, here are some notable places to visit:
Address: 11 Jln Pisang, Singapore 199078
Order online: https://hjhmaimunahdelivery.oddle.me/en_SG/
Hajjah Mariam Cafe
Address: 743 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198711
Syed’s love for Malay food continues in this post where our eyes are immediately drawn to the fat sticks of satay on the right. Again, satay is ubiquitous in Singapore. But if he really wants the good stuff, we recommend:
Address: Stall 55, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Singapore 468960
Address: 1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001
5. Mee Bandung
In this post-workout photo, Syed is both flexing his guns and Mee Bandung, a noodle dish which originated in Muar, Johor and not Bandung, Indonesia.
The dish originally consisted of noodles and eggs in addition to a soup made of a mixture of chilli, onion, spices, shrimp paste and dried shrimp. Later it was improved by the addition of shrimp, meat, fish cakes and vegetables.
Whilst we have tried Mee Bandung here in Singapore, it’s likely that Muar still does it best. Yet, here are some places for Syed to visit if he ever misses the OG:
Address: 508 Jurong West Street 52, Singapore 640508
Order online: https://www.foodpanda.sg/restaurant/o9ap/ayza-s-restaurant-pte-ltd
At this point, we’re convinced that Syed is a foodie like us. But it also appears that he can cook! Here, Syed posted a photo of him holding a pan of shaksouka, a Mediterranean dish that he cooked himself. Impressive.
But, just in case he prefers to dine out, he can get this at:
Address: 298 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469454
All Things Delicious
Address: 34 Arab St, #01-01, Singapore 199733
Any other recommendations?
Between studying and handling his political career, we imagine Syed will have his hands full. We don’t know how much free time he has, if any, to discover all that Singapore has to offer but we hope our recommendations are a good start.
What would you recommend him?