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3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design

Lila Sonnenschein L

One of Singapore's favorite past time is food hunting and good street food is the great equalizer. From spicy soup noodle such as laksa, to savory chicken rice which is more universally liked, Singapore has no shortage of delicious local food. The food choice on campus is usually a mini-display of the variety that the country has to offer, albeit at much more affordable prices.


1. SUTD Food Court @ Building 2, Level 2 

SUTD's one and only food court.  Getting lost is out of the question. A food court is like a canteen, with a shared dining hall and stalls selling different kinds of food, mostly local dishes. The food court is open-air with good ventilation and big windows. This is part of the SUTD's green designs.  

3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design



Yong Tau Foo stall in SUTD’s food court

What is Yong Tau Foo? This is a Hakka Chinese cuisine consisting primarily of tofu filled with ground meat mixture or fish paste. Variation of this food include vegetables and mushrooms stuffed with ground meat or surimi. Yong tau foo is eaten in numerous ways, either dry with a sauce or served as a soup dish.

It is commonly found in parts of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand, and in cities where there are large Hakka, Teochew and Hokkien populations

Over time, yong tau foo has evolved to include more ingredients and now you can see more non-bean curd items like seaweed chicken, ngoh hiang etc. 

3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design

3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design

Does above picture make you hungry?  

In ordering a yong tau foo, you will have to first pick out the ingredients you want. You have the option to cook it either dry with no soup or partnered with clear soup, curry, or tom yum. It can also be served with rice or noodles, with a variety of noodles to choose from like thick or thin bee hoon (rice noodles), yellow noodles, mee pok (flattened yellow noodle), vermicelli or kway teow (flattened rice noodles).

Then, you just to wait for your food to be cooked and served. Q?ng màn yòng!


Fruit Juices and beverages stall in SUTD’s food court

It is rumored that this staple in every food court is the busiest stall of them all. Blame the weather, we all need to get our thirst quenched in this eternal summer, don't we?

3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design

For a dose of caffeine to keep us awake during the long lectures, the local coffee and milk tea sold here are much more cost effective, compared to Starbucks, for example. If you have never tried these amazing local drinks, I really think you should give them a try, they will completely change your life (and wallet). You can order them in English, no doubt. But isn't it more fun to do it the way locals do?;)

  • “Teh”:  tea
  • “Kopi”: coffee

So if you want a cup of coffee, you say “Kopi”. If you want to customize your coffee or tea, you could do that as well.

  • "Peng": with ice
  • "Si": with evaporated milk
  • "Siew dai": less sugar
  • "O": black, no milk
  • "Kosong" ("Nothing"): no sugar
  • "kao": extra thick
  • "Poh": extra thin


If you don’t want you coffee/tea too sweet, you will use this term together with all the other terms you have learnt above. My favorite drink of all time is “Teh Peng Siew Dai” – Ice tea, less sweet, LOL! What a mouthful!


Mixed food stall in SUTD

Lots of choices! Affordable prices! What more can a budget-conscious student ask for? Mixed food stall has mostly chinese food cooked in many different ways. Pretty straight forward to order as well.

There are many other stalls you can explore. The food court usually gets crowded during meal time. If you want to avoid the crowds, you could order to go as well.

3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design



2. Gomgom Sandwiches/Subs

@Building 2, level 1

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm; 

Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 8pm 

If you’re craving something a little fancier,  then Gomgom will be right up your alley! Its style is very similar to that of Subway but with a friendlier price tag. In addition, you can get 10% discount if you are SUTD staff and student.  Regular fillings start at $4.50 while their specials cost about $7~

3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design


Smoked chicken wrap

This is the smoked chicken wrap that I got because their bread was sold out! Also made it a meal with their iced Ovaltine. The wrap is decent and the total bill came up to about $7.30. It's pretty worth it~

Oh yes, don’t come too late! I went in at about 4 pm and there was no more sub L

3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design


You could also get their daily specials

3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design


Nice ambience=)

3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design

It's located right in the center of SUTD, which makes it really convenient for you to get anywhere or to grab a bite in between classes!


3. Love Pal Cafe @ Hostel Blk 57, #02-51

Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday 12pm – 9pm 

Love Pal café serves homemade Asian fare so you can expect food like Thai Basil Minced Pork Rice, Korean kimchi, shabu shabu pork don, Japanese ramen etc., basically food from different countries in Asia. It's home-styled and pretty cozy.

Besides the main dishes, Love Pal café also serves desserts, the usual waffles with ice cream, lava cake etc. 

I love this particular dessert called the Black Beauty.  It has this exotic Asian twist. 

Black glutinous rice cake topped with coconut ice cream, drizzled over by gula Melaka and Hawaiian coconut shaves

Doesn’t it just sound divine?

Entrance of Love Pal Cafe

3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design


Homey interior

3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design


 

Thai Basil Minced Pork Rice

If you’re torn over sweets and savory, give their waffles with fried chicken a try as it’s all the rage now. What I did try, was the Thai Basil Minced Pork Rice. It was recommended by the lady over the counter and man, it did not disappoint. If you like your food with strong flavors, this is definitely the dish for you. It also comes with a sunny side up (with the runny center) and it complemented the meat so well! To accompany the main dish, I also got a cup of mocha -- caffeine fix for the rest of the longggggg day~ Compared to the food, the drink was less good. But I will definitely be back to try the other dishes on the menu.

3 popular places you will eat most often @ Singapore University of Technology and Design



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