It’s the first day of Chinese New Year and you’re peckish in between your visitations. Where can you go for a quick bite?
Like many others, I would probably end up at fast-food restaurants or Muslim eateries that are still open. And thank goodness for these options too, as otherwise, popping into convenience stores for emergency refuelling may be the next resort.
But if you’re tired of the usual options or find yourself in a different neck of the woods this year, here are some places you can hit up. And if you’re prepping for the week ahead, we’ve also listed supermarkets that are open, where you can still stock up on groceries for the work week ahead.
Hey, it’s also one more place to go if you’re bored this CNY.
A total of 114 FairPrice stores across the island will remain open on the first day of the Lunar New Year.
For last-minute shopping on the eve of CNY (Jan 24), 123 stores will open till 5pm, while 24 stores will operate at their usual 24 hours.
On the second day (Jan 26), 147 FairPrice stores will be open for business, and regular operating hours will resume across all 148 supermarkets on the third day of CNY (Jan 27).
Over the period between January 24 to 26, FairPrice Online will continue deliveries between 8am to 6pm. Regular delivery timings will resume on Jan 27.
You can find the list of store opening dates and timings here.
Certain outlets of the supermarket chain will be open this weekend, so you’ll have everything you need to usher in the Lunar New Year.
NEX's Cold Storage, for example, will be open 24 hours on both the first and second days of CNY, as will the Holland Village and Jelita outlets.
For the full list of store's opening hours, click here.
RESTAURANTS & EATERIES
NG AH SIO BAK KUT TEH
Bak Kut Teh is one of the only few truly Singaporean culinary heritage dishes. Just ask Ng Ah Sio, which boasts a 70-year history.
The chain's Resorts World Sentosa and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands outlets will be open throughout CNY.
Where: 26 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, #B1-217/218, The Forum, 098138
CNY Eve (Jan 24): Closed
CNY Day 1 (Jan 25): 3pm - 10.30pm
CNY Day 2 (Jan 26): 9am - 10pm
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands:
CNY Eve (Jan 24): Closed
CNY Day 1 (Jan 25): 3pm - 10pm
CNY Day 2 (Jan 26): 10am - 10pm
If you’re craving for some Hong Kong-style grub and find yourself in town, you can hit up this popular cha chaan teng for a cup of silky smooth milk tea and crispy buns drizzled with condensed milk.
CNY Eve (Jan 24): 11am - 11pm
CNY Day 1 (Jan 25): 5pm - 1.30am
CNY Day 2 (Jan 26), business as usual: 11am - 11pm
CNY Eve (Jan 24): 10.30am - 11pm
CNY Day 1 (Jan 25): 5pm - 11pm
CNY Day 2 (Jan 26), business as usual: 10.30am - 10.30pm
MONGA FRIED CHICKEN
Sometimes, all we want is a juicy fried snack (that's not fries or KFC) to da bao when we're ravenous and on the move. If you find yourself in town, the chain's ION Orchard outlet will remain open on the first day of CNY.
ION Orchard, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn 3 #B4-62, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: 11am - 9.30pm
TIM HO WAN
For some Chinese food that's not hotpot, Tim Ho Wan's dim sum delicacies will be available during the CNY period.
Only the restaurants at Marina Bay Sands and Jewel Changi Airport will be open on the first day of CNY, while the outlets at Plaza Singapura, Westgate and Waterway Point will be open from the second day.
CNY Day 1 (Jan 25):
Marina Bay Sands: 10.30am - 10pm; Jewel: 9am - 10pm
CNY Day 2 (Jan 26):
Plaza Singapura: 9am - 10pm; Westgate: 11am - 10pm; Waterway Point: 10am - 10pm
All restaurants will resume operations on Jan 27.
If Chinese food is a staple for your family and you're craving Cantonese cuisine, you'll be happy to know that all Crystal Jade outlets will be open from the second day of the Chinese New Year (Jan 26).
SWENSEN'S AND EARLE SWENSEN'S
Want to have an unconventional CNY gathering with Western food instead of an Asian meal? All Swensen's and Earle Swensen's outlets will be open throughout the CNY period. Good news too, for those who just want an ice cream sundae as a midday treat, in between all that visiting.
For the full list of outlets and opening hours, click here.
While Paradise Dynasty offers fantastic noodles, rice and dim sum dishes, they are best known for their xiao long bao (steamed dumplings).
Opening hours: Business as usual during CNY (11am - 10pm on weekdays, 10.30am - 10pm on weekends and PH)
For the full list of outlets, click here.
Seafood is a must for most families when it comes to Chinese New Year meals. This household name is known for their live seafood and award-winning signature chilli crab as well as a range of dim sum items.
Only Jumbo's Jewel outlet will be open for the full day on day one of the CNY period, while others will open for dinner.
For the full list of outlets and their operating hours, click here.
DIN TAI FUNG
If your entire clan has a soft spot for dim sum, authentic Chinese dishes and traditional desserts, Din Tai Fung is a trusty Taiwanese brand which serves delicious fare that is perfect for communal dining.
We recommend ordering their wildly popular xiao long bao — splurge on the Steamed Truffle & Pork Dumplings if you're feeling generous.
For their operating hours during CNY, click here.
Heading to Ikea over the weekend with your family for some well-deserved meatballs, pasta, chicken wings and ice cream is definitely a major Singaporean pastime.
You'll be happy to note that Ikea will be open as usual during the CNY period.
What's more, you can try their CNY specials: Braised Pork Belly with White Rice ($7.80) and Breakfast Special Yam Abacus Seeds ($4.50).
Where: 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764 and 317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965.
Bored with Chinese food? Satisfy your cravings at this Japanese chain, where many ramen dishes and sides are available.
During the CNY period, only the chain's Marina Bay Sands outlet will be open on the first day, while other outlets will resume operations on day two.
IF YOU JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF HOTPOT
DA MIAO HOTPOT
If you’re someone who can’t get enough of hotpot no matter the season, this is one option that will be open throughout the weekend.
Where: Blk C, #01-11, Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Road, Singapore 179022
CNY Eve 24 Jan: 5pm - 10.30pm
CNY 25 Jan: 11.30am - 10.30pm
CNY 26 Jan: 11.30am - 10.30pm
HAI DI LAO
There's truly no better meal to bond over with your family than good ol' Sichuan hot pot. Renowned for their addictive soup bases, fresh ingredients and a wide range of customisable dipping sauces, we're even willing to put this recent health warning about hotpot aside.
CNY opening hours: Business as usual at four outlets (Clarke Quay, 313 Somerset, Vivocity and Marina Square) on Jan 24 and 25. The rest of the outlets will resume service on Jan 26.
BEAUTY IN THE POT
Fans of the hotpot chain's famous "beauty collagen" broth can get your fix this CNY.
Indulge in the restaurant's auspicious Grandeur Treasure Pot (from $258, available for takeaway too!) that comprises of a luxurious spread of seafood like abalone and scallop, or toss their Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng (from $46.80 for eight pax).
CNY opening hours: Business as usual at all outlets.
Additional text from Singapore Women's Weekly.