Styled with old-school flair, this foodcourt within the department store has stalls touting local bites like chwee kueh, satay, and kueh pie tee. The place is bustling at lunchtime, so go early to snag a table. Our faves:
Fried Durian ($2) from the Wah Cai 3-in-1 Fried Nian Gao stall – who can resist the glorious king of fruits presented in golden-brown batter?
The Suckling Pig ($20 a serving) from the Esplanade Park Satay stall is visually stunning, with its glossy brown colour, but the taste is even better – it’s crispskinned with that irresistible layer of melt-in-the-mouth fat.
Delicious fare from Peramakan, a mini cafe that serves up homely Nonya kueh, dry mee siam, ayam buah keluak and more. The Bento Box Set ($7.80) is ultimate value for money – it’s neatly packed with steamed rice, a huge chunk of lemak beef rendang, Nonya chap chye, and lady’s fingers and fish in a spicy tamarind gravy. The Apom Berkuah ($6 for four) is a bestseller – light, fluffy rice flour cakes tinged with coconut and paired with a gooey dipping sauce made from ultra-sweet, ripe bananas and gula melaka.