Local Eats: Song Fa Kway Chap at ION Orchard’s Food Opera

When you ask a tourist what they like best about Singapore, the answer is always the food!

So, without further ado, let us introduce you to one of the most comforting traditional dishes in Singapore: Kway Chap!

This beloved hawker food, originating from the Teochew culture, was introduced to Singapore by early Chinese migrants. It is typically known for its savoury, comforting flavours. The constituents? Braised meat paired with a bowl of rice noodles immersed in a flavourful broth.

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Bib Gourmand recipient Song Fa Bak Kut Teh is revolutionising the dining scene by bringing the beloved hawker centre dish to a shopping mall on Orchard Road, allowing both locals and tourists convenient access to savour it! Even better, they are also spicing things up with a mouthwatering twist on Kway Chap in their signature peppery broth! 

Introducing Song Fa Kway Chap, which is inspired by a passion for authentic Teochew-style kway chap and the cherished recipes of Madam Tan, wife of Song Fa Bak Kut Teh’s founder Yeo End Song.

Song Fa Kway Chap Menu

Peppery Kway Chap & Braised Duck at Song Fa Kway Chap at ION Orchard

Song Fa Kway Chap is now at Food Opera @ ION Orchard. It is Singapore’s first Kway Chap quick service concept in a shopping mall! When it comes to dining in comfort and convenience, they certainly nailed both aspects. They have also made ordering Kway Chap easier with their curated set as well. We’ve got a pro tip for you: The Peppery Kway Chap Deluxe Set for 2 (S$26.90) is an absolute must-try! 

Song Fa Kway Chap has prepared a delightful new spin on this traditional dish by serving it in a peppery broth. I’ve had Kway Chap in the traditional broth before, but this twist was absolutely delicious! This peppery rendition is inspired by the variant served at Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, which was recently honoured with the Bib Gourmand award. Don’t worry, they still serve the classic style of Kway Chap too. If you’re visiting Singapore, make sure to try both options. 

The braised meats are the next vital component that can either make or break the Kway Chap. Traditionally, it consists of braised pork offal, braised beancurd, fishcake, braised eggs. Here at Song Fa Kway Chap, they have introduced delicious braised duck to pair too.  And if a bowl of Kway Chap isn’t filling enough, they also offer Yam Rice to complete your meal.

The innards are carefully prepared to minimise any gamey notes.
They have braised the duck to perfection, easily one of my favourites.

Teochew-Style Claypot Dishes 

Alongside the classic kway chap, you can also order traditional Teochew dishes here. I personally love how they’ve added these delectable claypot dishes (with prices ranging from S$8 to S$12.90) to their menu, as it truly enhances the overall dining experience.

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The Claypot Spicy Chicken (S$9.90) is loaded with juicy and perfectly marinated thigh meat, delivering a fiery kick with every bite. For a lighter option, try the Claypot Spinach with Salted and Century Egg (S$8.60). The greens are coated in a delicate sauce and burst with the delightful flavours of salted and century egg. 

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And I have to tell you about this amazing dish called Claypot Pork Belly with Salted Fish (S$12.90). This dish uses the pungent salted fish and turns it into something delicious. The Claypot Pork Belly with Salted Fish is a special dish created by Madam Tan for her husband, Mr Yeo. The bold and rich flavours of the dish cater to the latter’s palate. The pork belly is first poached in a peppery bak kut teh broth and then finished off in a claypot, resulting in a delicate char. The salted fish adds a savoury note and a delightful crunch to contrast with the tender meat.

After indulging in a variety of mouth-watering dishes, from hearty bowls of Kway Chap to savoury claypot dishes, it’s easy to feel overly satiated with all the deliciousness. But the perfect way to round off this meal is a refreshing brew of their famous King’s Garden Tea, which can be served hot or cold with honey. The house blends are carefully crafted with a mix of chrysanthemum flowers, green tea, and oolong tea. 

ION Orchard

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Food Opera #B4-03/04 Stall 14 ION Orchard Singapore 238801

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily


Address: 407 Northshore Drive, Punggol, Northshore Plaza 1 #02-22, Singapore 820407

Opening hours: Daily 10:30 am – 9pm

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