Opened by the people behind Awfully Chocolate and Everything with Fries, Sinpopo Brand is an ode to the Katong neighbourhood and its heritage. The vintage-style cafe serves up unique and modern renditions of classic Singaporean dishes.
The menu has undergone a revamp recently. Taking inspiration from the Peranakan culture and cuisine of the Katong neighbourhood in the 1960’s, some new dishes that the cafe has introduced include Sinpopo Crab Bee Hoon ($16), Nonya Kiam Chye Arg! ($16) and Sinpopo Super Chendol Parfait ($10).
Started our meal with Crispy Muah Chee Salad ($12) — classic Caesar salad with a twist. Fried bite-size muah chee tossed with frisée, cherry tomatoes, shimeji and nori in garlic hollandaise dressing. Love the crispy, chewy muah chee! Fried muah chee over croutons any time!
Sinpopo Crab Bee Hoon ($16), one of the new dishes at Sinpopo. A hearty bowl of vermicelli (bee hoon) in a rich, flavourful broth prepared with salted egg yolk and crab meat. Served with chunks of fresh, sweet crab meat.
Another favourite is the Nonya Kiam Chye Arg! ($16). A modern take on the traditional Nonya dish, Sinpopo’s version comes with a crispy duck confit, salted vegetables and cellophane noodles (tang hoon/glass noodles). Love the duck confit! Ultra-tender, juicy meat with crisp skin. So good! If you like your food spicy, you can add some homemade belacan for an extra oomph!
Nasi Lemak for Two ($25), a modern take on the coconut-infused rice dish. Fragrant coconut rice served with a spread of Sinpopo’s best-selling starters such as Ma Ling Luncheon Crisps, Sambal Fishballs, Wedges & Curry and Har Jeong Kai Wings. A dish that I will go back for but with an additional order of Ma Ling Luncheon Crisps because it’s really very addictive!
The drinks at Sinpopo are served in a retro stainless steel mug. We had the Pineapple Slushie ($7) and Sng Muay Pop ($5). Both are refreshing and I can’t decide which I like better. If you prefer something unique, order the Sng Muay Pop as the drink comes with sour plum ice balls.
Desserts are a must at Sinpopo. The team has created a range of desserts with local flavours such as Gula Melaka Jelly ($8) and Sinpopo Super Chendol Parfait ($10).
Gula Melaka Jelly ($8) – Soft, wobbly and not too sweet. Goes very well with the coconut cream.
Sinpopo Super Chendol Parfait ($10); a new addition to the dessert menu; is topped with freshly churned coconut ice-cream, atap chee, gula melaka agar agar and drizzled with gula melaka sauce. This dessert is on the sweeter side, so it is best to share with a friend or two.
Overall, my visit to this nostalgic-themed cafe has been a positive one. The only downside is that I wish the cafe is not so far from my home.
Address: 458 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427671
Telephone: +65 6345 5034
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 12.00pm – 10.00pm, Friday to Saturday: 12.00pm – 12.00mn, Sunday: 12.00pm – 10.00pm, Closed on Monday.