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Sinpopo @ Joo Chiat Road, Katong

Brian Kennett

Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Foodie Extraordinaire


Sinpopo @ Joo Chiat Road, Katong

I am loving my ‘break’ from work. Thank you, Telstra. #workisover-rated. So with some time on my hands as I search for new employment, I am taking the kids to school and having lunch with wifey pretty much every day now. And it is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. But, of course, it must end eventually – wish me luck for that. So today I found a new gem on East Coast. One I have walked past many a time but for some reason never ventured in. But today wifey and I did and I am so glad we did. This is a cracking place, this is Sinpopo in Joo Chiat Road, Katong, lunch with Wifey  because work is over-rated.

I’m going to steal some text from their menu to describe the style. Suffice to say though, it’s Peranakan, it’s a converted shop-house (still with original floor tiles in places), it’s minimalistic with basic colours and a mixture of textures like steel menus on the walls. It’s just uber cool. We really liked it and will be back with the kids for sure. 100% I know they will dig this spot too. Sinpopo in Joo Chiat Road, Katong is awesome. A must-try in my reckoning.

So to their menu, and I quote; “Sinpopo is an ode to Katong and its heritage. Since the 1950’s Katong has been well-known for its unique Peranakan culture and cuisine. Today, Katong is completely different. With a plethora of Western-style cafes and restaurants, large shopping malls and condominiums, Katong’s heritage and its heritage businesses are being crowded out. We want very much to keep it alive because it is a part of us. So we’re not just some hipster cafe. We don’t simplify or fusion-ise. We spruce up the old traditional recipes to keep them relevant.

We also designed the entire place ourselves as we’ve always believed that we are the best people to build our own brand. So even though we may take a longer time, we feel proud that we did it ourselves and it looks exactly the way we want it to be. The surfboard steel-top side tables, the mild steel tables and the tiered cutlery stand and the wall quotes that you see inside, are made in-house by us. That’s how much we want Sinpopo to be uniquely ours.”

I love this type of pride in your own place. Great work Sinpopo. Be proud because your space is amazing, and the food was of absolute quality. We will be seeing you soon. But 1st here is today, wifey and my lunch date together here is Sinpopo in Joo Chiat Road, Katong.

Sinpopo @ Joo Chiat Road, Katong
Here she is. Just a few doors down from I12 near the junction. It’s unassuming, so don’t do our mistake and just walk on by. Stop in, grab a beer and food and say hello. The staff are great guys. Yep mostly Filipino that we met today. Awesome!!!
Sinpopo @ Joo Chiat Road, Katong
I love the interior. Basic colours. Minimal on the walls. Original shop house tiles on the floor. Steel menu boards on the wall too. Mixed up chairs. Yeah, I like the design a lot. It’s uber cool.
Sinpopo @ Joo Chiat Road, Katong
Even a private bog table dining room at the back. I am now thinking about customer meals or big family fun lunches. It’s a perfect design for it.
Sinpopo Joo Chiat
I go hard for the recommended pork chop marinated in soy and I am so glad I listened to the recommendation because this was amazing. OK, I think it was a sous vide which you know I hate as a cooking technique but this is a thick pork cutlet so needs to be cooked properly all the way through. Some nice charring to boot or flaming as they call it and served with this insanely good Hainanese curry dip. Holy smoke this was so so good. Loved it. Amy and Jude would be all over this like a rash. We are so coming back.
Sinpopo @ Joo Chiat Road, Katong
Wifey goes full on for their Cod Fish dish. Baked Cod with Dao Jio Crust They call this Sinpopo’s unique dao jio crust, which is served on a bed of tang hoon tossed in their special garlic oil. Yeah, not one morsel was left on the plate by wifey. She said it was an amazing fish dish and she loved it. Double great work from Sinpopo. Two absolute winners!!!
Sinpopo @ Joo Chiat Road, Katong
OK, OK it looks like a bar of Coal Tar Soap. I hear you, but… This dessert was off the charts good. It is a jelly, yes, but a jelly that falls apart quasi melts in your mouth. I have never experienced anything like it. It’s savoury too. Not over-sweet. It’s a bonkers good dessert and a must-try. This is Gula Melaka Jelly, a time forgotten dessert. They call it a super soft Gula Melaka agar agar prepared with egg white for an amazingly light mouthfeel. Served in time-honoured tradition with coconut sauce. It is just bonkers good and a huge recommendation from the bearded fat one. Must try!!!

So there you have it, folks, wifey and I day #2 of lunching freedom from work. #workisover-rated. We are loving this, truly. And we found this absolute gem in heartlands Katong. This is die die must try believe me. Keeping the heritage food flag flying which I love. This is Peranakan food at its best. Sinpopo in Joo Chiat is right up there with the best of the best on Red Dot. You simply must give it a go. I recommend that pork chop too. Holy moly it’s good. Like WOW. So friends get your bum to I12 and walk across the street and come to Sinpopo in Joo Chiat.



Sinpopo Address and Telephone No.

Address: 458 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427671

Phone: +65 6345 5034

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