Sinpopo, Peranakan on Joo Chiat Road, Katong
I was made redundant and had a load of time on my hands whilst Isearched for new employment, I took the kids to school and had lunch with wifey pretty much every day. It was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. But, of course, it ended and I had to be back to being an employed adult. Whilst researching where to eat, 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.
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 shophouse (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 humble opinion.
Sinpopo menu for 2022 - crazy good Peranakan food
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.
Here's is what Sinpopo Brand has to say about themselves - THE SINPOPO BRAND STORY
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.
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 Menu 2022 update. I cannot believe they have taken this pork cutlet off the menu. Goodness gracious me.
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 so far!!!
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 Tiramisu, 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-honored tradition with coconut sauce. It is just crazy good and it gets a huge recommendation from me. Must try!!!
What does Sinpopo Brand say about the Sinpopo Menu?
Other interesting snippets about Sinpopo Joo Chiat
Sinpopo Brand also has Sinpopo Cake, and once a year they even introduce Sinpopo Mooncake. Have a look at these. Perhaps I should do a Sinpopo cake review one day.
This is the rather amazing-looking Dar Dar Mille Crepe.
Sinpopo handcrafted cakes menu. Stealing from the Sinpopo website;
Scrumptious layers of contemporary Singapore classics are made with love.
Premium and handcrafted, our homemade cakes are perfect for any occasion!
Sinpopo Brand is all about coming up with new recipes with inspiration and being able to keep food locally relatable. With that, they have created six unique locally inspired handcrafted cakes, available for walk-in purchases at all Sinpopo stores and online delivery.
- Gula Melaka Cake
- Mao Shan Wang Durian Cake
- Pulut Hitam Cake
- Putu Piring Cake
- Dar Dar Mille Crepe
- Pandan Kaya Cake
These delicious homemade local cakes are available in 6” and 8” inches in Singapore, perfect for group celebrations!
They believe that the flavours of Singapore’s history go a long way. They satisfy the taste buds of both the young and old. At Sinpopo, they want to bring back the magic of childhood days with a contemporary flair with their local cakes, while respecting the traditions of the past.
Sinpopo, The best of Singapore brands menu.
Choose from a premium assortment of traditional flavours curated by Singapore’s Best Brands
Handcrafted Chocolate Bars & Cookies from Awfully Chocolate. Clipper Tea – Singapore’s Oldest Tea Producer. Pineapple Tarts from Glory. Hand-brewed & Bottled Sauces from Nanyang Sauce. Marmalades from Award-Winning Straits Preserves. Jewel Rock Sugar Sticks by Cheng Yew Heng – the only sugar manufacturer in Singapore.
Sinpopo Delicious Bakes, are souvenirs that truly represent Singapore, with unique, modern interpretations of locally-inspired desserts
Sinpopo Brand has created a unique range of handmade premium local delights that make excellent gifts for both locals and foreign friends who want an actual taste of Singapore.
Singapore might be a food paradise but where can you find equally good nibbles and souvenirs inspired by the same flavours?
You will find interesting local delights that are modern interpretations of locally inspired flavours that truly represent Singapore. Some highlights include our Salted Egg Yolk Cookies with Curry Leaves and Gula Melaka Kaya. The best part is – these goodies can be enjoyed all year round! Have a taste of Singapore’s local traditional offerings and relish in the flavours of the past!
Let's have a look at the interior of Sinpopo Joo Chiat
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!!!
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.
Even a private big 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.
Our conclusions about Sinpopo Joo Chiat
So there you have it, folks, wifey and I day #2 of lunching freedom from work. 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 in Katong. 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.
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Address & Telephone Number of Sinpopo Brand at Katong
Address: 458 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427671
Phone: 6345 5034