TFJ Eats: Sinpopo Brand, The Local Modern Coffee Shop

10 months ago by Don

As we move along with time, things change. Food, Fashion, Lifestyle, its all ever changing. But we know deep inside our hearts still live the nostalgia part of us. Today, we introduce Sinpopo Brand, a modern coffee shop that brings you a fusion of old local cuisine with a modern touch to it.

Sinpopo Brand, which started with simple nostalgic food, has a new menu and new décor to match. Much more than a coffee shop now, the menu boasts personal renditions of your familiar local dishes. Enjoy a casual weekend snacking on unique luncheon crisps and crispy crab wontons, or have a dinner date over beautiful mains of house special Nasi Lemak and bone-in pork chop with curry sauce. Don’t forget to top it all off with your favourite Durian Pengat with Coconut Ice Cream and Gula Melaka Soft Jelly (now served with handmade gula drops and coconut cream)! 

Sinpopo Brand was started as an ode to Katong and its heritage. In the late 60’s, Katong was well-known for its unique Peranakan culture and cuisine. Today, Katong is completely different. With a plethora of Western food and the heritage businesses being crowded out. It felt the need to put the Katong back in Katong and to have something with distinct local touches. 

Developed by those behind Awfully Chocolate, Sinpopo Brand also has its own range of local desserts such as the Gula Melaka Cake, Pandan Tart and Durian Pengat Cake. The drinks list has also grown to include a long-lost Katong drink – Katong Jelly, Canned Rambutan and Kopi Macchiato, which is an Italian-style coffee made with local kopi gao using the traditional kopi sock. 

The moment we step into the shop we were engulfed by the nostalgic environment. From the shop decor, to the furniture they use, it brings you back to the good old days where you sit down with your friends, sipping on a good cup of kopi. We tried the recommended Nasi Lemak set for 2 which consists of Har Jeong Kai Wings, Sambal Ikan Bilis, Potato Wedges in Curry, Fish cake with Sambal on top, Luncheon Crisps and 2 bowl of fragrant rice with half slice of egg each. 

If you’re a person who is adventurous and love hunting for authentic food. Sinpopo Brand is the place to go. Food is decent, price is at the affordable range, good for sharing. 

Address: 458 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427671
Tel: 6345 5034

Nearest MRT station: Dakota (Circle line)
Take bus 16 from Bus stop “Blk 99” at Old Airport Road towards Bedok Interchange. 5 minutes walk from Marine Parade.
Buses available at Marine Parade: 15, 31, 36, 43, 48, 135, 196, 196e, 197, 401, 853C, 966

*This is a independent review by TheFoodJournal.

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