Sinpopo Katong launches handmade pastries & breakfast menu with local twist

One more breakfast option in Katong.

Karen Lui | May 05, 2021, 06:08 PM

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Homegrown brand Sinpopo Restaurant has launched a breakfast menu that is available until 11:30am daily.

Brunch plates have been available since Apr. 29, during extended opening hours that start earlier at 8:30am.

Nine new dishes

The new breakfast menu comprises nine dishes.

This includes their rendition of nasi lemak, called the Breakfast Nasi Lemak (S$18).

The dish comes with butterfly pea rice, har jeong kai (prawn paste chicken) cutlet, hae bee hiam (spicy dried shrimp sambal) cashews, sambal, cucumber slices, a soft egg, and onion relish.

Photo by Karen Lui.

The coconut rice with blue pea flower is streaked with flecks of light blue grains instead of being entirely blue.

Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, the har jeong kai cutlet can be a bit salty when consumed alone, especially the battered parts.

Best to eat it with the rice to help keep the jelak feeling at bay.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Like an elevated version of candied cashews, the hae bee hiam cashews are sweet, spicy, and savoury.

Besides adding a bit of crunch to the dish, they are a pretty addictive snack on their own.

The sambal — which some might say is the most important part of a nasi lemak — has a bit of a kick but is not that spicy.

Good for those with low spice tolerance, but not ideal for chilli fiends.

Photo by Karen Lui.

If you come after 12pm, the Sinpopo's Signature Nasi Lemak Set for 2 (S$28) is available on the Lunch and Dinner menu.

Photo by Sinpopo.

Besides har cheong gai wings, the set also includes lam you-marinated pork belly, ma ling (luncheon meat) crisps, rojak slaw, and sambal fishballs.

Other brunch plates

If you're looking for more classic brunch items, check out the following:

  • Avocado and Egg White (S$18)

    • Smashed avocado, egg white scramble, and sourdough toast

  • Rosti and Sausage (S$20)

    • Potato rosti, pork fennel sausage, wild mushrooms, sour cream

  • Sinpopo Brand Special Scramble (S$16)

    • Creamy scrambled eggs, garlic buttered sourdough, miso shimeiji mushrooms, grated parmesan, and ma ling luncheon crisps

  • Chorizo and Potatoes (S$20)

    • Spicy chorizo, potato hash, sunny side up eggs, wild mushrooms

  • Full On Breakfast (S$22)

    • Eggs how you like it, pork fennel sausage, thick cut bacon, wild mushrooms, roasted tomato, sourdough

  • Polenta Cake and Bacon (S$18)

    • Grilled polenta cake, thick cut bacon steak, roasted tomato relish

  • Thick Cut French Toast (S$18)

    • Egg battered brioche, maple syrup, raspberries, roasted apple, whipped butter

  • Granola House Bowl (S$13)

    • Toasted muesli, blackberries and roasted apple with greek yoghurt

Clockwise from top: Granola House Bowl, Potatoes and Chorizo, Rosti and Sausage, and Avocado and Egg White. Photo by Sinpopo.

Full On Breakfast. Photo by Sinpopo.

Polenta Cake and Bacon. Photo by Sinpopo.

Thick Cut French Toast. Photo by Sinpopo.

If you'd like to customise your meal, create your own brunch plate by mixing and matching ingredients of your choice.

However, note that polenta cake, muesli, Greek yogurt, and potato rosti are not in the list of mix-and-match ingredients.

Handmade pastries

In addition to the brunch plates, Sinpopo has also launched a line of handmade pastries that are baked in-store daily.

Here's what we saw when we visited on May 4:

Photo by Karen Lui.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Other pastries include Parmesan Crusted Croissant (S$5), Gula Melaka Danish (S$5), Berry Vanilla Custard Danish (S$6), Sinpopo Golden Doughnuts (S$5) filled with vanilla custard or lemon curd, and Bread Basket with Whipped Butter (S$8) with sourdough, brioche, and ciabatta.

Berry Vanilla Custard Danish. Photo by Sinpopo.

Photo by Sinpopo.

Pastries and bread selection may vary from day to day.

Accented with the fragrant sweetness of pandan and coconut, the soft and flaky Kaya Danish (S$5) did not taste cloyingly sweet.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Photo by Karen Lui.


Sinpopo also offers a wide range of hot and cold beverages.

The sweetened Sinpopo Teh Tarik (S$5) was well-balanced and not too sweet for us.

Photo by Karen Lui.

It came with a soft and crumbly cookie that is available for sale in jars on their retail shelf.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Full Menu

Check out the full menu here:

Photo by Karen Lui.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Façade and interior

Walk-ins and takeaways are welcomed all day, but customers are encouraged to make a reservation on Chope or Quandoo to secure a table.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Photo by Karen Lui.

The restaurant has a seating capacity of 40.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Photo by Karen Lui.

Note that the air-conditioning is colder towards the back and the seats overlooking the corridor can get a bit warm when the sun shines in.

Sinpopo Brand Restaurant

Address: 458 Joo Chiat Road, S(427671)

Opening hours: 8:30am to 10pm, daily

Top images by Karen Lui.