Now, they’re back for a hat trick with 1-for-1 double scoops of any flavour. That means four scoops of delectable flavours including Rum Raisin, Matcha and Cream Cheese Mochi. The promo is running from now till 28 June 2019, at every outlet all day long!
As a reference, a normal double scoop retails for $10.90. That means, with this deal, each cup will only cost you $5.45! So bring as many friends as you can to the store, and savour the entire gamut of ice-cream flavours available. However, you might wanna head there during non-peak hours as we heard the queues for previous promotions were insane!
While you’re there, you might wanna also check out another ongoing promotion they have. From now till 14 July 2019, you can get a free scoop of ice-cream with every purchase of their Summer Menu item. All you gotta do is follow them on IG, and post a pic with the tags: #NothingCanBeCooler and #ILoveHD.
Having a huge appetite usually means that regular servings aren’t enough to satiate my hunger. Whenever I order dishes such as nasi lemak, I’ll always have to tell the makcik to add rice or an additional chicken wing as the portions are more than often too small for me. Places with generous portions are hard to find, but fret not as I’ve found 10 cheap halal food places with large mains at $10 or less.
1. Flying Wok
Flying Wok is a halal-certified zi char stall offering tom yum hot pot in a variety of sizes. If you’re here with a group of eight or more, order the Large Jumbo Mama Wok ($79.90), which comes with scallops, squid, clams, crab meat, prawns, meatballs, fried chicken, eggs, and noodles. Those looking to stretch their dollar even more can opt for the cheaper version at $49.90. It comes with lesser seafood and an assortment of mushrooms, fishballs, and cheesy hot dogs instead.
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Address: 105 Canberra Street, Singapore 752106
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 8776 1795 Website
Flying Wok is a halal-certified eatery.
2. The Bread Gang
The Bread Gang’s cheese-drenched roti john is one huge, messy affair. The best way to enjoy the Roti John Cheeseburger ($6.90) is to do it section by section. Savour the crunch from the cucumber and onions, followed by distinct flavours from the minced meat, egg, and cheese sauce. Sides such as Curly Fries W Beef Rendang ($6.50) also come in huge portions, so order it only if you go with a friend.
Address: 235 Jurong East Street 21, Aiman Cafe, Singapore 600235
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 11pm
Tel: 8280 0084 Website
The Bread Gang is a Muslim-owned stall.
3. Fatty Bom Bom
With most of the dishes priced below $10, Fatty Bom Bom at Toa Payoh North ranks high on this list of cheap halal food spots. Dishes such as their FattyBom Crunchy Chicken ($7.20), FattyBom Tender Steak ($10), and Jerry’s Burger ($7.20) are served in huge portions. You can also tell that there is attention to detail, as even the fries are well-seasoned with salt and paprika powder.
Address: 978 Toa Payoh North, Grains & Hops Food Court Bistro, Singapore 319001
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 3:30pm, 5pm to 9pm, Sat 12:30pm to 9pm
Tel: 8721 0175 Website
Fatty Bom Bom is a halal-certified eatery.
Gyunion at Bencoolen has a no-frills menu of Japanese rice bowls, curry, and sides at affordable prices. A must-order here would be their Gyu-don ($7.90). It features savoury slices of beef paired with sweet caramelised onions. For the most bang for your buck, the Soba ($4.90) makes for a filling and delicious meal, despite its humble appearance.
Address: 91 Bencoolen Street, #01-23, Sunshine Plaza, Singapore 189652
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 3pm, 4pm to 10pm Website
Gyunion is a Muslim-owned eatery.
5. Sedap Mania
Sedap Mania is a new halal-certified BBQ steamboat restaurant located at Changi Village Road. This is also Aston’s newest venture, offering lunch sets such as the Chicken Set ($7.80), Beef Set ($8.80) and more items that come in large portions or low prices. Alternatively, head down for their soup pots at $2.50 per person, and fill your steamboat up with ingredients ranging from $1.50 to $4.
You’ve probably heard of FatPapas by now, the halal version of FatBoy’s, which is known for massive, messy and juicy burgers. Try out The Elvis ($12) if you like beef. Chicken lovers, you can get their Holy Caesar ($12) instead. They even have a build-your-own-burger menu so you can customise your burg to your liking.
Address: 17 Bali Lane, Singapore 189853
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 6291 8028 Website
FatPapas is a halal-certified eatery.
Hidden near the fishing pond at Pasir Ris Park lies Warong Kim’s Seafood. It is a zi char restaurant with a scenic view of the pond. One of my go-to comfort food is Fried Beef Hor Fun ($5.50/$8/$12/$16), as they are generous with the beef and it is really shiok when eaten with their sambal chilli. Seafood lovers can try their Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee ($5/$8/$12/$16) instead.
Address: 94 Pasir Ris Central, Pasir Ris Town Park, Singapore 519637
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 1am, Sun 11am to 2am
Tel: 6583 6488 Website
Warong Kim’s Seafood is a halal-certified eatery.
8. Enak Nasi Ambeng
Enak serves Nasi Ambeng ($30) that’s big enough to be shared among four people. With a heap of rice in the middle, the dish comes with a variety of classic Malay dishes – ayam masak chilli padi, veggies, salted egg, beef rendang, bergedil, and sambal cuttlefish.
Address: Blk 16 Bedok South Road, Bedok South Market & Food Centre, Singapore 460016
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 8am to 1pm
Tel: 9666 6909
Enak is a Muslim-owned eatery.
Omoomodon is an eatery that offers Japanese- and Korean-inspired rice and noodle bowls. They allow you to DIY your dish with a base of rice or noodles, and toppings such as kimchi omelette, bulgogi, grilled salmon and fried ebi. They also have signatures such as Ji-Ji Don ($10), Moo-Gogi ($10) and Octagon Pop ($9.50).
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green, #02-14/15, The Star Vista, Singapore 138617
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6694 3111 Website
Omoomodon is a halal-certified eatery.
10. Fish and Chicks
Fish & Chicks is a Western eatery that sells a range of seafood dishes, ranging from fish and chips to lobster pasta. Their Salted Egg Yolk Fish and Chips ($11.60) is very crispy on the outside, and moist on the inside, with a generous amount of salted egg sauce complementing every bite. If you’re not a big fan of salted egg yolk, get their Chilli Crab Fish and Chips ($11.60) instead. You can choose any two sides such as fries, onion rings or cheese pasta to go with your dish.
Super filling Western food at Raffles Western Delight
Take a quick glance at the simple menu and you may dismiss Raffles Western Delight as a typical Western hawker stall. Take a closer inspection, however, and you’ll soon realise why this modest store is so popular.
The selection here is very affordable, with most of its dishes priced below $5. Furthermore, the place is known for its generous servings, so expect a parade of XXL dishes.
Food at Raffles Western Delight
Raffles Western Delight may be snuggled in an ulu corner of Bedok, but it has garnered a strong following with their crowd-pleasing Chicken Cutlet Rice Set ($4.50).
Even the hungriest carnivore will be satisfied by this colossal slab of meat. Lifting it up, this eye-catching treat easily covered my entire face.
Though the meat was pounded into a thin state, the generous size of the cutlet more than made up for it. Superbly fried, the chicken cutlet was deliciously tender and succulent.
Thanks to the thin batter, the fried chicken boasted a crispy exterior which contrasted nicely with the succulent meat.
My only gripe was with the uneven spread of seasoning. While certain portions of the cutlet carried bold and salty notes, others were merely supported by peppery undertones.
Each set also comes with a trio of sides: garlic fried rice, french fries, and baked beans. A garlicky aroma perfumed the fried rice, enhancing its savoury flavours. Coated in a barely discernible sheen of oil, the rice steered clear from the dreaded clutches of becoming jelak.
On the other hand, I found their crinkle-cut fries a tad bland. While they carried a pleasant potatoey sweetness, they could have benefitted from a heavier sprinkle of salt.
If you’re famished, make a beeline for their Mixed Chop Rice Set ($6)! Featuring grilled pork fillet, grilled chicken thigh, fried dory, as well as a hefty scoop of garlic rice and fries, this hearty plate offers both carbs and proteins in spades.
Just like the chicken cutlet, their fork-tender fried fish was encased in a wafer-thin crust. Dory fish usually tastes bland, but a generous rub of salt and pepper supplied it with a bolder profile.
Among the three types of meat, the pork chop stood out with its robust taste. A heavy rub of soy sauce and sesame oil gave a savoury edge which bolstered the porky flavours of the fillet.
However, its texture was also the most disappointing. Considerably overcooked, the dry and stiff meat was frustratingly difficult to tear apart.
Perhaps the pork chop could have taken a leaf out of the grilled chicken’s book. The latter was both succulent and tender, with every bite coaxing out its moreish juices. It also melded nicely with the robust mushroom gravy, creating a delectable medley of flavours.
Those on a tighter budget can fill your bellies with their Fried Chicken Wing Rice Set ($3.80). Compared to their chicken cutlet, the wings boasted a crunchier texture, with every bite unfurling in resonant crackles.
A nutty aroma perfumed the meat, suggesting a touch of sesame oil. A smattering of mushroom powder might have been added as well, as faint notes of umami punctuated this full-bodied combination of flavours.
While the wings possessed an ASMR-worthy exterior, they were slightly overcooked on the inside, disappointing us with their dry and stiff bite.
Ambience at Raffles Western Delight
Snuggled within a nest of HDB blocks, Raffles Western Delight is a popular choice among locals for a hearty lunch. Though the kopitiam is well ventilated, it’s best to bring along a portable fan for added comfort.
Raffles Western Delight is a 10-minute bus ride from either Kaki Bukit or Bedok North MRT Station. However, foodies won’t be making a trip here in vain, as there’s plenty of delicious food served in the area.
Google “Raffles Western Delight” and you’ll get a paltry list of results. The stall doesn’t market itself on social media and images of its food are few and far between online. Yet, with such filling portions and economical prices, word-of-mouth is all the publicity it needs.
Address: 631 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 470630
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9pm
Raffles Western Delight is not a halal eatery.
Photos taken by Rae Fung. This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg.
It feels like it was just yesterday when I made my first restaurant reservation through Chope. It’s hard to believe that Chope is celebrating their eighth birthday this month! Shooketh doesn’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling—I’ve been making online bookings for that long, it’s crazy how time flies.
No birthday is complete without presents, and Chope will be dishing out massive goodies with the ChopeDeals Birthday Sale that’s happening on 27 June 2019, from 12am onwards, all the way till the clock strikes midnight again. There will be over 200 deals to look out for, including value-for-money set meals, 1-for-1 buffets, as well as flash deals from as low as $0.80. Here are the eight ChopeDeals we will be camping for!
P.S. Scroll down to find out how you can win up to $500,000 worth of prizes such as staycation vouchers and flight tickets!
1. Chunky Lobsters (VivoCity)
We would have lobster rolls every day if they weren’t so expensive. While Chunky Lobsters at VivoCity serves one of the most value-for-money lobster rolls in town, our wallets would still burn if we had it as a daily affair. Thankfully, ChopeDeals Birthday Flash Sale will be offering a Lobster Roll Set For Two at $28.90! That means you and your friend will only need to shell out $14.45 each.
The set comes with a pair of lobster rolls, two lobster bisque and two iced lemon tea, giving you total bang for your buck!
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #B2-K20, VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 11am to 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 10pm Get deal here
You wouldn’t expect to score a three-course meal for just $15 at beautifully designed Porta. But you can, as long as you pre-purchase their Three-Course Set + Drink voucher on ChopeDeals. This deal is a real steal, as it shaves 64% off the actual cost.
Available all day err’ day, the set gets you an appetiser, main, dessert, and drink. Start your meal with a prawn cocktail before indulging in mains such as the Silver Dory or Osso Buco. Then, finish it off with a tantalising Strawberry and Cream Cheese.
Address: 1 Unity Street, Singapore 237983
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10:30pm Get deal here
3. Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore
The last time ChopeDeals had a one-day flash sale, Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore’s 1-for-1 deal was sold out within minutes. And that’s no surprise, as it offers great value. As such, it would be wise to set your alarm at 11:59pm the day before to camp for their 2-Course Weekday Lunch Set Menu. Priced at $103.58, this is 50% off the original price!
The set is worth every penny, as it gives you a starter or soup, a choice of main, and a cup of tea or coffee to end your meal. Mains to choose include their California Cut prime rib, as well as the Atlantic Lobster Duo.
Address: 333A Orchard Road, #04-01/31, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 11:30am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 10:30pm Get deal here
Personally, the best steamboat buffet experience comes with a myriad of fresh seafood to add to your pot. This is why Thai Tanic Live Seafood Hotpot is my go-to hot pot spot, with their display of prawns, crabs, mussels, and other shellfish. They even have a section showcasing live seafood such as flower crabs, which you are invited to fish out yourself.
Look out for the flash deal happening at 6pm, and score their Weekday Live Seafood Hotpot Buffet at $35! However, if you can’t wait until 6pm, you can go right ahead to buy the same deal at $42.30 any time of the day on 27 June.
Address: 44A Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089857
Opening hours: Daily 3:30am to 11:30pm Get deal here
5. Mister Wu
Unlike most dim sum buffets that run during brunch hours, Mister Wu’s Dim Sum Buffet is mostly held in the evenings. What makes their buffet great is that you get the chance to sample all their signature dishes and more at a fraction of the price. Conquer the buffet wisely by ordering favourites such as their Pi Dan Tofu and Hibiki Seafood La Mian, which features an umami-laden broth and tons of seafood such as prawns and oysters.
Look out for them during the birthday flash sale to net 50% off the buffet at $31.90 nett. This is a real deal, considering most dinner buffets in town are priced above $50.
Address: 3 Pickering Street, Nankin Row, #01-44/45, China Square Central, Singapore 048660
Buffet hours: Mon-Sat 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Sat 11:30am to 2:30pm Get deal here
Situated at TripleOne Somerset, G Chop House specialises in Taiwanese-style chicken chop. Aside from the usual crispy chicken, which comes seasoned in sweet plum, cheese, seaweed, or curry powder, they also have a cheesy Signature Chicken. This is a real decadent snack, as it comes filled with oozy, gooey melted cheese and pineapples—great for that #CheesePull shot for the ‘gram.
Don’t miss out on the flash deal happening at 12pm, to score an $8.80 cash voucher at only $0.80 (U.P. $4.20)!
Address: 111 Somerset Road, #01-K8, TripleOne Somerset, Singapore 238164
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 8:30pm Get deal here
7. Pince & Pints Restaurant
Opened in 2014, Pince & Pints spearheaded the lobster roll scene in Singapore. And after five years, they have finally expanded their menu to feature crab dishes, exclusive to their Duxton Road outlet. Savour dishes such as a moreish Crabmeat Fried Rice ($18++) as well as a Whole Live Chilli Crab ($58++). The latter features a meaty crab sitting in a house-made chilli paste that’s both sweet and spicy.
Be a smart shopper and arm yourself with some cash vouchers on ChopeDeals before swinging by. All you need to do is pay $25 to get a $50 cash voucher—this means 50% off your meal!
Address: 32-33 Duxton Road, Singapore 089496
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 11pm, Sat & PH 12pm to 11pm Get deal here
8. Vatos Urban Tacos
Vatos Urban Tacos meshes Korean flavours into Mexican dishes. Here, you will find unique creations such as Honey Tequila Chicken Wings ($16++) as well as Kimchi Carnitas Fries ($16++). The wings are an original recipe, and come with a blue cheese dipping sauce that uplifts the sweet honey tequila flavour. Their drinks menu is quite extensive too, with plenty of craft beers and margaritas to get your night going.
You don’t need to worry about your cash flow situation during nights out here, thanks to the flash sale happening on ChopeDeals. A $100 cash voucher can be purchased at $70, but set your alarms for 8pm to cinch it at $60!
Address: 36 Beach Road, South Beach Quarter, Singapore 189766
Opening hours: Mon 5:30pm to 11pm, Sun, Tue-Thur 12pm to 11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm to 12am Get deal here
Say hurrah to ChopeDeals Birthday Flash Sale!
People always question how I dine out so often. And the honest answer is that I am armed with a repertoire of ChopeDeals vouchers to lessen the burden on my wallet. After all, it’s not every day you can score a hearty meal at a stunning restaurant with just $15—no strings attached.
Practise my “buy now, think later” mentality, and fill your cart with dining vouchers from this birthday flash sale, as the discounts are way more attractive than on regular days. Most vouchers are usually valid for 90 days anyway, giving you more than enough time to plan a date to use the vouchers.
Receive your voucher via email or view it on the app.
Inform the staff that you’ll be using your voucher before ordering.
Present your voucher during payment.
While you’re at it, check out Chope’s Take The Cake game on the app from now until 7 July 2019 to win prizes such as 2D1N staycations at Andaz and JW Marriott, Spa Esprit massages, Skyscanner flight tickets, and GOJEK and Zalora promo codes! All you gotta do is spin a virtual lazy Susan and hope Lady Luck is on your side.
Soon kueh deserves more attention than it gets. Comprising a translucent rice flour skin and packed with jicama, dried shrimp and mushrooms, it’s an old-school snack that is both healthy and tasty. Plus, it’s one of the few dishes that brings me back to my Teochew roots. If you’ve never tried it before, it is high time you check out these traditional soon kueh stalls found all around Singapore.
In this modern day and time, it is tough to find soon kueh that’s made from scratch by hand rather than with the help of machines. At Lai Heng Handmade Teochew Kueh, you’ll literally get to see your Steamed Soon Kueh ($0.70) freshly prepared on the spot! You can opt for their Fried Soon Kueh ($0.80) as well. Pan-frying gives the thin chewy skin a crisper texture and enhances the aroma of the fillings.
Address: Blk 347 Jurong East Avenue 1, #01-218, Yuhua Village Market & Hawker Center, Singapore 600347
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 2pm
Just as its Chinese name (老婶阿嬷潮州粿) suggests, Kuehs and Snacks offers house-made soon kueh reminiscent of those lovingly prepared by seasoned housewives for their families. What sets their steamed soon kueh apart is the filling. Instead of relying on just jicama, the stall follows a more traditional way of making these goodies by adding bamboo shoots to the mix. For an extra kick, dip your kueh in their blend of dark soy sauce and house-made chilli paste.
Address: Blk 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-164, Alexandra Village C3, Singapore 150125
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 7pm
Tel: 6273 5875 Website
Tucked in the middle of Sims Vista Food centre, Teochew Kueh serves a scrummy Mushroom Soon Kueh ($0.70) that is arguably one of Singapore’s best. Packed with jicama strips, mushrooms, and dried shrimp, the chewy snack brims with salty and umami flavours. Also worth mentioning are their “Gu Chai” Kueh ($0.70), Mushroom Rice Kueh ($0.80), and Crystal Dumpling ($0.50).
Address: Blk 49 Sims Place, #01-23, Sims Vista Food Centre, Singapore 380049
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6am to 4pm
Tel: 9768 6979 / 9667 7569
Fatt Soon Kueh has three outlets on our Little Red Dot, each dishing out delicious and affordable Soon Kueh ($1). Freshly made daily, their kueh boasts a chewier skin that contrasts nicely with the crunchy filling. Given the popularity of Fatt Soon Kueh, it’s best to visit before meal times to avoid the queue.
Address: Blk 208B New Upper Changi Road, #01-18, Bedok Interchange Food Centre, Singapore 460208
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8:30am to 8pm Website Menu Full list of outlets
A short walk away from Alexandra Village Food Center, Poh Cheu Soon Kueh and Ang Ku Kueh has earned a loyal following with its wide range of Teochew kueh. What makes their Soon Kueh ($1) so special is the accompanying house-made chilli sauce, which zhngs up the savoury filling with its fiery punch. These scrumptious bites are made in limited amounts each day, so be sure to swing by early if you want some! While you’re there, remember to try their crowd-pleasing Peanut Ang Ku Kueh ($1.10) as well.
Address: Blk 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-222, Singapore 150127
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 4:30pm
Tel: 6276 2287 Website
Found at Bendemeer Food Centre, Yong Xiang Carrot Cake offers an interesting take on soon kueh and png kueh (glutinous rice dumpling) with their Fried Png Kueh and Soon Kueh ($3.50). Instead of serving them steamed with chilli sauce, these chewy dumplings are fried like chai tow kueh! You can choose to have this with or without black sauce as well. The food centre is currently undergoing renovation, so you’ll need to wait till 1 August 2019 to be able to get your hands on this.
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Head down to Ah Yee’s Soon Kueh and marvel at the painstaking process that goes into making their Soon Kueh ($1.30). Thin and translucent, the kueh skin seems to defy gravity in holding the assortment of jicama strips, black fungus, carrots, dried shrimp and bamboo shoots together. Top it off with some sweet sauce and chilli and I could eat this for breakfast every day!
Yong’s Teochew Kueh has two outlets, one at Kovan and one at East Coast. Both outlets offer a range of Teochew kueh, all made from scratch daily. It’s hard to decide what to get here, but their Soon Kueh ($1.40) and Glutinous Rice Kueh ($1.30) are definite must-tries. They also have Yam Kueh ($1.50), which comes packed with delicious yam strips.
Toa Payoh 93 Soon Kueh is a humble eatery at Geylang Bahru Food Centre that churns out an impressive array of traditional Teochew kueh. These snacks are freshly handmade each day; come early and you can catch a glimpse of the effort they put into each and every kueh. Stuffed with hearty portions of diced jicama, mushrooms, and dried shrimp, their Soon Kueh ($1) definitely gives you a good bang for your buck.
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Most of us may not have heard of Kukoh 21 Food Centre, but this hidden gem offers a smorgasbord of great food. The star attraction is Jalan Kukoh Teochew Kueh: a humble family business which first began in Johor Bahru. Popular among regulars of the hawker centre, this homely stall impresses with their signature Soon Kueh ($1). While it has a slightly thicker skin that usual, it still remains soft and chewy. Furthermore, the treat is pan-fried before it’s served, accentuating its taste and texture. The kueh here sells out quickly, so it’s rare for walk-in customers to get their hands on them. So remember to call in advance to reserve some before heading down.
Address: Blk 1 Jalan Kukoh, #01-19, Kukoh 21 Food Centre, Singapore 161001
Opening hours: Tue 3pm to 7pm, Wed-Sat 7am to 9am, 3pm to 7pm
Tel: 9838 0235
Soon kueh to treat your grandparents to
Take a trip down memory lane and treat yourself and your folks to some traditional soon kueh from these stalls. If you’re searching for more old-school snacks, be sure to check out these Nonya kueh stalls as well. Not only are these desserts camera-worthy, they also delight with their sweet and luscious flavours.
Restaurant-worthy Western dishes at The Tipsy Wolves
Plating is usually a secondary concern at most hawker stalls, but The Tipsy Wolves hopes to change that. Don’t be fooled by its modest appearance, since this hidden gem churns up beautifully plated dishes. At the same time, The Tipsy Wolves doesn’t compromise on quality, as the food here can easily find its place in the menu of any atas restaurant.
Food at The Tipsy Wolves
The phrase “slow and steady” certainly came to mind as I peered into the kitchen of The Tipsy Wolves. Slabs of meat were steadily plated on gorgeous ceramic bowls, followed by various toppings assembled with aesthetic precision. The chefs here demonstrated a keen eye for detail—much like any professional restaurant.
The pièce de résistance is their Grilled Pork Belly ($10.90). A drool-worthy treat for any carnivore, this thick slab of meat was flanked by a bed of roasted potatoes and napa cabbage which was cooked in butter. A final drizzle of beurre noisette (brown butter) added a French twist to this dish.
Brined for four hours and sous-vide for another 16 hours, the pork belly was mouthwateringly tender. The layers of fats and meat seemed to melt into one, as my knife comfortably sliced through it in one clean stroke. The sous-vide cooking made sure no juices escaped, so that every bite can remain dreamily succulent.
The juiciness of the meat, in turn, allowed me to better appreciate its moreish flavours. Enhanced by the nutty accents of the brown butter sauce, the meat shone with its porky richness.
Just when I found the unctuous meat a tad cloying, the spiced caramel glaze eased in with its sweet and piquant flavours. Artfully incorporating Sichuan peppercorn and cinnamon sticks, the sauce perfumed the meat with a delicious fragrance.
Some places treat sides as an afterthought, but the flavour of the roasted potatoes here easily matched up to the lofty standards set by the pork belly. Pop them into your mouth and relish how their potatoey sweetness tempers the savoury brown butter sauce. That being said, their texture was rather dry and they were overcooked.
The Tipsy Wolves also offers their unique take on a classic hawker dish with their Laksa Pasta ($10.90). Through their masterful hands, laksa transforms into a bowl of creamy spaghetti topped with two halves of a crayfish.
Carefully examine the crayfish and you’ll discover a treasure trove of orange roe stashed at its tail. These crustaceans are brought in from Jurong Port on a daily basis, so trust it to impress you with their juicy bite.
Sink your teeth into the plump meat and enjoy its rich and luscious tang.
The flavour and scent of laksa leaves permeated the pasta, masking the brininess of the crayfish. Following closely behind, the coconut cream added depth to the noodles with its savoury undertones. And thanks to the sneaky landmines of chilli padi, a fiery burn sealed off this robust medley of flavours. It was a much-needed jolt of piquancy, one which cleansed my palate of the pasta’s creamy tang.
Dig further into this mountain of noodles and you’ll unearth slices of fishcake as well. While this surprise addition further reminded me of laksa, they failed to leave their mark in a crowd of piquant flavours.
Barramundi is an uncommon sight in Western hawker stalls, so their Beer Battered Barramundi & Chips ($11.90) easily piqued my interest. Much like old-school fish and chips, beer was mixed into the batter, which contributed to its light and fluffy crust.
Flaky, tender, and a tad moist, the pearly-white fillet was the perfect bed to cushion the crispy crust. And unlike the rich taste of salmon and tuna, the barramundi presented a lighter profile with its gentle sweetness.
For a tangier bite, slather your fried fish with their house-made tartar sauce. Prepared from a blend of parsley, capers, shallots, and gherkins, the relish funked up the barramundi with herbaceous and slightly bitter notes.
Otherwise, add a dash of lemon juice to accentuate the luscious flavours of the fish.
Instead of the usual crinkle-cut fries, crispy curly fries wrapped up this mouthwatering dish. Unlike their roasted potatoes, these ringlets thrilled me with their savoury and garlicky accents.
Ambience at The Tipsy Wolves
The Tipsy Wolves is located in Bistro 8, a chic food court furnished with whitewashed walls, hanging lights, and marble tables. Just as its name suggests, the place also offers an assortment of beers, so drop by to enjoy a tipple after work.
Bistro 8 is nestled within a maze of shophouses and narrow lanes, so driving there isn’t recommended. Thankfully, the place is a reasonable six-minute walk from Bendemeer MRT Station, so it remains pretty accessible by public transport.
While you’re in the area, be sure to check out these 10 Bendemeer food places as well. Whether it’s IG-worthy desserts or a warm bowl of bak kut teh, there’s a lil’ bit of something for everyone.
Even though the selection here is a tad more expensive, the dishes are worth the extra dollar. From the meticulous preparation to the quality of ingredients, The Tipsy Wolves certainly matches up to the standards set by more high-SES restaurants. So, if you’re thinking of pampering yourself with quality Western food, drop by this homely stall at Jalan Besar.
Address: 30 Foch Road, #01-02, Bistro 8, Singapore 209276
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm Website
The Tipsy Wolves is not a halal-certified eatery.
Photos taken by Rae Fung.
This is an independent review by Eatbook.
Tenderbest has done it again! They have opened another concept store and this time it’s called Tenderbest Makcik Market, located at Bedok Point. Do not confuse it with their cafe, Tenderbest Makcik Tuckshop, which focuses on all things fried chicken.
Branded as a more upscale eatery with prices that are still affordable, it is obvious that Tenderbest Makcik Market will draw in hordes of Instagramming folks who are eager to document their experience here. The food being dished out of the kitchen seems to be inspired only by the latest food trends such as Indomie, ma la, bubble tea and more.
Interesting items on the menu include their Indomie Loaded Fries ($5.90+) and Ma La Chicken Prata ($4.90+). The former features shoestring fries laced with sweet and salty kecap manis along with a heavy-handed sprinkle of brown powder, which we suspect could only come from Indomie’s seasoning packet. The prata is a mix of chicken, red onion, lettuce, and cheese heaped onto a prata, followed by a drizzle of piquant ma la mayo sauce and peppercorns.
Tenderbest Makcik Market is halal zi char at its finest. The menu is extensive, offering over 250 dishes from Chinese cuisine, Malay cuisine, to fusion food as well.
Other than mains, there is also a large variety of desserts to end your meal on a sweet note. Pisang Goreng Unicorn w Ice Cream ($8.90+) is a crowd favourite, especially because of the colourful coconut shavings atop the fried bananas. Bubble tea fans can now enjoy their zi char indoors while sipping away on some Cream Cap Caramel w Boba Kopi ($4.80+) or Teh Tarik ($4.80+).
If you haven’t gotten enough of Tenderbest, check out Tenderbest Makcik Tuckshop which serves all things fried chicken. Fried chicken fans can still look forward to their iconic Fried Spring Chicken ($18.50) and a mind-blowing fried chicken skin with ice-cream, coined as Fried Chicken Caramel ($5.90).
Good Food Coffee And Bakery has real good chimney cakes
Fluffy, sugary donuts and silky soft serve sound like a match made in sugar heaven. That’s exactly what Coney Donut promised when they opened earlier this year, dishing out a slew of aesthetic chimney cake ice-cream cones at 313@Somerset. On their heels, the grand dame of chimney cakes has arrived in Singapore: Good Food Coffee And Bakery.
These sweet cones hail from Hungary, but really exploded in popularity in Prague, where long queues materialise every day at the original Good Food outlet. Despite going through cross-continental migration, this famous bakery doesn’t fall victim to any drop in quality. Ingredients are shipped in from everywhere from Prague to South Africa, while every component of each cone is prepared fresh, in-house, every day.
That’s not to say they haven’t adjusted to the local market. Their soft serves are exceptionally creamy, but somehow use up to 50% less sugar and fat than in Czech Republic. And while the menu follows its European patriarch faithfully, alcoholic renditions don’t make an appearance as they plan to attain halal certification.
A whole suite of sweet and savoury cones are available, but you can’t go wrong with their signature Chimney King ($7.50). Rich, fudgy brownies, salted caramel, chocolate sauce and nuts crown a swirl of vanilla soft serve, with everything supported by their classic walnut cone.
This host of toppings spruces up the cone with a variety of textures and flavours, but the spotlight never wavers from the cone and soft serve. The OG walnut was the best cone we tried, as the candied bits provided sugary crunch and subtle toastiness to the fluffy, croissant-esque chimney cake. Meanwhile, specks of vanilla bean give authentic vanilla flavour to the creamy soft serve without causing an overpowering sense of sweetness.
If your IG feed is in need of a new pic, turn to the wickedly pretty Chimney Devil ($7.50). Armed with red marzipan horns, this jet-black creation is currently the only frozen yogurt option on the menu. The Czech activated charcoal used here isn’t just for looks. It grants the froyo a richer texture than you’d expect, nicely complemented by the chew of coconut flakes that shower this cone.
The crimson Chimney Raspberry Kiss ($7.50) provides refreshing respite from the blazing heat, boasting a double dose of fruity flavour from raspberry-flavoured soft serve and a raspberry powder-coated chimney cone. This tangy treat won’t be a menu mainstay though. Fresh raspberries are used in the ice-cream, so matcha or mango-inspired cones may swap in when it isn’t berry season.
Soft serve aside, there’s a range of whipped cream-topped cones too. Our taste buds took the Chimney Tiramisu ($7.50) for a spin. It’s layered in a similar fashion to the traditional Italian dessert, as a whiff of coffee dust rests on tiramisu whip. Beneath that lies a cluster of coffee-soaked ladyfingers, while a pool of chocolate sauce lies right at the cone’s base—evoking memories of McDonald’s Hot Fudge Sundae. Apart from alcohol, this cone-based rendition hits all the same flavour notes as its Italian grandfather.
The confectionery is still in their soft launch phase, with plans to introduce more savoury options in the pipeline. They also plan to sell their soft serve sans chimney cone soon—welcome news for those who want a sugar rush, without the extra carbs.
We had a taste of their soft serve—which is crafted with Japanese milk—in isolation and were blown away by the chocolate, which was exceptionally dark and velvety. It wouldn’t have been out of place in a specialist ice-cream parlour.
Check out more fluffy donut cones with our review of Coney Donut. If your sweet tooth is still craving more, our reviews of KURA and Lee’s Confectionery might do the trick.
What comes to your mind when you think of barbecue? Overcooked chicken franks and undercooked chicken wings at a chalet? The atas lot may say the one-Michelin-starred Burnt Ends, but for Nsquared Barbecue’s co-owner Nick, it’s his fire pit in the heart of One-north’s Timbre+.
It’s no easy feat for the young cook. Charcoal fires are notoriously difficult to handle—temperamental even. Couple that with the quick service styles of hawkers, the pressure for him is real. More so since they’ve just recently opened.
Yet, the impassioned gentleman is unfazed by the challenges. He brushes off the specks of ash on his cheeks as he speaks of his passion: the excitement of fire, flavour of charcoal and positive comments he has received.
Food at Nsquared Barbecue
We ordered the Pork Belly Burnt Ends ($5.50) with Garlic Butter Mash and Honey Balsamic Romaine ($3). It looked stunning with its contrasting colours—gnarly bits of blackened pork belly were juxtaposed against flashes of green and red salad.
The barbecued pork’s aroma was equally tantalising. It gave a profoundly smokey musk that dispersed into a sort of porky perfume.
Its taste was so much more enticing. There was a sweet barbecue marinade which, under the flames, caramelised into a gooey crust. It packed a subtle sweet tanginess that riled my appetite.
Then came an onslaught of smokiness. Biting into the charred bits breathed out a plume of charred flavours. It complemented the porkiness and marinade unexpectedly well, in the same way that the charred bits in claypot rice elevate the dish.
Because of how developed the flavours were, I was rather disappointed that its texture did not live up to expectations. While the fats were rendered to a velvety smoothness, the chunks of meat were chewy.
Perhaps pork belly isn’t the best cut for such intense heat. A slow braise followed by a quick scorch on the grill may see better improvements in texture.
My dining companion and I were impressed by the Creamy Garlic Mash ($1.50). Though velvety, there were still small chunks of potato that reminded me that I was eating real potatoes. It was also well seasoned with garlic and herbs, accentuating the potato’s natural flavour.
The Honey Balsamic Romaine was less successful. Its vinaigrette had a cloying sweetness that lacked tartness from the balsamic vinegar. I imagine a wedge of lemon would freshen up and improve the salad so much more.
The Nsquared platter ($19.90) was hefty with a giant mound of meat. Had we known there was so much food, we would not have added on the Pork & Garlic ($3) smoked sausage.
It came with grilled prawns, chicken wings, pork belly and grilled vegetables—all charred to an obsidian black. My grandmother would have been enraged by the amount of char.
The prawns were grilled to a greyish discolour, with streaks of black grill marks. De-shelling it was somewhat easy as the flesh had separated from its shell. But that also meant the shellfish had been overcooked, which unfortunately showed in its texture.
Ironically, the chicken wings were undercooked. Most restaurants throw them in the oven before grilling them on the fire pit to ensure everything’s well-cooked; perhaps Nsquared could consider this.
That being said, I sampled some parts on the outside, and the taste was commendable. It had a familiar taste of hawker-style barbecued chicken, with an elevated layer of savouriness from the marinade. I also enjoyed the creeping heat that gave a nice kick. If not for the undercooked parts, this would have been a killer dish.
The Pork & Garlic smoked sausages were more remarkable. They were well seasoned with garlic and herbs, complementing the porky flavours. I also enjoyed the crunch of its casing. It snapped in the mouth, revealing a soft and smooth centre.
Ambience at Nsquared Barbecue
I would recommend coming here at night. The live band sings daily in the evening with a repertoire that ranges from oldies to the newest indie songs. You can even grab a craft beer from their Bottle Shop and chill at their al fresco area as you are being serenaded.
It’s also worth mentioning that most of the seating here is long communal tables, so you’ll probably be rubbing shoulders with tons of strangers here.
Barbecuing is a complex technique that is not easily mastered. I remember being sorely disappointed by Meatsmith Western BBQ when it first opened, but was greatly impressed on my second visit. I hope the next time I visit Nsquared, the mastery of the grill will be better.
To me, barbecue is a primal experience. It’s all about the quality of ingredients, prep work and control of fire. There are no fanciful French techniques to hide behind—only unadulterated experience, planning and skilful execution.
For those who are heading down, check out other must-try dishes at Timbre+:
If you’re feeling blue from the lack of Geylang Bazaars and Marina Carnivals in your life, Yummy Food Expo is back to fill your tummies from 27 to 30 June 2019 at Singapore Expo Hall 5.
Back for its fifth iteration, the free-entry event will house loads of mouth-watering food options like ma la beef cubes, lobster nasi lemak and brown sugar milk. Here are some stalls you can expect to find here.
1. Beef Bro (H27)
A perennial favourite at major food bazaars, Beef Bro’s juicy beef cubes come in tasty flavours like ma la, mentaiko and truffle. The first option is mixed with a generous amount of peppercorn for that lip-tingling feel.
Taking a page out of Fooditude’s book, Waffles Factory will be dishing out prata-waffle hybrids alongside their signature Belgian Waffles. You can expect unique dishes like the Prata Waffle Wrap Chicken Sausage, Salted Egg Waffle and Waffle Toast Chicken Ham & Cheese—all of which are savoury options that’ll fuel you up as you explore the huge event space.
Proving that it’s perfectly fine to consume durian and alcohol together, Durian Whisky is brewed from the flesh of Mao Shan Wang durians—giving it an intense and bitter taste. Take your durian season celebration to the next level by pairing this booze with even more durian!
4. Lobster Bro (H31)
A bro of Beef Bro, Lobster Bro will be serving their Lobster Nasi Lemak that boasts a gigantic and tender lobster with spicy sambal. That being said, if the previous Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar was any indication, expect this dish to cost a lot.
It’s hard to resist Icenoie Hokkaido’s fresh and sweet gelato, especially when they’re served with a cute bear waffle. The stall will be scooping out up to 12 decadent flavours including Hokkaido raw milk, black sesame and matcha!
Eat good food at Yummy Food Expo 2019
Fill up your June holiday schedule—and tummies—by making a date to this year’s Yummy Food Expo at Singapore Expo Hall 5 from 27 to 30 June. With over 150 food stalls, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For a greater reason to splash the cash, you can stand a chance to win $38,888 worth of cash vouchers and prizes simply by spending $50 and above!
Address: 1 Expo Drive, Hall 5, Singapore Expo, Singapore 486150
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm Website