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Holy Shoot It's Halal?!

Holy Shoot It's Halal?!

My reaction when I find a halal café. And my fellow Muslim foodies can definitely relate. Here are some halal-certified places I've experienced dining in at. Alhamdullilah!
Zul Latiff
Zul Latiff
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[Pending Halal Certificate, Tasting] If you’re loving the beef lan zhou la mian trend that has been making waves around Singapore AND you live in the West, then you’re truly in luck. Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles has recently opened a new outlet in Jurong Point! 😍

Here were some of the things we had during the tasting:
- Signature Beef Noodles ($8.90, $10.90)
- Sauerkraut (Suan Cai) Beef Noodles ($9.90, $11.90)
- Mala Spicy Beef Noodles ($9.50, $11.50)
- Dry Beef Noodles ($8.90, $10.90)
- Chicken Fillet Noodles ($7.50, $9.50)

Out of all these dishes which are all just as delectable, I am loving the last two the most. I don’t try to hide the fact that I am #TeamDryNoodles more than anything. 😂 Its quality is very redolent to that of a simple, humble meal. It’s kind of like rice with soy sauce and a fried egg – it’s not much, but it is inexplicably delicious and holds its own. The noodles with some chili oil? That’s really all I will ever need.

Other than that, I did really like how supple yet meaty the beef slices were after they’ve been soaked in the soup. That was something that caught me by surprise. 😧

Some things to take note of:
- The spiciness of the dishes are a little toned down
- All soup dishes are not suitable to vegetarians as it is made with beef stock.

Thank you @burpple for the invitation to this Eatup! ❤️

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[Halal] I was awake at 3am one night last week and I was feeling hungry. Now, I could have settled for the usual McDonald’s or perhaps even one of those 24-hour eating houses.

But I was up for something different – and my brother suggested Swensen’s at Changi Airport as it is in operation 24 hours daily and their breakfast hours run from 3am to 11am. In a spur of the moment, with the swelling of a YOLO mentality for whatever reason, I agreed to it. 🤣

The Eggs Benedict was actually pretty decent! Nothing much to point out except that the eggs were poached beautifully, which kind of surprised me…? Probably because the past few times I’ve had it elsewhere, the yolk was semi-hardened. So hey! I actually quite enjoyed that brunch-supper (or brupper, if there exists such a term). 😋 (7.3/10)

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I was craving for some late night snack the other time, and what a better option than some crispy, Cheese Egg pratas?! 👅 This place is a hit and miss honestly, but among all the nearby alternatives, this one has me whipped the most – they do crispy pratas and they use stretchy type of cheese instead of the melty, processed ones. (7.4/10)

A tip for when you’re coming here: Do NOT get their plain or egg pratas. They’ll serve you the pre-made ones. 🙁

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[Muslim Owned] This one was pretty good as well. I really liked the zing of spice that the chili brought to the fries – it’s a lot more prominent than some ones from other places. 🤪 But the portion is really substantial though - a little daunting for one person. You have been warned. 🤧✊🏽

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[Muslim Owned] A pretty good burger – beef patty cooked to medium, accompanied by truffle mayo, caramelised onions and sliced cheese. All these made for an umami flavour bomb that detonates and engulfs your palate. And it’s only $6.50 - this is really a wallet-friendly price that you won’t get at many places. In a nutshell, this burger sounds like one of the most wonderful, heavenly things, doesn’t it?

That’s what I thought. While everything was delicious and satisfying, I couldn’t help but feel like it seems to be shy of an oomph to it. Could it be that there is a lack of love or passion that went into this? My guess is as good as yours. That inexplicable feeling still bugs me till this day. (7.8/10)

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[Pending MUIS Halal Cert, 100% Halal Ingredients] One look at this and you already know that the beef patty is pretty dry. This was the case with the original Fatburger I had, albeit understandably as they have taken the liberty of using 100% halal-certified ingredients in their preparation and cooking. For those who are still unsure With that limitation in hand, it is difficult to replicate the experience of eating a burger from a diner in the USA, the country that Fatburgers hail from. 😟

Taste-wise, it leans towards that of the classic American diner-style burger. Even if you’ve never had one, you can probably work out a rough idea of the flavours from numerous visuals that showcase one. The brioche bun was pretty great though - thick and delicate to the touch as well as squeeze. It was probably the best part of the burger…and that’s all I’ll say. 😗 (7/10)

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[Muslim-Owned] I know that Burgs is famed for their pocket-friendly prices, but really the only reason my meal was $10 was because I decided to indulge. 😭 Posing no restriction on myself, I went ahead and got their Truffle Mushroom Beef Burger and traded up the sides for a more decadent choice, their Cuban Cheese Fries.

I’ve reviewed Burgs before so I won’t delve into this that much. First of all, the potency of the truffle in their signature truffle fries was absolutely on point. In contrast, I know of plenty of other F&B establishments that boast a truffled item in their menu, but sadly do not manage to hit the mark on the perceived quality. 😧

Secondly, their Cuban Cheese Fries were EXCELLENT! The combination of pulled beef brisket and spiced nacho cheese aided in releasing endorphins and dopamine. 😭🤪 Pretty dramatic, but I won’t lie - it brought me so much joy hahaha.

Came here on a Tuesday afternoon and it wasn’t too crowded. I recall seeing snaking queues the last time I was here! It got to the point where one of the guys had to announce to everyone that there was a waiting time just to ORDER. 🤣 (8.3/10)

[Muslim Owned] It’s been awhile since I had this, but I do remember thinking it wasn’t exactly wow-worthy. And that’s probably because it lacked complexity but it wasn’t packing a punch in its limited arsenal of savoury flavours.

But it was moderately delicious as it isn’t a dish that prides on very precise choices of ingredients. I mean, a shashuka is pretty similar to a Stu Surprise if you ask me - using ingredients in your kitchen pantry to whip up a delicious dish. It’s just...for $14, you know…it’d be great to have some unique flair to it. 🤔 (7/10)

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[Available on Burpple Beyond, Halal] Moderately delicious fare, but I feel like this lacked a marked uniqueness to it. I could easily find this dish probably in 50+ other cafés, so it was hardly an exciting esculent. 😶

But I did like how the salmon fillet was soft, succulent and moist. It was pretty much the highlight of the dish. (7/10) 😛

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Serving up breakfast and brunch items only on the weekends and public holidays, Brothers In Fine Food have finally found their anchor when it comes to keeping a healthy crowd. They’re quite well-known for this dish, as I’ve seen a number of photos of this circulating Instagram and how I saw the same dish delivered to a number of tables when I was there. 👀

Exactly what makes this a crowd favourite? A combination of many factors that make it a formidable and more innocuous contender to McDonald’s oft-flimsy and overpriced Big Breakfast. This comes with a steak of your preferred doneness, eggs in your preferred style, a side of fries and some salad. It’s diametrically opposite to fast food - it’s hearty, breakfast that feels like a homemade Sunday comfort food. 😍🤤🍳

The steak was seasoned enough to accentuate its beefy flavour, the eggs were fluffy and creamy. The salad admittedly could use a more zesty dressing, to bring out the contrast to the umami flavours with its bright, tangy flavour.

Still, you know how Dua Lipa talks about how one kiss is all it takes to fall in love with her? Well, for this, one bite instead is all it takes to fall in love with it. 😂(7.7/10)

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[MUIS Halal-Certified] I’m about to complete my studies as an undergraduate in a month’s time, and truth be told, I’ll miss the food at Makan Place more than anything. This is the famed Mongolian Chicken set from Makan Place’s Pines. It really doesn’t singe your wallet and it is pretty delicious at $4.20. Although…most times, they are illiberal with their sauce…and it’s the selling point of this dish!?! 😤 Okay well, their cereal bits are a highlight too, to be honest. (7.9/10)

TAKE NOTE — it doesn’t come with the rice set by default, but you can add on a portion of it for 50¢. And since most stalls at Makan Place have the NETS ‘50¢ off via Scan & Pay’ promotion going on, what’s really stopping anyone from doing just that? 😙

Also, it’s a terrible idea for me to be typing out a caption for this while I’m fasting. The hunger pangs are hitting me harder than it should be. 😧🤧

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This is one of those dishes that always intimidated me during my childhood days, but gradually became more disarming, eventually reaching the point of being enticing.

The Dried Chili Chicken with Rice ($5) from Padi Emas was a humble Malay fare that could have been great, if it weren’t for how coagulated the sauce was and how tough the chicken dice were. But generally, the symphony of flavour-packed ingredients like garlic, spring onions, ginger, dark soy sauce make for a harmony that has a perennial appeal. Throw a fried egg into the picture, and you have a meal fit for virtually anyone! Although…it may possibly have the population of ‘white people’ who are constantly badgered by the Internet — those whose reputations are partly defined by their notorious disdain for spices, or their bizarre lament for the lack of crispiness in their chicken rendang — shaking in their shoes. (7.4/10) 😬

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Calories more like I don't care-lories. Behind the tasty sights lie always a story to be told! 👽

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