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☪️ Halal • Sedap

☪️ Halal • Sedap

My experience in Halal-certified establishments.
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The US brand Fatburger had landed on our shores for some time now. At dinner time, the crowd was still coming in, partially because they have earned their Halal certification.

So the Double (XXL) Burger, which costed S$10.90 ala carte, or S$14.90 by “making it ‘Fat’”, turned out to be a really petite set, with the burger almost covering my whole palm from top view. I was actually quite pleased with their beef patty, because the meat was coarsely grounded and not thoroughly minced, resulting in some chunky bites here and there. Sadly, a XXL set might have sounded big, but in reality it could not even barely satiate my hunger, and I was not very hungry to begin with.

Maybe, the way to go to ensure a full tank was to overdose myself with the refillable soft drinks, but given my desire for good burgers, I would opt for other burger joints to answer that call for burgers.

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I loved ordering Naan when I had a chance to, preferring them over Roti Prata. And every time I visit Al-Azhar Eating Restaurant, I would not fail to order a Kashmiri Naan (S$4.50), which contained candied fruit and chopped almonds.

The uniqueness of this dish was that the Naan bread were usually doughy and dry, and the ingredients added surprises of sweetness and crunch. Not sure if anyone else would eat this with curry or butter chicken, but kids and people with sweet tooth should give this a try.

Anyone knows where else would sell Kashmiri Naan in Singapore?

Over at Stall 2 (#01-02) of Dunman Food Centre, there is this Muslim food stall that sells a number of commonly found Malay dishes, and one of them is this Mee Rebus. The “kakak” was very friendly and nice to help me to make the last plate of Mee Rebus of the day, because she initially told me that it was already sold out.

What I liked about my S$3.00 breakfast was that the Mee Rebus gravy was peanuty and sweet enough for me, and it was quite filling too. Those who want more out of their meal can also order the additional side dishes to add on.

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The Mussels with GLBS (S$12.90) is my recommended starters for sharing, especially when it comes to wanting something saucy. Other than being served with four slices of “warm” bread, the pan is filled with blue mussels, and so I think that the portion is pretty generous.

The sauce, though creamy, tends to be on the salty side. However, it can also serve as a secondary dip for other items, such as fries, calamari or grilled prawns. For the best zing, try squeezing a wedge of lemon into the sauce and stir well before consumption.

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From Stall 2 of Plaza Singapura’s Kopitiam is this stalls that sells really economical Indonesian BBQ stuff. Though fascinating to watch how they dip the grilled chicken legs into the tub of Kecap sauce, I still preferred to buy their Ayam Goreng Set (S$5.50) instead, which comes in the deep fried variant of the chicken leg.

The curry they use are relatively bland and mild, but turn out to be a good companion with their steamed rice. Those who like it more spicy can get their sambal chilli sauce at no extra cost.

Given the portion versus the price, I believe this will be one of the shortlisted choices when I am at the Plaza Singapura region during meal times.

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... and “penyet” means smash in Malay.

The Ayam Penyet that was prepared by Penyet & BBQ stall in Food Republic deserves a special mention for their crispy coat of batter on the outside, yet tender chicken meat on the inside. The smashing process also helped the meat to be more tenderised, so fried chicken lovers will give their two thumbs up for it.

While the rice may cake up sometimes like a Ketupat, I felt that the chilli sauce that accompanies the fried chicken enhances the taste quite a fair bit, because the sauces and chilli sambal are all homemade. The conservative can order an Ayam Penyet Set, while those who loves a spicy kick to the meal can take on the Ayam Balado Set (Fried Chicken with Red Chilli) or Ayam Hijau Set (Fried Chicken with Green Chilli), all three priced at S$6.80 and comes with a portion of rice and a bowl of soup.

#burppleeatup

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I would not have known about this place without the Entertainer app, but this is almost like a good place for some peace. The Red Beret is the restaurant of The Raintr33 Hotel.

The Moo-moo Burger (S$18.90), otherwise known as beef burger, comes with some really nice bun that is not dry and definitely adds some points to this dish. Unfortunately, the patty did not appear or taste to be freshly made from scratch, otherwise I would have more to like about this one.

Maybe there’s not much room for innovation given that the restaurant is not well-patronised (yet), but if they whip up some reminiscent army camp favourites too, like Chicken Cutlet Fried Rice or Commando Fries, that could even be a reason for the crowds to come in!

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Just an unpretentious bowl of regular Laksa (S$4.30) for a quick lunch. Silly me thought that they had cockles inside, so I mentioned to the cashier “no clams please”.

Oops. Clams. What did I miss out?

The Laksa gravy was on point for me. Lemak enough but not too overpowering. Though it would have been nice to have more thick bee hoon inside, I don’t mind grabbing another bowl of this in my next visit.

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When I saw that The Malayan Council had this Durian Pengat Cake (S$11.50) in their menu, I knew I had to try it because it’s something really special. Don’t be held back by the price tag (well it is more expensive than most of the other cakes sold here), because what you’ll get is a huge slice of cake with Mao Shan Wang puree fillings, topped with a dollop of Durian Pengat with a drizzle of Gula Melaka.

Please try not to finish the Durian Pengat before the cake, as in my opinion that’s the part where the durian fragrance is the strongest. Consume this with the right proportion of cake, cream and Durian Pengat, and you’ll enjoy this dessert to the very last mouthful.

The cake also comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but that is largely negligible though good to have. Basically, the Durian Pengat stole the show.

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Sin Ming Roti Prata is unofficially listed as the Top 10 places for Roti Prata in Singapore, and today I managed to try their Coin Prata Set (S$4.00 for 6 pieces). The coins are actually sufficiently thick, crispy on the outside and still quite fluffy on the inside.

I like to eat the Coin Prata by dipping it into the given curry (choice of chicken or fish), which for me is a little more spicy but definitely not overwhelming or burning. However, it doesn’t hurt to order an additional plate of curry fish or curry chicken, because it all tastes good anyway.

#TastyTastemakerTour

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Admit it: you can't find many places in Singapore that sells Beef Murtabak. More so when you order a larger portion and the ground beef is generously spread around the Murtabak. And I think this goes really well with fish curry!

Strange thing about Zam Zam though, is that they do not sell Roti Prata here. And the other strange thing is that my food is served piping hot within 1 minute of ordering! It was also observed that ready-packed Murtabak is available for roadside pick-up during those peak hours! No worries about lack of parking lots in the vicinity if this is what you are looking for.

The Nasi Lemak Classic (S$7.90) had pretty much of what one can typically expect from a local favourite: fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk, served together with chicken wing, ikan bilis and peanuts, fried egg, sliced cucumber and the soul -- sweet sambal sauce. This one over here also comes with two fried fish strips to complement the already quite complete meal.

In general, most of the food on this plate appeared to be really tasty, and I like the juiciness of the fried chicken wing the most. Just a little pity that the rice tasted a little more gingerly than lemak (coconut milk), if not this would really be comparable with the more famous Nasi Lemak stalls in town.

That said, it's still delicious.

First world problem: What to eat for the next meal?

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