☪️ Halal • Sedap

☪️ Halal • Sedap

My experience in Halal-certified establishments.
Siming T
Siming T

Mainly the combination of Korean Ramyeon and Tteokbokki, Jinjja Chicken also had their take on the Rabokki. At S$7.90, the bowl of noodles was pretty quickly served. I quite liked the thickness of the soup because, which was further thickened by the cheese that came with it. This could be an alternative to fried chicken, especially for those who needed a bit more carbohydrates to last through to the next meal.

During peak hours, it would be good to find a seat before placing orders. But what was most interesting for me was the two times of power tripping that happened during the visit, which I almost thought they were doing some birthday surprises.

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On a weekday lunch hour whereby the restaurants and public food courts were filled with diners, I was surprised to see that there were lots of seats available at Terminal M, a gourmet foodcourt run by Ministry of Food.

Through the ordering kiosk, I got myself a Mixed Tendon (S$11.90) that basically comprised prawns, dory, long beans, a Shiitake mushroom, eggplant and a fried egg. Comprehensive as it might have seemed, I had an uneasy feeling when I saw that there was little trace of sauce. True enough, the Donburi was presented in a dry manner, and that while the meal was substantially filling, the satisfaction was far from my ideal Tendon with crispy Tempura and a fluffy bed of rice.

Maybe, their Korean fare or Western food might stand a better chance for more thumbs up? I don’t know.

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One has to constantly innovate to keep up with the competitive industry, but innovation need not refer to fancy fusion or absurd new creations with confusing palates.

By paying a little more, I tried their Satay Chicken Chop (S$10.90) which I enjoyed very much. Firstly, the sauce that was layered atop the grilled chicken was thick with a rich nutty flavour and mildly spicy. Secondly, familiar ingredients such as the diced cucumber and raw onion rings helped in balancing the Satay flavours, just like what we would have in their skewered forms (thankfully, no Ketupats here!). Lastly, the usual sidekicks — fries and coleslaw — helped remind me that this was still a Western meal, with the coleslaw especially maintaining its usual creamy consistency. Overall, it’s tasty and balanced, yet rich enough before it became an overkill.

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This takeaway concept had recently attained their Halal certification, which means that they had extended their reach to a larger customer base.

From S$5.00, one could get a box of Egg Fried Rice that was cooked “a la minute”. The chefs stood behind a glass window, showing the whole process of cooking the fried rice in front of customers. As the short-grain Japanese rice was tossed in the wok with hot oil and egg, I could not help but marvel at how these chefs could stand there all day, frying rice and noodles non-stop.

Apparently, their fried rice was quite an impressive product, with television viewers voting Wok Hey as the best among hawkers in conjunction with the premiere of Fried Rice Paradise serial drama. While I must admit that the fried rice was not as consistently cooked over my few orders, the flavours of their Egg Fried Rice was on point and outstanding from most hawker stalls. To mark the double celebration with their certifiation, Wok Hey offered a free Tobiko (flying fish roe) topping for every pack of fried rice purchased on 6, 13 and 20 Sep. Very premium, I must say, but somehow I still preferred my fried rice as-is — it’s good enough!

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

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