Category Archives: Rice

Mansaku

Mansaku Teriyaki Set
Mansaku
505 Beach Road #01-93
Golden Mile Food Centre
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm daily, closed on Tuesday

Mansaku sells a variety of Japanese food such as ‘Teriyaki Chicken’, ‘Pork Katsu’, ‘Unagi’, ‘Salmon Set’, ‘Katsu Curry rice’ and ‘Udon’.

The teriyaki chicken set goes for S$4.50 which comes with chicken, salad, watermelon, chawan mushi, miso soup and rice.

Yang Chow Fried Rice

Chinatown Special
Morning Star Food Court
#02-71 People’s Park Complex
Opening Hours: 11am to 5pm, Mon to Fri; 11am to 2pm, Sat; closed on Sunday

This stall sells only yang chow fried rice and each portion is S$3.  The rice is fried beautifully and comes with char siew (pork), prawns, egg and a sprinkle of spring onions.  Each rice grain is coated with the egg, making the rice very fragrant.

You can choose to add a side dish for 50 cents each: choose from fried egg, fried ikan bilis (small fish) or hae bee hiam (dried shrimp).

Ask for extra sambal belachan (a kind of chilli paste) if you are a huge fan of spicy food.

Ayam Penyet @ Changi Village

Sri Bistari Nasi Ayam Penyet
Sri Bistari
Changi Village Famous Nasi Penyet
Blk 3 Changi Village Road #01-40
Tel: 96172446/96176360 (Mr Mohd Fadzil)
Opening Hours: 10am to 2am, daily
Website: http://www.sbestfood.com/sribistari.htm

They have 4 other outlets, namely, Malay Village, Simei, Tampines and Beach Road.  Click their website to see the address and opening hours details.

“A new dish has over taken Nasi Lemak as the people’s favourite at Changi Village food centre. While there are at least five decent stalls still touting it, I counted at least six outlets now offering the latest craze there, Nasi Ayam Penyet.

It’s a traditional kampong staple from Indonesia and the last time I noticed, I suspect there are about 40 stalls all over our island selling this batter-less fried chicken on rice with a killer sambal and a pretty cherry tomato salad served on a traditional wooden platter.

Nasi Ayam Penyet means flat chicken rice. Mr Faisal Rashid set up the first specialist stall at Changi Village about two years ago after “ traveling through Jawa Timur in Indonesia and realized this dish could be a hit in Singapore.”

“The first thing my brother Fadzil and I did was to tweak the sambal. The Indonesian version has no sugar and we believe Singaporeans won’t like because of their familiarity with the sweeter nasi lemak sambal here.” So they added not one, but three types of sugars, “ Secret la, cannot tell you what sugars and how we use it but our spicy sambal has taste and fragrance of sweetness.” I pry for another secret, “ usually others don’t, but we pre-fry our belachan like the Nonyas, it gives better aroma”.

It’s strange, but their most important and secretive ingredient, which can make or break them, is doled out free, even when you ask for refills. But that’s the Singapore way, give them what they want, preferably free, and they’ll happily let you charge for what seems almost insignificant to them. It’s fair trade to them.

They believe that Nasi Ayam Penyat won’t be some fad as it has the same appeal Nasi Lemak has but is way healthier. Not a drop of coconut milk is involved and they use chicken flavoured, instead of plain rice.

And at $4.00 a portion which comes with a fried quartered chicken, done Indonesian style with spices and no batter, a plate of chicken flavoured rice, a fat dollop of sambal, chicken soup, a lettuce-cucumber and cherry tomato salad served on a thick wooden platter, it seems they are making an insignificant profit.

“My bother Fadzil don’t believe in charging a lot and don’t think people will pay more for it.”. Handling about two hundred fowls day at their Changi outlet is as much as the six staff and cooks can handle at the little outlet.

They actually have fourteen staff running this outlet on two shifts. Some of the bugbears of doing so is a high staff turnover and inconsistency in quality. So they hired a manager who does nothing but ensures all is smooth and recipes are adhered to but “ we don’t tell him the sambal recipe. We make it ourselves at night’, Faizal smiled, “also, we pay the staff 25% over market rate and it helps lower staff turnover.”

They are very successful, and as if to thank Providence for this blessing, they installed their parents as a middle-man chicken supplier, allowing them to pocket the takings. They even let customers refill their rice at no charge.

But what when the next round of bird flu fear comes a calling, “no problem” a prepared Faizal adds “ we also have the fried fish version, which now accounts for 25% of business. In fact, we will offer many types of fish, not just ikan kerapu, when chicken is not available.”

Note: The review was extracted from Makansutra.

Ayam Penyet RIA

Ayam Penyet RIA Fried Pomfret Set Ayam Penyet Set 
Ayam Penyet RIA
#04-25/26 Lucky Plaza
Tel: 6235 7385
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm
350 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: 6247 9445
Opening Hours: 12 Noon to 9pm
Website: http://www.ayampenyet.com/index.php

They hammered the chicken before deep-frying it, resulting in meat that’s tender and pulls apart quite easily from the bone. At Ayam Penyet RIA, which is a franchise originating from Indonesia, the smashed fried chicken is served as a set.

What you get is about a quarter of a small chicken, a piece each of fried beancurd and tempe, some boiled kangkong, a slice of cucumber, sambal belachan, and a separate plate of rice. It sounds like a lot, but the portions are really small.

Massaged with a light but aromatic mix of spices, the chicken was fried till crisp but hardly oily. What made it even more special was bits of tempura-like fried batter on the chicken, which was pleasantly crunchy.

At S$5.50, the set is a little pricey, considering the miserly amount given. Nevertheless, the fried chicken is a real gem, worth at least once a try. Besides the signature dish, they have other stuff like smashed beef and oxtail soup, but most are here for the hammered bird.

Ayam Power Cuisine

Ayam Power Cuisine Ayam Penyet Ayam Penyet 2
Ayam Power Cuisine
#02-87 Amoy Food Centre
Tel: +65 91819857

What this stall sells is Ayam Penyet (smashed fried chicken). What made us eat at this stall was the amazing wooden plate that they used to serve the ayam penyet.

We were lucky to get a taste coz we managed to get the last 2 plates! Since it is smashed fried chicken we ordered, I don’t know why my chicken wasn’t smashed.  In the very first place, I wonder why it must be smashed! Either way, the chicken was crispy and tasty.  Maybe I was too hungry! 😛 Must go for a 2nd round to truly appreciate the taste.

My advice is go early! They usually sell out by 1 or 2pm.

Shin Kushiya

Tofu Cheesecake Nabeyaki Udon Hotate Kariage Don 
Shin Kushiya
#02-120 Vivo City
Tel: 6275 8766
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 10.30pm, Sun to Thu; 11.30am to 11.30pm, Fri & Sat
#01-031 New Suntec Galleria
Tel: 6337 3988
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, Mon to Fri; 11.30am to 11.30pm, Sat & Sun
33-35 Pekin Street (Far East Square)
Tel: 6438 8991
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10.30pm, Mon to Fri; 11.30am to 3pm, 6p to 11pm, Sat & Sun
Website: http://www.shinkushiya.com/

I’ve tried eating at this restaurant twice: the first time was for dinner at their Vivo City outlet and the 2nd time for lunch at their Far East Square outlet.

I didn’t enjoy the dinner as I found their kushiyaki (something like yakitori sticks) were too saltish for my taste.  However, the dinner set was worth the price I paid (about S$35 nett if I can remember correctly) as it came with 5 sticks of kushiyaki, garlic rice, fruits, hot green tea, 1 tiny bowl of salad, miso soup, pickles and 1 tofu cheesecake.  Service at the Vivo City outlet was excellent I must say.

The kushiyaki that I ate during lunch was less saltish and more palatable.  Again, I ordered the mixed kushiyaki set.  This time, it came with 4 sticks of kushiyaki (2 mushrooms, pork with a bit of cheese sprinkled on top, pork with asparagus and 1 prawn), 1 tiny bowl of salad, 1 miso soup, pickles, 1 small bowl of potato mashed with carrots and 1 cold glass of green tea.  For these, I paid S$22.95 nett.  Very good value for money.  My colleagues had their Nabeyaki Gindara Udon set (Japanese claypot noodles with prawn tempura, vegetables, egg and choice of chicken or cod fish; gindara is cod fish) and Hotate Kariage Don set (sea scallops and vegetables lightly battered and fried). 

The Nabeyaki Gindara Udon set costs S$27.40 nett including 1 cold glass of green tea and the Hotate Kariage Don set costs S$23.80 nett including 1 hot glass of green tea.  The green tea costs S$1.77 nett and is an optional item.

Service at the Far East Square is not as good as the Vivo City outlet but given that it was a very busy lunch crowd (the whole restaurant was packed), it was understandable.

From 5 November 2007, Shin Kushiya will deliver to offices in the vicinity of their restuarants at Suntec City, Vivo City and Far East Square.  Please click here (Shin Delivery Menu) for terms and conditions of delivery and menu.  Minimum order is S$100.

Express Food Delivery

Express Food Delivery 
511 Guillemard Road #02-27
Grandlink Square
Singapore 399849
Tel: 6747 4368 Fax: 6747 4113
Opening Hours: 11am to 2am everyday except on the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month

Website: http://www.expressfood.com.sg/

I know they have been around for a very long time.  This company specializes in food & fruits from Geylang.  Yes, they do deliver durian! and even rambutan, lychee & longans! Wow! They even have bubble tea for those who have the craving for it. 

And fear not! They have food from Chinese to Malay to Indian to vegetarian.  If you’re tired of ordering tingkat dinner, you might want to try their set dinner too.

If the order is less than S$15, an additional charge of S$2 will be imposed.

Lam Foong Cooked Food

Lam Foong Cooked Food
Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent (TBC) #01-587
TBC Market and Food Centre

The opening hours of this stall is very erratic, so good luck to you if you want to patronise at this stall.

When it stays open in the day, it sometimes sell yong tau foo or noodles or whatever the owner feels like to sell that day.  If she sells yong tau foo, it is highly recommended that you go for it as the soup of the yong tau foo is tasty and the yong tau foo is handmade with the fish paste that she makes.  If it’s the other stuff, don’t try.

At night, she’ll sell the standard “chap chye” rice.  What makes her stand out from the other stalls is that she cooks medium-sized dishes and you can see her constantly cooking one dish or another, so it’s a good mix of dishes and you can get them hot.  Plus, the prices she charge is quite reasonable.

A must try dish at her stall is the boiled soup.  For only S$1 a bowl, you get a bowl of soup chockful of ingredients.  The soup menu changes every day and it’s really dependent on what she feels like to have.  You can also get a free bowl of soup without any ingredients if you patronise her stall.

Mr Chicken Rice

Mr Chicken Rice
#01-27 Hai Kou Wei @ Downtown East
Tel: 6585 0079
Opening Hours: 7am to 10pm

Fans of Mr Steven Low’s famous Chatterbox Cafe chicken rice who do not want to pay S$22.65 for it at the Meritus Mandarin Hotel can celebrate. The chef, who was retrenched from the hotel after 31 years of service, will soon be selling the dish for $5.

Mr Low had said that his stall’s chicken rice would be of hotel standard, though the servings would be smaller than those at Chatterbox. Each set will come with silky poached chicken pieces on the bone, clear cabbage soup, garlic-chilli-ginger sauce and dark soya sauce. Adding an extra touch, he will include in the set a bowl of fried bean curd in a Thai-style dressing. And instead of charging $19.50 plus taxes, like the hotel does, he will charge just $5 for a set.

Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak

Selera Rasa 
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak
Stall No. 2 Adam Road Food Centre
Tel: 9843 4509 (Mr Hj Hassan)
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 10pm
Website: http://www.sbestfood.com/adamrdnasilemakno1

Their slogan is “No. 2 Adam Road is the No. 1 Nasi Lemak”.  Can’t say I disagree with them as they are the best tasting nasi lemak in Adam Road Food Centre. 😀

Choose from a regular set (S$2 for rice, 1 fried egg, ikan bilis and chilli) to Fish/Chicken/Otak set (S$3 for additional fish/chicken/otak to the regular set) to the full house (S$4)/royal flush (S$4.50)/full house (S$5) (check their website for pictures). Add S$0.20 more for take-aways. 

They also do free delivery for 30 packets (check with Mr Hassan to see if he delivers to you or not first) and above or you can call and order in advance before collecting.

I love this stall’s fried chicken wings and the cuttlefish in chilli.