Penang Culture at Changi Airport Terminal 2

Penang Culture 
Changi Airport Terminal 2 Departure
Viewing Mall Level 3,
#036-087-01,
Singapore 819643

Operating Hours
Daily: 10.30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(Last order at 9.30 p.m.)
Tel: +65 6546 7793

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious Rating: 8.8/10

Average Spend Per Pax: ~S$21

Earlier this week, I found myself running through the list of restaurants at Changi Airport, looking for a suitable halal place to break my fast. I was in Ho Chi Minh for a short work trip, and was going to fly back to Singapore later that evening. After looking through the list, which included Swensens, 4 Fingers, and Central Thai, I finally settled on Penang Culture.

Tucked away at the back of the 3rd floor above the Departure level at Changi Airport’s Terminal 2, Penang Culture serves authentic street food in airconditioned comfort, though of course it is priced at a premium to ordinary hawker fare.

I landed around 710 pm and was dying of hunger by the time I reached the restaurant 15  minutes later – luckily, each table gets a basket of prawn crackers, the kinds they usually dole out in Indonesian restaurants. I confess I did not take a photo of it as I was too busy stuffing my face, but it was there, swear. Some of the keropoks were lemau (not as crispy as they should have been), but they tasted good and helped tide me over as I waited for our orders. What also helped was the self-service water stations at one corner of the restaurant, since it meant I didn’t have to wait to quench my thirst.

The menu is crazy extensive, so I will leave the menu photos to the end of the post, but I really had such a hard time trying not to overorder. The one thing I absolutely love from Penang Culture is the BBQ Lala (S$8.95), which are lala clams grilled in their special sambal sauce:

Penang_Culture_BBQ_Lala_Clams

They were juicy and so tasty; I honestly don’t know how they do it. The sambal was absolutely amazing; just thinking about it makes my mouth water! I can’t quite put my finger on the taste, but it was both spicy and sweet, with a hint of lemongrass. I wouldn’t be surprised if it had a smidge of belacan or dried shrimp in it. SO PERFECT. The clams themselves were a little chewy but I actually like that, so we’re good. 9.5/10

We also shared a small Penang Otah (S$6.95):

Penang_Culture_Penang_Otah

This was rather disappointing, and definitely not the best I’ve tasted. My main reference point here would be the sublime, fat, juicy-af Fish Otak Otak that they serve at Madam Kwan’s KL (The Singapore Madam Kwan’s isn’t halal, unfortunately). I also really love the moist and tasty otak-otak served at Rasa Istimewa at Choa Chu Kang Park. SO GOOD. But let’s get back to the present, wherein I am confronted by a sad, compact lump of otak-otak that was dry and not at all juicy. It wasn’t all-out horrible; just that I was just expecting more from this restaurant. The taste was also not on-point. It was slightly spicy, which was good, but it was also a little bitter, which I found unusual. My friend agreed with me about the texture, but didn’t really mind the taste. To that I say, you have NOT tasted the otak-otak from Madam Kwan’s! 6.5/10

Luckily, the Belacan Chicken Wings ($$5.95 for two full wings) were so so delicious. I even forgot to take a photo of the dish because I ate it way too quickly before realising what I’d done, sorry guys! You can take a look at the photo in the menu gallery below, but know that it tastes incredible. Umami, crispy skin, flavourful chicken meat, just all-around perfect. 10/10

For mains we shared a Premium Crab Meat and Salted Egg Fried Kway Teow (S$14.95):

Penang_Culture_Salted_Egg_Char_Kway_Teow

This was SO SO DELICIOUS!!! Boy did I regret having to share this dish. Because of the salted egg the texture of the noodles are every so slightly grainy, but that’s a small price to pay for the mad righteous flavour. The noodles are moist and packed with yummy prawns, squid, and some crab meat on top. Admittedly it’s a little pricey for ‘atas char kway teow’ but I’m telling you, this tastes so delicious, I would pony up the extra Yusof Ishaks for this plate of happiness. 9.5/10

All in all, Penang Culture is a great spot if you’re looking for a halal option at Changi Airport. I would definitely come back for the food!

As promised, here’s a gallery of the menu. You can also find it online when you click here.

Penang Culture 
Changi Airport Terminal 2 Departure
Viewing Mall Level 3,
#036-087-01,
Singapore 819643

Operating Hours
Daily: 10.30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(Last order at 9.30 p.m.)
Tel: +65 6546 7793

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious Rating: 8.8/10

Average Spend Per Pax: ~S$21

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