El Cubanos at Short St (Selegie)

El Cubanos
1A Short St #01-01
Singapore 188210
Tel: +65 9162 5540

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 12pm to 11pm
Sat: 4pm to 1am
Closed on Sundays

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$11 including a drink
Recommended dishes: Signature Pulled Beef Cubano with Cajun Fries (S$8.80), Grilled Chicken Cubano with Cajun Fries (S$8.50)

WHERE DID THE WEEKEND GO YOU GUYS 😭😭. I always dream of having a super nua stay-in weekend where I sequester myself at home and get my life in order, like do some laundry, tidy up, maybe go for a run, take naps, and get caught up on my favourite TV shows. For some reason it never happens and I always end up going out. Half of me is just this lazy homebody, and the other half always has major #FOMO ugh.

Anyway this weekend I managed to squeeze in a couple of brunches, did two loads of laundry AND blazed through 5 episodes of Stranger Things Season 2 omg. HAVE YOU GUYS WATCHED IT?! It’s so great.

You know what’s also great though? THE SANDWICHES FROM EL CUBANOS 👅💦😭💯.

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Just look at this.

My friend and I meet up for lunch once every couple of weeks and we usually try a halal place that’s anywhere between our two offices. Couple weeks ago it was The Big Cheese (review to come!), and this week it was El Cubanos!

Located just off Selegie Road at 1A Short St, El Cubanos serves up Cuban-style pressed sandwiches as their specialty. Think grilled cheese panini but with a generous serving of meats as well. SO SO GOOD.

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The El Cubanos Storefront

Here is the menu display at the shop:

El_Cubanos_Menu

“Good people serving good food to make you feel good” – I a hundred percent support

I had the Signature Pulled Beef Cubano with Cajun Fries (S$8.80), which featured a pressed pulled beef and cheese sandwich with jalapeños, served with a side of cajun fries:

El_Cubanos_Pulled_Beef_Cajun_Fries

Signature Pulled Beef Cubano with Cajun Fries (S$8.80) – 10/10!!! ❤️

OK not even kidding but the first bite was transcendental. I still remember it so, so vividly. The bread was crisp on the outside, and the pulled beef within was just so tender and flavourful and cheesy. It was really sublime, and I recall just melting into a delirium of sounds as I consumed the rest of the sandwich.

UGHHHHH the beef was really so juicy and there were heaps of it too in the sandwich. There were a couple of jalapeño slices adding mild heat. Also loved the fries with the savoury Cajun seasoning. They reminded me of 4 Fingers fries in terms of texture. But of course it was the Cuban sandwich that stole the show. 10/10

My friend got the Spiced Up Grilled Chicken Cubanos with Cajun Fries ($8.50) in extra spicy:

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Spiced Up Grilled Chicken Cubano (S$8.50) on top, Signature Pulled Beef Cubano (S$8.80) below.

So my friend and I swapped one half of our sandwiches with each other’s so we could have the best of both worlds. I really liked the grilled chicken version too, except that it somehow had more onion inside. Also pulled beef is way shreddier and juicier so I’m giving this grilled chicken cubano a 9.5/10.

The both of us left the place feeling thoroughly satisfied and also kicking ourselves for not having discovered it way earlier! Literally, we were texting later that Friday about how we were still thinking about the sandwich. Next morning, he joked that he “dreamt he was eating the cubano and woke up to find his pillow gone” LOLLLL DEAD. Seriously, I was thinking about it all weekend and we’ve already fixed another date later this week to go again 😀

Service is pleasant, the ambience is terrific (look at all the Cuban photographs and paraphernalia adorning the walls!) and they have good Cuban/Latin music to put you in the mood. I went to Cuba in 2015 and being here just brings me right back. It makes me wonder if we have any sort of Cuban expat (exiles?! ok maybe émigrés.) here in Singapore because if so I hope they know about this place.

YOU GUYS HAVE TO VISIT!!!

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Getting sassed by this t-shirt.

El_Cubanos_Signature_Pulled_Beef_Sandwich

Post swap: Chicken cubano on top, pulled beef cubano below

El Cubanos
1A Short St #01-01
Singapore 188210
Tel: +65 9162 5540

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 12pm to 11pm
Sat: 4pm to 1am
Closed on Sundays

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$11 including a drink
Recommended dishes: Signature Pulled Beef Cubano with Cajun Fries (S$8.80), Grilled Chicken Cubano with Cajun Fries (S$8.50)

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Golden Ladle at Sembawang Rd

Golden Ladle
33 Sembawang Road
Sembawang Eating House Stall #2
Singapore 779084
Tel: +65 8102 9065
Notes: Cash-only, accepts reservations

Opening Hours
Tue-Sun: 12pm to 10pm
Closed on Mondays

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$5+ 
Recommended dishes: Sticky Chicken Wings (S$8)

Hey guys! So in my previous post, I talked about my friends and I trying the food from Reminis at Sembawang Eating House? I also mentioned us trying food from a neighbouring stall and that was Golden Ladle!

Golden Ladle is right next to Reminis and serves mostly Western/Italian food, although “chaat masala salted egg sauce” also features on the menu (look it up under Sharing):

Golden Ladle - Menu

Man that Crabby Patty sounds good right now (it’s 1230am as I’m typing this)

The first thing that attracted me on the menu was the signature Sticky Chicken Wings (S$8):

Golden Ladle - Sticky Chicken Wings 1

Sticky Chicken Wings (SS8) – 10/10

Golden Ladle - Sticky Chicken Wings

I mean LOOK AT THESE WINGSSSSSSS 😀

Oh boy, I love chicken wings and these were superb!! The skin is crisp, and made super flavourful thanks to the coat of sweet/spicy/tangy sauce with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. These bad boys are literally finger-licking good! Hurrah for yet another place that gets wings right. 10/10

We also ordered a plate of calamari rings called the Squid-o-Rings (S$8):

Golden Ladle - Calamari
Squid-o-Ring (S$8) – 7/10

I will level with you guys and say that this was pretty average. The flour coating was crispy for sure, but the batter tasted a little bland – not ideal considering regular squid isn’t naturally the most flavourful seafood unless it’s really fresh. I think it could stand to be little more savoury – maybe some curry powder or more salt and pepper in the mix. Thankfully I love squid in all forms so we still cleaned this up! 6.5/10

I think if the delicious chicken wings are anything to go by, Golden Ladle has a lot of promise! The next time I’m back I will definitely try either the Crabby Patty with Avocado Pesto and Spiced Salsa (S$10) or the Soft-Shell Crab with Chaat Masala Salted Egg Sauce (S$14). Let’s be real though, I will probably get both haha. I’ll definitely keep you guys posted!

Golden Ladle
33 Sembawang Road
Sembawang Eating House Stall #2
Singapore 779084
Tel: +65 8102 9065
Notes: Cash-only, accepts reservations

Opening Hours
Tue-Sun: 12pm to 10pm
Closed on Mondays

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$5+ 
Recommended dishes: Sticky Chicken Wings (S$8)

Reminis at Sembawang Road

** Update as of 2 June 2017: Rem.i’nis has closed down their physical stall at 33 Sembawang Road BOOHOO!!! Peep the 3 May announcement on their instagram account @rem.inis. For the month of Ramadan though, they are taking orders for some of their signature dishes such as the TRUFFLING MAC & CHEESE OMG UNFFFF. You’ll have to pick the orders up from their place at Punggol so do check out their instagram for more details! **

Rem.i’nis
33 Sembawang Road
Singapore 779084
Email: 33rem.inis@gmail.com

Opening Hours
Mon-Sun: 1pm to 9pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9/10
Average spend per pax: S$6 (we ordered from another stall too)
Recommended Dishes: Truffling (Truffled mac & cheese -S$7 for plain, S$8.50 with beef)

I have this friend who, for some reason entirely beyond me, seems to have her finger on the pulse of the halal food scene. Which is to say, she knows all these super obscure new places to try.

So a couple of Fridays ago when she entreated me and my other friend to go to Rem.i’nis (we’ll get to the spelling later) at Sembawang Road, I did not take this suggestion lightly. Never mind that I live about a plane ride away, and that the spelling of the name was kind of crazy. I trusted my friend and managed to strongarm her into driving us there, so off we went.

Rem.i’nis is a stall in the coffeeshop on Sembawang Road (33 Sembawang Eating House), about a 10-minute walk from Word Cafe and Springleaf Prata Place. It labels itself a “Tex-Mex infused with Asian flavours”, and honestly I do not understand the spelling at all – sekejap full stop sekejap apostrophe, Ya Allah – but I’m sure they have their reasons for it. If the food is good, I’ll give them a free pass for playing fast and loose with punctuation. Also for the rest of this post I’ll just refer to them as Reminis ok? Perfect.

Here is a look at the menu:

Reminis - Menu 3

I love all the additional meat choices, because I love meat

Reminis - Menu 1

Love that they put all the info about the place on their menu!

Reminis - Menu 2

“No YOU’RE the chump!” “Lol bolones” “Omg Uncle Djeng-Goat” — thoughts running through my head while reading this menu.

My friends and I were trying out dishes from Reminis and also its next-door neighbour Golden Ladle (which I will review separately), so we only ordered a couple of things from each place.

First we ordered the Jeng-Goat Mutton Burger (S$9):

Reminis - Jeng Goat Burger

Jeng-Goat Mutton Burger (S$9) – 7.5/10 but could’ve been 9/10 if the buns were better!

Yum I like the fries! They were well-seasoned and crispy, a little like Long John Silvers’ fries on its best day (idk how you folks feel about LJS but I kind of love it – it appeals to my most base instincts). The burger itself was really good but I feel it was let down by the buns! The goat patty was thick, juicy and tasty, so full points there. The layer of cheese and harissa sauce ensured each bite was extra juicy and delicious. THE BUNS, however, could have been better – they broke apart all too easily and was a little insubstantial/aerated. My point of reference for a really good bun would be the brioche buns used in The Ugly Duckling’s duck confit burger; boy those are super yummy and chewy with good bite. 7.5/10

Next was an item I saw on the menu and simply HAD to order, the Truffling Mac & Cheese (S$7) and topped up an additional S$1.50 for some beef filling:

Reminis - Truffling Mac and Cheese

Truffling Mac & Cheese (S$8.50 with beef) – 10/10

Reminis - Truffle Mac and cheese 1

OMGGGGGG so gooey and creamy and meaty omg dying omg this looks just about as good as it tasted

OK so, no big deal but THIS MACARONI AND CHEESE WAS SO GOOD YOU GUYS. And at only S$8.50?! I’ll have 10 of those! Seriously. Not at all jelak, you guys. I must say the seasoned beef very slightly overpowered the taste of the truffle oil/truffle butter, but overall I loved the alternating tastes of the beef and the truffle. The macaroni itself was chewy and had good bite, without being too tough or overcooked. Each spoonful of this dish was juicy, sloppy, and delicious.  10/10 without a doubt.

All in all I would definitely come back to Reminis, even if it means making the haul from the West all the way out to Sembawang, and even if it means having to type out Rem.i’nis many more times in my life – spelling be damned! That truffle mac & cheese alone is motivation enough! I’ve already raved about it to anyone who will hear me out, LOL. At the same time I wouldn’t mind trying the many other items on the menu.

My one gripe about this place is they only provide plastic cutlery and not the usual metal ones, so it’s a little delicate. I can see why they would do it, because of cleanup and manpower considerations, but yes I would’ve definitely preferred metal cutlery. Small matter though; good food triumphs over other concerns always.

Rem.i’nis
33 Sembawang Road
Singapore 779084
Email: 33rem.inis@gmail.com

Opening Hours
Mon-Sun: 1pm to 9pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9/10
Average spend per pax: S$6 (we ordered from another stall too)
Recommended Dishes: Truffling (Truffled mac & cheese -S$7 for plain, S$8.50 with beef)

** Update as of 2 June 2017: Rem.i’nis has closed down their physical stall at 33 Sembawang Road BOOHOO!!! Peep the 3 May announcement on their instagram account @rem.inis. For the month of Ramadan though, they are taking orders for some of their signature dishes such as the TRUFFLING MAC & CHEESE OMG UNFFFF. You’ll have to pick the orders up from their place at Punggol so do check out their instagram for more details! **

Encik Tan at JCube

Encik Tan
JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1
B1-K05
Singapore 609731

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 7/10
Average spend per pax: S$5-7

Hey guys! So it’s been a while since I last posted – have been kind of busy with unimportant things like bingewatching The Night Of – omg!! Have you guys watched it? It’s a new HBO miniseries about this well-behaved, 2nd-gen Pakistani college kid in Queens, who goes out one night, meets this cool girl, ends up sleeping with her at her place after trying some drugs and drinks, wakes up downstairs in her kitchen, goes back upstairs to sheepishly put on his clothes and bid her goodbye, only to switch on the light and discover her in bed all bloodied up and stabbed to death!!! He inexplicably grabs the knife and hides it in his jacket, runs the hell away in his dad’s cab that he’d snuck out in earlier, gets caught for making an illegal left turn, is detained, found with the bloody knife, and is charged with murder. The rest of the series explores the possibility of his culpability, other suspects, the criminal system in America and ugh the horrible things that go on in prisons like Rikers Island. It’s FASCINATINGGGGG please go watch now. It’s not on Netflix though! I had to procure it via other means if you catch my drift.

Anyway I digress. I’m actually here to write a review of Encik Tan, the halal chain that serves Chinese hawker fare at very reasonable prices and in air-conditioned comfort. I LOVE Chinese food, great prices and air-conditioning, so I guess it was only a matter of time before I went over like a moth to a flame. I went to the JCube one which is closest to my home, but they have 10 outlets in total – 3 in the west, 6 in the east and 1 at Bugis.

Here is a look at the menu:

Encik Tan - Menu

I’m kind of a fishball fiend and I enjoy eating fishballs either fried on their own, or cooked in soups and instant noodles! My go-to is Dodo chilli fishball added to Mama creamy shrimp tom yam instant noodles, together with some enoki mushroom for texture! SO YUMMY UGH.

Which is to say, it was an easy decision for me to get the Fishball Noodle (S$4):

Encik Tan - Fishball Noodles Dry

Fishball Noodles (S$4) – 6.5/10

I was really hoping for more, but the fishballs were not terribly fantastic. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good enough, but I have tasted better, fluffier, Teochew-style fishball that I was really hoping would be similar to these ones. These just weren’t as tasty or as tender as I would’ve liked. (using tender to describe fishballs is making me a little uncomfortable, I won’t deny it). I liked the soup though! It was light and salty – the perfect broth.

Noodles – I found them a little dry and hard – perhaps more chilli oil would solve that? So overall not terribly fantastic, but I suspect I’ll keep coming back here for my halal fishball noodle fix since the outlets are pretty accessible. If you guys know of a better halal fishball noodle place, let me know!! 6.5/10

My friend opted for the Signature Noodles (S$5) which comes with not only fishball but also fishcake slices, along with some chicken ball (that’s the brown thing):

Encik Tan - Signature Noodles

Signature Noodles (S$5) – 6.5/10

My friend also found the noodles and ingredients pretty average. Nothing to write home about but hey it’s cheap and it fills you up. She rated it a 6.5/10 too.

Encik Tan - Noodles

Group shot LOL

After having the noodles, I was feeling a little unsatisfied so I decided to spring for a plate of Fried Oyster Omelette (S$5), because truly I can’t resist the fluffy goodness of a fried oyster omelette:

Encik Tan - Fried Oyster Omelette

Fried Oyster Omelette (S$5) – 7.5/10

This was pretty yummy! I can’t stand spring onion, which there was SO MUCH OF. I much prefer when they have coriander, but thankfully the fried oyster omelette itself was really yummy!! It was really fluffy and soft in parts, and crispy at times too. My two gripes are that I found only one sad oyster in the whole omelette, and the chilli dipping sauce that they provided wasn’t as good. 7.5/10

All in all, I thought Encik Tan is a decent place to go if you’re craving halal Chinese food – the fact that it has its own seating sure beats having to find tables in regular foodcourts or coffeeshops. I might come back for the fried oyster omelette and try the carrot cake too while I’m at it.

Encik Tan
JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1
B1-K05
Singapore 6097

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 6.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$5-7

Kowloon Express at 321 Clementi II

Kowloon Express
321 Clementi, #01-01
Eng Wah Cinema Mall
Singapore 129905
Reservations: +65 6250 0833

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: 100% muslim-owned, and MUIS certification in process
Halalicious Rating: 10/10 for Dimsum, 8/10 for noodles

Average spend per pax: S$17
Recommended dishes: Charcoal golden sand pau (S$5.20), chilli crab pau (S$5.20), har kow (S$5.20), Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$8.80)

Hey guys! It’s been well over a month since I last posted, yikes. Sorry for the radio absence but I’ve been so caught up with Raya and other things like my week-long work trip right in the middle of Syawal (downright cruel), being stricken with the flu after said trip (I get the flu once every 3 years or something), bingeing on Gilmore Girls on Netflix (again!! GG ruined my social life back in college days lol).

While we’re on the subject of TV, have you guys watched Stranger Things on Netflix? It is just SO good and the perfect combo – it’s part supernatural thriller, part sci-fi, all nostalgia. Set in the 1980s, the series opens with a terrifying scene of a scientist running away from some creature (naturally it gets him in the lift), and progresses to the mysterious disappearance of a boy Will Byers from his small Indiana town. It’s really creepy and if you’re a scaredy cat like me, I would strongly counsel against watching it alone haha. I got my whole family hooked on it and boy am I glad I don’t have to watch it alone now.

OMG anyway I’m so sorry for the novel-length opener to this post, which is supposed to be about my recent visit to Kowloon Express at 321 Clementi!

I realised that my first post on it is woefully outdated as Kowloon Express has a new, more comprehensive menu now and also they raised their prices (boo, but ok. I want them to survive!) Here’s a look:

 

So the last time I was here, they had crispy fish skin on the menu, but this time around, I realised it got majorly upgraded to Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$8.80)!!! Of course, of course, we had to get it.

Kowloon Express - Salted Egg Fish Skin

Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$8.80) – 10/10

You guys. You know like most people I have a weakness for salted egg anything, right? This exceeded my expectations. It comes out piping hot, steam and aroma rising, and the fish skin is delightfully crispy and light, with just enough coating of delicious salted egg sauce. SO DELICIOUS AND SO CRISPY. Yes. Always and forever 10/10.

My friend was also pretty hungry so we got a plate of Beef Hor Fun (S$8.90) to share:

Kowloon Express - Beef Hor Fun

Beef Hor Fun (S$8.90) – 8/10

The beef hor fun was quite good to be honest – I was a little hesitant to get it initially as I just wanted to stuff my face with baskets of dim sum, but the noodles and gravy were very flavourful, with just a hint of that charred taste (wok hei) that makes the Hor Fun less jelak. The serving of beef was also pretty generous. Our only gripe came from my friend who says they used regular kway teow noodles which are a little less broad than regular hor fun noodles. I didn’t quite mind 🙂 8/10

On to the raison d’être of this establishment  – the dim sum! We went with the classics again this time – the Charcoal Golden Sand Pau (S$5.20 for 3), the Chilli Crab pau (S$5.20) and the shrimp Har Kow (S$5.20 for 4):

Kowloon Express - Dim Sum Baskets

Clockwise from L to R: Charcoal Golden Sand Pau (S$5.20), Chilli Crab Pau (S$5.20), Beef Hor Fun (S$8.90), Shrimp Har Kow (S$5.20)

Kowloon Express - Table Spread

Dim sum verdict: 10/10 for all. YUMMMMM 😀

As with my previous review, all 3 were superlative. The Charcoal Golden Sand Paus (S$5.20) are just so fluffy and chewy, while the salted egg custard within is generous and the right balance of sweet and salty. You guys can check out the ooze video on my instagram @halalicioussg if you want to whet your appetites! 10/10

The Chilli Crab Pau (S$5.20) is spicy with the slightest hint of coriander, and super flavourful. And the fluffy white buns are just SO soft 😭. The prawns in the Harkow  (S$5.20) are plump and bursting with flavour! Please don’t forget to try it with the amazing home-made chilli sauce they provide in bottles. That chilli sauce is just heavenly UGH. 10/10 for both.

We were there around 3pm on a Saturday and there was barely anyone there, which meant attentive service and a very relaxed, lazy weekend vibe! Loved it. Will definitely go back here again the next chance I get!

Here are more random pictures of the place:

Kowloon Express - Bite With Caution Wall Poster

The ooze is real, guys.

Kowloon Express - Wall Decor

Kantonis! Cracks me up.

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Muslim-owned and halal, yay!

Kowloon Express
321 Clementi, #01-01
Eng Wah Cinema Mall
Singapore 129905
Reservations: +65 6250 0833

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: 100% muslim-owned, and MUIS certification in process
Halalicious Rating: 10/10 for Dimsum, 8/10 for noodles

Average spend per pax: S$17
Recommended dishes: Charcoal golden sand pau (S$5.20), chilli crab pau (S$5.20), har kow (S$5.20), Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$8.80)

 

Ramadan Special: Halal Duck Burger from The Ugly Duckling

Ramadan Special: Duck Leg Confit Burger from Eunos MRT Bazaar!

What: The best halal Duck Confit Burger you’ll have ever had
Where: Eunos MRT Ramadan Bazaar Stall #6
How much: S$6 each or S$10 for 2
Who: The Ugly Duckling SG (@theuglyducklingsg on IG)

Hey guys! Welcome to Ramadan day 18! Gosh how did it all go by so fast? It does not feel like 18 days. Time to step it up and #taubatlikeitshot haha. I need to majorly stop being on snapchat so much 😦

Before Ramadan ends I’d like to quickly share with you guys this AMAZING burger I have had twice now:

The Ugly Duckling SG - Duck Leg Confit Burger

Duck Leg Confit Burger (S$6 each or S$10 for 2) – 10/10 come throughhhhh!

YAAAASSS. It’s called the Duck Leg Confit Burger (S$6 each or S$10 for 2) by The Ugly Duckling, also known as the guys behind Sundaymarket. Go check out their instagram @theuglyducklingsg!!

OK so my friend had been raving to high heavens about this burger so I decided to try it for myself. Man, I was not disappointed. The burger comprises two unbelievably soft sweet brioche buns, and a winning combination of tasty, shredded duck confit, orange cheddar and – get this – caramelised pineapples!! Sedapnyeeeee!!! 10/10 for sure!

I also tried the Duck Fat Cheese Fries (S$5) because why the heck not:

The Ugly Duckling SG - Duck Fat Cheese Fries

Duck Fat Cheese Fries (S$5) – 7.5/10

Yummmm who doesn’t love good sloppy cheesy fries! I really like this but I’ve had it twice now and it’s a bit of a hit or miss. The skin-on fries are rustic and not your usual fat crispy fries, which is ok, but I also wish they had more bits of shredded duck in it, that would’ve been the absolute BOMB. I also tasted something mildly oniony in there, which no I’m not a fan of. It’s all subjective though. The fries are good to have but if you can only make space for one item, dear God please let it be the Duck Confit burger!!! 7.5/10

The guys at the booth are ever so, so nice. On my second visit I bought a burger, ate it on site, and proceeded to buy 2 more for my family to try, and they threw in a cheese fries on the house so my family could try it too! SO NICE LOVE THEM.

And another funny story – on my first visit  I had just placed my order and was the only one in line (it was 530pm). Suddenly this guy came up and spoke to the crew and it went a little like this:

Guy: OMG I had your burger yesterday and I have to say it’s really the best. It’s so good it’s restaurant quality I’m telling you! It’s there! It’s great.(meanwhile the crew were looking touched and in slight disbelief)
Guy: I’m gonna bring my brother here later tonight. What time do you guys close!
Crew: We close at 1030pm (ok I can’t really remember but I *think* they said 1030pm)
Guy: Great I’ll come by later. Thanks man, really really good burgers.

So I was enjoying this rather amusing declaration of love, and it was so enthusiastic that I was almost going to joke like “haha you guys planted him to impress me right!” until one of the crew looked down and uttered a very intense “alhamdulillah”. Oops, so glad I didn’t make that joke. Well the point of this story I suppose is just to let you guys know there are lots of ravers of this burger; my friends, myself, and this nameless guy included.

Go try it now before the bazaar closes! I’ll leave you guys with some photos of the menu etc:

The Ugly Duckling SG - Menu 2

The beef rendang lasagna is apparently available at their brick and mortar Sundaymarket Cafe, but the duck confit burger is a ramadan special that will only reappear once The Ugly Duckling get their food truck ready sometime towards end 2016

The Ugly Duckling SG - Menu 1

Mmm duck fat cheese fries. Please add more duck guys!

The Ugly Duckling SG - Menu

OK maybe I should try the other 2 burgers.

The Ugly Duckling SG - Waitr Pre-Order App

OK IDK anything about this app but it’s there and lets you order ahead so feel free to use it if you aren’t a Luddite like me.

The Ugly Duckling SG - Takeaway Cheese Fries

The take-me-home box for the Cheese Fries!

The Ugly Duckling SG - Takeaway Duck Burger

How cute is the takeaway sticker!!

What: The best halal Duck Confit Burger you’ll have ever had
Where: Eunos MRT Ramadan Bazaar Stall #6
How much: S$6 each or S$10 for 2
Who: The Ugly Duckling SG (@theuglyducklingsg on IG)

Springleaf Prata Place at Upper Thomson

Springleaf Prata Place
No. 1 Thong Soon Ave
Singapore 787431
Tel: +65 6459 6970
Open 7am-12am daily (last order 1145pm)

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$10
Recommended dishes: Murtaburger (S$7), Portobello Mozzarella Cheese Prata (S$6)

Hello guys! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while – I’ve been so busy with family stuff, but rest assured I have been eating so much halal food and taking pictures on the reg LOL. You can check out my newish instagram account @halalicioussg for a sampler.

On to brass tacks – I know I’m so ketinggalan (left behind/outdated) but I finally got around to trying the notorious Murtaburger from Springleaf Prata Place near Upper Thomson Road!! Even then, it was at the behest of a colleague who was dying to try the Plaster Blaster, which is sort of like an eggs benedict but with prata instead of english muffin/brioche.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s have a look at the menu at Springleaf Prata Place:

Springleaf Prata Place - Menu 1

Ewah-ewah, check out their Ultimate Hawkerfest section right thurrr

Springleaf Prata Place - Menu 2

Dranks and stuff

We arrived early on a Tuesday evening, and were the second ones there (apart from the abang-abang airforce making their orders in the reflection):

Springleaf Prata Place - Ambience 1

Red, like the interior of WORD. too.

Springleaf Prata Place - Ambience

Order and pay at the counter first, so you can leave without a care in the world after you’re done eating

Springleaf Prata Place- Alfresco

If you don’t want to sit inside, you can also sit at the wilderness-adjacent tables outside

Springleaf Prata Place - Halal Certificate

So halal it hurts

So I got the Murtaburger (S$7), which features a ramly-style mutton patty wrapped in egg, and mixed in with gooey mozzarella cheese and mayonnaise, with a delicious, crispy prata folded over it:

Springleaf Prata Place- Murtabak Burger

The Murtaburger (S$7) – 9.5/10

Springleaf Prata Place - the Murtaburger

YUMMMMM

I was really worried the portion was going to be insane and it was just going to be one massive heart attack on a plate, but thankfully it was pretty sensible! I think there was only one mutton patty in this serving, although reviews that I’ve read in the past talk about a two-patty party. !!! I guess one patty is enough for me, while a second one might have taken me over the edge, so it’s all good.

The explosion of textures and tastes in my mouth when I had my first forkful, was just phenomenal. The prata was crispy, the mutton patty ultra juicy, and the cheese!! Oh, the delicious, stringy, gooey cheese was just the best. It was the most satisfying prata dish I’ve had in years. 9.5/10

My colleague had the Plaster Blaster (S$5), which features slices of ham (probably turkey) on a bed of crispy, plain prata, and topped with a beautiful poached egg with hollandaise sauce:

Springleaf Prata Place - Plaster Blaster Prata

Plaster Blaster (S$5) – 8.5/10

I thought this would be an odd combo, but strangely enough I thought the textures and tastes worked well together, especially due to the salty taste of the ham slices. Personally, I still much prefer the Murtaburger though! More is more. 8.5/10 

We were also curious to try the other specialties at Springleaf Prata Place, so we got the Special Paper Prata with Milk and Sugar (S$1.90).

Springleaf Prata Place - Special Paper Prata

Special Paper Prata with Milk and Sugar (S$1.90) – 7/10

This was a little disappointing – I don’t know what I was expecting, but this was like basically really, really, crispy prata with condensed milk drizzled all over it. I think I wanted it to be crispy on the outside but to still retain a bit of the chewiness within. Alas, this was all crisp so it was like eating plain old Khong Guan biscuits with milk and sugar on them. A novelty and worth a first try, but probably not for repeat visits. 7/10

We followed up these earlier acts pretty quickly with the Portobello Mozzarella Cheese Prata (S$6), which is basically a bougie version of the regular mushroom cheese prata:

Springleaf Prata Place - Portobello Mozzarella Prata

Portobello Mozzarella Cheese Prata (S$6) – 9.5/10

I have to say, I REALLY enjoyed this. The slices of portobello mushroom imparted a lot of flavour, whereas the relatively blander mozzarella cheese provided a beautiful stringy, oozey texture. The prata here isn’t crispy, maybe because of the cheese, so it was pretty soft and tender, which I also thought was great in this instance. A winning combination. 9.5/10 

Being the greedy guts that I was, I gatal-ly (naughtily?) ordered a bowl of Kambing Soup (S$4), just to try even though I was nearing capacity:

Springleaf Prata Place- Mutton Soup

Kambing Soup (S$4) – 7/10

The colour was not at all inspiring, as was the very discernible layer of oil, but I have to admit it tasted slightly better than it looked. Slightly only! I found it a little bland and dilute, which was disappointing. I like my mutton soup rich and ultra tasty. This was pretty weak. Luckily the chunks of mutton within were very tender and delicious, so it wasn’t all bad. 7/10

I ordered a Mango Lassi (S$3) to wash down all this food:

Springleaf Prata Place - Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi (S$3) – really delicious

The colour of the lassi was not at all inspiring, but the taste was delicious! It was sweet, not tart or sour, and you could really taste the mango in the drink. Yum.

After inhaling all of that food, we trooped out of the restaurant feeling full and satisfied. The location is a bit of a pain for a Westie like me, but I really enjoyed the specialty pratas here. I definitely foresee myself coming back here (or the Jalan Tua Kong branch) for more of the murtaburger when I’m feeling a little #PBG (perangai budak gemok, which loosely translates to fat kid behaviour).

Springleaf Prata Place
No. 1 Thong Soon Ave
Singapore 787431
Tel: +65 6459 6970
Open 7am-12am daily (last order 1145pm)

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$10
Recommended dishes: Murtaburger (S$7), Portobello Mozzarella Cheese Prata (S$6)