Ramadan Iftar Promos 2018

Hey guys! So I know I haven’t blogged in a bit, although I’ve been posting on Instagram and Instagram Stories fairly regularly LOL. OMG how insane was the Malaysian GE14?!?! I’m quite glad Jibby’s out. My only hope now is for some real progress for the country. It’ll probably result in a stronger Ringgit which all Singaporeans (myself included!) will dread, but I guess we can’t wish for our neighbours to remain weak merely to serve our selfish shopping needs.

Anyway Ramadan is coming and I hope we will all be successful in reaffirming our iman and maximising our good deeds during this blessed month.

On the halal food front, I’m also trying to put together a Ramadan iftar list with restaurant promotions that I’ll progressively be updating . So if you guys need help figuring out where to iftar/break fast/ buka puasa outside, I hope the list will be of help!

1. Ramadan Communal Feast at The Halia

The Halia
Address: 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden (enter via Tyersall Avenue), Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singaporean 259569
Dining period: 16 May 2018 to 14 June 2018
Price: S$220++ for four guests
Reservations: Call +65 8444 1148
Remarks: Prayer room available at The Villa (opposite The Halia)
Status: Halal-certified

The Ramadan communal feast at the Halia serves a total of 11 dishes to up to four guests. The featured dishes in the repertoire include the Blackmore Wagyu Masala Beef, the Panfried Barramundi with Beetroot Salsa, and the Bluefin Tuna Tartare!

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Wagyu Masala Beef


2. Ramadan Weekend Buffet at the Villa (opposite The Halia Restaurant)

The Villa (opposite The Halia)
Address: 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden (enter via Tyersall Avenue), Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Dining period: Friday-Sunday between 18 May to 10 Jun 2018
Price: S$50++ for adults, S$20++ for children 5-10 yrs old
Reservations: Call +65 8444 1148
Remarks: Prayer room available at The Villa
Status: Halal-certified

So this slightly different from the earlier communal feast, which has a preset number of courses. For this deal, you get a regular buffet and can choose from any of the dishes laid out. Plus, this buffet is only happening on Friday-Sunday! Highlights include their signature Chilli Crab Spaghettini at the live pasta station, as well as the Australian Grain-Fed Beef Ribeye from the live carving station.

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Chilli Crab Spaghettini!


3. Ramadan Buffet at Blue Jasmine at Park Hotel Farrer Park

Blue Jasmine
Address: Park Hotel Farrer Park Level 5, 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217564
Dining period: Daily from 17 May to 13 Jun 2018, 630pm to 10pm
Price: S$58++ per pax, S$29++ for kids 6-12 yrs, kids 5 and below dine free!
Promotion: 20% off for NTUC members and UOB, Maybank and DBS cardholders! If you have none of these cards, you can also quote “Halalicious” when you ask for the bill to enjoy a 20% discount as well!
Reservations: Call +65 6824 8851
Remarks: Prayer space will be made available for diners; please enquire with Staff
Status: Halal-certified

Blue Jasmine will be having a special daily buffet for the month of Ramadan, and each week will feature a slightly different halal menu showcasing Thai and regional specialties. There will be Seafood Night, Curry Night, Grill & Roast Night, and Herbs & Spices Night. You’ll also get some fixed staples such as main dishes with all kinds of lamb, chicken, and fish offerings. I also LOVE the dessert spread which has ondeh-ondeh, mango sticky rice, durian sticky rice and an assortment of cakes.

Below are some highlights of each of the week’s themes!

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Seafood Night Highlight – Lobster Khao Soi, or Northern Curry Noodles with Spiny Lobster!

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Curry Night Highlight – Singapore Style Laksa with fresh crab meat

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Grill and Roast Night Highlight – Soto Ayam with Rice Cakes

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Herbs and Spices Night Highlight – Deep Fried Seabass with Lemongrass and Peanuts! LOVE THIS.

 

4. Ramadan Buffet at Rumah Rasa Restaurant at Bay Hotel

Rumah Rasa
Address: Bay Hotel, 50 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 098828
Dining period: Daily from 16 May to 14 Jun 2018, 630pm to 930pm
Sun-Thu Price: $35++ for adults, $20++ for children 6-12 yrs old
Fri-Sat & PH Price: $42++ for adults, $25++ for children 6-12 yrs old
Reservations: Click here for online reservations or call +65 6818 6681
Remarks: Halal-certified. Bay Hotel is right next to Masjid Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim for your prayer convenience!

Bay hotel is located diagonally across the road from Vivocity, so it’s actually quite easy getting there from Harbourfront MRT through the underpass that leads to the same side as the hotel. I will be trying out the Ramadan buffet later this week so I’ll update more details. In the meantime, highlights of the buffet includes Chef Esa’s Chick Kut Teh with taupok, dried mushroom and garlic, as well as the Bebek Cabai Ijo, or Indonesian braised duck with green chilli sauce.

From Sundays to Thursdays, there will be live stations serving Laksa Asam and Roti John. Seafood lovers will enjoy the Cumi Cumi Hitam (Stir-fried calamari in squid ink sauce) and Crayfish in chilli crabmeat and egg sauce. Come Fridays, Saturdays and Eve of Public Holidays, the live BBQ station will feature marinated squid and fresh tiger prawns among other items!

**Ramadan Takeaway Deals**

1. Ramadan Takeaway set by Rumah Rasa Restaurant at Bay Hotel

You can get the takeaway set priced at $80 nett for 4 people and $40 nett for 2. Orders have to be placed by 2.30PM on the same day of pickup. The set includes Lemak Gudeg (young jackfruit in spicy coconut broth), Ayam Woku Belanga (Manado-style spice-marinated chicken), Pedas Kakap (snapper in spicy sour broth), Rawon Sapi (beef in black broth), choice of steamed white rice or nasi kuning (yellow rice) and mixed fruit platter.

Rumah Rasa (Takeaway)
Address: Bay Hotel, 50 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 098828
Validity: 16 May to 14 Jun 2018
Remarks: Please call +65 6818 6681 and place your takeaway orders by 230pm on the same day!
Price: $80 nett for 4 pax, $40 nett for 2 pax
Status: Halal-certified

2. Ramadan Pick-up Promo at Citrus By The Pool at Woodlands Swimming Complex

Get their specialty burgers, pastas and waffles here for your dinner! I’m a little sad the milkshakes and desserts are not available for this pick-up promo (because you always crave these rich sweet things when you’re fasting right?! Maybe that’s just me).

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The Shiok Burger featuring chicken thigh patty with chilli crab sauce!!

Citrus By The Pool (Takeaway)
Address: Woodlands Swimming Complex, 3 Woodlands Street 13, Singapore 738600
Validity: 17 May to 14 Jun 2018
Remarks: Make your pre-order by clicking here, or click here if you need instructions first on how to order online. Get 20% off your bill if you pre-order the day before pick-up, or 10% off if you pre-order by 530pm the same day!
Status: Halal-certified

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The best halal chicken wings in Singapore

Since I was young I’ve loved chicken wings, and although I now have a more diverse rotation of favourites (sashimi and steak included), chicken wings remain my go-to comfort food.

When I was a kid I’d watch my mum coat them in turmeric before deep frying them to a golden brown, a mixture of fascination and anticipation balling up in me. As a teen I would eat my fill at KFC, before graduating to Pizza Hut’s sweet ‘n spicy drumlets in the twilight of my teenage years.

Now, I pretty much have to sample the chicken wings of any restaurant I go to, provided there aren’t other more pressing items on the menu (salted egg ANYTHING, for instance), so I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of my current favourites!

These halal chicken wings are ranked from best to less best, but the bottom line is they’re all really good. For those who are wondering, the ratings are determined based on the taste, texture, quantity, and price of the wings (and the wings alone).

1. Royz et Vous’ Buffalo Wings

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Image credits: Royz et Vous Facebook Page

The buffalo wings at Royz et Vous are without a doubt the holy grail of halal buffalo wings in Singapore. These bad boys are coated in buffalo sauce made with cili padi (bird’s eye chilli), and manage to be simultaneously crispy and juicy. The sauce is a winning trio of sweet, tangy, and VERY spicy flavours at the same time. It’s satisfyingly shiok. The accompanying sour cream dip will help pare down the fiery sauce for those with a lower tolerance for spicy flavours.

Rating: 10/10 
Price: S$12.90 for 8 pieces

Royz et Vous Specialty Coffee137 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068602, +65 62930270
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm

2. The Malayan Council’s Malayan Wings

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Image credits: The Malayan Council Facebook Page

These Malayan Wings from The Malaysian Council taste reassuringly like homecooked ayam kicap (soy sauce chicken) with some embellishments – the crispy yet juicy wings are garnished generously with chilli seeds, and lie atop a bed of cherry tomatoes and salad leaves (including arugula, which adds a beautiful nutty taste to the sauce). The sauce itself is a skillful balance of peppery, spicy, and savoury flavours. YUMMMM.

Rating: 10/10
Price: S$13 for 8 pieces

The Malayan Council22 Dunlop St, Singapore 209350
Opening Hours: Mon- Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am to 10pm

3. Rasa Istimewa C2K’s Prawn Paste Chicken
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Located at Choa Chu Kang Park, Rasa Istimewa C2K prides itself its specialty item, the prawn paste chicken. It is no wonder that they always get it done just right – the skin is crispy but not too oily, and the meat inside is tender.  The prawn paste flavour is just strong enough for the wings to be satisfying without overwhelming your tastebuds.

Rating: 10/10
Price: S$13 for 8 pieces

Rasa Istimewa C2K, Choa Chu Kang Park, Choa Chu Kang Drive, +65 6877 1913
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-12am, Fri-Sat & Public Holidays: 12pm-1am

4. Penang Culture’s Belacan Wings

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Image credits: GD Group’s Penang Culture web page

Penang Culture’s belacan wings are SO delicious – the skin is beautifully crispy and umami, while the chicken meat within is flavourful and succulent. I’m not sure what sorcery they use, but the wings never taste too oily despite having been deep-fried. There are 4 Penang Culture outlets around, but I usually have these chicken wings at the Changi Airport Terminal 2 location.

Rating: 10/10
Price: S$5.90 for 4 pieces

Penang CultureChangi Airport Terminal 2 Departure, Viewing Mall Level 3, #036-087-01, Singapore 819643, +65 6546 7793
Opening Hours: Daily 1030am-10pm (Last order at 930pm)

5. My Secret Hideout Peachy’s Buffalo Wings

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My Secret Hideout Peachy’s is a hole-in-the-wall on North Bridge Road that specialises in affordable and fuss-free Western fare. Their buffalo wings are lightly coated in a balanced trio of sweet, spicy, and barbecue flavours. Though the chicken itself is not the plumpest, the reasonable price and generous portion make these wings the perfect choice to satisfy any major buffalo wings cravings (case in point – I destroyed a whole plate by myself as a pre-dinner appetiser).

Rating: 9/10
Price: S$8 for 10 pieces

My Secret Hideout Peachy’s – 803A North Bridge Road, Singapore 198771
Opening Hours: Daily 12pm to 1030pm (last order 1030pm)

6. Savoury’s Buffalo Wings

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Savoury at Jalan Kayu serves up a mean platter of buffalo wings coated in thick barbecue sauce that leans towards sweet rather than spicy. The chicken wings are juicy and tasty, with a very attractive price tag to boot. Perfect for those with a lower threshold for spicy food.

Rating: 8.5/10
Price: S$10.80 for 8 pieces

Savoury246 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799470, +65 6752 9288
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 530pm-11pm, Sat-Sun: 1130am-11pm

Special mentions:

4 Fingers – I cannot get enough of their hot drummettes, and will readily eat 15 pieces in one sitting (this I know from experience). For reasons that are beyond me, 4 Fingers chicken has been extremely polarising among my friends – those who hate them are at parity with those who love them; food is so subjective. It’s good to note though that 4 Fingers chicken contains no MSG and no preservatives, so you feel a little less guilty  when inhaling a whole platter of them.

Chicken Supremo – This is a neighbourhood Western food joint at Blk 493, Jurong West St 41 that has been selling life-changing chicken wings and whole spring chickens since I was a wee 5-year-old lass in 1991 (no, don’t calculate!). The same industrious man has been selling the chicken from day one, and now works with a lovely lady partner who is more customer-facing while he cooks away in the back. The chicken wings used to cost S$1 for a full wing (i.e. 2 pieces!), yet now after literally 25 years, the price has risen by a mere 30 cents, to S$1.30. I guess inflation missed this place like Magellan missed the East Indies.