Ayam Penyet (Smashed Chicken)

One of my last meals in Singapore was fried chicken, Malay-style.

The fried chicken was decent and the sambal was fiery!

The fried fish cake was nice and chewy. 

With the hard boiled egg there was enough protein but the meal was lacking in vegetables. 

Nasi Lemak

This was one of the best examples of nasi lemak I’ve ever had.

Nasi Lemak means ‘fragrant rice’ in Malay. The rice is cooked with coconut milk and pandas leaves. Around the rice was a fried chicken leg, cucumber slices, crackers, fried anchovies, peanuts and a raisin onion sambal. There was also a dollop of chili paste. 

I really liked it. This was at the Old Town Coffee Restaurant in the Kallang Wave Shopping Center. 


Rojak is a famous Malaysian- Singaporean dish I would call a salad. Green mangoes, cucumbers, pineapple, chunks of oil fritter (you tiao)and bananas dressed in a sweet and sour sauce made of banana flowers ( sometimes) sugar, soy sauce and vinegar. It’s also dusted with crushed peanuts. 

I had this at the Food Republic on the fourth floor of 313 Somerset. I also had white carrot cake, which is basically an omelet made with chunks of white carrot.

Butter Shrimp

Last Wednseday I took my girlfriend to Lau Pa Sat, the oldest food court in Singapore.

The shrimp were battered and tossed in butter. Kewpie mayonnaise was served on the side. It was very rich. I also ordered sambal kangkung, also known as water spinach. That was nice and spicy. 

Most of that satay for two went into my stomach as my girlfriend preferred to eat siao mai and char kway teow.

The satay was chicken, beef and tiger prawns. It was all delicious.

Anyone visiting Singapore ought to visit this awesome place. 

Chicken Satay Burger

Sometimes Time Out mentions restaurants I might not have heard of and The Quarters was one of them. I went there yesterday. Their acclaimed satay burger has all of the elements of chicken satay; the chicken, the peanut sauce, the rice cake, the shallots and cucumber slices, but fashioned into a burger.

Very clever and well-executed, I loved it. I ate everything on this wooden plate.

The signature cocktail, The Quarters was made of basil, lemonade and gin. It was excellent. 

The salted egg-aioli fries were very good.

I even ordered ice cream! This might be the only restaurant in the world to serve buah keluak ice cream.

From Wikipedia :

The fresh fruit and seeds contain hydrogen cyanide and are deadly poisonous if consumed without prior preparation.[5][6][7] The seeds are first boiled and then buried in ash, banana leaves and earth for forty days,[8] during which time, they turn from a creamy white colour to dark brown or black.[9] The method relies on the fact that the hydrogen cyanide released by the boiling and fermentation is water-soluble and easily washed out.

The kernels may be ground up to form a thick black gravy called rawon, popular dishes include nasi rawon, beef stew in keluwek paste,[10] and sambal rawon. A stew made with beef or chicken also exists in East Java.[11] The Toraja dish pammarrasan (black spice with fish or meat, also sometimes with vegetables) uses the black keluak powder.[citation needed] In Singapore and Malaysia, the seeds are best known as an essential ingredient in ayam (chicken) or babi (pork) buah keluak,[12][13] a mainstay of Peranakan cuisine.


The ice cream had an earthy chocolatey, coffee-like, savory flavor. I enjoyed it. It wasn’t overly sweet. 

I highly recommend The Quarters. Even though I have less than a month left in Singapore, I will return.