Monday, July 25, 2016

The Cafe Menu : Chicken Mac & Cheese in Claypot

I was there on a rainy evening for an early dinner, the crowd started to form even at that time. This stall has been featured in a recent article on Straits Times. This about a month-old stall is actually co-owned by Mr Julian Peh, 33, the owner of now-defunct Legitimeat, a western food stall in a coffee shop at Bukit Merah that has closed down in April 2016. He is working along with David Teo, 49, the other co-owner and chef.

Most of the dishes are priced in between $5 to $6.50 and the most expensive is the Wagyu Steak at $15.50, it will be accompanied by shoestring fries together with coleslaw. Amongst the usual western fare like Bacon Aglio Olio, Grilled Pork Chop, Grilled Chicken Chop, Seafood Baked Rice, their Chicken Mac & Cheese at $5 is rather unusual. I decided to go with it and also their Grilled Pork Chop at $6.00.

A number tag was issued after paying, i was told that the number will be called when it is ready for collection. 

The Grilled Pork Chop was ready first. The 2 pieces of thinly sliced pork chop were lightly seasoned and pan grilled. The texture was unexpectedly tough. Again, it is not easy to cook pork chop well particularly to done it at the right texture without compromising its tenderness. Those shoestring fries were served lightly dusted with herbs and powder and as tasty as the Coleslaw.

The Chicken Mac & Cheese is served in a claypot and is prepared upon order thus a 15 minutes waiting time is required. It is topped with bechamel sauce and nacho cheese sauce that is made with cheddar and mozzarella then baked to melt it and slightly crisp the cheese mixture to serve. It is served piping hot with ingredients like macaroni, peas and chicken chunks in it. The first mouthful was a mixed feeling, i could not say i like it nor dislike it, it tasted not too bad but it just did not manage to impress me much. I might like it better if they leave out those peas which i think it did not go too well with the dish as a whole.

This stall has the most basic way in getting their customers to collect the orders. When it is ready, they will shout out your number loud, you might not get to hear it if you sit a little too far from the stall and that is probably the reason why they have to repeatedly shouting the same number at times. It is better to sit near the stall so you do have to come back to check or to hang around the stall waiting for it to be ready like most of their customers do.

433A Seng Kang West Way #01-01 Happy Hawkers Coffee Shop SINGAPORE 
Operating Hours: 12.30 pm to 9.00 pm (Closed on Mondays)

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