Sunday, October 22, 2017

Smokin' Joe at Yishun Park Hawker Centre : Western BBQ

Joseph Yeo, 29, the owner, aims to bring restaurant-quality and high-value food to the masses at a cheaper price.  He graduated from SHATEC with a Diploma in Culinary Skills and he further perfected the skills by working for a few restaurants. He started cooking when he was in primary school and he used to help out at his grandparents' hawker stall, serving fried carrot cake.

He was enthusiastic and very eager to serve when I walked past his stall that day. He said, "Our food is charcoal grilled." I decided to go with the Boneless Chicken Leg, the number 1 item on his menu. He asked, "Where do you sit? I will serve it to you when it is ready." I pointed to a table just beside his stall and said, "Right there." The most popular item has to be the BBQ Boneless Chicken Leg ($7).  There are also the Sashimi Grade Baked Salmon ($14.00) and BBQ Wagyu Ribeye Grade 5 ($32) on his menu.

When he mentioned charcoal grill, I did not expect him to use a Josper Charcoal Oven, a combination of a grill and an oven in a single machine. And, by combining the functions of an oven and grill, it can work at high temperatures, sealing the product, smoking and grilling at the same time to obtain the right flavors, perfect texture and juiciness. This second-hand Josper Charcoal Oven was acquired by chance through a friend. This is likely to be the first hawker stall to use such a professional oven and that is quite impressive.

The charcoal-grilled chicken was served on a pile of mashed potato together with a piece of garlic bread and salad. I could taste the distinct charred flavor with a subtle smokiness. It was an enjoyable meal and I am interested to try the other dishes like their burger soon.

51 Yishun Avenue 11 #01-37 Yishun Park Hawker Centre SINGAPORE 768867
Operating Hours: 1.00 pm to 10.00 pm (Daily)


  1. Change of direction, head west and check this out.

    Try the white bee hoon and white pepper chicken soup.