Because Halal food isn’t always about the nasi padang. By Sharifah Nursyafiqah
Besides nasi lemak, nasi padang, mee soto, etc., are there places in Singapore where you can enjoy a variety of Halal food in other guises? Yes! Below, a list of Halal eats that are so trendy, they will definitely appeal to Singaporeans and tourists from all walks of life!
1. Gurame Indonesian Restaurant
11 Change Coast Walk
The breathtaking sea view as you dine is a bonus that is well worth the trip to the east of Singapore for this authentic Indonesian fare. Our recommendation? You have to try the Soto Ayam ($7), which is classic Indonesian comfort food at its best. Think piping hot shredded chicken soup with vermicelli, topped with egg and diced tomatoes and you have the perfect bowl of refreshing flavours to soothe your soul. Best eaten with fluffy white rice, and a side of Tahu Telor, or diced beancurd, egg and spring onions wrapped in crispy beancurd skin ($8) and the restaurant’s famous Gurame fish ($38).
2. Thaksin Beef Noodles
449 Clementi Avenue 3 #01-211
Finding delicious Thai food at hawker prices might be a challenge, but Thaksin Beef Noodles dishes all these and more. The beef noodles ($3.50 to $6) is served with generous portions of beef and beef slices, soft rice noodles and topped with parsley and bean sprouts. If soups is not up your alley, the Pad Thai ($4.50) packs a spicy punch and delivers authentic Thai flavours without burning a hole in your pocket.
3. And All Things Delicious
462 Crawford Lane #01-61
There is no shortage of bakers in Singapore, but when it comes to looking for amazing Halal bakes, And All Things Delicious certainly takes the cake! Must-try desserts include the signature Sticky Toffee Pudding, a classic moist English pudding topped with homemade toffee sauce ($46 for a whole cake), and the ever-popular Crackly Top Brownie ($40 for a whole cake). All bakes taste wonderfully homemade and are made with all-natural ingredients, so you know you’ll get the quality you pay for.
4. J’s Restaurant
7 Purvis Street
J’s Restaurant serves incredibly yummy Latin American cuisine, coloured with European influences, that is suitable for even the pickiest eaters! Not only is this eatery Halal, there is also a separate vegetarian menu, and you can opt to customize your meals according to any additional dietary restrictions (such as no gluten or soy). This definitely does not detract from the flavours of the meals served! Try their signature delicious Paella, a traditional saffron rice dish with marinated chicken, salmon and tilapia ($28/$39). The vegetarian enchiladas ($22), soft corn tortillas between layers of cheese and vegetable ragout, is amazing enough to make your meat-loving friend weep.
5. Salty Peanut
430 Upper Changi Road #01-69 (East Village)
Fresh gelato on hot belgian waffle? Yes please! We’ve probably all tried some form of locally inspired ice cream (quintessential gula melaka ice cream, anyone?) but the gelato served here is a definite notch above the rest. Though Salty Peanut is their signature flavour (hence the name of the store), don’t miss out on flavours like Milo and Bandung gelato ($3.80 for single scoop), which are rich without being cloying or too sweet.
6. Tash Tish Tosh
314 Bedok Road
Fans of buffalo wings, look no further than Tash Tish Tosh for your next fix. Along with these must-try spicy and tangy wings ($9.90), enjoy thin crust pizza brimming with assorted toppings, gooey mozzarella and excellent homemade marinara sauce on the pizza base for the ultimate comfort food indulgence ($14.90 / $19.90). They even have sub sandwiches ($8.90) made with fresh Cheese Focaccia, French Baguette or Oatmeal & Flaxseed bread for those looking for a less sinful alternative.
7. Burger Up
51 Yishun Central 1, #01-03 (Yishun 10 Complex)
Touted as the first and only premium burger restaurant chain in Singapore, Burger Up offers a unique dining experience by letting customers design their own gourmet burgers. Choose from various patties, buns, condiments and add-on ingredients to create a burger fit for your own tastebuds, and we assure you those tastebuds will be pleased with the results! The meat patty is a thick portion of flavourful beef or chicken, and goes incredibly well with sauces like Black Pepper Mayo, Mushroom or even Citrus sauce.
8. Pho For All
7 Jalan Pisang
When an eatery serves variations of only one item as their main dish, you know that is going to be good. Choose from four beef phởs and a chicken phở ($8 onwards) and you won’t be disappointed with the amazingly light and flavourful broth, generous portions of perfectly seasoned ingredients and the simple, unpretentious style of serving. Be sure you get a glass of Vietnamese Jasmine Tea ($2) to accompany your meal. Perfect dish to slurp down on a balmy afternoon!
9. Lynn’s Cakes and Coffee
11 Eng Kong Terrace
We are usually wary of rainbow cakes that look good for pictures but tastes overtly sweet or worse, like bland sponge. The rainbow cake in Lynn’s Cakes and Coffee was definitely none of that! With just the right texture and sweetness, the cake here would see you dying to dig in before taking that Insta-worthy shot! Other must-try desserts include the luscious Dark Chocolate Heaven and Carrot Cake, with slices ranging from $5.50 to $8.50.
10. Ottoman Kebab & Grill
311 New Upper Changi Road (Bedok Mall)
You might be surprised to find wonderful authentic Turkish cuisine in a suburban hangout like Bedok Mall. Start your meal with falafel, crispy deep fried patties made from ground chick pea and fava beans ($5). Dig into the perfectly spiced Iskender Mutton Kebab ($18.50), grilled minced mutton atop crispy pide croutons, served with a sauce of sun-dried tomatoes, celery, carrots, shallots, and dried mint, or share large serving of Ottoman Shish Platter ($29) featuring various skewered meat, pide and rice. For the full Turkish experience, be sure to end your meal sipping on Turkish Coffee ($4) served in dainty, intricately designed cups, with some sweet Kunefe for dessert ($8.50).