Big Lazy Chop – Get their Signature XL Butter Champagne Ribs!
Located a stone’s throw away from Sim Lim Square at the Bugis/Rochor area, Big Lazy Chop (Da Lan Pai) is tucked away at the corner of Short Street. The tongue in cheek name may make it sliiightly awkward to say out loud, but the cheeky name sure caught our attention.
What’s special about this tze char restaurant is that they offer a variety of bottled Craft Beers alongside their tze char dishes. Think tze char classics like Homemade Prawn Rolls (Hei Zhou) ($13/$19) and Har Cheong Gai ($13). Big Lazy Chop is also well known for their Big Lazy Signature Curry Beehoon ($30/$40) and of course, their Signature XL Ribs ($24/4pcs, $33/6pcs, $50/10pcs).
Although slightly more pricey than your average ribs, they mean it when they call it ‘XL’. Each rib was around 18cm long, and the service staff even provided disposable gloves for us to dig in. The sauce options include their Signature Butter Champagne, Classic Salted Egg Sauce, or Traditional Coffee Sauce.
We decided to go with their Signature Butter Champagne sauce for our XL Ribs and did not regret it. Before it was served to us, we spotted the service staff blow-torching the outer layer of the ribs. This gave it a slight char and a subtle smoky taste. The well marinated meat on the ribs were melt-in-your mouth tender, and was slightly fatty. Each massive rib yields quite a bit of meat. For us, the highlight was the thick layer of sticky sauce that coated the ribs. The butter champagne sauce is slightly sweet and tasted caramelized, pairing well with the meat. This novel item (because of its sheer size) is best ordered to be shared with a big group, and it can be really enjoyable to get your hands dirty and tear into the gigantic ribs!
For those working nearby and looking for an affordable yet scrumptious lunch, Big Lazy Chop has extremely reasonably priced set lunches. For $9.90nett/$10.90nett, you get a main dish, a drink, soup and even dessert. Some interesting mains that we spotted include Indonesian Curry Seafood Bee Hoon ($10.90), Moonlight Seafood Hor Fun ($9.90), Salted Egg Baby Ribs ($9.90) and Keropok Dory Fish ($9.90).
One of their most popular rice dishes is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($9.90) that comes with a bowl of rice and achar (South Asian pickles). Their rice is rather different as it comes mixed with cooked barley grains. However, the amount of barley grains is not substantial enough to make much of a difference. By default, the drink that comes along with the set is ice lemon tea, and you get white radish pork bone soup and a bowl of hot red bean soup as well.
The buttermilk fried chicken is drizzled with a thick, savoury sauce that is extremely creamy. While the chunks of fried chicken were nothing to shout about, the sauce went wonderfully when paired with the crispy skin of the chicken and a mouthful of rice. As chilli padi and curry leaves are added into the sauce, you get a very slight spice and the sauce is made even more aromatic. We would have preferred the chicken to have less skin and more meat, but for the price point, no complaints there.
One item that we would have loved to try would be the Big Lazy Signature Curry Bee Hoon ($30 for Medium, $40 for Large). The Combo Version gets you the best of both worlds, with seafood, crayfish and clams in the spicy looking broth. If you’re not that into spicy food, non-spicy white mee sua is available as well.
Big Lazy Chop does not have an exceptionally large seating capacity. We were there on a Wednesday afternoon, and the restaurant was packed (both indoor/outdoor seating) with the office lunch crowd! According to the service staff, dinner service is also rather busy, so its best to make a reservation before you go down. Their lunch service hours are 11.30am-2.30pm (last order 2pm) and dinner is from 5.30pm-10.30pm (last order 10pm).
Big Lazy Chop 大懒排
Address: 1A Short Street #01-04 Singapore 188210
Opening Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm (last order 2pm), 5.30pm-10.30pm (last order 10pm), Closed on Mondays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.