吃 Western – Beautiful ‘Fine-Dining’ Western Food at a Hawker Stall!
When I told my colleague that we were going to try 吃 (eat) Western, I was met with a confused expression. “Where?” he asked. Well, that’s the thing — the stall is actually called 吃 Western! Located in Toa Payoh North, 吃 Western is a hawker stall that opened three years ago. As their name implies, the stall serves up local-style Western classics, but with an Asian twist.
When I first looked at their menu, I was impressed by the vast array of dishes that they had to offer. Whether you’re craving for pasta, steak or even burgers, 吃 Western has got you covered. Since I am a massive fan of steaks, 吃 Western’s Steak Frites caught my eye immediately. For $14, you get a 180g New Zealand Ribeye, which is good value for money if you ask me! The steak is paired with a house-made red wine black pepper sauce. 吃 Western really nailed the plating and presentation. The dark and hearty steak was contrasted by the bright red tomatoes and the fresh green herbs garnished on top. How gorgeous!
The cook on the ribeye was spot on. The steak was a perfect rosy pink all the way through. Don’t order this dish expecting a melt-in-your-mouth experience though! While the steak wasn’t dry, I found that my jaw was getting quite a workout from chewing on it. For me, the black pepper sauce was the highlight of the dish. It had a great depth of flavour due to the addition of red wine. The freshness and spiciness of the black pepper really tantalised my taste buds and complemented the steak brilliantly! The tangy and acidic purple coleslaw was oh-so-delicious, and the fries were crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.
Even though 吃 Western offers many exciting dishes, I still had to try one of their classics — the Pan Grilled Chicken Chop with Mashed Potato ($6.00). Chef Andrew, one of the chef-owners of the stall, explained that the chicken is marinated overnight in a brining solution containing star anise, cinnamon and a variety of other spices.
All too often, I’ve eaten chicken chops that are charred on the outside but end up dry and tough on the inside. This was not the case at 吃 Western! The overnight marination had a huge impact on the texture of the meat. I was amazed at how succulent and tender the chicken was. Not only was it juicy and cooked through, the chef managed to achieve a bit of a char on the surface of the chicken. The brown sauce, though not in-house made, is fortified with the flavours of onions and garlic. I’ll definitely order 吃 Western’s Chicken Chop again!
We couldn’t leave 吃 Western without trying one of their Western-Asian fusion dishes. The Seafood Tom Yam Cream Pasta ($9.90) was a special item that was highly recommended. This pasta features a good selection of seafood which includes clams, prawns, squid and fish fillets. The cream-based sauce is infused with 吃 Western’s very own tom yam paste!
I expected the cream sauce to be overly rich and indulgent. However, I was pleasantly surprised as it was quite light and refreshing! The sauce had just the right consistency and had a subtle tinge of sweetness and sourness. I did find myself craving for bolder tom yam flavours though. The seafood was cooked really well too! The clams were firm and carried a mild sweetness, while the prawns and squid retained their springy texture.
吃 Western might appear to be a humble hawker stall, but its well-executed and beautifully presented dishes will definitely exceed your expectations!
Address: Blk 206 Toa Payoh North, #01-1197, Singapore 310206
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 8:30pm, Weekends & Public Holidays: 12pm to 8:30pm.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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