7 Contemporary Fusion Dishes that will Please Your Palate
Oh the lure of familiarity!
Oh the frisson of excitement when you encounter the unexpected!
There’s just so much to love about fusion food. Looking for something new to excite your palate? These modern renditions of our local food might just be what you are looking for.
The basic mee pok just got more decadent. With an added luxurious touch from the foie gras, this is one awesome bowl of noodles! This ‘Bak Chor’ Foie Gras Pasta ($19) is more savoury than tangy – just the way I like my bak chor mee to be (I always ask for less vinegar). Oh, and did I mention about the pasta? Topped with minced pork, the tagliatelle is really flavourful after having absorbed all the sauce that it was cooked in. The foie gras and the seared pork belly are really tender too!
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This glorious Lup Cheong Scramble ($12.80) features tasty and moist scrambled eggs made even more delicious by generous slices of sweet and soft lup cheong, baby spinach and mushrooms. This is meant to be shared amongst 2-4 people but I scraped the bowl clean by all by myself. Really, why stick to the normal scrambled eggs on toast when you can have this delicious lup cheong scrambled eggs with crunchliciously good deep-fried mantous?
YAY to chicken rice! Who doesn’t love a good plate of chicken rice?
A mind-blowing modern interpretation of our local favourite delicacy, Stateland Cafe’s Hainanese Chicken Rice Risotto ($20) is a total game changer. The soy braised chicken, though lean, is ultra tender and has a uniquely different texture. The chicken makes the perfect partners in crime with the creamy buttery ginger risotto and piquant soy broth. Although their hainanese chicken rice risotto is a step away from the conventional, it still feels warm, comforting and close to my heart. It’s something that I don’t mind coming back for.
If I have to choose my favourite dish out of all that’s listed here, this is a clear winner.
Another chicken rice dish? Yes. You can tell that a lot of effort has been put into this dish – from the tightly rolled poached chicken, to the skillful layering of chili and ginger sauce, to the carefully constructed sushi held together by a thin seaweed.
Flavours are not as mind-blowing as Stateland’s rendition of chicken rice, but this poached chicken sushi comes with more skin – something which gets me crazily happy as an avid chicken skin lover.
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Cereal tom yum? WITH Salmon? That’s three of my favourite things all in one!
Regionally inspired but still keeping the local feels at heart, this is a clever twist to our favourite cereal zichar dish. Tangy, sweet and spicy, there’s nothing not to love about this Tom Yum Cereal Salmon! ($28)
Who would have thought? Thick white beehoon actually makes a great substitute for rice! Rolled into a maki and sliced into bite-sized portions, this is fusion with no confusion. The Laksa Maki comes with creamy laksa broth, tau pok, and dried shrimps. This tastes like a traditional bowl of laksa, just that it has an additional crunch factor from the crispy salmon skin.
Sinpopo Sliced Wagyu Beef Horfun ($18) – Gorgeous tender wagyu beef slices served with crispy horfun in a rich broth.
I’m psyched just looking at the description of the dish! As if the wagyu beef slices are not fancy enough, Sinpopo brings our hor fun to the next level by deep-frying them. Say whutt. Like eating noodle chips in a rich unami broth, this beef horfun is definitely one of a kind!
Our food scene is interesting, isn’t it? All these dishes didn’t fail to impress me, and I’m sure they will definitely blow you away too!
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.