Legitimeat Western Food – Irresistible Claypot Mac & Cheese!
There are hundreds of coffeeshops in Singapore so needless to say, there might be thousands of hawkers across our little red dot. Competition is certainly tough and everyone’s fighting for survival so these hawkers have to constantly revamp their menus and come up with creative dishes or give traditional flavours a modern twist. With the recent increase in the number of residents in Seng Kang and Punggol, we thought it’d be a good idea to explore these areas.
Hidden under a block in Seng Kang West Way lies Happy Hawkers Coffeeshop, which “houses” their newest tenant, Legitimeat – a Western food stall. Opened on 18 June this year, co-owner Mr. Julian Peh used to run a hipster Western food stall in a coffeeshop at Bukit Merah that served steak and tacos. However, they had to fold their business in April this year due to the non-ideal location that doesn’t draws any crowd.
Almost every coffeeshop’s Western stall sell common dishes such as chicken chop, bolognese pasta, carbonara pasta and fish and chips but at Legitimeat, some of these Western dishes are fushioned with Thai spices while others are creatively modernized while still catering to our local tastebuds.
Say hello to the ultimate sinful Chicken Mac & Cheese ($5), served piping hot with melted cheese in a claypot. Where can you find such affordably priced Mac & Cheese right? This dish requires a 15 minutes wait as it’s baked individually upon order. We were quite surprised that it was almost filled to the brim because sometimes, hawker portions can be quite pathetic. Cheese lovers would instantly be drawn to the fragrance – imagine macaroni baked in béchamel sauce, nacho cheese sauce made with cheddar and mozzarella. You can forget about dieting! Toss the macaroni, peas and chicken slices together and we promise that one mouthful sends you to foodie heaven.
Pasta flavours offered here are unique as there are Tom Yum Seafood ($6), Thai Basil Seafood ($6.50) and Black Pepper Seafood ($6.50). The only commonly seen flavour is Bacon Alio Olio ($6.50). We tried Tom Yum Seafood pasta and wow! We were really impressed. The sauce has a distinct hot and sour flavour and it goes perfectly well with the spaghetti. Topped with fresh prawns and mussels, this dish is definitely value-for-money!
We also tried their Grilled Pork Chop ($6). Although it’s stated as “grilled”, they actually pan-fry the pork chop to ensure that their marinade, consisting of paprika and chopped herbs, does not turn bitter when over-cooked. The pork chop arrived hot and fragrant but we found it disappointing that the meat was a little too tough. Lastly, we shared Cheese fries ($3) which we found average.
Just a little piece of advice – be there early! We reached the coffeeshop around 7pm and finished our dinner around 7.45pm. When we walked past Legitimeat, most of their dishes are already sold out. You should also sit near the stall as Mr. Peh shouts out the order numbers, which is easy to miss, especially in a noisy coffeeshop.
Legitimeat Western Food
Address: Blk 433A, Seng Kang West Way, #01-01, Singapore 791433
Mobile: 9067 5190
Email Address: [email protected]