Sing HK Cafe – Closed Eatery Makes a Stunning Comeback in Town!
Just when everyone thought that Sing HK cafe has closed its shutters at Everton Park for good, the eatery has re-emerged in Lau Pa Sat. You can’t find the same extensive menu that was available at the previous outlet though, as this new stall showcases just a few specialty dishes.
“The menu was downsized in hopes of delivering a selection that’s focused only on traditional Cantonese cuisine. Also, all these dishes that we put on our menu focuses on evoking the senses, with each food exuding 色香味俱全, ” shared the co-owner Alfred, who used to be in the banking sector.
With Chakey’s departure from the food scene, Sing HK Cafe’s Signature Salt Baked Chicken Noodle ($6.50) seems like it will be a crowd-puller. The salt baked chicken is prepared according to a recipe that is passed down from Alfred’s family. The chicken is first soaked in salt water and marinated in a secret mixture that consists of ingredients such as 萨酱 sa-Jiang, garlic oil and jiang yu zai for at least 6 hours. It’s no wonder that a bite of their chicken is both sweet and savoury at the same time!
With the fat removed, the whole chicken leg is wrapped in parchment paper and laid on a bed of salt, before the chicken is baked for one and a half hours. The temperature is constantly being controlled in order to bring out the aroma and flavour of the chicken. The tender chicken will then have very little fat left! I was surprised to find that the chicken and the sauce weren’t salty. Every portion of salt baked chicken also comes with homemade pickled vegetables that taste like achar, but more sour.
Another bestseller is the Classic Braised Pork Belly Rice ($5.80), which features pork belly, a bed of grains, and a sous vide egg. Six different kinds of herbs and spices are incorporated into the base for the 鲁 lu marinate. After the pork belly is throughly marinated, it undergoes a slow cooking process for 2-3 hours.
Unfortunately, the pork belly that we had that day was lacking the 鲁 lu flavour. However, the fatty layers which melted in my mouth more than made up for it!
What’s worth a mention is definitely Sing HK’s homemade chilli. Using the chicken rice chilli as a base, Alfred mixes his own chilli with added lime zest as well as a pinch of parsley.
Sing HK Cafe is now available within the CBD area. I’ll recommend that you visit for its wallet-friendly and delicious Chinese cuisine, especially its salt baked chicken!
Sing HK Cafe
Address: 18 Raffles Quay, Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre Singapore 048582
Phone: 9384 5486
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11am to 10pm daily. Weekends and PH 11.30am to 10pm .
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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