Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Makan-Makan @ Pasir Panjang Food Centre - In search of BBQ Chicken Wings and Ended Up with More!

Was in the mood for some BBQ chicken wings, and we were nearby Pasir Panjang Food Centre so off we went in search for some smokey tasty meat.

There are more than one stalls that offers BBQ chicken wings and with similar pricing, so we decided we'd try 216 Choa Chu Kang BBQ Chicken Wing since the person who stays in CCK, have not tried any CCK BBQ wings. That would be me, by the way. Hahaha!

chicken wings @$9.80 (7 pieces)

The wings did not look like much but it had good flavours. Smokey, well marinated and goes well with that plate of watery tangy chili sauce. Was kind of worried the light plate might flip anytime if a strong enough gust of wind would come our way!

Next up, satay. I mean, who can resist this bite-sized flavourful meat skewers. Maybe vegetarian, but I digressed. Again, there are plenty of satay stalls in this food centre but we zoomed right in to the popular one, which is Yusoff Haji Jalal Satay.

Yusoff Haji Jalal Satay - chicken, beef and mutton (min. order of 10 sticks)

First noticeable thing about Yusoff Haji Jalal Satay was how deeply coloured the satay is. I would imagine that was because all the seasoning and marinade had seeped deep into the meat. The sauce was also thick and looked so inviting. The satay may look tough but it wasn't. Instead the tongue was greeted with a sweetish-savoury marinade with meat that was nicely firm and chewy.

Edges of the meat was also nicely charred but of course, nowadays we shouldn't eat too much of those charred parts. But that's where the essence of the smokey flavours congregates!

Yusoff Haji Jalal Satay

We had placed an order for BBQ stingray from Xin Fu Ji (新福记) but that'll take about 45 minutes to cook. Saw there's one stall (Li Yuan) next to the BBQ seafood stall that sells oyster omelette so we ordered one to munch on while waiting for the stingray.

Li Yuan fried oyster  蠔煎 @$8 (medium)

This stall will hand you a buzzer so that you can be notified when the food is ready. The other stalls seemed to be able to deliver to your table though. The oyster were large but I didn't like the flour in this version. The inclusion of lots of herbs and spring onions were good. Otherwise, its flavours were rather muted.

huge oyster

Actually, there is also a satay stall at where we were sitting and it sells pork satay. Hence, we ordered some to try. By 'some', it meant another 10 sticks! Wow, at this moment, I then realised that we had overdone ourselves and ordered too much.

Hmm, this stall #3 doesn't seem to have a name though I can see words like "Famous Satay" on its lighted boards. It sells BBQ chicken wings, and satay (chicken, pork, mutton). However, the pork satay was too lean for me. It will be good if it could have just 5% more of fats.

Famous Satay - pork satay @70 cents per stick (min. 10 sticks)
Finally, the BBQ stingray reaches our table. The lady was quite apologetic about it. The first-time experience in ordering was also quite awkward. The Xin Fu Ji stall only had this lady to take orders and there is a man inside the very very tiny kitchen to cook all the orders. The lady would be busy bustling around taking the seafood from the ice-box and prepping them on a plate for the man inside. While she was doing all these, the customer would just have to stand around and wait till she is ready to glance at you.

新福记 BBQ stingray @$15 (medium)

The order arrived with side plates and a complimentary tissue pack. I found that a rather nice gesture for a hawker centre setup. Was the wait worth it? At $15 per medium sized stingray, there was an abundance of meat. Flesh was tender though it was lacking in the char department. The sauce was also rather subtle. Leaning more like an assam sauce where it is more tangy than spicy. In fact, the spice level was rather mild. Loved the chenchaluk onion sauce that came with this. This stall was mentioned in Michelin Guide 2017.

All in all, it was a hawker food feast on a weekday evening. We ordered too much and ate a tad more than we should. However, we enjoyed it!

216 Choa Chu Kang BBQ Chicken Wing

Address: 119 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 117424 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 117424
Business Hours:
Daily 5pm to 10.30pm

Yusoff Haji Jalal Satay

Address: Pasir Panjang Food Centre 10, 121 Pasir Panjang Rd, S118543
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yusoff-Haji-Jalal-Satay-Pasir-Panjang-Food-Centre/146365652103947
Business Hours:
Wednesday to Sunday 5pm to 11pm

Li Yuan 丽园

Address: 13 Pasir Panjang Food Centre, 121 Pasir Panjang Road, S118543
Business Hours:
Daily 11am – 9pm daily. Closed on Tuesday.

Xin Fu Ji Seafood 新福记

Address: 15 Pasir Panjang Food Centre, 121 Pasir Panjang Road, S118543
Business Hours:
Daily: 5.30pm to 11.30pm. Closed on Mondays


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