There’s a saying about cooking and emotions. You can know the chef’s emotions by tasting their cooking.
And boy, was I lucky last night. That chef must be one Happy Chef (pun intended). Last night, Hubs and I chanced upon a eatery in Ang Mo Kio, Happy Chef. Well, not a fantastic location as it is located in the void-deck, unless you had just sent a friend home or a visit to the doctor, which we did. But the splashes of “pictures” on the wall caught my eye when our friend drove past.
|I told you, their wall is FLASHY.|
You see, I am just like any typical Singapore who likes to try food from places that either has a super long queue or lots of “pictures” aka accolades or awards. Seriously, they must be “not bad” or at least, of a certain standard to gain that recognition from foodie fans and gourmets. And since we were still fretting about where to eat(we thought of going downtown but it’s definitely going to be crowded on a Saturday and eating in the same place is so boooooring) and I was game for a foodie adventure, so we gotten our friend to let us alight.
I was really psyched up. Besides the flashy wall, it was nicely packed up with customers without the hassle of waiting for seats. We were famished by then.
“East Meets West” is the tagline for Happy Chef. So from this, you would know that Happy Chef specialises in Western Cuisine. They offered a wide variety of western food that is friendly to the pocket.
Initially, I had my eyes fixed on the Mixed Grill as I couldn’t decide to just have chicken, pork, beef or mutton only. But since Hubs said he wanted Mixed Grill, so I thought to go for another recommended dish - The Ribs. And that was the best decision I have ever made (for ribs).
Their ribs were heavenly. Yes, it is really that good. Trust me, I am one fussy eater. Most ribs I have ate either tasted really salty when the chef drowned it with lots of super-salty BBQ sauce or the meat is tough. But here at Happy Chef, the ribs were tender. The meat “fell apart” when I “scraped” it with my fork. (pardon for my limited vocabulary here) And the sauce was.......MARVELOUS!! Not salty and just perfect. For the first time, I finished my plate of ribs and SAUCE.
|Beadsyy’s How-To: How To Savour and Chomp down a rib (as demonstrated by Aloysius Lim)|
|Or you’d rather do it the Ladylike aka Yvonne’s way.|
|The Mixed Grill|
Well, the pork chops were delicious too. However, I can’t really feedback much as I were happily gobbling on my ribs and did not bother much with the Mixed Grill. The side dishes were wonderfully done. The fries tasted fresh and crispy. It doesn’t taste like it was salted which I like. I totally dislike SALTY fries. Ewwwkkksss... And it wasn’t soaked up in oil too. I love the steamed broccoli and cabbage by the side. Definitely works up to a very balance meal of protein, carbohydrates and fibre. The meal was topped off with nice cold beer and another of my favourite from Happy Chef, home-made Ice Lemon Tea for hubs and me.
And oh, did I mention the meal was under $30, for the 2 of us? What a steal for such yummilicious and satisfying meal.
I would say this joint is definitely the BEST (by far) western hawker cuisine I have tasted so far. Definitely beats the places with names that sounds like “Ashton” and “The man with NO hair”. Those places are just overrated by my standard.
And us? We left the restaurant as very Happy customers indeed.
Happy Chef Western Food
Block 466 Crawford Lane #01-12
Tai Haw Eating House
Blk 554 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
(and now, I am still drooling over their ribs. Awww...I can’t wait to return and try the other dishes soon.)
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