Ever since we got Polar, we’ve frequented a lot of dog cafes, but there’s a limit to the number of times you can eat the same food at the same places.
As there was a glimpse of haze free air over the weekend, we decided to try something “old” yet new – Sin Lee Foods. It’s a relatively new establishment situated in Bukit Ho Swee at a HDB block, fitting its old school “hipster” atmosphere, bundled with an old signboard, vintage décor, and the spacious outdoor “alfresco” seating. Having recently appeared on LadyIronChef’s Must Try Salted Egg Dishes list, it was a must-try for us.
We gave them a call to check if they were child dog friendly, and were happy to find out that they were.
When we arrived, our noses were hit by the salted egg smell wafting through the air. The friendly waitress seated us outdoors and brought out a container with fresh water for Polar. Plus points right there!
Unlike most brunches, this place does not serve the usual eggs benedict, but they boast a modern Asian fusion menu instead. They serve both coffee and tea for the caffeine addicts, and also a range of lemonades to quench your thirst on hot afternoons. They also carry a range of specialty beers and craft ciders if that’s up your alley – perfect for evenings.
We ordered three small munchies to share; Salted Egg Sweet Potato Fries, Aburi Broccoli Salad and Spam Fries.
Having heard so much about the Sweet Potato Fries, we were quite disappointed when we had it. Although the aroma was enticing, the taste wasn’t up to match. We decided it was because sweet potato fries wasn’t our thing to begin with.
The Aburi Broccoli Salad came highly recommended by the staff and we were pleasantly surprised. The taste was spectacular, it was like eating fluffy yet savoury broccoli chips. It has a unique texture and taste that left us wanting more.
The Spam Fries came with Red Aioli sauce and a sprinkle of orange sugar to balance out the salitiness from the spam. If you’re spam fans, you might like this.
For mains, we ordered the famed one and only, Sin Lee’s Fried Chicken & Waffles, Skillet Roasted Pork Chop and Mentaiko Crab Mantou.
Fried Chicken & Waffles is a comfort food from the American South, and quite rare in Singapore. Sin Lee’s version came with shrimp paste chicken (interesting) glistening on top of the waffle, with enticing aroma causing us to salivate. The taste however, was a little underwhelming for us and was not as impressive. Perhaps it was the unique combination that we were not used to, or that shrimp paste chicken just didn’t go as well with waffles. Nevertheless, it was a very interesting dish.
The Skillet Roasted Pork Chop was by far my favourite dish. The combination of well marinated juicy roasted pork and sunny side up was exquisite. Add a splash of lemon juice and the dish was perfect. A perfect 10/10 for me!
Our last dish was the Mentaiko Crab Mantou. They said that the mentaiko was under the semi-cooked egg, and one could imagine it may be a match in heaven, however, this was not so. It was rather ordinary. The mentaiko was unable to show itself above the egg taste, and was not a good partner. Unfortunately, this dish was a rather forgettable dish.
Overall, this place is a tad overpriced, but the Aburi Broccoli Salad and that Skillet Roasted Pork Chop is definitely worth a visit again. Until we try the other stuff on the menu, we can’t really say for the other dishes.
You can check their Facebook page here.
Sin Lee Foods
Address: 4 Jln Bukit Ho Swee, Singapore 162004
Phone: 6377 3170
Cheers to yet another place for your furkid to go to.
Until next time, stay curious!