Thursday, October 18, 2007


C says:

Another joint near work, this stall unfortunately only opens from 11 am to 3 pm, so no chance of coming here for a quick dinner. A had it a couple of times and liked it so much that we decided to meet here for lunch one day so I could try it too.

The stall is in the basement of China Square Food Centre; apparently it used to be at Turf City, before it closed for almost two years and reopened at China Square a year ago to the delight of many fans. The owner, Wendy Chin, apparently pursued her singing career during that two-year hiatus, and the stall is closed at night in order for her to continue doing so.

I had the much-lauded beef burger – a small (think fist-sized) but massively thick (slightly over an inch) beef patty, simply dressed with just mayo and some lettuce on a sesame seed bun. When I first cut it I thought the patty would be dry, because there wasn't a hint of pinkness inside, but it was anything but. It was very loosely-formed so still very tender and juicy, extremely well-seasoned, and perfectly seared so that a nice flavourful crust formed on the outside. While it doesn't need any accompaniments, it goes very well with mustard, and the sautéed onions that you can help yourself to separately. A slice of cheese would be great, but I’m not sure if you can order it and how much it’ll cost. I saw a Double Whammy burger on the menu as well – two patties; sounds pretty insane and quite a meat overload. We could possibly share this at dinner (if they only opened), but I think it’s just too much meat for lunch.

A normally orders the beef burger so today he decided to try the chicken one. This was fabulous, and sacrilegious as it may sound, I may actually order this instead of the beef next time. Instead of a chicken patty, this was a whole chicken thigh fillet, marinated with a great satay/curry blend of spices, and again dressed with lettuce and mayo. The chicken was incredibly flavourful, and very tender and juicy. The whole thing tasted like a non-fried version of a Zinger. Delicious.

It’s a bit sinful to have this too often, but every so often I know I won’t be able to resist. Even harder for A to ignore the Wham! call, given that his office is just 3 minutes away.

A says:

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley in CHOOSE LIFE tshirts and day-glow shorts! Ha! Get that image out of your head.

Anyway, despite the lame name, the Beef and Chicken Burgers RAWK! Onion rings are very good as well. I wonder how the fish burger is. Too bad the opening hours are so short. It would be great for dinner.

51 Telok Ayer Street
#B1-22, China Square Food Centre
Tel: 90080604 (Wendy Chin)
Opening hours: 11 am to 3 pm. Closed Sunday.

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