So we were in the Jalan Bukit Ho Swee neighbourhood and decided to have our weekend brunch at Sin Lee Foods. Its name itself strikes a stark difference from the other cafes in Singapore, insinuating something so raw and traditional. Yet their food items scream otherwise. It appears they do come up with new food items / menu every now and then.
Well, like they said, “Unlike others. Made with Heart & Love.”
Apparently Sin Lee Foods is an old coffee shop convert, which probably explains the nostalgic signboard and name.
One thing that (also) truly sets them apart would be the fact that they don’t serve eggs benedict. Yes, you heard me right. Don’t expect to find your too-regular brunch items here!
Starting the meal right with a cuppa creamy flat white…
They use Papa Palheta coffee beans, the same people behind Coast and Company.
Coffee was smooth and the texture was perfect!
Sin Lee’s Fried Chicken and Waffles – juicy boneless chicken leg, iron waffle, house slaw and melted maple butter
They called it “The One & Only” on their menu, so we couldn’t get by without ordering this! Indeed, the chicken meat was very tender and juicy, although a tad on the saltier side. But that’s not a problem when you eat it with the waffle and slaw. The meat tasted a little bit like prawn paste chicken, also known as ‘har cheong gai’, and it was really flavourful.
Perhaps our only concern was the price… as it was on the higher side given the simple ingredients.
Salted Egg Yolk Sweet Potato Fries – twice fried sweet potato fries, house made salted duck’s egg sauce topped with crispy curry leaves
This seemed like the must-order dish given the whole salted egg yolk hype going on now.
I suppose the sweet potato fries had to be “twice fried” so that it would be less mushy with the salted egg sauce. This dish is best eaten hot, once cold, it gets pretty ‘jelad’ (overwhelming) and hard to stomach. Cholesterol best to be shared too! 😛
Smoked Salmon Hash – pan-roasted bacon and potato hash, cold smoked Norwegian salmon, soft-centred free range hen’s egg, house made pesto, baby spinach and freshly grated parmesan
This dish reminded me a lot of the 62 Degree Celsius Egg dish from Bridge. The kind of dish that has every item painstakingly chopped up, strewn on a plate and served with a source of protein and runny egg on top, except that they had prosciutto at Bridge and this features smoked Norwegian salmon and bacon (which you don’t see in this picture because we asked for without). It was tasty, don’t get us wrong. But it wasn’t exactly 100% satisfying for some reason.
This picture basically sums up what we had.
We enjoyed the nostalgic ambience and the taste of our food generally at Sin Lee Foods. We would most definitely go back again for the coffee and other food items.
In retrospect, perhaps we should have ordered an additional Aburi Broccoli salad… :/
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Sin Lee Foods
Address: 4 Jln Bukit Ho Swee, Singapore 162004
Telephone Number: 6377 3170
Tuesdays to Fridays: 11:00 am – 9:00pm
Saturdays: 9:30am – 9:00 pm
Sundays: 9:30am – 6:00 pm
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