Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Meat Market

My sister Beng was born at a midwifery located above a butcher shop in Joo Chiat.  We sometimes tease her about her humble beginnings.  I guess Nonyas have had a long association with their butchers, as exemplified in 'The Little Nyonya' whereby the protaganist marries one for 'convenience'.

My mother had a few regular butchers.  However, she also had her middleman Ah Seng who delivered her groceries and placed all her important orders on her behalf, particularly around Chinese New Year and when she made her Kueh Chang.

My affinity for Mr. Simchick in New York has been well documented on my blog.  As we recently moved to our new home in Singapore, I fulfilled a wish to host a barbecue as a housewarming and to celebrate my son's birthday.  As I had mentioned in my cookbook, our family barbecues "were spectacular.  We had seasoned chicken wings, pork and beef fillet, squid or calamari, along with sausages, otak otak, satay, shrimp, corn, potato salad and green salad.  It was a barbecue to end all barbecues."   I endeavored to replicate what I remembered of those resplendent feasts, minus the satay and otak otak...perhaps having acquired a more Westernized palate.

The important task was to find good meat in Singapore.  I had to find my "local Mr. Simchick", as I told my kids when they grumbled about why I trudged all about town to find butchers.  Here's what I discovered:

Huber's Butchery (www.hubers.com.sg)
18A & 18B Dempsey Road, S249677
Tel: 6737 1588
Delivers above $75
Excellent market with the largest selection, including my all important US beef.  Several marinated choices of chicken, pork chops, including satay.  Prices comparable with Cold Storage.

The Butcher (www.thebutcher.com.sg)
44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-50, S278116
80 Marine Parade Road, #B1-838, S449269
Tel: 6472 0073
Delivers free above $100, charges $10 under $100
I supported 'local' by purchasing from the Parkway Parade/Marine Parade branch.  The beef was great and the regular sales promotion items were appealing.  These included sirloin steak and veal chops on the days I visited the store.   

Foodie Market Place
225 Outram Road, S169038
Tel: 6224 3290
I was recommended this by a regular customer who told me that the store, located at the now-hip Tiong Bahru area, was frequented by expats who found the prices attractive and the quality high.  I made the trek to research this place but did not find that wide a selection.  Maybe it was too early in the morning.  The prices were attractive and it is a good place to stock up as there is a large frozen section.  

Cold Storage
I would go to Cold Storage for all my meats, saving the heavy duty spending at Huber's on high quality beef for special occasions.  Cold Storage is consistent, somewhat omnipresent so that you could pop into a branch to pick up something on the way home.  Besides, it is the supermarket I've known all my life.  


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