BBQ Sambal Pencit Stingray at Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Author : obie
Publish Date : 2021-03-22 16:35:22

BBQ Sambal Pencit Stingray at Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Chomp Chomp Food Centre
Located a bit north of central Singapore, in a lush neighborhood residential area, Chomp Chomp Food Centre is a wonderful hawker food paradise.

In comparison to other food courts in Singapore, it’s pretty small scale, but the stalls available are of great quality – in other words, once you get there, I don’t think you can really make any bad food choices.

There are a number of seafood hawker stalls, where you can get a variety of fish, prawns, and squid, either grilled or stir fried, and there are also a number of stalls that serve roasted chicken wings. Additionally, you’ll find other hawkers selling classic Singapore dishes like Hokkien mee and carrot cake.

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On top of a delicious selection of food, Chomp Chomp Food Centre is just a friendly, laid back, and inviting style of a food centre. There are some tables at the front entrance, and then throughout the market there are more tables.

Just be warned that if you come to Chomp Chomp on a night at peak dinner time, especially on the weekends, it can be packed and hard to find a table. My wife and I arrived at about 5 pm, and luckily we beat the evening rush, and found a table at the front of the food centre.

Chong Pang Huat
Chong Pang Huat – Chicken Wings
To get things started, I went to a stall called Chong Pang Huat.

The lady there was nice and friendly, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get a plate of freshly roasted chicken wings. The wings were on a spit, rotating over hot charcoal and they were glistening with their golden color.

Price – $3.90 SGD for 3 wings

Singapore chicken wings
Chicken wings are commonly available at hawker food centre’s in Singapore, and they make a great pre-meal snack.

The chicken wings here were every bit as good as they looked. The skin was roasted so it had a gooey crunchiness, and they were marinated in a sweet and slightly tangy soy sauce.

The taste of the chicken wings sort of reminded me of char siu, with a sweet roasted flavor. Additionally, they were served with a chili sauce on the side to make things ever better.


Chomp Chomp Food Centre in Singapore
Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Noodles
Another popular hawker stall at Chomp Chomp Food Centre is Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Noodles, specializing in Hokkien Mee. It’s one of those stalls that continually has a line of people ordering to eat there and for takeaway.

When it comes to fried noodles in Singapore, Hokkien mee is one of my favorites. I like that it’s flavorful without being oily.

Price – $4 SGD

Singapore Hokkien mee
The Hokkien mee included both yellow noodles and white rice noodles, stir fried with lots of bean sprouts, and some pieces of squid and shrimp.

Some have commented to say the Hokkien mee at Ah Hock is a little on the dry side, not enough gravy sauce like some versions, but it really depends on your preference of how you like it.

I thought it was pretty good, especially because I ate it along with my piece of bbq sambal stingray.

Singapore Hokkien mee would not be nearly the same to me if it wasn’t served with a slice of calamansi and a spoonful of sambal chili sauce.

The squeeze of calamansi, which tastes kind of like a cross between lime and orange, gave the noodles a nice citrusy touch, while the addition of the chili sauce, which I think included some shrimp paste, completed the taste of the noodles.

Stall #1 Seafood at Chomp Chomp
Stall #1 Seafood at Chomp Chomp
Ok finally, let’s move onto the main dish that I came to Chomp Chomp Food Centre to eat: bbq sambal stingray.

There are a number of seafood stalls at the food centre, but when I asked where to eat in Singapore, the first stall #1, right at the front of the food centre, was the one many of you recommended. So that’s exactly where I went.

For the sambal stingray, they had a choice of a piece for $10 SGD, $12 SGD, or $15 SGD. There was nothing I could do from not ordering the biggest size.

I also decided to order a plate of sambal kangkong, water morning glory stir fried in sambal chili sauce and shrimp paste.

Singpore sambal stingray
In order to cook stingray, it takes good timing. Overcook it and you run the risk of it being dry, rubbery, and losing flavor, but you don’t want it raw either.

The stingray was seasoned with a thick layer of sambal, and then wrapped in a banana leaf. They didn’t use charcoal, although I think it would have been even better had they done so, but instead used a hot surface.

Within the banana leaf wrapper, the stingray sort of steamed, baked, and grilled all at the same time, the banana leaf and a metal lid was used to keep all the moister and flavor within it.

It took about 10 minutes to cook, and the aroma of the roasting chilies, shallots, garlic, and shrimp paste could be smelled throughout the entire food centre.

Price – $15 SGD

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