An ordinary looking bistro serving extraordinary dishes. The Snack Culture Company has adopted a white and clean concept for their bistro outlook filled with a mixture of high and low white wooden furniture. Serving bakery goodies and lunch menu by the day and transforming to a cozy tasting affair in the night. Being mainstream is definitely not their forte, fusion is the only existence you’ll see in this bistro.
When you’re there, do not just settle down with their ambiance and sink yourself into the seats. You got to check out their amazing galore of cookies and nuts, otherwise it’s definitely your loss. I’m instantly attracted by their creative pairing of ingredients and flavors together. For example, where can you find Laksa cookie or Hei Bi Hiam cookies? If you find the flavors too strong for you, there’s other lighter flavors like the Earl Grey Cookies or Lavender cookies. There’s bound to be something for everyone.
& now back to the real business. I’m there on a weekday night for their highly raving ‘Around the World in 9 Small Plates’ Omakase Degustation Dinner. Creating exquisite bits of culture with inspiration from cuisines all around the world. A 9 course meal valued at $49+, it’s gonna worth every penny you have paid for. One for the experience, next for the gastronomical delights.
We started off with their specialty Sparkling Sake with Berry Jelly ($10) that is only unique to themselves. Amazing texture, it feels as though you are drinking liquid jelly that is only 1/5 solidified. The sake is not too strong but instead it brings out a tinge of sweetness in the drink.
Another of their popular drink is their own concoction of Italian Soda with Asian Flavors – Yuzu Pink Grapefruit Italian Soda ($6). A little sourish with a subtle bitter dry taste from the yuzu peel. Basically it’s something more than just a syrup in the italian soda.
One thing special about the dinner is that, food are not served to you once you reached, instead, they will serve you when almost all the customers have reached, or when it’s time to. They will serve you one dish at a time, and the owner of the bistro will go from table to table to briefly explain the gist of each dish and what’s in it for you. & they will clear your table before serving the next dish. It really make you take your time to enjoy and appreciate every inch of the food served and not rush into finishing it.
The first fun starter is nothing less familiar to you but the common Japanese Edamame that you can easily find in any Japanese food place. But what makes it special is it being paired with Thai Tom Yum Espuma. Interestingly, instead of popping it directly into your mouth, you are suppose to pop it into the Tom Yum Espuma, and scoop it up & in it will go into your mouth. A special burst of flavors from the tangy zesty tom yum that brings about a combination of sourish spiciness that matches the light and green taste of Edamame. This particular dish has keep my curiosity level up and up, looking forward to the very next dish.
Say what? Korean Mandu in Singapore Bak Kut Teh Consomme. Both items are well known and well loved traditional food by each of the locals. What do you think it will taste like CHILLED? I could taste the freshness of ingredients used in making the Korean Mandu. You could taste the crunchiness and sweetness from the fillings of the dumplings too. The skin is not too thick and the amount of fillings inside are just right. I wonder how it will be like if kimchi is used in the fillings! I’m sure it will be a more intriguing taste to expect! Even though the consomme is chilled, you could still taste the essence of Bak Kut Teh, a stronger peppery taste yet not choking.
Here’s another highlight and my personal favorite dish! Inspired by the popular Nonya Chap Chye Dish – Chilled Black Fungus & Mushroom Salad. Choosing the main essentials from the Chap Chye and tossing it with Belachan Mayo brings about a tantalizing flavor to our taste bud. A very crunchy salad dish filled with aromatic crispy mini hei bi and tingling sensation from the Balachan Mayo. Totally in love with this dish!
Another well infused cuisine of the day – Scotch Egg Ter Kar Chor. Scotch egg is basically a traditional British snack, boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat and covered with breadcrumbs before deep frying. And Ter Kar Chor (Vinegar Trotters), i’m sure need no more explanation. Cut the scotch egg into half, taste a bit of the original scotch egg and for the remaining, coupled it with the ginger ‘nest’, dip it into the Vinegar bowl and it feels as if you’re eating Ter Kar Chor. Amazing isnt it? With the taste of Ter Kar Chor but less the oilyness.
This is what everyone like best, a bit of everything – The Asian Trio. I like the concept behind this dish – ‘my friend is hiding in the kitchen all along’, never overlook what are around us all the times. Taking a good look around their kitchen, the chefs have came out with these 3 special items – Korean Bulgogi Beef Shabu Shabu in Vietnamese Rice Paper Roll, Nonya Ayam Buah Keluak Wanton and Singapore Laksa Prawn Haebee Hiam Cookie ‘Crostini’. Flavors are stronger and intensified as you move from the left to the right of the dish. Korean Bulgogi Beef Shabu Shabu is quite a light refreshing dish, but i find the rice paper a little too chewy to my liking. I like how the wanton skin is deep fried yet not too greasy and paired with an acquired taste of Buah Keluak, makes it a unique creative snack on it own. This crostini is indeed exceptional with the best fusion of our very own local flavors – Laksa & Haebee Hiam. The Haebe hiam cookie is superb in short, from the flavor to the aroma to the texture of the cookie, there’s nothing to pick on.
After something so exciting, it’s time to calm ourselves down a little. Enjoy a light yet flavorful Pen Cai Parcel which has incorporated the best ingredients, scallop, shitake mushroom and abalone wrapped in cabbage served together with a full bodied soup base that totally complements the natural sweetness of the quality ingredients in the parcel. The thick soup base is made from 2 important ingredients, one of them is the dried scallop and another is their special ingredient. I shall keep that a suspense too, it is really something that you least expect yet it’s kind of common and it enhances the overall taste of the soup stock.
Now it time to get back on track to enjoy what’s in store for us. It’s time for another burst of international flavors you can find in this particular Har Jeong Crab meet Kaffir Capellini. Hong kong ‘Har Jeong’ (Shrimp paste in other words) coated on the soft shell crab and deep fried to resemble that of a japanese tempura served with tomato based capellini infused with the juices of Kaffier lime. The taste of Har Jeong is subtle and much more faint compared to the usual Har Jeong Chicken. On the other hand, the capellini is cooked well to al dente with a sourish note from the kaffir lime. For added spiciness, just have it with some chilli padi, and the taste is perfect.
As the saying goes, save the best for the last. The last main before dessert is none other than the trending Louisiana Cajun Seafood en Papillote. Fresh juicy seafood are baked and cooked in a folded parchment parcel in its own aromatic moist heat retaining the natural sweetness of the seafood. The seafood are not overcooked and after cooking definitely has not lose its juiciness and crunchiness. The soup is sweet from the seafood and enhanced with the use of herbs and spices to bring out a stronger flavor. Dont forget to dip your bread in the soup!
After all the 8 dishes, though the plates may look small, but its surprisingly filling. & it’s really a good time to end the meal with a dessert. Yet another fusion of italian with local flavor that has given birth to this Chendol Panna Cotta. Very strong gulu melaka that complements with the silky and milky panna cotta in the right consistency. I like how the texture of the panna cotta is but not a fan of chendol, i would definitely love it, if it’s fruit-based instead.
Definitely worth a trip down for their ‘Around the World in 9 Small Plates’ Omakase Degustation Dinner. Not only is it a time to taste some unique creative food but also a chance to taste some of their specialty available in their bistro. The owners of the bistro are really friendly and humble, they make a point to create small talks with the customers before the start of the meal and during the meal. & you really can see the pride they have for their food creations. Kuddos to the people behind The Snack Culture Company!
Address: CT Hub
2 Kallang Avenue #02-17
Value for Money: ❤️❤❤️❤️
❤️ Recommend ❤️