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Ex-Potato Head chef serves reasonably priced brisket burger and jerk hen

In terms of western meals in hawker centres, we all know what to anticipate. Steak orders with none possibility on its doneness, frozen lambs which have extra fats than precise meat, and the way about fried-to-the-max hen cutlets? Lest we neglect the canned baked beans and coleslaw that nobody touches. What if we might do higher? Salai M’an makes an attempt to reply that query.

Salai M’an - Exterior Shot

Salai M’an was opened in early 2022 by Sulaiman, who’s a former Potato Head chef. It sells a plethora of burgers, jerk hen, smoked meats and even sizzling canines. Sulaiman was motivated to begin Salai M’an as he wished to deliver reasonably priced restaurant high quality meals to the plenty, as he understands that not everybody, together with himself, can afford to eat at eating places.  

What I attempted at Salai M’an

Salai M’an - Pull & Tear , Salai Jerk Chix and Chilli Beef

I clearly needed to go for the extra distinctive gadgets on the menu such because the Pull & Tear Burger (S$8.90), Salai Jerk Chix (S$9.90) and Chilli Beef (S$4.50). It had a number of different burger gadgets such because the Basic Chezzy (S$7), Salai B. Bacon (S$7.90), Rendang Kampong (S$8) and Black Magnificence (S$8.90).

There have been additionally platters such because the 4 Pax Coronary heart Assault (S$50.90) and 2 Pax Salai Combo (S$33.90) do you have to include firm. In the event you’re questioning why the costs don’t match with any current footage of the menu, it’s as a result of there’s a further S$1 cost for all gadgets.

Although that is an comprehensible resolution, it definitely pushes the which means of reasonably priced to a near-internet hoax degree.

Salai M’an - Chilli Beef

My first style of Salai M’an was its Chilli Beef. I used to be disillusioned with this rendition of chilli because it wasn’t in a stew or soup kind, as the way it usually is. As a substitute, it was sidelined to a topping on french fries, and was sauced up with cheese sauce and what spicy mayo. The dish additionally had cubes of tomatoes that I, sadly, can’t respect (sure, I’m that man).

Salai M’an - Chilli Beef

True sufficient, it tasted like the way it seemed— which to be honest, was fairly good. The fries have been sizzling and crispy and I truly loved the sauces that have been used, as they tasted tacky with a bit of warmth on the finish. 

This may have been an excellent rendition of cheese fries, which might sit properly above some eating places’ requirements, however I ordered Chilli Beef and the chilli fell manner beneath expectations. It was primarily simply bland-tasting minced beef and a few beans. 

The tomatoes solely distracted me from absolutely having fun with the fries with a always undesirable tart flavour.

Salai M’an - Pull & Tear.

Subsequent into the stomach was the Pull & Tear Burger. It got here with smoked shredded brisket that was slathered with home made BBQ sauce, and topped with coleslaw in-between two actually charred brioche buns. I had my justifiable share of actually good burger experiences in hawker centres, so my expectation was actually excessive.

Salai M’an - Pull & Tear

My first chunk noticed the burger disintegrating into bits because of the overwhelming quantity of sauce, and even the bun didn’t survive it. That was the tragedy of the burger. I might solely style the BBQ sauce in addition to the coleslaw, which got here with its personal sauce. Mixed, it tasted like a mish-mash of teppanyaki sauce and candy mayo.

There was additionally a conflict of textures, as my enjoyment of the smooth brisket was all the time interrupted by the sharp crunch of coleslaw. As if my irk with coleslaw wasn’t sufficient earlier than this!

Salai M’an - Chilli Beef

This was actually a ‘not indignant, simply disillusioned’ type of situation. Once I separated the bits of brisket, it tasted actually good and the smoky flavour got here via strongly. It’s only a disgrace that the style was misplaced to a really unremarkable sauce and a very unneeded texture variation.

Salai M’an - Salai Jerk Chix

With low optimism, it was time for the Salai Jerk Chix. It had 220g of contemporary hen leg marinated in Salai M’an’s personal in-house jerk marinade, and it additionally got here with two sides of selection. I went for the Mac & Cheez and the Butter Rice. A number of the different sides embody Buttered Veg, Grilled Korn and Coleslaw. 

Salai M’an - Salai Jerk Chix

Simply by chopping into the hen, I used to be already impressed by how straightforward it was, particularly contemplating it was grilled. The pores and skin was even sliding off, with the jerk sauce performing as lube. Lastly, one thing that tasted pretty much as good because it seemed! The hen was juicy and the sauce had a pleasant tang to it that jogged my memory of peri-peri sauce.

Salai M'an - Salai Jerk Chix

Probably the most spectacular a part of the hen was the seasoning on it. In most locations, hen solely will get its flavours from two choices: the batter of the fried hen or the smearing of sauce. Salai M’an managed to infuse the flavour from its jerk marinade into its hen, and it carried over even after being grilled and lined with sauce. This was actually a formidable feat.

 Salai M'an - Salai Jerk ChixAs for the perimeters, properly, they acquired the job completed as sides usually do. Nothing of word and nothing too horrible about them. All I cared for was combining them with the superior hen and sauce, which took them to the following degree.

Ultimate ideas

 Salai M'an - Plates

Being comparatively new to the enterprise, I actually hope Salai M’an would tweak a few of its recipes as they have been only a shot away from being glorious. 

Value-wise, it undoubtedly isn’t the most cost effective western meals round, particularly for a hawker. However then once more, the standard you’re getting justifies the worth. Plus, who says you possibly can’t take pleasure in good-quality western hawker meals each every so often?

And with that, Salai M’an answered my query.

Anticipated harm: S$4.50 – S$9.90 per pax

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Our Ranking: 4 / 5

Salai M’an

166 Jalan Besar, Jalan Berseh Meals Centre, #01-18, Singapore 208877


Our Ranking 4/5

Salai M’an

166 Jalan Besar, Jalan Berseh Meals Centre, #01-18, Singapore 208877

Phone: +65 8817 8243

Working Hours: 5pm – 11pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Solar



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