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True-blue Turkish hawker single-handedly serves wonderful kebabs & butter rice in Serangoon

Serangoon Backyard Market & Meals Centre is full of yummy hawker stalls, however there was one particularly that has stood out to me for a very long time. Zuzu Kebab, with its shiny blue signboard and snaking queues, is a Muslim-owned Turkish hawker stall that gives genuine Center-Japanese meals corresponding to kebabs, burritos, butter rice and a lot extra.

Zuzu Kebab 02 - storefront

There are a few explanation why Zuzu Kebab impressed me from the get-go. 

All its orders are made contemporary on the spot, and all the stall is single-handedly manned by a true-blue Turkish chef, who tirelessly juggles between taking orders, slicing freshly cooked meat from the vertical rotisserie in true shawarma-style, chopping greens, getting ready orders, and serving them as much as ready clients. 

I imply, it’s already onerous sufficient to run a stall in a bustling hawker centre corresponding to Serangoon Backyard Market & Meals Centre, not to mention do it single-handedly. 

And for a one-man present, its menu is kind of intensive, providing pita bread, baked pasta and rice, moussaka, babaganoush, falafel, kunefe and even beyti, a conventional Turkish kebab made with floor meat wrapped in a pastry!

Zuzu Kebab - storefront

Due to the restricted manpower, Zuzu Kebab is well-known for its lengthy queues and ready occasions. Throughout meal time or on weekends, ready occasions are stated to common out to about an hour!

I made a decision to strive my luck on a weekday and dropped by for lunch. With solely 4 individuals in entrance of me, I counted myself lucky and patiently waited for my meals.

It’s value noting that all the technique of queuing, ordering and ready on your meals is a little bit of an organised mess. The hardworking Turkish chef takes two to 3 orders at one time, and after inserting your order, you’re requested to attend by the facet. No buzzer or queue quantity is given, however the stall proprietor recognises every buyer and alerts that their meals is prepared with a hoop of a bell.

What I attempted at Zuzu Kebab

Zuzu Kebab 05 - chicken kebab

I received the Kebab Wrap with Hen (S$8), and was immediately surprised by how hefty it was. 

This was one stuffed child, crammed to the brim with freshly shaved grilled hen, crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, crunchy onions, and a wide range of home made sauces. Topping it off was a toasted tortilla, and I couldn’t wait to dig in.

Zuzu Kebab 04 - chicken kebab

Okay, however how do I even start devouring Zuzu Kebab’s spectacular kebab? The exterior paper-like sheet caught to the tortilla pores and skin, making it troublesome to take away. After a lot manoeuvring, I ended up making a small tear and labored my method across the kebab, chunk by chunk.

Zuzu Kebab 12 - chicken kebab

If there’s one factor it is advisable to strive at Zuzu Kebab, that is it. 

Every chunk was a literal burst of flavour, with mouthwatering juices coming from the grilled hen, tomatoes, lettuce and accompanying sauces. The hero, in fact, have been the insanely beneficiant juicy chunks of hen, full with addictive charred bits, that made the kebab so scrumptious that I couldn’t put it down. Every part got here collectively in a hearty and delicious method that rendered me wordless for a minute or two. 

Simply primarily based on the quantity of components that the Turkish chef had packed into the kebab, it was a surprise that he even managed to efficiently wrap all of it within the first place. Zuzu Kebab has formally spoiled kebabs for me (no extra pasar malam or business kebabs!), and this was utterly definitely worth the S$8 price ticket.

Zuzu Kebab - butter rice

Out of the opposite dishes on Zuzu Kebab’s menu, the Asian in me determined to order one rice-based merchandise— Butter Rice with Beef (S$10).

The hefty beef slices shaped a small mountain and lined the butter rice, a lot in order that I might solely see peeks of the rice from beneath. It got here with freshly chopped greens and a mint yoghurt sauce.

Zuzu Kebab - butter rice

The rice was mild and fluffy, with a superb quantity of different components corresponding to corn, carrots and peas. I beloved it that the inclusion of butter made every spoonful of rice all of the extra moist and indulgent.

Zuzu Kebab - beef

Given how thinly that they had been sliced, I used to be apprehensive that the meat slices can be too dry, however they have been surprisingly juicy and flavourful. Some items have been certainly drier than others, however I attributed it to their lower, and paired it with the buttered rice for that indulgent end.

Zuzu Kebab 09 - vegetables

One factor I actually appreciated about Zuzu Kebab’s salad was how refreshing it was. The contemporary bites of lettuce and juicy bits of tomato actually helped to stability out the savouriness from the meat slices. Plus, the addition of sliced olives added that umami and savoury word to tie all the meal collectively.

Zuzu Kebab 10 - butter rice with beef

Along with the deliciously savoury and buttery rice, this made for a dish that I couldn’t put down. Actually. I discovered myself holding onto my plastic spoon, digging into my subsequent spoonful of butter rice and thinly sliced beef, reluctant to place the spoon down, even when it have been to return to the Hen Kebab. Think about me formally offered. 

Last ideas

Zuzu Kebab 03 - chicken kebab and beef butter rice

The meals at Zuzu Kebab was definitely worth the wait. 

I completely beloved the hefty Hen Kebab Wrap and would positively return for this, even when I wasn’t within the Serangoon space. As for the Beef Butter Rice, regardless of the slight dryness from the occasional beef slice, I completely loved the silky butteriness of the fluffy rice, and completely appreciated how well-rounded every chunk was, particularly when coupled with the contemporary and crunchy salad.

This was exceptionally phenomenal when contemplating that the Turkish chef at Zuzu Kebab dealt with all of this by himself, and at peak hour too! 

No matter whether or not there’s a humongous queue or not, I stay up for returning to strive Zuzu Kebab’s different dishes (I had been eyeing the Hummus (S$9) however merely didn’t have the abdomen house for it), be it with a eating companion or two.

Anticipated injury: S$8 – S$15 per pax

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Worth: $

Our Score: 5 / 5

Zuzu Kebab

49A Serangoon Backyard Approach, Serangoon Backyard Market, #01-32, Singapore 555945


Our Score 5/5

Zuzu Kebab

49A Serangoon Backyard Approach, Serangoon Backyard Market, #01-32, Singapore 555945

Working Hours: 11.30am – 3pm & 5.30pm – 9pm (Sat to Thu), Closed on Fri



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