It’s getting weirder and weirder as I prowl around the streets of childhood(perhaps, Im the WEIRD one!)Dejavuness is definitely there. But wait till u hear my story on why I feature this food…It makes me wonder- “Is it time to detox? Or perhaps too much food is congesting my brain, causing it to go haywire and disrupt my beauty sleep?”.Hmm…
Ok, imagine me in red tights and red cape saving your day…kinda like a Super Wonder woman or something… Hahaha, its a definite comedy..for sure, it will kick “The Noose” out of its popularity chart.
Ok, I have passed this Yakitori stall once, probably beginning of the year (thks Vee!) and I did not stop. I just glanced and move on. I dunno why, I wasnt intrigued..probably flogger’s pms.
And then months later,almost recently, I have a dream. The stall was calling out to me for help and there I was in my fiery RED cape and tight leggings and not forgetting my matching polka dotted red headdress (yikes!)…almost blinding me (is this a dream or nightmare?!). I cannot remember what help they needed but I remember watching it like Im reading those Batman and Robin comics with words flashing vibrantly e.g KAPOW! Whoosh! Wham! Bam!…
But in their case, its “HELP!!!”. Too bad, the rest of the story was a completely blacked out or I might further interest you in some bits of meagre fantasy.
I pop in their mini-stall at Hougang Point one happy day. Feeling like the wonder woman the night before (the dream,remember?), I resume my responsibility with solid dignity.
I had missed the Malay Muslim owner just minutes or I might perform one of my many multitasking “pretentious role” as a reporter (somewhat like Clark Kent *chuckles). Anyway, this time, I was in speed. I explained in seconds what my intentions are. Almost immediately, as they heard the word INTERNET, everyone “embrace” me. Love it. They get to work almost immediately, get the food that I wanted and even initiate “food poses” for me, by arranging the yakitori in their own creative way.
What are Yakitori? To me, I just refer to them as Japanese Satay. Skewered chunks of meat grilled with marinations like teriyaki sauce or something like that. For more info, click here.
To me, Yakitori is subtle in taste and its simplicity might not impress me if compare to our local variations of richness of spices in our local Satays. Thus probably that or perhaps, I fear I might get disappointed by its “fusion” quality and quantity (because I have been so badly disappointed by the Japanese halal food here, that I often ignore them unless, my cravings are huge than my head..)
Anyway, since the call for help is done by some mystical intervention, I shall not question my existence here…(Im here anyway).Started in a white clean slate of no perceptions, I shall judge them solely on their taste.Insya-Allah, I will.
The staff friendly gestures already open my mind slightly. Questions asked were easily answered with open hearted. I was told the stall just opened early this year. There were many customers especially from students of many races.
I noticed the food placed on the display board were not of abundance but of limited quantity thus I am pleased that. They only cooked according to requests unlike some others who not only cooked but stacked endless food supplies even when no customer was in sight. Not only the quantity is questionably ended up in waste, its integrity in quality is also in doubt.
Again, they seems to be in the right path into my good books. There were no chairs and tables in sight. This is more like a deli-buy and go. Either eat while on the go, or consume at home. I took them and eat in the car. Got to eat it while its freshly cooked!
Definitely YUM! I have no idea what original Yakitori tasted like (so there is no bar to raise) but this sure is GOOD! All are succulent juicy and not too overcooked. I love the mild flavour that further enhance its natural juices. What I love best is their SALMON and chicken. The breaded chicken is crispy on the outside but inside..ooh..OISHI! Price wise is alright. If the students can afford it,so can I! (Total cost: About $8 for all.) So what are you waiting for? Grab them now!
Oishi Kushii (Muslim-Owned)
Hougang Avenue 9
Disclaimer: Food featured are subject to my personal taste. I hold no responsibility for your body’s gastronomical adventure.All food shown are either from Halal-certified or Muslim owned establishments(with no liquour/alcoholic beverages).I will try my utmost best to update and maintain the relevant information shown,insya-Allah…but your body,your responsibility.Do ensure that the Halal-certificates are up-to-date,renewed (not expired) and displayed promptly before ordering/consuming. If in doubt,always ask the staff with a smile.Remember: Use ur senses especially your heart.But mainly, ask your iman (faith). Don’t assume: A headdress/scarf lady is not equal to HALAL. “No pork no lard” signage is not equal to HALAL. A crescent moon and star symbol is not equal to HALAL. Not all Mediterranean (e.g Turkish kebab), Malaysian, Indonesian cuisines (especially Nasi Padang food) is HALAL. Whatever franchise that is HALAL in Malaysia,Indonesia or in any muslim country does not mean it is HALAL in Singapore or anywhere else. Your body,your responsibility, check its HALAL authenticity. More on disclaimer?Thank you for your kind attention.