Upon hearing that IKEA Tampines has served HALAL chicken wings and meatballs from the facebook forum (thks Shah and Ally!) , immediately, I called my trusted ally and off we zoom straight to IKEA. Without caring about anything else, we happily strutted to IKEA with beaming faces almost like the “Bella Luna”.
I was like some techie from outer space with the laptop on my right, my bag on my left, my camera on my neck. But all these weight are almost weightless cos I am pursuing my deep intentions with determination. As I reached the 3 quarter full restaurant (and it’s only 10.30am!!), I looked left and right. I saw those reddish yummy looking chicken everywhere! And not forgetting the springy meatballs. I cannot wait!
As I reached the Halal counter, it was closed. I was half expected it cos I know it often opens only at 11.30am. So while waiting for that special time, I sat with my “countless re-filling sodas” watching people eating those glorious looking wings and balls.
I also saw many disappointed faces who were waiting at the Muslim counter with hopes but were dashed as they were told to come back later. Some profusely refuse to budge and waited for that specific time. Meanwhile,I not only tweet the good news, I also informed my fellow WHQ app users of the good news. I am so excited!
When the clock was reaching 11.29am, I seek my partner in crime to queue up, while I get my gadgets ready. My heart was beating faster and faster like I was awaiting my first date or something. As I saw my partner came with a large tray with all the goodies, immediately, I was in action. Zooming here and there..taking shots in whatever angle I can get (if only, I can turn upside down like Batman) . I try to refrain from using flash. I know its a bad habit. So far, I have not used any.
Soon, a queue was formed as I glanced towards the Halal stall. Luckily, we were early. Or else got to wait. It seems, they buy in bulks for eating in and take aways.(yikes?!)
Ok now for that glorious moment, what shall I pounced on? Ok, meatballs..u are the real deal..u are the ones people have been craving for, you are the one that people are drooling for, I shall bite you first!
As I chew on the meatballs, I realised…the first taste was already vibrantly flavourful. It might be a lil bit overpowering. As u try to dip in the lingonberry and brown sauce, it does not harmonise well. In fact, the bland potatoes go very well with them.
Then I looked closer, it looked irregular. Its not as rounded as the ones I ate in Malaysia (IKEA Damansara) and it looked as if it was deep fried.YIKES!!! Then I stole glances at my neighbours chomping on the non-halal meatballs.
YES! Those are the ones!Th looked exactly like the ones in Malaysia! For me, normally, I can remember images of good looking food very well even though it might be a year ago (or less) that I last tried them.
And I stared again at their balls and indeed! They don’t looked fried…they looked very round and springy.
They looked like there was a sign on them saying -“EAT ME!”
It was kinda disappointing for me in regards to the meatballs.I remember reading the poster saying the Halal balls were made of chicken and beef (but I think in Malaysia it is made of 100% beef, correct me if Im wrong…).Of course I cannot compare non-halal ones with halal ones just by the look of it (in Singapore). But the Malaysian ones, are definitely YUMMILICIOUS!
If you have the time, try to search for my blog post on IKEA malaysia (sorry limitation of this laptop thus there are many things I cannot do) and compare the pictures. Those Malaysian meatballs were so VAVAVOOM! I felt addicted and a certain of “shiokness” feeling pass thru my body as I chew on them.Even the brown and lingonberry sauce tasted different.Hmm..
Ok hopefully the next entry will not disappoint me. I touched the warm chicken wings. I tasted it. It was tender,slight crisp and yum! Better than the ones in Malaysia. At least, I wasnt disappointed.
But again, this is my tongue.Different people ,different experiences.
I am indeed grateful that IKEA has the initiative to bring the HALAL ones in Singapore. This blog post is just me sharing honestly what I feel and taste.
I am also thankful that I have the pleasure to taste the Malaysian IKEA’s meatballs and food there. Thus that kinda sets the standard for the other Swedish meatballs (in Fika Cafe and IKEA Tampines..)
Don’t take my word for it. Go and try it out yourself. And if you happen to pass by Malaysia, take the time to try the food in IKEA there and share with us your thoughts. Thank you!
p.s: I noticed that many ordered their nasi padang too…so either they have improved in that sector or it’s in Asian genes to eat rice for lunch *chuckles
60 Tampines North Drive 2, 528764
Halal certified till October 2011
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.