When I was back in December with J for our Singapore wedding, my dad brought us to Whampoa for dinner. He was insistent that Whampoa had really good food, and since we still had a car then, we all packed up the vehicle (wasn’t too hard, since it was just grandma, dad, mom, J and I — 3 missing brothers and their girlfriends!) Here are some other posts about food we had that night at Whampoa Makan Place (hawker center): Mang Jia Jiao Satay, Hoover Rojak, Ah Hock Fried Oyster Hougang, Whampoa Satay Bee Hoon, Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee.
Mang Jia Jiao is the Chinese pinyin translation of Mangga Kar, which translates as ‘foot of the jackfruit tree’. This ‘foot of the jackfruit tree’ is actually an area of Singapore near Balestier/Bendemeer/Lavender Street areas. Hence, this Mang Jia Jiao satay probably refers to a satay stall from that area.
We did not know if this satay was famous, but we say a lot of people ordering from the stall, and so we just followed suit.
Chicken satay – S$0.50/stick: There were little chunks of fat skewered onto the stay with the meat. I really appreciate the added fat because it does add a moist, lush aftertaste. These days, people are so afraid of fats (and wrongly so!) that the food just tastes different. (Roll your eyes at me, but yes, it just does!) Anyway, these were a little less chao ta (burnt) than I would have usually liked, but they taste great. Sure, I wouldn’t mind some smoky chao ta bits, but I didn’t really miss it. The chicken was tender, and had a good blend of sweet and savory! Yum!
Mutton satay – S$0.50/stick: These had a similar aroma to the chicken satay, but were chewier than the chicken (mutton usually is.) I like the chewy-ness of the mutton more, and thus enjoyed the mutton satays a teeny weeny bit more. These also did not have a piece of fat in between the meat pieces, but mutton is a fattier meat than chicken anyway, so I did not miss more fat. Good satay!
Mang Jia Jiao Satay
Address: #01-42, Whampoa Drive Makan Place, Blk 90 Whampoa Drive, Singapore 320090
Price Range: $ (Below $10 per person)