In Singapore, hawker Western food is usually deep-fried meat with some oily fries and a teaspoon of cold baked beans, so it's always pleasant to find Western food in coffee shops and hawker centres that are a cut above the rest.
In my housing estate, there is a new Western stall called Western Chow, which is very decent. Our coffee shop tended to suffer from poor human traffic because the genius planners tucked it away at a block so far from the main road, you had to live in my cluster of flats to know it's there. And stall turnover was high. So it's great to see some good fare in our humble coffee shop.
Western Chow serves dishes like chicken chop with mushroom, brown or black pepper sauce, Hainanese curry chicken cutlet, NZ ribeye and sirloin, ox-tail stew, Hainanese beef stew, Dory fish with herbs, Dory fish in bread crumbs, Hainanese breaded pork chop, and grilled pork chop. Sides include mushroom soup and hand-mashed potato salad with ham.
I've tried the chicken chops, Hainanese beef stew and Dory fish in herbs. All very nice. The beef in the stew was tender and juicy. I also enjoyed their hand-mashed potato salad. So much better than the powder formula mashed potatoes we eat so often.
Prices average around $6 for the mains, and $2.50 for the soup and sides. Steaks cost a little more.
The stall opens at around 11am, so you won't be able to do breakfast here. It's located at Block 134 Lorong Ah Soo, next to Paya Lebar MGS.
The Hainanese style western food is something I grew up eating, and to find it at my doorstep at reasonable prices, is cool.