Sin Lee Foods @ 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee [Reprise]

"Made with heart & love."

I’ve actually done a review on Sin Lee Foods a while ago; last year to be exact, (Read it here.) however, they have since revised their menu with extremely unique dishes that seem to be the epitome of Asian Fusion cuisine. I don’t normally go back to the same place twice, but the constant bombardment of images of Sin Lee’s new dishes on Instagram sparked my interest again.

Sin Lee's opening hours.

Sin Lee’s opening hours.

Interior of Sin Lee Foods.

Interior of Sin Lee Foods.

Aesthetic
The interior design of Sin Lee Foods hasn’t changed much since my previous visit. Your usual vintage-industrial-hipster-unfinished look. One interesting thing to note is that they still do not have a Facebook page. (Which makes things a tad troublesome when I’m trying to do my research before heading down to the place.)

New revised menu of Sin Lee Foods.

New revised menu of Sin Lee Foods.

Desserts, desserts!

Desserts, desserts!

Food
The most notable difference that Sin Lee has made would be their newly revised menu. The food here seem to feature an exotic twist on Asian Fusion, with popular dishes like their Aburi Broccoli Salad or their Beef & Grains. The one thing that was retained from the previous menu is the one & only Chicken & Waffles; which last I remembered, was the only place to use prawn paste in their fried chicken. I do find it a pity that they didn’t keep the “Mini Doughnuts”, which I found to be pure Heaven. (Alas, I’ve only managed to have it once & it seems like it’s all but a memory now.)

One ironic fact is how over here at Sin Lee Foods, they proudly tout that they do not & will not serve Eggs Benedict. Not sure what they have against the dish but if you read my previous review, their old menu had a Croissant Benedict. Irony at it’s finest.

One downside to Sin Lee Foods is their prices, which unfortunately, have not gotten any better since my first visit. Starters start at around the 9 dollar mark with mains hovering around the 20 dollar mark. I still find it quite off-putting considering their location, which is in one of the older, secluded neighbourhood estates of Singapore. Oh well, at least there’s no GST or service fees.

Salted Egg Sweet Potato Fries ($12) Basically one of the main attractions over here at Sin Lee Foods is their Salted Egg Sweet Potato Fries. Salted egg seems to be the current trend that's taking Singapore by storm. The fries were definitely good. You can hardly go wrong with anything salted egg. I did feel that the dish was towards the heavier side of things & would have preferred the salted egg sauce was less thick in consistency.

Salted Egg Sweet Potato Fries ($12)
Basically one of the main attractions over here at Sin Lee Foods is their Salted Egg Sweet Potato Fries. Salted egg seems to be the current trend that’s taking Singapore by storm.
The fries were definitely good. You can hardly go wrong with anything salted egg. I did feel that the dish was towards the heavier side of things & would have preferred if the salted egg sauce was less thick in consistency.

Aburi Broccoli Salad ($12) Another dish that seems to leave cafehoppers drooling is the Aburi Broccoli Salad! The broccoli is torched, giving it a smoky flavour. The entire dish is topped with white balsamic, Papadum & red sugar. Overall, I could see why people go head over heels for this. It IS as addictive as they say. Of course, there seems to be a fine line between addictive & nausea, which seems possible if you have too much of this. Of course, this is something you'll either love or hate. (My companion didn't find anything additive about it at all.) 12 bucks for broccoli though.....

Aburi Broccoli Salad ($12)
Another dish that seems to leave cafehoppers drooling is the Aburi Broccoli Salad!
The broccoli is torched, giving it a smoky flavour. The entire dish is topped with white balsamic, Papadum & red sugar. Overall, I could see why people go head over heels for this. It IS as addictive as they say. Well, there seems to be a fine line between addictive & nausea, which seems possible if you have too much of this. Of course, this is something you’ll either love or hate. (My companion didn’t find anything addictive about it at all.)
12 bucks for broccoli though…..

Mackermore ($20) Spanish Mackerel, Roated Corn & Chinese Sausage Relish, Jalapeno White Sauce, Katsuobushi Yes, that IS the name of the dish. I kid you not. Perhaps it's due to the Asian nature of the dishes here that seems to keep the locals going back for more. Yet another dish that I've constantly seen is the Mackermore. Overall, I quite like the flavours of the dish. The combination of ingredients was pretty interesting & I thought that the choice of Mackerel was quite unique. Can't say this had the "Wow" factor though.

Mackermore ($20)
Spanish Mackerel, Roated Corn & Chinese Sausage Relish, Jalapeno White Sauce, Katsuobushi
Yes, that IS the name of the dish. I kid you not.
Perhaps it’s due to the Asian nature of the dishes here that seems to keep the locals going back for more. Yet another dish that I’ve constantly seen is the Mackermore.
Overall, I quite like the flavours of the dish. The combination of ingredients was pretty interesting & I thought that the choice of Mackerel was quite unique. Can’t say this had the “Wow” factor though.

Beef & Grains ($25) Seared Marbled Striploin, Wet Orzo "Rice", Fried & Runny Hen's Egg, Sweet Sour Ginger, Furikake, Scallions This is yet another dish that seems to make people go gaga for. I really liked the taste of the dish though, the wet Orzo "rice" with the perfectly cooked striploin was divine. (I do love me some beef.)

Beef & Grains ($25)
Seared Marbled Striploin, Wet Orzo “Rice”, Fried & Runny Hen’s Egg, Sweet Sour Ginger, Furikake, Scallions
This is yet another dish that seems to make people go gaga for. I really liked the taste of the dish though, the wet Orzo “rice” with the perfectly cooked striploin was divine. (I do love me some beef.)

I was quite fascinated with the wet Orzo "rice". You can see how unique it looks! The texture & flavour of the rice at first was definitely slightly off-putting. It had more of a gelatinous-like quality to it & each grain was quite soft. (Can't really explain it, you gotta try it for yourself.)

I was quite fascinated with the wet Orzo “rice”. You can see how unique it looks! Orzo is essentially pasta shaped like rice. (What?)
The texture & flavour of the Orzo at first was definitely slightly off-putting as you would think you’re eating rice. It had more of a gelatinous-like quality to it & each grain was quite soft. (Basically like pasta that’s shaped like rice.)

Banana Beignets ($9.50) Cake Battered Bananas, Condensed Milk, Grated Parmesan To put it simply for my companion to understand what this was, I described it as "Basically Goreng Pisang." Which was pretty much what it was. It was still good nonetheless, fried bananas in batter? Yes, please. Perhaps a hearty dollop of ice-cream would have brought this to a whole new level. Another noteworthy dessert would be their "Croissant & Butter Pudding", however I didn't have the stomach for it & hence went with these Beignets instead.

Banana Beignets ($9.50)
Cake Battered Bananas, Condensed Milk, Grated Parmesan
To put it simply for my companion to understand what this was, I described it as “Basically Goreng Pisang.”
Which was pretty much what it was. It was still good nonetheless, fried bananas in batter? Yes, please. Perhaps a hearty dollop of ice-cream would have brought this to a whole new level.
Another noteworthy dessert would be their “Croissant & Butter Pudding”, however I didn’t have the stomach for it & hence went with these Beignets instead.

Even Pidgey is having a feast.

Even Pidgey is having a feast.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Sin Lee Foods’ new dishes have definitely hit the right note with the many locals around here. The constant images of their food on Instagram doesn’t lie; their Asian Fusion cuisine seems to keep them coming back for more. It is quite interesting to note that while quite a few people love the food here, there is a small percentage that dislikes it; fine line between love & hate. While I do find that their new menu is pretty unique, the prices are one huge con that I find hard to overlook & ultimately, there isn’t much else that entices me to head back for a third time. Of course, it’s still worth a visit if you have not been to Sin Lee; it’s practically a sin if you have not.

RATING

Food
8/10
Aesthetic
6.5/10
Price
6/10
Service
7.5/10

SIN LEE FOODS

Blk 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee #01-164, Singapore 162004
(Nearest train station: Tiong Bahru)
Contact:  6377 3170
Email: enquiries@batter.com.sg
Opening Hours:
Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sun: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
http://www.thebatterpeople.com/

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