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Malaysian Slangs (August Special) | ‘Belanja’

‘Belanja’ is a word you NEED to know as a Malaysian. I find that it’s one of those words that are quite comforting. In just that one word, you can sense warmth, care and love. ‘I’ll belanja.’ It’s always sweet when someone decides to willingly treat you to a gift or food. Take note, guys.

Photo: Hawker stall in Georgetown, Penang. Malaysia, but more specifically in Penang, is famous for their hawker food like assam laksa, char kuey teow and more. In fact, all the best food aren’t found in fancy restaurants but in hawker stalls! (Photo by @phalinn at

Stew Küche, Singapore

Just behind the Alexandra Food Village in Singapore, you’ll find the Salute Coffee Shop (here, “coffee shop” means “private hawker center”) where most of the stalls sell foreign foods. Cupcakes, Buffalo wings, burgers, fancy French fare… many young chefs are opening small hawker stalls here where they can experiment with international influences. One such stand, the biggest one in this section, is Stew Küche, a mini German beer hall…

While they have “stew” in their name, and as German beer flows freely from their taps, it’s neither of these things that Stew Küche has become known for. What most people come here to eat is the deep-fried pork knuckle…

Tender and juicy on the inside, the real star if this show is the crispy pork skin…

Served over brown gravy with a mustard potato salad, the chef here includes Perankan achar pickled vegetables instead of sauerkraut to give the dish some local flavor…

Stew Küche and all the other young vendors located in the Salute Coffee Shop are bringing Singaporean style to their cuisine and it will be interesting to watch how they push the boundaries with these foreign fusions here.


Inside the Salute Coffee Shop

Blk 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-40

Singapore 151119