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Chalong: Singapore’s First Charcoal-Grilled Meats Takeaway Kiosk

December 11, 2016

Written by Gwendolyn Lim

Chalong

I made a trip down to Chalong to find a long queue of eager customers, which was coincidentally also the last day for their one-for-one promotion in lieu of their store opening.

Helming the kitchen is chef-owner Elin Boh — the 26-year-old holds a grand diploma for pastry and cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu (Paris), and a grand diploma from Oliver Bajard International School of Patisserie (Perpignan, France).

On a visit to Chalong located in Phuket, he chanced upon a well-known delicacy, the charcoal-grilled pork. Since then, the lingering taste of the pork compelled him to start up a store in Singapore.

Chalong

The thing that keeps people going back to Chalong is none other than their meats, whereby the beef is air-flown from New Zealand and the pork is from Spain.

They are charcoal-grilled and smoked in apple wood using a Josper Oven, which caused the meats to be fuller in flavour, smokiness and texture on a whole.

The foods are prepared freshly and only the best ingredients are used in the process, such as the Japanese Yamagata Haneuki rice, Himalayan salt and Denmark butter.

Chalong

The signature Grass-fed Black Angus Striploin ($14) is a popular item among customers. Chalong

It comes in thin strips of medium-rare beef brushed in Himalayan salt and crowned around a mi-cuit (half-cooked) egg. The French red wine sauce is drizzled over, providing the dish a glistening look, that causes one to salivate.

Chalong

Another favourite is the 18hr sous vide jowl ($12) served with homemade chilli sauce. The pork jowl is tender and juicy on their own, while the chilli has a spicy kick that balances well with the sweetness of the pork.

Customers can also add on grilled asparagus ($1), grilled tomatoes ($1), extra rice ($1) and mi-cuit egg ($1), to make the meal more complete and wholesome.

Chalong

Chalong is indeed a place full of potential, emphasizing on their meats that are marinated and grilled well. As a takeaway kiosk, it is popular among office crowds who wants something fuss-free and easy.

Expected Damage: $9 onwards

Chalong: Tanjong Pagar Centre, 7 Wallich Street #B2-21 Singapore 078884 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30AM – 2PM, 5:30PM-7:30PM, Sat 11:30AM-3PM | Website

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