Last Updated: February 22, 2020
2019 marks Singapore’s bicentennial anniversary, and most of us would’ve seen images of Sir Stamford Raffles around.
We may know who Sir Stamford Raffles is, but what about Sir Stamford Waffles?
To be honest, I thought he was a distant relative of our founder. However, it turns out Sir Stamford Waffles is actually the name of a cafe!
Located in Ang Mo Kio, the tiny cafe serves up a range of local delights, but with a modern twist.
The first dish which caught our attention was the Slipper Lobster Roll (S$12.90).
I’ve had a fair share of lobster rolls in my life, but never at such an affordable price. Although a slipper lobster isn’t actually a true lobster, I was still looking forward to trying their take on it.
For one, the huge chunks of glistening slipper lobster meat were a sight to behold. Each piece was succulent and juicy, to our delight.
We noticed that they had also tossed the slipper lobster meat in a creamy sauce. As we took a bigger bite, we realised it was actually egg mayo!
It was evident that they were very generous with it as every bite we took was simply oozing with it. I personally felt that buttery notes of the egg mayo made for an excellent pairing with sweet slipper lobster.
As with traditional lobster rolls out there, they stuffed all the ingredients in a hot dog-style bun.
We unanimously agreed that the ratio of bread to ingredients was perfect. However, the bun was slightly too tough for our liking.
The dish also came with some chips, as well as a portion of their housemade achar.
The achar was very fresh, and the sour notes hit the right spots. Even my dining partner, who doesn’t typically eat his veggies, finished it!
With all that said, though, it was Sir Stamford Waffles’ Butterfly Pea Nasi Lemak (S$9.90) which piqued my curiosity.
The royal blue hue made for a very elegant and aesthetically-pleasing presentation.
The staff explained that they infused the rice with butterfly pea flower to achieve its colour, but that’s not all. Apparently, they also grow their own butterfly pea flowers in Malaysia!
Because of that, the rice actually had a subtle floral aroma. It was simply a bonus that every grain of rice was firm but pleasantly chewy.
Sir Stamford Waffles makes their own hae bee hiam (spicy dried shrimp paste) too. It was bursting with notes of sweetness, which I felt went really well with the rice.
Nasi lemak can’t possibly be complete without sambal too, right? They make a smoky sambal paste that’s not too spicy, perfect for those with low spice tolerance (like me).
Give it a good mix together with the rice and hae bee hiam before digging into it. You’ll thank me later.
The dish also came with a plethora of other ingredients.
For vegetables, you can expect their housemade achar, as well as curry mixed vegetables.
Meanwhile, I’m sure all you meat lovers will enjoy their grilled chicken, which came with a delightfully crispy skin.
There was an otah too, which was decently spicy and juicy.
Completing the dish were then the quintessential hard-boiled egg and peanuts with ikan bilis.
With so many ingredients, this dish is definitely fit for a king, if you ask me!
Sir Stamford Waffles isn’t just all about ‘the salty’ food, as they call it. They also serve up a unique range of ice cream flavours, which were what we were mainly there for.
While they do serve their ice creams a la carte, we figured we’d go for their Unicorn Waffle (S$14).
The dessert was essentially a waffle and ice cream dish.
However, they meticulously beautified it with sugar decorations so that it’d resemble a unicorn!
For this absolutely Instagram-worthy piece of art, we were allowed to choose our own ice cream flavours.
We went for the Kaya Roti, as well as Cereal ice cream.
The Kaya Roti ice cream is apparently Sir Stamford Waffles’ most popular flavour.
According to the staff, it’s usually out of stock as it sells out very quickly. Hence, we were very lucky that day to be in time for a new batch.
After my first bite, I immediately understood why.
The ice cream had a prominent taste and aroma of pandan, which was such a nostalgic treat. I personally felt it was reminiscent of the pandan kaya cake from Bengawan Solo, but even stronger in taste.
True to its name, they even mixed actual pieces of white bread into the ice cream! This gave every bite a slightly chewy texture which I enjoyed very much.
The waffles at Sir Stamford Waffles weren’t the typical huge slabs which we usually encounter.
Instead, theirs were much lighter, with a shape even resembling a snowflake.
Though they were admittedly slightly bland, the strong and unique ice cream flavours certainly compensated for it.
Likewise, the Choochi Monster (S$14) was an equally Instragrammable dish.
It featured my favourite Sesame Street character, Cookie Monster.
For this dish, the ice cream flavours were pre-set: Cookies & Cream and Blue Peppermint Chocolate Chip.
The Cookies & Cream ice cream was nothing much to rave about, sadly. It was very one-dimensional in taste and texture.
That said, however, the Blue Peppermint Chocolate Chip pleasantly surprised us.
Not only did it possess a refreshing minty flavour, but there was also an abundance of chocolate chips in it.
As a chocolate lover, there was nothing I didn’t love about it.
If you have a sweet tooth, why not end off your meal with a thick and chocolatey Milkshake (S$10)? The richness of the chocolate will definitely give you an energy boost to get you through the day.
The mod-sin creations over at Sir Stamford Waffles were certainly innovations done right.
That said, I wonder which famous person’s name is going to be adapted next. Sang Nila Nutella sounds like a good name for a chocolate cafe, no?
Expected Damage: S$3 – S$14 per pax
Our Rating: 4 / 5
Sir Stamford Waffles
727 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, #01-4264, Singapore 560727
727 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, #01-4264, Singapore 560727