Wild Market is basically a cross between your neighbourhood coffee shop and a food court that you’d find in a mall — just imagine coffee shop food (with slightly higher prices) in an air-conditioned dining area.
In this atas coffee shop, expect to find a wide array of dishes, ranging from carrot cake and char kway teow, to duck confit and briyani. Apart from good food, you can also get your beer, lager and stout fix here with your friends.
There are quite a few stalls to choose from, but here are 8 stalls that we highly recommend checking out:
1. 鼎 Ding’s Carrot Cake
The first stall is Ding’s Carrot Cake that serves both traditional and fusion carrot cake. Apart from the usual ‘black’ or ‘white’ carrot cake, the stall serves carrot cake with unique toppings like salted egg yolk.
The Salted Egg Yolk Sauce Carrot Cake ($5) caught our eye as it’s probably the only stall in Singapore to have such a pairing. To our surprise, it worked rather well, with the sweet and salty sauce elevating the carrot cake, which was a little too plain on its own.
At only $5, we thought that it was worth every cent. Something that you have to try at least once in your lifetime.
2. A Ceylonese Affair
Evident from its name, A Ceylonese Affair specialises in Ceylonese food. Although similar to Indian food, it does have its differences. To start, the Muttom Dum Briyani ($11.80) was served with a pile of rice, heaped over the meat.
We were wondering where the mutton was and thought that we had been shortchanged until we began digging in. The mutton, which we were told was slow cooked for a long period, was tender and had a robust spicy flavour.
For a traditional Ceylonese dessert, try the Egg Appam ($3.80). This version came with an egg in the centre, palm sugar and coconut. The egg lent a nice richness to the appam and mellowed out the sweetness of the other toppings.
This made it extremely easy to eat without being cloyingly sweet, and we finished it with ease.
3. Mentei Express
Mentei Express is a small branch of Mentei Ramen that serves quality ramen with homemade broths. For something soupy and hot, the Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen Spicy ($13.50) is the dish for you. The broth was flavourful yet light, and we drank it spoonful after spoonful.
The ramen came with black fungus which made the dish less jelak, allowing us to slurp down the noodles without any difficulties. We found the noodles a little too soft for our liking so do make a request if you want it more al dente.
There’s Chinese, Japanese and Ceylonese food, and we can now add French to the list. Arome specialises in French cuisine at affordable prices. We had the Duck Confit ($14.90), and it was extremely tender.
The cabbage had a slight acidity which cut through the richness of the creamy lentils. When all the components were eaten together, it was well balanced both in flavour and texture. Definitely something you must get at Wild Market.
Duck confit too heavy for you? Try the Arome Salad ($5.90) which is served with a poached egg. The tangy salad dressing worked well with the rich egg yolk and the salad mix was pretty fresh and crisp. Toss everything together and get a wholesome lunch.
5. Barnyard Servery
At Barnyard Servery, get hearty portions of baked and grilled dishes. The Honey Baked Chicken ($12.90) came in a large portion with two pieces of chicken and a heap of mashed potatoes. Tender and juicy, the chicken was truly the star of the dish.
If you want a smaller portion, get the ladies cut at only $10.90.
To us, the potatoes had too strong a lemon flavour, but it’ll be perfect if you enjoy your food with a citrus twist. Overall, for around $11, this is a steal. Don’t say we bojio ah.
6. Little Penang
As its name suggests, Little Penang serves up authentic food from Penang, Malaysia. With such a wide spread of dishes, we decided to forgo classics like the Char Kway Teow and go for the Malaya Chicken Chop, Salted Egg Yolk Sauce ($7).
The chicken was well seasoned, crisp and fried to golden-brown perfection. The sauce was a tad too watery but packed a punch in terms of flavour. We doused the chicken chop in the homemade sauce and tucked in for a hearty meal.
The dish is also served with rice and an egg to make it more filling but the chicken chop alone was good enough for us. Just thinking about it makes me want to get one right now!
7. Wild Bar
At Wild Bar, get bar snacks as well as drinks to enjoy your night chilling with friends. We tried the Mentaiko Fries ($8.80) which arrived crispy and golden. The mentaiko sauce provided a richness and creaminess to complement the spicy seasoning on the fries.
The perfect snack while drinking some beer or as an afternoon snack if you’re feeling a little peckish.
Don’t be surprised to find most of the drinks on tap, including coffee. Apart from the traditional kopi and teh, they serve Nitro Coffee which is draft coffee straight from the tap. An interesting and refreshing drink to have on a hot day.
8. Taman Manis
Lastly for dessert, Taman Manis sells traditional and modernised versions of desserts, such as the Chendol Trifle ($5) which comes in a mason jar and features several layers of cake and toppings within. The cake absorbed the syrup and coconut milk, allowing for a dense and flavour-packed sponge.
While the jelly and red beans provided pleasant textural contrasts, we felt that the dessert was a little underwhelming and still preferred our traditional chendol at the end of the day.
Nonetheless, if you’re up to try mod-Sin desserts, hit Taman Manis up!
Wild Market serves a variety of dishes at varying price ranges, providing flexibility and convenience to customers. Most of the food here was pretty tasty and I see myself coming back for more (especially to get some of that Nitro Coffee action).
Let Wild Market be the next place you have a meal (followed by drinks) with your friends and I promise it won’t be the last time you visit!
Expected damage: $5 – $20 per person