As someone who grew up watching hours of Jamie Oliver and Great British Food on the Travel Living Channel (TLC), I’ve become quite enamoured with British fare.
Bear in mind that I’m talking about proper British nosh (food) and not just generic “Western food”. Singapore’s idea of Western food has always been very Americanised but now it’s time for British food to shine.
While there are a few establishments serving British fare such as The Queen & Mangosteen and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, they’re not necessarily affordable.
But now, there’s a humble stall serving British fare in a hawker centre and my gut has never been more ready.
Lad & Dad
Introducing Lad & Dad, a father and son duo that’s blessing Singaporeans with the wonders of proper and affordable British food.
Located in local food haven, Maxwell Food Centre, Lad & Dad serves up classic British staples such as Bangers & Mash ($8) and Beef Stew ($10).
The Bangers & Mash is pretty straightforward. 2 bangers (pork sausages) sit nicely atop a bed of mashed potatoes, topped with onion and mushroom chutney and bathed in thick beef gravy. Absolute delish.
Now there’s nothing I like better than a bowl of comforting Beef Stew and they sure delivered. Generous chunks of carrots, potatoes, celery and tender beef cubes swim in a dark brown gravy and it’s served with a classic Yorkshire pudding on the side.
If you’re expecting an actual pudding, you’re sorely mistaken. Yorkshire Pudding actually resembles a choux puff in terms of taste and texture.
The ones made by Lad & Dad are crispy on the outside, and buttery and fluffy on the inside – the perfect tool to mop up all the gravy from the beef stew.
Of course, for a stall that boasts classic British fare, this isn’t all they serve. Other must-try dishes include their Bacon & Chip Butty ($4) and the English Fry-up Platter ($12).
The Bacon & Chip Butty sees thick cut back bacon, a hash brown (this is the “chip” they’re referring to) and an oozy fried egg sandwiched between 2 toasted, buttered buns. You can also choose to have scrambled eggs instead of a sunny-side up.
The result is an indulgent sandwich with varying textures – from the satisfying bite of the back bacon, to the crunch of the hash brown. You can add Mozzarella cheese to your butty for a dollar for that extra savoury touch.
Now, for the most impressive item on the menu, the English Fry-up platter. For those who don’t know, the English Fry-up refers to the full English breakfast. This isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Slices of thick cut back bacon, fried till crispy, pork sausages, homemade hash brown, fried eggs, cherry tomatoes, a side of baked beans, a toasted bun, and mushroom and onion chutney make up this platter. Come ready and come hungry if you’re planning to tackle this.
If there’s anymore room in your stomach after your meal, go for the Yorkshire Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream ($3).
Who are we kidding? There’s ALWAYS room for dessert.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the usual “Western food”, this is a good place to start.
Lad & Dad
Address: Maxwell Food Centre Stall 79, 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 11.30am – 2.30pm, Fri – Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 8.30pm, Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 9247 7385
(Header Image Source: Lad & Dad)