When we think of seafood in Singapore, a few things come to mind — one of which is usually sambal stingray. However, these seafood dishes are usually served zi char style, which means that you won’t be able to order a portion for one. Well, Sambae has just the solution — affordable stingray rice bowls!
Tucked away in a kopitiam in Ang Mo Kio, Sambae is helmed by an impressive young chef who has already managed to clinch prizes in both national and international competitions.
You definitely have to try his Sambal Stingray Rice Bowl with Onsen Egg (S$7.50), which features perfectly charred stingray with deliciously umami, tangy, and spicy sambal chilli atop a bed of pearl rice. The chilli isn’t as spicy as most, but that just means those with a lower spice tolerance (like me) will finally be able to enjoy it.
Can’t get enough? You can also get the sharing portion of sambal stingray from just S$15.
If you’re craving other seafood dishes, opt for the Sotong Rice Bowl with Onsen Egg (S$7.50) for fresh and oh-so-tender squid rings with a slightly sweeter rendition of the sambal sauce. For those with larger appetites, add on additional stingray or sotong for just S$2.50 — what a steal!
Other menu items also include Egg Fried Rice (from S$4), Sambae Fried Rice (from S$4.50) and Sambae Lala (from S$12).
Patrons also rave about Sambae’s Chicken Nanbam (S$4.50) which comes with generous chunks of deep-fried chicken. What makes this dish stand out is the chef’s secret sauce with diced onions and egg bits that’s reminiscent of a creamy mayo-tartar sauce — defo a must-try (especially with beer).
Regardless of whether you’re dining solo or with your bae, you know where to go!
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📍 721 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #01-2823, Singapore 560721
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