Head to these Muslim-friendly food stalls at Artbox 2024
With over 120 food stalls, you’re never actually gonna be caught hungry at Artbox 2024. Our Muslim friends are also well-covered, with plenty of Halal-friendly dining options on offer. There’s even a specific food zone filled with Muslim-owned stalls!
Here’s a look at some of the eats that are in store.
- Mahmud’s Tandoor
- Nasib Kentang
- Meet My Meat
- Loco Loco
- Satay Ummi
- Kueh And Rolls
A dish hailing from Kelantan, ayam percik consists of grilled chicken marinated in spices like turmeric and lemongrass, topped with liberal lashings of a spicy sweet sauce that caramelises over the heat. Pergh!Chicks grills their wings over charcoal, then lathers a sauce that is less-sweet, modified for Singaporean taste buds.
Originally starting out roving pop-up exclusives, they now operate a standalone restaurant along Bali Lane, serving up their signature grilled chicken wings alongside butterfly pea rice and potato wedges.
In their debut at last year’s Artbox 2023, Mahmud’s Tandoor attracted queues so long, they were sold out before dinner. Since then, they’ve gone from strength to strength, opening up a store near Haji Lane in August 2023.
On the menu are tandoori-spiced chicken burgers available both baked and deep fried. Paired with their thick-cut masala fries, this is one spicy meal we’ll gladly brave the heat for.
We’re not sure about other kentangs, but the fate of these potatoes are to end up mashed, layered on top of minced meat, then blanketed with melted cheese to create some of the most delectable shepherds pies around. Proteins at Nasib Kentang come in beef and chicken, namely Classic Beef, Spicy Beef, Black Pepper Chicken, and Spicy Chicken, and go for between $12 and $20 each.
Hailing from Seoul, Mukshidonna is a South Korean chain that has set up their own halal-certified outlet at KINEX. While the store focuses on army stew, you can expect portions of steaming hot tteokbokki, paired with various toppings, including odeng, gimmari, and fries, of all things. Prices here start at $7.90, and you can opt for extra cheese on your bowl.
Meet My Meat
A long-time regular in the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar circuit, Meet My Meat is known for their cheese-soaked Philly cheesesteaks, boldly claiming to be Singapore’s first. Featuring thinly sliced strips of beef, topped with their signature gooey cheese, and served on a long bread roll – the sandwiches here are equal parts homely and comforting.
You’ve heard of pisang goreng, but what about durian goreng? Bo-Geh sells traditional pasar malam snacks such as keropok lekor and apam balik, but it’s the durian goreng that really takes the fruit here.
First frozen into cubes then deep fried, the snack is at once tantalisingly crisp, then impossibly creamy, as the fragrant durian puree oozes out. Watch out though, as the sinful custard is scaldingly hot.
If you haven’t heard of Broti, we’d like to know the location of the rock you’ve been living under. A regular fixture in the pasar malam scene, Broti’s giant iced teas are instantly recognisable. They also run a brick and mortar stall right next to Haji Lane, a testament to their broad appeal.
Apart from the classic Thai Iced Tea, also available on the menu are an array of fruit teas and sodas, priced at $5 and above.
One look at Johnnyburgs’ beautifully caramelized burger patties and I’m sold. Thick beef patties are pressed down and expertly seared on a flat top grill, creating crisp burgers with just a hint of crunch and smokiness. Burgers are priced at a flat $10 each, whether you’re craving for the classic Good Ol Cheeseberg, Beef Bacon Berg, or the spicy Flaming Beef Berg.
Sofnade has a massive menu of pasar malam classics, ranging from drinks like milk tea, to icons like ramly burger and kebabs. But what makes them really stand out is Sofnade’s propensity to serve everything in buckets. Drinks, fried snacks – everything that can be served in a bucket, will be.
Of course, don’t miss out on their signature meatballs in a bucket, which come on a bed of mashed potato, twister fries, and topped with gravy, cheese, and cranberry sauce.
Yet another long-time pasar malam participant, Loco Loco specialises in churros that come in a range of flavours, including Original, Ondeh Ondeh, Oreo, and Red Velvet. Freshly fried on site, the churros are crisp on the outside, and soft on the inside, making for the perfect dessert snack.
For drinks, Loco Loco sells a range of milk teas, while takoyaki balls are available for those who prefer a more savoury bite.
Opened by local actress Lydia Izzati, Satay Ummi makes use of a family recipe to provide a twist to the traditional satay. Instead of skewering and grilling, the satay here is instead sliced then fried on a hot griddle, resulting in less of a smoky char, but more of the rich, infused flavours from the stir-frying process.
On top of selling their cooked meats, you can also purchase frozen packets of chicken, beef, and mutton satay goreng on the Satay Ummi website.
Kueh And Rolls
We’re pretty sure nobody else has ever thought of pairing kimbap with traditional kueh, except for these guys. Run by a trio of plucky polytechnic undergrads, Kueh And Rolls is a Muslim-owned stall that is a true melting pot of cultures. The typical kimbap fillings make their appearance, such as teriyaki chicken, tuna mayo, and egg, while the kueh varieties are on a rotational basis.
Muslim-owned and Halal-friendly stalls at Artbox 2024
And that’s not all! Apart from the designated Muslim-friendly food zone, other Halal-friendly stalls will be peppered around the Artbox 2024 grounds, so do keep your eyes peeled while walking around. In addition, there are plenty of seats in the THREE dining zones so you can eat in comfort.
For more food, check out these F&B stalls that are serving Artbox-exclusive items, including another stall specialising in satay goreng! If you’re looking for more retail, here’s some stalls to score accessories for your pets.
While you’re there, do remember to include #ArtboxSG2024 on your TikTok and IG posts so that we all know your REKKOmendations!
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Address: Hall 2, Singapore EXPO, 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150
Dates: 26 to 28 Jan, 2 to 4 Feb 2024
Opening hours: 12 noon to 11pm