Big Lazy Chop – “Da Lan Pai” Serves Meats With Salted Egg, Milk Butter, Champagne, Coffee Sauces
Does anyone find the name “Da Lan Pai” 大懶排 mildly offensive? Maybe try saying it in another dialect. I was actually more amused than anything, at the tongue-in-cheek derivation from Hong Kong’s cooked food stalls.
“Big Lazy Chop” is the literal translation, and the actual name of this dining joint at Short Street.
The eatery is located at the ground floor of the Centurion Student Living Student Hostel (diagonally opposite Rochor Beancurd), making it a ‘cafeteria’ of sorts if the youths want a Chinese-style meal. (Was intending to try Sixty6 but was somehow distracted.)
This Big Lazy Chop大懶排 presents zi-char fare in a more modern setting, emphasizing on their concoction of varied in-house sauces.
Take for example their dish of Saucy Fried Chicken ($13) which would provide options of Salted Egg, Thai Mango, Milk Butter, Champagne, Coffee and Citrus Orange. All sounding rather tempting.
The rest of the menu consist of the typical zi-char fare such as Sweet and Sour Pork ($10), Nyonya BBQ Sotong ($16), Crab Meat Money Bag ($18), Fish Head ($22) and Hotplate Black Pepper Beef ($16).
I had the Black Pepper Beef Rice ($9) and Salted Egg Pork Ribs Rice ($9) which comes with side servings of vegetable and soup (cooked with gogi berries and ribs).
Both dishes were worth recommending (for its price), and the sauces rich and carrying distinct flavours, were indeed their strength. Meat was fried with wok-hei, enveloped with sauces, while maintaining the right tenderness.
In an attempt to go more up-market, the fare was served on these heavy black stoneware, that staff were finding a struggle carrying two in both hands.
Although this would cost $1 – $3 more than the mainstream coffeeshop price, Big Lazy Chop provides an air-conditioned environment (al fresco option available) with sincere service. Possible for a return-visit.
Big Lazy Chop
1A Short Street #01-04 Singapore 188210 (Off Selegie, Opposite Rochor Beancurd)
Tel: +65 6238 8443
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Tues – Sun)
October 19, 2016