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.
After a menu revamp, their signature dishes include Big Lazy Indonesian style Curry Bee Hoon ($30, $40), Big Lazy Signature Crayfish Curry Bee Hoon ($21, $29), Big Lazy Chop XL Ribs with butter champagne sauce, salted egg, or traditional coffee sauce ($24, $33, $50), and XL Black Pepper Sri Lankan Live Crabs (Market price $70 per kg).
The Indo Curry Crayfish Noodles was a rich lemak (coconuty) tasting in-house creation (I can’t tell for sure how “Indo” it is.)
The $21 bowl I ordered was HUGE, good for 2-3 to share.
Behind the chunks of crayfish was bee hoon soaked in a thin-curry gravy which reminded me of a spicier laksa base. I couldn’t finish the gravy, it was tasty but I felt queasy after a few spoonfuls.
This is the type of dish that would require some Chinese tea to ‘wash off’. I would love to have this again, but think the weakest link was the beehoon, somehow not as silky and think that I might have preferred.
The rest of the menu consisted of the typical zi-char fare such as Prawn Paste Mid Joints ($13), Sweet and Sour Pork ($13), Sambal Kang Kong ($9), Calamari with Salted Egg Dip ($18), Assam Curry Fish Head ($25) and Hotplate Black Pepper Venison ($23).
You can come at lunch where there are wallet-friendly sets at $9.90 or $10.90nett.
I had the Black Pepper Beef Rice and Salted Egg Pork Ribs Rice 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.
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.
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 Last Order 2:00pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm Last Order 10:00pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon