[New York City] Guilty. I haven’t heard of a Chomp Chomp restaurant at NYC until the video from Insider Food went viral, featuring ‘Singapore’ dishes such as Roti Jala, Chilli Crab Cheese Fries, Crab Omelette and Lamb Rendang Mee Pok.
My foodie friends went, ”What is this?”
So our foreign friends, you could find Chilli Crab Cheese Fries in some hipster cafés in Singapore, but not quite in the food centres. As for Lamb Rendang Mee Pok, I am waiting for someone here to sell it (Let me know if you do.)
I decided to take a look at the menu online, and saw that Chomp Chomp NYC featured more familiar dishes, such as Popiah, Orh Luak, Murtabak, Nasi Lemak, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Gu Bak Koay Teow, Sarawak Laksa, Char Kway Teow and Fried Hokkien Mee.
Now, I am tempted to fly over to try their version of Singapore food.
The name “Chomp Chomp” came from one of Singapore’s most popular food centres, located at Serangoon Gardens.
The NYC restaurant’s décor is not hawker-centre-ish though.
It has a Chinese-Peranakan looking design, with bamboo blinds, dark-wood bar and sepia-toned lighting. (No wonder the Criminal Minds Beyond Borders team would have thought Singapore was filled with red Chinese lantern and ching-chong music.)
Owner-Chef Simpson Wong first opened Café Asean in the West Village way back in 1996, and has decided to show New Yorkers an ‘authentic’ taste of Singaporean hawker food.
Here are some of the food you can expect from Chomp Chomp:
Singaporean summer rolls with shrimp, jicama and snow pea
Oh Luak (USD$12.00)
Oyster omelet with garlic chives, chili vinegar sauce
Hah Zheung Gai (USD$10.50)
Shrimp paste chicken wings, Chinese celery, crispy garlic, chilies
Char Kway Teow (USD$14.00)
Wok fried rice noodles with clams and shrimps
Fried Hokkien Mee (USD$15.00)
Stir fried noodles with seafood and Yu Choy in seafood stock
BBQ Stingray (USD$15.00)
Grilled skate wrapped in banana leaves, calamansi sambal
I know some of the food items served do not quite look like the actual dishes served in the hawker centres in Singapore (perhaps 60% resemblance), especially the rather pale-looking Stingray in need of a tan.
Still, I think it is a good effort to provide such an extensive menu.
By the way, Chomp Chomp NYC was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand last year (insert *shocked* emoticon).
Let us wait for the day it gets a star. If there is Lamb Rendang Meepok, anything is possible. Never say never.
Chomp Chomp NYC
7 Cornelia Street (Between Bleecker Street & West 4th Street) New York, NY 10014
Tel: +1 212 929 2888
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 5:30pm – 11:00pm (Fri – Sat)