Big Lazy Chop
What it is: Just across the road from the Rochor Beancurd store next to Lasalle College of the Arts, lies this cosy haven where Singapore chef Oh Ah Lek works his magic. Tucked away inside Short Street, Big Lazy Chop does away with the typical huge round tables that one would expect at a Chinese restaurant, and is instead tastefully furnished to resemble a home dining room, with quirky art pieces from the owner’s collection. The name of this Asian bistro is inspired by days when one can simply kick back and laze while indulging in delectable food.
What to expect: Apart from gearing up for the wonderful wok hei (the slightly charred taste signature to local fare that speaks to the chef ’s skill in controlling the fire), be prepared to make some difficult decisions as to which of the sauces, which number almost 30, you should choose to douse your taste buds in. Ranging from the more traditional Chinese condiments, to utterly adventurous and avant- garde mixes, each sauce is painstakingly made completely from scratch in- house, and are undoubtedly the star attractions of Big Lazy Chop.
What to order: Whet your appetite with the chilled pork belly, tender to a fault and served with a vinegar sauce that demonstrates Oh’s culinary experience in Fortuna Hotel Hanoi. Big lazy prawns covered in keropok crisps or the generous handmade fresh crab money bags will do well as appetisers, or you can jump right into the restaurant’s signature saucy XL spare ribs in butter champagne sauce, with each rib measuring 20cm long and served piping hot. It would also be a sin to leave without tasting the wok-fried XL crabs, which are especially satisfying in the Indo curry sauce. Also, do remember to leave space for the fried chestnut bars for an exquisite sweet ending to the meal. 1A Short Street #01- 04, Singapore 188210. Tel: 6238 8443