A taste of Singapore’s hawker scene at Roti Shop, Rockwell

A key feature of Singapore’s foodie scene is the proliferous hawker shop. Populated by stalls selling wondrous varieties of inexpensive food, the Singapore’s hawker centers are among the first food stops for many tourists and a go-to place for good yet cheap eats for the locals.

Having already closed her Southeast Asian Restaurant Wild Ginger in the Power Plant Mall, Marla Moran decided to use the space vacated to bring a hawker-style eatery to the mall. And so the Roti Shop came to be.

Roti Shop, Rockwell

The resto’s premises are bright and cheery, with a happy jumble of bright colors and kitschy decor, particularly those maneki-nekos, cat figurines with one paw periodically waving, or beckoning to customers. These figurines are said to bring good luck to business establishments.

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Roti, obviously, is the key item in most dishes served here. Also known as chapati, it is a round unleavened flatbread rooted in Indian cuisine. Normally eaten by hand, it is served hot from the pan then usually pulled apart and shaped to scoop into savory side dishes. Alternatively, cheese and other ingredients may be folded into the roti dough, resulting to tasty murtabaks.

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Together with fellow food bloggers from #WeLoveToEatPH, I was able to sample some of the Roti Shop’s signature offerings, which include:

Cheese Roti Prata (Php160). Cheese slices are inserted in between balls off roti dough then flattened down prior to cooking in a buttered pan, resulting to a crispy and flaky flatbread with melted cheese flavoring each bite. This is among the most basic of roti varieties; I would prefer to dip it into a stronger flavored side dish but it is a safe bet for those new to this kind of cuisine.

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Beef Murtabak (Php215). Consider this the Asian Quesadilla: the roti prata is stuffed with marinated minced beef which makes for a filling, savory dish.

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Corned Beef and Onion Murtabak (Php225). Imagine your favorite breakfast flavors of corned beef, onions and fried egg packaged roti style! I would prefer the fried egg yolk to be a little more runny, though. (Yeah, I’m looking for #yolkporn, hehehe!)

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Veggie Murtabak (Php195). A savory mixture of chickpeas, peas, spinach and carrots replaces meat as the filling in this murtabak, which will surely be much appreciated by those on a vegetarian diet.

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Roti Tisu. Its name translates tom “roti tissue paper” because the bread is actually paper thin. In Singapore, however, it is called “roti helicopter” as the cooks usually spin the dough around to stretch and flatten it prior to cooking. It is then twisted into a cone and sprinkled liberally with chocolate sauce and candy sprinkles. Quite a treat for those of us with a sweet tooth!

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Non-roti items served include:

Char Kway Teow (Php275). Wok-tossed rice noodles with seafood and chicken.

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Hainanese Chicken Rice (Php495). A half-chicken poached in a stock flavored with garlic and ginger. The stock is then used to cook rice, producing a flavorful and oily rice. It is served with a trio of dipping sauces comprised of dark soy sauce, red chili sauce and freshly ground ginger in oil.

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Roti Shop Chendol (Php125). An iced dessert made with pandan jelly, red beans, coconut milk and coco palm sugar syrup. Consider this the Singaporean halo-halo!

Roti Shop, Rockwell

These Singaporean hawker dishes are an exotic treat for me and my fellow foodies. I plan to come back and get a taste of that Laksa!

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Roti Shop, Rockwell

Roti Shop is located at the P1 Level of the Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City, open daily from 11am to 9pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 4789450 or +63 917 7114533.

Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, I was invited to attend a foodie meetup held in this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Roti Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Affordable Asian flavors Hainanese Delights, Eastwood

Hainan cuisine is derived from the cooking styles of the people of the Hainan Province in China which is lighter, less oily and more mildly seasoned than those of mainland China.

Hainanese Chicken Rice, in particular, is based on the well-known Hainan dish Wenchang Chicken, but has been adopted and considered the national dish in Singapore.  It is traditionally prepared by poaching a whole chicken at sub-boiling temperatures , with some of the resulting stock combined with ginger, garlic and other aromatics used to cook the accompanying rice, producing a yellowish, flavorful and oily rice. It is usually served with three dipping sauces: a spicy red chili sauce, a dark soy sauce, and freshly ground ginger.

While out shopping with Hubby in Eastwood Citywalk, we decided to have lunch at Hainanese Delights.

We eschewed the more traditional preparation of Hainanese Chicken and instead opted to each get a Hainan Fried Chicken (Php149) since we favor its crisper and more flavorful skin which we think goes better with the refillable Hainanese rice.  We also shared an order of Eat the Heat (Php190), the spicy fried squid adding some kick to our meal.

Hainanese Delights

Hainanese Delights

Hainanese Delights

It was pretty much a no-frills and no-fuss meal, with servers just prompt to serve the orders and nothing else.  The restaurant itself is quite plain and bare, not a place you would think to linger in after finishing your meal.

Still, if all you’re after is an affordable taste of Asian flavors, then drop by this store and satisfy your craving.

This Hainanese Delights branch is located at the 2nd Floor, Eastwood Citywalk 2, Libis, Quezon City.  Other branches may be found at:

  • Manila: Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita, Robinsons Otis in Paco
  • Quezon City: Robinsons Magnolia in New Manila, SM City Fairview in Novaliches, Waltermat North EDSA in Project 7, Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas, Robinsons Nova Market in Novaliches
  • Mandaluyong: Robinsons Forum along Pioneer, Starmall Asia along Shaw Boulevard
  • Las Pinas: Robinsons Las Pinas in Talon Uno

Hainanese Delights Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Asian-inspired Food Stop at Balestier, San Roque Marikina

My friends and I made a food stop at Balestier on our way home.  We found this joint quite interesting: its brightly-lit and minimalist-designed interiors have a very clean and modern aesthetic.  Its menu featured Singaporean dishes, inspired no doubt by the food hawkers in the Singaporean street of the same name.

We snacked on the complimentary chips (made from crispy fried dumpling wrappers) provided by the friendly waiter, on Sesame Ceasar Salad (Php135) – an Asian take on a well-known classic – and on plump Hakaw (Php135) – four pieces of steamed shrimp dumplings served with brewed soy sauce and onion leeks.

The concept behind the resto seems to be applying an Asian or Singaporean twist to well-loved dishes as can be gleaned from the tastes prevalent in our orders.

Next time, I would like to sample the Salted Egg Wings and Laksa Tsukumen.

Balestier is located at 14 Nicanor Roxas Street, San Roque, Marikina City.

Balestier Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato