Beyond nasi padang: 10 halal eateries that serve everything from Cajun to Korean to Vietnamese

Onde onde French toast from Hyde & Co. at North Bridge Road
Onde onde French toast from Hyde & Co. at North Bridge RoadPHOTO: ST FILE
 The Kinder Bueno waffle comes with generous swirls of hazelnut sauce.
The Kinder Bueno waffle comes with generous swirls of hazelnut sauce. PHOTO: ST FILE
Jinjja Chicken serves Korean-style fried chicken.
Jinjja Chicken serves Korean-style fried chicken.PHOTO: JINJJA CHICKEN
 Premium lobster & scallop noodles from Penang Culture.
Premium lobster & scallop noodles from Penang Culture.PHOTO: PENANG CULTURE
Handsome Burg from the Word cafe.
Handsome Burg from the Word cafe. ST PHOTO: BRIDGET TAN
: Roti kirai beef ribs from The Malayan Council.
: Roti kirai beef ribs from The Malayan Council.PHOTO: THE MALAYAN COUNCIL
Pho with sliced beef, brisket and beef balls from So Pho.
Pho with sliced beef, brisket and beef balls from So Pho. PHOTO: KATRINA HOLDINGS
Thai Milk Tea soft-serve ice cream from Overrun.
Thai Milk Tea soft-serve ice cream from Overrun.ST PHOTO: REBECCA LYNNE TAN
Gula Melaka Scone from All Things Delicious.
Gula Melaka Scone from All Things Delicious. PHOTO: ALL THINGS DELICIOUS

SINGAPORE - Over the years, there have been an increasing number of options for Muslim diners, with cuisines ranging from Swedish to Vietnamese to Korean.

These days, more hipster cafes, bistros, dessert eateries and bakeries, also pepper the Muslim-dining scene.

Here's a shortlist of halal-certified and Muslim-owned eateries that have a range of delightful offerings.

1. HYDE & CO

This cafe-restaurant serves an all-day brunch menu until 5pm which includes dishes such as a chilli crab pasta ($21); har cheong kai chicken waffle ($18); truffle scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on sourdough rye bread ($24); and an ondeh ondeh French toast served with a gula melaka drizzle and vanilla ice cream.

Dinner is available from 6pm with items such as miso salmon ($23) and a curried tempura cod fish and chips ($25). Main courses change weekly.

Where: 785 North Bridge Road, tel: 6635-5785

Open: noon to 6pm (Mondays), noon to 10pm (Wednesdays to Fridays), 11am to 10pm (Saturdays), 11am to 6pm (Sundays), closed on Tuesdays

Info: Go to http://www.hydeandco.com.sg/ or e-mail hello@hydeandco.com.sg

2. ZULOS DESSERT PLACE

The dessert cafe offers items such as churros, waffles, shakes and cakes.

Try the Kinder Bueno waffle ($9.50) - a red velvet waffle, with flecks of blue batter - comes with generous swirls of housemade hazelnut sauce, white chocolate chips, biscuit crumble and two Kinder Bueno fingers.

Reporter Anjali Raguraman says this red velvet waffle is the most Instagram-worthy dish in the menu, which is full of sweet treats such as Milo Malt ($9.50) and Ondeh Ondeh waffles ($10.50).

Where: 200-1 Syed Alwi Road

Open: 3 to 10pm (Mondays to Thursdays and Sundays), 3 to 10.30pm (Fridays and Saturdays)

Info: Call 9480-7609 or go to www.facebook.com/Zulosdessertplace

3. JINJJA CHICKEN

Korean-style fried chicken takes centrestage at this fast-casual restaurant. Choose from three styles of fried chicken - soy garlic, the mildly spicy yangnyeom, and extra spicy monster sauce. Prices start at $7.90 for six chicken wings.

Other dishes here include dumplings, burgers and bingsu for dessert.

Where: 249 Victoria Street

When: 11am to 10pm (Sundays to Thursdays), 11am to 11.30pm (Fridays and Saturdays)

Info: Call 9396-6186 or go to www.jinjjachicken.com, www.facebook.com/jinjjachicken.

4. PENANG CULTURE

The chain of Penang-themed casual restaurants offers dishes such as premium crab meat and salted egg fried kway teow ($15.95); salmon assam laksa ($11.95); Penang lobster and scallop noodles ($16.95); spicy Penang fire wings ($6.55); and barbecued salmon with house-made spice paste ($11.95).

Food critic Wong Ah Yoke says the Premium Lobster & Scallop Noodles ($16.50) turns the hawker favourite into a gourmet version topped with scallops, slipper lobster, chicken pieces. fishcake, a hard-boiled egg and kangkong. He adds: "What is important is that the broth is as rich as in the original hawker version."

Where: Three outlets at Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, 04-27; Century Square, 2 Tampines Central 5, 04-12; and Changi Airport Terminal 2, Departure/ Check-in Hall, 036-087-01

Open: 11am to 10pm daily (Jem and Century Square), 10.30am to 10pm daily (Changi Airport)

Info: Go to www.facebook.com/ PenangCulture

5. WORD

This cafe-bistro in Upper Thomson is a hipster cafe that appeals to both young and old.

Tuck into items such as Blur Like Sotong ($10), calamari rings with aioli; an Aubergine Stack ($12), a delicious vegetarian dish of panko-crumbed slices of eggplant served with grilled vegetables and addictive housemade potato crisps; brunch items; pastas and burgers.

Food correspondent Rebecca Lynne Tan says: "For an Instagram-worthy picture (hashtag us #stfoodtrending), order the Handsome Burg ($20). The name of the dish is a cheeky take on Malay slang for a good-looking chap. This hearty beef burger, drizzled with a punchy sambal-like peanut sauce, comes in a soft rainbow bagel."

You might also like to try its signature drink, the Word Concoction ($7), a drink made with ice-cream soda, lemongrass, mint and sour plum, in a light bulb for a glass.

Where: 906P Upper Thomson Road, near Springleaf Road

Open: Noon to 10pm (Tuesdays to Sundays), closed on Mondays

Info: SMS reservations to 9699-4829/9742-9224 or go www.facebook.com/wordbistro

6. THE MALAYAN COUNCIL

Right across from Abdul Gaffoor Mosque in Dunlop Street is a restaurant called The Malayan Council that serves fantastic food.

Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun picked the restaurant's Roti Kirai Beef Ribs ($39) and one of the best dishes of 2016.

She says the picture-perfect dish - a bone-in rib, with two lacy pancakes folded neatly into triangles leaning on it, looks instantly appetising and not just to caveman types.

"The rendang-like gravy, nuanced and perfectly spiced, makes me go back again and again with my spoon, to try and figure out what is in it," she adds.

It is a substantial portion that is good for two.

Also try the ondeh ondeh cake ($8) - soft, nubbly pandan cake layered with bits of gula melaka and sprinkled all over with grated coconut, served with a scoop of ice cream that compensates for the slight dryness of the cake.

Where: 22 Dunlop Street

Open: 11.30am to 11pm (weekdays), 11am to 11pm (weekends)

Info: Call 9002-4414

7. SO PHO

The halal-certified Vietnamese restaurant chain So Pho has a good range of items on its menu, including appetisers such as prawn cakes with sugar cane ($7.50), rice paper rolls filled with grilled beef and chicken ($4.80), as well as pho, and rice and noodle dishes.

Food editor Tan Hsueh Yun recommends the Pho Bo Dac Biet ($10.80), topped with brisket and beef balls, at the Novena Square outlet.

Where: Seven outlets islandwide including Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, B1-20, tel: 6235-0414; Novena Square, 238 Thomson Road, 02-43/45, tel: 6258-4220; Waterway Point, 83 Punggol Central, 01-28, tel: 6385-8378; and Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road, 03-30D, tel: 6348-9679

Open: All outlets open from 11am to 10pm, daily.

Info: Go to www.sopho.com.sg for the full list of outlets and menu offerings.

8. OVERRUN

Go to Overrun for soft-serve ice cream to beat the heat.

You order at the counter and wait outside until your number is called. Its signature offering is chendol soft-serve topped with pandan jelly, desiccated coconut and a good drizzle of gula melaka ($6). A durian version, with a dollop of durian pulp, is priced at $7. There are plenty of toppings to choose from, from nuts to tiny marshmallow.

Flavours Of The Day ($6) have included Thai Milk Tea, Nutella, Bandung and Banana Salted Caramel.

Where: Overrun, 18 Baghdad Street

Open: Noon to 8.30pm (Tuesdays to Thursdays), 2 to 9.30pm (Fridays), noon to 9.30pm (weekends), or until it sells out

Info: Go to https://www.facebook.com/OverrunSG-223675517966833/

9. CAJUN ON WHEELS

For some Louisiana-style Creole seafood, try Cajun On Wheels, which has outlets in Suntec City's Pasarbella and Plaza Singapura.

Seafood is cooked in various sauces such as salted egg yolk, Cajun herbs and butter, and Thai red curry. The food is served in buckets and the best way to enjoy it is with your hands. Prices start at $7.50 a person and upwards.

Where: Two outlets - Pasarbella, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Level 1; and Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, 03-92

Open: 11am to 10pm (weekdays), noon to 10pm (weekends)

Info: Go to www.facebook.com/Cajun OnWheels

10. ALL THINGS DELICIOUS

This cafe-bakery serves a selection of fresh cakes and scones. Some of its popular items include its moist carrot cake, sticky toffee pudding, sea salt caramel brownies and gula melaka scones.

On its savoury menu are hot sandwiches (from $11.90), rice bowls with items such as soy-glazed salmon and chicken tikka (from $16.90), salads and open-faced sanwiches.

Where: 34 Arab Street, 01-01

Open: 10am to 9pm (Tuesdays to Thursdays), 10am to 10pm (Fridays), 9am to 10pm (Saturdays), 10am to 7pm (Sundays), closed on Mondays.

Info: Call 6291-4252or go to allthingsdelicious.sg