Sinpopo Brand- Singapore
What do you get when you combine good ol’SIN City nostalgia, local comforting food and a group of cafes known for their hipster concepts? You get Sinpopo Brand. A name which reminds me of a brand of chilli sauce for some reason.
Located in the hipster cafe enclave of Joo Chiat (the side closer to Katong 112), Sinpopo Brand is the brain child of the same group behind Awfully Chocolate and Ninethirty. It serves local dishes such a scissor cut curry rice and curry noodles. At a price. The dishes Sinpopo serves aren’t extinct in the heartlands, but now we get to enjoy them in a nostalgic setting with music from the 60s blasting from its speakers.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the kitschy result of it all! But I just don’t agree with paying $7.90 for curry rice…
I had Sinpopo’s take of the lime and preserved plum drink, the Sng Muay Pop -lime juice, preserved plums and 7-up. The preserved plum was placed within the ice-balls so the flavour slowly comes through as the ice melts. Now that was delicious. Very thirst quenching as well. The red date tea was too sweet for my liking but fare better once the ice thawed.
Sinpopo’s take on the Scissors Cut Rice – it’s “scissors cut” because the pork chop is traditionally cut with a pair of scissors (no shit, Sherlock)- is surprisingly good as the pork chop was juicy and well seasoned with five-spice powder. The accompanying cabbage, fried egg and curried chicken was equally flavourful. The Hainanese curry gravy soaked the rice entirely for a soggy and comforting meal. And I concede, the presentation is less messy than the real Scissors Cut Curry Rice – see here.
The Curry Chicken Noodles my dining companion had was a disappointment to her as it was in her words “nothing fantastic”. Some of the chicken wings within her curry noodles were bloody on the inside as well, causing her some disgust.
Dessert was quite ingenious as I’ve never had gula Melaka – coconut molasses- in a jelly form before. The jelly slices arrive in a pool of coconut milk for a sinful end to the meal. The gula Melaka jelly melts slowly into the coconut milk resulting in a bowl sweet, sweet, fattening soup. Not bad, I must say.
Here’s their website, but keep your volume on mute. The site plays music automatically www.sinpopo.com