It used to be that food served at western food stalls in hawker centres was something any ACS boy could whip up at home economics class (just kidding, the BF is from ACS too, but he can't cook either). Then Botak Jones changed everything and brought affordable quality western food to the masses. Now we have chains of Botak Jones, Astons and Big D's Grill.
Before all these big names, Happy Chef was the one place the masses would flock to for cheap but authentic and quality western food. The chef apparently learned the intricacies of the culinary trade in Australia while he was living in the Land Down Under with his family, and luckily for us, he came back to our sunny island and opened up a stall selling fairly upmarket quality western chow at heartland prices.
We stumbled upon this gem of a find when we went running one evening and stopped by this coffeeshop for some ice-cold chrysanthemum tea. There were numerous endorsements by Makansutra and some local tv show, which is always a good sign.We were lured by the shiny advertisements and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, we got the Farmer's Chicken ($5), grilled chicken thigh slathered in a rich mushroom gravy and served with vegetables. We opted to do away with the fries (in keeping with a healthier regime). I like that Happy Chef doesn't serve the usual crappy baked beans and coleslaw, but serves fresh vegetables instead, carrots, french beans and cabbage blanched and lightly salted.
We also got the other white meat, the Country Baked Fish ($6), which is basically the fish version of the farmer's chicken. I liked that the dory fish is delicate, fresh and light. Chili flakes are added for some spice on the garlic bread, which is an unusual but welcome touch.
Happy Chef Western Food
Blk 466 Crawford Lane
Tel: 9274 9591
Open daily from 11am to 10.30pm