While most hawker stalls tend to specialise in just 1 cuisine, SALT.Singapore proves itself to be a jack of all trades. As I perused its menu, I was surprised to find all sorts of Western and Asian dishes, including Korean fried chicken, fusion Japanese donburi and a selection of Chinese herbal soups!
SALT.Singapore is located within Old Airport Road Food Centre. The stall is helmed by siblings Naomi and Kenny, and was first conceived back in 2014. In the afternoon, enjoy delicious and colourful rice bowls to power you through your day, and in the evening, look forward to digging into Western food and fried rice that will delight your tastebuds and comfort your soul.
What I tried at SALT.Singapore
One of the dishes that I tried at SALT.Singapore was the Signature Chicken Cutlet w/ Soy Garlic Fried Rice (S$7.50/S$8.90), made with premium Japanese Akita rice. The hefty plate of fried rice came topped with a crispy fried chicken cutlet coated in a sweet glaze.
The chicken cutlet was absolute perfection— it was addictively crispy on the outside, while the glistening white flesh within was superbly juicy and tender. The sweet glaze that thinly coated the chicken was the perfect addition, as it added a pop of flavour to the meat.
The fried rice was worth all the praise too— it had a delightfully strong wok hei aroma and wasn’t too oily either. Given the generous portions of both the rice and the chicken, this was definitely worth the price.
While the Sous Vide Grilled Chicken w/ Aglio Olio (S$6.50/S$7.90) had a simple and unassuming appearance, I was blown away by the incredible flavours of both elements of the dish.
The sous vide chicken was unbelievably juicy, with a thin, crispy and flavourful golden brown skin. The flesh was slightly sweet, yet not overly saccharine, and the tenderness of the white meat contrasted beautifully with the crisp skin.
The aglio olio at SALT.Singapore has got to be one of the best aglio olios I’ve had in Singapore. Each strand of spaghetti was coated in a liberal amount of minced garlic, olive oil, chilli powder and herbs, ensuring that every bite was full of savoury flavour. The aroma of the garlic was outstanding, and the aglio olio had just the right amount of saltiness and spice to give it a flavour boost.
The Mushroom Carbonara (S$6) was equally as impressive. I opted to add an Onsen Egg (S$1.20) to the dish, and was not disappointed by how runny and jiggly it was.
The cream sauce was milky and not jelak at all— it was light enough to still be palatable even after multiple bites, yet strong enough to be prominent and flavourful. The onsen egg elevated the carbonara by making it creamier, and gave it a bit of an umami flavour.
The tender and slightly chewy mushrooms were delightful when paired with the smooth spaghetti. Definitely give this dish a go, and I highly recommend adding the onsen egg!
I couldn’t leave SALT.Singapore without trying their famous Signature Fried Chicken Wings (S$7.80 for 6 pieces). These Korean-style fried chicken wings come in 4 flavours: Soy Garlic, Korean Hot, Salt & Pepper and Thai Chilli Lime.
I could tell that the chicken wings had been fried to order, as they were super juicy, hot and crispy.
The Soy Garlic flavour was salty with a fragrant garlicky aroma, while Korean Hot packed a noticeable yet tolerable spicy punch. The Salt & Pepper chicken came sprinkled with a liberal amount of seasoning, elevating its flavours, while Thai Chilli Lime struck the perfect balance of sweet, spicy and sour.
It’s no wonder why SALT.Singapore is so well-known for its fried chicken— I may even argue that it had the best fried chicken wings I’ve ever tried from a hawker!
When I saw the array of herbal soups on the menu of SALT.Singapore, I knew that I had to try one— where else can you find herbal soup and Western food in the same stall? The Ginseng Chicken Soup (S$8.90) came with a large piece of chicken within, justifying its price point.
Every spoonful of the Ginseng Chicken Soup was pure bliss, as it was loaded with tons of herbal flavour. The taste of the ginseng was incredibly prominent, with its bitterness being neutralised by the slight sweetness of the soup.
The chicken was tender and flavourful, as the soup had soaked deep into its flesh. For just S$8.90, this bowl of soup was worth every cent.
Every single dish at SALT.Singapore blew me away. Despite the fact that the stall served dishes from different cuisines, it managed to nail every single element perfectly. Not to mention, the affordable prices and generous portions of the food make it even more enticing to patronise.
I can’t wait to revisit SALT.Singapore and enjoy a fantastic fusion feast once more!
Expected damage: S$5.50 – S$13 per pax
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