Koreans are fans of Western food, and in Korea, Chir Chir Fried Chicken also manages NY Night Market. In other words, western food at NY Night Market at Westgate, which took over the place of Smoothie House, comes to Singapore via Korea. It sounds pretty weird to have Western food coming from Korea, and I don’t usually like fusion dishes, but don’t knock it till you try it.
They use a lot of cheese and cream in the menu with pasta, pizza and finger food. The menu is small (and so are the portions) and if you come in a group of 4, you can probably try a good mix of dishes without having to return. Think of this in terms of tapas: small plates for sharing.
The finger steak ($14.90) consists of 150g of pan-seared ribeye steak with homemade gorgonzola butter on a bed of broccoli, king oyster mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and onions. It comes as medium rare and the hotplate allows customers to cook it to their preferred doneness. It is quite tasty, but may be a little stringy because of the thinness of the steak. Maybe 200g is a better size.
The waterfall cheese shrimp ($13.90) is sautéed and drizzled with cheese fondue sauce. It tastes ok but perhaps this dish is like Kim K, more known for its beauty than taste.
Underneath the house-made whipped cream in Cream the Curry ($13.90) is a red curry of beef and topokki (Korean rice cakes). It’s not bad, and tastes more like Indian curry than Chinese curry, specially, a butter chicken curry. I don’t like toppokki in general, and this dish didn’t win me over.
Another spicy dish, pasta de dakgalbi ($16.90), is sooooo fiery that my chest hurts like a bad cough. The spaghetti and dakgalbi (grilled chicken) in a spicy sauce and melted mozzarella. You’ll need a glass of milk for this. For adrenalin junkies, this is for you.
Our favourite dish for the night, MAC featuring Bacon ($10.90), is a mac and cheese with bacon with crispy deep-fried potato strips. For the cheese, they use mozzarella, cheddar, and emmental. It’s a wonder how a small added ingredient can transform the dish. It’s addictive like potato chips: once you pop, you can’t stop.
Rosti and beef ($10.90): they shred russet potatoes on their own for this rosti, which comes with sweet bulgogi (Korean BBQ) beef. The savoury potato and sweet beef combination works for me although I know many people who don’t like sweet mains.
The open-faced 50cm baguette ($13.90) is like a 25cm sandwich. It’s buttered, toasted, and topped with BBQ marinated beef slices, jalapenos, cherry tomatos, mozzarella, cheddar, and onion salsa. It is almost like a Philly cheesesteak, but it is more sweet than savoury, and makes a good appetiser.
No desserts on the menu. But quite a pleasing casual joint with innovative food fusing Korean and western cuisines. The food sounds strange, but it is decent.
NY Night Market
Westgate #01-08, 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532
M-F 11am-10pm, Weekends 11am-11pm
Decor/Ambience: 6.5/10 (a little cramped, but looks like a fun place for young people)
You may be interested in…
–Nipong Naepong, JEM: Chinese-Korean Chain Restaurant with 70 Outlets in Korea Comes to Singapore
–Culture Clash at Jurong Point: Legendary Hong Kong VS Malaysia Boleh
–Twins Korean Restaurant, Tanjong Pagar: Super Delicious Korean Fried Chicken by Hot Twin Chefs
–International Fried Chicken War: Arnold’s Fried Chicken @ GV Yishun 10; Jollibee @ Lucky Plaza; Ssiksin Chicken @ Nex Serangoon
Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.