SINGAPORE: Serangoon BBQ & Curry 1983 has been around for almost 40 years, serving up some of the most delicious and authentic Singaporean food around. Founded by Mr Tan and Mdm Cheong in 1983, the food stall started out at Somerset Eating House. Uncle Tan, who started cooking at the age of 15, learned how to make the best rempah by cooking Nasi Padang for Malay weddings. Over the years, he perfected his recipe and shared his passion for Singaporean cuisine with many locals and tourists alike.
At the end of 1983, Serangoon BBQ & Curry 1983 created their signature BBQ Chicken. Marinated with 17 spices, the chicken's savoury aroma was alluring, and its adequately charred and crispy skin gave the crunch to its plump, juicy meat. The dish quickly became a favourite and remains so today. All of the restaurant's meat is fresh and never frozen, which adds to the quality of their dishes.
After nearly four decades of serving the community, Mr Tan and Mdm Cheong decided to retire in 2020. However, their eldest son, Eugene, took up the mantle and reopened the restaurant at 22 Sin Ming Road in October 2021. He brings new ideas and innovations to the menu while maintaining the same authentic flavours and techniques that have made Serangoon BBQ & Curry 1983 a staple of Singaporean cuisine.
The restaurant now offers a mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian-style dishes, served with rice, curry, and sambal belacan. They also do grilled dishes such as chicken, whole fish, and squid. Their most popular set is still their signature BBQ Chicken Set. Today, Serangoon BBQ & Curry 1983 has a strong following of fans since their days in Serangoon, and it is quickly becoming a must-visit destination for foodies looking for authentic and delicious Singaporean cuisine.
In addition to the BBQ Chicken, some other must-try dishes include the grilled whole fish stuffed with sambal belacan, and another popular dish is the Mutton Rendang which is slowed slow-cooked in coconut milk and spices until it becomes tender. The restaurant's sambal belacan is also a standout, adding a spicy kick to any dish it is paired with.
Overall, Serangoon BBQ & Curry 1983 is a gem of a restaurant that has stood the test of time. With its authentic Singaporean cuisine, fresh ingredients, and friendly service, it is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a local taste of the Lion City in Singapore. Whether you're a local or a tourist, you won't be disappointed with the delicious and satisfying dishes served up at this family-run food stall.