Halal-certified Filipino kopitiam stall in Bukit Panjang

I believe I’m not alone after I say my expertise of Filipino delicacies has been restricted to numerous fried hen and pasta binges at Jollibee, and perhaps even the odd snack purchased as souvenirs from the Philippines (specifically dried mangos). It was to my delight that I found MS Inasal, a halal-certified stall serving Filipino meals at Hillion Mall.

MS Inasal - Exterior Shot

To my restricted data, I’ve all the time thought Filipino delicacies was very similar to Malay ones. The bottom is often rice, and its proteins, greens and gravies seem like one thing out of your common nasi padang stall. I held my reservation about how genuine the meals might presumably be because it was below the Kopitiam model, the identical those that introduced us all these ‘genuine’ Korean and Japanese meals.

What I attempted at MS Inasal

MS Inasal - Inasal Chicken BBQ with rice & Bisteak Tagalog with rice

Identical to Jollibee, one of many highlights of the place was its hen. I had the Inasal Hen BBQ with rice (S$7.50) in addition to the Bisteak Tagalog with rice (S$5.50). There have been many different dishes obtainable, such because the Adobong Manok with rice (S$5.50), Hen Afritada with rice (S$5.50), Fried Tilapia with rice (S$8) and Ginataang Gulay (S$4).

At that second, I felt a tinge of remorse not figuring out what a lot of the dishes had been, however I assume that solely provides to the accuracy of the ‘distant man in distant land’ expertise.

MS Inasal - Inasal Chicken BBQ with rice & Bisteak Tagalog with rice

My first style of genuine Filipino meals was the Bisteak Tagalog with rice. When the woman on the counter poured the darkish soup right into a bowl and scooped up items of beef, I used to be already imagining a peppery soy sauce style, or perhaps even some natural tones akin to these equally darkish duck soups that I’ve seen in Chinese language eating places.

MS Inasal - Bisteak Tagalog with riceWhat I received was as a substitute an amazing tanginess that just about made me choke. Initially, I assumed the dish may need gone dangerous, however the lack of rancid style, sadly, made me proceed consuming it.

This wasn’t even salty— it was straight-up bitter. I noticed what regarded like calamansi seeds within the soup, and thought which may’ve been the perpetrator. There was none of that peppery style; it was only a flood of tanginess in brown dye.

MS Inasal - Bisteak Tagalog with rice

To MS Inasal’s credit score, the meat slices had been cooked decently and the tendons had been delicate like marshmallows. I assumed the portion of beef was fairly first rate for its worth however I might suppose the common particular person might solely bear three scoops earlier than succumbing to that bitter style.

MS Inasal - Bisteak Tagalog with rice

Finally, I did end my meal as I assumed perhaps this was the way it was imagined to style. Equally to how some individuals view durian, I accepted that it wasn’t to my style bud’s liking. 

All was effectively till I requested a Filipino good friend if her Bisteak Tagalog was often bitter. She mentioned sure, however provided that it had gone dangerous, as she defined that it’s imagined to style candy with hints of pepper. My futile try at pinpointing flavours was lastly full.

MS Inasal - Inasal Chicken BBQ with rice

Now determined to rid of that bitter style, I attempted the Inasal Hen BBQ with a renewed sense of lowered expectations. It regarded nearly like an Ayam Bakar with rice, which by default, ought to style first rate. The solidified sauce on the hen advised that it in all probability wasn’t cooked to order.

MS Inasal - Inasal Chicken BBQ with rice

My first act of prying a bit of meat from the hen confirmed my earlier assumption. It was a problem, even with steel utensils, because the meat felt actually dense and dry even earlier than I tasted it. Positive sufficient, it tasted like the way it regarded.

MS Inasal - Inasal Chicken BBQ with rice

It’s a disgrace too, because the flavours had been first rate. It had a slight charred style and the sauce, despite the fact that tasting like store-bought candy and bitter sauce, helped quell the dryness of the meat, if solely briefly. 

MS Inasal - Soup

The soup that got here with each dishes got here with a bit of chilli. It’s undoubtedly greater than only a ornamental piece, because the soup had a slight kick to it. It may need been barely too oily to others and was similar to the hen rice soup, however at this level, something that made me eat sooner was invaluable.

MS Inasal - Lecha FlanClearly not studying my lesson, I assumed I’d gamble on one other dish since it might probably’t worsen, can’t it? My ultimate roll of the cube was the Lecha Flan (S$3) which is a custard-like dessert with caramel sauce.

Lastly, some good meals. It was creamy, however not as easy as what you’d count on a custard to be. I tasted condensed milk intermixed with egg yolks. Although it was imagined to be caramel sauce, I assumed it tasted extra like gula melaka syrup, which I used to be okay with regardless. 

Regardless of the small portion, I believe it’s greatest shared as it might probably get fairly jelak.

Remaining ideas

MS Inasal - Inasal Chicken BBQ with rice & Bisteak Tagalog with rice

Style-wise, I didn’t have time at MS Inasal. I’m nonetheless scratching my head over what precisely occurred to my Bisteak Tagalog, and the Inasal Hen BBQ simply couldn’t replicate its quick meals counterpart.

Regardless of that, I might nonetheless advocate MS Inasal to broaden your style buds. What I tasted was solely three out of practically 15 dishes on the menu, so I’m certain there’s an elusive dish that will make you and I scream Sa wakas (lastly)!

For now, I’ll keep on with my barely overpriced fried hen coupled with suspiciously candy spaghetti and a big canned pineapple juice.

Anticipated harm: S$5.50 – S$7.50 per pax

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Value: $

Our Ranking: 3.5 / 5

Ms Inasal

17 Petir Highway, Hillion Mall, Kopitiam Foodcourt , Singapore 678278


Our Ranking 3.5/5

Ms Inasal

17 Petir Highway, Hillion Mall, Kopitiam Foodcourt , Singapore 678278

Phone: +65 9397 5057

Working Hours: 11am – 9pm (Each day)