Lad & Dad

October 09, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Lad & Dad
49A Serangoon Garden Way #01-32

https://www.facebook.com/ladanddadsg


Hearty British Stews

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Ambience & Setting: 4
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 5
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $12 per person.


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The eponymous owner and "Lad" of hawker stall Lad & Dad is Keith Koh, who opened his small stall in Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre in August 2014. A student of 3 (brief) British culinary courses in London, Keith Koh's Lad & Dad stall mainly offers a classic British stew, the Lancashire Hotpot.

Ambience at Lad & Dad is clean, with a large signage and menu that stands out admist the rest of the stalls in the hawker centre. Otherwise, seating and the rest of the atmosphere is shared here, but at least the common seating is decent for a hawker centre, and somewhat more airy and spacious than usual.

Service at Lad & Dad is full self-service. Ordering, payment, and collection of items is done over the counter, but as only Keith Koh and his mom run operations here, you're bound to get engaging, friendly service. No problems with product knowledge, as they make the food! At the time of this writing however, the menu at Lad & Dad is rather limited.

Food at Lad & Dad is inspired by British cuisine, and they only have 1 main dish, 4 sides dishes, and 2 types of desserts on the menu. The Lancashire hotpot takes center stage here, available in either beef or mutton. Portions are nicely sized for individuals, and the set meal is both filling and value for money, costing only SGD $12 per set meal.

I'm a little concerned that Lad & Dad may be a little too niche for the Singaporean diner... that aren't many that would crave a beef stew or a mutton stew. Only time will tell how sustainable they are.


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The stall stands out within the Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre with its distinctive chalkboard menu, gold, wood, and dark green colour scheme, and large signage. They even have props here, to turn the store front into an impromptu photo booth!

Lad & Dad Facade


Lad & Dad Address & Contact



The Lancashire Hotpot is a British casserole stew, traditionally made with either lamb or mutton, topped with onions and potatoes, and baked in a large, heavy, metal pot for hours. Here, their version of the stew is still slow-cooked in a metal pot, but isn't topped with onions. The Lancashire Hotpot Set (SGD $12) meal comes with the stew (either beef or mutton), and 3 side dishes. Love how they plate and serve it on a small metal tray, which keeps it easy to clean and presentable!

Lancashire Hotpot Set



The Hand Mashed Potatoes (SGD $2) are semi-smooth, semi-coarse in texture, but tasty and fragrant with the aroma of garlic and herbs. The mashed potatoes are easy to eat, and pairs well with the gravy from the stew!

Hand Mashed Potatoes



The Seasonal Salad (SGD $2) of lettuce and cherry tomatoes topped with balsamic vinaigrette is lovely. The lettuce is fresh and crunchy, but I love the large, juicy cherry tomatoes the most, as they burst with flavour. The salad dressing of balsamic vinaigrette is properly tangy and sour, without being overwhelming.

Seasonal Salad



The Yorkshire Pudding (SGD $2) is possibly the best version I've had in Singapore! The exterior is nicely crisp and golden brown, while the interior is soft, doughy, with the flavour and texture of soft bread, as well as a hint of sweetness, like honey. The Yorkshire pudding is best eaten when warm, and goes very well the gravy of the Lancashire hotpot stew. It's also the base for their dessert!

Yorkshire Pudding



The Lancashire Hotpot Beef Stew (SGD $8) is a hearty stew of beef shin chunks, beef shank chunks, onions, potatoes, carrots, and celery, slow-cooked for 8 hours till everything is tender. The gravy is thick and fragrant from the use of herbs, including thyme and rosemary, savoury, meaty, and robust in flavour. The meat is incredibly tender and savoury, without any gamey taste, and just falls apart in the mouth. Love it!

Lancashire Hotpot Beef Stew


Beef Chunks



The Lancashire Hotpot Mutton Stew (SGD $8) is a hearty stew of mutton chunks, onions, potatoes, carrots, and celery, slow-cooked for 8 hours till everything is tender. The gravy is thick and fragrant from the use of herbs, including thyme and rosemary, savoury, meaty, and robust in flavour. Compared to their beef stew, the broth of the mutton stew is lighter but slightly more peppery, which I like! The mutton meat is incredibly tender and savoury, with a little more fat than the beef. Almost no gamey taste, and it just falls apart in the mouth. Good!

Lancashire Hotpot Mutton Stew


Mutton Chunks



The Yorkshire Pudding With Vanilla Ice Cream (SGD $3) features that excellent Yorkshire pudding, topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. The combination of flavour is among the best things I've ever eaten! Sweet and creamy, with a contrast of textures (crisp and fluffy), this British dessert is best eaten quickly, because the heat of the dough makes the ice cream start to melt immediately! I suggest ordering this only when you're ready for dessert, and consuming it quickly on the spot. A definite must try! Highly recommended!

Yorkshire Pudding With Vanilla Ice Cream 01


Yorkshire Pudding With Vanilla Ice Cream 02



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