Tenderfresh Classic & Golden Rooster

December 27, 2017 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Tenderfresh Classic & Golden Rooster
51 Tampines Avenue 4
#01-102 Our Tampines Hub

930 Yishun Avenue 2
#B1-53 Northpoint

221 Boon Lay Place #01-170

7 Everton Park #01-01

Multiple Outlets Islandwide


http://www.tenderfresh.com.sg/


Meal Flat Lay
Meal Flat Lay



Halal-Certified Heartland Franchise With Decent Dishes

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


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Tenderfresh Classic & Golden Rooster began in 1979 as a humble hawker Western food stall in Whitley Road Hawker Centre, then gradually expanded across Singapore over the years, mostly in heartland coffeeshops. Since I last wrote about them however, Tenderfresh Classic & Golden Rooster has refreshed their concept, and are now offering a standalone casual dining experience, mostly located in shopping malls, over and above their coffeeshop stalls.

Ambience at Tenderfresh Classic & Golden Rooster is usually modern casual, with plastic and wooden furniture closely packed within a brightly lit place. Long booths accomodate large groups, and the place can get rather noisy and bustling.

Service at Tenderfresh Classic & Golden Rooster is completely self-service, with ordering, payment, and collection over the counter. There isn't much need to interact with staff, as the menu is helpfully detailed with attractive visuals, so engagement is mostly limited to transactional actions.

Food at Tenderfresh Classic & Golden Rooster is Singaporean hawker western food, with a focus on chicken - fried, barbecued, or roasted. A central kitchen ensures quality is similar and consistent across the board, and taste is decent average. Portions are sized for individual dining. Prices are higher than most coffeeshop western stalls, budget about SGD $10 per person for a meal here.


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Tenderfresh Classic Facade
Tenderfresh Classic Facade


Golden Rooster Facade
Golden Rooster Facade



A decent, straightforward Bandung (SGD $2) here. Slightly too sweet for my liking, even after I asked them to tone down the sugar, which I suppose they ignored.

Bandung
Bandung (SGD $2)



The Smoked Duck Salad (SGD $7.50) has fresh, bright, crunchy lettuce, and juicy sweet cherry tomatoes, sprinkled with cubes of salty savoury smoked duck. Completed with a hard boiled egg and a drizzle of thousand island sauce. Decent salad to accompany a meal, I rather liked this.

Smoked Duck Salad
Smoked Duck Salad (SGD $7.50)



The Cheese Fries (SGD $4.90) feature long thin shoestring fries, coated in a mix of mayonnaise, nacho cheese sauce, and salt. Underwhelming though, not worth ordering at all. Skip this.

Cheese Fries
Cheese Fries (SGD $4.90)



The Onion Blossom (SGD $6.90) has a large, whole white onion, coated in a salty savoury buttermilk batter, and deep-fried. Nicely crunchy on the outside, tender and sweet on the inside. Loved it.

Onion Blossom
Onion Blossom (SGD $6.90)



The Calamari Rings (SGD $6.90) are decent, having a golden batter with a light chew. Wish it was more crispy though. The squid rings have a bouncy texture, but are rather thin in size, with a light savoury sweet flavour. Average appetizer, could be better.

Calamari Rings
Calamari Rings (SGD $6.90)


Calamari Rings



The Wasabi Prawns (SGD $7.50) were surprisingly good. Fresh, meaty shrimp / prawns, with a lovely delicate sweet briny salty flavour, coated in a crisp batter, covered with a light wasabi mayonnaise, and served piping hot. So satisfiying, you get the juicy chew of the shrimp / prawns, then the slight sour tang of the sauce. Highly recommended!

Wasabi Prawns (SGD $7.50)


Wasabi Prawns
Wasabi Prawns



The Honey Glazed BBQ Spring Chicken (SGD $18.90) features a whole / half chicken, glazed with honey and slowly barbecued. Served with a side of coleslaw and fries. The chicken meat is tender and juicy, coming clean off the bone, with a delicate sweet savoury flavour. Love that the fat has mostly been rendered out during the barbecuing. Good!

Honey Glazed BBQ Spring Chicken
Honey Glazed BBQ Spring Chicken (SGD $18.90)



The Signature Golden Fried Spring Chicken (SGD $18.90) features a whole / half chicken, coated in a buttermilk batter and quickly deep-fried. Served with a side of coleslaw and fries. The chicken meat is tender and juicy, coming clean off the bone, with a delicate savoury salty flavour. Love that the fat has mostly been rendered out during the frying. Good!

Signature Golden Fried Spring Chicken
Signature Golden Fried Spring Chicken (SGD $18.90)



The French Herb Roasted Spring Chicken (SGD $10.90) features a whole / half chicken, roasted with French herbs like rosemary and thyme. Served with a side of coleslaw and fries. The chicken meat is tender and juicy, coming off the bone easily, and has a bold savoury herbal flavour. Worth ordering!

French Herb Roasted Spring Chicken
French Herb Roasted Spring Chicken (SGD $10.90)



The Chicken Wings Barbecued (SGD $1.40 per piece) have a juicy, tender texture to the chicken meat, with the barbecued skin having a nice chewy savoury smoky flavour. Good!

Chicken Wings Barbecued
Chicken Wings Barbecued (SGD $1.40 per piece)


Chicken Wings Barbecued



The Chicken Wings Fried (SGD $1.40 per piece) have a juicy, tender texture to the chicken meat, with the fried skin having a lovely crisp savoury salty flavour. Good!

Chicken Wings Fried
Chicken Wings Fried (SGD $1.40 per piece)


Chicken Wings Fried



The highlight of the Ayam Masak Merah Chicken Chop With Rice (SGD $8.90) was the slightly sour, slightly spicy masak merah / spicy tomato sauce. This lends a fiery kick to the meaty, juicy slab of boneless chicken thigh, which itself has a smoky savoury flavour. The rice and coleslaw were just decent, sidekicks to the star here.

Ayam Masak Merah Chicken Chop With Rice (SGD $8.90)


Ayam Masak Merah Chicken Chop With Rice
Ayam Masak Merah Chicken Chop With Rice



The Mee Goreng Pasta With Crispy Chicken (SGD $10.90) is an East meets West fusion dish that manages to be the best of no worlds. Lacking the rich, bright freshness of pure pasta, and missing the smoky savoury spicy flavours of real mee goreng, this is a middle-of-the-road approach, having a sweet sour savoury flavour that is both lacking and unusually weird tasting. Neither here nor there, this dish really frustrated me. It didn't help that the chicken had a thick batter, and little actual chicken meat. Horrible dish, I didn't finish it.

Mee Goreng Pasta With Crispy Chicken
Mee Goreng Pasta With Crispy Chicken (SGD $10.90)


Mee Goreng Pasta With Crispy Chicken



The Happiness Plate (SGD $7.90) brings happiness, with its trio of juicy fried chicken, refreshing coleslaw, crisp shoestring fries, and smoky garlic buttered bread. The chicken has a lovely crisp skin that is savoury salty, while the chicken meat is juicy, succulent, savoury sweet, and comes easily off the bone. Has a good amount of fat, which is easily removed. So tasty. Highly recommended!

Happiness Plate
Happiness Plate (SGD $7.90)


Happiness Plate



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The following are some photos I took when dining at Tenderfresh Classic & Golden Rooster back in 2011. Camera phone technology wasn't as good as it is today, neither was food presentation a consideration for most hawkers back then.

Happiness Plate 2011


Chicken Chop 2011


Fish And Chips 2011


Beef Steak 2011


Fried Chicken Wings 2011


BBQ Chicken Wings 2011


Fried & BBQ Chicken Wings 2011


BBQ & Fried Chicken Wings 2011


Lamb Chop 2011



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