Monday, 26 October 2015

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
Little Island Brewing Co., Singapore

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi Village, Singapore

Craft Beer and Carnivores ‘ Bliss

The charming beach side community of Changi Village Singapore provides a relaxed backdrop for a leisurely afternoon, peaceful lunch, or fun filled evening, and its in this sleepy fringe town that Little Island Brewing Co., has set up shop. With a swiftly earned reputation for decadently mouth-watering chunks of meat cooked to succulent sublimity, and craft beer on tap (their own brew soon to be pumped from the pipes), this casual eatery has found booming success.

Location

Perhaps part of the attraction is the location itself: physically removed from the bustling city, it too is free of stuffy constraints. Looking much like dad’s dream shed with glass walled brewing tanks, a long self-serve bar, kitchen with enormous smoker and Argentinian grill, and rustic wooden communal tables, it seems every big boys’ fantasy.

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
The Bar
Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
The Kitchen
Drinks

Or, maybe it’s the beer, or promise of beer to come that has seen its rapid rise in fame. Currently some respectable boutique brews are on tap, and home-crafted soft drinks too. But it’s what’s in the pipeline that is causing even more of an excited rumble. Award-winning brew master Steve Spinney, has been engaged to develop Little Island Brewing Co.’s very own labels. With plans of a Pale Ale, Golden Ale, Dry Irish Stout and Whisky Ale to be flowing from the taps by mid November, beer enthusiasts have already begun to hang around, sipping on the overseas selection, and eagerly awaiting a taste of the first drops of a locally conceived liquid.

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
Brewfist Burocracy IPA
Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
House Brewed Ginger Beer

But for now we suspect it’s the meat-roasting king, Chef John Edwards, and his blaze of finger-licking flesh, that are causing Singaporeans to cross the island in a salivating trail of carnivorous pursuit.

You’ve heard of artisan bakeries, artisan brews and now Little Island Brewing Co. introduces artisan meats. A silver monster-sized smoker is the pride of the kitchen, fueled by lychee wood from Vietnam and jarrah from Australia. Chef John is a believer in slow food, insisting that everything is done from scratch, and as such most of the meat dishes take up to two days to prepare!

Meat

Our introduction to the menu sees two enormous slabs of meat on an even larger chunk of a chopping board. Drool pools around hubby’s lips as two men transfer the mammoth meat feast from kitchen to table. The slabs are bestowed all sorts of oohs, aahs and envious oglings of desire on its journey, and we almost feel like lions warning off the scavengers.

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
So Much Meat It Takes Two to Carry!

Berkshire pork is injected with brine and left overnight to marinate with cumin, coffee and chili before being steamed for two hours in the starting preparations for the Beer Belly Pork (SGD12). The finishing off roast at a high temperature produces some of the crispiest crackling, and softest pieces of juicy flesh that we’ve ever had. All senses are treated as the tissue is sliced into: the sweet and savoury aroma teases the nose; the crackle furnishes an enticing crack and crunch; and the juices trickle down the sides of the knife before the luscious nosh pleasurably dissolves in the mouth.





Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
Beer Belly Pork

The 15 Hour Smoked Beef Brisket (SGD13.80) is equally enticing and we’ve heard draws Singaporeans from the furthest reaches of the island for a plate. Chilled Australian wagyu is marinated overnight with a dry rub (onion powder, garlic powder, salt, smoked paprika, coconut sugar, ground white pepper and chili flakes) then smoked for 15 hours. This slow-cooking method gifts an incredibly supple and juicy finish, and we soon understand the urge to drive across the country for a slice. A side of Memphis slaw, perked up with horseradish and lemon, slices through the fattiness of the cut, balancing out the richness, and enables us to pack away far more than we previously thought humanly possible.

Little Island Brewing Co., Singapore
Close Up of the Brisket

But, the pièce de résistance is yet to come in the pure black Angus Short Rib (SGD45 for 1 rib, around 400gm). Marinated overnight with salt and pepper, the meat is then braised in beef and vegetable stock for around 4 ½ hours. After cooking it’s left to cool completely in the same stock. As the temperature lowers the muscle relaxes and reabsorbs the liquid, yielding resemblance to a living organism, as it appears to pulsate as it’s knifed into and the juices are released. A knife however is not necessary to penetrate the tender hunk, a little prodding with your little finger would do. For unapologetically carnivorous hubby, this is a no-brainer contender for food of the year. For my veggie-loving self however to be on the edge of foodgasm… the commendation could not be higher.



Little Island Brewing Co., Singapore
Drool Worthy Slices of Beef Short Rib

Made with beef short rib and sirloin, the patties are rich and tasty in the Short Rib Burger (SGD25), which brings a goofy smile to hubby’s face as he munches in. Fitting the entire tower between his happy lips, it’s clear to see (and hear) that he has found meat-lover utopia at Little Island Brewing Co. Thinly sliced Monterey Jack cheese and air-dried Spanish ham complete the burger with a wallop of decadence, while house made barbecue sauce and curry mayonnaise lubricate the whole thing, adding to without taking away from the natural flavour of the beef.

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
Short Rib Burger

Non-meat eaters can be relieved that there are fish and vegetarian choices that are made with equal care and attention to quality. A fish farmer just a few minutes from Little Island Brewery Co., provides the sea bass for the Ale Battered Fish (SGD20). A crisp casing contains the moist flesh and tartare sauce made in house supplies a delicious dipping. A light sprinkling of citrus salt is used in the batter, which makes it worthwhile trying the fish on its own first to appreciate the subtle flavours before pairing with the mayonnaise.

Little Island Brewing Co., Changi, Singapore
Ale Battered Fish

From the vegetarian section, Roasted Chili Pumpkin with Chestnuts and Chili Yoghurt Dressing (SG10) is often ordered as a side dish. Three giant wedges of Japanese pumpkin are roasted in garlic, chili oil, salt, pepper and paprika. Cooked to be soft but not mushy, the sweet flesh is contrasted with bitter rocket and rich chestnuts. It’s easily a meal in itself, and well deserved of a ‘yums’ up.

Little Island Brewing Co., Singapore
Roasted Chili Pumpkin with Chestnuts and Chili Yoghurt Dressing 

Sweets

There really should be no more thought of food after this Herculean banquet, but mention the words, “Sticky Date Pudding” and instantaneously a hidden empty corner of the stomach is uncovered.

Little Island Brewing Co., Singapore
Sticky Date Pudding

I’m rather fussy with this long term favourite as I think my mum has marked the bar high with her recipe. Chef John however must have exchanged tips with my mother, as he has doubled the dates (as does my mum) and only blended half of them in with the mixture, leaving the other half roughly chopped granting a change in texture. Warm butterscotch pools the bottom and creamy vanilla bean ice cream melts down from above. Divine! And soon… it’s all gone.

changi, singapore, craft beer
The Team at Little Island Brewing Co.

Reasons to visit: MEAT - come running for the Short Rib, Beer Belly Pork and Brisket!; Sticky Date Pudding; house brewed soft drinks (and soon their own beer); imported craft brews on tap; casual fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Little Island Brewing Co.
Block 6 Changi Village #01-01, #01-02
Singapore
509907
+65 6543 9100


26 comments:

  1. Tsk! Tsk! Their roast pork is such a beauty, nothing like my disastrous attempts. Sobsssss!!!!

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    1. Ha ha... your pork didn't look too bad. This one sure is a beauty though. I bet you'd love a soft juicy slice.

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  2. Monica and Caning Cordobes !
    Thou are cruel - such succulence before my eyes with that oozing juice coming out of the
    meats!
    Now kindly dispatch this cooking crew to Bateau Bay to give cooking lessons to the 4th rate Asian
    scallywags who have set themselves up as chefs in the clubs and restaurants!
    I believe this place would really appeal to me - drinky and food wise, the ginger beer would not be on my
    sampling list - I don't like it - not even as a kid! Also I have an aversion to bloody coke.
    Strangely I love ginger nuts (biscuits) and cake.

    Now re: location - is this area in the Infamous Changi Prison area of WW2?
    Have been watching the World Cup Rugby Union semi-finals.
    All 4 semi-finalists from the Southern Hemisphere - I bet that didn't go
    over too well north of the Equator - ha ha.
    All Blacks (NZ) just held off the Springboks( South Africa) and thankfully the Wallabies (Australia)
    beat the Pumas (Argentina).
    Oh God - please let the Wallabies beat the All Blacks - the Kiwi gloating will be unbearable.
    Cheers
    El Colin Cordobes
    PS: Colombia: - Memo to Junior Caning Cordobes - Beware of cartels of criminals in that country.

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    1. Oh I do believe you would enjoy this place Colin, complete with chilled glasses for the beer too you might note. Any kind of soft drink is not really my thing either - ginger snaps on the other hand... yum.
      Yes, near the infamous Changi prison of with my great uncle was held captive for a period before being shipped off to the horrendous Sandakan Death March. Fortunately, these days however it's a lovely beachside community. A little relaxed compared to the rest of the city.
      Go the Wallabies!
      Re Junior... or maybe the cartels should beware the feisty Cordobes! ;-)

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    2. It is thus up to El Junior Caning Cordobes to bring those Colombian cartels into line.
      Cordobes Snr. is in seclusion and is 79, my back hangs by a thread at 72, so Junior
      it is in now in your capable hands. Do your duty.
      That is terrible about an uncle on that Sandakan Death March - just unimaginable what those blokes went through and so few - I think a handful - survived.
      Have you seen the Sandakan memorial? My brother and his wife went there last year
      with a group of Rotarians.
      Apparently it will reduce you to tears.
      El Colin Cordobes

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    3. I haven't been to the Sandakan site, but they moved the Death March headstones/ names to Labuan. As my dad is a Viet vet, and the uncle was on mum's side we visited Labuan for Remembrance Day a couple of years ago and participated in the ceremony. You can watch a very short video of our trip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hxpxp9iDno They keep the site very well maintained.

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  3. Yeah, I'm back! Had a lovely week in the Midlands. Went to so many places!
    Oh yeah, even a cider museum in Hereford. :-)

    He he.. You're not going to believe this!
    While I studied in Singapore, my Singaporean classmates always dragged me to the airport to study?!

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    1. Looking forward to your new pics! Why on earth the airport? It is a pretty organised place though I guess. I just saw the plans for the fourth terminal they're building. It's an incredible design.

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  4. The brisket does look succulent! I watched the video and was drooling! LOL! :) I have had ginger beer before, but it is the non-alcoholic kind since I don't drink alcohol. It is delicious and stronger than ginger ale. It is great to have if you are stuffed up or feel a cold coming on, it really chases it away!

    I have never had beery belly pork but it looks divine! :)

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    1. Hee hee! I thought the oozing meat deserved a video to capture its drool worthiness. This is a non-alcoholic ginger beer, so a treat for you.
      Oh the beer belly pork was done to perfection - the crackling on top was addictive.

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    2. Hi Monica, I just saw the question you asked me on my blog about the movie Still Alice (hope I have the name right). I have never seen it, but I want to now that you have told me about it. I will look it up and see if I can find it. Thanks! :)

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  5. What a place! Sg now has a lot of new interesting eats to offer! Can't wait to visit again!

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    1. Agreed Ken! Every time we return there's something new.

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  6. Omg, that crackling on the beer pork belly just cracks me up! :D You'd already get a beer belly from drinking beer....and now you have the pork belly to add to that! ;D The brisket and shorts ribs are things of beauty too.

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    1. Oh yes, this place equates with lots of exercise to run it all off or we're all in danger of the great beer belly. ;-)

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  7. So nice to have you dropping by at my blog. Its lunch time now and I am very hungry. Its really torturing looking at all these delicious, mouth-watering juicy meat, dessert and ginger beer! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Always a bad idea to look at food photos when you're hungry right?! Even after I've eaten I still tend to find myself feeling hungry again if I've seen something delicious. ;-)

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  8. Hummmm that Sticky Date Pudding looks so yummy ;-))

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    1. This is one of the best I've had - just like my mum's.

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  9. My oh my, thinking about dinner might have to have it early after looking at the short videos :0 very nice indeed.

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    1. Nothing like food videos to make you hungry ;-)

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  10. By seeing the pics and videos you have made me feel so hungry. Seems to be yummy!

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    1. It's a great spot to spend a leisurely few hours on a Sunday afternoon.

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  11. Wow, what a great place. The beer and the ribs look delicious. I wish this place was closeby. Great review and images. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Happy Monday to you too! When I visited they hadn't yet launched their own beer, but I just heard that they've got their license so should be selling their very own beer on tap which is exciting new for folks who do live nearby for sure.

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  12. this place is a real paradise for people like me that loves meat and beers :D

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