IKEA is a huge Swedish department store that sells fair-priced household stuff. There are two branches of IKEA in Singapore, there’s one in Tampines and the other is in Alexandra.
Because of the fact that it’s rest day tomorrow, Neil and Anna Lee decided to travel south (after school hours) to the latter branch and tagged me along not for the appliances nor the ready-to-assemble furnitures, but for the FOOD!
Located at the second level of the edifice, the IKEA restaurant is quite interesting. A semi-classy, greasy spoon-ish food court with a horde of people dining, pushing food carts and swarming around the drink refilling station like bees sucking nectar from a giant flower. The menu looks expensive but still affordable. Speaking of bees, the customer’s line was shorter than of Jollibee’s opening day but you can anticipate the food to be way different from Yum with cheese and Chicken Joy. Like what I said, it’s Swedish.
The Italian-style pasta meal that we ordered was not the best but it was straight. It is an almost firm penne noodles topped with sour tomato sauce and some good cheese to balance the over-all flavor. Decent but definitely not that “organic”.
The luscious IKEA deep-fried chicken wings are truly tasty. Though the taste’s not new for my tongue, the sapid wings indubitably suggest how deep-fried chicken should be: juicy in the inside and quite crispy on the outside. The right blend of marinade used is also close to perfect. This kinda reminds me of my father’s pritong pakpak.
Probably, the most intriguing (and controversial) of all was the IKEA Swedish meatballs.
A few weeks ago, IKEA restaurants froze the selling of their trademark meatballs because of the “horse meat scandal”. According to the news, Czech inspectors found specks of horse meat in one batch of meatballs in Europe causing the company to pull the famous product out of most branches around the globe.
On March 8, the two IKEA Singapore branches came back with a vengeance, announcing the confirmation that their ever-popular meatballs contain only beef and pork (beef and chicken for the Halal menu). And for one day only, their signature food product would be available for a steal (10 pieces for S$1), to give thanks to the loyal patrons. It was a blockbuster hit.
Ten days after, there we were indulging over the divine, mouth-watering
horse meatballs. Served drown in hot gravy and accompanied by mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam, those perfectly cooked balls are probably the most delicious food that I’ve tasted so far in this fine city. I kid you not but you will gallop out of joy when you take your first bite. Now, for S$8/15 pieces, it was worth it. (Thanks Neil and Lee!)
Anyway, what’s wrong with eating horse meat? Taboo? Well, I’ve already tried eating crickets, superworms, dog, carabao, and goat meat before. Though I didn’t actually like the last four, I didn’t die after. I didn’t even get sick. My point is, horse’s or not, meat is still meat. As long as it’s clean and safe, and as long as it tastes good, I’ll eat it like a hungry stallion.