By Editor | Updated on March 28, 2016
Stew Kuche (koo-shay), the German word for kitchen, is like no other in Singapore. It dares to be different by settling down in a Kopitiam at Bukit Merah which is just a short stroll to Ikea and Queensway Shopping Centre. But behind the simplicity of this food stall are some of the best German food varieties such as Pork Knuckle, Paprika Beef Goulash, and sausages.
Pork knuckles at reasonable prices: Available in either full (S$25) or half portion (S$15), the pork is marinated and deep-fried perfectly. This lets the crispy skin produce a great crackling sound upon every bite while the meat still tastes juicy and is succulent.
Achar sides to complement the local palate: The traditional sauerkraut dish is replaced with spicy pickled vegetables. Compared to sauerkraut (sour cabbage) though, Achar is more perfect for the tropical weather that Singapore has, as the local pickled vegetables is made up of cucumber and pineapple. And you will notice the difference when you dine alfresco on a hot summer day.
Great mix of Western fare: Stew Kuche’s wide variety of dishes could take you to Germany, France, Switzerland, and Italy. This food stall has mixed grills, 8 types of sausages, pastas, stew dishes, Swiss rosti, salads, and traditional German sides.
Interesting selection of stew dishes: As the shop’s name implies, stew must be a highlight. There’s Ossobucco for veal meat lovers, oxtail stew for the adventurous, lamb shank for Mediterranean dieters, beef goulash for the avid German foodies, and seafood stew for those who simply love it.
A dedicated counter for craft and draft beers: Fresh off the tap, you can order pints of Schneider Weisse or Archipelago draft beers by the counter. More importantly, beers at Stew Kuche come with an affordable price tag, which starts at S$8 for the German, English and Belgian brands.
Far from your fancy restaurant: Definitely not for the posh guests, but could be the right place for those who want to dine in a very public setting with a cool and hippy atmosphere. It’s a kopitiam so expect to see lots of people dining alfresco and everything is done self-service. It is also worth mentioning that Stew Kuche is open for reservation.
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Stew Kuche offers a small size menu but there is a good mix of predominantly Western fare. The pork knuckles, sausages, and stews are ideal for sharing by two persons as the serving size is of German standard, while the selection of beers can keep the boys coming back for more.
The kopitiam that houses Stew Kuche is located in the maze of motorcycle and automobile repair shops; so, the industrial element in the surrounding could be an interesting scene to any observant guest. The kopitiam itself looks simple yet modern enough to attract casual customers. This place tends to get buzzy during its dinner hours. However, if you’re used to eating in hawker centres, you probably wouldn’t mind a bit of noise distraction at all.
Average Price/Pax: S$15
Note: Cash only
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