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Jet Winds Traditional Western Food – Pork Chop
By Alfred July 14, 2009
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Jet Winds Traditional Western Food – Pork Chop
Fast Facts
Food:
Pork Chop
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$6 - S$10
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
Bedok (勿洛)
Food Centre:
Bedok North Blk 511 Food Centre
Recommended For:
Dinner
Reviewed by:
Alfred

If you are going to be away from home and needing to make your own meals but yet have never handled a kitchen before in your entire life and are intimidated by recipes book, then let me suggest to you to start from learning how to make pork chops.

For a brief period in my life, I was actually stocking up slabs of pork, beef or lamb(chops or ribs) by the dozens. Now if you have lived in any Western countries, you would realised that for some reasons it is actually cheaper to cook Western meals than Asian’s. Say if you want to make a plate of Hokkien Mee or Hor Fun, first you have to buy the mee or hor fun, then you have to buy the ingredients like seafood, fishcakes, spring onions, beansprouts or vegetables. Due to higher material cost in Western countries and possibly smaller customer base, these ingredients unfortunately needed very high markups to keep the business going.

And what’s worse is most stores over there are packaging these ingredients in bulk, meaning gone are the reality where you pay 30cent for a handful of beansprouts, instead you have to buy $2 beansprouts or whole big bunch of spring onions even if you only need just a small amount. If you’re thinking that you can keep those ingredients for other meals, that’s only half true. The fact is ingredients like mee, hor fun, beansprouts, spring onions are perishable goods and so they don’t usually last more than a couple of days.

So unless you don’t mind eating the same hor fun or mee for a couple of days, you are going to have a lot of wastage and chances are you may have to fork out something like $10 to $15 just because you crave for a plate of Hokkien Mee. But yet $10 to $15 can easily get you at least a dozen slabs of pork, beef or lamb in those places. Now even if I can ignore the equation of getting a bigger bang for the buck, unless your father is a Hokkien Mee seller, with that money spent you are still going to produce only a mediocre plate of Hokkien Mee, to put it mildly. So if you need to spend $10 to $15 just because you want a plate of Hokkien Mee, doesn’t it make more sense to trade that money for 10 plates of pork chop instead?

If you’re thinking about the ingredients for the side dishes for your pork chop, then you’ll be glad to know that over there, a 5kg bag of potatoes can be found as cheap as only $2 and other things like cabbage or broccoli are very affordable and so you can really make your own slaws or salads very cheaply. So in a way there’s really no escaping, you really do need to consider eating potatoes when you’re surrounded by people who’s staples are potatoes.

And finally if you don’t know what to do with a slab of pork, just heat up your wok or pan and when it gets hot enough, just sear the pork on it. For first time cookers, you can see for the first time the magical power of the wok or pan turning your raw meat into a piece of delicious pork and you can decide for yourself how charred you want it to be. For the taste, you can use salt and pepper for delicate mild flavour or you can visit your nearest supermarket for those roast gravy powder which you just need to pour warmed water into it to make some fantastic roasted flavoured gravy which you can spread it on your pork. And that might just make you wonder why you have always been paying $5 for it. The value of asian food in western countries unfortunately holds the same truth for western food in asian countries. So you can practically forget about duplicating that same pork chop ‘purchasing power’ when you are back in Singapore.

There seems to be 2 kinds of western food outlets in Singapore. First is the family run business kind where you get a whiff of that authentic flavour which seems to have a culture of it’s own especially in the gravy. Then another kind that has been flooding our markets are something that looked like franchised but yet doesn’t bare any brand names.

The latter would give you some kind of standard flavours which are easily recognisable in many many Western Food stalls. If your eyes are sharp enough, you would even notice that they have similar signboards displaying the same pictures and in most cases, their prices are even the same and they would usually also have a small display counter where there would be a few chicken wings and a few spring chickens staring at you under some spotlights. These look like another Aston Specialities kind of western food franchise business except that I’ve had difficulties trying to find out the brand name. And usually such western food stalls are halal and from memory I’ve even came across one that was setup by a Malay.

Jet Winds Western Food is a family run business and has been around for a long long time. I remember when I was little and was brought out to meals at Bedok 511 Food centre, they always seem to have the longest queue. Their food had that hainanese western food kind of flavour in the gravy if you know what I mean but I’m not exactly sure if the owners are indeed Hainanese.

The pork chop here is quite authentic to me simply because the taste isn’t very ‘factory’ as oppose to many others that can be found in the market nowadays though the side dishes are very common kind like fries, beans and slaws. Very old school kind of western food outlet where taste seems to be derived from traditional ideas more than anything else. Well so it all depends whether you’re a side dishes kind of person, if you are maybe Aston would deserves your thumbs up but otherwise then you’ll be appreciative towards this type of family run business western food.

Price: $5.50

Recommendation: Pork Chop, Prime Sirloin

Conclusion: Traditional and authentic flavoured western food which seems to be vanishing very quickly in the market nowadays. If you care about how western food were served in the past where there wasn’t any franchised ones yet, then this is it for you.

Likes: Authentic flavour especially in the gravy.

Dislikes: Side dishes a little dull.

Address Overall Rating


Jet Winds Western Food
511 Bedok North Street 3 #01-29.
Singapore 460511


Food:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Value:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Service:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Ambience:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7.25/10 ★★★★★★★¼☆☆ 


Readers' Comment(s) : 9
Jasmine Tan says:

I like pork chop ! Since I don’t eat mutton and beef, I will usually order chicken chop, pork chop or fish and chips / grilled fish for “western food” . The stall “Tanglin Halt Western food” is not located in Tanglin Halt but in Clementi Central. I patronised this stall several times as I used to stay in Clementi and I studied in Clementi as well . This stall serve very nice chicken cutlet. Maybe I should drive from my work place to Clementi to check out this stall again.

Posted July 14, 2009
Lim Boon Tiong says:

wa…. alfred CAN COOK !!!!
:)

great tips… i shall try to make my own pork chop in Sydney one of these days.

the JET WINDS pork chop looks good !!!
is it stiff ? some pork chop i know are quite stiff…. got to chew until jaw ache.

Posted July 14, 2009
Jasmine Tan says:

**Add* The raw pork loin looks like comes from Air Pork flown in from Australia. :D

Posted July 14, 2009
Alfred says:

Clementi central? I heard there’s a good western food there too..maybe that’s the same one then.

Posted July 14, 2009
Alfred says:

Not that stiff but also not that soft, still has that bite effect. Good ah so you can save considerably when you’re in Sydney.

Posted July 14, 2009
Alfred says:

you eat before is it

Posted July 14, 2009
Jasmine Tan says:

Yah.. Ate before.
Later send you picture to yr gmail.

Posted July 15, 2009
Jasmine Tan says:

My mum do buy pork from Air Pork from NTUC.

Posted July 15, 2009
Seren says:

Yes this is a Hainanese western food. The owners are hainanese. I live about 10 mins away and often eat here.

Posted October 22, 2009
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