Awafi

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Awafi is the premier restaurant of the Singapore Jewish Community, and provides locals and tourists alike with a high standard of kosher food in the middle of Southeast Asia.  What is very special about Awafi is that it exists to serve its patrons, and is bolstered by the local community, which demands the best quality.  The restaurant is open all week, and serves a diverse menu of items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It also provides full sit-down meals for shabbat in the larger catering hall (a typical shabbat lunch serves about 150 people each week).  Special meals and events are regularly served as well - from its extensive order-in-advance menu of Indian specialties to the international menu created for meals in the sukkah to fancy nights with prix fixe menus (see 'Karoo's Kosher Kitchen' menus below).  Awafi also has a top-notch pastry chef, and has its own catering arm which takes care of private and community events, including the annual Chanukah party. 

The standard menu, which is offered for lunches and dinners is special in that it contains a good variety of cuisines, including Chinese and Singaporean.  You can sample famous Singaporean dishes, such as Mee Goreng and Char Kuay Teow.  They also have burgers and chicken, as well as a good list of appetizers, salads, and deserts.  The prices are very low, especially considering that the kosher meat is particularly hard to obtain in Singapore - all beef and lamb is imported by the community from Australia, and the chicken is schected and soaked and salted by the community.

Weekday breakfast is typically a buffet of hot dishes and salads, and is served right after the daily shacharit minyan.  This meal is typically diary.

On shabbat, meals are special.  Friday night dinner is a buffet, which typically induces local Singaporean dishes and a lot of l'chaims.  The crowd is usually predominantly tourists - as most locals eat this meal at home.  Shabbat lunch is the community highlight, and a lot of locals spend this meal with the community.  The food is served by a wait staff in the large catering hall, and the food is top quality.  The menu differs every week, but generally includes Iraqi specialties such as Hammim with a whole chicken, crispy rice, and hard boiled eggs, or a local dish such as Beef Randang, Butter Chicken, or Fish Curry.  The salads served with the meal are always fresh and delicious, including homemade hummus and the community's famous "chakla bakla" spicy mixture.

In order to take full advantage of the range of tastes that Awafi has to offer, it is smart to speak with the chef in advance and ask to have a special meal arranged with new local flavors.  This will complete your Singapore experience.

While at Awafi, try to take a tour of the Shul (Magain Aboth) and the Jacob Ballas Community Centre, and ask about the community's history, which has helped form the beacon it has become today.

 

Menu (as of June, 2016):

 

   

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Vegetable Spring Rolls:

 

Chicken Sichuan with White Rice:

 

Kuay Teow with Meat:

 

Sizzling Beef:

 

Fried Rice:

 

Chicken Schnitzel with Fries and Coleslaw:

 

Mee Goreng with Meat:

 

Samosas (from special Indian/Malay menu):

 

Roti Prata (from special Indian/Malay menu):

 

Butter Chicken (from special Indian/Malay menu):

 

Beef Randang (from special Indian/Malay menu):

 

Spinach Curry with Chicken (from special Indian/Malay menu):

 

Green Chutney (from special Indian/Malay menu):

 

Croutons, Fresh Vegetables, and Edamame Dip (from Karoo's Kosher Kitchen special menu):

 

French Bean, Hearts of Palm, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad (from Karoo's Kosher Kitchen special menu):

 

Lamb Satay (from Karoo's Kosher Kitchen special menu):

 

Sago Gula Malacca (from Karoo's Kosher Kitchen special menu):

 

Deep Fried Pickles and Olives (from Karoo's Kosher Kitchen special menu):

 

Laksa with Chicken (from Karoo's Kosher Kitchen special menu):

 

Beef Tacos (from special Mexican Sukkot menu):

 

Chicken Fajitas (from special Mexican Sukkot menu):

 

Corn (from special Mexican Sukkot menu):

 

Guacamole, Refried Beans, and Corn Salsa (from special Mexican Sukkot menu):

 

Cholent (prepared in the Awafi kitchen by the community Bochurim for weekly community learning events):

 

Corn Dogs (prepared in the Awafi kitchen by the community Bochurim for weekly community learning events):

 

Battered Chicken Fingers (prepared in the Awafi kitchen by the community Bochurim for weekly community learning events):

 

Schnitzel in a Bun with Fries and Coleslaw (for take away):

 

Chanukah Appetizer Platter (prepared by Awafi catering for Community Chanukah Party):

 

Chanukah Donuts:

 

Chanukah Donuts:

 

Bakery Cookies (prepared by Awafi Pastry Chef):

 

Custom Birthday Cake topped with French Macaroons (prepared by Awafi Pastry Chef):

 

 

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