You will be surprised how hard it is to find pasta dishes made with halal-certified ingredients. Our guest Instagrammers, husband and wife Adam Shah and Maryah of The Halal Food Blog, went on a city-wide hunt and came up with six pasta dishes you must try at halal restaurants. These are your usual carbonara and alfredo: they've dug up some innovative creations...
The first stop was at Dad's Corner, a no-frills cafe serving Western food at Singapore Shopping centre. Everything on the menu can be had at an affordable $5, and their dish of choice was the tom yum-flavoured Ong Bak Pasta with seafood. The cream-based dish and a tad spicy with the addition of chilli padi – a great dish to start the pasta hunt.
The duo's second stop was at Badoque at Simpang Bedok. Here, they had the Smoked Duck Pasta Puttanesca ($24). This is a generous serving can be easily shared between two (that might explain the price), as with most of the dishes on Basoque's menu. This halal-certified cafe serves a wide variety of Western dishes. They've even opened a newer outlet at Upper Thomson Road.
A sushi restaurant is an unlikely place to head to in search of pasta. Halal sushi restaurant, Hei Sushi, serves an interesting dish called Fusion Udon in which udon noodles are served in a pasta-like sauce. Try their soft shell crab udon ($15.88) which is tossed in a delicious, creamy sauce. You can also swap the crab out for crayfish ($16.88), prawn tempura ($15.88), or scallops and clams ($15.88). They have five outlets scattered across the island, so take your pick.
The Halal Food blog went to Rouse on Dunlop Street next. Though this 'industrial chic' cafe is new, they are making waves in the cafe-hopping scene. Spicy food lovers will enjoy their Spicy Asian Penne Crab Pasta ($16.90) with a generous hunk of crab meat. This dish is a fiery one.
The last stop of the day: Alibabar. This hawker bar and coffee shop has stall within called Tish Tash Tosh at which they serve the Beef Carbo ($8.90). This is a creamy beef bacon and asparagus carbonara – a nice and hearty dish, it goes well with their signature buffalo wings ($7.90 per portion).