[Singapore] Malay-style Fried Chicken & Chicken Rice from As-Shifaa

One of the tastiest and quickest meal options at Lucky Plaza is this fried chicken & rice lunch plate from the über-popular Muslim eatery, As-Shifaa Café, on the 6th floor of Lucky Plaza. You won’t miss it as it’s right next to the escalators and will be absolutely packed as soon as it opens for business at 11am!

The crispiest fried chicken this side of the island.

And the best sambal sauce I’d had in quite a while.

Additional side-orders can include hard-boiled eggs or “bergedil” (spiced potato croquettes).

I’ve always assumed As-Shifaa is a Malay eatery, but I noticed the “786” sign all over the eatery’s signage today. The use of “786” is widely practiced by Muslim businessmen in India and Pakistan, and by the Indian-Muslims (“mamaks”) in Singapore, but is certainly not Malay.

“786” is a Sufi numerological reference to the numeric value of the letters of “Bismillah” (meaning “In the name of Allah” - an invocation used by Muslims at the beginning of any undertaking), according to the Abjad order.

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