November 2011 | issue #08
hat NTU needs is a 24-hoursupper joint! Or at least a foodstall that opens till the weehours of the morning to cater to the noc-turnal students and party animals. Espe-cially during the exam period, many of usburn the midnight oil to cram in every bitof our notes, and let’s face it; it’s hard todo it alone. We all need a late night study companion – and what a perfect friend wehave in FOOD!I mean yes, we have that genius supper de-livery service – NTU Supperclub (ThanksNick, you’re doing an awesome job!) butI’m sure everyone would agree that noth-ing beats eating food that’s freshly servedon a plate, and not on oily takeaway paper with plastic cutlery. And that is why I think we really need a24-hour supper joint in NTU like the Al- Azhar restaurant. Serving up an array of Indian-Muslim, Thai and Western fare, ithas been filling up hungry tummies alongBukit Timah Road, and is usually packedduring supper peak hours (11pm-2am).How great it would be if you could juststep out of your hostel room, walk overto Al-Azhar @ NTU (hopefully it wouldbe located within the hall of residenc-es’ vicinity) and indulge in some ButterChicken and Naan after hours of hardcorestudying. That will definitely perk up my long and late study nights! Also, speaking on behalf of my Muslimfriends, there are just not enough Muslimfood stalls, especially within the Halls 3,12-16 cluster. Having a branch of Al-Azharin NTU would be a perfect solution as itis Halal-certified. Besides the usual se-lection of Pratas, Naans and Thosai, Al- Azhar is also known for their Thai-styleFried Kway Teow, Nasi Pattaya (deliciousfried rice wrapped in egg), Pita Kebab(generous portions of beef kebab servedin a piping hot pita pocket) as well astheir sizzling hot Western grill. Well, what more can I say? If Al-Azharopened a branch here in Pulau NTU, I would never have to leave school to satis-fy my supper cravings! It’ll definitely giveme more motivation to trudge throughthe long study nights too.
Al-Azhar Eating Restaurant
11/11A Cheong Chin Nam RoadTel: 6466 5052Open 24 hours
n case my name leads you to believeI am a lady, I must say upfront that Iam a man, and in line with this point,I want to also say that men eat steaks. Butthere haven’t been that many around and we may not always be able to afford them.So, I thought of Botak Jones. All right, Botak Jones is not really aboutsteaks, but if I go to them and the beef hasn’t come in yet, it will cause a down-pour on my whole day. Botak Jones is asuccessful franchise in Halal American Western food. So we may now all eat withour friends, with good conscience andcommon aim, to bless our taste buds andour bellies.They make Beef Burgers, from a single“handformed burger patty with Botak’s very own burger mixture, char-grilled un-til medium well and juicy” up to a dou-ble burger and the “U-CRAZY-WHAT!?”triple patty burger. You could just havethe burger or you could add on two sides. While I’m biased, there are also othernon-beef burgers: Cajun chicken andThai Chicken Burgers, Premium WhiteBasa Fish Fillet Burgers and the Soy pro-tein and Mushroom Veggie burger. We pass over the salmon fillet, fish &chips, hotdogs, wieners, and sausages,straight to the NZ steaks. You could picka hand tenderized 300gm rib eye or sir-loin that is well marinated, and incred-ibly juicy. Breaking down a good pieceof steak inside your mouth is not tedi-ous, but a good sensation. After this, youmight agree with the American humoristFran Lebowitz— “My favourite animal issteak”.The portions are always generous and theprices are within the price ranges of $6-$22. So okay, my solution to the monetary problem is maybe to eat less or skip onemeal, so that your ravenous hunger en-hances your appreciation for the meal. Ihope this works for you.I have been writing about a food stall I’dlike to see, but I’m very tempted to writeabout food stalls I no longer want to seein NTU. I wonder if they’ll let me.
f you have been paying some atten-tion to this humble little section of asection, you’ll notice that it has fewerarticles than usual. It is inevitable that weall have to deal with ridiculous deadlinesat some time in our lives, but thankful-ly Inverse Food & Travel has been lucky enough to be allocated a good bunchof writers who are wizards in managingtheir time. For the writers who wishedthat they could have been part of this is-sue but unfortunately are too swarmed with work to contribute, thank you toofor the effort since the start of the year.Should you find yourself wanting to con-tribute to our topic this issue after read-ing what our writers have written, do feelfree to write in and share with us whatstalls you’d want to see around school(but no guarantee on our part that you’llbe heard, because this is what top-downauthority is all about yah?)Thank you for reading Inverse! Winifred
Fuel for the night: Al-AzharStraight to the Heart: Botak Jones
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