One could argue that you could get meat anywhere in Singapore. Indeed, you could walk into any supermarket and walk out with several kilos. But what if you need to cook something a little more special? What cuts would you need if you were to say, cook a beef bourguignon for a dinner party? And what if you need to know exactly how long to cook a steak to medium rare for?
That’s where gourmet butchers come in. These purveyors of fine meats have been popping up all over the island and can offer you sound advice, on top of some quality cuts. The best part? They’re found all over our island including some pretty down-to-earth heartland areas. Take your pick below.
Hubers Butchery is one of Singapore’s defining names when it comes to gourmet butchers as afterall, they supply to some of Singapore’s best-known restaurants too. Come by its Dempsey outpost for an unparalleled retail experience with exceptional tasting meat products and a bistro where you can soak in the day. It’s also the only butchery that has barbecue equipment for purchase.
If you know exactly what you need and don’t need the advice of a butcher, then online meat purveyors Sidecar could be what you’re looking for. There’s everything from whole turkey to beef and a range of seafood for you to choose from and even an entire selection of sides to make your meal planning that much easier. Don’t miss its handcrafted sausages and beef pies which have been a hit with homesick Australians living in Singapore.
Carv Artisanal Butchery
Come to Carve Artisanal Butcher in Toa Payoh and leave with more than what you needed as the space offers up a careful curation of meats on top of cooked dishes and even wines. Keep a look out for the ever-popular Kagoshima wagyu and the iberico pork jowl – guaranteed to turn your simple meal into a delicious affair. Don’t leave without picking up some housemade butter as well as quality wines and – if you’re lucky that it’s in stock – sake.
Toa Payoh is not the only heartland area with a gourmet butcher. Clementi has one too, and it serves up premium halal meats to boot. There’s a massive range here to cater to all your needs and the couple who run the space will be more than happy to dole out advice. Need some cuts to elevate your annual rendang? Or how about a plump juciy chicken to make a classic Sunday roast? The Meatery has it all and they pledge to only sell you cuts that are non-GMO, no growth hormones and no antibiotics.
Dry-aged beef has an umami dimension that you just can’t get anywhere else as the technique slowly draws moisture out of the meat but leaving behind plenty of flavour. While you can get these steaks in many restaurants, finding it in a butchery is a little trickier. The technique takes up space and time as it requires special dry-aging equipment. Enter Maturo, which has a range of dry aged cuts of beef for you to choose from. Their cuts are aged for 60 days and range from black angus to USDA super prime.