The Bratwurst Shop at Plaza Singapura

collagePlaza Singapura holds a special place in my heart. This is where something spectacular happened in the 70’s.

Built in 1974, this was Singapore’s first Multi-storey Shopping Mall in Orchard Road. What made it popular was the opening of Yaohan, a large Japanese supermarket chain that started in 1928 with a small provision shop.

At that time, Singaporeans were still in awe at the spanking new stores: Yaohan, Yamaha, Swee Lee and the vaguely "Nonya" sculptures.

What was spectacular, to me, was that someone had the brilliant idea of combining two of a Singaporean’s greatest passions: Eating and Shopping.

What a concept, eating finger food while shopping; Can anyone say "An Pan Bun"?

Well, Yaohan collapsed in 1997 under crushing debt and Plaza Singapura underwent a major facelift. Now it is replaced by generic stores that you can find in any other shopping centre in the outlying areas like Woodlands.

Even though it is the nexus point for the MRT, the term "Lo Po" (Going to Town) no longer holds the kind of magic it did.

Anyway, I was supposed to meet 143 for Peking Duck at Lao Beijing. It was a beautiful day for me as I left work and caught a cab. I actually saw the sun set.

There is a very old and famous saying "Man plans, God laughs"; 143 was about to leave for dinner when a phone call arrived that requested her immediate attention.

Visions of lovely Peking Duck dissolved in a cloud of gloom and despair. Oh yes, the absence of 143 pissed me off too.

I was then tasked to buy portable dinner so that we can eat at the empty floor space at her workplace. That brought back happy memories when we were poor and could not afford restaurants and made do with packet meals sitting on a convenient floor somewhere.

Daschie: She’s not high-maintenance. ;P

Now that we were less poor, I decided to look for something more pleasant. To eat, of course.

To my despair, there was nothing that caught my eye. Generic fried foodstuff that have precious little to do with taste were legion.

It was then, in the sea of mediocrity, that I sniffed out Tea Eggs. Ah… Eu Yang Sang in the 2nd Basement of Plaza Singapura does great tea eggs. It was there where I heard the sizzling of sausages and onions opposite Eu Yang Sang.

RIMG0028 Grill

Yes! Finally a place worthy of dinner. So it was a matter of waiting for them sausages to be ready. By that time, 143 managed to get away for a while, ran down and met me at the stall for dinner.

It was small and crowded where the dining table consisted of a 2×10 plank. Lot’s of reading material though.


Apparently, they are related to the famous The Bratwurst Shop at Shop 99 in the Deli section of  the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia. Apparently, the owner of the Singapore branch worked there for a time and decided to open one in Singapore with the original owner’s blessing.

I ordered two spicy pork and beef bratwurst and got 143 a black pepper pork one. It’s around $4 per bratwurst and it is served in a nicely toasted Foccacia bun with Mustard. No horseradish was available though. Alas.

Spicy Pork

You have to trust me on the black pepper pork one. I didn’t take photos of that on account of that it was not mine to take. 😉

The Bratwurst was wonderfully crunchy and flavourful. The taut skin gave had a very satisfying snap as you bite into it. The onions were done just the way I like them: Soft, sweet and plentiful.

Spicy Pork

The sausages are made at a local gourmet butcher using the Bratwurst Shop’s secret recipe. It is very rare to taste real pork and beef in a sausage at a stall.

This is the real thing. And it is a very very good thing.

Additional ingredients like fried onions, mushrooms, cheese etc are available at a miniscule price (20 cents for onions). I didn’t try the sauerkraut (served as a side, not an option) as I am not partial to it.

For coffee lovers, the Grinder’s coffee they serve is pretty good with a nice head of crema that says it’s a good thing.

All in all, after being filled and warmed-up by the Bratwurst, I had a good time explaining the practical uses of phase-inverted soundwaves and why an old air-conditioner that hums and rattles is a great white noise generator.

And how a certain someone dear to me can make all the noise she wants with me.

Spicy Pork

The Bratwurst Shop can be found in a stall just outside of Eu Yang Sang. Just follow the wholesome scent of tea eggs wafting through the second basement of Plaza Singapura. And stay off the generics.

Posted on 10th Jun 2006 in Food and Drink


There Are 15 Comments


gurge commented on June 11, 2006 at 12:19 am

haha coming recently from switzerland, the swiss insist on eating it one hand holding bratwurst, the other just a piece of bread. and as my groupmate scolded us and our german groupmate for ruining the bratwurst with mustard which apparently is a big nono! watching my swiss groupmate arguing with my german groupmate about bratwursts was darned funny 😀


mrs budak commented on June 11, 2006 at 1:32 pm

The original at Melbourne is, of course, much much better. Standing at the counter at QVM, scoffing down the overflowing bratwurst sandwich and drinking hot coffee during winter… hmm…


budak commented on June 11, 2006 at 4:44 pm

i wan a currywurst!:O


umami commented on June 11, 2006 at 5:52 pm

I can’t sleep without the a/c, I need the white noise (now I know what you call it) that it makes, especially the old single unit types.


ivan commented on June 12, 2006 at 12:26 am

@gurge: Fortunately there weren’t any Argentinians there. Their Gauchos eat both the bread and sausage gripped in one hand on opposite ends. Condiment optional.

@mrs budak: A meal with a loved one is even more enjoyable anywhere, anytime.

@budak: Currywurst is for wusses. Go look for our very own Devil’s Curry.

@umami: I know what you mean. I cannot sleep in a totally quiet room. I always feel that there is someone staring at me.


budak commented on June 12, 2006 at 11:13 am

i wan a Jaegerschnitzel!


ivan commented on June 12, 2006 at 4:44 pm

Wouldn’t it violate your ethics to have one?


budak commented on June 12, 2006 at 7:27 pm

i oso wan some sauerkraut!


ivan commented on June 13, 2006 at 12:14 am

That’s easy, just tell the nearst German that they lost the last World Cup.


dachsie commented on June 14, 2006 at 2:50 pm

Hey ya.. i just remembered again, there’s a new coffee place to check out along neil road called the Vienna Coffeehouse or something. Will check it out sometime this week and let you know! they do food too!


ivan commented on June 14, 2006 at 4:03 pm

Yes. Let us know and do post more Aunty photos too.



budak commented on June 14, 2006 at 7:40 pm

we been there liao. not that fantastic i find.. but then, i picky duck.


ivan commented on June 14, 2006 at 11:31 pm



albert commented on June 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm

i came across this shop 4 times and pick wrong order TWICE. And bought a room temperature root beer from the fridge. Fridge not cold, the service is bad, the FOOD IS GOOD but can’t make it… they r just like lousy cheater think that they can earn extra money


Ivan commented on June 14, 2008 at 3:55 pm

@albert: The Bratwurst Shop specializes in sausages and not root beer, so I don’t think it was a deliberate attempt to cheat you out of a cold root beer by giving you a warm root beer. Or at least that’s what I think you are trying to say here. 🙂

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