We chanced upon this kampung (a village in Malay) while sourcing around for late-night drinks while around Sunset way. This is my first time around the area and I was really amazed by the setup of this area where each restaurant or cafe their own little decorated verandah seating areas.
First of all, this eye-catching neon sign totally caught our attention while we were searching for a place to settle down for drinks. Lepak one corner is a Singlish description which simply means relax at one corner.
The entire seating area is outdoor as there are no indoor seats. The verandah is covered from the elements by a zinc roof which totally resembles the old Malay village. To further enhance the theme, the pillars are all wrapped in thick ropes and seats are all made of rattan material.
The chef Muhammad Yassin Ng is a Chinese Muslim and has been in the trade for as long as 30 years. He has great passion and experience in the Singapore cuisine, therefore the food you find at Yassin Kampung is a mix between Malay and Chinese cuisine flavours.
The menu is quite extensive with dishes like Chilli crab, crispy oat prawn and buttermilk salted egg yolk chicken and is extremely popular with the young and old. The restaurant is also certified Halal so it is a great place to visit with colleagues and friends who are Muslim. Unfortunately, since we already had dinner, we could only have desserts and drinks and leave the food review to another time.
They have a cake fridge and the variety available is quite interesting like their Ondeh Ondeh cake and gula Melaka cake which is the typical Malay dessert flavours. There are also usual cheesecake and chocolate cakes for selection.
We had the typical drinks which can be found in any coffee shop throughout the island. The lime tea without sugar was refreshing and thirst-quenching while the milo dinosaur was thick and decadent enough. For those who do not know about milo dinosaur, it is basically Asia’s version of chocolate malt drink topped with additional chocolate powder to make it extremely thick and chocolatey.
Next was the Ondeh Ondeh cake which was served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cake was surprising quite light with coconut shavings sprinkled on top. The pandan flavours in the chiffon cake were quite balanced but I found the brown sugar flavours too light. It would have been perfect if the gula Melaka taste was stronger.
Lastly, I had the coconut ice cream served in a coconut husk. The ice cream was topped with sweet corn, coconut flesh, attap seed as well as pandan jelly. This reminds me of our ice kachang ( shaved ice dessert) served at all hawker centres except that it has a scoop of coconut ice cream instead of shaved ice. The dessert is generally ok as it is not overly sweet but I did not find the coconut ice cream extraordinary.
Overall, I loved the atmosphere at Yassin Kampung and observed that the dishes at the next tables were all finished up cleanly which is an indication of delicious food. The desserts and drinks are quite general so I would definitely return for a full meal. The fact that it closes at 12 midnight daily makes it a perfect place to hang out with friends.
Address: 106 Clementi Street 12, #01-56, Singapore 120106
Operating hours: 11 am to 12 am