8 Restaurants To Try Impossible Foods
It may seem a little bit of a stretch to imagine a 100 per cent plant-based alternative to beef that in fact taste like everyone’s favourite red meat. But if it’s good enough for an internationally renowned modern steakhouse like Cut By Wolfgang Puck, then the folks at Impossible Foods—the California-based company behind the ground-breaking Impossible Burger that stars this meat-free “meat”—must be doing something right.
The restaurant’s executive chef and California native Joshua Brown said, “Over the years, we have evolved our menu to include chicken and fish beyond our signature steaks, in response to increasing demand for variety from our diners.” The restaurant is one of the latest establishments to feature this meat alternative on its regular menu, in the form of the aptly named Impossible Sliders, which Brown shared, “is an extension of our diverse offerings, providing a great alternative for meat-lovers looking to offset their meat intake, while still enjoying the flavours of beef”. These took their place on the menu only today (March 7) following the Impossible Foods’ first public preview of its improved plant-based meat at Lau Pa Sat on March 6 that drew a crowd of about 500.
The Impossible Burger debuted in 2016 at Momofuku Nishi, the New York City restaurant of chef David Chang—the one visionary many believed had the bravado and reputation for the unexpected to pull off something as bold as this. But these eight Singapore restaurants are featuring an upgraded version, which was launched in January this year. The new recipe contains no gluten, animal hormones or antibiotics, and is also kosher and halal-certified.
The key ingredient, though, is heme, an iron-containing molecule found in every living organism, plants and animals, that scientists at Impossible Foods discovered is the source of the meaty flavour of beef, evidenced in the abundance of heme found in animal muscle. The Impossible Burger gets its heme from the protein soy leghemoglobin, which is naturally found in soy roots. Impossible Foods produces soy leghemoglobin through genetic engineering and fermentation.
“Singaporeans are blessed with and obsessed with great food,” said Pat Brown, CEO and Founder of Impossible Foods. “They’re among the world’s most demanding gourmets, and I’m sure the region’s chefs will rise to the occasion and create the world’s most imaginative ‘Impossible dishes’ yet.”
Prefer your proof in pudding? Well, if you like your beef or simply crave a taste of the possible future of food, here’s a quick rundown of places to check out for a fair assessment.
This restaurant by The Prive Group is located at the Asian Civilisations Museum and offers traditional Chinese cuisine designed by executive head chef Ricky Leung. The menu also includes a few inspired Impossible appetisers, namely the Impossible Crispy Pancakes with Chinese chives; the pan-fried Impossible Gyoza; and the Black Pepper Impossible Meatball Skewers. More substantial options for the main course are the Sichuan Mapo Tofu with Impossible Meat and the creatively named Dragon’s Breath Fried Kuay Teow with Impossible Meatballs.
Empress | 1 Empress Place, 01-03 Asian Civilisations Museum S(179555) | 6776 0777
2/7Bread Street Kitchen
There are three Impossible dishes to try here. The first, The Impossible Flatbread (pictured), features plant-based meat chunks, caramelised onions, walnuts and rocket pesto. Then there’s the restaurant’s rendition of The Impossible Burger, comprising a 7-ounce patty, Monterey Jack Cheese and smoked bacon ketchup to finish. It’s served with a house-favourite crispy chips on the side, and patrons can also choose to add a slice of the patty to any salad on the menu. The third dish is The Impossible Wellington. This spin on Bread Street Kitchen’s iconic Beef Wellington features a juicy seared plant-based meat centre, enveloped in layers of herb crepe and duxelles, and finished with a crisp crust baked to perfection. The dish is served with a side of mash potatoes, and carrots glazed with red wine jus.
3/7Park Bench Deli
This specialty sandwich shop, which boasts a strong focus on high-quality ingredients, has found this Impossible meat alternative worthy of a feature, in the form of the Impossible Patty Melt. In fact, chef Andrei Soen has decided that it will replace their existing Patty Melt, which is made using actual ground beef. Now that's confidence!
Park Bench Deli | 79 Telok Ayer St, S(068627) | 6815 4600
Here is where you can dig into group executive chef Robin Ho’s Juicy Lucy Impossible Meatball Spaghetti in a tomato ragu; the Impossible Satay Sliders, served with mango, cucumber and red onion; and the Nothing is Impossible Beef Cheeseburger, which is part of a kids set meal that includes fries, a choice of dessert and drink.
Privé Orchard | 01-K1 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Rd S(238880) | 6776 0777
5/7Adrift by David Myers
Executive Chef Wayne Brown decided that the best way savour its qualities is via the Impossible Sausage Roll— a juicy plant-based sausage spiced with fennel, nutmeg, garlic and onion, wrapped in puff pastry and baked to golden perfection. Have it plain or dipped in the house-made tomato ketchup.
6/7Cut by Wolfgang Puck
The Impossible Sliders is a remake of the restaurant’s signature Mini Kobe beef sliders. It features a grilled patty, cooked medium-rare, packed between two mini brioche buns with smoked shallot jalapeno marmalade, garlic aioli, ketchup and house-made sweet pickles.
7/7Potato Head Singapore and Three Buns Quayside
Group executive chef Adam Penney has created two spanking-new burgers that are available at both Potato Head Singapore and its specialty burger and cocktails joint located at the Quayside. The Impossible Dream is made with XO mayo, cheddar cheese, tomato, ketchup, onion marmalade and a sprinkle of bawang goreng (fried shallots). The other burger is dubbed the Impossible Cheddar and features double ketchup, cheddar cheese and onion puree, topped with cucumber and jalapeño pickles.
Potato Head Singapore | 36 Keong Saik Road, S(089143) | 6327 1939
Three Buns Quayside | 60 Robertson Quay, 01-01 S(238252) | 6909 7838