PasarBella is a covered market selling an eclectic mix of organic vegetables, fresh seafood, soy candles and shabby chic furniture. The first time I went there, I didn’t buy anything because I went in the evening. This time, I made a trip in the day, which is the best time to go because all the stalls are open. I wanted to get my hands on good meat and cheese and I wasn’t disappointed.
My first stop was to James’ Butchery & Co.
“They have free-range meat!” I squealed in delight. There was also pasture-fed meat, which means that grass and other forage make up most of the animals’ diet.
We bought free-range beef and oxtail meat to make broth.
Our next stop was to The Providore, which specialised in artisanal cheese and charcuterie, as well as dips and olives. We bought some salami (not pictured here).
Apart from a deli, The Providore also has a dry goods section selling herbs and coconut-based products.
And for all the paleo people out there looking for coconut products but don’t want to order online from CocoNuture you can get your oil, flour and sugar from PasarBella.
Next up was The Cheese Ark, which was located in a temperature controlled room in an obscure part of PasarBella. The moment you step in, the smell of pungent cheese assaults your senses. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
Apart from cheese, The Cheese Ark also sells goat’s milk from local goat farm Hay Dairies. Goat’s milk may be better for people who have trouble digesting cow’s milk because it contains less lactose (milk sugar). In any case, your milk cannot get any fresher than this because Hay Dairies is located in Lim Chu Kang.
We bought 100 grams of buffalo cheese for about $15.
Apart from meat and cheese, there were also stalls selling organic vegetables. I always feel that the healthiest and most environmentally conscious way to eat vegetables is to eat local most of the time. So I was happy to skip the vegetable sections that imported Australian or American greens.
This is my haul from PasarBella consisting of free-range beef and oxtail meat, buffalo cheese, salami and (not so healthy) Cornish ginger ale.
That very evening, we made a stew using the free-range beef. The meat was so good it melted in my mouth.
PasarBella @ The Grandstand Bukit Timah
200 Turf Club Road Singapore 287994
Stalls : 9.30am to 7pm
Restaurants: 10am to 10pm