Fast casual Chinese chain Liang Sandwich Bar is opening its first stall in Singapore tomorrow, and it’s a takeaway kiosk at the basement of VivoCity. (Just one more choice to add to the already-huge selection of eateries plaguing the undecided.)
You’ve probably heard this name before — the brand has expanded to more than 12,000 outlets across China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, the US, and Canada since its Shanghai launch in 2004. Also ’cause it’s been “endorsed” by Mandopop king Jay Chou, as well as Chinese actress Meng Li, though everyone seems to focus more on the Taiwanese musician’s association with the brand.
Anyway, for those in the dark, this “no pork no lard” joint isn’t actually a sandwich place in the strictest sense. Instead of bread, its meat and veg stuffings are wrapped, taco-style, with a crispy scallion pancake. And the prices are pretty decent, too.
For $2.50, you can get a plain one, or $3 with egg. Fork out $3.90, and you can get the cheese and egg, chicken ham and egg, or mushroom and egg sandwiches, while the black pepper vegan patty, tuna mayo, and chicken floss renditions will set you back an extra dollar.
The priciest option is what’s said to be Chou’s favorite (of course) — a scallion pancake filled with smoked chicken, egg, and veggies ($5.90).
The Chou obsession doesn’t stop there. If you get a hot beverage ($2.90) — the menu includes coffee soya and black tea soya — then you’ll get a takeaway cup plastered with the face of the man himself. Cold drinks ($2) like lemon, peach, or honey green tea, however, are served in regular plastic cups.
Also – if you’re in the area this weekend, here’s a tip — they’re celebrating their official opening by giving out free sandwiches to the first 100 people who visit on each day.
Liang Sandwich Bar is at #B2-K22 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk.