Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Thai Table

Passed by Thai Table the other day to do take-away Pad Thai, told myself I would have to come back soon to try the food. I need to support Thai restaurants that are coming up near my place so that I could satisfy my Thai food craving as and when it comes knocking at my tummy again. If you have read some of the older posts, you would probably have guessed that my latest food craze is Thai food. K anyway 3 days later and here I am at Thai Table, a 2 months old Thai restaurant near Simpang Bedok. We ordered the set dinner for 2 at $30 and we added $3 for a glass of ice lemongrass tea and a red ruby dessert.

This is the complimentary keropok, unlike most places, this is free!
Complimentary Keropok

Our first dish was the Chicken Feet Salad. I liked the chicken feet salad. The chicken feet has a nice bite to it and the sauce that accompany the salad had the right amount of sourness and spiciness.
Chicken Feet salad

Next was the Tom Yum soup, we requested for the version without coconut milk. I think i would prefered it if it was clearer like the kind you find in Thai Express. There seems to be a hint of tomato in this version. Maybe some would prefer this, but I like my Tom Yum soup with a more obvious taste of Lemongrass and Kaffir Lime leaves and without the sweetness of maybe tomato? Maybe they have adjusted the taste to suit Singaporeans.
Tom Yum soup

The Olive Rice was not bad. In fact i thought it was the best dish.
Olive rice

Next up, mince pork with basil. It was okay if it is eaten together with white rice or even the olive rice, but on its own, it is way too salty, the chef probably added too much soya sauce or fish sauce. An improvement that could be made is by adding more basil leaves. If not it would be just ordinary mince pork.
Mince pork with Basil

Sambal Long beans: Am not a fan of long beans so i cant comment much.
Sambal Long Beans

The last dish was the Chili Prawns. The chili used for the prawns seems to be similar to the one used in the Sambal Long beans... hmmm but well nevertheless it is quite okay. We felt that since there were 2 of us, they should have either given us 2 prawns or 4 prawns. 3 seems to be an awkward number.
Chili Prawns

Finally dessert: Red Ruby. Aye once again, the can coconut milk taste spoil this Thai dessert. I know it is troublesome to have freshly squeeze coconut, but using can coconut milk really spoils the food. Can coconut milk has a weird distinctive smelly coconut oil taste. Hmm not sure if you get what i mean.. but uh well... it is good if one cant tell the difference.
Red Ruby

Overall experience: Not bad, I think it still suffers from some teething problems and is constantly improving based on customers feedback. I gave my feedback about the Basil pork and the Red Ruby, hopefully they would look into it. Service was excellent and attentive. Impressive! I would go back again to give my support for my local community Thai food resturant cos i really do not want to see it fall due to lack of business. This place is one whom i can drop by easily to do take-a-way pad thai and fried rice!

The Thai Table
20 Jalan Pari Burong (near simpang bedok)
opening hours: 11:30-1500, 1730-2200
tel: 64433533

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Big D's Grill revisited

First time visiting Big D's after it had made the move to Holland Drive.
I had the buah Keluak while wei had the Kurabuta pork. We decided to order the Chap Chye to share. Alas I was disappointed, very disappointed with the Buah Keluak. Okay to be fair maybe it was just me, I was not used to the taste, much prefer my mama version of Buah Keluak. The Buah Keluak at Big D's just didnt hit it for me, it is too sweet and there was a hint of coconut, I may be wrong about the 'hint of coconut' but there is just someting that is not right for me. Doesnt have that strong distinctive taste of Buah Keluak. But i guess whatever it is, for $12.90, there was quite a substantial amount of Buah Keluak. We all know that making Buah Keluak is alot of hard work, so well for $12.90 it is quite worth it. But really... it was too sweet! Maybe it would have been better if it was Sambal Ayam Buah Keluak? Instead of a heavy dose of just the nut?
K i shall stop rambling on about Buah Keluak.
I took a cut off Wei's Kurabuta Pork, and i must say i still love it. Tender, sweet (as in meat sweet n not sugar sweet) and juicy. Love the glistening fats that comes coated with the pork. Very nicely grilled, still pinkish n pretty.
Chap Chye was ok. Pretty normal, very home-cooked. But Wei didnt like it, said was too salty. I felt it was kinda overcooked, mashy. BUt yeah... there are many ppl who like chap chye that way.
Because of the unsatfisfying meal and as fate would have it, the XO fishhead staff walked pass our table n i decided to conveniently order a bowl of fish soup. Now.... this is what i call satisfying... This XO fishhead soup really live up to its name, and it still remains as the best fishhead soup in Singapore. Love the obvious, distinctive hint of brandy!

Oh yesh! n guess who was came along and sat beside us during our meal?? Bobby Chinn from World Cafe Asia!!!! haa if only he could erm recruit me and get me to be his food taster. U know like go around the world to reccee the place n eat?

Yeah we did strike up a mini conversation like this:

Me: Oh yeah the chap chye is not from the fishhead stall, it is from Big D.
Bobby: ok (ordered his fish head soup and went to Big D to order chap chye)
Wei and I: (after he ordered his chap chye) Oh actually the chap chye is not very good!
Bobby: Oww why didnt u say so earlier! it cost be $12.90!


Big D
Blk 46 Holland Drive (9662 7040)
Opening hours: 1200-200, 6:30 - 9:30 (Closed for lunch on Thu)

XO Fishhead soup (same cofffee shop)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Mei Tai Ramen

Skipped to Mei Tai Ramen quite a few months back for its famous bowl or Ramen. This is the menu... apparently it uses some pork bone as stock for the soup. Brewed for many many hours.
Origin of the Ramen
Here is my yummy bowl of Ramen. It is good! very delicious. Love the soup base.
Tonkotsu Ramen

Men Tai Ramen
61 Robinson Road
Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00, 18:00-22:00
Close on Sat, Sun and Public Holidays