As far as my poor memory can remember, the first time I had Singaporean cuisine was when we were in Singapore last 2010. I have been hearing about the wonder that is Hainanese Chicken Rice and how much of a “must-try” Singaporean dish it was. So during our trip there we made sure that we get to try it. And I’m glad we did!
Thankfully, Singaporean restaurants are slowly emerging here in the Metro, and a recent that just launched was My Singapore Food Street (Formerly Orchard Road) in Megamall. Thankfully, Richie again had work so it was me again who ended up trying their scrumptious Singaporean meals! (I’m kidding hun! Of course it’s more fun when we’re together. But you have to control yourself from eating the food first before I take a picture!)
Unfortunately I never got to try Orchard Road, but I remember it looking like one of the Singaporean Hawker food courts that we visited in the Lion City. Now that it is relaunched as "My Singapore Food Street", they changed the interiors too. It looks brighter, simpler, yet classy. And in Singaporean fashion.. very clean!
Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by the sight of their open kitchen where you can see all the action. This top chef right here was having fun playing with fire (so to speak hehehe). It’s quite entertaining! I love open kitchens because it’s a testament to how clean it is. Let’s face it, they wouldn't have their kitchen on display if it weren't so spic and span. I’m not saying all restaurants with closed kitchens are filthy. But you know what I mean.
There were a lot of people that day because of the grand launching. It was hard not to stare at the beautiful Asian TV personality/celebrity chef / model Vivien Tan who also happens to be one of the owners of My Singapore Food Street (okay from here on end I will just call it MSFS hehe) along with Singaporean Food Culture and business entrepreneur Jean Henri Lhuillier.
It was a crazy media day. Cameras of TV networks and photographers were everywhere. But despite the tons of people that were present, the kitchen managed to get all the orders of the media people and the regular walk-in customers out. So far so good! Moving on to the food!
I’m quite a fan of fried stuff with sweet and chili dip. So needless to say I enjoyed their Croquettes (P80) and Shanghai Roll (P100). The Shanghai Roll was fried perfectly with the insides still juicy and cooked to perfection. For the Croquettes, the potatoes were soft and flavorful. It was a nice touch to have spinach inside! So in a way you won’t feel 99.5% guilty of devouring more than one. You can defend yourself by saying you’re eating spinach hehehe.
The star of any Singaporean restaurant, the Hainanese Chicken (P195). It is served with soup, and rice (duh). The three BFFs of the Hainanese Chicken are the three sauces already preset in each table. The chili sauce, pounded ginger, and oyster sauce. Mix all of these together and you've got a winner! For me though the chicken itself could use a bit more juiciness. And maybe chicken stock poured over the rice? I’m no chef. Just thinking out loud. Hehehe. You can also order a solo rice topping of this for only P99.
The term Nasi Goreng is actually Indonesian for “fried rice”. MSFS’s Nasi Goreng (P175) is quite good if you like fried rice with a hint of sweet and a dash of spiciness. The scrambled eggs kind of balances out the heat from the rice.
|Perfect combination of spice and coconut sweetness|
And like a sweet ending to a savory story, the meal was capped off with the much anticipated Frozen Milo Dinosaur (P110)! It’s one of my favorite desert drink that I was introduced to during our trip in SG. It’s basically a Milo shake with Milo powder dumped on top and drizzled with a bit of chocolate syrup. But this one honestly was a bit too sweet for me. I would lessen the sugar a bit. But still it was a wonderful drink treat nonetheless! (Disclaimer: Picture is smaller than the normal serving)
Other dishes that we would love to go back for are :
|5 Spice Tofu|
MSFS's Special Kopi Tarik
|Special Production Number bought to you by Kopi Tarik P75|