Monday, December 8, 2008

finally! a post.

wow, the last time i actually blogged about food was on 21st july. i suddenly realised that my blog actually has a trickle of readers and i apologise for the crappy posts that kinda undermined the spirit of snaps and bites. i promise to be back, more vivacious and sassier than ever! ;)

we're on the good food adventure trail!

so anyway, i decided to bring father and mother chew for a good meal over the weekend to thank them for their neverending love and support, especially over the past months. wanted to have some crab tanghoon at ya kwang, only to find out upon arrival that jason the ex-SIA-steward-turned-chef is no longer there.

my pamalee minus a maldives sis

refusing to spend money on lousy food, we drove from geylang to the paramount hotel for some tung lok delights, but got turned away because it was fully booked for the night. what a food adventure the evening was turning out to be! undaunted, we decided to head further down to katong to sniff out good eateries. great instincts and a grumbling tummy led us to kim choo's kitchen for some peranakan lovin'.

this is not in response to the latest mediacorp drama *eww*

kanon's on sick leave with symptoms of slow response and poor focal ability, boo! =( think i'll have to bring it to the doc soon. so please bear with the photos and just focus on the food okkk! here goes...

the queen and her menu

unsurprisingly, the restaurant was decked out in peranakan decor, like a casual cafe. it even has a peranakan museum of sorts beside it. we were served yummy achar as an appetiser. the little saucer of sambal chilli beside it was power packed shiokness!

achar and sambal chilli

meatball soup ($12)

we ordered fish maw soup but they got our order wrong and came with some meatball soup with topshell. the soup was light and refreshing, i liked it very much though i think it's a little too pricey. the sambal petai (aka smelly beans!) is a famous peranakan dish. not everyone will appreciate it as the beans supposedly have a bitter aftertaste, though i didn't taste any bitterness and i LOVED the sambal to bits. this was my favourite dish of the evening hands down.

i lub sambal petai ($8)

ngoh hiong ($8)

my mum orders ngoh hiong everywhere she goes, and she was pretty impressed by the ones sold here. i think the fact that they used really fresh ingredients made it a winner. the egg omelette was normal though the seafood used was really fresh too.

seafood egg omelette ($6)

babi pongteh ($8)

i ordered the babi pongteh because the peranakans do this dish magically. the gravy is like oooh-la-la! my parents really liked this dish too. my only gripe was that the meat could be a little more tender and i prefer the one at chilli padi's nonya buffet better.

the chendol is s.u.p.e.r.b. even i don't drink chendol much and i know on first sip that this is good stuff. it's also got the ten thumbs up from my dad who's a chendol fan. he claims that it's exactly the same as the one he had when he was a child and that they don't sell chendol like this outside nowadays. i think it's because they use gula melaka instead of cane sugar, which made it extremely flavourful without the sickening sweetness chendol often has.

charming chendol ($3.50)

the bill came up to $55 in all for the three of us, which i thought was pretty worth it except maybe for the soup. we had a blessed evening together, and seeing the satisfied looks on the two chews' faces made it money absolutely well spent. =)

kim choo's kitchen
109/111 east coast road
tel: 67412125

on a sidenote, check out my winnings at poker last night!

now, i'd be happier if they were real cash.

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