A makan session with SG Food on Foot (Derrick), PinkyPiggu (Nicole), Gourmet Adventures and Chosen Glutton: we braved a torrential downpour and entered a place that looked like Malaysia even though the kopitiam is just 10 minutes’ walk from Eunos MRT.
When we were there, many specialities such as salted duck soup and prawns were unavailable and we made do. Derrick observed that the claypot rice (big $20), their specialty, uses long grain, and was fantastic. As for me, I think it was so-so but I’ve to explain. I’ve eaten at many famous claypot rice shops, and I feel that claypot rice is claypot rice, hard to go wrong but hard to be good. The only claypot rice that left an impression was the ABC market one (I heard they moved?). So I’m a critical judge Simon Cowell of the claypot rice world.
Most of the other dishes were better than the average cze char stall. The pork stomach soup ($16) was kickass peppery, the way I like it. Although there wasn’t a taste of coffee in the coffee spare ribs ($15), it was succulent and finger-lickin’ good. The sambal kangkong ($5.50) was fierce, lovin’ the kick. The otah omelette ($6) wasn’t so good when it was cooled but still unique. The ngor hiang ($5) was very well flavored, with crackling skin.
The two dishes that I didn’t quite enjoy were (a) the beautiful and costly BBQ cuttlefish ($21). Coated with a sweet sauce reminiscent of those Indonesian sauce, it was chewy and overcooked; (b) Black vinegar pork ($10) was a tad tough.
The tau suan ($2.60) was a favorite among us, with the mung bean giving a bite to the gooey sugared water.
Derrick and Nicole had been to Le Chasseur at Clarke Quay before it moved to this current location. They felt sad that it used to be a proper restaurant, thriving with a long queue. Now, it’s at a desolated quiet kopitiam. But there is no need to be sad because the food was still good. However, the portions were small. Couldn’t they at least give us 5 ribs instead of 4, seeing that there were 5 of us? Perhaps because we food bloggers are trained to eat, as if eating were an Olympic sport, we were still hungry and unsatisfied after the meal. But the food was good and worth a visit for people living in the East. We paid $21 per person or $105 for five people.
27 Eunos Road 2, Singapore 409387
T: 6337 7677
daily: 11.30am-3pm; 5.30-9.30pm
Rating: 3.258/5 stars
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.