Shortly before the Circuit Breaker was implemented, I had a most wonderful brunch at So when Chef-owner Dillon and his wife Chef Lulu launched their Takeaway Menu, I was eager to try it. The reason I was particularly drawn to the dishes in this menu (sorry, today’s the last day for it and they’ve already sold out), was the abundance of aromatics featured in them. And I do love my aromatics.

Here’s what I ordered and thoroughly enjoyed:

1. Empress Chicken "Ayam Ungkep" - Extremely fragrant roasted boneless chicken rubbed with turmeric & fennel, and topped with bunga kantan and shallot sambal, it is a feast for the eyes and a thrill on the palate.

2. Kurobuta Pork Cheek Curry - The meat was braised till melt-in-the-mouth in a mild curry redolent in an unusual but appealing blend of peppercorn, cardamon, clove & shaoxing wine curry. So glad it came with Homemade Fried Buns to mop up every bit of that tasty gravy.

3. Kale Ulam Salad - If everyone can make kale taste this delicious, I would eat it much more often. Dressed with herbs and spices from a traditional nasi ulam recipe, as well as mushroom garum and calamansi juice, the locally-grown kale from @susteniragriculture was a revelation.

4. Signature Nasi Liwet - Made from stewing Koshihikari rice with bits of fried salted threadfin, petai (my fave!) and alliums, the result was a fragrant, fluffy, flavourful, multi-textural carb dish that’s wonderful enough to be enjoyed on its own.

Chef Dillon was also kind enough to include these two dishes appearing in next week’s menu:

1. Squid and Quail’s Egg in Sambal - The perfectly cooked squid (even grandparents would have no problem enjoying it), and the sambal in which it was gently braised, along with the mini eggs, was a lip-smacking roasted chilli and tumeric leaf blend that’s not too spicy at all. Shiokness.

2. Tuscan Kale Gulai - Featuring another produce from @susteniragriculture, the dark leaves were stewed in Gulai - a fragrant, more-liquid-than-paste style of curry found at Nasi Padang stalls. This was concocted from salted fish, galangal and juices from ayam ungkep. And it was DA BOMB!!

I suggest you keep your eyes peeled for news on the next Takeaway Menu by following on Instagram because from what I can see, they sell out fast.

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