Southeast Asian

Southeast Asian

Featuring Godmama, Pho Stop, Don Lechon, Riverside Indonesian BBQ (Plaza Singapura), Mrs Pho House (Rangoon Road), MỘC Cottage, Leslie’s Restaurant, Moonstone, Max's Restaurant, Soi Thai Soi Nice (Raffles City)
Gladys Tan
Gladys Tan

We tried the Fried Boneless Bangus ($16.80), which is deep-fried marinated milkfish. The milkfish is fresh and tender, and the skin is crispy and fragrant. The vinegar and garlic dip cuts through the greasiness and adds a refreshing tang to the dish.

We had Pinakbet Tagalog ($12.80), which is bitter gourd, long bean, eggplant, squash and kangkong sautéed with pork, shrimp and bagoong (fermented fish). The vegetable stew is flavourful, savoury and packed with umami - it goes really well with rice!

For dessert, we had homemade silken coconut panna cotta served with pulut hitam (black glutinous rice) and coconut crumble. I felt that the fragrance and flavour of each component did not really come through fully and this fell a little flat for me.

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The braised mixed vegetables, beancurd skin and mushrooms is not bad, but I felt that it could have been more flavourful.

I am a fan of buah keluak and this dish did not disappoint. The chicken is tender and thoroughly infused with the nuttiness and fragrance of the buah keluak, lengkuas (blue ginger) and turmeric.

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This is definitely the star of the show for me🤩 The pork belly is simmered in an aromatic tamarind (assam) stew and it melts in your mouth instantly. This is super appetising and soooo good with rice.

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I like that the emping chips are served warm and the crispy and slightly bitter chips are a perfect match with the homemade belacan mayo.

The fresh prawn, minced meat and water chestnut filling is well-seasoned, wrapped in beancurd skin and fried till crispy. This is really tasty, especially with the sweet sauce served on the side.

Sinigang is a sour soup cooked with tamarind (Assam) and the soup at Don Lechon is really sour. While it can be a little overbearing on its own, it does help to cut through the grease and strong flavours of the other dishes and it quite appetising. The milkfish is fresh, soft and not fishy at all.

Sisig is a dish that I will always order at a Filipino restaurant and this version consists of chopped lechon and onions on a sizzling hot plate. The runny egg ties all the chopped ingredients together and the acidity from the lime brings balance to the dish.

Bopis is not for the faint-hearted as it is actually chopped pig’s lung and heart stewed in a rich and savoury sauce. There is no funny pork taste, the pork offal has a nice chew and this flavourful dish goes very well with rice too.

Each piece of roast pork is thick, tender, juicy and surprisingly not too oily. The skin is super crispy and the pork is full of flavour. It comes with a sweet and savoury dipping sauce and this combination goes so well with rice. Hands down my favourite dish of the night, and possibly my favourite version of roast pork in recent times🤤

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