Southeast Asian

Southeast Asian

Featuring IVINS Peranakan Restaurant (Binjai Park), Godmama (Funan), Pho Stop (Downtown Gallery), Gerry's Grill, Don Lechon, Mrs Pho House (Rangoon Road), Riverside Indonesian BBQ (Plaza Singapura), MỘC Cottage, Bami Express (Tanjong Pagar Plaza), Leslie’s Restaurant
Gladys Tan
Gladys Tan

Bami Express is a small eatery at Tanjong Pagar Plaza (#02-02) that specialises in bánh mì, or Vietnamese baguette. I had the Bami Sai Gon ($5.50) which came with pork ham, stewed pork, chicken liver pate and chicken floss. The freshly made baguette is warm, soft and airy on the inside, and crispy and crackly on the outside. I omitted the cucumber and cilantro for personal preference (opps😅) but the pickled carrots and radish is quite refreshing. Yay to a tasty and wallet-friendly lunch!

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Had a Peranakan feast at Ivins Peranakan Restaurant at 19/21 Binjai Park and we ordered:
▪️Garam Assam Fish Head ($27 - 3 to 4 pax)
▪️Ayam Buah Keluak ($8.20)
▪️Babi Pongteh ($7.50)
▪️Nyonya Chap Chye ($6.20)
▪️Fried Ngo Hiang ($6)
▪️Sotong Hitam ($7.20)
▪️Egg Fuyong ($5.70)
▪️Terong Goreng Chilli ($5.50)
▪️Chendol ($1.50)

One of my favourite dishes of the night is the Garam Assam Fish Head which is 1/2 fish head served in spicy tamarind gravy. The gravy has just the right balance of spicy, tangy and sweet notes, and it goes s ppl o well with rice.

Ayam Buah Keluak is my all-time-favourite in any Peranakan restaurant and I love digging out and savouring the flavourful flesh of the buah keluak.

The sauce of the Babi Pongteh is a tad sweet for me, but the braised pork belly literally melts in your mouth. The Chap Chye is decent as well.

Two of the dishes were unexpectedly good. Sotong Hitam features stir fried squid with black ink sauce and cut chilli and this is actually full of flavour with a hint of smokiness. The squid is tender as well. The Terong Goreng Chilli looks like a simple eggplant topped with chilli but the chilli is actually very aromatic and it is not too spicy.

Overall, I enjoyed the food and it was pretty satisfying. Do note that each item is quite small, so if the group is large, you might have to order double portions of each item.

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Sadly, the Salted Lava Egg Crab Fried Rice ($15.90) was on the disappointing end of the stick. I’m not sure if it was because of how epic this looked, but the taste was rather underwhelming~ It wasn’t as flavourful and aromatic as I imagined it to be, and there wasn’t much wok-hey.

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Not to exaggerate, but the Yum Mama Grilled Pork Collar ($19.90) is PHENOMENAL. This warm salad features grilled pork collar on top of a bed of Thai instant noodles tossed in a super spicy and tangy sauce. The thinly sliced pork collar is grilled to perfection and it is one of the most tender pork I have ever eaten. Each piece is moist, fragrant and packed with umami, and the acidity of the sauce helps to balance out the grease. The sauce, however, is too spicy for me (had to order a 2nd cup of Thai milk tea🥵) - wished I opted for the non-spicy option! Nonetheless, that did not deter me from finishing everything on the plate - so good!

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Yum Prawn ($24.90) is a Thai salad comprising raw and cooked prawns drizzled in a tangy and aromatic dressing. I was slightly intimidated by the idea of raw prawns initially but they turned out fresh and sweet, and the cooked prawns are big and crunchy as well. This is great for sharing as there is a lot of prawns in this.

The Chang Noodle Bar is an authentic Thai eatery at Golden Mile Complex that serves up a mean bowl of Thai boat noodle. We ordered the Hot Pot Pork Boat Noodle Set ($22.90) which comes with pork slices, pork belly, pork liver, meat balls and vegetables in a sweet, herby and flavourful broth that you can ladle over the noodles of your choice (we chose Thai noodle and egg noodle). We opted for the spicy version and the soup is actually a lot more fiery than it seems - glad I had a glass of Thai Milk Tea (thumbs up for not being too sweet) to keep the heat at bay😅 This is one shiok and satisfying bowl of boat noodle!

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We also ordered Green Curry Chicken ($18) and Tom Yum Red Seafood Soup ($16). I wished there were more ingredients for both. The green curry is rich and flavourful and it goes really well with rice. The Tom Yum soup was too salty for my liking, but I must say that the prawns are very fresh.

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The Pork Larb ($15) is an E-Saan style minced meat salad tossed with mint leaves, chilli powder, shallots and roasted rice. This is savoury, tangy and appetising.

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I didn’t expect the Olive Chicken Fried Rice ($13) to be so full of wok hei! The olive flavour is very prominent, the chicken pieces are tender and the papaya salad served on the side helps to keep the oiliness at bay - surprisingly delicious!

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For vegetables, I always order Pinakbet ($13) because it consists all my favourite non-leafy vegetables like eggplant, bitter gourd and long bean sautéed in garlic and shrimp paste. This is very flavourful and it goes very well with rice.

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The Grilled Squid ($21) is soft and tender with a delicious glaze and a hint of smokiness. The portion is very generous too.

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I have not had Sugba Kilaw ($19.50) before and I’m so glad I tried it. This dish is Philippine’s version of ceviche and it comprises of grilled pork belly on top of a bed of cured raw Mackerel with ginger, onion, green chilli, lime and vinegar. The pork belly has a good balance of fats and meat, is grilled to perfection and it goes very well with the tangy and refreshing cured fish. I give this an A for Appetising!

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