Far East Square (Opp PWC Building) Singapore 048470 Tel: 6225 6002
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday (Closed on Public Holiday) 11.00 am – 3.00 pm 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm Jurong Superbowl Outlet: No 1 Yuan Ching Road #01-02 Jurong Superbowl Singapore 618640 Tel: 6266 3200 Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday (Closed on Public Holiday) 11.00 am – 3.00 pm 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm
My parents and I visited their Far East Square outlet on Mother’s Day (11 May 2008). Whenever we eat at an Indonesian restaurant, we never fail to order the tahu telor and the avocado dessert. These to us are the representation of local Indonesian food.
We wanted to order the Petai Pedas but sadly they didn’t have it available. So we ended up ordering the Kangkong Belachan (S$8.80), Tahu Telor (S$8.80), Ayam Bali (S$5.80 per piece; we ordered 2 pieces), Cumi Bali (S$13.50), 2 alpukat (S$4.20 each) and 1 chendol and of course, who can forget the rice!.
The food came pretty fast considering it was a lunch-time crowd and on top of that, Mother’s Day! We barely had to wait for more than 15 minutes before the vegetables start arriving.
The level of spiciness in the food is indicated in their menu – 0 spoon means no chilli at all, 1 spoon means not that spicy, 2 spoons mean spicier, etc.
The first to arrive was the Kangkong Belachan. This dish wasn’t too spicy (they only had 1 spoon) which is great coz you’ll have some people who can’t take spicy food. Quite an ordinary dish. I mean you really can’t go wrong with this dish unless you used really lousy belachan to fry the vegetables.
Next came the tahu telor (deep fried bean curd with egg). Again another fail-safe dish. The tahu (bean curd) is soft on the inside and a little bit crunchy on the outside (because of the egg). Not spicy at all. They poured a special sweet sauce over the tahu telor but you don’t really find it overwhelmingly sweet. Wish they could make it a wee bit spicier so you can have the kick!
After a short while, the chicken and the squid arrived. Both were cooked in the same style – bbq with a kind of sauce spread on top of the meat. I find the chicken nice but it was a tad too sweet. Too much of the sweet sauce! Not so crunchy despite being bbq. Tasted more fried rather than bbq.
I love the squid! It was done just nice; you know if you overcooked the squid, it becomes too tough but this was perfect! A bit on the sweet side but not as sweet as the chicken. Pagi Sore also stuffed the tentacles inside the squid before bbq. I don’t know if this made the squid a wee bit juicier but it was good.
The rice…. I love the rice too! Each portion was served wrapped in a banana leaf so that you get the nice fragrance when you unwrap the rice. Somehow, you can never stop at just one portion. Even small eater like me had 1.5! 😛 They charge you S$1.50 for unlimited servings of rice for each person, so if you are a huge rice eater, it’s really worth it.
The belachan… they charge you S$0.30 for each small plate of belachan so don’t be too happy and order as much belachan as you like, thinking it’s free. The belachan is nice BUT not spicy at all! You do get the taste of belachan but somehow, I would have much preferred it to be spicier. No kick if it’s not spicy! However, if you love the belachan here, you can always buy it by the bottle – 230g for S$7 and 380g for S$10.
We had the alpukat (avocado dessert) which is nice but always too sweet! Very thick and I wish they would go easy on the gula melaka (brown sugar) which makes the avocado too sweet. Dad enjoyed his chendol – no bad comments so I guess it must be nice for him. He has a sweet tooth so if you don’t, ask them to go easy on the sugar.
I must say that I am pretty impressed with the service here – very friendly! Mom was even given a stalk of rose after the meal and as a Mother’s Day special, we were each given a bowl of dessert on the house. It was a cold dessert – white fungus, wolfberry and 1 more item I can’t describe (we call it lian zhi but I can’t find the English word for it). Nice but I liked better the one I tried before at Crystal Jade Shanghai Restaurant.
Overall, excellent service and good value for money. We paid something like S$70 for the meal and we felt so stuffed thereafter. Most importantly, my parents love the quality of the food. A definitely will go again restaurant!