Food picks: Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut, B Burger, Five Ten, Teochew …


You know how food we eat while on holiday seems to ambience better? There are exceptions to that, alas.

On a outing to Bali, a deep-fried steep we had was malleable and dry. What a pity, as a grill environment was gorgeous.

So it is autarchic irony that in fluorescent-lit Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut in Lucky Plaza – clean, fit and friendly, though not pleasing by any widen of a imagination – we find a bebek goreng of my dreams.

Crispy Fried Duck In Green Chilli + Rice ($9.90) delivers in spades. The ornithology boasts phenomenally frail skin and a beef has that silky hardness that comes from a consultant frying of a well-fattened duck.

To go with it, there is cabe ijo, an Indonesian immature chilli condiment. we make my possess during home, though this one has dusty anchovies in it – a tiny fish supplement so most punch to a sambal that we will now supplement them to mine.

Other good things to sequence embody Crispy Duck Skin ($4.90, categorical photo), something to break on before a categorical dishes arrive. The salsa for a salad Gado Gado ($6.50) is peaked with kencur, a kind of galangal that is called cekur here. A sniff always reminds me of a Bali holiday.

All of this food is rich, so sequence Sayur Asam ($4.50) as an antidote. The tamarind soup is installed with crunchy-soft peanuts, corn on a cob, immature beans, cabbage and chunks of chayote. It is a perky, tasty approach to wand off a food coma until we get home and can noise into bed for a prolonged nap.

WHERE: Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut, 01-42/43/44 Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard TEL: 6734-4787 OPEN: 11.30am to 9.30pm daily INFO:


There is no finish of places in Singapore that will offer we a pimped-out burger with some-more trappings than we can chuck a hang at.

B Burger during Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, mercifully, keeps things simple. And delicious.

The splendid new restaurant, partial of a Benjamin Barker Group, that runs menswear stores, faces a lot of foe in a mall, though it can reason a own.

I will sequence a Umami Burger ($7.90) again. Thick slices of deep-fried portobello mushrooms mount in for a beef patty. Fresh-looking lettuce, tomatoes and cheese are standard.

So are daikon pickles, that are flattering most ideal with a burgers on a menu. A nest of shredded nori next a mushrooms reserve combined umami.

B Burger (from $6.90, above) is also basic, though there is zero wrong with that. The puzzling B sauce, that looks like Thousand Island Dressing though tastes distant better, is something we would like to buy in vats.

Again, a daikon pickles supply break and interest. we also like how a patty is baked to medium, with a gloomy glow of pinkish when we punch into it.

Medium-rare would be better, though afterwards we might, perhaps, be seeking too much.

Some gristle in a patty detracts from a eating experience. Fix that and I’ll be vivid a place often, a dinosaur in girl upheaval territory.

WHERE: B Burger, 01-01/01A Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road MRT: Somerset OPEN: Noon to 10pm daily INFO:


What an engaging idea. Open a no-frills restaurant, offer Taiwanese-inspired tiny plates and assign possibly $5 or $10 for any dish. Five Ten in South Bridge Road is not fancy, though it serves good, gratifying comfort food that will not outcome in credit label meltdown.

Its Lu Rou ($10, right), braised pig belly, comes with a thick, silken soya braising salsa and manages not to overcome a taste with richness. Mussels ($10), magnificently boozy from Shao Xing wine, are fat and tender, only a approach they should be.

A special on a day we go is steamed cod ($10) – elementary and good. However, a deep-fried ginger that tops a fish seems to be a default ornament on many of a dishes.

It arrives on Tau Kwa ($5), organisation beancurd deep-fried and served with century egg; and Chicken Hearts ($5). Yes, it addssomething to a dishes, though it can get monotonous. Still, if a duck hearts are on a menu, sequence these flavorful morsels, baked with care.

This pop-up grill is open until a finish of a year.

WHERE: Five Ten, 237 South Bridge Road MRT: Chinatown TEL: 6924-9752 OPEN: 10am to 3pm, 6 to 10pm (Mondays to Saturdays), sealed on Sundays INFO:


I have missed a knobbly sotong balls and pig balls from Teochew Hand Made Squid Ball so much. The case used to be during Maxwell Road food centre, though changed divided dual years ago. My crony found a new plcae and we done tracks.

The squid balls are as good as before, with copiousness of chopped squid. The pig ones are soothing and tender, shower adult some of a flavorful soup they are served in. They are a pleasing textural contrariety to a some-more chewy squid balls.

My crony says a noodles are equitable as good and, one day, we competence sequence a bowl. For now, it is only squid and pig balls in soup ($4, $5.60 or $8) for me.

WHERE: Teochew Hand Made Squid Ball, Pork Ball, Mixed Soup, 01-119 Telok Blangah Crescent Market Food Centre, Block 11 Telok Blangah Crescent MRT: Telok Blangah OPEN: 7.30am to 1.30pm (Thursdays to Tuesdays), sealed on Wednesdays

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