02 May 2013 • 408 reviews • 13 followers
No matter day or night there had always been diners tucking into plates of Hainanese-style gravy-laden rice. After walking by this coffeeshop a few times we finally popped in to have a try.
The stall offers a wide array of accompaniments, ranging from deep-fried and braised meats, eggs to vegetables. Almost all the dishes came doused in braising sauce or curry sauce, or both. Even the chili sauce wasn’t spared a tiny scoop of curry sauce.
The obligatory pork chop was rather thin to begin with, and it’s further snipped into bite-size pieces (by a pair of scissors of course). The meat was sufficiently tender though the batter had turned soggy and flat. There’s none of the crispness that we were longing for.
On the other hand, the braised pork belly was delish. Not too fatty and the meat was well flavored with hints of aromatic spices.
We also had stewed cabbage. It’s cooked till very soft so the veggie soaked up the sauces really well.
At ten-ish when the food had already been left standing for several hours, it’s probably wise to lay off the deep-fried stuff. This gooey mess of a meal looked slightly off-putting but it would’ve been more delectable if at least the sauces were warm. Our dinner was lacklustre simply because it’s a cold one.
Total damage: $10.80 nett