02 Feb 2013 • 74 reviews • 47 followers
Full post with pics: http://www.alexischeong.com/2013/01/food-review-steam-sia-at-5-hindoo-rd.html
We had the Nonya Chicken Curry
($12.90 for 1, $20.90 for 2) which came on a wooden board with tin and porcelain plate/bowl. This is their famous dish. I must say, perhaps I had my expectations set too high, but I felt like the curry was not warm (perhaps my fault, need to take photos!) nor spicy enough! Perhaps I have been spoiled by the curry my mum cooks, which is perfect. I would think it is slightly pricey to pay $12.90 for a portion though.
The next would be the absolute hit and favorite among all the dishes. The Classic Tom Yum Spaghetti with Seafood
($16.90) was such a surprising combination and done so well, it was hard to resist! If there is one dish you want to have here, have this.
The tom yam sauce was piquant yet creamy to the right degree, filled with little spice notes and does not seem to come out of a package. Drench that on al dente spaghetti pasta and add a few fresh prawns and voila! you have yourself a unique fusion dish.
The signature grilled salmon
($18.90) was the next best dish that day. The salmon was fresh, though slightly overcooked. The salsa was wonderful though in tantalizing your tastebuds and whetting them for the fish.
We also tried the Steam Sia Net Catch platter
($18.90) which had prawns, sotong and mussels, sauteed in coconut white sauce. On the menu it says served with 1/2 a baguette, but since we are tasting the portions are a bit different. This I actually quite liked, but my dining companion's opinions are that the coconut white sauce is a bit too thick and 'gelak' for their liking. Which I can see why. Order this only if you are a huge seafood and coconut fan.
We had the Ribeye Wild Mushroom
($22.90) that's topped with red wine sauce. In a lot of 'Western' places, the vegetables are more for the colour and garnishing than for taste. It is the same here. Not worth it - go to Astons if you want meat instead.
Lastly, the dessert! It's their Waffle with Ice-cream
(with choice of chocolate/vanilla Movenpick ice cream) at $16.90. The waffle looked rather different from the one in the menu (flatter). Unfortunately on that day, the waffle was a bit burnt so I did not enjoy it much. The ice cream was really good though.
You must be wondering - so why is the place called Steam Sia?
From Sue Ann, the friendly assistant marketing manager, we found out that the founding partners of the place originally wanted to do steamed dishes. Then they realized most of their dishes has prawns (sia in mandarin) in them. At the same time, "steam sia" also can refer to the feeling of something that is "shiok" or, feels good. With all that combination came the name Steam Sia.
NOW YOU KNOW!