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Steam Sia, as the name suggests, isn’t quite your usual modern bistro bar. Located in the heart of Serangoon Road, Steam Sia is presented with a simple idea in mind - to live in retrospect of the past.
Kudos to the HGW team for organizing & inviting me for the review session. Let it be known that they are located on the stretch along Serangoon Road, and not Jalan Besar. Steam Sia is a relatively new establishment, but not without a legacy to boast. The founders are touted to be the preferred food caterers for a good number of drink holes on this island. Naturally, the founders decided to plant a front in the dining scene in Little India, to offer a contrast in the variety of food for visitors patronizing the precinct. Concept: I believe the décor & furnishing speaks for itself, they brought in the nostalgia & indie factor. Decked with; defunct old school objects of desire, marble top tables, reconditioned or fabricated old school chairs etc. This joint operates daily from 1000hrs till 0300hrs daily, so it addresses the hunger pangs of any who fancy a brunch, a proper lunch/ dinner, or even supper! The tiny and thin menu may seem a little humble for impression, the variety of dishes to choose from seemed limited, but what they fall short in quantity, be rest assured they bowl you over with quality, and for very affordable prices. Of the lot, I’ll make honorable mention for the following: Prawn Skewers (with red pepper and capsicum) – for starters was somewhat impressive. The prawns were big… enough to embarrass oneself if one refused to share it. flame grilled or baked, I’m not certain, Steam Sia's Nonya Assam Fish (served with rice, achar and papadum) – looks like a humble home cooked dish, but at the rate the 1¼” slab of batang was stripped to the core was testament that it’s good. The chef is generous with the garnishing of tomatoes, shallots and drizzling of sweet prawn paste. Steam Sia's Classic Tom Yum Spaghetti with Seafood (prawns, mussels and assorted seafood) – I’m rarely a fan of fusion food, because I simply love the authenticity in flavors. Being a big fan for authentic thai food, this dish had me digging in for a little more than my share. Steam Sia's Nonya Chicken Curry (with potatoes and carrots served with bread) – what I’d like to call the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The viscosity is so consistent that the soaked piece of bread doesn’t drip! The chicken is cooked thorough & well, and you can taste the fragrance & spice as you chew. The meat comes off the bones so effortlessly, there is literally little or no wastage of the chicken.For desserts, we tried; Steam Sia’s Waffle with Ice-cream + Hot Chocolate Fondant with Vanilla Ice-cream. Ice cream by Mövenpick, fondant & waffles brought smiles of satisfaction. Decent menu, good food, good dessert, good variety of beverages, good prices, morning to morning operation and city-fringe location… beyond reasonable doubt is the spot to chill or feast. I’ll very likely introduce my touring friends to try this venue when they’re in town.
is the retro makeover becoming an 'in' thing nowadays? this shophouse cafe is decorated with vintage stuff from the 60s to 80s, such a 'blast from the past'. tried the signature grilled salmon, and it was good. the assam fish did not live up to our expectations, maybe we should have chosen to stick to the 'signatures' and ordered the popular nonya curry chicken instead.
Little Charlene and I love to check out all the best cafes in Singapore!
Signing off, wanderingbeansprout
PS: Check out my link to all the best hangouts and cafes we have visited in Singapore! Over 100 and still counting ;)