Andrew: You might get the impression from reading this blog that we always dine at fancy restaurants and enjoy good food. While we love uncovering new restaurants with unique cuisine, there are days where we just want to have something simple and cheap yet satisfying (and often unhealthy). Here are some of the places we love to go to or types of food we love to eat:
Andrew: This Killiney, as compared to the recently opened Toa Payoh branch, offers a greater variety of dishes which are decently prepared. Jasmine always has the chicken curry with prata when we go there. I am often the one who finishes the potatoes and the chicken though. (Jasmine: Wah thanks ah dear, you make me sound like I have the appetite of a mouse. Which I don’t!) She just loves the prata with curry and sometimes even orders more prata to go with it. When it comes to prata, we’re not particularly picky. Even though this one is obviously the ‘instant’ one, it’s still sufficiently crisp and savoury to fulfill that prata craving!
I’ve tried many different dishes there. Their laksa is a tad bit too spicy. The fish beehoon, which I had during my recovery from wisdom tooth surgery is, too plain for me. My favourite has to be the beef hor fun (featured above). They are rather generous with the beef and the dish has a good mix of colour!
Kebab platter at SOFRA
Andrew: This picture is actually taken at SOFRA, which we only visited once. When it comes to Turkish food, we almost always end up at Anatolia at Far East Plaza both for its convenience and its price. Ironically enough, we’ve never taken a photo there of the food! (Jasmine: Hey dear, perhaps we should head back there next week… strictly for photography purposes, you understand.) The set meal ($15) at Anatolia is extremely satisfying and filling, with lentil soup (Dearie’s favourite!), bread, rice and a meat-based main course. (Jasmine: I’ve tried lentil soup in Istanbul, Sydney and Edinburgh, and I can safely say that Anatolia’s offering beats Sydney’s and Edinburgh’s hands down. The one in Istanbul was prepared by my wonderful Turkish host, Akin, who also threw in strips of pasta to make the dish more full-bodied, so it can’t be compared to the commercial lentil soups out there. Unlike traditional lentil soups which are extremely heavy, have a cloying bean aftertaste and err… give you gas, Anatolia’s is very light – a dash of melon juice also helps change the flavour.) We both love the rice and even Dearie, who is not usually a ‘rice’ person, often ends up finishing all the rice. We both realised that ordering two sets is too much for us, so now, I usually help Dearie finish her main course and then order a kebab if I’m not full. The kebab is pretty good, though I find the accompanying fries extremely soggy and oily!
Another Turkish food place which we love, but don’t go to as often because of its price is Alaturka, which serves the best humus with bread I’ve ever tried – much, much better than SOFRA or Deli Turk Turkish Cuisine (Suntec City). For appetizers, the Borek (pastry in feta cheese) is really good. The kebab platter is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for in terms of quality and volume. The deco at Alaturka is very authentic too. (Jasmine: My JC friend Hamidah brought me to Alaturka for a Ramadan buffet several years ago, and since then, I’ve introduced my family, Pei and Mills, and Steffy -who subsequently brought her family there– to Alaturka. I’d also recommend the iced apple tea (another Turkish staple) to wash down all the hearty dishes.)
Andrew: We used to go to Long John Silvers quite often. However, now that we attend service at Bukit Merah, we don’t visit Long Johns as often. It is still Dearie’s favourite and we frequently go to the Plaza Singapura branch and ask for more fries in our set meal because the servings of fries have really gone down recently!
We do enjoy the occasional Popeye’s chicken with its lovely biscuit and mashed potato and Mac breakfast is one of the special things that we do together once in a while. I find the Toa Payoh branch of Popeye’s really sub-par as compared to the others at Flyer or Airport though (haven’t tried the one at Novena yet). They’ve served us very pathetic, cold servings of Fish Bits and their chicken sizes are quite small. Nonetheless, Popeye’s still our best fried chicken outlet, compared to KFC or TEXAS Chicken.
We recently went to Wendy’s at Holland Village and their baked potatoes bring back fond memories of my times in Leeds where I used to have just baked potatoes for lunch! Obviously the serving in Singapore is much smaller.
I’ve recently become more health conscious, hence more averse to fast food. I’ve started to avoid LJS and when we go to Carl’s Junior, I often order the charboiled chicken burger (which tastes terrible, by the way). I love Carl’s chilli cheese fries though. I’m hoping to cut fast food out of our usual haunts, but it seems virtually impossible!
(Jasmine: We just tried Bon Chon’s crispy chicken on Andrew’s recommendation and were suitably impressed by how crispy the chicken drumlets were despite the generous and tangy heapings of soy garlic marinade, and the decor and paper products complemented that modern New York diner theme perfectly).
Jasmine: But one of our favourite spots for a chill meal has got to be Soup Spoon. Considering how many people love soups, with their heartwarming, soul-food quality, it’s interesting that only Soup Spoon has really managed to carve out a niche in the soups market. I believe it succeeds because it’s managed to upgrade the traditional image of soup from side dish to main course with healthy dining options, jazzed-up names (according to Andrew- I personally can’t appreciate how a broth named after the ’60s singer-songwriter duo Simon & Garfunkel would appeal to a younger crowd) and a modern, relaxed dining atmosphere.
There is one other distant rival, Souperlicious at Citylink, but it simply doesn’t compare: the mushroom soup contained more water than soup, and the staff kept forgetting or mixing up our orders.
P.S. Soup Spoon also recently opened a sister restaurant called Soup Broth Asia, which should be great for Andrew since he loves Chinese soups.