went to visit a chinese friend & look at his new Beacon LED office/store at tradehub21 on 21.3.2015.
he arranged for another mutual friend to meet at chickenwok 鸡之味 downstairs his office, and bought lunch.^^
we were early (intentionally) at 11.15am so the place was empty & we were the first & only customer (at the time we finished about 12pm).
i have seen chickenwok 鸡之味 S$15 for S$30 groupon vouchers many times before but did not consider to try. for today we did not have vouchers. & a check at groupon showed that the vouchers had sold out, but i know they always come back. seen it so many times liao. so next time if i come, i will be armed with vouchers. 🙂
we ordered 5 dishes. they were all pretty ok, no bad dishes, tasty enough, quite inexpensive.
all except the S$8 romaine lettuce, which my ancient upbringing think quite ridiculous vs other dishes but my wife had enlightened me that there was no basis in the first place for me to think that vegetables should be cheaper than meat! 🙂
and i do marketing, so i know the average amount romaine lettuce cost S$2.50 (2 bunches) to S$3.50 (3 bunches) in sheng shiong, and more in chinatown. well, so it’s S$8 in an inexpensive restaurant.
the best dish (kind of just slightly better than the rest) i found (top photo) was oddly the brinjal & tofu. the salted fish gave it a very interesting flavour & overall the dish was tasty.^^
curry chicken was good.
good as in c/w any economic rice stall or nasi padang stall, but cannot compare with the lemak green or red curries at good nasi padang stalls e.g. river valley nasi padang (now closed). 🙂
this the thicker more pasty curry & not so lemak kind.
curry stingray also good, better than curry chicken, basically like any good homecooked curries or coffee shop stalls, which means not too bad la…^^
the claypot braised belly pork 东坡肉, not really 东坡肉 (the top restaurants seldom serve this swimming in braising sauce, always bunched standing up with or w/o sauce though i had tried the wet version also at kamjiazhuang recently, anyway tasted different in texture & flavour), was better than i expected. in fact it was rather good braised belly pork, nice soft texture retaining some bite not falling apart & quite tasty. 🙂
romaine lettuce was good. to me, still too expensive vs a S$6 braised pork belly & S$6 stingray. still not attuned to the times, haha! 🙂
there was no GST & service. they charged S$0.60 for ice water. for me that’s quite ok. guy got to make a living. 🙂
& if you get a S$15 for S$30 groupon voucher, then this is better than coffee shop & food court prices.^^