So-so Perankan Food @ Dulukala Peranakan Restaurant Beauty World Centre on 29Feb2016

dulukala peranakan restaurant @ beauty world centre

dulukala peranakan restaurant @ beauty world centre

had another expiring groupon to use, and went with sis & bil to dulukala peranakan restaurant at beauty word centre on 29.1.2016. ^^

met my daughter & her bf at the food centre. she was left unsatisfied the other day when we were here as top1 was closed. this time her wish was granted. i will try the stall another time. 🙂

we had 5 peranakan dishes

we had 5 peranakan dishes

i had a S$80 groupon voucher. we ordered 5 dishes including the S$25.90 assam fish head. it came to S$83.70 including service no GST, so effectively about S$51.50 (S$47.80 for S$80 voucher).  🙂

wall display - dulukala peranakan restaurant

wall display – dulukala peranakan restaurant

restaurant was simply furnished, just some display & framed sketches.

peranakan silver belts 1930s

peranakan silver belts 1930s

they had a classic nonya silver belt. this one has 4 tingkat layers on interlocking rings.

assam fish head2 S$25.90

assam fish head S$25.90

assam fish head was ok. fish was fresh, quite meaty. assam was ok, we still finished all the gravy, but it was not like specially tasty, just average, so-so really.

assam fish head2 S$25.90

assam fish head S$25.90

overall the dish fell far short in terms of shiokness c/w the thai style fish head at forture, the zi char at old holland road.

sotong hitam S$13.90

sotong hitam S$13.90

the sotong hitam was quite poor. it was artificially sweet – sugar…a small serving for S$13.90. my first impression was we got a small serving because of groupon discount?? but i didn’t think so as except for this & the small serving of chap chai, the other dishes seemed ok.

sotong hitam S$13.90

sotong hitam S$13.90

i would say this was quite poor dish. the very nice unique squid ink flavour was absent.

ayam bush keluak S$13.90

ayam buah keluak S$13.90

the ayam buah keluak did not resemble anything like the restuarant photo (which looked wonderful!)

ayam buah keluak2

ayam buah keluak S$13.90

chicken itself was very so-so, dry, but the serving was substantial & the gravy was quite excellent, didn’t feel so at first taste but it gets into you. like the dish overall though it is easy to have the chicken a lot more tender.

chap chai S$10.90

chap chai S$10.90

the chap chai also did not resemble the restaurant menu photo.

chap chai S$10.90

chap chai S$10.90

a very small serving. taste was pretty good with the tau jeon.

lady figers with ikan bilis S$9.90

lady fingers with ikan bilis S$9.90

the lady fingers with ikan bilis was tasty. i must try cooking some dishes with ikan bilis.

the simple ikan bilis bee hoon (very ex at S$4) we had recently at ayer rajah food centre also very tasty.

overall with the groupon discounts, S$51.50 for 5 dishes including fish head was quite good price.

still it didn’t give me the same satisfaction of a good S$10 curry rice for 2pax like that at hoower food court in haig road; or a

good nasi padang like that at sinar pagi nasi padang at geylang serai food centre.

on balance, ok to try but for myself don’t think i would want to take this again.

c.h.e.f andy

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Dulukala Peranakan Restaurant

ADDRESS:

OPENING HOURS:

Daily: 12:00 – 15:00

Daily: 18:00 – 21:00

PHONE:

+65 64652036

Nice Quick Dinner @ BK Forture Seafood Old Holland Road on 14Nov2015

thai style fish head - S$25

thai style curry fish head – S$25

wife wanted to have dinner at bk forture seafood at old holland road this evening on 14.11.2015.^^

forture seafood

bk forture seafood

forture seafood

bk forture seafood

i was worried that the place would be crowded on a saturday evening & hard to park. this place is quite popular with foreigners,

the last time we came with our daughter & basically ordered the same food.

we waited quite a while for the food as there were a few tables of foreigners having their weekend family food outing.

this evening though the corner coffeeshop smok’inn frogz kitchen & bar bar black sheep were quite empty. i found parking along the road. we ordered the thai style fish head & a small hor fun 河粉 & waited only 5mins for food to be served. 🙂

hor fun - S$4

hor fun河粉 – S$4

the hor fun 河粉 this evening was very good! 🙂

hor fun - S$4

hor fun 河粉 – S$4

very good wok hae (aroma). the hor fun itself had very good flavours. there were not much ingredients & the prawns were not the freshest but was good overall. there were couple times i ta pao (take out) home but the hor fun was not great. tonight it was good. 🙂

thai style fish head - S$25

thai style curry fish head – S$25

the thai style curry fish head here is the best!

thai style fish head - S$25

thai style curry fish head – S$25

fish head was very fresh. the curry was slight tangy & very tasty.

it’s certainly much better than the similar priced nonya fish head at keng eng kee.

thai style fish head - S$25

thai style curry fish head – S$25

this is a curry fish head i really enjoy. for this evening it was easy & quick & shiok!

c.h.e.f andy

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BK Forture Seafood

Address: 887 Bukit Timah Road, 279896
OPENING HOURS:
Daily: 11:00 – 14:30
Daily: 17:00 – 23:30
PHONE:+65 64695957

Simple Enjoyable Zi Char at Forture Restaurant on 25Oct2014

thai fish head curry (S$25)

thai fish head curry (S$25)

had simple zi char dinner with wife & daughter last evening at forture restaurant at old holland road on 25.10.2014. 🙂

went there about 6.50pm. luckily i found a parking lot in front of restaurant. the place was 90% filled with many tables of western expat families.

it was very popular eating place. for me that’s a good thing really, that expats, western & others, were enjoying nice local zi char food. there would always be concern if some dishes would be adulterated, but it didn’t really affect the dishes we ordered much (maybe the cuttlefish kang kong sauce & the satay sauce).

we ordered our favourite, the thai curry fish head. used to be S$15 (guess that was eons ago..haha), now S$25. i ate this here more recently on 2.4.2014.

we were lucky we were served like in 5 mins. not always the case & place was quite packed.

the thai curry fish head was really good. it was tangy, sweet, very tasty, lot of vegetables. it was a large 1/2 angkoli (red snapper) fish head. the nonya song fish head at keng eng kee, also S$25, i had on 9.6.2014 came close. the sauce was thicker, same tangy sweet flavours but a red snapper head was always going to be better than song fish head for curries.

seafood hor fun (S$4)

seafood hor fun (S$4)

seafood hor fun (S$4)

seafood hor fun (S$4)

we like the hor fun here & occasionally “tapao” (did a take-out). usually wok hae (pan flavours) very good. this time it was ok average.

thai fish head curry (S$25)

thai fish head curry (S$25)

cuttlefish with kang kong

cuttlefish with kang kong (S$10)

cuttlefish with kang kong

cuttlefish with kang kong (S$10)

we ordered the “jill her eng chai”- cuttlefish with kang kong (S$10). the kang kong was very good. the cuttlefish was good, came with an unusual sweet sauce (looked & tasted just like yong tau fu very red colour sweet sauce). it was not the usual sambal. i didn’t mind it actually but i guessed the usual sambal should be better.

beef &  chicken satay

beef & chicken satay

beef &  chicken satay

beef & chicken satay

the satay were very good, very tasty & not dry or tough. the sauce was watery & a bit sweeter than most satay sauce (to cater for expat diners maybe?) but still nice. I thought this was a very good satay if only they served a usual better sauce.

the dinner for 3pax was S$45 exclude drinks. it was not cheap but not expensive also, just the going price i guess.

c.h.e.f andy

Thai Style Curry Fish Head @ Forture Restaurant on 3Apr2014

thai style fish head curry _ S$25

thai style fish head curry _ S$25

had not been to this old holland road coffeeshop 金山岭 for years.

used to love the thai style curry fish head at forture restaurant (still do!), and also the chilli crab many years back, basically because they were good & cheap then. for a while ah yat @ turf city was having 50% weekday discounts (now 40%) and the crab at ah yat at the time (up to 3 – 4 years back) were like S$19.90/kg after discount for indonesian crabs, which was cheaper than the S$26/kg at forture, and ah yat served very cheap seafood like bamboo clams (still does), so only dish that stood out at forture was the thai style fish head curry.

decided to go with a friend to take the fish head  on 3.4.2014 after the long lay off. fish head still very fresh & curry was great. the hor fun though was not good. disappointing really, usually quite good when i “da pao” (take out).

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hor fun – S$3.50

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hor fun – S$3.50

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old holland road coffeeshop 金山岭

thai style fish head curry - S$25

thai style fish head curry – S$25

my friend paid for dinner which came to just below S$30. the hot fun was S$3.50, so the fish head must be like S$25 (far cry from the time when it was S$15 & i came often), plus we had 1 rice to share & also the towels. my friend asked for water & the charge was S$0.40.

i guess price was ok. the 1/2 fish head was a large one. it was fresh & the curry was tasty, but taking it after so many years, it was unique but really no better than assam fish head & indian curry fish head – both have more kick than this one. also considering that the spicy bean sauce song fish head at honk kong street cost S$18 (though this one here had vegetables with the curry), S$25 was not cheap.

it was satisfying nonetheless, but the allure was gone. i can have this sometimes & enjoy it, but i can do without too.

c.h.e.f. andy