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PappaRich

Published June 6, 2016 by piggie

PappaRichI have heard about PappaRich for sometime, but never tried until now. They are a restaurant franchise from the other side of the causeway and I always believe that I can get cheaper Malaysian cuisine elsewhere rather than paying premium prices at their restaurants here. It’s hard to argue about that, but the fact is, PappaRich has a vast collection of Malaysian delights consolidated under one roof, and it’s a convenient choice for our Muslim friends pampering their taste buds with their love ones as well as for visitors from other countries to have a glimpse what most Malaysian cuisines are about, minus anything that do with pork of course.

Pappa Prawn Mee, S$10.90++

Pappa Prawn Mee, S$10.90++

I won’t pretend their Prawn Mee is wonderful, but it’s decent nonetheless. With shredded chicken, 4 pieces of big prawns, hard boiled egg, bean sprouts, and water spinach. The soup is moderately sweet, but a good prawn broth usually comes richer.

Ipoh Kuay Teow Soup with Steamed Chicken, S$10.90++

Ipoh Kuay Teow Soup with Steamed Chicken, S$10.90++

The Kuay Teow soup came with flat rice noodle, spring onions, chives, and bean sprouts. I’m not a great fan of their chicken broth Kuay Teow Soup, which is light, and unremarkable for that price if not for the accompanying steamed chicken. Their steamed chicken is simply outstanding and deserves ranking among the best steamed chicken in Singapore! The meat are tender, oily, and taste marvelous with the soy sauce. PappaRich do serves steamed chicken with rice in their menu, and I suggest for those who like to try their steamed chicken to go along with rice. I will probably try it in my subsequent visit.

2nd Visit

Ipoh Kuay Teow Soup with Prawns & Chicken Slices, $9.90++

Ipoh Kuay Teow Soup with Prawns & Chicken Slices, $9.90++

This dish is quite similar to that of Ipoh Kuay Teow Soup with Steamed Chicken above, same bland soup, but with the addition of chicken slices and prawns. However, given a choice though, I’d still prefer one that comes along with the steamed chicken, because the nicely marinated chicken managed to bring the taste up by a small level.

Pappa Char Kuay Teow, $9.90++

Pappa Char Kuay Teow, $9.90++

This wok-fried flat noodles include 4 prawns, egg, cockles, chives, and bean sprouts. On its look, it certainly is attractive, and many diners ordered this dish while I was there. Indeed, it tastes good, probably the closest it can go to the real thing without the use of lard. However, it’s a healthier choice, and this remains the best order I had there!

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Toast Box

Published May 28, 2014 by piggie

Usually, I’d rather not blog about mediocre food, but this was one so awful that I felt I have a social responsibility to warn potential patrons about yet another of BreadTalk co’s half-hearted attempt.

I have a long perception of their premium price but usually low quality food, but was somehow taken in by the picture of their Laksa and decided to trust them one more time. When I was at their outlet, I found their Laksa set meal cost $6.10, and came along with a cup of Barley drink or ice lemon tea. I felt the price was unreasonable (restaurants apart, not even the best Laksa in Singapore charges that much!), so settled for their Mee Rebus set meal instead, which was ‘slightly’ cheaper at $5. I thought if it failed me, then at least George Quek, the owner behind the franchise, would earn $1.10 lesser from me. LOL!

It was very miserable for $5. So bad that I felt I chose not to take any picture of it at all. Firstly, the gravy was mediocre, nowhere near the usual standard you would expect from any Malay stall in a coffee shop or hawker center, not to mention the price was very much higher. The fragrance of the gravy could only be considered good enough if it had come out from an amateur cook’s first attempt. Then, after charging $5 for what I learned to be very miserable portion of noodle with a glass of Barley drink, which looked half the portion on their display placard (does George Quek know what is the difference between a slope and a hill?), also they would be so stingy not to include peanuts nor coriander leaves as part of their ingredients! How much does peanut cost? S$25,000? Or George Quek had never tasted a genuine Mee Rebus in the first place? And let’s not even mention any concern of nuts allergy since they were selling peanut butter toast anyway.

After the meal, I left feeling cheated. So frustrated that, for once, I didn’t want to clear my tray upon leaving (I always do that in hawker centers and food courts). Yes, the rental may be high, and kudos to George Quek for generating job opportunities, I might as well help him with that, and he can really do with the over-charging to get additional cleaners. Really, the whole ingredients (including noodle, a mediocre portion of Tofu, green chili, sliced egg. Period) probably cost < S$1, I am willing to pay for quality food and keep my mouth shut if it’s of decent quality, but in this case, it’s truly implausible. It’s only slightly better than Singapore Armed Forces’ free cook house food long before they sub-contracted out their food catering back in the early 1990s, And I swear even the street vendors’ version I tried way back in the mid 1980s tasted better for a mere $1.20 then.

A NORMAL Mee Rebus from a food court, $3.50

Note: This is NOT from Toast Box, but how a NORMAL Mee Rebus from a food court is like, for merely $3.50

Now, let me share how a moderate Mee Rebus should look like. The above picture was taken from a normal food court (definitely not George Quek’s franchise), the portion was more than double that of Toast Box, with better gravy and more ingredients than Toast Box’s miserable version, and a more appealing outlook, tasted a few times better! No, I ain’t not bragging.

On a subsequent visit, I asked the cashier whether I could just have the stand-alone Bee Tai Bak (a kind of white, short and thick vermicelli) Laksa, minus the mediocre drink, and was offered the price of $5.10 too.

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Laksa Bee Tai Bak, $5.10 (or $6.10 with a glass of drink)

Hmm… at least something. It’s really worth trading in the mediocre drink for a slightly better meal like this at the same price of the set meal for their terrible mee rebus or mee siam, here with ingredients such as Tau Por (tofu puffs), fish cakes, half sliced egg, and three small prawns, but no cockle, the quantity of the ingredients still easily more than double that of the mee rebus. Seriously, having tried their lousy mee rebus, nothing much could have come worse. Despite that, I am not saying their Laksa deserve a mentioning. If I have to use one word to describe it, it will be mediocre. But at least the food portion is reasonable. The gravy is slightly spicy, though not hot enough to make me sweat, and the prawns tasted not fresh. Overall, the quality still lack behind general stalls from a normal food court, moreover with its price very much higher. Granted, given the name, perhaps I couldn’t expect any quality in their food other than their toast, but having also tried that before, it was about the worst among the local coffee franchise one can find in Singapore. Really, I still have that feeling of sponsoring much to their rental or to their shareholders’ pocket. Not a franchise I would recommend.

Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak

Published November 9, 2013 by piggie
Otah Set Meal, $3.50

Otak Meal, $3.50

Long proclaimed as one of Singapore’s best Nasi Lemak, Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak needs no further introduction. I was always too lazy to stopover Adam Road Food Centre, and never have the opportunity to try it until today. This been my first visit to the food centre, naturally, I wanted to try its most famous stall there.

When I arrived for a quick late lunch, there was only one customer in queue, or so it seemed. Only after he was cleared, that I noticed over ten packets were in preparation, but the kind hawker was considerate enough to serve me first since I was only ordering one plate.

The cheapest meal in their menu cost $2.50, with ikan bilis, cucumber slices, egg, and chili. I don’t like chicken wing, so I ordered a meal that came with otak instead, which cost me $3.50, a little expensive in my opinion.

When I first seen the Basmati rice on my plate, I felt let down by its dry appearance and began questioning my judgement having lunch there. But after first taste, my initial impression was overturned immediately. No, it wasn’t dry as its appearance suggested, in fact, its texture offered a diversed dimension from our conventional Nasi Lemak. On a side note, I wasn’t sure whether it was down to the rice grain they used, I can cook better Basmati rice in my virgin attempt, more fluffy & chewy. But of course, I was using a small rice pot, which is easier managable. Their ikan bilis were crisp, nothing special about the egg, but the otak was grilled to the exact desirable texture, retaining a smooth bite throughout, as can be seen from the picture, not a bit over-grilled! Last but not least, the sambal chili, hot to the correct extent with adequate sweetness, was simply flawless!

I am not particularly a lover for Nasi Lemak, but I confess Selera Rasa is a few notches above the rest. It’s definitely worth a try but I don’t think worth the long queue during peak hours. However, Brunei Sultan may disagree with this, but I suspect His Highness got some subordinate to queue for it anyway 😛

Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak
Adam Road Food Centre, Stall 2
2 Adam Road
Singapore 289876
Tel: 98434509 / 96225464
http://www.selerarasa.com/
Opening Hours:
Sat – Thu 7am – 6pm, closed on Fri
Delivery available, minimum order required