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Pu Tien – Post Christmas =)

By , December 28, 2010 9:59 am

After the Christmas feasting, guess what we do after? Uh huh – go out for a good meal. Is it just us gluttons or is it a Singaporean trait??

I am again reminded of how much of a Chinese I really am cos I was uncomfortable after not having had rice in two days. I Need my rice and Chinese food. So we went to Pu Tien at City Square Mall (I know I go there alot – it really has everything I need minus jostling crowds) on Christmas day.

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Dan ordered this plate of cockles. Not for the faint hearted companion and not before important meetings or on first dates. That said, Dan declared it the best cockles he has ever had. It’s almost like pickled cockles (cos they were uncooked) – sweet, juicy and soaked in a garlic chilli vinaigrette.

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We saw this plate of braised intestines on EVERY table we walked past as we were guided to our seat. It is called the “9 Layer Intestines” cos there are layers upon layers of innards, inside each inside. Does that make sense to you? I reckon it’s an acquired taste cos we prefer the regular lone insides. Interesting dish tho =D

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The bamboo prawn was my personal favourite – the prawns were fresh and cooked just right. You can always tell when you peel the prawns. If the shells stick, they are overcooked or not fresh (neither are good signs). Plus they were in this herbally soup. I like very much. With my rice =D 

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The braised spare ribs was deeeeeeeelicious! It was absolutely tender and tasted like it was braised overnight – that’s how soft it was. Yum!! (Just the sort of thing to go with rice too) It comes with a slightly sweet/tangy sauce which I normally don’t enjoy but somehow the blend of flavors felt right to my tastebuds.  

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Pu Tien also serves really good rice cakes. They were just the right consistency and came in a flavorful seafood broth topped with seaweed.

We also ordered a vegetable (spinach with three types of eggs) and their abalone special (which wasn’t spectacular). They were run of the mill good (we are so spoilt!) and so didn’t get picture space.

On a side note : Before we left, Dan couldn’t help being inspired by their Christmas deco which prompted this tweet :
“Putien wins best Christmas deco award! “jingle balls x2 hanging on the wall….”
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Sundanese Sayang

By , November 29, 2010 11:13 am

 It is easy to give this little restaurant a miss, given the many brightly lit, beautifully designed and familiar (food) signages on every level of City Square Mall. I happened to be craving Sayur Lodeh (An Indonesian dish with a variety of vegetables in a coconut curry) and kept my fingers crossed that this restaurant would serve authentic Sayur Lodeh.  (Sundanese people are from West Java, Indonesia – the assumption came naturally )

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I daren’t raise my hopes when the friendly server sat this bowl of fragrant sayur lodeh before me. Then I took a bite. BINGO! Struck gold! It’s really good! The vegetables were cooked just enough that it is soaked through with coconut curry, but is not overly soft.  I’d have been happy with just this and a bowl of rice.

But of course we ordered other dishes, greedyenthusiastic people that we are – more food, more to share, right?

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I strongly recommend this chicken satay – generous chunks of well marinated chicken, grilled (I think) so well that each morsel of chicken is tender and juicy. It’s so good I didn’t eat it with the peanut sauce on the side. (Ok, that’s me cause I’m not a fan of sauces)

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The chicken leg tastes very similar to the satay. It’s almost like the same thing, except that instead of meat on a stick, it’s on bones. Satay is better for the lazy =)

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The Tahu Telor was pretty average but I thought it a nice picture =P

Sundanese Sayang is on the 2nd floor of City Square Mall – their website has pictures of this outlet plus the menu.

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