Some eats at Food Republic, Wisma Atrium, Orchard Road, Singapore
- Limster Jun 1, 2006 04:43 AM
Food Republic is a newish mega food court on the 4th floor of the Wisma Atrium shopping centre.
The dim sum stall was average, nothing special and nothing bad, except maybe the chicken fried in rice paper which seemed mediocre -- nice gingery taste, but could be a lot more moist. The shao mai/shumai were probably the best of the lot, plump with a mix of pork and shrimp.
Acceptable spring rolls, ok har gow/shrimp dumplings with scallop (although the skins were a touch too pasty), pleasant tofu skin rolls stuffed with shrimp.
Definitely on the pricey side for Singapore, and folks seem to indicate that better deals can be found elsewhere.
The Scissors Cut food stall is a old Hainanese stall that's found a branch here. The name likely comes from their use of kitchen scissors to cut up larger food items into bite sized piece on the plate.
Here one selects a number of cooked dishes to go with rice, and in traditional Singaporean Hainanese fashion, the plate is drench with a generous amount of good Hainanese curry sauce and a dark stocky braising liquid based on soy sauce. The curry sauce is great, luxuriant with coconut milk and lighter spice-wise, more tumeric than chilli.
I like the fried pork chop, breaded with panko-like batter, pounded tender and thin. And just somehow very homey with the curry sauce. The darker braised pork chop has lots of flavour and is great too.
The vegetable sides (kai lan, stir fried bean sprouts) are basic. Braised slices of pork belly were delicious and coated with a dark soy and earthy spice combination from the braising liquid. Pleasant rings of suid (sotong) in a curry.
Noticed a scene from my childhood -- ice bars sandwiched in wafers. Too full to try, but brought a smile to my face all the same.