Singapore - Nyonya Sunday Lunch at Kim Choo Kueh Chang, Katong
Sunday lunch at Kim Choo Kueh Chang on East Coast Road today. Kim Choo has come a long way since the days when it was famous for its Nyonya "kueh chang babi" - Nyonya-style steamed glutinous rice dumplings filled with coriander-spiced minced pork and sugared wintermelon. Kim Choo's version was, and still is, the only commercially available dumplings which have a *home-made* flavor.
Kim Choo today offers Nyonya cuisine at its East Coast Road outlet. What we had today:
- Nyonya achar: one of the best in town - crunchy cucumber and carrots made into a sweet, sour & nutty pickles.
- Petai (stink-beans) with minced pork sambal. A bit of a let-down here - the sambal lacked flavor and aroma.
- Ayam Buah Keluak - one of my fave Nyonya dishes, but Kim Choo's version left me speechless. It looked and tasted *unlike* any buah keluak I'd ever encountered. Instead of a dark-reddish-hued gravy redolent of lemongrass, galangal and chillis, Kim Choo's version was pitch-black, obviously thru addition of generous amounts of dark soysauce, rather than given a dark-brown tinge from the buah keluak. The taste was also too sweet and lacked the spicy-sourish (tamarind) flavors I'd expected. AVOID!
- Ngoh hiang: minced pork wrapped in beancurd sheets and deep-fried. Average tasting.
- Fish assam pedas: a spicy-sour fish and okra stew. Nice, but nothing above average here as well.
We also ordered the bakwan kepiting (pork-crabmeat balls soup) and a couple of the "kueh chang". All except the "kueh chang" turned out to be average tasting.
Service was also pretty amateurish here, and the sullen young waitress really managed to make us (we're only one of *2* tables at lunch-time today) feel pretty unwelcome!
Don't think I'll ever come back for a meal here ever again - I'll stick to take-aways of their "kueh chang".
Kim Choo Kueh Chang
111 E Coast Road
Tel: +65 6741 2125