Monday, May 17, 2010

Interesting Turkish Place (Halal)

I've walked into a pretty interesting place for lunch lately. The sights, smells and shop name were all indicative of Turkish/Middle Eastern fare.

Then there was Istanbul Laksa ($3.30). Yes, Istanbul Laksa! While I am certain laksa is more Singaporean/Malaysian than Turkish, the one served here is Nonya-style and no less delicious. Thick, creamy and fragrant, this laksa was topped with beans sprouts, fishcake slices, laksa leaves and chicken kebab bits from the rotating spit. I opted for an additional boiled egg (50 cents). Delish!

The Chicken Doner Kebab with Cheese ($5.20) featured chicken kebab, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions in between pita bread. The pita bread wasn't the flat, hollow ones I had expected. Instead, it was more substantial with the texture of a light sponge cake. The sauces that bound all the ingredients together was a tasty mix of creamy, tangy, spicy and sweet flavours.....mirroring that familiar comfort of Roti John.

Beef Bomb ($8) turned out to be an outer shell of minced beef that encased a boiled egg. The minced beef could have been a little less lean for a juicier bite. But on the whole, the dish was good with a black pepper sauce that was slathered over. Better still was the Power Chili Sauce (ask for it!) that tasted mild initially but induced quite a searing heat after a few seconds. Shiok! Beef Bomb came with baked herbs potato and a bean salad.

For desserts, forget about Turkish Delights.

There's Cold Tremella with Red Dates & Aloe Vera ($2.20). Cool and soothing, it makes for an enjoyable dessert especially on hot days!

For something more soothing and herbal, try the Guilinggao ($3). The slightly bitter finish leaves a pleasant trail at the back of the throat.

Istanbul Gourmet is a casual place where the food is homely and (if you seat at the bar counter) the touch is personal.

Istanbul Gourmet
Eastpoint Mall
Opens: 11.30am to 9pm (or whenever the meats sell out!)
Closes: Mondays

Chew On This:
The man behind Istanbul Gourmet is Henry Teo, Chef-Owner, who was previously with Hyatt Singapore for 10 years before starting his own catering and restaurant/cafe business decades ago. He has been at the current place for 14 years and has seen customers grow up, marry and bring their kids back here for makan!


Derrick said...

i used to eat the Chicken Doner Kebab every time i was on call when i was a houseman at Changi General Hospital. The senior who bought food for me kept going to eat at this place and i was on call with him pretty often.

LiquidShaDow said...

The beef bomb beckons me Leroy....

The Hungry Cow said...

Derrick: Thanks for sharing your personal memories of this place. It's things like memories that can make food taste extra special.

LiquidShadow: Go get (beef) bombed and dont forget the Power Chili Sauce if u like it hot! :)

Camemberu said...

I see what you mean...laksa in a Turkish joint! lol

The beef bomb looks like a scottish egg!

Ooh I never knew white fungus was called tremella. What a lovely name!

The Hungry Cow said...

Camemberu: Weird place for a laksa to be in but it was shiok la! :p

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