Saturday, November 30, 2013

Makankakis at Whampoa Food Street (Keng) Fish Head Steamboat Eating House

Coming back to Whampoa Food Street (Keng) Fish Head Steamboat Eating House (is that like the longest restaurant name in Singapore or what? Moohehe) always brings memoories of my very first makankakis dinner at their other branch in Rangoon Road.

Their specialty of Fish Steamboat still rocks. Slices of batang fish, soft cabbage, fried yam, ginger and other ingredients happily danced in the soup flavoured with ti po (dried flatfish). The fragrant aroma from the charcoal embers used to heat this pot enhances the experience.

Hae Chor aka Prawn Rolls were delish! Well fried with a crispy skin that enveloped a juicy filling of prawns, pork and waterchestnuts, it was gobbled up in seconds. Too easy. I like that the five spice powder was not too overpowering.

The Sambal Kangkong was competently done with a crunchy bite and that unmistakable sambal balachan hit.

Stir Fried Prawns were meaty but I found their flesh dry. Alas. The style of cooking these prawns reminded me a little of my late paternal grandma's version.

Probably my least favourite dish that evening, the Thai Style Assorted Seafood had a robust taste of lemongrass and assam that somehow didn't quite match the seafood, in my opinion.

But no fear, cos the Prawn Paste Chicken Wings were pretty good! DON'T TRY THESE WITH BEER. Moohehe.

Braised Pig Trotters are always a happy sight. The one here was chunky, tender and nicely braised in a slightly herbal gravy.

I hurriedly picked at a piece of the Venison with Spring Onion and had to run off to the airport, skipping the Fried Mee Sua, and Herbal Jelly.

For the full account of that evening's dinner, including the last two dishes I had to miss, check out my fellow bloggers Superfinefeline, SG Food on Foot and Pinky Piggu who were also there.

That night was the start of a surreal adventure to Bulgaria. Moore about that in a while. :)

Whampoa Food Street (Keng) Fish Head Eating House
556 Balestier Road (other branch at Rangoon Road)
Tel: 6356 7371
Opens: daily 11am to 11pm

Chew On This: BYO allowed so feel free to bring wines, and your own wine glasses!

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