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Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice – Affordable eats at NEX

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If you frequent Bangkok often, you might be familiar with Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam, an eatery that specialises in Thai Hainanese chicken rice. The eatery was established all the way back in 1960 and was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand Awared in the 1st Bangkok edition of the Michelin Guide.

The good news is that Go-Ang has opened its first overseas outlet in Singapore. The Singapore outlet is called Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice and is located in NEX in Serangoon. To ensure that the dishes served in Singapore are authentic, all kitchen staff are trained by Go-Ang founder Mr Sombat Pruekpaiboon at the original restaurant in Bangkok. Go-Ang is managed by The Minor Food Group Singapore, the restaurant group behind Xin Wang Hong Kong Café and ThaiExpress.

I was invited to Go-Ang’s recent launch and had the opportunity to taste quite a number of the dishes available. I’ve never tried the version in Bangkok, so let me compare this version here vs other chicken rice in Singapore that we are more familiar with.

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The Plain Jane Cafe

The weather has been relentlessly hot these last few weeks so when the BFF invited me to check out The Plain Jane today, it was with extreme reluctance that I agreed. In fact, he had to entice me with a free taxi ride to Serangoon before I agreed (he lives near me you see).

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I was not particularly keen to visit either because it seems like The Plain Jane sells mainly Swiss rolls and little else in terms of food. What if I wanted more to nibble on? Thankfully, my fears were quashed as the Swiss rolls we tried were very good! These are unique Swiss rolls quite unlike those you might find from places such as The Polar Cafe. The sponge is thinner while the cream filling makes up the bulk of the pastry. I was wondering if it would be too much cream to sponge but because the cream has a wonderful and unique flavour, the ratio some how worked out! I wouldn’t mind if there was more sponge though.

The Plain Jane - Swiss Rolls

I tried the Nutella Swiss Roll while the BFF tried the Earl Grey Swiss Roll. The Nutella flavour isn’t very strong I must say, but it was still good as a normal chocolate roll. We both agreed we preferred the Earl Grey Swiss roll as it had a pleasanter and more fragrant flavour.

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Rokeby Cafe Bistro at Jalan Riang

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Jalan Riang is another of those up-and-coming laid-back type street lined with cafes and cool restaurants. I’ve been meaning to check it out for the longest time, but being an Eastie, Serangoon has always been so called off my radar. Well, I finally made it there for lunch on the Saturday just before Christmas at the kind invitation of Rokeby Cafe Bistro.

I was told I could bring a guest, but because it so happened that my parents were with me, I lugged them along for the tasting session well prepared to share everything, and thank god I did because Rokeby was so generous with the food, there was no way the Partner and I could have finished the feast!

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Rokeby Cafe/Bistro is an Australian inspired establishment serving delectable gourmet food and artisan coffee with unique latte art. Coffee beans are freshly roasted from Western Australia and gourmet teas imported from Melbourne. Staying true to its roots, Rokeby serves Australian wines and offers a variety of Australian beer.

I really like the woody tones used in the decor at Rokeby, and of course a pretty Christmas tree during the Christmas season is never a bad thing.

Rokeby Cafe Bistro - Vegemite Glazed Chicken $11.90 and Mushroom Fritters $9 (2)

Mushroom Fritters $9

We left it to Denyse Janz, co-owner of Rokeby to recommend us dishes to try. Rokeby has been reinventing and upgrading itself ever since their opening earlier in 2013. You will find that even the colour theme as change, not to mention tweaks to the menu. Quite a number of dishes we tried were only just introduced into the menu.

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myVillage Opening Ceremony!

Today’s the official launch of myVillage at Serangoon Gardens. Festivities are on till 9pm! Go check it out and see myVillage website for more details. Meanwhile, here are some photos I took last week!

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Photos of the sunset taken from the rooftop of myVillage Mall.

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Water feature at the back of myVillage. Quite cool and artistic looking don’t you think?

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Weird rock facade at the back of myVillage

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Secret hideout just behind Shin Kushiya. Don’t tell anyone.

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Cheap cheese at NTUC!! I’ve never seen Haloumi go for $5.80 before. Usually they cost $12!!!!

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Old Hong Kong Taste @ myVillage Mall

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As part of the myVillage Mall at Serangoon Garden’s tour that I was invited to, (yes I’m STILLLLL writing about it because it was a jammed packed eventful night!) I had the privilege to be hosted to dinner at Old Hong Kong Restaurant. The boss of the Old Hong Kong Restaurant Group made time to join us which was great. Victoria Li, a Hong Konger has lived in Singapore for 10 years. She started the restaurant chain because she felt a lack of authentic Cantonese food in Singapore. It seems us Singaporeans tend to have different demands towards our food, be it due to local South East Asian influences, or perhaps pure ignorance?

For example, have you tried the Salted Egg Yolk Custard buns? These are little buns filled with oozy and liquidy egg yolk custard in them. It seems that Hong Kongers go for the taste of the egg yolk custard. Singaporeans are easier to please, as long as we see that the egg yolk custard is runny and not a hardened mass, we are happy.

Special Dried Longan TeaSpecial Chrysanthemum Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were first served little cups of Chinese Tea. The tea on the left is a special tea made of dried longan. I love it that the tea stays hot throughout the meal thanks to the tea lights. And the pots are so pretty! Hmmm…I wonder why tea lights are called tea lights? The double walled cups also help retain the heat but can also trick you into believing that your drink isn’t as hot as it is. The tea on the right is made of chrysanthemum and wolf-berries, which we had after the meal.

Fried Prawns in Japanese Wasabi Mayonnaise & Salted Egg Yolk Dressing

Fried Prawns in Japanese Wasabi Mayonnaise & Salted Egg Yolk Dressing $8 – Next, we were served this in a tall glass. The prawns were superb. They were so succulent tasting and had just the right amount of salted egg yolk dressing. I liked it that the amount of wasabi mayo used was in moderation because at some restaurants, there is so much wasabi mayo the prawn is lost in it. If you notice, curry leaves were also added to give an extra fragrance. Delicious!!

If there’s anything negative about this, it’s that I can’t open my mouth large enough to put the entire prawn in, and a glass is not very conducive for me to slice the prawn in half!

Wanton with Chicken in Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup

Wanton with Chicken in Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup $9 – Mmmmm if there’s one thing, it’s that the Hong Kongers really know how to make good soup. This soup was made with shark bone cartilege and boiled over numerous hours. Every mouthful was full of milky goodness and collagen. It’s the secret to looking young. If only I had more stomach space to drink it all up!

According to Victoria, if the soup leaves a sticky feeling on your lips, it means it’s been made with real bones. Some other restaurants may cut costs by thickening the soup with milk, which doesn’t leave a sticky feeling on your lips. That’s the trick!

Sautéed Hong Kong Kai Lan with Dried Conpoy (2)

Sautéed Hong Kong Kai Lan with Dried Conpoy $14 – I love the crispy bits on top of the kai lan. Wonder if it’s seaweed or dried kai lan. It’s only the 2nd time I’ve come across the crispy bits, the 1st time being at Zenxin Organic Park. Damn delicious!!

Flaming Kurobuta Pork with Danggui

Flaming Kurobuta Pork with Danggui $22 – The dish arrived literally on fire. Alas I was too slow and I don’t have a picture of that. Each slice of the pork was so tender and flavourful. I finished everything on my plate! It’s a must especially if you like danggui, because the flavour of the danggui is very obvious.

Braised Soon Hock Fish with Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup (2)Braised Soon Hock Fish with Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup

Braised Soon Hock Fish with Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup $8/100gm – The fish was fresh and cooked just right such that it wasn’t tough. I loved the flavourful mushroomy broth that came along with it.

Chilled Avocado Cream with Ice-Cream

Chilled Avocado Cream with Ice-Cream $6 – Okay I have to say this may be an acquired taste. The whole dessert was served up on a glass of dry ice. While the coconut flavoured ice-cream was nice and I would have been quite satisfied to have just that, I found it a little weird that it was placed within avocado cream. I’ve never had ice cream served in this way before. I love avocados very much, but I guess avocado cream and ice cream just doesn’t do it for me.

 

Old Hong Kong Taste

1 Maju Avenue, Singapore 556679

Open EVERY SINGLE DAY of the year

Tel: 68343013

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