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Me thinks that this is the year of the come backs … Guess who’s back too?

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on August 17, 2012 at 07:33

2 come-back posts in the row with more to come!!! Its really nice to see our the chefs that we like come back from either retirement or from setbacks!

For those of us who have missed Pips and Charcoal Grill and Chef Simon who helms the grill there since they closed in the earlier part of 2012, there is some good news to share! They are back!!!

With a new name and a new place, the sambal chill chicken chop and the sirloin steaks are back! Are they as good as they used to be, well yupz in fact I feel that things have improved as they now have a much bigger variety of food available. In addition to the grill menu that they are known for, they have now gotten a bigger menu that includes desserts too!

The only gripe that I have about the new location is the same one I had in their previous one, I’m so not liking the lack of parking spaces around!

There’s what we had that day!

The classic sambal hot wings which were the hot hot hot fav! So good that we almost forgot to take its photo before we attacked it!

The grill salmon … one of the better ones we had in ages … Don’t you hate salmon that over cooked and dry? I’m so glad that the salmon that day was grilled to perfection with a plump pink centre that was moist! Yummy!

Who could forget the chicken chop and sirloin steaks? They were just like we remembered!

Remembered what I said about dessert in the beginning of the post. Pls don’t forget to leave some space for the desserts here. We had the Bobo Hitam that is served in a coconut with ice-cream topped wif durian puree and served with coconut juice in test tubes …

Little Nonya Express

101 Jalan Kembangan Singapore 419139
Tel : +65 6242 8191

From Sun-Thurs
11.30am-3.00pm (last order 2.30pm)
6pm-10pm (Last order 9.30pm)

Fri & Sat
11.30am-3.00 (last order 2.30pm)
6pm-10.30pm (Last order 10pm)


Nasi Ambeng in Jakarta

In Eating out, Indonesia, Outside Dubai on August 14, 2012 at 00:18

Nasi Ambeng, a traditional and authentic Javanese feast served on a ‘dulang’ (big serving tray) and lined with banana leaves. More than 7 delectable dishes are stacked on a bed of steamed rice in a mountainous display. It truly is a feast!
Nasi Ambeng is a festive dish of Javanese origin. Note that it’s pronounced “um-bng”, and does not rhyme with kambing (goat/mutton). At weddings and festivals, it’s usually served communal style in a big heaping stack, on a serving tray called “dulang” lined with banana leaves. The name “ambeng” apparently refers to that round tray. The dulang can be a large silver or wooden platter, the use of which celebrates abundance and sharing.

Traditionally, four to eight people sit on the floor around the rice-stacked dulang and share the feast. They eat using their hands as they banter and bond over the delicious food. Leftovers are packed for guests to take home. In fact, historically the nasi ambeng takeaway was evidence for husbands to prove to jealous wives that they were indeed at a kenduri (feast), and not elsewhere.

Authentic Nasi Ambeng is truly a feast of many toppings – sambal goreng (fried sambal vegetables and beancurd), serunding (fried grated coconut), acar (mixed pickles), urap (salad with spicy grated coconut), bagedil (potato cutlet), beancurd and fried tempeh (fermented soya bean) plus a choice of a main dish – mutton, chicken or beef rendang, or fish. Some versions even include noodles as a side dish.
Ambeng rice dish is typical of Java in the form of white rice that is placed on Tampah and side dishes were all around. Side dishes may include cakes , salted fish fried, peanut brittle , chili fries , eggs boiled, tempeh fried, ointment , fried noodles , and fried chicken .

Ambeng rice dish is served in salvation as a symbol of good luck. Rice is eaten by a gang of four to five adults. Rice is eaten by wearing with bare hands, without a spoon and fork . Presentation ambeng rice contains a request that all parties who participated endowed much sustenance.
This is one version I had in Jakarta recently.