Southeast Asian Cuisine🍚

Southeast Asian Cuisine🍚

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Jaslyn T.
Jaslyn T.

Featured in the Michelin Bib Gourmand, Un-Yang-Kor-Dai is an authentic Issan restaurant hailing from Khao Yai, and has elements of Laotian flavours as well. A relatively small restaurant, it’s highly encouraged to reserve a table instead of trying your luck. When I went on a Friday night, the restaurant was full-house, and unfortunately more could’ve been done about relatively haphazard service.

Whilst not mind blowing, one of the better dishes of my night was the Tom yum soup with fresh prawns. Adequately spicy with a good balance of sourness, it checked the boxes of a decently satisfactory Tom yum soup, while still giving that nice refreshing tinge in the aftermath.

Not sure if I had the most delightful food experience at Un-Yang-Kor-Dai as their dishes were generally just decent to me, but considering how it’s on the Michelin Bib Gourmand I’d still recommend trying this, especially if you find purely Thai cuisine too strong for your palate.

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Have heard raving reviews about the grilled chicken at Un-Yang-Kor-Dai, it was unfortunate that it was unavailable on the day I was there. Decided to go for the grilled pork neck for our meats instead. The grilled pork neck was grilled with a nice barbecued sweet flavour, and was juicy with every bite. While not as tender as I like, it was still a pretty enjoyable dish.

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Small spring rolls encasing a piece of prawn that’s fun and easy to eat with the grip of the tail. Deep-fried, the roll was fresh and crisp, but I must admit that the price point is seemingly high for the portion and item.

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Omelette wasn’t too oily, which was great, though I’d expect the fluffy Thai styled omelette. Nonetheless, a pretty decent dish that is what you’d expect.

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Aromatic beef rendang that I would come back for. The rempah was so damn flavourful, and the portion of sauce was so generous to make every scoop a savoury one. The rempah gravy was spicy, but it did not stop us from adding that extra kick with the cafe’s homemade belachan (so good I asked for seconds). Being surprised by fragrance and well-execute rempah was not good enough by Marie Lapis’ standards. They managed to amaze me with the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness of the beef chunks. Topping this dish off with a perfectly aesthetic fried egg is needless to say, a huge bonus.

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Not gonna lie and say I know exactly how buah keluak tastes because I can almost never put a finger on it, but I personally liked the earthy taste it produces. There can be a slight bitter taste, yet it wasn’t unpleasant. In fact, it complemented surprisingly well with the onions that were cooked with it. A pretty generous amount of prawns and scallops for the price as well. I did think that the spaghetti didn’t come through a lot, feeling more like just fried noodles. Ultimately, what really elevated the dish for me was their very own home-made belachan. It packed such a good punch of spiciness, but was also fragrant at the same time. A unique dish that I would recommend you to try.

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Char Kway Teow was an ordinary find here, but it really tastes better than it looks (though not that worthy of the price… let’s consider that we’re at the Night Safari). The dark brown colour in the kway teow wasn’t there, nor was I welcomed by the quintessential char kway teow aroma you’d find in your Hawker centres. So I was pleasantly surprised when this ended up tasting quite decent — in terms of flavour, the slight char, the sweetness from the dark sauce, crunchiness from the beansprouts, and the fresh prawns. With all the elements together, it did culminate to a plate of normal char kway teow. Nonetheless, this still could definitely do with much more wok hei flavour and aroma!

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Taste of Malaysia at Night Safari!

Decent dish. Rice was pretty fragrant though it did not look the most aesthetically pleasing with a rather lacklustre blue. The achar is adequately appetising. The rendang was decent — a pretty small portion and while it wasn’t bland, it definitely could do with a much stronger flavour. Notwithstanding that, the meat was pretty tender. Shoutout to the chilli for adding that real spicy kick! It was pretty shiok and a good complement to everything on the plate.

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Plated this for the picture but man… the portion you see here was just half of what was in the takeaway portion. Maggi goreng was super flavourful in its own right, and I found the maggie better than the Mee rendition because it managed to encapsulate most of the flavour. It contained dices of potatoes, onions, and vegetables inside, but other than that, nothing much. Was hoping a fried egg would come with it but I think you’ll have to add it on separately! Nonetheless, with the portion and taste, I thought it was decent.

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My first time having Indonesian beefball soup, although I think it is a big thing back in Indonesia! Beefball soup was served in a clear broth but it was rich in flavour and refreshing, a good complement to your spicy and oily ayam penyet meal. The beefball itself was somehow really bouncy yet tough at the same time, which made me feel like the texture was a bit weird.. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the soup for what it was!

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Pleasantly surprised by how decent this was. Fried rice was more towards coconut rice steamed with a bit of vegetables. Not the most fragrant and texture was a bit off, but nothing too horrible. The fried egg had a slightly flowy yolk, not bad. The different sauces on each ingredient — belachan on the prawns, sambal on the chicken drumstick, and rendang on the beef were strong in flavour. My serving of beef rendang sadly did not have much meat, most of it was just skin and fat, but the gravy was nutty and decent. Although they claim to be ‘tiger prawns’, prawns were small and not the freshest. They were dry and not juicy, and there was a sweet belachan looking chilli on it. Not my favorite on the plate. The winner was definitely the sambal chicken drumstick. The sambal had an aroma to it, and really gave a spicy kick. The chicken drumstick was decently huge, and was a juicy companion to the rice. Pair a mouthful of chicken and rice with the achar at the side and you get a pretty decent chicken drumstick Nasi goreng hitting all the right flavours!

P.S. You need to be with at least one NUSS Guild member to dine here!

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Gin Khao Special Watermelon Fried Rice served in a watermelon bowl (Only served in a watermelon when buying in 2 pax)

So we all already know about pineapple fried rice in a pineapple, but Gin Khao Fried Rice does us one more unique by placing their house special fried rice in a watermelon. How do I feel about it? Honestly, I have no idea. Aesthetics wise, I thought it was beautifully executed. The fried rice itself was also very tasty, with a generous amount of seafood like fish, mussels, and prawns. However, I just could not put the two elements together to see the point. Both flavours were very separate on its own, and neither complemented one another — so everything here just felt very gimmicky. Also, the rice closer to the edges of the watermelon felt a tad bit soggier due to the wetness of the juice which was not the most pleasant experience for fried rice. Nonetheless, after looking at countless reviews and photos, I was personally quite keen to try it for myself. I am glad to say that it is still worth a shot if you want to see how it is like for yourself — it was decent and in fact pretty good. I just felt like I was expecting something more with how fascinating it looks. Ultimately, I do think Gin Khao Thai serves pretty good Thai food amidst a great ambience and a decent price.

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