Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hainan chicken & Beef rendang @ Old Street Kobiteh

I did not have any expectations for this place because the previous reviews were negative and the food on the photos did not look that good.
When it initially opened it was packed but now there is no need to queue.

I expected it to be a been there tried that visit.

The items on the menu were standard items that you would find in a Singaporean restaurant ie Laksa, Hainan chicken, Rendang beef etc.
However the pricing for these dishes were slightly too expensive.

Ordered the Hainan style chicken and the redang beef.
★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★ Hainan chicken
When it arrived the portion of the chicken looked stingy and the rice just looked awful.
I have never seen the rice accompanying Hainan chicken as dark and as oily as that.
The rice bowl had grains of rice all over it and the dish of chicken had chicken oil surrounding the chicken. The chicken was disappointing because the pieces of chicken were all stuck together despite that fact that it has been cut already.
It just seemed like the portion of chicken was cut and left there for a while before serving.
The texture of the chicken was chewy and tasteless even though there was sauce to go with it and the rice was just oily and soft.
Rendang beef
The sauce was dark and thick and the beef had been marinated for so long that there was a strong beef taste in the sauce as well as the taste of the rendang sauce.
Apart from the coconut taste being too strong I thought it was the best Beef rendang I have tried.
However if it were not on the daily special it would seem a bit over priced.
The presentation of the beef could have been better without sauce on the side of the bowl too! ★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★

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