Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe

Chilli Padi serves Peranakan cuisine and provides catering services with a wide range of menus. They have set up a restaurant @ Joo Chiat Place and 2 Nonya cafes @ North Bridge Road and Heng Mui Keng Terrace.

Over a weekend, I gather a few friends to try their lunch buffet at the Nonya Cafe @ North Bridge Road. The buffet starts at 11 am till 2.30 p.m. and the price is S$13.80++.

We were early but the crowds came after about 11.30 a.m.

A sizzling pot of hot laksa gravy ~ the rich coconut gravy is fragrant ~
you can add chilli to increase it spiciness flavor.

The coconut milk adds a distinctive flavor to my bowl of tasty laksa!

Another piping hot pot of mee siam gravy goes well with the bee hoon.

It is a dish with 3 "S" flavors ~ Sweet, Sour and Spicy.

My plate full of Nonya Chap Chey (Mmixed vegetables, black fungus, vermicelli , dried lily flower buds and dried beancurd till its soft and tasty), Achar (pickled veg and pineapple and sprinkle with crushed peanuts), Assam fish slices, Nonya Curry Chicken and its gravy goes with rice. Oops! Almost forgotten about the Sambal Belacan Chilli Paste ~ super good and just increase my appetite!

My 2nd helping ^.~

Gado Gado (mixture of prawn crackers, potatoes, cucumbers, eggs, tempeh (fermented soybeans) and ketupat (rice cakes) ~ I thought it's an Indonesian dish but the buffet serves this too. Perhaps the gravy is made in Nonya's recipe. Anyway, it is delicious.

Surprise too ~ there are also local delights too ~
my favorite: Chwee Kueh and Yam Cakes.

Yummy! Another of my fav ~ Nonya Kueh Pie Tee :P

The Kueh Pie Tee cups are fresh and crispy. The tasty stewed fillings are sweet turnips, carrots, shallots/garlics and corriander leaves. There should be eggs and shrimps in that fillings too but I skip it.

Here comes my desserts ~ ATTACK! HeHe ^0^

Aren't the kueh kueh look delicious and colorful too :P

As most Nonya Kueh are steamed and baked of grated coconut flesh, coconut milk, tapioca, sago, gula melaka (palm sugar) and glutinous rice so I can be full after having these desserts.

Different colors, shapes, texture and taste ~ simply mouth-watering ^0^

An enjoyable and satisfying lunch ~