Sunday, July 27, 2014

Melody's Kitchen (美乐小厨) @ Prestige Centre, Bukit Batok Industrial Area [Singapore]

A friend i have known for close to ten years whatsapped me to gauge my interest in trying out a new Chinese restaurant in the west with air-conditioning and free parking; knowing he has never been much of a glutton (at least compared to the rest of us), my next bet would be it's his new business venture! 

And i am right! As i said before, i am not keen to partake in advertorial and it's even more tricky when it comes to friends and relatives. So my reply to him is that i wouldn't blog about it if the food at Melody's Kitchen falls short of the Gang of Four's expectations and, we would pay for it. 

Turned out the food was actually pretty good and the environment was really quite cosy; of course, the fact that we can catch up with that friend was a great bonus for the Gang. Without further ado, let's begin with the review.

Eggplant with Four Season Beans
With spicy bits of chilli padi and crispy mermaid fish adding to the kick of this yummy dish, the surprise was definitely the many pieces of beancurd / tempeh-like stuff. As you could have gathered from the name of this dish, they were deep fried eggplants! 

Salted Egg Prawns
This would be the type well liked by diners who love the wet and creamy type of salted egg prawns / crabs. However, we found the salted egg yolk flavour to be on the light side and commented to Ken (our friend cum owner of Melody's Kitchen) that it could have been better. 

Pork Belly Bee Hoon
I know for a fact that many restaurants out here in Singapore used canned pork belly to make this dish as the disgusting taste was obvious from the very first bite. Not sure what the Malaysian chef did with this (heard it was some additional marination) but i sure was satisfied with this version at Melody's Kitchen; it wasn't overwhelming yet flavourful enough to compell us to almost order a second helping. 

White Bee Hoon
Many people would have known of the white bee hoon at Sembawang and as with its famous competitor, this was healthier than other types of stir fried bee hoon. It was wetter though and although tasty enough, we would have still opted for pork belly bee hoon!

Black Pepper Pork Ribs
There are subtle differences to chilli hot and pepper hot. This adaption had a mixed of both even though the peppery ratio in this case was less apparent. Do i like it? Well, to put it objectively, i prefer the epic sweet and sour pork ribs from Melite!!

Oyster Omelette
I know how an oyster omelette looks like and this didn't look like the type i was accustomed to; at least not with that generous spread of sambal chilli right on top! To be honest, the chilli was a tad too spicy for me and whenever that happens, i couldn't really derive much enjoyment from it. My recommendation for improvement would either be more stingy with the sambal chilli (this wouldn't be taken kindly by chilli kings or queens) or have it on a separate bowl like most oyster omelette stalls in hawker centres. 

Mongolian Chicken
Despite the seemingly soggy appearance, this immediately won our hearts with its crispy texture that was strangely similar to KFC popcorn chicken and a thin layer of delicious cream that tasted like salted egg yolk! We literally had to stop Alex from ordering a second plate! 


Would i be back? Definitely because our dear Alex has been reminiscing about the Mongolian chicken while i am keen to bring my mom along! I bet she would like the food here, especially the eggplants and pork belly bee hoon! 

71, Bukit Batok Crescent,
#02-02, Prestige Centre

As above.

Opening Hours
11am to 11pm (Daily)

Call 6316-5333

Eggplant with Four Season Beans - S$10
Salted Egg Prawns - S$18
Pork Belly Bee Hoon - S$5.50
White Bee Hoon - S$5.50
Mongolian Chicken - S$14.00
Black Pepper Pork Ribs - S$14.00
Oyster Omelette - S$14.00
[No GST and No Service Charge]

Drinks Menu
As above

Additional Information
Heard from Ken that there are plans to have a separate function room where you can have birthday parties (Melody's Kitchen serves liquor too) and make use of the karaoke system to sing to your heart's content! 

Anyway, for non-alcoholic drinkers like me and Alex, you die die must try this Stewards' Cream Soda! I have never been this obsessed with cream soda until i tried this brand at Melody's Kitchen! 

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