[SG] Mr Teh Tarik Coffee Stall (Haig Road)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Opposite the Geylang Serai Market, this place is more often known for its traditional putu piring. Popping by for lunch, we tried some of the other stalls around and were surprised to find good food that managed to satisfy our tummies during the otherwise boring usual lunch haunts!

 Ayam Penyet ($5.50)

Initially I thought this referred to the chicken that had been fried, but was told later on that it actually meant 'smashed fried chicken' for a literal translation. The chicken is smashed to make it softer, hence different from the usual fried chicken where you get some tough meat after frying.

Not expecting much from it as the highlight of our trip was supposed to be the putu piring, I was pleasantly surprised after tasting it and thought it was one of the better ones I've tried so far. Unlike most that I've tried which focuses on the chicken itself, this stall left no details uncovered.

Even the accompanying serving of rice was well taken care of, with chicken rice served instead of plain rice and I must say it was one that matched my palate perfectly! It was cooked for just the right amount of time, soft and warm when served and didn't have any trace of the oil that you'd usually find in chicken rice. Lightly flavoured, it didn't make me feel jelat at all and in fact it was the one that caught my attention at first taste.

The chicken itself wasn't the most fantastic but it was still quite a decent one nonetheless! Though slightly dry and tough from probably overcooking, I liked the thin layer of crispiness, well accompanied by the sambal. Best part of the dish? Instead of the usual fried bits drizzled over, they had a full piece of the crispy part that seemed so ordinary but created fireworks after tasting! Crispy like a cracker, it packed alot of crunch in it, and was flavourful enough that got me addicted.

It would have been perfect if the chicken was soft and tender, but I'm happy enough with this. Plus point for big eaters, they have such big portions to make for a filling and satisfying meal!

Nom Factor: 8.5/10

 Iced Teh Tarik

What better drink to order under the sweltering hot sun and with an entire coffee shop named after it? I thought this was probably one of their signature drinks and indeed, it didn't disappoint at all. With a strong tea flavour, it wasn't diluted at all even when the ice cubes melted and wasn't too sweet (at least for me). Scored well with me for sure!

Nom Factor: 8.0/10

Putu Piring ($2 per packet of 5 pieces)

Goodness of gula melaka revealed when turned over :P

This is perhaps what drew most people here in the first place, myself included. Freshly made when you order, expect to wait for a while just as they perfect their craft. A fan of gula melaka, I was elated to find a generous amount of it tucked in the soft and slightly moist steamed rice cake. Best to eat it on the spot, where you can taste the melted gula melaka with the piping hot steamed cake. Topped with fresh coconut shavings, some say it tastes better with it. But for me, I'm contented enough with the main star of the dish and would prefer not to be distracted.

Nom Factor: 8.5/10

A pretty unconventional place for people to visit unless you happen to be working/staying nearby, it's quite a gem found! Satisfied with all that I've tried within a meal, I'll most probably be heading back there soon!

Overall Nom Factor: 8.0/10
970 Geylang Road #01-02
Singapore 423492 

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