What comes to your mind when you think of traveling to Southeast Asia? Rich culture? Friendly people? For me, it’s all that PLUS the food.
I mean, mainly the food.
Dubai is very far from Southeast Asia but that does not mean we have to wait to save up for flight tickets to be able to go and enjoy Southeast Asian food. It’s right here and then, if you go to the right places.
The Noodle House, one of Jumeirah group’s flagship restaurant celebrates the national days of Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia with favorites from each region. The new menu, available from 5th August to 2nd September 2014 will allow diners the chance to enjoy delicious and authentic South East Asian dishes from these three countries.
We went to the Noodle House branch at Jumeirah Emirates Towers to try out their new offerings.
This restaurant is popular among Dubai residents. And it’s easy to understand why. I love that the open space with a vibrant open style kitchen.
And the long tables with wooden benches adds to that classic Asian touch.
From the special limited edition menu, we decided we’ll order a dish for each country.
FROM THE SINGAPOREAN MENU
Hainanese Chicken Rice because when you think of Singapore, this is the first one in mind. At least, as far as my mind is concerned!
Hainanese Chicken Rice is a light and flavorful meal adapted from early Chinese immigrants originally from the Hainan province in southern China. It is Singapore’s most popular and staple dish.
I am not sure if it was just this particular plate though but I find that the chicken was not too tender as expected. I think it is over poached or it was just the nature of the part of the chicken used (breast)? Thankfully, the flavor came alive and the wonderful broth with subtle flavors of ginger and spring onion.
Bubur Chacha – taro and sweet potato cooked in coconut milk and sago
This was really a treat. I loved the chunks of sweet potato and taro and it blended really well with the thick coconut cream. I love everything coconut so I cannot say anything bad about this dessert!
FROM THE MALAYSIAN MENU
Tahu Isi – parcels of tofu with vegetables fried in turmeric batter.
This is like the Japanese dish called agedashi tofu but not quite. The restaurant manager suggested we play around the condiments available in our table as the dish itself did not really have that distinctive flavor. Sorry, I would say, you can skip this one.
We wanted to redeem the glory of the Malaysian menu lineup by ordering another one, the main dish this time: Kari Udang Mamak – wok fried prawns in tamarind curry sauce with steamed rice.
My short review of this dish is that, if you fancy the combination of salty and sour and love shrimps, then this is worth a try.
For dessert, it’s Sago Gula Melaka – sago pearls with palm sugar syrup topped with pandan coconut milk.
I love everything coconut so this dessert is faultless.
FROM THE INDONESIAN MENU
Gulai Kambing – a Javanese classic, slow cooked lamb in a rich curried gravy with roti canai
The roti canai is looks a lot like the Indian flat bread paratha and certainly tastes much like it. The braised meat is cloaked in a sticky, lively curry that’s equal parts spicy and sweet.The meat was tender and this dish, overall was a pleasure. You might want to eat this with rice though, as opposed to the roti served with it. Again, personal preference.
Dadar Gulung – pandan pancakes filled with coconut and palm sugar.
Again, the main ingredient of this one is coconut. I loved the mild flavor of pandan in the pancake and the chewy goodness of grated coconut filling!
Here’s the complete menu for the Flavours of Southeast Asia:
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