There are days when you're feeling lazy to cook or go out. Yesterday was one of them. Craving for Indonesian food, I decided to check out what Spice Corner, a Kopitiam stall at Plaza Singapura, has got to offer. I think I tried something from that stall a few years ago, though I can't remember much.
Ayam Bakar Set (Thigh) S$7.80
The grilled chicken thigh wasn't only tender, but also flavourful enough for my liking. It was complemented well by the kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) and the potent homemade sambal belacan (lit. shrimp paste chili). Sadly, there wasn't any fried tempe (lit. fermented soya bean cake) to accompany the fried tofu.
Dory Penyet Set S$7.80
Look at the size of the deep-fried breaded dory fish! Not only it was succulent, but also seasoned well with an adequate amount of turmeric to make it fragrant. The bits of batter sprinkled on top of it were delectable, although they could be crispier. Anyway, I was hoping they'd give more cucumber slices.
Pempek Kapal Selam S$7.00
Literally translated as 'submarine fish cake', the stall's rendition of the icon of Palembang city in South Sumatra, Indonesia was enjoyably chewy, filled with solid egg yolk. The vinegary sauce tantalised the taste buds with its sweet, sour and spicy profile. The juicy cucumber cubes helped to cool the burning tongue down.
Sayur Asam (Small) S$2.00
To accompany the rice dishes aforementioned, I ordered the sayur asam (lit. sour vegetables) a try, which turned out to be a good decision. The tamarind-based soup had a nice sweet and sour balance, consisting of long beans, chayote cubes, cabbages, peanuts and a small segment of corn.
Overall, the food was pretty authentic, which perhaps explains the fact that the stall has been surviving till now. Pika's advice: For interested individuals, the stall sells its sambal belacan in jars.
68 Orchard Road
#06-15/16/17 Plaza Singapura
(Daily: 11.00am - 9.00pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to delivery charge.
Have a nice meal,