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Monday, January 19, 2009

Joe's Kitchen
Blk 125, Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-182
6270 8484

Mom has been telling me about this place that serves cheap and delicious thai food for ages. So, she took half a day's leave and brought me here for an early dinner after shopping at the nearby Ikea.


The menu was simple but comprehensive. I wanted to try a little of everything and ordered 8 items for just the two of us! First up, the Mango Salad ($6.50) which I wouldn't dream of not ordering when having thai food. This was quite interesting as fried cuttlefish was topped on the crunchy shreds of tangy mango.

The Thai Prawn Cakes ($2.30 per piece) were my favourite! They were crispy yet not oily, and stuffed with generous amount of fresh prawns.

You are probably thinking that these looked exactly like the prawn cakes. But no, these were Thai Fish Cakes ($2.30 per piece) which tasted like otah. Nothing special and a little too pricey for the size.

Another excellent dish was the Crispy Seafood Tofu ($5 for 6 pieces). In retrospect, these were rather similar to the prawn cakes but the texture was a little smoother due to the tofu.

These Stuffed Chicken Wings ($2.50 per piece) were my mom's favourite! I didn't try them though.

The Tom Yum Sliced Fish Soup ($4.50 for small) was quite up to standard with the aroma of lemongrass and a tangy spiciness. The portion was just nice for the both of us but might be too small if sharing with more than 2 friends.
I had a tough time deciding on the vegetable dish as almost all of them sounded good. The waitress solved my dilemma by recommending the Belacan Sweet Potato Leaves ($6 for small). This was nothing fantastic though and my mom reckoned that the belacan was not spicy enough.

The highlight of the meal was the Craypot Crab Vermicelli ($15) which was the promotion for this week. By this point, both of us were stuffed but couldn't resist digging in as the smell was just heavenly. I seldom eat vermicelli but this was quite remarkable as it soaked up the fragrant essence of the crab. However, the portion was too generous and we had to doggy bag it home.

If I didn't know of this place, I would probably walk past it without a 2nd glance as it's tucked away in a HDB area with old provision shops. Don't expect too much from the interior of the eatery as it's really stark and bare. This is truly a no-frills eating place with minimal decor but great value for money! There is no GST or service charge which is a big plus!

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In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!

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