Our second day was all about rediscovering Singapore’s culture and heritage. After almost half day of touring China Town, Little India and Kampong Glam, we went straight to Tepak Sireh Restoran to experience some of the best tasting Malay food in Singapore.
The restaurant is just a stone throw away from Istana Kampong Glam fronting a stretch of colorful shophouses. The yellow colored building may look really simple in a glance but if you are viewing it from afar, you would know that it has a colorful past. Entering the beautifully refurbished two-storey restaurant will give you a different perspective, it was totally nostalgic and worth rediscovering.
I really love the idea of restoring an old traditional house to bring its original splendour. Thanks to Professor Madya Yacob who headed the complete restoration of the building before it was opened to the public as a restaurant on Christmas day of 2003.
Together with Jan and Wilson, we were welcomed by Ben of STB and Diana inside the restaurant. We were introduced by our tour guide Wilson while entering a small function room right beside the restaurant’s entrance. It’s really nice to meet new friends specially when you share the same interest.
After couple of interesting exchange of ideas and experiences about food, travel, music and gadgets, the food was finaly served. Since everyone is still busy discussing things about Blogging and how events are being handled in each country, I took the opportunity to take notes about each dish and took photos of the food as well.
The only dish I completely recognized was the Beef Rendang – this dish is also a popular Halal food in the southern part of the Philippines. A bit similar to Chicken curry, they also served Ayam Lemak Cili Padi – a chicken dish cooked in coconut cream with birds eye chili as one of the main ingredients.
For the appetizer, they served Cucumber With Sambal Belacan – Its a spicy and refreshing Pickled Cucumbers.
I like the Achar Fish Fillet – it’s much like fish fillet with a thick sweet and sour sauce that we usually enjoy in most Asian restaurants. Im not quite sure it its a Nonya food but Sambal Terong Balado looks like the Chinese spicy eggplant that we regularly order in some local Chinese restaurants but since its Halal – that means it doesn’t have ground pork.
If you want to minimize your rice intake, you can definitely try Begedil – its potato patties with ground meat. Among the main dishes served, I find Sambal Goreng Pengantin similar to Filipino dish called Higado but since its Halal, it only uses mixed beef parts like liver and heart.
For dessert, a variety of rice cakes was served with several fresh fruits on the side. Oh yeah the rice cakes looks and tastes something like Suman, Biko etc..
Each dish was served in a huge plate, I knew that we cant finish all of those but I guess I was wrong coz there’s only few left..
If you plan to visit the restaurant on your next Singapore visit, consider visiting the restaurant for dinner if you hate huge crowd for you to experience the great food and the restaurants historic ambiance.
Overall, The food quality along with all other things was really very good and it definitely pleased me a lot. Will I recommend it? Of course YES!!!
Tepak Sireh Restoran
73 Sultan Gate
Tel: +65 6396 4373