What comes to your mind when you hear “Marina South’?
For me, it brought back fond memories of the 10 dollars BBQ steamboat that I used to patronize when I was in school. When you leave that place, the BBQ stench follows you on your clothing. I was also reminded of the giant kites that could be seen flying across the empty fields on weekends.
When I was invited by Agnes from AT Marketing and PR Consultancy to do a food review of Marina South Curry House, I quickly checked to see if this place was indeed somewhere near the Marina Barrage or Gardens by the Bay. On the contrary, this place is located in the heart of Tanjong Pagar at 100am shopping mall. More details on the location at the end of my post. But first and foremost, let me introduce this place to you guys.
Marina South Curry House is managed by Chef Gan. He hails from Ipoh and he specializes in cooking both Singaporean and Malaysian dishes while exploring new stuff. He has also been exposed to various international dishes while travelling. His main philosophy while cooking is to do it with dedication and passion.
We went there for lunch a couple of weeks ago. The restaurant had a very old school decor. There were stuff like old metal kettles, ting kat containers, metal plates with design of flowers on it. It reminded me of my growing up years. I remembered all these stuff existed in my grandparents house. There are many seats available so if you want to bring a big family over there for dinner, it is not an issue. The best thing is that there was ample space between each table, so if have to lug a big stroller around, this would be an ideal place for a meal.
Let’s check out what does Marina South Curry House have to offer? They have set menus as well as the ala carte food items. I was so excited to order their food, that I only took a picture of the set menu. Their prices for the set menu is quite reasonable for a restaurant. I have been to other places that charge even more for the same kind of food. Do check out the below picture for the set menu.
Of course, we did not ordered stuff from the set menu as wanted to try all their signature dishes. Let me introduce you to their dishes below
Signature Claypot Fish Head Bee Hoon
What’s so special about fish head bee hoon soup? I mean, this dish can be found in many zhi char places in Singapore. I was not having any high expectations before the dish arrived. Even when it arrived, it looked quite ordinary. But do not be deceived by the looks of it. The soup broth packs a punch! There is no milk added in the broth so it does not taste like your typical fried fish bee hoon soup. The broth is simmered for over 6 hours before it is being served. The picture above only shows my bowl of noodles. However, it is served in a claypot and comes in 2 sizes (single portion or a 2-3 person portion). We had the single portion to share.
I am very particular about the freshness of any fish dish which i eat and true enough, this dish did not disappoint me. The fish meat was very tender and fresh. The best thing about the dish was that it came with thinly sliced ginger which means that you can just devour the slices if you want to. There was a generous serving of cabbage inside to blend with the fish. My wife and I particular loved this dish.
Salted Egg Chicken Wings
This is the first time I have heard of salted egg chicken wings. I have tried salted egg crabs, salted egg fish and salted egg prawn but never with chicken wings. Whenever I go out for meal, I seldom order chicken wings because it is a hassle to break the parts. You get your hands all dirty and oily. Well, just to try this dish, i decided to make an exception and I never regretted it. The coating of the salted egg is quite generous and is spread out quite evenly on the whole piece of chicken wing. You can actually taste the salted egg when you bite into the chicken. As you can see from the picture, there is some yellow liquid at the bottom of the plate. That’s the salted egg. Overall, this dish satisfied my palate.
Red Curry Chicken
What’s coming to a curry house without having a red hot curry experience! We were offered the Red Curry Chicken dish. This dish is served in a claypot. Take note that this dish is a little spicy so be prepared for loads of tissue paper if you cannot take the spiciness. The chicken was very tender and cooked to perfection. I have eaten from places that i felt that the chicken was just cooked immediately out of the freezer. Frozen meat that is cooked usually will taste drier and unpleasant as compared to chilled meat. even the huge piece of potato was soft but not mushy. I kinda loved this curry dish especially with the bread that you can order to compliment it. What’s eating curry without toasted bread, it is like eating wanton noodles without the wanton.
Luo Han Chye
This is their signature vegetable dish that consists of ingredients such as mushroom, tau pok, luohan tofu, carrots and french bean. For me, this is a safe dish and I usually will order this in most Chinese restaurants. You cannot really go wrong with this unless the cook is having a bad day. There was nothing really spectacular about this dish, just a tad ordinary. At least it gave us our needed fibre intake for our bodies. The choice of vegetables with its colours however did made the dish look nice and enticing though.
I ordered the original Buah Long Long Drink while my wife had a lemon barley drink. What is Buah Long Long? It’s scientific name is Spondias Dulcis. it is just a tropical tree with a unique fruit. There are many names given to it. However in Singapore and Malaysia it is commonly known as the Buah Long Long Drink. It tastes like a hybrid between lime juice and guava juice. Well that’s the closest I can try to imagine it. If you want to really taste this drink, you got to come down here to try it. There are very few places in Singapore selling this drink. i think so far other than here and Gurney Drive chain of restaurants, I have not seen this drink elsewhere. It is very refreshing and it soothes the throat. If you are having a sore throat, it will help to alleviate some of the pain. It compliments the curry dishes served here. I loved this drink but my wife does not like sour stuff so this drink was out for her.
The taste of this cup of chendol is somehow very different from others. There is a nice mix of ingredients and everything is layered inside. At the bottom, there was the Melaka sugar syrup. In the middle that was the coconut milk and at the top there was the atap chee and jelly noodles. I have tasted many places that sell chendol, the common denominator for those places is a lack of Melaka sugar thus making the drink too bland. However the chendol served here has a right mixture of everything. It is not to sweet yet not too bland. The serving was quite huge. Considering we had it only at the end of the meal, we were struggling to finish the chendol. But it was too nice to resist this sweet temptation and somehow managed to stuff every single bit of the chendol down our stomachs.
Look at the satisfied faces. Reuben just woke up when we were about to finish our chendol. Pardon his stunned look.
Overall, we had a pleasant dining experience here at Marina South Curry House and would recommend my readers to bring their families to try it. The prices are very reasonable and cheaper than quite a number of Chinese restaurants out there. To find out how to get there, please scroll to the bottom of this blog.
Marina South Curry House details
Location: 100 Tras Street, 100am, #03-14
Opening Hours: 11:30 to 21:30
Contact: 6694 8108
We were invited to Marina South Curry House for the purpose of this food review. There was no monetary compensation given to us. The only thing that went into us were the calories and any health benefits from all the food that was served. All opinions written in this post are purely mine! =)