Celebrating its first anniversary, Folklore at Destination Singapore has unveiled a wider repertoire of heritage dishes from the Peranakan, Eurasian, Malay and Chinese. Chef Damian D'Silva continues to warm the hearts and stomachs of diners, with more family recipes that he has consolidated throughout the years.
Sayur Lodeh 3.5/5
First we start with a classic Malay dish, Sayur Lodeh ($16). The young jackfruit is cooked in a blend of wet spices consists of shallots, candlenut, blue ginger, belacan, tumeric and lemongrass until soft. Beancurd, tempeh and sukun is also added into the broth.
Opar Ayam 4.2/5
The Opar Ayam ($24) is known to be originated from Indonesia. The kampong chicken is cooked in a non-spicy blend of wet spices, ground cumin and coriander until fragrant. It is rich and hearty dish with tender chicken pieces.
Ayam Goreng 4.2/5
The other chicken dish on the menu is the Ayam Goreng ($24 for half). The spring chicken is marinated overnight with cekur, galanghal, shallots and dried spices. It is then deep fried to crispy before serving. The aroma from the spices and the crispy skin are just too good to resist. Not forget to have it together with the homemade chilli dip to get the lift in the whole enjoyment.
Ambiler Kacang with Pork Belly 4.5/5
The Ambiler Kacang with Pork Belly ($16) is a Eurasian dish with Malay influences. The mildly spiced curry-like dish is cooked with pork belly and long beans. What I enjoyed is the tanginess from the strained tamarind liquid that is added to the rempah paste which is very appetising.
Sotong Masak Sambal Belado 4.2/5
Sometime simplicity is the best and we can taste from the Sotong Masak Sambal Belado (market price). The squid is cooked in fiery sambal simply made from just red chillis and tomatoes. A little dash of lime further accentuates the flavour.
Ikan Assam Surani 5/5
My favourite dish for the night goes to the Ikan Assam Surani ($30). The baby threadfin fish is cooked in a grounded paste of tumeric, shrimp paste, shallots, garlic and chillies. This results in a slightly sweet and sour gravy that goes so well with the fish. I was told that preparation requires meticulous slicing of ingredients used for the paste to specific sizes, to coax out the intricate nuances from them. A lot of effort is needed to cook this lost Peranakan recipe.
Prawn Sambal with Petai 4/5
The Prawn Sambal with Petai ($26) is originally a Malay dish but nowadays it has been adapted by the Chinese, Peranakan and Eurasians. While Petai has many health benefits, it has a distinct taste that is not well like by many. Hence this is both a fragrant and piquant dish that is subjective to individual. Any as for me, this is having the best of both world.
Braised Pork Trotters with Mooi Chay 4/5
In celebration of the Nation's 53rd birthday, Folklore introduces a weekday set lunch at $30 for 2 pax
that includes drinks and dessert. The National Day Special is changed every week and during our visit, we had the Braised Pork Trotters with Mooi Chay. Other National Day Special includes Nasi Minyak with Lamb Rendang and Sayur Lodeh (6-10 August), Dry Goat Curry with Briyani and Dhalcha (13-17 August), Nasi Ulam (20-24 August) and Eurasian Birthday Noodles (27-31 Aug).
Chilled White Fungus, Papaya Sweet Soup 4.2/5
With all the chillis and spices, the Chilled White Fungus, Papaya Sweet Soup ($12) is the perfect dessert to wash that all down. In the refreshing sweet soup, one can find ingredients such white fungus, papaya, longan, almonds, red dates and candied winter melon.
Once again, I am impressed with the new dishes introduced at Folklore. A dinner at Folklore is not just about good food but the discovery of that lost recipe and the history behind it. There is no other place that cook the old way from scratch without shortcuts or compromise, and with a lot of souls.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
Destination Singapore Beach Road
(Beside Golden Mile Complex)
700 Beach Road
Tel: +65 66792900
Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway (CC Line)
Daily: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 930pm
1) Alight at Nicoll Highway MRT station. Take Exit A. Take the overhead bridge to Beach Road. Turn right onto Beach Road.Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]