Showing posts with label Ayam Bakar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ayam Bakar. Show all posts

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Bara Food @ Altez / Icon Village - True Indonesian Flavours With Nasi Bakar, Indonesian Special Grilled Rice


Bara Food is a Halal Indonesian restaurant located inside Altez at Tanjong Pagar, serving Nasi Bakar, Indonesian special grilled rice. The restaurant offers a number of set menus with the nasi bakar as well as side dishes complete the meal.

Ayam Goreng Serundeng 4.2/5

The first set we had is the Ayam Goreng Serundeng, which comes with a whole Javanese-style fried chicken leg topped with serundeng, mixed fried Indonesian herbs and spices. The sides include tempeh and fried tofu. All these are accompanied by rich and aromatic rice wrapped in banana leaves, grilled over fire.

Ayam Goreng Cabe Ijo 4.2/5

If you like spicy food, I recommend trying the Ayam Goreng Cabe Ijo. The fried chicken topped with green chilli sauce is fragrant, spicy, and has a spicy punchy kick.

Ayam Bakar Betutu 4.2/5

The Ayam Bakar Betutu will be a delicious option if you are not into spicy food. It comes with Balinese-style grilled chicken in sweet kecap manis paired with sambal matah (a mixture of different raw spices in special chilli oil), fried tofu, tempeh and nasi bakar.

Kangkung Belacan 4/5

We ordered Kangkung Belacan cooked in shrimp paste sauce for a balanced diet. The rich shrimp paste flavour accentuated the enjoyment of the crunchy morning glory.

Gado Gado 3/5

We also ordered the Gado Gado, an Indonesian mixed salad in peanut dressing.t I am not a fan of it. I find it weird to have cold vegetables in peanut dressing.

Bergedel 4.5/5 and Corn Fritter 3.8/5

I would recommend the snacks at Bara Food too. The Bergedel was so good. It is probably one of the best I have eaten. As for the Corn Fritter, It lacked the crispiness I was expecting.

I visited the place during the weekend for lunch, which is packed. Fortunately, I made a reservation. Hence if you plan to check out the place, avoid the peak hours or make a reservation.

Bara Food
Altez / Icon Village
16 Enggor Street
Singapore 079717
Tel: +65 81826876
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 8pm

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A. Turn left and walk down Peck Seah Street towards Gopeng Street. Walk to Icon Village. Cut through Icon village to Altez. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House @ Ann Siang - Bringing The Wonders of Warungs To Singapore


Experience the warungs of the sidewalks in Indonesia through the dishes of Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House. Serving you street-style soups and dishes representative of those served from push-cart stalls on the streets of Indonesia, Tok Tok takes you through the rich flavours of Warung.

Soto Betawi - Jakarta Beef Bowl 3.5/5

Soto Madura - Madura Beef Soup 2.8/5

We tried 2 of their signature soups, Soto Betawi - Jakarta Beef Bowl ($9.50) and Soto Madura - Madura Beef Soup ($8.80). I like the Jakarta Beef Bowl which carried the sweetness of tomato, hints of herbs and spices and a touch of milk that gave it a body. The Soto Madura is prepared using beef broth and lemongrass but somehow it had the flavour of instant mee soup which didn't resonate with the ingredients.

Nai Campur Bali 3.5/5

Nasi Campur Bali ($9.90) to me is a feast for both lunch and dinner, especially for people who love sambal which is delicious here. The platter consists Balinese style beef rendang, sambal shredded chicken, sliced beef tossed with sambal, sweet and spicy fried tempeh, Balinese stir fried long bean and beef skewers with basted homemade sambal. My favourite is the beef skewers with chunky beef cubes and the sliced beef. Though the latter were almost like beef jerky, they were moreish to chew on. On the other hand, the chicken and beef rendang were much drier than they should be.

Nasi Tumpeng 4/5

For a merry good time, Nasi Tumpeng is the dish to go for. Good for 10 pax or more, feast on Indonesian turmeric rice served with traditional galangal fried chicken, fried vermicelli, sliced omelette, fried potato cake, sweet and spicy fried tempe, garlic crackers and homemade sambal. I love its colors, the mood that it evokes and the hearty dishes. You will see the fried potato cakes flying off the plate the fastest, followed by the fried chicken, which was fragrant and crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. The rice was very pleasing too and remained so even after it got cold.

Ayam Bakar 4/5

Ayam Bakar ($8.80) the famous Indonesian grilled chicken is highly recommended. The sweet glaze on surface was caramelised to release strong hints of smokiness and the flavours stood out even more with the sambal.

Siomay Bandung 2.5/5

What didn't quite sit well with me is the Siomay Bandung ($8), a popular snack in Indonesia, especially in Bandung. With close resemblance with our Yong Tau Foo but the fish meat which is made by blending with flour and tapioca, was not as appetising - I find them to be just lumps of flour being stuffed into a variety of ingredients. The homemade peanut sauce, Kecap Manis was superb but failed to elevate the dish any further.

Es Cendo 3.5/5

Good for any weather is their Es Cendol ($3.80). The homemade pandan rice jelly was quite soft and the Javanese palm sugar had the fragrance and sweetness but not cloying. I like the diced jackfruit which provides crunch and natural sweetness to the dessert.


It is not difficult to spot Tok Tok when it is one of the few buzzing with life along the shophouses of Ann Siang Street. Apparently, Tok Tok has already gotten the stamp of approval from the Indonesians community in Singapore, as the go-to place for authentic Indonesian street food. Small but cosy, do experience it yourself.

Photos and words by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House
18 Ann Siang Road
Singapore 069698
Nearest MRT: Chinatown (NE Line), Telok Ayer (DT Line), Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 10pm

1) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Turn left and walk down Cross Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Continue to the end of Amoy Street. Climb the stairs beside Siang Cho Keong Temple, up Ann Siang Hill. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk down Maxwell Road towards Kadayanallur Street (beside URA building). Turn right onto Kadayanallur Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

3) Alight at Chinatown MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Pagoda Street to South Bridge Road. Cross the road and turn right. Walk down South Bridge Road. Turn left onto Ann Siang Hill. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

Monday, June 17, 2013

Ayam Penyet President @ Serangoon NEX


Ayam Penyet President is the new resident at Serangoon NEX servicing authentic Indonesian cuisine. I have to admit I was looking for an experience and meal that is fit for a president. Unfortunately, I am brought to reality very soon when I needed to walk up to the cashier to place my order and made payment before I got my food served. This is not how you treat a president or rather I thought I will be treated like a president.

Tahu Telor 2/5

The Tahu Telor ($5.50) was a big disappointment. I was expecting a tall standing tower of the tahu telor but instead I was served with with pieces of fried beancurd wrapped in by a omelette. I really felt I was being cheated.

Ayam Penyet 3/5

The Ayam Penyet ($6.50) is a Malay word which literally means smashed fried chicke does not come with steamed rice. The Steamed Rice ($0.80) needs to be order separately. While the chicken was tender and moist, the chicken was not flatted or smashed enough. I also wished I could have more of the crispy bits.

Ayam Bakar 3.5/5

I also tried the Ayam Bakar ($6.50) which is served with grilled tofu, bean cake and cut chilli in black sauce. Actually the waitress left out the cut chilii in black sauce and I have asked for it. The grilled chicken with the sweet sauce drenched over it was rather flavourful. It complemented the moist and tender chicken.

Mixed Fruit Juice a la President 3.5/5 Iced Chendol 3.5/5 

The meal ended on a sweet note with the Mixed Fruit Juice a la President ($4) and Ice Chendol ($3). The mixed fruit juice a la president is quite similar to our Chinese version of Ice Kachang.

Overall I find that the food here is just average and definitely you won't be getting the president treatment. Unless I need a quick meal or avoid the crowd, I probably would not visit the eatery.

Ayam Penyet President
Serangoon NEX
23 Serangoon Central
Singapore 556083
Tel: +65 66348165
Nearest MRT: Serangoon (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 1130am - 930pm
Sat-Sun & PH: 11am - 930pm

1) Alight at Serangoon MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes.