Friday, 25 January 2008

Hooked on Heads

Prawn paste chicken (left) and fried hae chor (prawn roll).

CH eats out everyday while I only do so on Fridays. So he lets me pick the restaurants on our Friday nights out.

I remember reading about Hooked on Heads in my favourite blog by a doctor who's also a foodie. We're not big fans of fish head curry but his other recommendations and photos had been etched in my head for months.

By the time we arrived at the restaurant last night, I already knew what to order. The service was friendly and the food arrived very quickly. The first to arrive was mee siam served in a pretty Peranakan bowl. Unlike most mee siam found elsewhere, this is a sweeter and creamier version with a light tangy taste. I thought I tasted coconut milk in it too. It was really delicious though CH felt the prawns had too much of a crunchy bite. I didn't take any photos because mee siam is not really a photogenic dish.

The other dishes arrived quickly after that. The Thai mango salad was another winner. The shredded green mango is tossed with onions, chilli padi and corriander leaves, garnished with roasted peanuts and shredded dried cuttlefish, drenched in a tangy Thai dressing. A very appetizing dish. You can find nice photos of both dishes here.

Influenced by YK who's going through a prawn-paste-chicken craving phase, I had to try this dish here, especially after the raving reviews. The plump mid-wings were so well marinated and tasty, these must be the best I had ever eaten. I was amazed at how they kept the meat so tender and juicy after all that deep frying. We packed some home for YK to try.

Though the hae chor (fried prawn roll) was not mentioned in the blog, we decided to try it anyway. It was tender and crunchy (thanks to the bits of water chestnut), every morsel was delightful especially when dipped in the sweet sauce and sambal paste.

Though we were so stuffed, we had to try the Thai sticky mango rice which the blogger gave 4.5 out of 5 points. Good news is it was a small serving but we wished there was more because it was so heavenly. The rice and mango, infused with the richness of coconut cream, makes it a highly addictive dish.

But all good things must come to an end. By now we're quite hooked on this place. We'll be back!


Anonymous said...

hey blur you lookin to become a food blogger? cuz you're doing well... yum yum hungry now!

WaterLearner said...

Wow.. I agree with Jyankee.. You are moving towards the genre of a Food Critic huh!

Yummilicious Friday "Pat Tor".

Have a Great Weekend Ting!

Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) said...

The pictures look great and yummy but unfortunately I'm allergic to prawns and all things associated with it.

Happy weekend BT ..

SOUL said...

i think i need to go visit you-- for food--warmth-- and fun-- whadaythink?
would you ride an elephant again if i came?

btw... no fish heads for me... :))

Blur Ting said...

Thanks JY. I wish I could take very yummy photos too cos then I don't have to describe so much.

Blur Ting said...

WAter - Yup, Friday nights are pak tor nites. Very precious, so must eat nice food :-)

Blur Ting said...

Yah, I recall now Nick. But such a pity cos prawns are tasty. My kids love seafood. I hope you can eat other kinds of seafood other than prawn.

Blur Ting said...

Hi Soul, I know how fish heads (esp these huge ones) can scare foreigners here!

I'm waiting for you and the Soul gang to arrive! We really should get together ya know. JY can come too!

Anonymous said...

You are so great at describing the subtle nuances of any meal. Truly, you should be a food critic, Blur.

Amel said...

I'm a foodie, too, so reading this makes me yearn for my Mom's food HE HE HE HE HE...

The Real Mother Hen said...

Ah, another must-go place when I'm there :)