Updated: 9th Dec 2010: This restaurant has been closed.
Minoo had initially planned to visit 2 temples on the same day, i.e. a Sikh temple followed by a Chinese temple. But, we ran out of time after the Sikh temple. So, we gathered again the next day for the field trip to the International Chinese Temple.
The International Chinese Temple is located on Steveston Highway. There is a beautiful Chinese garden in the compound of the temple. When we were there, there was a group of photographers of some photography group from Oregon taking photos in the garden.
We intended to have lunch at the vegetarian restaurant in the temple. Unfortunately, the vegetarian restaurant was closed for renovation for 2 months. So, we quickly came up with a plan B and ended up at Kelong Singapore Restaurant on No. 3 Road.
The restaurant was not too busy on a weekday during our visit. Tables were decorated with batik cloth to reflect it’s South East Asian identity.
For starters, we had roti canai which comes with a curry sauce. The roti canai was flaky as it should be but it was relatively small.
Another starter we had was satay. We had various kind of satay, i.e. chicken, beef, and pork. The satay were served with peanut sauce which came with a small saucer. More sauce would be nice.
Since most of the members of this group have not try Singaporean food before, we ordered quite a lot to try. Their lunch special … is around $7 which is very economical. The above is Hainanese Chicken which comes with a bowl of soup and the common ginger and chili sauce.
Chicken Curry with Rice is $6.95. There were sliced potatoes in the curries. The gravy is just great with the steamed rice.
Minoo liked the above Beef Rendang with rice. The rich gravy goes well with rice again. I had better ones from Seri Malaysia.
Sambal Prawn with Rice is also $6.95. This dish came with deep fried hard boiled eggs, onions, red and green pepper. The hint of sourness stimulates ones appetite.
The group liked the sambal dish so much that we ordered another Sambal Fish with Rice which was also $6.95.
We also ordered an assortment of noodle dishes to try. The above was Laksa which has coconut milk in spicy broth. It is served with hard boiled eggs, tofu puff, prawns and fish cake.
The above Char Kuey Teow or Fried Rice Noodle is also $6.95. It lacked the ‘wok hei’ needed for this dish. There must be some char in the noodles.
It seemed that Mee Goreng or Malay style Fried Noodle was more popular with the group. This is a little spicy and costs $6.95.
We need to have a vegetable dish. So, we ordered a Sambal Kangkong which is a Stir Fried Water Spinach with chili and shrimp paste. Another dish that goes well with steamed rice.
The meal ended in a sweet note with a Pulut Hitam, black sticky rice porridge with coconut cream. This dessert soup is $2.50 per bowl.
The total bill came to just over $100. Not bad for the number of dishes we had.
It was a great dining experience for many who tried Singaporean food for the first time. We should do this more often. We wished one another a great summer and look forward to meet again in September. We also want to wish those who will be travelling to travel safe and have a happy holiday.