Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Singapore Cafe

We were in Chinatown last weekend for some Chinese New Year shopping. After a long tiring day of walking all over Chinatown, we headed to Singapore Cafe for dinner and also to warm up from the frigid cold. It's located on Mott St, between Canal and Bayard St.

It's a pretty small but cosy restaurant. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Even though the name of the restaurant is Singapore Cafe, it's run by Malaysians! All the staff working there are Malaysians too. I had the opportunity to chat the owner for a bit and found out that he is actually from Penang!

We had some complimentary chinese tea to warm us up while we looked through the menu. I ordered the Soya Bean Cincau drink ($2.50) and it taste really good! The menu was predominantly Malaysian, with a small Thai and American-Chinese section.

We started off by sharing a plate of Home-Style Stir Fried Radish Cake ($6.00), better known as Loh Pak Koh. I just love this dish. It's really really authentic, with the overpowering smell of dried shrimp. I later found out that this is one of their specialities! It's so good, it can pass off as something we would order from the Penang hawker stalls.

Kevin ordered the Mee Siam ($7.00). It's pretty good, served with a generous amount of large shrimps, half of a hard boiled egg and peanuts, sprinkled at the top. The portion is really huge too, enough for two small eaters.

I ordered the Fish Head Noodles ($7.00). If you noticed, I always get the Fish Head Noodles whenever I go to a Malaysian restaurant for the first time. I am on quest to find the best Fish Head Noodles in the NY/NJ region! The Fish Head Noodles here is alright, nothing to shout about but it's not bad either. It came with a really huge amount of preserved vegetables and deep fried fish head. Regarding the Fish Head Noodle quest, Penang Restaurant in Edison, NJ is currently the front runner for Best Fish Head Noodle :P

Overall, we had a great meal at Singapore Cafe. We will most definitely return to try the other things on the menu. Affordable prices, friendly staff and pretty good food. That's a perfect combination for any restaurant!! Oh, and they do delivery too!

Singapore Cafe
69 Mott St,
New York, NY 10013
Tel: (212) 964-0003
Fax: (212) 964-3476

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