Note: This restaurant is already closed.
It was during breakfast when Spanky asked if we wanted to have lunch at the Singapore Food Republic, a few blocks away from F1 Hotel Manila, where we spent the weekend along with other foodie friends. Having eaten at Nasi Lemak for several lunch breaks already, I wouldn't dare say no to one of the best Hainanese Chicken in the metro.
|inside the Singapore Food Republic|
The ambiance of Singapore Food Republic is a far cry from Nasi Lemak. The resto is spacious, with a high ceiling and mezzanine area. We had the mezzanine area to ourselves that afternoon.
Before we were served the food, the staff did some demo on how they prepare Tea Tarek or pulled tea (Php 80). It's their version of milk tea, made more awesome. :)
Since I'm not a fan of milk tea, I got a Coffee Tarek for something cold and Malaysian Coffee (Php 88) for something hot. Dude4Food (naturally) had the Singaporean Sling.
|Malaysian Coffee and Coffee Tarek|
We were first served a soup dish called Bah Kut Teh (Php 420). This dish is good for 3-4 persons.
|Bah Kut Teh|
Bah Kut Teh is a dish with pork ribs simmered for hours with herbs and spices. It is served with soy sauce with chili. I could compare this with our very own Nilagang Baboy. I love how refreshing the broth is. I would love to have this on a rainy day.
We also had the Hainanese Chicken (Php 388).
I always have this whenever I eat at Nasi Lemak, but I didn't really know how to eat this properly. Luckily, HK Tan, the owner, was with us this time so he taught us that the soy sauce should be mixed with the rice while the ginger and chili sauce should be mixed with the chicken. It tastes better, actually. I'll never tire of having this Hainanese Chicken.
We were also served the spicy dishes: Fish Head Curry (Php 510) and Kang Kong with Sambal Blachan (Php 228).
|Fish Head Curry|
|Kangkong with Sambal Blachan|
The Fish Head Curry has a large fish head simmered in coconut milk, tamarind, and other ingredients. It was extremely spicy, but I can't get enough of it. Now I understand why Spanky loves this dish so much.
A dish I haven't tried before but is very curious about trying is the Nasi Lemak Set (Php 299).
|Nasi Lemak Set|
Nasi Lemak is rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan. It is served with acar, egg, papadam, Satay, Kuning fish, ikan bilis, peanuts, tender bbq chicken and sambal chili. This is something I'd love to have when I want a huge meal.
For dessert, HK had us try Onde Onde (Php 168).
Onde Onde is a Malaysian dessert of Indonesian origin made of rice flour and coconut with palm sugar inside. HK instructed that you eat a piece whole and let the palm sugar burst inside your mouth. I followed his advice and was surprised.
I have been to Nasi Lemak for several times already, but I still haven't tried even half of their menu. The prices are quite reasonable and the servings are for sharing. I'm partial to their Char Kway Teow and Hainanese Chicken, but will certainly try to move away from my favorites in my next visit.
Thanks to HK Tan for having us and to Spanky Enriquez for organizing this event.
Singapore Food Republic
Unit 8, Commercenter,
4th Avenue corner 31st Street,
Bonifacio Global City