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Friday, December 14, 2012

Review: Goldleaf/New Taiwan Porridge Restaurant

This was an invited food tasting session, thank you for Goldleaf for the invitation.

Located right beside Club Street, one of the trendiest hangout spots for young adults and expats, this makes Goldleaf (formerly known as New Taiwan Porridge Restaurant) a highly accessible place. Established in 1971, Goldleaf has moved several times before settling at its current place - Amoy Street.
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This is the appetiser dish that they will serve at every table.
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Oyster Meesua ($10/$16)- Just look at the size of their oyster, it's comparable with the ones from Shihlin, if not, just as good!
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Huge isn't it? (sorry bout the focus)
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At Goldleaf, you can choose whether you want rice or porridge. I had the porridge. 
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Cold Lalas - I'm a huge fan of seafood but I've never had my lalas cold. I liked how the sauce and the chilli makes this dish tease your taste buds. A good appetiser for sure. 
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Fresh Cockles with Special Sauce ($8/$14) - Again, I've not had my cockles cold either. This was nice, the cockles were fresh and juicy.
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Cai Poh Omelette ($6/$10) - I love love love eggs (if you haven't already know this), I once had 5 eggs for breakfast in Japan hahaha. And this, just one word, AMAZING. 
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And I'm not sure if you can see the thickness of the omelette accurately, but it is quite thick! You know how usually, at tzi char stalls, the omelettes are quite thin?
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French Beans with Minced Meat & Shrimp ($8/$14) - French beans are one of my favourite vegetables and just look at how fresh and green they are! It already looks tantalising enough and a mouthful of these? Fresh, crunchy and absolutely fragrant - SO GOOD. 
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Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Egg Yolk ($6/$10)
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3-cup Chicken with Basil ($12/$16) - This was really tasty. The sauce complements the chicken brilliantly.
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Fried Minced Pork with Olive ($6/$10) - I personally think, mixing this into your porridge (if you're having porridge) is a good idea. It makes your porridge a little more flavourful.
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Braised Pork with Preserved Vegetables ($10/$16) - I LOVE fatty meat, they're without a doubt, the best part. So, there's no way am I not going to try this. I don't really fancy preserved vegetables though, so the main point of this dish for me? The meat. My only grouse is that they were not fat enough hahaha, so that means it's perfectly fat for everyone else (unless they love fatty meat as much as I do).
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Traditional Shrimp Rolls (Ngoh Hiang) - The best ngoh hiang I've had was at my Grandma's, until I tried this that is. So crispy and fragrant and the texture is just mmm! You can really chew on those water chestnut bits.
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Stir-fried Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk ($16/$36). I like salted egg and so, prawns in salted egg yolk is one of my favourite dishes to order at Chinese restaurants or tzi char places. This was a little disappointing for me because one, the shells were still intact. I know some people just eat the prawn together with the shell, but I really do not like eating it like that. I feel like the shell's cutting my throat when I swallow it down. And I never liked dirtying my hands (unless I'm having crabs) or you know, just lazy to peel it. (I'm sure most people are like that too!) And two, the fact that the shells are still on means that the prawn meat will not really have the taste of the salted egg. I gave them this feedback and GUESS WHAT.

I went back with my family a week after and this time, they served it without the shells! The waitress said, they've (and the chef) made changes to this dish. Customers can request for the prawns to be de-shelled. And this time, I'm happy haha. It was easy to eat, and the prawn meat absorbed the taste and fragrance of the salted egg, making it sweet and salty at the same time, an excellent combination/treat for the taste buds.
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Cod with Specialty Sauce ($9 per 100g) - I love cod fish as much as I love salmon, I mean, who doesn't like cod fish!
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Sambal Kangkong ($8/$14) - this was TREMENDOUSLY GOOD. I've never had a better tasting sambal kangkong I think.
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Goldleaf Special Fried Rice ($10/$16)- Special indeed. My friend, who said her stomach was already on the verge of bursting, decided to have a bowl full after trying a mouthful. Super fragrant, tasty and the texture of the rice - perfect.
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Almond Jelly - I really dislike almond jelly but I decided to take a courageous bite. Wasn't terribly awful but honestly, I'm not in the best position to say anything about this dish. If it helps, those who ate it felt it was really good. One said it was just nice, not too sweet and not too bland. 
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Herbal Jelly - This was one dish that left me so pleasantly surprised. My parents brought us to have this at some shop at Bedok Central before, and I remembered dousing it in ALOT of honey. This, I actually didn't need honey at all! I really like it.

And that concludes all the dishes I tried. Here are some shots of the interior decor.
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Awards they've won.
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I actually tried all those dishes they displayed on the wall haha.
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This was the special function room which we used. So, if you have any special events/occasions, you can request for this room (in advance of course).

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With Grace, the restaurant manager. Her mum started this restaurant. Thank you so much for your kind hospitality that evening! :)
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With Kit, who joined me, she's my ex-colleague from Zalora. She never fails to crack me up with all her silly stories/jokes/what not, really miss working with her.

Overall, I think Goldleaf's food gives you a harmonious blend between food you get from restaurants and your favourite home-cooked dishes. There's a warm, homely feel about the dishes.

Goldleaf (formerly known as New Taiwan Porridge Restaurant) is located at:
110 Amoy Street
Singapore 069930

Tel: 6324 8310/6324 3268
Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm (Lunch), 6 pm to 11 pm (Dinner)

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