Oh My Gourd: Supper Poll

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Hello, Al Amaan?

Here in Kent Ridge Hall, supper culture and Freshman 15 are two things that we just can’t seem to run from. Nothing beats a slow, intense calorie-burning walk to the Clementi Road ‘supper stretch’ with friends and family alike, catching up on happenings in other people’s lives.

Well, you asked, and we delivered: Team Oh My Gourd has wormed our way into KR’s top supper choices! Two of the finest food connoisseurs have been hand-picked from the KReporters team to rate and review the Top 5 Supper Favourites as voted by you, the KResidents. Have a cheat day, week, month, or year? Looking for wallet-friendly alternatives? Or simply eager to pitch your support for your favourite go-to meal? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

This week, we have special guests Amanda and Jasmine joining the team; stay tuned to the words of wisdom they have to offer. Without further ado, let us dig right in:

#1: T71 (Fried Rice Thai Style with Chicken Egg Sambal), Al Amaan, $5.50

Taste: 3/5

Price: 3.5/5

Aesthetic: Orange/5

One thing’s for sure: there sure is a lot going on in this dish, just like in the name.

The first thing we noticed was the abundance of chicken, unlike the elusive bits of meat one has to dig to find in the other fried rice or noodle dishes, making this a must-have for protein junkies. The sauce, on the other hand, is a strong hit or miss. It is more sweet than savoury, and reminded us of tomato-based sauces. Sadly, the rice was rather tasteless to us and we were rather confused as to the Thai label. Deon Lee, Thai boy cum block head, was rather astonished as well. “Where’s the Thai style naa?”

Overall, the dish was rather pleasant. If you are looking for a pick-me-up, this would be great as comfort food.

Amanda: “Ew, peas.”

Pro-tip: Change the rice to kampong fried rice ($4.80) because the rice complements the sauce very well, making for an indulgent, flavourful combination.

Our verdict – “Kaaaaaaaaaaaap.”

Oh My Gourd Rating:

3 out of 5 gourds

#2: Kampong Fried Rice, Al Amaan, $4.80

Taste: 4/5

Price: 4/5

Aesthetic: Crushed-keropok-adds-aesthetic/5

This dish received very favourable reviews and remains one of KR’s classic supper favourites.

The rice was scrumptious and fragrant, and had a salted egg-esque aftertaste which we loved. In addition, who doesn’t love a gooey, well-fried egg to top it off? Beware though, for Jasmine repeatedly reminded us to warn everyone about how spicy the dish was. Don’t forget to chant “tolong tolong, pedas sikit sikit” (less chilli, please) if you can’t take the heat.

Arguably, the star of the dish was the glorious keropok, a deep-fried cracker, which deserves a close-up shot of its own. Part of the fun is stealing your friend’s keropok, kampong style.

Our verdict – “Sedaaaaaaaaap.”

Oh My Gourd Rating:

4 out of 5 gourds

#3: Maggi Goreng Pattaya (Chicken), Puteri Putera, $5.50

Taste: 3.5/5

Price: 3/5

Aesthetic: Drizzle shizzle/5

One word – Impressive – and we are talking about the egg. Anything with ‘pattaya’ essentially means wrapped in egg. We must say, the egg was so soft, fluffy, and well-seasoned, we wondered if this is a one-hit wonder.

The maggi goreng was so-so, but the downside was that the chicken pieces were practically unidentifiable. If you cannot take a burning tongue, once again, remember to tell the waiter “alamak”, and you will thank us for that. Some of us preferred the Maggi Goreng from Al Amaan’s, which has a richer, more fragrant taste, while the Putera one is comparatively sweeter.

Unlike the pratas, the Mee Goreng Pattaya will fill you up. With every forkful of noodle and with its seasoned sauce clinging to each strand, you will lick your plate clean.

Our verdict – “Worth it, especially when ayam starving”

Oh My Gourd Rating:

3 out of 5 gourds

#4: Cheese Prata, Puteri Putera, $2.00

Taste: 3.9/5

Value for money: 3.5/5

Aesthetic: Mona Lisa/5

When we think of cheese, our taste buds associate it with textured, creamy, and savoury goodness. We all have tried the regular kosong or egg prata, but many have not tasted the cheese prata.

At PP, the cheese used is neither cheddar nor mozzarella. Just imagine dragging your fork and cutting through the prata – soaked in warm nacho cheese – and taking a forkful bite of flavour. That is what PP’s cheese prata is all about. We can understand why many Kent Ridgeans love the cheese prata but the cheese flavour may be a bit jelak to many. The highlight though, was the chicken curry, which was perfection: just the right amount of spice with a hint of sweetness.

KR Reporters’ cheese prata connoisseur, Jamie, commented that the cheese prata can be a little inconsistent. If you’re lucky, you’ll enjoy a filled cheese prata, but on other days, maybe kosong.

Our verdict – “You either love it or hate it, but Kent Ridgeans love it.”

Oh My Gourd Rating:

3.5 out of 5 gourds

#5: Boom Prata, Puteri Putera, $1.80

Taste: 4.3/5

Value for money: 4/5

Aesthetic: Kena bombed?/5

Jasmine: “If you want more boom, you must say it louder. Can I have the prata BOOOOOM? I want more BOOOOOOOOM!”

If you’re anticipating an explosion of flavour, you’re right! So, will your blood-sugar and cholesterol level. Think sugar and butter melted in a flatbread. Although we don’t recommend having it at every supper, you must definitely try it once, for it definitely hits the spot.

If you’ve tried the milk prata and found it too sweet, the BOOM prata may be your new savoury selection. It tastes less sugary because of the salted butter but we still approve it.

Our verdict – “It works as a dessert, but please hit the gym afterwards”

Oh My Gourd Rating:

4 out of 5 gourds

That’s all we have for today! If you have anything you would like us to review next, please comment using the feedback box below, and Team Oh My Gourd will be right on it.

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