S suggested Longtail, a new restaurant near our offices serving SE Asia street food, for our birthday treat for MissY (she would just be “Y” but she
requested insisted on this longer reference. ;))
They have a 3-course weekday set lunch ($25++) menu which changes weekly. Check their website before going.
Appetizer was vermicelli salad with dried shrimp. It was super sour! I couldn’t quite enjoy this though S and MissY finished theirs.
I moved on quickly to our additional side order of Green Curry Chicken Bao (2pcs, $7++). I expected the curry to ooze out when you bite into it (somewhat like custard buns) but thankfully, it was less messy. The curry was dry-ish and there was just enough of it to flavour the bun. It is quite an interesting bao; I think local breakfast places should consider adding this to their menu of lian rong and char siew baos.
The main course was a choice between Rice & Beef Curry and Vietnamese Cai Cahn (rice noodle soup with minced chicken and pork sausage). I am really glad MissY liked the Cai Cahn enough not to order the a-la-carte Laotian noodles, which she insisted on referring to as “老天” noodles. I think we may have left her at the restaurant if she did.
The Cai Cahn was like kway teow teng; comforting warm food but nothing spectacular. (Photo below courtesy of MissY.)
I had the Rice & Beef Curry. We were quite tickled by the huge portion of rice next to the tiny tingkat tray of curry. The thin slices of beef were abit tough; you would order this dish for the curry and not the meat. The curry was sweetish; that coupled with the copious amount of turnip, reminded me of lontong.
#01-03, Customs House (70 Collyer Quay)
Open Mon-Fri: 11:30am-11pm; Sat: 4-11pm