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Saturday, February 23, 2013
WORD is spreading fast about the first-ever Singaporean restaurant in the city. It’s hot, too. Literally hot.
Little Nyonya is where Pop’s Restobar used to be, the restaurant right beside Metro Poker Club along Quirino Avenue.
The entrance door is already impressive.
The food and service was a big surprise.
I arrived just a few minutes after Carlos arrived. There were already three other tables occupied.
Carlos said he already ordered his Bah Kuh Teh (herb and pepper pork rib soup) and the Roti Prata with Curry Gravy.
I got another Roti Prata, the Kangkong Sambal, and the Shio Bah (greaseless pork belly), simply because it raised our eyebrows – greaseless pork belly???
We haven’t even started a proper conversation when the waitress arrived with the soup and the Roti Prata. Wow. That was fast.
The kangkong and the pork belly (it’s not greaseless, honest, it’s lechon kawali with a chili sauce on the side. Most like fried crisp in its own fat).
Everything was good. It’s just that we ordered too much, my tummy was about to burst.
I love the hot chili that comes in tiny pellets that is the only condiment on the table. That was condiment enough for everything.
Into our meal, one very big group arrived and were served just as quickly. Truly, truly impressive.
Carlos insisted we top our dinner with Kopi-O and share the kaya toast and soft-boiled egg.
The Kopi-O comes slightly sugared. Carlos wanted it sweeter and dumped both our shares of muscovado into his cup. I was satisfied with the way it was slightly sweetened.
There are other interesting offers there. The crispy baby squid was tempting, except that it wasn’t in stock.
The Hainanese Chicken was also enticing, so with the rendang, the black pepper riblets, the Singapore fried chicken, the seafood sambal, and the prawn cereal.
That gives me enough reason to return and try the rest.
Impressed? Definitely. More impressed than I was about the restaurant’s door.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 24, 2013.