Sunday, January 26, 2014

Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家)

Are you celebrating Chinese New Year (CNY) in advance?
Are you still looking for a place for CNY reunion lunch/dinner?
Or are you thinking of where to eat since you have foreseen yourself experiencing post-CNY syndrome like me?

Let me propose Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家)...

For those who are celebrating early - Gu Ma Jia is offering 10% discount until 29 January when you dine in at the restaurant.

For those who are still deciding where to have your CNY reunion lunch/dinner on 30 January (Thursday) - Gu Ma Jia has CNY 2014 Set Menu Promotions with four timings to choose from: 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm, 2.15pm – 4.15pm, 6.00 pm – 7.45 pm, and 8.00pm – 9.45 pm.

The restaurant will be closed on 31 January (Friday) and 1 February (Saturday) but operations will resume on 2 February (Sunday) - a great day to makan before starting work on Monday, if you have to work on Monday. Check out the restaurant's menu.

(*FYI: There is no GST and no service charge at Gu Ma Jia.)

As for me, I'm planning to pay a visit to the restaurant again post-CNY! Lemme share some of the unforgettable food I had previously.

Gu Ma Jia is famously known for its signature dish - Assam Fish Head ($28). Many bloggers have praised the delicacy and even celebrities have visited the restaurant to have a taste of this delicious dish. YES! I bet you can finish two bowls of rice with just the gravy. The gravy wins hands down by having the balance of 4S. It was sweet, spicy, savory and sour.

The sweetness of the gravy was very "fishy"... in a good way! I later found out that the natural sweetness of the gravy came from the fish! The fish was cooked in the gravy to perfection with its meat still moist and tender. (FYI: Many places steam the fish head and then pour the gravy over it.) *Apologies for the absence of photograph.

Some people travel all the way here just for its Assam Fish Head. But Gu Ma Jia offers many other good delicious dishes.

You can see how steaming hot these Kyoto Pork Ribs ($20) were! I was so fascinated that I didn't had time to react and take a snap of what happened. When this dish was served, the pork ribs were covered and wrapped with aluminium foil, placed on a hot plate. The fascinating thing was - it was on fire! Wow... they actually had sprinkled some rose wine over it then lit it up so that the fragrance of the rose wine will be infused in the pork ribs.

Cheers for the dual effect, making the dish tasty with visual impact! See.. they could do that in the kitchen but to do it in front of customers... Besides visually pleasing, it attracts attention of other tables. Well, I think one or two tables ordered this after they saw my dish on fire. Haha...

I loved everything about this dish to the max. The pork ribs were really tender, moist and soft. There were not much fats and the cuts were really generous. What perfected the dish was the tasty and savory sauce. It is a dish that will make you order another bowl of rice!

I can't help but to order Cereal Sotong with Curry Leaves ($16/$24/$30) because I'm a fan of cereal and a seafood lover. How good was it? I could finish the $16 portion (photo above) just on my own!! The batter was very thin and crisp. The best thing was that it was not oily. Also, the batter does not start peeling off from the sotong which shows how well the batter was done.

Sotong was not overcooked at all and if you are a sotong fan, you would know that sotong itself does not have too much flavour. Hence, you might have realized that sotong needs many other condiments or spices to bring out its flavour. In this dish, the restaurant uses curry leaves and chilli padi. Very very well-done dish. We even finished the cereal!

I was surprised by the size of the prawns when Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk ($20/$30/$38) was served. The prawns were really big, fresh, juicy, sweet, and springy. They were so well-fried and so evenly covered in the tastily irresistible savory salted egg yolk sauce that I ate the prawns with the shells. My only regret was that I did not have a bottomless pit to eat more!

I believe many have tried Spinach with Assorted Eggs in many Chinese restaurants but Gu Ma Jia offers Spinach Soup with Assorted Eggs ($12/$20). Yes, you read correctly. It's a soup-based dish. Unlike the usual vegetable dish that is covered with the thick sauce of the assorted eggs. This tasted healthily yummilicious. The eggy taste of century eggs, salted egg yolks and chicken eggs were less prominent. The soup was light and sweet with the fragrance of the spinach. It was great that I ordered this because it kind of cleanse our palates after all those strong flavoured dishes.

For those who are making plans for a visit, please do call in advance to reserve a table!

Gu Ma Jia
Address: 45 Tai Thong Crescent, Sennett Estate, Singapore 347866
Tel: 62852023
Opening hours: (Daily) 11.00am - 10.00pm
Break time: (Mon - Fri) 3.30pm - 5.30pm

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