Assam fish head curry
We’ve been to Grandma’s Kitchen in Paragon a few times before, and have always loved the delicious local fare they offer there.
During peak times it gets loud and noisy there but it’s a great place if you’ve got a big crowd and/or have children (who will add to the noise and other diners won’t mind as much). This is the situation we had, when my 2 1/2 year old niece was visiting.
I have to say that for a chain restaurant, the food they serve is pretty good – probably not the most authentic, but the variety they offer is terrific and tastes great !
The usual suspects were ordered – rendang beef, curry chicken, nasi lemak, chicken wings, chicken rice – and this time we had a group large enough to order the assam fish head curry. They only serve this as a large shared dish and the whole table was impressed. With no coconut cream/milk, the curry had a good tangy sourness from the assam (tamarind) with a generous serving of fish head (red snapper), eggplant and ladies fingers. The version with coconut cream added is more popular but guess my Penang heritage makes me just love the clear version sans coconut cream that is almost consomme-like.
Hainanese chicken rice
We also had the Hainanese chicken rice, where the chicken comes delicately seasoned with a dressing of light soya sauce, sesame oil, coriander and shallots. The chicken was beautifully cooked as well, on the right side of just cooked, with the meat soft and almost slippery.
One of the more unusual dishes we ordered was salt-egg prawns, where the prawns are dipped in a salt-egg batter before being quickly fried so that the prawns come out delicately and saltily crispy.
Another local restaurant staple where you can make reservations, and that doubles as a nice respite from Orchard Road madness 🙂
Grandma’s Kitchen Paragon
Paragon Shopping Centre
290 Orchard Road
Tel: 6737 7931
Open daily 11.30am – 10.00pm