Curry Wok describes itself as “ … a family eatery well known for its home-cooked traditional Teochew Nyonya food …”. Since we have a soft spot for anything food that is Teochew or Nyonya it was only a matter of time that we tried some Curry Wok takeaway from the little restaurant near Coronation Plaza in Bukit Timah.
Curry Wok is located in a small development known as Coronation Arcade. This building is home to a few eateries. There are also restaurants serving Thai and Penang cuisine on the ground floor. The more well-known Coronation Plaza that houses the NTUC Fairprice supermarket is nearby. We ordered these Curry Wok takeaway dishes by telephone and drove by to pick them up later: ngoh hiang ($11), Hainanese pork chop ($12), lor bak ($12), kong bak pow ($12) and otak otak ($11).
Our Curry Wok Takeaway Lunch
Parking at Coronation Arcade is not very user friendly. Fortunately Curry Wok is a service-oriented restaurant. It is best to call the restaurant when you have arrived and they will send the food to you.
Both the ngoh hiang (picture above) and the otak otak (picture below) were very good. The otak otak in particular has a premium feel – it is quite unlike the usual otah that is dry and spicy. This one is moist and has a a mild, smooth taste.
The kong bak pau (braised pork and buns) was a more substantial dish than we had expected. Four substantial slices of pork belly were matched with four soft steamed buns. The pork contained equal proportions of interlaced fat and meat. The amount of fat looks sinful, but the sweetness of the fat coupled with the nice gravy is the reason for this dish. This is not something to be eaten often.
The Hainanese pork chop reminded us of the dish served at Han’s. Our Curry Wok takeaway pork chop had a nice texture. It was not served with any gravy and was eaten dry. It goes very well with the sambal belachan provided from Curry Wok.
Our final dish of lor bak was saved for another meal. We had too much pork for one day! The very Teochew dish of braised pork with beancurd and hard boiled eggs was a very nice dish. Persons without culinary talents but longing for a home-cooked Teochew meal can find an answer with an order of lor bak from Curry Wok and some fluffy steamed rice.
The Curry Wok
5 Coronation Road,
Coronation Arcade #01-04,
Operating hours: 11am – 9pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Tel: +65 6464 8878
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