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Shiok! Singapore Kitchen - Menlo Park (longish)

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Shiok! Singapore Kitchen - Menlo Park (longish)

Karen | Jun 24, 2002 01:43 AM

Finally made it to Shiok! - unfortunately we've never been to Singapore so have no way to know how authentic their food is so all I can say is that we enjoyed our choices very much and will return soon to try other things. First off, Dennis, who only works the dining room on the weekends, is very helpful and friendly. He took the time to help us decide what to order. I always have problems because I'd like to order everything on the menu! We ended up with Rojak salad ("unique Straits-Chinese salad combining mango, Granny Smith apple, pineapple, jicama, beansprouts, cucumber and dried beancurd (seemed more like deep fried) tossed in sweet-savory (spicy) shrimp paste sauce and topped with peanuts". Dennis tried to talk us out of this because it's an "acquired taste) - I told him we'd been introduced to shrimp paste long ago and appreciate what it adds. We like the salad very much! Followed the salad with the Pepper Ostrich - ostrich tenderloin marinated in ginger, black pepper, wine and spices, flash fried with sweet Maui onion, red pepper, mushroom and scallion. Don't know if Ostrich is typically a Singaporean menu item (probably not???) but it was a very flavorful dish and we would order it again. Then the Oyster Omelet - Singapore style omelet - Pacific oysters pan fried with a delicious combination of special batter fresh scallions and eggs, served with lime wedges and sambal oleck. Very tasty if on the oily side. Ask for extra sambal and lime wedges. My husband scarfed the majority of this... Har Lok, Chinese sytle jumbo prawns in the shell marinated and fried in a savory sweet ginger chili sauce - loved this. Sucked the sauce off the shells and then just ate them shells and all... I really wanted to order the Nasi Lemak but Dennis convinced me to wait until our next visit! Also the Char Kway Teow... and the Laksa... and of course the chili crab! Will have to go again soon I think!

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