When my friends suggested The Salted Plum for dinner I was afraid it’ll turn out to be one of those exorbitant priced eatery along Boay Quay. Turns out they have a very unique business proposition. All their items are priced at $5, $10 or $15, which doesn’t seem too overly pricey and to be honest, it isn’t.
My friend made a reservation which was a really smart move because not long after it opened for business there was a super long queue.
Smashed Baby Potatoes with Salted Plum Powder, $5.
Great way to start the dinner! Loved that the fried potatoes were not oily and it paired well with the salted plum powder. It comes with a side serving of chilli which I thought was not needed at all. The dish was good on its own.
Haus Fried Rice, $2.
This (and the porridge below) will be your staple for the side dishes, so ration wisely! Don’t finish them in one mouth.
Sweet Potato Congee, $3.
This is a must try. I thought this would be the big grain, watery kind of porridge with chunks of sweet potatoes within but no! Super smooth and gentle on the stomach, great base dish for all the fried and braised meat to come.
Five-Spice BBQ Glazed Squid, $10.
Not quite a fan of squid but I couldn’t stop taking seconds from this dish. The squid was rather well done, so you don’t get that overly rubbery and chewy mouthful.
Mega Lu Rou, $15.
This is also a must try. The meat was well braised and super soft. The proportion of lean meat to fats were also just right.
Hamachi Collar, $15.
Quite an interesting dish to be on the menu. The collar was well fried (again, not oily) and the meat was aplenty.
Mega Fried Chicken, $15.
This plate of fried chicken could do with more seasoning. When I saw fried chicken I immediately thought of the Shilin XXL chicken with lots of powder so I had a little expectation, and indeed I was disappointed with this dish.
Hoisin-Glazed Pork Ribs, $15.
The pork ribs were sous vide! You can be sure that the meat will fall off the bone easily and cleanly.
The steak looked good, but taste wise it didn’t meet my expectations. I guess if there was one thing you had to skip, this is it.
Burnt Chilli Chicken, $10.
Not for the faint hearted or light chilli eater, this charred chicken thighs with chilli and coriander is best eaten with the Haus Fried Rice.
Considering how much food there was on the table (I had two meat dishes leftover which I brought home for my lunch the next day), the bill came up to an affordable $120. I thoroughly enjoyed the variety and flavours of the dishes, as did my party of four.
10 Circular Road, S(049366)
+65 6260 0155
Mondays to Saturdays: 1130am to 230pm, 6pm to 930pm
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