Singapore har mee $11.80
The toughest thing about the menu at Kreta Ayer is deciding where to start. There are 217 things to choose from on the menu at this Singaporean restaurant. You’d have to be Godzilla to get through it all, but wait - they have that too. Order the 'Godzilla' and you’ll score a beer mug of icy cold Milo or Horlicks, topped with Empire State Building proportions of cream.
Kreta Ayer dining room
You could start with entrees of roti canai with curry sauce, ngoh hiang five spice rolls or beef and chicken satay or do as we did and skip straight to the mains. Portion sizes here are uni-student generous, so save your stomach. The Singapore har mee prawn noodle may have a pale broth but it still packs plenty of prawn-flavoured punch. You’ll get six prawns, a whole boiled egg, green veg and a bowl full of slippery, chewy noodles.
Sambal la la $14.80
Finding traditional la la clams in your char kway teow is always worth celebrating but really you may as well go the whole shebang and order a whole plate of them. Go mild with Thai sweet basil sauce or a little spicier with sambal chilli. Scrape them out of their shells with your teeth until your lips are sticky.
Oyster omelette $14.80
Singapore chilli soft shell crab with crisp rice noodle $18.80
Then there’s the soft and fluffy oyster omelette, stir-fried white radish cake and bak kut teh, that delicious pork rib soup. Our pick is the Singapore chilli soft shell crab, a mountain of crustaceans piled onto a disc of crispy fried noodles with spicy tomato sauce.
I love durian ice kachang $6
with black sesame ice cream $3
There are 25 desserts on offer, from lychee parfaits to mango puddings and banana fritters with ice cream.
Kreta Ayer deep fried durian ice cream $5.80
The “I love durian” ice kacang isn’t for everyone, but aficionados will dig the entire durian pod served with this shaved ice dessert. They even have deep fried durian ice cream. That one's for die-hard fans.
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466 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9663 3888
Monday to Friday 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am-10pm
This article appears in the December 2013 / January 2014 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online]
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