Saturday, January 31, 2009
Al-Ameen Eating House (Changi)
Al-Ameen branches have been popping up all over the island. This is the Changi outlet, which is near Kembangan MRT. The menu is incredibly extensive. It lauds almost everything from Thai to tandoori. But hubby says he'd only stick with the Indian Muslim stuff, as he does with most such eateries.
The cheese mushroom prata is not too bad. You can see it's nicely browned and crispy on the outside, with gooey cheese within. Tad pricey at S$3 each, especially when compared to regular "empty" or "kosong" pratas at $0.70.
Hubby likes the murtabak. I prefer to save my calories for Zam Zam's. Both pratas and murtabaks come with really salty curry. Suits hubby just fine, but I thought it needed a better stock base.
Mee goreng Thai-style. I've never had this before. In fact, never knew it existed. Well, it kinda tastes like a spicy version of dark Hokkien mee. Not much ingredients apart from a solitary prawn, some slices of squid and cabbage. But the gravy is umami, and made up for everything.
They have great soup kambing (mutton soup). But we ordered the wrong thing - soup tulang (bone soup). I'm never a fan of those huge bones (nor the marrow within). This one seemed to be a watery and extra peppery version of soup kambing.
I could not resist an order of spicy lala (clams, S$4), but I was quite shocked at the colour of the dish. It really is this bright, garish red that almost hurts the eye. Much like the colouring for the reddish Indian mee goreng. Tastewise...well, it was like a failed version of chili crab.
They do have a nice display of tandoori items. Must try some of these with the naans next time.
The prata and papadums kept the kids happy. Jolie had her first taste of "teh halia" or ginger tea, and she loved it. The place is pretty much al fresco, as all seating is outside the shop. If you're enough of a daredevil, you can even sit right next to the road with vehicles zooming by.
I had been hoping the food would be as good as its main and original outlet at Bukit Timah, so I don't need to travel so far. But it looks like I should make a trip to the main shop for a proper comparison.
AL-AMEEN EATING HOUSE
484 Changi Road
Open daily 3pm to very late (about 4.30am or 5am)