Tuesday, July 15, 2014

{ Food Review } 姑妈家 << Gu Ma Jia Food Pot >>

Finally, am back to sitting in front of the screen, after an almost two weeks break away from the kids, feeling ever so grateful to my supportive other half, who granted me this long awaited just ME trip. Before I left for the trip, we went for a food tasting at 姑妈家 (Gu Ma Jia).

If you are looking for delicious, home-cooked goodness, this hidden gem is located at the entry of Senette Estate.

姑妈家 (Gu Ma Jia), a two storey restaurant with a simple, home-liked settings, serves typical Chinese home-cooked dishes ! If you love home-cooked dishes, you will love 姑妈家 (Gu Ma Jia) !

The restaurant has a homely setting, bright and clean. It has a total of two levels, of which the first level can house 55 diners while the second level can house 70 diners. It is child friendly as well with the availability of kids' cutlery and highchairs.

The homely 1st level
The 2nd level

The restaurant’s dedication and passion for creating delectable home-cooked dishes won 姑妈家 (Gu Ma Jia) an award for ‘Top 10 Favourite Restaurant’ at the Singapore Food Festival 2010 and a second time in 2013. 

We have the privilege to be invited for a food tasting session. Allow me bring you through the dishes we got to try ! Get your bibs ready !

These are some of the signature dishes;

A hot favourite and a must-try for all. My tolerance level for spicy food is pretty low. But the tenderness and juiciness of the fish complemented by Gu Ma Jia’s exclusive spicy and sour Assam blend gravy, made me go ahead and took another few more bites. Super love it when I sank my teeth into the lady fingers, fully soaked in the Assam gravy as it burst in your mouth.

Assam Fish Head ($28)

Crabs lovers, check this out ! What I like about this was, the crabs were cooked perfectly that the meat does not stick onto the shell which makes consumption so much easier and the broth was heavenly. Succulent Sri Lankan crabs are used for this dish, cooked with white pepper sauce, which has a mild tinge of spiciness yet it brings out the sweetness of the crabs.

White Pepper Crab (Seasonal Price)

Another of the most loved dish among all ! It sent Xav excited when it was served with the flame on top of the aluminium foil!

I am no pork lover but the meaty yet tender ribs drenched in sweet tangy sauce, this dish was simply delectable! Kids will definitely love this !

Kyoto Pork Ribs ($20)

As per it's name, the kai lan vegetables were cooked in two styles, blanched at the stems while the leaves were deep fried to perfection. Xav totally love the crunchiness of the leaves. I personally feel that for kids who do not like greens, you may want to try this dish for them. Xav kept asking for more !

Yuan Yang Kai Lan ($10/$15/$20)

This is a MUST TRY !! I was totally loving it when I drank the soup !  It reminded me of the nutritious confinement dish. The tender chicken bits with fragrant ginger and sesame oil is sure to tantalize both the children and adults especially.

Clay pot Chicken with Ginger & Sesame Oil ($15/$22/$28)

A perfect combination of crispy fried brinjal and French beans. The crispy brinjals were lightly tossed in sweet marmite sauce and then fried with French beans. When I sank my teeth into the crispy strips of brinjal, not knowing then they were brinjal ! Pretty addictive, I guarantee that you won't stop at just one.

Crispy Bean-Jal ($12/$18)

8 Treasures Vegetables is exquisitely made up of  lotus, black fungus, carrot, celery, vegetarian abalone, lingzhi mushroom, cashew nuts and snap peas. What could be better when you have the 8 Treasures Vegetables topped on top of a crispy yam ring !

8 Treasures Vegetables ($12/$18/$24)
Other dishes we got to taste were;

Sambal Sotong, ($16 / $24 / $30)

Big & fresh oysters and what made this omelette special was the sambal topped  in the middle. Slightly spicy but it made the whole dish really delish.

Oyster Omelette ($12)

Alongside their delicious home- cooked food, check out these refreshing fruity goodness - Fruit enzymes extracts are used in the fruit desserts and beverage.

Giant jars of fruity goodness - Fruit enzymes in the making

Enzymes are protein molecules which are the life force of all biological activities in human cells. Enzymes act as catalysts for the human cells to function. The body‘s ability to digest, absorb and utilize nutrients depends on the presence of enzymes. The drink tastes really refreshing ! Ask the friendly staff if you want to know more about the beverage, they will be most happy to share about it !

Fruity Enzyme Juice with rock melon, strawberries, kiwi and basil seeds Selling Price: $3.80

Fruity Jelly Enzyme with longans and wolfberries. Price: $5.80
A happy & satisfied  customer !

姑妈家 (Gu Ma Jia) also provides buffet catering services with a good selection of delectable dishes and the prices are pretty affordable.

Comes to the billing part, 姑妈家 (Gu Ma Jia) does not charge GST and service charge ! Jump for joy !

Do take note of the operating hours below.

For more information, you can go to http://www.gumajia.com.sg/

Location :
Gu Ma Jia Food Pot ( 姑妈家 )
45, Tai Thong Crescent
Senette Estate
Singapore 347886
Tel : 62855602

Getting There:
By train : Nearest MRT is Potong Pasir
By buses : 8, 61, 64, 65, 66, 90, 125, 151, 154  
By car : Free parking after 5pm but it does seem a little challenging to find a parking lot during the peak hours. However,  there are parking lots available outside the private houses. Take a little walk before and after the meal does sound like not too bad an idea. 

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Disclaimer: We were invited by AT Marketing Consultancy for food tasting session at 姑妈家 (Gu Ma Jia). No monetary compensation is involved. All opinions are of my own.

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