Text and Images by Tiantianchi @ Makansutra
What started off as a stall in Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre, now occupies a vintage-esque, purple-themed shop front at West Coast. Daisy’s Dream Kitchen is a cosy 30-seater with soothing Indonesian oldies playing in the background. We visited their old place some years ago and we returned recently to find out if their standard remains.
Savoury crackers make good startersFirst things first, order a basket of vegetable crackers – at $2, it is a little steep, but it can get quite addictive especially with their sambal belachan dip (which is a tad tamer than their hawker stall days) – a good quick starter fix, as the wait for your other orders can test your patience.
This pork dish, though rich in taste, comes in too small a portionThe Babi Pongteh is thick with flavour and it goes great with rice, there are two complaints however – the portion of pork belly could be more generous, and chunkier cuts of green chilli (more shiok to chew on) would be much more welcomed, over finely sliced ones.
Assam chicken, star of the meal
The Assam chicken is still our favourite, there is a very good balance of sweetness, spiciness and sourness. The meat was a little tough, strangely, very different from the softer version sold at their old place – a hit nonetheless flavour wise.
Daisy's signature rich Babi Buah KeluakAs for their signature Babi Buah Keluak, it has a dark, deep, rich, complex, prominent flavour and aroma of the buah keluak. The nutty taste is a lot stronger. It was a pleasant reminder of Candlenut’s Rib Eye with Buah Keluak sauce. We like it more now than we did before.
Sotong Hitam was a bit to assam for our palateWe are sotong fans, especially Sotong Hitam. No one else we know can do it better than Our Makan Shop (defunct) and Daisy’s is no exception. The full intensity of the spices and flavours did not shine through, perhaps it should have been given more rest time in the pot. We found some fragments of assam seeds in the sotong and overall, the use of assam could be more restrained and balanced with more pepper.
Overall, quite a satisfying meal. There is a distinct homecooked flavour to the food. Though we love this place, the wait can be quite long. We were one of the only three tables but we waited more than 30 minutes for our food.
If we must rate, it would be 2 pairs of chopsticks out of 3, which is good enough to bring us back again. Daisy’s Dream Kitchen Blk 517 West Coast Road #01-571 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm http://www.ddk.sg