When Agnes contacted me to attend a food tasting event at Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家), I was really excited because of all the Chinese local delights they offer! Apart from cafe-hopping from one hipster cafe to another or dining out at the usual Western/Italian restaurants, sometimes it is good to have a change of taste as well and this is when the Chinese local food comes into play. I guess it is also because of the festive mood I am having – Chinese New Year! 🙂
What you get when you first step into Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) is a warm and cozy feel which makes you feel like you are at the comfort of your own home.
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If you drop by Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家)‘s website, you will see all those mouth-watering delicacies which are exactly what you see in reality!
Don’t believe? Let’s take a look!
To celebrate their 5th Anniversary, heads have been cracked and put together to come up with these new delicacies on their menu!
XO Prawn Noodles
This was by far my favourite dish of all. It is unusual to have XO added into your prawn noodles. So far, I’ve only come across XO Fish head noodles but not prawn noodles.
Hence, even though this was my first experience having XO added as an ingredient for my prawn noodles, I was blown away.
The prawns were very fresh and even though they were not deshelled (which I believe was for a more flavourful taste of the soup – since they use the shells as an ingredient for the soup base anyway), they were sliced into half which allows customers to be able to deshell with ease. Compared to those vendors who merely throw those fully shelled prawns into the soup and expect customers to eat hassle-free.
Whenever I order prawn noodles, the first thing I would do is to have a taste of the soup. I believe this is what many of us would do too. The soup base is extremely important because it comprises as the majority of the dish and affects the rest of the ingredients. When the soup is awesome, you can imagine how enjoyable the rest of the moment will be while savouring your food 🙂
Next, as with all seafood, the freshness is extremely important. Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) serves only the freshest prawns and even Agnes who has hosted several media event for food tasting at Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) complimented how the superb standard is consistent. As a spinach lover, having them in my prawn noodles was also a bonus!
With a tad of chilli already added into the soup, chilli-lovers need not have to worry about not being spicy enough. Of course, you may still add even more chilli to suit your preference. The level of spicyiness was just nice, nothing too bland nor spicy 🙂
This is must-try at Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家)! 🙂
Claypot Pork in Sesame Oil
This is the sister dish to Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家)‘s Signature Claypot Chicken with Ginger and Sesame Oil. This Claypot Pork with Sesame oil is made up of premium Chinese Wine, tender pork slices, ginger, black fungus and sesame oil, of course.
What I like about this dish is that the soup is thick which means Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) does not scrimp on ingredients as they uphold the high quality of the food as well as how the pork slices are lean and tender. It takes lots of skills to be able to offer meat that are chewable as it involves how the meat is sliced as well as the preparation method to soften the meat.
Pork-lovers, you will love this for sure! 🙂
Gu Ma Signature Traditional Bean Curd
Meticulously and effortfully boiled with salted fish head for a whole good 6 hours, the outcome of this soup is certainly worth the effort and time! Power-packed with Chinese Ham, Pork Ribs, Peanuts and fresh Bean Curd, it is no wonder why this soup is very nutritious and yet tasty at the same time!
The soups offered at Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) are certainly very comforting because it gives a sense of homecooked food, which anyone would crave for after a long and arduous day at work.
So if you are looking for delicious homecooked food and yet planning to give your moms a day-off, why not pop by Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) for exquisite homecooked food?
Satay Cuttle Fish
Satay is a traditional Indonesian and Malay food which comprises of seasoned, skewered grilled meat. Mimicking the exact same seasoning and sauces, Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) carries creativity a notch higher by replacing meat with fresh cuttle fish instead!
And may I highlight that these cuttle fish was extremely easy to chew, no fuss no frills, and most importantly, no aching jaw! 😉
As a side dish, this is a good appetiser to whet one’s appetite!
Ubin Lala Bee Hoon
Being a Bee Hoon lover, this dish certainly caught my eye and plus, it is filled with gravy-sauce which I prefer over dried ones. Served with fresh lala, this is a Bee Hoon dish which is certainly not common.
To boost the fragrance, Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) adds bits of omelette which serves not only as a garnish but also for that extra ‘homely’ taste as well. You know how mothers love adding omelette to every soupy dishes! 😛
Yuan Yang Kai Lan
Kai Lan is one of my favourite and as you can see, what is most interesting is that the leaves are fried till extreme crisp, almost like seaweed!
What I like about this dish is that the stalk/stem of the veggie is not that hard neither is it too soft. It remains crunchy but yet still easy to chew. Most of us loathe the stem/stalk of the veggies (but not me!) because of the hardness, but with Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) ‘s perfect culinary skills, you will never have the excuse of not eating your greens anymore! 😉
Homemade Yam Ring with Kyoto Pork Ribs
I love yam rings and what’s more when it is coupled with sweet and savoury pork ribs, it certainly makes one feel as though he/she is in heaven! The crust of the yam ring is very cripsy too and not even a tad affected by the moisture of the yam inside! Cripsy noodles are also one of the essentials in a yam ring dish. Pretty sure the kids would love it too!
Vinegar Enzyme Drink
Made up a variety of fruits (Apple, Pear, Papaya and Plum) which are preserved in vinegar, coupled with fruit enzyme extracts, this unique drink is certainly refreshing and aids in digestion as well as cleansing the body system, i.e. detoxification.
Below is where they keep and preserve the fruits in vinegar!
A little fact – Did you know?
These fruit enzymes are also digestive enzymes which can help alleviate a major factor that increases risk for disease, excess weight, and obesity. Proper digestion is essential and important because your body will be receiving all the goodness from the nutrients and your body will be more balanced with less food. Perfect for dieting ladies who wish to cut down on their food intake!
Gu Ma’s Tang Sui (姑妈糖水)
As the saying goes, “There is always another separate stomach for desserts” and at Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家), you will never regret having their desserts! Gu Ma’s Tang Sui (姑妈糖水) is another comforting food. Comprises of wolfberries (good for skin, liver, kidney and acts as an anti-oxidant), white fungus (good for skin as it contains collagen, helps to clear the heatiness in the lungs and cures dry cough) and gingko (aids in improving the memory and promotes blood circulation).
Plus, a bonus point would be that this isn’t too sweet or bland! Just nice! 🙂
If you are a dessert-lover, why not indulge in this super yummy yet nutritious Gu Ma’s Tang Sui (姑妈糖水)?
Fruity Jelly Enzyme with Longans and Wolfberries
Similar to the fruit enzyme drink, this is in a refreshing jelly form! Power-packed with the same goodness mentioned above! 🙂
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