CreatureS – Remarkable CreatureS Crispy Chicken Rendang
In light of the Masterchef UK crispy chicken rendang saga, we have written and compiled a list of 9 eateries to get your fix of the delicious, savoury dish. However, we took a special interest in the crispy chicken rendang, which was, after all, the point of the whole issue. While many were sceptical of the divisive crispy chicken rendang, CreatureS jumped straight into the controversy and came up with their very own CreatureS crispy chicken rendang, which we gamely dropped by for a taste.
Located at Desker Road, a culturally-rich area dotted with charming boutique hotels, CreatureS serves Mod-Sin cuisine featuring east-meets-west fusion dishes (with no MSG) in a cosy and comfortable environment. Service is amazing, natural light streams in from the glass windows, music wafts from the speakers and the cutlery is impeccably laid out on a CreatureS paper placemat. The atmosphere is inviting, and even the water arrives in a pretty glass adorned with a lemongrass stalk and a lime wedge.
While there is a plethora of interesting dishes on CreatureS’ menu, we arrived with the sole intention of trying only one thing on their menu…the Crispy Chicken Rendang ($23)!
Having eaten at 5 other rendang stops without air-conditioning that day, we were glad to finally rest our legs and bask in the cool air offered at CreatureS. Before we knew it, the prized CreatureS crispy chicken rendang finally arrived at our table.
The CreatureS crispy chicken rendang ($23 before GST) features a fried chicken thigh coated with crispy batter, then dressed in a slow-cooked heirloom home-made rendang recipe. Served on the side are butterfly blue pea coconut fragrant rice, nonya chap chye and an egg omelette slice. The crispy chicken rendang dish was a stunning sight with its vibrant colours and contrasting textures, and we absolutely could not wait to dig in.
The star of the show was without a doubt the crispy chicken. The plump and juicy chicken thigh was fork-tender and had a shatteringly-crisp skin. As we broke into the crispy crackling, the chicken glistened in full glory. The chicken thigh was moreish and was satisfyingly chunky and meaty.
The rendang sauce slathered over the fried chicken thigh had slightly sour undertones and was not too spicy at all. Neither was it too rich or “jelak”, and we had a field day scooping up the rendang sauce with the chicken, then pairing both together with the slightly sticky blue pea rice. The blue pea rice tasted rather ordinary, though it definitely added some colour to the plate. The curious triangular fried piece studded atop the mountain of blue rice turned out to be a piece of fried chicken fat. How sinful!
The nonya chup chye on the side was a beautiful accompaniment to the dish, with its natural sweetness from the red dates making it an absolute delight to eat. The slice of egg omelette was mildly spicy, and reminded me a little of fuyong egg, with onion slices embedded in the egg slice.
I must say, the CreatureS team is rather ingenious for capitalising on this crispy chicken rendang saga, and coming up with their very own crispy chicken rendang. While their rendition was slightly more expensive than the other rendang dishes we tried and featured in our rendang listing, the great ambience at CreatureS more than made up for it.
Address: 120 Desker Road, 209639
Phone: 6291 6996
Email Address: [email protected]
Area: Jalan Besar, Farrer Park
Opening Hours: Tues to Thurs, and Sun: 12pm to 10pm, Fri to Sat: 12pm to 11pm, Closed on Mon
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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