Padi Emas Coffeeshop – Heavenly Halal Lamb Kut Teh in the West
Opened by two partners in October 2015, Padi Emas Coffeeshop has been pleasing the tastebuds of their customers, especially when it comes to their seafood items. We spoke to one of the partners, Yusof Erksan, who used to be a Real Estate Agent before joining the F&B industry. He manages 7 stalls within this coffeeshop, and we were drawn to one of his latest creations – Beef/Lamb Kut Teh. Yusof hopes to whet appetites by offering this Halal version of locals’ favourite “Bak Kut Teh” dish.
Strictly following the instructions and methods given by a Malaysian chef, the folks at Padi Emas use 14 types of herbs for the broth. There are common herbs such as danggui, cinnamon, star anise, wolf berries, and a couple of secret ingredients. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of mutton, but Padi Emas’ Lamb Kut Teh has no gamey taste. Each spoonful of broth is flavourful with deep herbal flavours. The lamb ribs are tender, with a good mixture of lean meat and fatty layers. Remember to dip the ribs into their super shiok sambal balachan, which is tangy and fiery at the same time. Each portion of Lamb Kut Teh costs $7, and is best savoured on a cool rainy day. There is also Beef Kut Teh ($6) available here.
You can also treat yourself to a hearty Claypot Rice or Noodles here. It was a pity that the claypot noodles were already sold out, but the Beef Claypot Rice ($5.50) was also appetising. Each slice of beef is well done, but still tender. We love the runny egg which oozes out gloriously out to coat the rice. For us, the best part of claypot rice is always the crispy and smokey grains stuck at the bottom of the claypot. Don’t worry, it’s alright to indulge once in a blue moon!
Looking for midday light bites? The Tahu Goreng ($4) and Goreng Pisang ($2 for 4 pieces) are great choices. Soft and silky tofu is drenched in generous amounts of thick sweet sauce with peanut, and topped with shredded cucumber and bean sprouts. Each bite features a nice crunch, with a nutty finish. The Goreng Pisang, on the other hand, is slightly sweet and crispy. It’s enjoyable and we definitely don’t mind tabao-ing some back as snacks!
Padi Emas Coffeeshop also serves sambal stingray and other seafood choices. We are planning to return for them. For those staying in the West, here’s another coffeeshop for you to explore!
Padi Emas Coffeeshop
Address: #01-441, Blk 214 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 600214
Opening Hours: Claypot & Kut Teh Stall 12pm to 11pm. Tahu Goreng Stall 11.30am to 10.30pm. Closed on Tuesdays. Goreng Pisang Stall 12pm to 11pm. Seafood Stall opens till 1am daily.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
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