22 May 2012
Gu Ma Jia Food Pot
Gu Ma Jia Food Pot (姑妈家)
Venue: 45 Tai Thong Crescent, Sennett Estate, Singapore 347866
Contact: 6285 2023
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily (Mon - Fri Closed 3.30pm - 5.00pm, Sat & Sun open fully)
- The Shop
Gu Ma Jia in Chinese literally means "Auntie's House" serves Chinese Cuisine and Tze Char. The term "Gu Ma" comes from the Chinese way of nephews or nieces calling their eldest aunt. "Gu Ma" loved to organize family gathering where she would be able to cook for the family, basking in the happiness of being able to eat as a complete, united family.
A few years back (August 2009), the family came together and opened a family restaurant named "Gu Ma Jia" and ever since, it has become a place for families to gather, strengthening family bonds through the joy of eating. Therefore, "Gu Ma Jia" not only provides food that tastes like "home", but also a strong symbol of love and joy.
Their 2nd floor is use to hold function that can comprises 70pax, 1 VIP Room with 4 tables for 40pax. They provide food catering for all kinds of buffet functions and corporate events too.
The restaurant is easily accessible from the Potong Pasir MRT (North East Line), and there is a nearby Bus Stop 60211 right in front of POSB, Macpherson Road (8, 61, 64, 65, 66, 90, 125, 147, 151, 154, 628).
- The Food
Herbal Chicken Soup @ S$8.80
Nothing can be more comforting than having a bowl of hearty and nutritious homemade soup during mealtime. This soup is full of herbs, chicken and some clams which is a delightful way to start any meal. The herbs are not overpowered and aroma is just right.
Crispy Bean-jal @ S$12, S$18, S$24
I don’t like brinjal and I have phobia eating it (you don’t want to know why, trust me). However this was the first time, I swear it was really the first time I enjoy eating brinjal because it doesn’t taste like one!
The brinjal are cut into thin slice, deep fried in coated powder and seasoned with special sauce that is extracted from vegetables. The sauce is slightly spicy with a little sweetness. The unique combination to stir fry with french beans create an unique taste to the palette.
Kyoto Pork Ribs @ S$20
Sauteed pork ribs flambeed with Rose Wine was served on a sizzling plate wrap in aluminum foil. The aluminum foil will be drench with rose wine and ignited with fire upon serving. The aroma of rose wine and pork ribs mingle together to exude a distinctive scent. The soury from black vinegar and sweetness of the special sauce brings out the fragrance of the tender pork. I will give up my usual sweet & sour pork for this Kyoto Pork Ribs!
Assam Fish Head @ S$25
This is our favourtie dish tonight, the best of the best!
The fish heads are purchase directly from the market daily, thus ensuring optimal freshness and quality. The assam paste are self made and consist more than 13 spices and herbs. Cooking of the assam require about 4 hours of continue stirring, together with the preparation and blending it will take almost a day to yield great flavour. No wonder the assam is so flavorful & awesome!
Gwen told us that they had reduce the spiciness as customers had feedback that the brutal flavour is too much to handle. The spiciness is just right for my foodie friends.
Sambal Seabass (Hot Plate) @ S$25
Sambal sauce served over seabass on a hot plate. The fish is crispy but the sambal is not spicy enough. I still favour the Assam Fish Head.
Oyster Omelette @ S$12
The perfect marriage of just-cooked-to-perfection juicy fresh oysters, fluffy eggs, coated with a thin layer of sambal chilli. Delicate flavour with a fragrance of sambal. Oh, the oyster is big in size too!
Butter Baked Salted Egg Sri Lanka Crabs (Seasonal Price)
The tender succulent sri lanka crab is cooked with creamy salted egg yolks combined with various condiments gives a truly unique flavour. The only complaint, the salted egg yolks sauce is too little, but still definitely finger lickin' crabilicious!
Prawn Roll $8 (8pcs) @ S$16 (16pcs)
The self made prawn roll filling is meaty and not as salty compare to most. It has a nice crunch from the fried beancurd skin and water chestnuts. I find it tasty and delectable on its own, but if you prefer to have a little zing & sweetness, dripped them in the sweet chilli sauce.
Special Made Tofu with Lingzhi Mushroom @ S$12
You can't get this tofu from any where because they made the tofu themselves. Simple as it look but it was simply delish! Most of us are really full by now (expect Melissa, hehe), we still cheerfully chomped our way through the silky soft tofu with the tasty lingzhi mushroom sauce.
Thai Style Beancurd (6pcs) @ S$6
This beancurd are bought from the market. The firm beancurd has crispy coating and intensifies all the flavors in the thai sweet & sour sauce.
Cereal Sotong with Curry Flavour @ S$20, S$30, S$40
Sambal sotong and Calamari are my absolute favorite.
The chewy huge sotong is dredged in flour, sauteed with a savoury combination of cereal, curry powder, curry leaves and chilli padi bites. I love the tasty cereal to the bits.
Black Glutinuos with Ice Cream @ S$4
Absolutely delicious self made secret recipe by "Gu Ma"! The consistency & sweetness of the black glutinous is just right, topped with a scope of vanilla ice cream, make this warm dessert satisfying to the stomach even after a full meal.
- My Opinion
The casual atmosphere and robust flavorful food certainly brought back memory and make me nostalgic. Service was prompt and food are fresh. Besides the highly raved Assam Fish Head, the Special Made Tofu, Salted Egg Crab, Crispy Bean-jal, Kyoto Pork Ribs and Oyster Omelette was a hit too. In fact, I am tore between the choices! I would highly recommend you to visit the restaurant in a big group so that you can order everything and share!!
The crab was fat and juicy, I would like to try the chilli/black pepper crab in my next visit and I am already planning who to bring along so that I can order more dishes!
Thank you Derrick - SG Food on Foot for inviting us to join this scrumptious tasting! Nice to have Cheryl - Ms Skinny Fat to share the soup and dessert with me, and Melissa - Melicacy, without you, we wouldn't be able to finish all the food. You rock girl! And thank you Gwen & Gu Ma for the warm hospitality last Thursday, 17 May 2012.
Whet your appetite with hearty food at Gu Ma Jia!