The Asian Kitchen used to be one of my regular haunts back when I was working in the Raffles Place area. Centrally located right in the basement of one of the tallest office blocks in the CBD and linked to many other office buildings through the Raffles Place MRT underground, the resultant heavy foot traffic ensures this casual Chinese eatery is packed come every lunchtime. Don't worry, the queue moves quite quickly, as service is remarkably efficient and speedy. And although I haven't been back since the office moved to Shenton Way, the food's as good as I remembered.
The Chinese Salad ($3.30), with its julienned black fungus, carrots, glass vermicelli and beansprouts tossed in a piquant marinade and served chilled makes for a refreshingly crisp and appetite-whetting starter.
What is it about luncheon meat that makes everything awesome? The Luncheon Meat Fried Rice ($7.50) at The Asian Kitchen evokes childhood memories of after-school lunchtime sustenance. Save for the spring onions, it tastes about the same. This isn't particularly refined or executed with finesse, but it's got this familiar homecooked taste to it that I find very comforting.
The Chicken Chop Fried Rice ($9.50) is another bestseller here. A whole chicken thigh is battered in seasoned flour, fried and served conveniently sliced atop a mound of eggy fried rice. The tasty juicy fried chicken is a wonderfully crispy complement to the fluffy fried rice.
The Asian Kitchen
9 Raffles Place
Republic Plaza B1-01
Tel: 6438 3884