We were in the Bukit Timah area and the Hubs took the opportunity to revisit Violet Oon's. We'd arrived just as they'd begun operations for the day. Like getting a car warmed up in winter, I think the kitchen needed a bit more time to get their engines revved up. Our orders took inordinately long and some of the food was a lil' bit choppy. They didn't quite hold up to their usual standard.
The Asian Big Breakfast ($20), a brunch item, was basically an upmarket nasi lemak. It can't quite compare with the authentic hawker stuff, but it was relatively decent. The otak was heavily textured with large chunks of fresh fish, the fried chicken wing was fairly succulent, but the sambal egg was the best of the lot, perfectly boiled with nary a rubber consistency. A mound of yellow flavoured nasi kuning and a cucumber & ikan bilis salad sided the substantive platter.
The Ngo Hiang ($14) was as good as ever though, incredibly juicy insides with a good crunch on the out. The freshly pounded sambal was a great accompaniment to the fritter, a mild kick without tear-inducing heat.
The Babi Pongteh ($19) was a little lackluster compared to the previous rendition. The pork belly could have used an additional half hour braising time, but the tau-cheo-based gravy was just as luscious. The Hubs, who was trying to stay away from carbs, finished half the white rice, just because it set up the brown gravy beautifully.
Violet Oon's Kitchen
881 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: 6468 5430
Open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11.30am to 10pm
Fridays from 11.30am to 11pm
Saturdays from 9.30am to 11pm
Sundays from 9.30am to 10pm
Closed on Mondays