Oktoberfest & Thai Fare @ Tawandang Microbrewery, Dempsey Hill
DSD and I ordered a Phad Thai, a perennial Thai favourite noodle dish. We were pleased to find that it was the right balance of saltiness, sweetness with a slight touch of tanginess that made the dish satisfying without being cloying. I am generally not a fan of Phad Thai because the dish tends to be too sweet for my preference but the seasonings in this version suited me just fine. The crumbly and crunchy texture of the crushed peanuts along with the lightly blanched, firm stems of beansprouts added a nutty and juicy touch to the dish. This Phad Thai is definitely worth a try, especially for folks like me who are not huge fans of sweet food.
Wanting to eat somethingy fairly healthy, we decided to skip the Pork Knuckle on this visit and ordered a steamed chicken dish instead. I love Drunken Chicken and wanted to give Tawandang's version a try. When ordering this dish, we were warned that there have been feedback from some clients that the liquor flavour is rather strong, hmm...we'll give it a try anyway. When it arrived, DSD and I couldn't help but observe that as far as our tastes were concerned, there wasn't enough Chinese Wine in this dish! Even though DSD and I are not big on alcohol, we wished the kitchen had added more Chinese Wine! Different strokes for different folks, I guess?
The flavours in this dish were reminiscent of old-school Chinese wedding banquets of yore, when Drunken Chicken and Marinated Jellyfish were ubiquitous items on an appetizer platter. Though some parts of the chicken was a little drier than I would have liked, the flesh was nonetheless moist and tender for most parts of the dish. I loved the delicate flavour of the Chinese wine-infused cool gelatin found between the skin and the flesh of the chicken. The slippery yet tender strips of Jellyfish had been well-marinated with soy sauce and wonderfully fragrant sesame oil. This is definitely worth a try!
As is apparently traditional for breweries at Oktoberfest, Tawandang had a special brew for Oktoberfest 2010. Only 500 litres of this beer is available in Singapore for the month of October and as at the end of lunch on Saturday, a little less than 300 litres remained.
That Saturday afternoon, it seemed like every table had ordered this beer so though DSD and I do not generally drink beer, we tried some. It was not as bitter as we expected and was rather refreshing.