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Latest in Brunei: Iron Chef, Eats, Teh Tarik Place

Latest in Brunei: Iron Chef, Eats, Teh Tarik Place

A number of restaurants have been popping up in Brunei for the past few weeks and as an avid Instagram user, I have been seeing food posts from these restaurants appearing regularly on my home page (follow me at Bruneianeats on Instagram). Seeing as so much interest has been surrounding these restaurants and having been invited to one of them, I decided to write a post to share some of my favourite food items at these restaurants and perhaps help you narrow your choices in their menus.

Iron Chef

If you enjoy watching your food being cooked in front of you, this restaurant is a good option as they have a live cooking station. The executive chef is also highly skilled and is perfectly happy to show off his skills upon request.

Taiwanese Oyster Omelette

Location: 1st floor of Hua Ho Manggis mall.

What I enjoyed here: Taiwanese Oyster Omelette and Salmon Mentai Value Meal.

Cost: BND6.90 for the oyster omelette and BND7.90 for the salmon meal.

Salmon with Mentai Sauce

Thoughts: The oyster omelette consisted of a number of silky, juicy and plump oysters coated in a soft, almost custardy omelette and topped with some fresh scallions. Being cooked on a teppanyaki, the oyster omelette had a pleasant char aroma and was lightly seasoned to bring out the natural sweetness in the oysters and eggs. Served with a slightly salty and bitter sauce (almost like worcestershire sauce) on the side, it rounded out the flavour of the omelette well.

The salmon value meal consisted of two slices of salmon covered in a mentaiko (fish roe) sauce. As part of the value meal, it came with a bowl of miso soup, rice and salad. The mentaiko sauce had a creamy consistency that coated the tongue and had a sweetness like that in Japanese mayonnaise. The salad on the side was dressed in a simple sauce that was tart and lightly salted. Overall, a good choice for those who enjoy sweetness in their main dishes and want to make the most of their money.

Eats

Think some of your favourite local meals but served in a more stylish and contemporary space. Eats offers you the option to dine comfortably while still serving you the dishes you’re familiar with.

Steamed Chicken

Location: First Floor, Block C, Gadong Central.

What I enjoyed here: Steamed Hainanese Chicken Rice and Salted Egg Chicken.

Cost: BND4 for a regular sized chicken rice. BND8 for a small sharing size of salted egg chicken (without rice).

Salted Egg Chicken

Thoughts: For the chicken rice order, it came with a serving of steamed chicken, rice, soup, chili sauce and a blended ginger and scallion sauce. Despite being served a chicken breast portion, I was pleased with how succulent and tender the steamed chicken was. The skin on the chicken was also thin, silky and smooth. Perhaps my favourite thing about the chicken rice was the blended ginger and scallion sauce which lended the chicken a fragrant onion aroma and savoury flavour.

The salted egg chicken consisted of cuts of chicken wings deep fried and covered in a salted egg coating. Again, the chicken was well cooked with the outer skin layer retaining it’s crispyness while the inside maintained juicy. The salted egg coating had a slight sweetness which complimented the saltiness from the salted egg. I also enjoyed the punchy spicy smell and curry aroma from the addition of sliced chilis and curry leaves in this dish. If you’re not a spicy food fanatic, worry not as the sliced chilis lended more fragrance than spice.

Teh Tarik Place

If you’re looking for popular Malaysian street food but don’t actually want to make the trip to Malaysia, Teh Tarik Place is the stop for you. You also get to enjoy the air conditioning (not usually available with street food) and bask in the trendy artwork displayed around their space.

Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng

Location: Ground floor of Aman Hills Shopping Centre.

What I enjoyed here: Nasi Kerabu and Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng.

Cost: BND6.50 for Nasi Kerabu and BND5.50 for Nasi Lemak.

Nasi Kerabu

Thoughts: The Nasi Kerabu consisted of ayam percik (spiced roasted chicken) served with a portion of blue stained rice (stained with butterfly pea flowers), half a salted egg, keropok (crackers), green mango pickles and topped with some type of coconut fish flake sauce. My favourite thing about this dish is the variety of sides that it comes with which lends so many different textures to the dish. The chicken was also fall-off-the-bone tender and well marinated with a salty and tangy flavour. When paired with the green mango pickles, an element of tartness and natural sweetness was added to the dish. The ability to change up every bite by pairing it with the different sides made eating this dish very enjoyable.

As part of the Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng, you get a piece of fried chicken, sambal pusu (spicy anchovy sauce), cucumber slices, a whole boiled egg and a portion of coconut rice. The fried chicken was coated in a spice rub which gave it a faint lemongrass and curry aroma. I also enjoyed the thin crispyness of the fried chicken skin which was well covered in the spice rub and well seasoned. The addition of sambal pusu gave the dish an extra element of sweetness and a fishy flavour.

Have you tried out the food places mentioned here yet? If so, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.