Lucky Plaza may look a little run down but there are many interesting eating places inside.
I have introduced you to Alfa Cafe previously. Today I am going to show you a popular Indonesian restaurant, Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut.
Wait for the waitress to bring you to a table, look through the menu and write your order on the order chit. Pass the order chit to the staff at the entrance counter and make payment.
If it is your first time to the restaurant and you have no idea what to order, just get any of the recommended dishes, which are bolded and highlighted in red.
You can’t go wrong with Original Crispy Fried Duck + Rice (Bebek Goreng Original + Nasi) [S$9.90] when the restaurant is named after this dish. “Bebek Goreng” literally means “fried duck” in Indonesian. Half a duck is marinated in their special blend of species and deep fried till so crispy you can eat everything except the big bones. Served with rice, fried tofu, tempeh (fermented soybean), raw vegetables and blachan, it is a satisfying meal anytime.
If you don’t want to wrestle with bones, you should get Shredded Crispy Fried Duck + Rice (Bebek Goreng Remuk + Nasi) [S$9.90]. The duck meat are shredded and fried till crispy, so you only have to enjoy the meal.
If duck is not your thing, go for the Original Smash Fried Chicken + Rice (Ayam Penyet Original + Nasi) [S$7.90] which is another signature dish. The chicken is a little tough due to deep-frying, but it is well-marinated. Served with rice, fried tofu, tempeh (fermented soybean), raw vegetables and blachan.
Grilled Chicken + Rice (Ayam Bakar) [S$7.90] is a slightly healthier alternative. Grilled with Indonesian sweet soya sauce, the chicken is slightly more tender. Served with rice, fried tofu, tempeh (fermented soybean), raw vegetables and blachan.
For the ultimate duck indulgence, get the Crispy Duck Skin (Kulit Bebek Goreng) [S$4.90]. The duck skin is marinated in their special blend of spices and deep-fried till crispy. It is slightly salty for me, but it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Although Mixed Vegetable (Gado-Gado) [S$6.50] is listed under side dishes, it’s generous portion makes it a meal on its own. Blanched vegetables such as beansprouts, potato wedges, French beans are generously doused with a sweet and spicy peanut sauce. Served with hard-boiled egg and crackers.
If you want to get a soup to go with your rice dishes, I strongly recommend Oxtail Soup (Sup Buntut) [S$8.90]. The clear-looking soup is slightly sour which balances out the heaviness of the rice dishes. The oxtail are cooked until it has just the right amount of bite and tenderness.
Beef Ball Soup (Bakso Kuah) [S$6.90] is supposed to be one of the famous street food in Indonesia, but I feel it pales in comparison with the Oxtail Soup. The beef balls are tender and chewy, but the soup is not aromatic enough.
The Avocado Juice (Jas Alpukat) [S$4.50] sold here is not the same as those found in Singapore food centers with evaporated milk, fresh milk and palm sugar. This is just pure avocado juice with a dash of chocolate syrup. The avocado taste is a little too strong for non-avocado lovers such as myself.
Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut (Orchard)
Address: 304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza #01-42/43/44, Singapore 238863
Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut (Tampines)
Address: 10 Tampines Central 1, Tampines 1 #01-58, Singapore 529536