Friday, November 26, 2010

Paper Wrapped Chicken (纸包鸡) @ Union Farm Eating House


No motorist will miss this unique structure when they drive along Clementi Road towards Ngee Ann Polytechnic. It is a restaurant amidst the greenery that should belong to the rural areas in the 1980s when kampongs (villages) were still very common!

Two signboards with Chinese characters right outside proudly proclaimed their signature dish; a pretty uncommon food by the name of Paper Wrapped Chicken (translated literally from 纸包鸡).

And of course, this dish was exactly the reason for the gang of four to stopover despite having 110% filled stomachs!

It was my first visit although i ate this famous paper wrapped chicken countless times; my mom always asked her friend to purchase it in bulk and send them to us.

The restaurant itself deserves to be preserved as a national heritage building as it has been a long, long time since i last saw such a restaurant setting in mainland Singapore!

Now coming back to the all-important food, it's rare to find only one dish on the table whenever the gang of four dines. More food is STRONGLY encouraged no matter how freaking bloated our stomachs are!

And in this case, we ordered an additional 4 cups of famous luohan longan drink and a small plate of fried rice simply named as fried rice!

Famous Luohan Longan Drink
This drink originated from Chinatown (Petaling Street) of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and it is damn famous there. The one in Union Farm was so far off from the original; it should be renamed infamous luohan longan drink!

Fried Rice
Sighz...............
not a good sign indeed. 

This unassuming fried rice with minimal seasoning will do well for you if your taste buds prefer something really plain and healthy (anything plain is categorised as healthy for me).

I have never eaten anything like this and sad to say, this photograph shall be included in the "Food (Detest)" album in my facebook profile.

Paper Wrapped Chicken (纸包鸡)
A plate filled with packets of disgusting-looking oily grey paper may not go well with people who are accustomed to have food that are pleasant to the eyes.

What's more important is that piece of meaty treasure wrapped tightly within the layer of translucent paper!

Due to its one-of-a-kind wrapping, the chicken meat was only gently crisp even though it was deep fried. The deep-fried monster in me would have preferred a crispier bite but i could satisfy the monster in Arnolds Chicken if need be.
 
The meat had that exact nectarous honey taste i love so much eons ago! They were a bit tougher than the past, which made no difference as my teeth can still withstand the toughness.
 
Frankly, i do not remember seeing such a thick layer of oil when i unwrapped my very first 纸包鸡 at home. *Shrugs* For all we know, the wrapper might have absorbed most of the oil in its journey to my house.
 
However, having a puddle of oil staring at you can be so unnerving; it's only a mere two months before i am scheduled to take the cholesterol test again.
 
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Might be back for the Paper Wrapped Chicken (纸包鸡) and..... other dishes. I really want to know how bad the other dishes are.  My "Food (Detest)" album has only a few pathetic pictures and it can do with more.
 
Location
435A Clementi Rd 
(Between SIM and Maju Camp)
(SIM is right beside Ngee Ann Poly)
 
Price
Luohan Longan Drink - S$2
Fried Rice - S$6
纸包鸡 (15 pieces) - S$15 

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