Food Trip Friday 099: Secret Recipe’s Grilled Black Pepper Chicken

PinayWife and I met up last Thursday for a morning of coffee and chitchat (Brown Coffee) and a bit of pampering (Soben Spa). It’s been ages since I had a massage and my back really needed a good kneading so I was really looking forward to this day out.

We opted for a traditional Khmer massage. Because of Soben’s early-bird promo, the one hour and half massage costs only a little over the regular price of a one-hour massage. Woot-woot 🙂 When we got out of spa, it was already half past noon and, although very much refreshed and satisfied from the soothing massage, we were already hungry.

Secret Recipe is becoming my favourite go-to for quick, no fuss lunch. So we chose to go to Secret Recipe at Sovanna Mall. This time around, I excitedly ordered pepper chicken and enjoyed my meal tremendously.

Lip-smacking grilled chicken smothered with black pepper sauce and served with rice and salad.

Oh, some more pepper sauce. Please.
My husband always tell me that the taste of the meat is lost when it’s smothered with sauce. But that’s me, I love it when my steak is drowned in sauce, lol. And I like the really thick sauce.

So anyways, the spiciness of the the black pepper sets off once the sauce hits your mouth! It is not so overpowering (considering my grilled chicken was deluged with sauce) but you feel the kick right away. Makes me wonder if they used Kampot pepper on this one. The side salad, on the other hand, was great, too, even if the serving was too little. The lettuce was crispy and the mayo-ketchup dressing was just right. My only concern was that the rice serving was tiny – the size of a five year old’s fist – but that’s alright, I’m kind of on a controlled diet these days. (You could tell I’m a voracious rice eater!)

I’m on a sugar diet these days so, for dessert, we only ordered a slice of choco-cheesecake that we shared between us. It was heavenly! So the it’s not all hype – the choco-cheesecake was, by far, the best one I had in the Penh. Besides that, there’s nothing like sharing a slice of cheesecake with a girlfriend!

Food Trip Friday 088: Singapore’s Hainanese chicken-rice

I’m feeling run down today and nursing a bad cold so this is going to be short and sweet, err, yummy. PinayWifeSpeaks and I discovered this newly-opened Singapore Barn Barn restaurant a few metres away from the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Tumpong).

Hainanese chicken-rice at Singapore Barn Barn Chicken for only $2!

The chicken is so tasty and tender while the rice can be eaten alone as it is. This set, which includes a bowl of soup and a glass of tea, is filling. Just remember to go there before lunchtime as it gets really crowded, proof that it’s popular amongst the locals! I said it before and I’ll say it again – Phnom Penh has a lot of international restaurants offering authentic fares at affordable prices. I want to go back there again for more Hainanese chicken goodness! Plus I’m also keen on sampling their rice-cake desserts.

FoodTrip Friday 005: Ginger and Scallions Chicken

Back in my university days in Cebu City, there was this Chinese restaurant in downtown Colon Street where my roommates and I were regular customers. This unassuming restaurant, dark on the inside with nothing much but rows of tables and chairs, arthritic ceiling fans, and grumpy ladies in cheap cheongsam attires pushing food-carts. To the newcomers, the sight was a disappointment. To us, old-timers, it looked basic but the lip-smacking and cheap food, albeit oily at times, more than made up for the oh-not-so-fantastic interior.

My regular order was the chicken-rice topping for only P12 (about US$0.30) at that time. So when I found a chicken recipe resembling this from Rasa Malaysia, I wasted no time in trying out the recipe… and voila!

ginger and scallionschicken

It has the same taste, the ginger is not overpowering and just enough hint of Shaoxing wine. Memories of my university days flooded my consciousness! Back in the old days, it’s serve in a small bowl and topped with the chicken dish and we downed it with a glass of softdrink. Aah, those were the days.

You can get the recipe here or here.

Happy Food Trip Friday!