Formerly located in a food court in Central Market, Singapore Delights has since moved to the food court on the lower ground floor of Adelaide Central Plaza at Rundle Mall. This food court is commonly known as David Jones Food Court. The portion size of their dishes was pretty generous, making them ideal for diners with huge appetites.
Considered one of Singapore's national dishes, Hainan Chicken Rice at Singapore Delights can be ordered with your choice of either chicken breast or thigh meat. The chicken breast that I chose was cooked just right with the rice having the fragrant "chicken rice" flavour. Served with the dish was soup with cabbage in it and chilli sauce for dipping the chicken in. A variation that uses roast chicken instead of steamed chicken is also available.
Hainan Chicken Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Adapted from Thai flavours, Mee Siam is made by stir frying rice vermicelli with chilli paste, which gives the rice vermicelli a distinct orange colour. Siam is the former name of Thailand and Mee Siam literally means noodle from Siam. The stir fried rice vermicelli is served with light gravy that tastes spicy, sweet and sour. The sour taste is attributed to the use of tamarind paste and Taucheo (salted soy bean paste) in the sauce. Singapore Delights seemed to have skipped the step of stir frying the rice vermicelli because it didn't have the distinct orange colour. However the gravy had the degree of sourness that we desired and a wedge of lime was provided for diners who prefer even more tartness. The dish was garnished with bean sprouts, prawns, fishcakes, squids, hardboiled egg and Tau Pok (deep fried tofu). The Tau Pok was very yummy because it was saturated with the delicious gravy. To make the dish even more scrumptious, enjoy it with some of the chilli paste provided but try not to be too heavy-handed as it can be a bit spicy for some. This is the first time that we have come across Mee Siam in Adelaide.
Mee Siam (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Going by the name Orchard 70's at Singapore Delights, Rochor Mee is a dish in which Hokkien noodles (thick yellow noodles) and rice vermicelli are stir-fried with egg, pork and seafood, then simmered in prawn broth. Served with the dish was chilli sambal to give it more punch as well as a lime wedge to add some sharpness. My sister loves this dish and Singma Delights at Renaissance Food Court was previously the only place that serves this dish. The version at Singma Delights is called Singapore Fried Prawn Noodle.
Lor Mee is another Singaporean dish that is served by both Singapore Delights and Singma Delights. Hokkien noodles are served in thick, tasty gravy that is made with corn starch and spices. My mother enjoys eating this dish garnished with bean sprouts, fishcakes and hardboiled egg only; although both stores serve it with some form of meat (either chicken or barbequed pork). Black vinegar and chilli sambal can be added to the dish to provide additional layers of flavour.
Lor Mee (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The ambience at David Jones Food Court was much more inviting than its previous location at Central Market. David Jones Food Court underwent a major renovation recently and the place has a clean, new and modern look to it. The food court is easily accessible by both public and private transport.