Located along Gouger Street, Yummy Tummy Food Bar specialises in offering Chinese cuisine with a focus on noodles, casserole and grilled skewer dishes. If they desire, diners can watch the grilled skewer dishes being prepared, and the cold rice noodle dishes being assembled.
Available to be ordered in an original or spicy variation, the Meatball Casserole featured not only meatballs but various other ingredients including pork belly, quail eggs and tofu. The meatballs were cooked just right and the slices of pork belly were quite tender. Extra texture was provided by the black fungus, tofu and shredded tofu. The plainness of the tofu went well with the richer tasting ingredients. The spicy broth we chose had a nice level of heat and the potato starch noodles hidden beneath the other elements did a great job of soaking up its flavour.
Meatball Casserole (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
In the Braised Pork Ribs Casserole, the meatballs and pork belly were replaced with pork ribs, which had flesh falling off the bones easily. Unlike the Meatball Casserole, the Braised Pork Ribs Casserole did not include quail eggs among the ingredients. The savoury taste of the original broth we chose for the dish did a good job of bringing the various ingredients together.
Braised Pork Ribs Casserole (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Served at room temperature, the rice noodles in the Golden Sesame Sauce Steamed Cold Noodles still retained a bit of bite and the sesame sauce imparted a delectable nutty flavour. A bit of extra texture was provided by the shredded cucumber and chunks of gluten. This dish is best enjoyed by mixing all the elements thoroughly to infuse the flavour of the sauce into them. This dish is a good partner to the spicy Meatball Casserole.
Golden Sesame Sauce Steamed Cold Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Lao Street Oil Splashed Noodles featured handmade noodles which had a chewier texture than the rice noodles used in the Golden Sesame Sauce Steamed Cold Noodles. The chunks of meat were tender and the bok choy still retained a bit of bite. While the sauce was spicy, its degree of heat should be suitable for most tastes. Much like their cold noodle dish, this dish is at its best when all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly to spread the flavour of the sauce through the elements.
Lao Street Oil Splashed Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good choice for a light snack, the braised pork in the Chef Special Braised Pork Burger was tender with a good amount of savoury flavour. It also included preserved vegetables which complemented the pork nicely. The Chinese Bun that the filling was put in was also toasted to a nice degree.
Chef Special Braised Pork Burger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The chunks of beef in the Chef Special Beef Burger were larger which gave the filling a firmer texture compared to their Braised Pork Burger. The beef had a delectable savoury flavour and like the Braised Pork Burger included preserved vegetables in the filling for a bit of extra flavour. We also liked that the Chinese bun used in the dish was not too oily.
Chef Special Beef Burger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good choice for vegetarians, the gluten used in the Two Skewers of Gluten had a nice chewy texture and was cut in a fashion that resembled a spiral. The seasoning that the gluten was coated in before they were cooked prevented them from tasting bland.
Two Skewers of Gluten (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Coming in a serving of sixteen, the filling of the Pork Dumplings was very juicy and the skin was not too tough. While it is not stated on the menu, the dumplings are only available steamed. Sauces provided at a serving table can be used to create a dipping sauce to add more flavour to the dumplings.
Pork Dumplings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The decor of the restaurant gave it a cosy feel and despite its narrow appearance, there was a good amount of room. If you are looking for a good place to enjoy casual Chinese cuisine, consider giving Yummy Tummy Food Bar a visit.