Sunday, August 15, 2010

Geylang Lor 9 frog porridge in SS2!

In Australia, a trip to the movies usually cost approximately AUD6.50 to AUD13 or more depending if one gets tickets at student price, concession or members. Hence, I haven't had the privilege to indulge in many new movies since May.
When Wednesday arrived, it being a movie day aka RM6 per movie in GSC, I made plans with Loon, Juice and Dick came along to watch 'The Last Airbender'. Yup. His name is really Dick. Don't ask why his parents named him that. I don't know the reasons behind it but they just did. That aside, the movie is directed by the acclaim M. Night Shyamalan. He is best known for writing and directing movies such as Sixth Sense starring big named Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment.

I didn't know what the movie was about leaving me with NO expectations. So, I just sit back and enjoy. And enjoy it, I did. It isn't mind boggling nor taxing one's wits every single second to follow the plot of the movie but it churned out an interesting storyline nevertheless. The little boy playing the role of Aang, the Avatar was believable however, that sentiment can't be said for the rest of the cast. At least, not the main ones. The movie was tolerable with some really beautiful scenes garnering a rating of 3/5.

After the movie, we adjourned to SS2 for tasty morsels. I've been intrigued by this shop- Geylang Lor9 since passing it the week I came back. I mean, most of us know and heard of Geylang, notorious as the red light district in Singapore.

But it was that accompanied by the words frog porridge that had my attention. I asked Juice about it, and she exclaimed that she's been looking for 'kakis' (Malay word for legs but can be used to mean people/companion) to try it out with. Hence, we made a pact to try it out together, inviting Loon and Dick to join us with Haseo coming by later on.

Geylang Lor 9 is situated along the McDonald row, if you're familar with SS2 area. It's just a few shoplots away from AmBank and after Island Cafe that is situated at the other end of the McDonald row. Not a very big shop but the shop name definitely can't be missed.

Apparently this branch is from the famous one in Singapore with the same name. What's it with people looking incredulous when I said I've never tried frog? I know, I know, Chinese are famous for eating almost everything and anything but that doesn't mean ALL have tried it right? Even my own friend- Gill said that I've changed when I told her I was going to try it out. I don't get what does wanting to try frog porridge have to do with changing. Perhaps I am more kookie. =p

We were there at 7ish but the shop was pretty quiet. There were hardly any patrons despite the cooling and clean atmosphere. Perhaps it's still new and relatively unknown. Or perhaps, PJ people don't fancy frogs. =p

We ordered the frog porridge- RM33 for porridge with 3 frogs and frog cooked in Gung Poh style- RM24 for 2 frogs. If you're not a fan of frogs or not feeling adventurous, fret not, they also serve other food as well.
Whilst waiting for our food to arrive, Loon was looking at the pictures on the wall and being a designer with attention for details, she noticed something.

The buildings in the picture were not in the right location! I guess you have to be a Singaporean or someone who frequents Singapore much to recognise the buildings and where it is situated to realise the mistake of the picture. Can you figure out what is wrong in the picture??

Finally, our frogs arrived and we digged in with anticipation. Will the meat be gooey? How does frog taste like? We were very hungry and more than happy to fill our rumbling tummies with frog.

The Gung Poh Frog was actually pretty tasty. Firstly, the frog meat tastes just like chicken but perhaps more smooth. It was cooked in such a way that the meat was tender and juicy. I think mainly, the gung poh sauce contributed to the frog meat tasting yummy but it was a tad spicy. Definitely a must try! I would give it a 4/5.

Frog leg!!

Frog tasted tender too and the porrige on it's own tastes alright but it tasted better when we scooped some Gung Poh sauce in it! AlthoughI find the food a little on the pricey side, I would definitely recommend all and sundry to try out this place at least once!

Be adventurous, life is short.

Even if you don't like the way it tastes, you can always wash it down with water or liong cha (Cantonese for cool tea aka herbal tea). At least the shop has the decency NOT to have a cordoned off area inhabited by frogs and culling them in front of your eyes though that would have added some character to the shop with some form of attraction to lure people there.

There have been some reviews blogged over HERE and at KYspeaks and at I'm Saimatkong. Do check them out and the shop! FYI, I am not paid to review this shop and neither do I get any referral fee! =)

Just my humble, kookie opinion.

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Erika Toh said...

Hmm...frog meat...I heard it supposed to be nutritious. ^^ Good for you for trying it! Maybe I'll give it a try after reading your post. :D

goingkookies said...

Yeah yeah!!

do try... at the end of the day, most probably, you would say it was yummy too!! =)

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v a m p i r e said...

haha i forgotten the last time i ate frog

i love Avatar the animation , bt many ppl say the movie is a flop

but i cant wait to watch it well at least if i go with no expectation i wont be disappointed lol

Stefanie said...

I'm a big fan of frog meat. They taste yummy. :D