My dear Ayam Panggang of Riverside Indonesian BBQ, it’s rare that I sing praises of something from a foodcourt stall, but today, this ode is dedicated to you.
I first laid eyes upon you that fateful day 4 years ago; since then, I’ve been hopelessly in love! How could I resist your tender, juicy thigh? That crisp, wickedly charred skin? And the piece de resistance: that distinctive sauce – a luscious concoction of sweet kicap manis and heady spices!
Throughout these years, you’ve rewarded my faithfulness with constancy, which is no mean achievement in the F&B business. I’m amazed at how you’re always fresh, well-grilled and smokey, and perfectly cooked (flesh neither undercooked nor too dry).
While your sidekicks pale in comparison, they deserve mention for complementing you. Curry gravy is a bit thin, but very fragrant, and not too cloying. Omelette is a Plain Jane, but what I appreciate is that it’s fluffy and sufficiently thick.
So, imagine my panic when I came a couple of months ago, and Kopitiam was closed for renovation! Oh no, I thought, does that mean you’d be gone for good?
How I heaved a sigh of relief, when I saw you back, as dazzling as ever, reigning over the other stalls, with your never-ending stream of fans. Yes, you may be dearer now, but with escalating rents, how could I blame you? Besides, you and the hardworking team behind you deserve a pay rise, for bringing culinary happiness to hungry folks like me.
Once again, thank you, my dear Ayam Panggang, for making my belly warm and my heart sing.
Riverside Indonesian BBQ
Stall 10, Kopitiam Food Court
Level 6, Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road