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Tasty Reinventions At Ding Dong

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Ding Dong at Amoy Street continues to explore a playful combination of modern and nostalgic ingredients with a Southeast Asian twist.

Over at its new space, Ding Dong continues to serve up innovative traditional Asian dishes alongside a refreshed cocktail programme. Located at Amoy Street, the bistro is quirkily furnished with vibrant posters and lights for that added nostalgic experience.

With 15 new Asian-inspired creations by Chef Jet Lo, you definitely wouldn’t want to miss dishes such as the 5 Spice Lamb Tongue, Homemade Banana Bread with Duck Liver & Kimchi and Ayam Masak Merah.

Here are some of the dishes we liked:

Homemade banana bread with duck liver & kimchi (SGD 25)

Homemade Banana Bread with Duck Liver & Kimchi_Ding Dong

An interesting combination of textures and flavours, you’ll find a generous serving of foie gras, seasoned with salt and pepper, resting atop a homemade toasted banana bread in this dish. The foie gras is prepared unlike the usual – pan fried in plain four till its crisp on the top. The flavours of banana surprisingly complements well with the foie gras, alongisde the addition of banana gel and kimchi. The result is a sweet, savoury dish that’s great for starters.

Hamachi sashimi with betel leaf, green mango & chilli relish (SGD 18)

Hamachi sashimi with betel leaf, green mango & chilli relish_Ding Dong

If you love your raw fish, Ding Dong’s Hamachi sashimi dish will satisfy your craving with its Kingfish yellowtail from Japan, along with sweet, tangy, spicy Thai-inspired flavours. Served with fresh pineapple, pickled green mango, sliced red onion, red chilli, and Thai-style sambal chilli relish, this combination of Southeast Asian flavours certainly takes sashimi to new heights. The dish is also served atop a local betel leaf , giving it an added nutty flavour.

Chargrill ocean trout with spiced quinoa & green mango salad (SGD 24)

Chargrill Ocean Trout with Spiced Quinoa &  Green Mango Salad_Ding Dong

Probably one of our favourite dishes is the Chargrill New Zealand ocean trout, which is cured overnight in oyster sauce, soya sauce and sugar. The grilled trout is served with delicious Quinoa spiced with turmeric powder, cardamom, cumin and coriander seed – lending a burst of Indian flavours. Dip the trout flesh in the accompanying sauce (made with sweet and sour fish sauce, light soy sauce, garlic, chilli padi, tamarind paste and sugar), and enjoy it with the fresh, green mango salad that is reminiscent of Thai dishes.

5 spice lamb tongue with pickled cucumber & black pepper sauce (SGD 17)

5 spice lamb tongue with pickled cucumber & black pepper sauce_Ding Dong

Something a little unconventional would be the 5 Spice Lamb Tongue dish. While it sounds slightly intimidating, this dish is surprisingly quite harmless – and is actually quite tasty (and not gamey at all). The lamb tongue is brined overnight, marinated with five-spice powder, garlic and ginger, before being sous vide cooked for 5 hours at 92 degree Celsius. Once tender, the skin is removed, and the lamb tongue is cubed, dust in corn flour and deep fried. Be sure to have it with the pickled cucumber and dip it in the black pepper sauce provided for a complete out-of-this-world experience.

Ayam masak merah (red cooked chicken) with cucumber salad & onion puree (SGD 22)

Ayam masak merah with cucumber salad & onion puree_Ding Dong

Borrowing Asian flavours once again, this Ayam masak merah dish certainly hits even closer to home with its familiar use of spices. The ayam masak paste is made with tomato, dried chilli, kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass, ginger, and white and red onion; while the chicken breast is sous vide cooked with the ayam masak paste, then pan fried in salt and pepper for overall flavour. The intensity of the flavours are definitely quite unforgettable, and the chicken comes with caramelised onion puree and crispy onion chips on the side for added texture. Finishing off with a Southeast Asian touch, the dish is also served with Thai baby cucumber salad on the top.

Set Lunch Promotion

Besides its refreshed menu, Ding Dong is also offering a Set Lunch promotion going at SGD 28++ per person for two dishes. For SGD 35++ per person, diners may finish their lunch on a sweet note with the addition of a dessert. For an additional SGD 10++, diners may complete their meal with a glass of wine or beer.

Ding Dong is located at 115 Amoy Street #01-02, Singapore 069935. For more information, visit dingdong.com.sg.

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