Hours before my return to Brunei last week, Aunt brought me out for dinner at Pending Seafood Centre for dinner. I did not feel like having Western food so local Chinese food it was. Pending Seafood Centre houses many food stalls and most specialize in seafood. I don’t remember the name of the stall we patronized but I know that it’s a Halal one because majority of their servers are Muslims.
As Aunt and I just had coffees at Earthlings not long ago, we ordered three dishes for three persons. Aunt highly recommended their Garlic Chicken Lollipop while Melvin requested for Buttermilk Chicken.
Also known as Water Spinach in English, is one of the common vegetable dishes in Malaysia. It can be served in multiple ways and we had it cooked with Belacan. Belacan is the hardened version of shrimp paste or sauce in the form of blocks. The smell and taste could be pungent for some. I didn’t have a lot of this as Belacan gave me diarrhea sometimes.
Served with deep fried chicken slices in a creamy buttermilk sauce. The sauce was further enhanced with sliced bird eye chilies and curry leaves. I am not a big fan of buttermilk sauce. This was surprisingly good and it exceeded my expectation. It was slightly sweet and I liked that the butter didn’t taste too overpowering.
Garlic Chicken Lollipop
Served with 6 pieces of deep fried chicken drumlets and topped with their special home blend garlic sauce. The drumlets were marinated with curry powder, floured and deep fried. The chicken skin remained crunchy and crispy even when bathed in the sauce. The garlic sauce was sweet and yet sour, gave an appetizing kick to the drumlets. It complimented the rice very well. Aunt kept spooning the sauce into her rice so you know how good the sauce was!