Ding Dong continues to serve up contemporary takes on traditional Asian cuisine since the relocation in July earlier this year to this beautiful new location at 115 Amoy Street. This modern Southeast Asian restaurant has also introduced a refreshed cocktail programme in addition to its original and much well-loved food menu. Ding Dong has also recently extended the weekday Set Lunch special to Saturday so you can enjoy all the favourites at the same affordable price even on a Saturday!
Decorated in colourful and vibrant posters of people and cultures from across the region, Ding Dong at Amoy Street resembles a fun play-land with an oriental theme - much like the food which is showcased here! There is now also an open-kitchen and a counter-seating layout for guests to be part of the whole dining process where they can observe (and interact!) with the chefs as the food is being prepared.
SET LUNCH (MON-SAT)
If you are searching for some place new and novel to try out, check out Ding Dong during lunch as they do run a really decent and affordable special from just S$28++ per person. If you have a sweet tooth, turn your 2-course lunch into 3-course with a S$7++ supplement where you will have the option of dessert. Alcoholic drink supplements start from just S$10++.
When I visited Ding Dong and checked out their set lunch menu, there were three entrees that I could choose from:
- Green Papaya and Prawn Salad with Long Bean and Tamarind
- Heirloom Tomato Salad with Crispy Beef Strands, Watercress and Sesame
- Iberico Pork Belly with Local Cucumber, Chilli and Garlic
Making the decision was pretty easy for me - I went straight for the Iberico pork belly and was rewarded with the softest pork belly and a burst of Thai-flavours. The local cucumber added a good crunch which provided texture to the dish but the winning component will definitely have to the pork belly and the dressing.
I also sampled the Green Papaya and Prawn Salad with Long Bean and Tamarind (another entree choice if you are not a pork person) and it was equally good - it was just lacking the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly but if you have dietary requirements, this is really quite a great alternative.
For a choice of mains, pick from one of the three dishes listed below:
- Crispy Pork Belly with Spiced Quinoa, Cashew Nut, Pineapple Puree
- Pancake Wrap with Spiced Waygu Short Rib and Puff Rice
- Caramelized Mackerel with Lychee and Spring Onion
One thing I really like about Ding Dong's Set Lunch is how easy it is to eat - it will not be messy even if you do pick the Pancake Wrap with Spiced Waygu Short Rib and Puff Rice. I loved the spiced Wagyu short ribs inside but the pancake wrap itself was a little bit tough.
If you would like to try some different, I highly recommend giving the Caramelized Mackerel with Lychee and Spring Onion a chance - it might not look like much but that fish texture and that amazing sauce is just beautiful - it goes perfectly with rice too so be sure to ask for it!
Finally, if you have opted for the 3-course lunch at S$35++ instead of the 2-course one at S$28++, you will have a choice of desserts:
- Soursop Milk with Chia Seed, Yogurt Ice Cream and Milk Meringue
- Salted Caramel, Brownie and Natto
- Cheng Teng with Dried Longan
This was an invited Media Tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.