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Sh!ok… quite ‘sh!ocking’

I have been craving for some Indonesian / Singaporean / Malaysian food lately, and I have realized that ‘good’ Indonesian / Singaporean / Malaysian food is hard to find in Hong Kong. I have yet to find a ‘good’ and ‘authentic’ Indonesian restaurant and when I saw Sh!ok – which is supposedly Singaporean / Malaysian cuisine, I was keen to try it. I have walked past this place a couple of times, and have heard mix reviews about it – some good and some bad. So called the ‘crew’ to see if they were keen.

I started off with teh tarik, served in a huge jam like jar with handles. The teh tarik was milky and very different to the teh tarik from Malaysia. It wasn’t as sweet as they didn’t use condensed milk. I quite like it, however, S thought it was a little tasteless and had to add more sugar!

We thought we would share a couple of dishes, so started off with the gado-gado. I am not sure why I keep ordering gado-gado whenever I see it on the menu. I have been disappointed time after time, and in this case it was no exception. The gado-gado was disappointing, and even though I didn’t expect much, I was still disappointed. It was worse than I expected! None of the veggies where blanched, it was hard and raw and it had pineapple! I love pineapple but I have never seen anyone serve gado-gado with a pineapple! It was just too weird! The sauce was bland and tasteless.

Beef rendang was surprisingly ok. The beef was tender, however, still not as great as mum’s though.

Next came the chicken satay. The chicken was not tender or succulent, it was a little hard for my liking. Unfortunately the satay sauce was similar to that of gado-gado – bland and tasteless.

I love a good nasi lemak. The nasi lemak which consisted of fried chicken, sambal (chili), anchovies, fish and fried egg was also disappointing. The fried chicken was dry and hard. The good things about the nasi lemak were the fried egg, sambal and anchovies, which you can’t really get wrong!

We ordered a serve of the mie goreng – this was ok, but still not great. I thought it was a little tasteless – I guess you can’t compare it to those hawkers mie goreng (in either Singapore, Indonesia or Malaysia) – lots of oil and msg and full of flavour!

S ordered the prawn laksa. I didn’t have any of this, but S said that it wasn’t great. The soup was heavy and noodles soaked up all the soup. It didn’t look appetizing at all, and it wasn’t!

Sh!ok was seriously ‘sh!oking’. It was seriously below par. The beef rendang was ok, but even that wasn’t fantastic. It was such a disappointing lunch. I may have to visit Singapore / Malaysia for the authentic food. I am going back to Indonesia soon, so am looking forward to stuffing my face with Indonesian goodness!

GA’s rating:  4.5 / 10


G/F, 66 Peel Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2899 2001

  1. Mel
    June 13, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Interesting review…one just opened in Sydney and I was keen to try their Hainan chicken. I’m always disappointed with gado gado at restaurants too. Can’t beat mums version 🙂

    • June 13, 2010 at 11:49 pm

      don’t know if its the same though. i’ve heard good reviews for the Sydney one.. this one was just horribly bad!
      ya nothing beats mum’s gado2….

  2. November 26, 2010 at 11:04 am

    hilarious!! have u tried Singapore Shiok! @ Eating World in chinatown? this is still making me laugh….

    • November 26, 2010 at 11:08 am

      no i havent! is it gook? the shiok in HK was horrible – they closed down 2 months after i went there! it was terrible

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