Tucked in the small Choa Chu Kang Park lies a small Halal eatery called Rasa Istimewa, and if you're driving past you should be able to identify it's hut-like strucutre facing the main road. Popular with Chinese and Malays alike, it's one of the better eateries in the neighbourhood for local-style dishes, and which therefore deserves some mention here.
Perhaps one of the most popular orders here at Rasa Istimewa is the satay, which patrons readily tuck in whilst waiting for their main dishes to arrive. It's pretty good and tasty satay on most days, where the meat is tender and evenly marinated. If East Coast Lagoon Food Village is too far for you westies like me, then this is the best you've got in the area.
Fish Head Curry
What me and my family particularly like most is the Fish Head Curry, which is wonderfully spicy and flavourful. The fish is fresh and tender, and it comes with fairly generous servings of vegetables and fried beancurd ("tau pok"). A regular order for us on most of our dinners here.
Deep Fried Chicken Wings in Prawn Paste
Delicious Deep-Fried Chicken Wings, this got my approval as well. Crunchy and crisp on the outside, but tender on the inside. Yums.
Pretty typical too, the Hotplate Beancurd does fall into the usual suspect of having too much cornstarch in its gravy.
The Kangkong Belacan here is typical, nothing much to shout about.
Fried Rice with Seafood and Salted Fish
The Fried Rice is a disppointment however, as it was just too salty for my liking. It was the same case for other types of fried rice, so you can either ask for less oil or choose plain steamed rice to avoid any heart-clogging moments.
$20.00 for the fish head curry
$11.00 for the deep-fried chicken wings in prawn paste
$9.50 for the hotplate beancurd
$7.00 for the kangkong belacan
$4.80 for the fried rice with seafood and salted fish
$4.00 for fried rice with chicken
Choa Chu Kang Park,
Walking distance from Lot 1 Shoppers' Mall / CCK MRT.
Pictures taken with the Canon Ixus 80 IS.