I’ve heard wonderful things about Shiok, a Singaporean-inspired restaurant in Fort Bonifacio so I was quite elated to find Red Dot by Shiok at Glorietta 4’s Food Choices. Unlike the actual restaurant, Red Dot is a small food court stall that offers a selection of combo meals. While the menu selection isn’t as extensive as Shiok’s—Red Dot is, after all, a food court outlet—there’s still a lot of dishes to try out.
Like most food court outlets, you can see the food being served on display. Seeing the yummy looking dishes quickly whetted our appetites, so despite the DRY RUN notice, we grabbed trays and picked out two combo meals to try.
Spotting a gigantic, crisp-looking slab of pork, Pad quickly chose the Crispy Pork, served with turmeric rice, noodles, and veggies. The order also came with soup. The crispy pork was insanely good. It was crisp and flavorful yet light—if you can imagine non-greasy crispy pork.
The sides were normal. The noodle side, a combination of thick and thin rice noodles, was just okay. I was hoping they’d be like Char Kway Teow as they had that on the menu as well, but I guess that was wishful thinking.
On the other hand, I had the Hainanese Chicken Rice. A mistake, since I’m pretty demanding about HCR. The chicken wasn’t as tender as I’m used to with Hainanese chicken. In fact, it’s a bit undercooked, as evinced by some traces of blood. The rice was undercooked as well. I’m hoping this will improve once they’re done fine-tuning things on their dry run. Shiok has a pretty good rep—this can’t be their usual HCR, right?
Despite the subpar chicken rice—possibly due to their dry run status?—I wouldn’t mind eating there again, hopefully when things are running smoothly already. Aside from going back for the yummy crispy pork, there are a lot of interesting recommendations from friends that I’d like to try. It’s definitely a welcome development, getting Shiok-dishes at a more convenient and affordable location.