Looking for delicious Zichar food and Assam Fish Head? We would like to recommend that you give Gu Ma Jia a try, a family-run no-frills restaurant that serves up quality home-cooked food.
Located across the road from the now demolished Jackson Food Centre in the MacPherson area and a few shops from Ser Seng Turtle Soup is where you will find Gu Ma Jia (or Auntie’s House).
We had the privilege to chat with Chan Mei Yan (Gu Ma herself) and her daughter Gwyn who both shared with us stories of their early years in Pulau Ubin where Gu Ma grew up with her 6 siblings. Being the eldest and with a strong passion for cooking, she fed her family well – so well that they would often head to her home to get their fill. Through her family’s persuasion, Gu Ma Jia restaurant was established.
Assam Fish Head with Gu Ma’s Special Assam Blend ($28)
Over the years Gu Ma Jia has developed a strong following for its Assam Fish Head. Using only the freshest of fish heads, Gu Ma’s version is touted by many as one of the best in Singapore. We found the fish perfectly cooked yielding plump and moist meat. The flavours of sour and sweet were also very well balanced.
While this had us slurping up the gravy dry, there are other notable dishes that you should know about. Many were a first for us and so delicious!
Yam Ring with Pork Ribs ($30)
True to Gu Ma’s pride in the food presented, the Yam Ring served here is handmade from scratch. The Pork Ribs is deliciously marinated and so tender.
Yuan Yang Kai Lan ($12 / $18 / $24)
Yuan Yang Kai Lan from #gumajia restaurant. I’ve never had vegetables prepared like this before. Presented in 2 ways the vegetable is both blanched and fried till crisp, nicely salted and flavoured with dried scallop bits. Creative and delicious! Recommended! #sgfood #eatoutsg #foodlovers #foodspotting #foodstagram #instafood #foodpic #vscofood #foodiesg
Crispy Bean-Jal ($12 / $18)
Another first for us, we learned of a new way to cook brinjal. Slices of it were deep-fried till crisp and served with french beans. You may think you are munching on crispy chicken skin! Yum!
Fruit Vinegar Enzyme Drink ($5.80)
Full of probiotics, among the many benefits of this drink is the ability to aid in digestion. Gu Ma Jia ferments their own and serves it up with jello bits.
Ubin Lala Beehoon ($18)
Beehoon for us is always homely comfort food and Gu Ma Jia serves this up with the freshest of Lala.
Gu Ma Signature Traditional Bean Curd Soup ($28)
From Gu Ma’s private kitchen, this traditional soup packed with wholesome goodness is boiled for 6 hours with salted fish head, chinese ham, pork ribs, peanuts and fresh bean curd.
Claypot Wine Chicken With Ginger And Sesame Oil ($15 / $22 / $30)
Only chicken thigh is used and it was so deliciously tender. Skin was removed so it was not overly oily. We would order this again and again.
Salted Egg Yolk Crab (Seasonal Price)
Crab fans be sure not to leave this on the menu and give it a try. With the rich salted buttery sauce you will definitely be mopping this up. Truly finger linking good!
Needless to say we had an unforgettable spread that left us happily satisfied. Good to know too that less MSG is used in their dishes.
Gu Ma Jia is a great place to take the family for a hearty meal. Family run, they take great pride in the food they serve with daily visits to the market to pick up only fresh produce. Expect to try original home-cooked dishes thought up by Gu Ma which are both creative and delicious!
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We were invited by AT Marketing Consultancy for this food tasting.
45 Tai Thong Crescent, Sennett Estate
Tel : 6285 2023
Weekdays : 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Weekends and PH : 11am to 10pm