You know how you get a food stuck in your head and all you can think about is how you just can't wait to sink your teeth into it? I had Straits Restaurant Lollipop chicken stuck in my head, and was elated at the fact that I was going to get to enjoy some at lunch today in downtown Burlingame with Behind the Makeup pal Allese. The food at Straits by the way is Singaporean.
So here's the Lollipop Chicken that arrived at our table. The Lollipop chicken is basically a chicken drummette where they strip the meat part of the leg so the bone shows to give it that "stick" feel. In this dish, you can see the leg is covered in a sweet chili garlic sauce. The meat is slightly breaded and covered in the sauce much like a piece of sweet & sour chicken, which is all good. However, this isn't what I was expecting.
At the Straits in Santana Row in San Jose, their Lollipop Chicken doesn't have the slight breading at least to my memory, and it doesn't have this sweet chili garlic sauce. Instead, the Lollipop part of the chicken is covered in a very thin yet crispy sweet layer much like the crunchy topping of creme brulee. I love creme brulee really only for that crunchy topping part. I'm happy to give someone else the custard.
So yeah, I was bummed. The Burlingame version was okay. Normally I wouldn't get something like that because of the breading and fried part. The only fried foods I eat is french fries and fish, and really I only eat those on occasion. The rest of our lunch was good though.
We started out with this mixed greens salad. And you'll have to forgive me because I didn't write down the salad name. The menu on the Straits website isn't updated so I couldn't find it there. The part of the salad I loved was the crunchy strips. They're kinda of like those Terra Taro chips.
This dish is called Ikan Pangang and it's salmon wrapped in banana leaves with lemongrass chili sambal. The salmon is so tender. It melts in your mouth like buttah.
We had another chicken dish called Butter Chicken and I took a picture but it came out all blurry. I know. Bummer. And, of course, the must have is a bowl of coconut rice. I don't know how Straits cooks their coconut rice, but I love it and could a whole bowl of it. Haven't tasted anything like this rice anywhere else (yet).
There are 3 Straits in the SF Bay Area, and one in Atlanta. If you have a chance to visit, please do. They also make the most amazing cocktails. I was at Straits on Valentine's Day and had the most delicious watermelon mojito. Scrumptious!