When zi char goes travelling around the world, the result is The Prawn Star, a seafood restaurant in Duxton Hill.
The food draws influences from South Korea, Australia, Vietnam and Japan, and some of its offerings are good.
Start with Sriracha Caramel Popcorn ($8), the popped kernels glazed with the popular chilli sauce and caramel. Sweet, hot and crunchy, they make a good snack while perusing the menu. Or get
Not Your Typical Fish (Skin) & Chips ($9, inset) - crisp fish skin and chips with a tangy dipping sauce.
TPS Grilled King Prawns ($26), in the restaurant's signature Kimchi-Miso Butter, boasts sweet and firm prawns, but the miso flavour is elusive. What comes through is the kimchi, not necessarily a bad thing.
My favourite dish is, ironically, not a seafood one. The Sriracha Honey Lime Chicken Leg ($24) is beautifully burnished with the hot, tangy and sweet glaze and grilled perfectly. The acidity from the crunchy, lightly pickled pile of bok choy is a good foil for the rich meat.
Where: The Prawn Star, 21 Duxton Hill MRT: Outram Park
Open: Noon - 2.30pm (Mon - Fri), 6 - 10.30pm (Mon - Thu), 6pm till late (Fri & Sat), closed on Sun
This article was first published on Jan 9, 2015. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.