Over the past 3 years I’ve become less homesick. I do have days when I stare into space reminiscing the good and bad days I spent in Singapore, but those memories bring a smile to my face these days; not tears. In addition to a supportive husband who puts up with my crankiness on bad days, the foodie in me seeks great comfort in finding excellent, scrumptious home-cooked food in Frankfurt.
When I found out that a group of Singaporeans met up at Selera Malaysian Restaurant, I knew that place had to be good. Singaporeans take hell a lot of pride in our food – seriously, eat and shop till we die in Singapore! Singapore and Malaysia are different countries but we’re geographically so close that we do share many similarities in our food.
Selera has a pleasant service and nice interior. It does get very busy (wedding dinners, tour groups etc) so it’s best to make a reservation in advance.
There were five hungry souls who ordered six dishes for dinner. I must say I wasn’t disappointed.
Morning Glory with Belachan (Shrimp paste)
Hainanese Chicken Rice
This mouth-watering dish is one of my must-eat when I’m back visiting in Singapore. I just love it. The rice is cooked in chicken broth with other ingredients such as pandan leaves, ginger etc and hence is ultra flavoursome. When I had my first bite of this dish at Selera, I nearly cried. It was authentic especially with the chilly sauce. Dramatic, right? That’s how much I love Hainanese Chicken Rice.
The beef was tender, and fragrant. Daniel was really excited about having beef rendang as it’s one of his favourite dish. He could have just the rendang with plain rice and he would be the happiest man on earth. I thought the rendang was great but my husband who’s well spoilt by my aunty who’s a culinary expert insists that the rendang she makes is better. I say he’s sucking up BIG time.
Nasi Lemak (Coconut rice) with Chicken Curry
I wish I could critique this dish, but I can’t. The rice was done just right, and the chicken curry was aromatic. Sometimes the chicken can get really dry in curries, but at Selera I found the chicken juicy and tender. I wished I had a bigger appetite!
Aubergine (Eggplant) with Pork Slices, Mushrooms and Salted Fish Claypot
Wondering how five souls can have so much food? It was the excitement that motivated us. If you’re not a foodie, you won’t get it. If I wasn’t pregnant, I would be well capable of eating like a glutton. Yes, I’m a greedy pig. However, I need to keep to small proportions these days to prevent myself from feeling uncomfortable any further than it already is.
We tend to always order a claypot dish whenever we have Chinese food, especially eggplant. It’s a delectable dish where you can appreciate the sweetness of the vegetables and pork. The savoury sauce goes extremely well with rice too.
Salted Vegetables Soup with Tofu, Tomatoes and Pork
Surprisingly, the soup wasn’t salty. It was kind of sourish instead. I had two small bowls to myself. Miss those home cooked meals in Singapore where I used to have soups as part of dinner almost everyday! I wished they had herbal soups on their menu (didn’t see any…but I’ll check the next time I visit).
Inclusive of drinks, the bill came up to €92 for 5 of us. We paid €20 each inclusive of tips which I thought was well worth it. It’s by far the best Chinese restaurant in Frankfurt after green Jade. While Jade also serves good food at reasonable prices, I prefer Selera for the following reasons:
1. More extensive menu (rendang, laksa, char kway teow, Prata etc)
2. More relaxed atmosphere (I don’t feel like I need to rush through my dinner so they can serve more customers.)
3. Excellent, hospitable service (I do get great service at Jade too since I’m a regular but then again, I hate rushing through a meal.)
If you’re in Frankfurt and craving for smashing good Chinese food, head down to Selera Malaysian Restaurant on Münchener Straße 52, a stone’s throw from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. You won’t regret it!