Prima taste :
Traditional Singaporean experience
David Chin, Executive Chef cum General Manager
Prima Taste restaurant can proudly boast of themselves as the only
authentic, exclusive Singaporean restaurant in the vibrant Colombo town.
A franchise which has its other outlets in places like Indonesia, Hong
Kong and China, Prima offers the diner a wonderful, traditional
So I made a visit to this place by the invitation of David Chin, the
Executive Chef cum General Manager at Prima restaurant. I was greeted by
David who himself is a Singaporean national and he said that the Prima
taste was initiated in Sri Lanka for diners who want to experience and
relish the vibrant Singaporean cuisine without making a flight to
Singapore. “Our menus are standardized in most of our restaurants and we
have a separate menu which is a bit localized”, said David.
I witnessed a number of Chinese, Thai, Hong Kong and Singaporean
nationals paving their way to Prima to have a quick lunch and quite a
number of locals also were rushing to the restaurant. “We have a seating
capacity of 135 and we are open for lunch from 12 to 3 pm and for dinner
from 7 to 11 pm”.
This flagship restaurant boasts an elegant ambience with a distinctly
Singaporean decor, featuring motifs of Singapore’s national flower - the
orchid and a photomontage of old and modern Singapore. A well designed
‘show kitchen’ adds to the experience and turns out a comprehensive menu
of more than 60 Singapore favourites such as its signature dishes -
including the Singapore Chilli Crab, Hainanese Chicken Rice (poached
chicken with chicken fragrant rice), Laksa (rice noodles in spicy
coconut broth), Singapore Curry and Satay (spiced barbequed meat
skewers) as well as Bah Kut Teh (herb & pepper pork rib soup).
To achieve the most authentic results, the restaurant uses the famous
Prima Taste ready-to-cook pastes and sauces manufactured by Prima Food
Pte Ltd in Singapore. These pastes and sauces are developed by a
dedicated R and D team comprising master chefs and food technologists
with excellent industry track records. To produce the finest flavours,
Prima Food source and select premium quality ingredients from around the
What to order
Drinks - Soothing Barley water and refreshing Lychee juice.
Fish Fillet with palm sauce
David ordered a Barley water for both of us and it was a totally new
experience for me. The hot Barley water was cooling and surprisingly
nice although me not being a Barley fan.
However the Lychee juice was a winner. It was cooling, refreshing and
the sweet juice was tantalizing. Lychee fruits are also dug in to the
juice which made it even more better.This is a definite try for all you
Starters - Scrumptious Chicken satay and spicy Curry Puff
The perfectly grilled juicy chicken satay was bursting with flavours
and the sweet peanut sauce was the ideal accompaniment to it. A dish
fully worth it with 12 succulent chicken satays in skewers, it is a MUST
TRY at Prima.
The curry puff which was a patty filled with a spicy mixture of
chicken, vegetables and egg was yet another novel experience for me.
David told that it was a traditional Singaporean dish and I relished the
vibrant flavour of the spicy patty and the crust was just so tender
which had the right amount of crunchiness to it.
* Delectable Fish Fillet with spicy Palm sugar sauce
Although there isn’t a huge list of main dishes, the Fish fillet with
palm sauce was a winner.
The red snapper fillets were batter fried and dipped in a piping hot
sweet Palm sugar sauce which was out of the world. The palm sugar sauce
which was made out of Brown sugar, an essential ingredient in
Singaporean cuisine added a lot of essence to this amazing dish and
turned out to be one of my favourites at Prima.
* Traditional Crispy Chicken rice
Chicken rice is synonymous with Singaporean cuisine and this is the
only place in Sri Lanka which you can savor an authentic Chicken rice.
The chicken which is deep fried is not piping hot and is relatively cool
and the rice is made out of chicken stock is the warm part of the dish.
A chicken stock clear soup is also served along with the dish and
three amazing sauces namely dark soya sauce, chillie sauce and a ginger
sauce accompany the dish. This is a wholesome meal and is one of the
most popular dishes at the restaurant. It is another definite try.
Chicken satay. Pictures by Dilanka Mannakkara
* Mouthwatering Mee Goreng
Another signature dish at Prima is the Mee goreng with seafood
“Pungol style” which is a stir fried thick noodle namely Hoiken noodles
in a spicy tomato sauce with an assortment of seafood. Juicy chunks of
fresh prawns and cuttlefish, green peas and potato are mixed and a
sambal paste is served along with it.A dish which can be just eaten even
without a side dish and I noticed that a lot of customers ordered the
* The signature Singapore Chille Crab
Probably Singapore’s most favourite and famous dish is the Singapore
Chille Crab. A pure Singaporean dish, the Chill crab made from an
authentic recipe can be relished at Prima.
The preparation which takes around 40 minutes is complex as it
involves the fresh lagoon crab frying with the stock, simmering with the
sauce and mixing with egg whites. The sauce was simply amazing and the
crab was so fresh, juicy and luscious and has to be eaten along with hot
bread rolls. The best way to eat the crab is simply to forget your
cutlery and use your hands. If you go to Prima don’t ever forget to try
out the Crab.
* Desserts - Exotic Chandal
Singaporean desserts are probably more exotic than most of the other
eastern Asian cuisine styles. Chandal is a dessert drink made out with
generous helpings of coconut juice, red kidney beans, red and green
jelly and scraped coconut.
It is topped with crushed ice which is caramelized using Brown sugar
to give a slight bitter coffee taste to the Chandal.
The kidney beans gave a sweet, crunchy bite to the chandal and
coconut juice gave the sweet flavour to it.
Diners who want to try out something different from the traditional
desserts, here is your chance and you wont be disappointed.
So make a date to Prima situated at No 50, Sri Jayewardenepura,
Rajagiriya opposite the Mc Donalds and savor the authentic Singaporean
Cuisine as much as I did.