Mi Casa Kitchen & Bar

December 21, 2016

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Mr Good Says:

Mi Casa Kitchen & Bar is a hawker-turned-Spanish restaurant headed by Chef-owner Micah Jarrod Lim. True to its name (Mi Casa means “My House” in Spanish), Mi Casa is very home-style; simple and unpretentious with a modest fixed menu featuring Spanish stews, paella, tapas and desserts. Depending on the ingredients it can get hold of, it also offers some off-the-menu specials, written on a black chalk board. But luckily for us, Roasted Pork Cheeks is a permanent item on Mi Casa’s Tapas Menu.

 

When you visit Mi Casa Kitchen & Bar, don't miss the Roasted Pork Cheeks, the lesser known cousins of Sio Bak (Roasted Pork Belly). While many parts of the pig, including the the belly, ribs, innards and even skin are used frequently in local cuisine, pork cheek is not. This perhaps is a good thing though, since there is very little amount of pork cheeks in each pig so a high demand may just send prices to skyrocket!

Pork cheeks, as the name implies, come from the cheek areas of a pig, just below the eyes. Probably the most used muscles in pigs (you know, for chewing) with lots of connective tissues and relatively less fat, this cut of meat is consequently tougher. But with the right cooking method, it will become the most flavourful and tender pork you have ever tasted! Yes, it will be even more mesmerising than pork armpits (不见天)!

As a pig lover who has been eating many parts of the pig since young, I only discovered pork cheeks this year. My first encounter was at a Japanese restaurant and the second is at Mi Casa, which specializes in Spanish cuisine.

Roasted Pork Cheeks (S$12 Nett)

In Spanish cuisine, pork cheeks are usually braised in sauce, but at Mi Casa, they are cut into cubes to be roasted and served as tapas. Arriving beautifully plated with white radish garnish, cherry tomatoes and mustard dressing, the cubes of meat are crispy on the outside yet still moist and tender on the inside. Though similar in taste and texture to our Chinese Sio Bak (Roasted Pork Belly), these are one notch better because they are less fatty and more tender with a richer flavour. Try it and I guarantee that you will be hooked!

Crab Pasta (Seasonal Special)

On a side note, don't worry about coming here for only pork cheeks that may be yummy but can't fill your stomach. After all, it is just tapas, which traditionally comes in modest portions and are meant to be an accompaniment for drinks. The food at Mi Casa are generally good with substantial items like pastas and paellas that are reasonably priced too!

One important note if you are making your way down for dinner on weekends (Fridays to Sundays), note that prior reservation is a MUST because the queuing system here is just not as competent and consistent as the food. (In fact, it pissed me off big time once but I am letting it go because I love the food here too much.) For lunch, it is alright to just walk in.

 

Food Photos

See photos of food that My Food Story has tasted. Recommended food are marked with ().
Pork Cheeks (S$12 Nett)
Forget Sio Bak (Roast Pork Belly)! Here comes Crispy Pork Cheek!
Garlic Roasted Chicken (S$8 Nett)
Crab Pasta (Weekly Specials, Check with Staff on Availability)
Ravioli (Weekly Specials, Check with Staff on Availability)
Escargots (Weekly Specials, Check with Staff on Availability)

Outlets

Mi Casa Kitchen & Bar @Jalan Jurong Kechil

102C Jalan Jurong Kechil #01-01, S598602
Map     Directions     +65 6463 0263     Website     WhatsApp Share
MRT Stations (within 800 metres)

Beauty World

Opening Hours

Tue/Wed: 6pm to 9pm
Thu to Sun: 12pm to 2pm, 6pm to 9pm
Mon: Closed

Value Added Service(s)

Free Iced Water, PokeGym (Bukit Timah Community Club)

Payment Terms

Nett Prices (Cash/Nets/Credit Card)



Shop/Food Review

Mr Good Says:

Mi Casa Kitchen & Bar is a hawker-turned-Spanish restaurant headed by Chef-owner Micah Jarrod Lim. True to its name (Mi Casa means “My House” in Spanish), Mi Casa is very home-style; simple and unpretentious with a modest fixed menu featuring Spanish stews, paella, tapas and desserts. Depending on the ingredients it can get hold of, it also offers some off-the-menu specials, written on a black chalk board. But luckily for us, Roasted Pork Cheeks is a permanent item on Mi Casa’s Tapas Menu.

When you visit Mi Casa Kitchen & Bar, don't miss the Roasted Pork Cheeks, the lesser known cousins of Sio Bak (Roasted Pork Belly). While many parts of the pig, including the the belly, ribs, innards and even skin are used frequently in local cuisine, pork cheek is not. This perhaps is a good thing though, since there is very little amount of pork cheeks in each pig so a high demand may just send prices to skyrocket!

Pork cheeks, as the name implies, come from the cheek areas of a pig, just below the eyes. Probably the most used muscles in pigs (you know, for chewing) with lots of connective tissues and relatively less fat, this cut of meat is consequently tougher. But with the right cooking method, it will become the most flavourful and tender pork you have ever tasted! Yes, it will be even more mesmerising than pork armpits (不见天)!

As a pig lover who has been eating many parts of the pig since young, I only discovered pork cheeks this year. My first encounter was at a Japanese restaurant and the second is at Mi Casa, which specializes in Spanish cuisine.

Roasted Pork Cheeks (S$12 Nett)

In Spanish cuisine, pork cheeks are usually braised in sauce, but at Mi Casa, they are cut into cubes to be roasted and served as tapas. Arriving beautifully plated with white radish garnish, cherry tomatoes and mustard dressing, the cubes of meat are crispy on the outside yet still moist and tender on the inside. Though similar in taste and texture to our Chinese Sio Bak (Roasted Pork Belly), these are one notch better because they are less fatty and more tender with a richer flavour. Try it and I guarantee that you will be hooked!

Crab Pasta (Seasonal Special)

On a side note, don't worry about coming here for only pork cheeks that may be yummy but can't fill your stomach. After all, it is just tapas, which traditionally comes in modest portions and are meant to be an accompaniment for drinks. The food at Mi Casa are generally good with substantial items like pastas and paellas that are reasonably priced too!

One important note if you are making your way down for dinner on weekends (Fridays to Sundays), note that prior reservation is a MUST because the queuing system here is just not as competent and consistent as the food. (In fact, it pissed me off big time once but I am letting it go because I love the food here too much.) For lunch, it is alright to just walk in.


Food Photos

See photos of food that My Food Story has tasted. Recommended food are marked with ().
Pork Cheeks (S$12 Nett)
Forget Sio Bak (Roast Pork Belly)! Here comes Crispy Pork Cheek!
Garlic Roasted Chicken (S$8 Nett)
Crab Pasta (Weekly Specials, Check with Staff on Availability)
Ravioli (Weekly Specials, Check with Staff on Availability)
Escargots (Weekly Specials, Check with Staff on Availability)

Outlets

Mi Casa Kitchen & Bar @Jalan Jurong Kechil

102C Jalan Jurong Kechil #01-01, S598602
Map     Directions     +65 6463 0263     Website
MRT Stations (within 800 metres)

Beauty World

Opening Hours

Tue/Wed: 6pm to 9pm
Thu to Sun: 12pm to 2pm, 6pm to 9pm
Mon: Closed

Value Added Service(s)

Free Iced Water, PokeGym (Bukit Timah Community Club)

Payment Terms

Nett Prices (Cash/Nets/Credit Card)



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