I don't know what it is, but I just can't go past Tina's kitchen for well-priced, good quality authentic Singaporean-Malay cuisine.
I have now tried most of the dishes, and it is difficult to fault any of them. The fried kuay teow is delicious and attractive with its simplicity and clean, fresh ingredients. The mee rebus is as authentic as I remember it from my sojourn in Singapore. The laksa is something else altogether. It is sublimely delicate, fragrant and flavorsome. If you wanted to compare it to the Newton Circle laksa (from the top floor food court in Carillon City), my favourite laksa in all of Perth, it is like comparing apples and oranges. Newton Circle is rich, smokey, thick and massively flavoured, testament to the days (possibly weeks even!) of stewing that the gravy has undergone in the pot. Tina's on the other hand is made fresh, and just as delicious, albeit in a different way.
Tina herself is a friendly and cheerful person, an ethnic Malay woman from Singapore cooking age-old family recipes. You'll find her in the shop most days. She is epitomises what the Western press and media don't want you to know about the majority of Muslim people in the world. They are just normal, warm, hospitable people, trying to raise their families and make their way peacefully in the world. Don't get me wrong - I am no left leaning socialist apologist, but the most dangerous and misguided thing in the world is to judge a people by the actions of a vocal and radical minority group. Anyway, enough about politics or religion (although they are admittedly one of the most popular dinner party topics all across the world). Just visit Tina's kitchen, chat to the lady, and eat her food. Then judge for yourself.