Asan Chasio vs Afuk 88

Both Asan Chasio and Afuk 88 offer the same barbeque pork platter – as you can see from the accompanying picture–and they both consist of char siew (barbeque pork), siew yoke (roast pork belly), boiled egg and sweet sauce. With the two sharing exactly the same characteristics, it was quite a task for us to find out the deserving winner of this duel.

Asan Chasio

The pork meats here come in bigger pieces, and both the char siew and siew yoke pack plenty of flavours and are very juicy. We especially love the slightly burnt parts of the char siew, which gave off a crunchy sweet aftertaste.

The siew yoke is a tough cookie to bite through, despite possessing a crispy texture. It caused many a toothache in the office. The light sauce is practically useless as it doesn’t help in enhancing the overall flavour at all.

Afuk 88

Both of Afuk 88’s char siew and siew yoke share similar qualities with Asan Chasio’s: succulent and flavourful. However, its siew yoke gets the upper hand as it’s much easier to chew. The sauce provided is denser in consistency and actually adds a touch of sweetness to the savoury concoction.

The pork meats are just too small here, particularly when directly compared to Asan Chasio’s huge chunks of char siew and siew yoke.

We had to think twice, but in the end, we concluded that size doesn’t matter so it is with great delight that we crown Afuk 88 the winner. Its pork platter features the perfect combination between taste and texture, and the fact that it did not ruin our gnashers afterwards was an added bonus.

Started her career as a food writer in 2012, Jessicha Valentina is the online editor of Good Indonesian Food. Jessicha has loved Sayur Asem since she was a wee kid and spends her free time trying to cook it.

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