Sunday, June 8, 2014

Cantonese Delights!

There seems to be perpetual queuing at this corner noodle stall, #02-03 in the Hong Lim Market and Food Centre; as such we never get to try any of their good food with the weekday lunch crowd. Come Sunday morning at uptown, and we still have to queue!

Clueless as to what's on the menu (cos there are so much ingredients on display!), i try chat up their regular customers in the queue, and everyone points to their Wanton noodle and Chicken Chop Curry Mee for the safe bet. Their Yong Tau Foo selection, if you want to be explicit.

The Yong Tau Foo can wait. While we gave wide-eyed, silenced approval to their Pork Chop Curry Mee. It is exceptional curry gravy with freshly deep fried chicken chop! I didn't want to convince you.

We are now so looking forward to their Laksa Yong Tau Foo!

Wanton Noodle ($3)

Curry Noodle with Pork Chop ($3.50)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

荣兴, Rong Xing La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao Dumplings, 8pcs ($4.50)

After my exquisite yet unsatisfying meal of Din Tai Fung's dumplings, i was left hanging with this hankering for the real stuff. Ric didn't know that, and was left baffled when i adamantly wanted the xiao long bao from Rong Xing at the Redhill Lane Food Centre.

It was 4 years ago! When i first blogged about them. And today, food never tasted this good; with my insatiable craving to satisfy.

Red Bean Pancake ($3.80)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

中峇鲁李鸿记, Lee Hong Kee Cantonese Roasted

Barbecued Char Siew Rice ($3)

Roasted Pork Rice ($3)

I wanted to tell you about Tiong Bahru Market Lee Hong Kee for the longest time - Dad's favorite char siew rice stall. He will always be beaming away satisfactorily as he tucked into his plate, and in between toothless bites, reminisced, "This is how we used to have our char siew rice, you know! It has to be like this! With this dark sauce..."

The flavorsome dark sauce is only lightly salted and really enhances the otherwise plain grains. As with all like-minded people; it is now only 1130hrs, and we have a long queue to join.

I have to buy this for Dad soon...

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Rock Sugar Lemon Drink (Hot/ Cold)

It's the spell for the seasonal influenza; and Ric always joined in. 

You know when these big guys are not feeling well, they reject your offer of many things that you promises to make them feel better. This is one drink Ric can be coaxed to; and enjoys it. Do remember to have enough food at hand, as the lemon will make the big men hungry.

4 pcs    China Rock Honey Sugar
1 pcs    Lemon (wash and dry)
1/4 pcs    Ginger, sliced (optional)

1. Wash and dry a clean glass bottle.
2. Wash and dry the lemon. Sliced it up.
3. Stack the honey sugar and lemon slices in the bottle alternately. You can add in the ginger slices at this stage.
4. Leave the bottle on the kitchen table for 1-2 days, until all the rock sugar melted into a beautiful golden color. Then you store it in the fridge until you need it.

We love to make this as a warm beverage. Just 2 slices of the lemon and 4 teaspoons of the melted sugar does a cup. For that added punch, hand crushed some fresh peppermint leaves and top it all up with hot water. Now you have your very own lemon syrup!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Curry Times, 咖喱时光

Sambal Prawn ($15.90++)

The waitress was beckoning us into the restaurant while i was still perplexing over their large signboard that market the Curry Times as the "Best Curry Restaurant"; for it was difficult to imagine having some best curry experience in an air-conditioned modern mall.

Our good curry trips were usually transpired in humid eatery with sweat trickling down our brows.

Curry Fish Head, half ($28.90++)

As luck would have it, the curry was indeed forgettable albeit the fresh Angoli fish head. Otherwise, it was a satisfying lunch out with delish sambal prawns and greens.

Making it better, the restaurant is superb accommodating to our cherry bunch with sound of boisterous laughter! Good times at Curry times...

Oyster Sauce Kailan ($5.90++)

Sambal Petai ($6.90++)

Bandung with Basil Seed, Honey Lemon with Aloe Vera

Thursday, May 29, 2014

鼎泰豐, Din Tai Fung

Fried Rice with Eggs ($7.30++)

We never fail to wonder, "Why the perpetual queue outside Din Tai Fung restaurant, always?" Simple and pretty decent food with mid-range pricing might be the reason - the limited menu was quoted by many as boring, but it does make ordering easy which the men appreciate very much, right? My group of guys has been revisiting.

Every table seems to be having their Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing ($4++) as the appetizer; while i was looking forward to their 18-folds Xiao Long Bao dumplings. One bite and hot juices ooze out, also with traces of crab roe but i remain unimpressed. The taste is very much forgettable. I can't be reminded of that intense flavor from the crab roe Xiao Long Bao from Nan Xiang Xiaolong Mantou in Shanghai, China.

The dumplings played only the supporting. Our guys love to order their fried rice; refusing the noodle. Between 4 of us, we shared 2 servings of it - one was just the plain fried rice with eggs and spring onions; the other plate which i calculated to be more value for money, has a thick slab of luscious pork chop throw in at just $10.80++.

Steamed Crab Meat and Pork Dumplings, 10 pcs ($14.30++)

Steamed Shrimp and Pork Shao-mai, 10 pcs ($14.80++)