January 25, 2010

Sabar Menanti

Located in the realms of Arab Street, the numerous newspaper articles plastering the interior of this shophouse caught my eye. The tables on the first floor were all occupied, so we dined on the second floor. To our delight, the second floor was air-conditioned!

Clockwise from left: Ikan Bakar, jackfruit curry, Ayam Opor

I've eaten boiled jackfruit seeds before (they taste like roasted chestnuts!), but the jackfruit curry was something new to me. I'm not too sure which part of the fruit was used, but the flesh was soft and its texture was somewhat similar to cooked pumpkin. While I thought the dish tasted okay, my mom disliked this.

Ikan Bakar was recommended to me as one of the restaurant's signature dishes. Topped with lots of raw onions, the charcoal-grilled fish was immersed in an addictive black sauce that perfectly paired the fragrant nasi lemak rice.

My mom loved the Ayam Opor gravy. Actually, I had no idea what Ayam Opor was when I ordered it, but a Google search revealed that it's chicken cooked in coconut milk. The chicken wings were tender enough, but I still preferred the Ikan Bakar sauce to the gravy.

We also had a cup of bandung and teh tarik which were just average.

The meal cost $16.

Sabar Menanti
48/50 Kandahar Street
8.30am-6pm daily

January 10, 2010

Blk 511 Kaki Bukit Market and Food Centre

Last day of the year! My family headed down to Blk 511 Kaki Bukit Market and Food Centre for dinner before heading to Kallang to watch the fireworks. Well, it has certainly been ages since my last visit here!

When I was younger, my father regularly ordered bak chor mee from the other branch of this stall at Bedok South for my family. Sick of having the dish so often, I clearly recall complaining about having to eat "chou chou mee", which can be literally translatead into stinky noodles. Lol!

Minced meat noodles ($3)

Can't say much about the dish 'cos mee pok isn't my thing. but my brother seemed to enjoy it a lot. The meatballs were decent. The portion did seem rather small though.

Tian Nan Xing Rou Cuo Mian
Stall 10
Open from 6.30am to 1pm, 6.30pm to 1am

Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soupis arguably the most famous stall in the market, having attracted a steady stream of customers seeking a mee sua fix for several decades.

The signature dish- silky rice vermicelli in a thick, herbal broth ($3.50), served with pig's kidney, pork slices and yummy pork liver. I didn't fancy the kidney pieces as I dislike crunchy innards, but I happily helped my family to finish the soothing leftover soup.

Several versions of black chicken soup are sold here. The cheapest option ($8)- one boiled with six different ingredients, including lotus seeds and chestnuts- is served on default.

I think I would have preferred the ginseng version, but the chicken was tender so no complaints here.

Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup
Stall 31/32

January 3, 2010

Old Airport Road Food Centre

On the first day of this new year, I finally paid a visit to Old Airport Road Food Centre, a trusty old haunt of many hawker-food fans, with my family.

We only woke up at 11am, so this meal served as our breakfast and lunch. We would have been starving if we didn't indulge in durians at 1.30am that morning haha.

Chee Cheong Fun with Prawn/Char Siew ($2 each)

Only prepared when you place your order, this slippery smooth, freshly-made Chee Cheong Fun is definitely in a different class from the ready-made ones sold at most places. I especially liked the contrast between the succulent prawns and the soft rice roll.

Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun

8am to 10pm daily

Fish Ball Noodles (Mee Tai Mak, no chilli, with ketchup) ($3)
Ordered this after spotting the newspaper articles plastered across the shop front. The fish balls were bouncy enough and the soup redolent of the sweetness of the fishballs. However, while decent, I felt that this dish was not outstanding. In addition, the food portion was a tad small.

ABC Yong Kee Famous Fish Ball Noodle
6.30am-8pm daily

Kway Chap ($11 for a two-person serving with two additional bowls of rice noodles at $0.30 each)

I have heard that this stall, originating from the popular stall from Blanco Court, is well-liked. Indeed, there was a long queue in front of the stall. But, I soon realized that the queue consisted of people who were waiting for their orders to be taken- i.e., the stallholders were probably holding up its customers so as to lengthen the queue so as to make it seem more popular!
Disappointingly, I found the kway chap to be only average and a bit bland for my liking. I prefer the duck rice cum kway chap stall at the food court near my home, which has bouncier rice noodles and a salty but flavorful soup.

To-Ricos Guo Shi
11.30am - 4.30pm
Closed on Mondays

Ah Bailing with Almond Cream ($2.50, includes 3 glutinous rice balls)
Ordered this after seeing that this dessert stall was also featured in the papers. The almond cream was smooth, and the soft glutinous rice ball encased a creamy peanut filling (yum!). Decent, but not a must-try.

San Gu Tang Shui (A branch of Dessert Hub)

I have saved the best for the last!

Lor Mee ($4)

My brother was slurping this up with so much relish, I practically had to drag it away from him. All it took was one spoonful of the seriously addictive, crabmeat-topped gravy for me to be hooked as well. Accompanied by fried snapper fish chunks, a stewed egg and braised pork, this slurp-worthy Lor Mee is worth every second spent in the snaking queue. I'll be having this again!

Xin Mei Xiang
Apparently open from 9.30am to 3pm daily, but everything was sold out at 1.30pm on the day of my visit