Makansutra Street Food Masters 2008
It was raining cats & dogs but that did not deter fellow foodies and I from making our way to The Pavilion @ China Square. The event was held in conjunction with the annual Singapore Food Festival with the support of Yeo's Drinks, Singapore Tourism Board and the National Environment Agency.
My fellow foodies had combined efforts (read: split up and queued at the various stalls to get food for all) to put together a feast of Singapore's best hawker fare on our table.
Hup Kee Ngoh Hiang, Stall 97 @ Maxwell Food Centre
Mr Teo Ho Soon : 9004-0618
Open: Daily (except Mondays) from 11am - 8pm
I loved the fried tofu as the crust was crisp, the interior soft and juicy. Friends at the table loved the sausage (top left) and the egg & lard cakes (its like a deep-fried sinful version of Japanese Tamagoyaki). The brown roll is made with pig's liver, wish I knew that before I greedily popped it into my mouth. I don't eat any internal organs (with the exception of foie gras) so the expression on my face must have been priceless because B told me gently that there was a little stack of napkins on the table...the rest, as they say, is history.
Brothers Rojak, Blk 449 Clementi Ave 3,
#01-211 See Lam Hern Coffeeshop
Mr Tan Boon Hwa & Mr Tan Boon Heng
Open: Daily (except Sundays) from 11am - 9.30pm
My braces were causing me some amount of grief that day so I couldn't chew too much. That said, I enjoyed what little I could chew from this plate of rojak. The others at the table finished the plate pretty quickly so I was spared the agony of lusting over the glistening pieces of yew char kway that had been coated with a thick and flavoursome shrimp paste-based sauce.
Selamat Datang Malay Food, Stall 9 Adam Food Centre, 2 Adam Road
Mr Sapari bin Temon : 9842-7036
Open: Daily from 9am - 9pm (except Wednesdays)
Seafood Tofu & Mushroom Pouch with Cuttlefish Kang Kong
Keng Eng Kee Seafood, Blk 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-136
Mr Liew Choy : 6272-1038
Open: Daily 11am - 2pm & 5pm - 11pm (Chinese New Year - closed)
This entry was for a Zi Char/Cze Char stall. When I first looked at the pouch, I was a little doubtful about how it would taste. Its their signature dish which comprises a fried seafood, tofu and mushroom pouch that had been stuffed with ham, salted egg yolk and prawns. I was pleasantly surprised with the marriage of flavours that danced on my tastebuds and a crisp exterior to boot! This is a MUST-TRY! I didn't sample the blanched Cuttlefish with Kang Kong (morning glory) as I'm not a fan of this dish.
I love the flaky Teochew-style pastry used for these curry puffs! Though the curry was not as spicy as I would have liked it, it was fragrant and tasty enough to leave me yearning for more. The chicken morsels and potato bits were moist and a pleasure to chew on (notwithstanding uncomfortable braces). This is a MUST-TRY! The stall offers other fillings like black pepper chicken (not too bad but I prefer curry chicken) and sardines (didn't eat this as I hate canned sardines).
Cheese Appom & Egg Appom
Heaven's Indian Curry, Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road,
#01-15 Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre
Mdm Muthu Letchmi
Open: Daily from 6am - 2pm
I'm not a big fan of grated coconut and the orange sugar crystals that one finds served with Putu Mayam or Appom so I passed on this dish. My fellow foodies dug into them with much gusto, so it must have been pretty good.
Fried Carrot Cake
Chey Sua Carrot Cake, Blk 127 Lor 1 Toa Payoh, #02-30
Mdm Shirley Tay Wah Meng : 9816-9412
Open: Daily (except Monday) 6am - 1pm
Heng Hwa Lor Mee
Xing Hua Seafood Restaurant, 207 Syed Alwi Road
Mr Li Jin Kun : 6396-8676
Xing Hua Restaurant, 276 Race Course Road
Open: Daily 11am - 9.30pm (except first Wednesday of the month)
Mr Haji Mohamed s/o Master Shaik Allauddin : 9856-1716
Open: Daily 10am - 6pm (except Mondays & Hari Raya)
If you look at the top right hand corner of the Chicken Briyani picture, you should be able to spot a thin slice of grilled toast that had been slathered with a rich but not excessively sweet pandan kaya spread and butter. This is my dad's favourite Kaya Toast and is a MUST-TRY! I was too busy eating and forgot to snap a picture of this dish. Oh no! I also forgot to snap a pic of the Fried Hokkien Mee. So sorry to the folks that run these 2 places, I was too busy digging into your dishes while they were warm and forgot to take the pics.
Here are the details for the 2 Street Food Masters that I had inadvertently left out:
1) Kaya Toast
@ Tong Ah Coffeeshop, 36 Keong Saik Road.
Mr Tang Chew Fue : 6223-5083
Open: 6.30 am - 10pm (closed on alternate Wednesdays)
SFF's view: MUST-TRY! Please refer to the paragraph above.
2) Fried Hokkien Mee
@ Ah Liang Fried Hokkien Mee
Blk 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-135 Marine Parade Food Centre
Mr. Chia Tong Ngee
Open: 6.30 am - 10pm (closed on alternate Wednesdays)
SFF's view: MUST-TRY! The fresh seafood used and the robustly-flavoured stock that the noodles were fried in resulted in a platter of fragrant, seafood-infused noodles. The chili sauce is spicy and not too sweet. This has to be the best Hokkien Mee I've had in a while.
Soya Bean Curd
Rochor Beancurd House, 745 Geylang Road
Mr Koh Koon Meng : 6748-3989
Open: 24 hours daily (except Chinese New Year)
Now for my favourite soya beancurd! I love the silky smooth texture of the soya beancurd sold at Rochor Beancurd House. My entire family is a fan of this stall. Over the years, I've jumped through various hoops to overcome traffic "inconveniences" just to get my paws on packets of beancurd! This is definitely a MUST-TRY!