Sunday, May 20, 2007

Mee Pok and Canele

I met a friend for lunch and I drove that friend to this wonderful Bak Chor Mee place at Crawford Lane. It's the famous, yes you guessed it, Tai Wah Pork Noodles (High Street). Comes in $4, $5 or $6 servings. Honestly, the first bite just felt heavenly. The meepok was cooked to a nice chewy texture al dente, not too soft as most hawkers do it, and mixed well with just the right amount of vinegar (not too sour, but enough vinegar to cut through the rest of the stuff). And it was generous, with lots of minced pork, liver, and even fried salted fish and of course, lard chips. With a nice porkish flavour and done just right. The soup had a nice porkish taste as well. All in all a good meal.=D

Probably, and safely say, the best meepok in Singapore, by far.


As from my post listings, Canele has probably the best desserts in Singapore, made by a pastry chef Pang who is the dessert anchor of Singapore teams participating in overseas culinary competitions. Canele has two outlets, one at Robertson Walk and the other at Paragon, while serving pastries to the Esprit Cafe in Centerpoint. The previous time I had really nice crepes, especially one with a Hazelnut Nougatine ice-cream that was simply heavenly. Another time I had the 'Le Royale', which I personally liked alot; simply well balanced with a wonderful hazelnut flavour and a nice crisp biscuit base. This time I went for the chocolate mousse, the Carafait, which was 60% chocolate; it worked quite well unfortunately was a bit warm after having left it in the box for too long. It was still super rich and with a nice chocolatey flavour that simply melted in your mouth. Worked well with the tub of Hazelnut Nougatine Ice-cream that I bought. That was the bomb. It was super rich and super creamy, with eggs added. The flavour--how do you describe such a magical flavour? -- let's just say a mix of burnt caramel (Creme brulee) with a rich toffee butterscotch depth and of course a hint of hazelnut, with little bits of caramel, presumably the nougatine, for that extra sweet oomph and fragrant little bites....simply a sugar lover's heaven. Exquisite. Words couldn't describe it. Anyway I'd finish the whole tub ($14.50) almost by myself, adding the pounds. Sigh. But then again don't waste good dessert.

At night we went to Uncle Leong's Seafood opposite the famous Melbern Seafood Restaurant at Ang Mo Kio St 22. That was a nice experience, the fourth time I've visited already; rich fragrant stock with crabs, as well as butter crab with cereal. Nothing much to shout about honestly, i guess i was already spoilt, but a good way to end the day.

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