Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lao Ji Cooked Food

In Chinatown complex there is this really old-school run-down non-descript stall that serves yummy melt in your mouth yam and radish cakes. It's only open from 5pm to 7pm, that's when all the cakes run out - so you can tell, there's perpetually a long queue.
I had dental at Central and it was about 5pm so i decided to head down to try this wonderful yam cake. stood beside all the aunties and uncles queuing away patiently for their cakes to come in Styrofoam plates. aparently the cakes are soft so these old people can eat.

so i waited patiently for my turn. and behold my plate soon came, half of yam and half of radish. drizzled lightly with sesame oil and chilli and not much else, none of the thick sweet sauces, etc, this was delightful. very light and easy to eat. the yam's fragrance was quite evident though not overpoweringly so and the little bits of haybee went very well. radish cake was great too. just very light and tasty.


Friday, January 2, 2009

Hong Hing Laksa and Beef Noodles (AMK)

Happy new year!
And merry Christmas!
Thank the Lord for 2008 - even though it had been pretty eventful and most of it has been troughs, yet the Lord gives us His share of blessings and comforts us and loves us still! and accompanies us in the midst of storms and tribulations. as victor shepherd says, it's finding the wonder in the wilderness.
and yeah there are so many trials - the hostage killings, sichuan earthquake, financial crisis, but still, so much to be thankful for. alive to live another year.

(and to eat.)

anyway today's recommended stall is Hong Hing Beef Noodles and Laksa. Located at Blk 233, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 St 22, it's the same coffee shop as Uncle Leong Seafood, also known as the relative of Melben seafood that famous crab place. but while uncle leong only opens at night, hong hing only opens for lunch. Makansutra gave it 5 chopsticks (out of 6) for both their laksa and beef noodles. I needed to try both, so what did i do? Of course, order the laksa plus a bowl of beef soup to share on the side!

First up, the laksa; it looked really potent; i mean, a dollop of "chilli spices" and alot of hay-bee in the stock raised my hopes, and it didn't disappoint. First sip - very fragrant, the rempah was fried till aromatic and there was so much 'hay-bee'(dried shrimp) that added complex savoury flavours to the gravy. Topped up with alot of cockles and fish cake and you have a great laksa. (8/10).

The Beef Soup was really quite extraordinary. The broth was extremely beefy and hearty, with a nice savoury edge to it. it was really addictive! I had to control myself slurping it all up (since we were sharing the beef soup). thrown in were tender pieces of beef and tendons and all that which were very nice and soft. Great stuff. (8.5/10). Highly recommended!