Monday, September 28, 2020

Fatty Cheong (肥仔祥), ABC Brickworks Food Centre

I remember having eaten at Fatty Cheong (#01-120 ABC Brickworks Food Centre, 6 Jalan Bukit Merah) at least a couple of times previously. For some reasons, it's never been blogged. I could have thought them unmemorable and not worth bringing up. I cannot be sure. They get mentioned now and then because of popularity and after a while, my curiosity got piqued again. This time, I thought I would so to speak, put the pen to the paper. I could spare a little ink.

The food was not bad per se. Roast pork passed muster but isn't at the level of CH叉R or Roast Paradise. Not the tenderness, flavour nor crunch from the crackling. Roasted duck was relatively tender but very chewy and was not so easily removed from the bone. I'm of the opinion that boned in meat should be with minimal effort stripped off from the bone. I was sweating through my fork and spoon with this one. Brown sauce was okay. Chilli wasn't very spicy but had a nice flavour. 

And that was all she wrote.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Meatball porridge from Ah Chiang

I mentioned wanting to get the meatball porridge from Ah Chiang. These pork balls were made in house and coarse textured. Had a nice homely flavour of soy sauce and sesame oil. 

While I thought well of their kailan stir fried with garlic, today's plate tasted a little diluted.

Eating yu sheng here is as costly as paying for sashimi in Japanese restaurants. But one does get fatty salmon flavoured with sesame oil and sliced chilli. Can't get those in Japanese restaurants.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Cheesy 7 Durian pizza from Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut has a Cheesy 7 durian pizza which features seven types of cheeses. If anyone was wondering if all seven varieties can be tasted, it was just generally cheesy to me. To be fair, it didn't taste bad freshly made. I liked those crusty savoury bits of browned cheese. 

I just didn't take well to those dollops of durian. Sweet and cloying without a particular brand of fragrance like say, the mao shan wang variety which could be discerned. Was surfeited from the sweetness after two slices. As durian pizzas go, the one from Tino's was superior in flavour and less expensive. Without the 50% off from takeaway, the price for this was exorbitant.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap, Holland Village

First time having Thai kuey chap. Never had them in Bangkok though I've visited a number of times. Assuming that what we had was representative of how it is in Thailand, the obvious difference between this and the local variety is that the latter is accompanied by side dishes that are entirely braised/stewed. What we had from Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap (17A Lorong Liput, tel :  +65 8822 5637) were accompanied by dishes that are cooked in other ways.

Braised tofu. Texture was rough but tender. Nice.

I had hopes for the cabbage stir fried with fish sauce. This was a little disappointing from the lack of flavour from the fish sauce and that it was pretty oily. But the stir frying that they did was well done with speckles of char.

Stewed eggs in dark soy sauce. Not bad.

Followed the sheep and ordered their fried pork belly. While they were obviously no match for the specialists, I couldn't complain. The idea of pairing them with dark soy sauce and chilli never occured to me. Works.

This was fish sausage. Couldn't taste any fish in it. They were sweet, savoury and fatty - not dissimilar to lup cheong. Pretty addictive.

There was fried pig's large intestines. Nicely done with a light crisp exterior while the insides were tender with a bite. Quite salty though.

Spied their pig's stomach soup near the order counter and ordered a portion. Wasn't on the menu. The sliced pieces of pig's stomach were tender and chewy. Liked it. The soup/broth was exactly the same as the kuey (rice noodles).

Their kuey came in scrolls. Curled up rice rolls with more bite than the tender local variety. The broth was herbal, spicy and had a lot of pepper. I enjoyed it, even though it was a little more salty than I normally like. At $3 a bowl, it was pretty expensive.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Fried Kway Teow (炒粿條), Amoy Street Food Centre

Haven't had char kuey teow in a while so I decided to give this stall (#01-01 Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road) a go. A hum-less plate. It's yet another one of those that I've passed by on occasions beyond count but I don't remember having eaten from them before. I was slightly disappointed.

This plate of kuey teow would have benefitted much from more dark soy sauce for their flavour and more through caramelization. I believe there wasn't any lard because I couldn't taste any of it. Bean sprouts had a nice crunch. Tasted healthy with too little sweet and saltiness. It's not bad per se, just not what I was looking for.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Chilling out at Tokyo Soba

Was looking for something that wouldn't sit down heavy so a cold soba was usually the quick fix for that. This was a chilled kitsune soba with the sweet abura age from Tokyo Soba.

Topped it with extra portion of the abura age. Should I be admitting that they're a kind of guilty pleasure here?

Healthier options seem to be popping up recently - like this cold nebaneba soba that featured natto, tororo and okura. Not a bad eat though if natto's your friend and the slimy texture isn't a concern.

rabbit at the moon, not rabbit on the moon