Saturday, May 24, 2008

Of hot vanilla, smoked egg and star anise...

rou cuo fan
Despite having visited Lai Lai for a few occasions, I've never noticed that they actually have rou cuo fan (minced meat with rice) because I've always been caught up with their beef noodles and lu rou fan. And of course their delicious braised pig intestines which I haven't been able to find better elsewhere. Yet. In comparison with the lu rou fan, this one didn't work out quite as well for me because of the star anise flavour. I'm not saying that it wasn't good, but I would prefer it if the spice didn't taste quite as strong. So if I'm ever having this again, I guess Peng Lai Ge would be the better option.

There're a couple of other things that we've picked which I've never tried before from here. One's a tasty smoked egg which to my surprise, arrived chilled. I'm taking this in a good way and I thought it was quite good despite it not being very smoky tasting at all. I'm quite sure what contributed to my positive reaction to it was the runny yolk. The other thing was a warm vanilla drink which I found to be a little too sweet. It steamed milk with vanilla and foam. Could have been pretty good if it was served hotter and a lot less sweet.

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