Hum Jin Pang, Maxwell Food Centre
Before tonight, I had no idea what this hum chim beng stuff was. But I had heard that this was some kind of fry-up-your-stuff place, which sounded rather interesting. So I stopped by Maxwell Food Centre tonight (Stall 28), expecting something like Foo Kee with a wide selection of random stuff to deep fry. Instead, I found a very spartan setup with only some dough (in a sweet or salty option) and a wok with hot oil in it. Well, it was seven pieces for S$1 (US$0.70), so I gave it a shot.
I couldn't quite figure out the process here since some guy in front of me seemed to help himself to frying stuff in the wok, but eventually I got my share. Since I usually don't like sweet food (nor red bean paste), I only got one of the sweet variety just to give it a try. This was much better than I thought it would be, as it wasn't too annoyingly sweet (nor loaded with red bean paste). But it did have some sesame on it and a mildly warm temperature that kinda made it like a local version of Krispy Kreme. OK, that worked for me.
And how about the salty ones? They tasted like, well, fried dough. While I didn't think that this was anything to go nuts over, I didn't mind it either as the spices and grease did remind me a bit of Taiwanese fried chicken (especially since it came in a brown paper bag that allowed me to walk down the street and eat at the same time). Anyone wanna start selling these as movie theater nibbles or stadium concessions?