The Geylang Skewer Shootout: Lao Xinjiang
I finally made it back down to Singapore's Geylang district tonight to check out that third Chinese skewer shop that was discussed earlier this week. Located across the street from Lorong 9's Famous Beef Kway Teow shop, Lao Xinjiang had a huge menu (206 Geylang Road, 6842-3007). But I stuck to the skewers, picking up just a sampling of the basics to get a quick taste.
Unfortunately, I wasn't a big fan. While definitely still edible, the seasoning on these was a bit too boring for me, and I would have liked the meat to be just a bit more scorched too. Among the three skewer shops, I like Xiao Ping the most. His seasoning is deeper in flavor, his meat is of higher quality, and his cooking is more attentive. I still plan to head back to LDM to check out some of its other items too, so by no means has it been dismissed. But I definitely prefer either of those two to this Lao Xinjiang place.
Speaking of which, I'm starting to realize that these skewers should probably be more appropriately called Xinjiang skewers. I've never been to Xinjiang before so I have no basis for comparison to what is authentic. But Xiao Ping still tastes the best to me, even if his establishment is just a tiny little hawker stall.