Saturday, November 07, 2009
My First Bowl of Lor Mee
Every time I go to Tiong Bahru Market, I notice a huge line for stall number 80 selling something called lor mee. I had no idea what that stuff was, so today I finally waited it out to see what the big deal was.
If it weren't for those garnishes on top, this would have been nothing more than a bowl of heavy noodles doused in a goopy brown sauce. The sauce was unremarkable, but at least it had neither the sweet nor herbal taste that I worried about. Fortunately, the addition of cilantro, chili peppers, and Chinese black vinegar gave it a bit more life. Indeed, I wished that I had put more vinegar in it...and I went a bit overboard with the huge clump of minced raw garlic.
I thus went to get another bowl at stall number 4 across the way, which had close to no line but one that I liked better due to his toppings. Maybe it was also because I intentionally loaded it up with extra vinegar, reminding me a bit of that thick Chinese soup called geng. Well, if I get this again next time I'll need to remember to go heavy on the vinegar but easy on the garlic.
Digested at 11:31 AM
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