Saturday, June 22, 2024

Three Random Stalls: Hokkien Mee, Hainanese Curry, and Fish Soup

Hokkien Mee

OK this is just a collection of totally random things that I ate today, starting with this plate from Yang Zhou Sotong Prawn Hokkien Mee at the Lian Seng Eating House (40 Beo Crescent #01-16). Apparently there was a very similarly named stall at the same location previously, but I wouldn't know the difference. I liked that it was savory with fresh ingredients and a decently potent chili sauce, even if it wasn't as deep as Prawnography nor Yi Sheng. How convenient it was to have a decent otah merchant right next to it though.

Crispy Pork Set

This next stall called Kim's Curry Hainan (168 Toa Payoh Central #01-402) caught my eye with its signage claiming to have "the first mala curry in Singapore." It turned out that it was basically just your usual Hainanese curry sauce but with an extra scoop of mala flavoring on top, and unfortunately it wasn't that spicy. That was disappointing, especially since that "crispy" pork was dense and tough enough that I didn't bother to finish it either. Well, the curry was rich at least, and I was happy to eat the cabbage.

Red Grouper Fish Soup

Finally, there was stall at Great World's Food Junction that is supposed to be an outlet of a famous fish head steamboat stall on Rangoon Road called Queen of Wok. I gave their fish soup a try, and the good thing is that the broth was indeed full of body. But it was a tad sweet, presumably as a function of brewed herbs and other ingredients (possibly even rock sugar?). I won't be rushing back to this stall as a result, but it did the job tonight.

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