Sunday, June 29, 2008

Prawn Noodle

Since I read Leslie's post about Wah Kee Prawn Noodle I inserted it into my MUST TRY list when in Singapore. I am not a big fan of straight yellow noodle in soup, I prefer curly noodle in soup (like ramen). But since it is voted the best prawn noodle in Singapore, I had to try it.

It opens till 2 pm everyday except Monday. It was a bit rush because I normally got out of house at 12pm. First attempt to go there failed due to some "unforeseen" circumstances. They was absolutely no way I was leaving Singapore without eating Wah Kee Prawn Noodle. On the following day (attempt #2), along with my sister and Jon, we took a $13 cab ride to Cambridge Road Hawker Centre.

We all were so excited to try the prawn noodle. Wah Kee sells $3, $5, $8 and $10 prawn noodle. We ordered $3, $5 and $10 prawn noodle. I ordered $10 prawn noodle , it came with a bowl of soup noodle and another bowl of soup with 3 jumbo prawns. Isn't it too much soup?

Jon ordered $3 dry prawn noodle, it came with 5 medium peeled prawns and prawn paste. Apparently, the dry noodle doesn't taste so good, he ended up pouring soup in it.

$5 came with 4 big prawns.

Prawns sizes in comparison. Wonder how big are the $8 prawns?

The prawns were very fresh. The soup was so tasty and thick, I could taste the seafood broth, it was sweet. But after a while, I couldn't eat it anymore because I felt the soup was so sweet. Besides, I am not exactly a fan of that kind of noodle soup. I managed to finish the noodle but not the soup. The soup would be excellent if it was less sweet and saltier. Jon and my sister love it. It was ok for me, but it is not something that I will crave for in the near future.

Wah Kee Prawn Noodles
Blk 41A Cambridge Road Hawker Centre (Pek Kio) #01-15
Tel: + 65 9688 3633
7:30 am - 2 pm
Closed on Monday

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hokkien Prawn Noodle

I never failed to have the Hokkien Prawn Noodle at the well known Thye Hong Hokkien Prawn Noodle at Food Republic Wisma Atria everytime I am back in Singapore. Expect long queue during peak hour, but the queue progresses at a fairly quick as the noodle is cooked in a big wok.

The noodle contains a mixture both of yellow egg noodle and thicker version of vermicelli, cooked together with prawns, bean sprouts, spring onions and prawn stocks. It doesn't look very appetizing but it sure taste amazingly delicious. This dish was a little watery but not soggy and with rich gravy resulted from the prawn stock added. The prawns were fresh and chili tasted great.

There are so many nice food in Food Republic which I have always wanted to try. But everytime I am there, I always ended up queuing at Thye Hong stall.

Thye Hong
Food Republic
435 Orchard Road
#04-00 Wisma Atria
Singapore 238877

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ayam Penyet vs ayam cobek

One of the food that I always eat when in Singapore is Ayam Penyet Ria at Lucky Plaza. Ayam penyet means smashed fried chicken. It is an Indonesia dish from Surabaya (East Java). Ayam Penyet Ria has franchise in Medan too but the one in Singapore tastes better.

The chicken was smashed after deep-frying. It was crispy, sprinkled with bits of fry batter and served with fried tofu and sambal/chili sauce. The sambal was blazingly hot. Everytime Jon and I ate there, we had to order 2 glasses of drink each to cool down the "heat". Some restaurants purposely make the chili sauce extremely hot so customers do not ask for more (and customer would order more drinks = more profits?).

The last time I was in Singapore, I had a chance to try the ayam cobek @ Java Kitchen. Cobek means mortal. Ayam cobek is an Indonesian dish from Bandung (West Java) and it is normally served on mortal. It is almost the same as ayam penyet, both are deep fried and sprinkled with bits of fried batter, but without smashing the chicken.

It was served with deep fried tofu, deep fried tempe (fermented soy bean) and nice soup. The sambal was great, not too mild and not too hot, hence I prefer ayam cobek@ Java Kitchen over Ayam Penyet Ria. I still dream about the sambal. Yummy!

The "kick" factor for most Indonesian food is the chili. If the chili is too mild, there is no "power". If it is too hot, tongue and lips go numb. The right spicy hot will make the food addictive.

What could be better than ice kacang after eating spicy food.

Ayam Penyet Ria
304 Orchard Road
#04-25/26 Lucky Plaza
Singapore 238863
Tel: + 65 6235 7385

Java Kitchen Lucky Plaza
304 Orchard Road
Singapore 238863

Java Kitchen Katong
228 Tanjong Katong Rd
Tel: + 65 64451766
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30-15:00 & 18:00- 22.30
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30-22:30
Closed on Monday

Java Kitchen Vivo City
Food Republic, VivoCity
Tel: + 65 63769928
Everyday: 10:00-22:00
public holiday's/ Friday/ Saturday 10:00-23:00pm

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I hate green

I went to a gift shop -Precious Thots- in CityLink Mall Singapore. They had collections of mini Kokeshi dolls available in many colors. I admired their cute faces, pretty designs, beautiful colors (except for the green one). Suddenly my elbow knocked one the the doll placed at the edge, it dropped and the head came off. I had to pay $12 for the mini doll that I broke. Actually it wasn't that bad, I could glue it and it would be fine. But....the one I broke was GREEN!!! I'm allergic to Green.

I was wondering if green was the least popular kokeshi doll hence they placed them at the edge and hoped that people like me would drop them?

It's cute, isn't it? Except that it was green. And because it was green, I refused to keep it.

I love (green) trees, green scenery and green food. I don't mind green drink, green dishwashing sponge, green dishwashing liquid and green beauty/body products. But other than those, I can't help it, I hate green.

Meanwhile, Jon finally agreed to get rid of green blanket that had been sitting in storage for years. I can't believe somebody would buy green blanket.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Zong Zi

Zong Zi (Chinese Rice Dumpling) festival is on this coming Sunday. Zong Zi is eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival which is on the 5th day of 5th months of Chinese calender.

I had my mom make Zong zi for me when I was back home last 2 months. There are different kinds of zong zi fillings depend on the style. I think the on my mom made was Hokkian style.

There is no way I will make zong zi in NY, hence I didn't bother to copy the recipe. I used to help my auntie and mom making zong zi, it was fun. But this time around I was too busy to help =p

1. Put a spoonful of rice into the bamboo leaf mould and add a bit of everything. Top with more rice.
2.Wrap the leaves to close the opening, forms a pyramid-shaped dumpling and ties it firmly with thread/straw.
3. The individually tied dumplings are bundled together.

My mom initially made just 1 kg of rice but due to high demand(for my friends, sister's friends and brother's friends) they were not enough. She then ended up making 3 kg of rice lol.

I can't find zong zi in Chinatown NY. I can only stare at the photos.

Turtle Cake

Back in Medan, I went to a bakery to order a birthday cake for a friend's birthday. The shop assistant showed me lots of samples from cake decoration magazine and some Wilton books. Wilton is the leading cake decorating and bakeware household brand in the industry. Wilton also provided cake decorating classes in US and Canada. Since I saw the Wilton books, I had high expectation of them, thinking that this bakery probably have got some "class" and probably a lot of "passions" in their work, I decided to order a turtle cake. Upon ordering, the asistant said that they had never made a turtle cake before so they didn't have sample. Oh God. Here we go~

I managed to find a cute turtle cake sample with dotted shell. However I preferred the shell pattern to be rounded in the middle and have some lining instead of the polka dotted shell. I showed her Kuma Kuma turtle handphone chain and told her I wanted the shell pattern like that. She wrote a note on my order form and drew the shell pattern like a sun shape, which is right.

There had to be misunderstanding, my turtle shell turned out to have a lots of small suns. Weird shell, no legs and no tail. Even though it was not what I expected or imagined, overall it was still a cute cake. I also asked if it would be fondant cake and the assistant said yes, but it turned out to be butter cream cake. Maybe they did not understand what fondant is.