13 October, 2006

Time and Tide Waits for No Men


Small Talk: Entries are labelled!!!

Time and tide waits for no man
, so my parents and I decided to head down to Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre (Temporary) for a dinner one night. I took a quick walk around the food centre, and chanced upon a Minced Meat Noodle stall that used to be located at the market where I grew up, before it was demolished for re-development to make way for Merchant Court Hotel at Clark Quay. Being nostalgic, I ordered the $3 potion and I wasn’t disappointed – the ingredients were generous and it came with numerous pieces of crispy lard.

Mixed well with the black vinegar that is a MUST in all Teochew-styled noodles and sweet memories of my childhood came flashing back.

The queue itself is a testament to how tasty the noodles are, but a warning to all obsessive cleanliness individuals – the way he prepared the food is pretty unhygienic. More unhealthy fare came along the way and the next plate we sampled was the Char Kway Teow that used to be situated at another food centre, near my former residence, that was being ordered to be re-located.

It was another $3 portion that came with extra cockles, a shell-food that I simply find it irresistible – in fact I find all shell-food irresistible!!!

With generous portion of prawns and Chinese sausages, the Kway Teow was fried near perfect – neither too wet nor too dry, but a pity that the Wok Hei, or charred flavour was missing from this dish. However, the charred flavour definitely make it’s presence felt from the last dish we ordered - Claypot Rice.

The charred base of the rice along with the dark soy sauce, chicken and more Chinese sausages is simply enticing, if not for the sore throat that was bugging me then, I would have no problem finishing up the whole pot.

No wonder the stall was smart enough to serve boiled soup like Watercress and Old Cucumber soup.

Food: 4.5/5
Service: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Price: 4.5/5
Total: 15/20
Outram Road,
Near Outram MRT

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