15 June, 2008

Teochew Street Ping Ping Curry Noodle - Nostalgic Mee

Small talk: Congrats to Hendra Tan for his winning entry to HFB recent "Gourmet Safari free dining voucher contest". For those who did not win, do not be discouraged - look out for future contest that HFB will roll out soon! And Happy Father's Day!


Heading back to Hong Lim Food Centre for lunch a few days later, I can’t help but pay another familiar stall a visit. Located at the once famous Ellenborough Market, one of the earlier wet markets available. While the Malays called it Pasar Bahru meaning “New Market”, the Chinese on the other hand named it “Seng Pa Sat”. Teochews populated the area, and with intent the market was located at Teochew Street (where The Central now stood). Ping Ping Curry Noodle was one of the few stalls I would visit for lunch when I was young, and I could still remember vividly bringing along $1 that I have saved up and specifically told my mum that I would like to add extra ingredients in my bowl of noodles.

Even though it was spicy for me then, I love everything that was within
it – Chicken, Fishcake, Tau Pok or Beancurd Skin, Potato and the spicy curry soup. The same husband and wife team is still operating today in Hong Lim, but unfortunately the experience I had that day wasn’t as expected. Maybe nothing can beat the wonderful memories I had at Ellenborough Market but I remembered the soup to be much thicker and packed with more tang. Adding the chilli paste helps to bring out the flavour but sadly it still didn’t impress me. For a $4 version, the ingredients weren’t as plentiful as I expected it to have – or maybe I have just grown up. The “everyone’s favourite” potato was measly and I left the place feeling disappointed.

Perhaps I went with too high an expectation that day or perhaps good times doesn’t really last. What about you – any nostalgic food places you used to frequent that has its standard drop over time?

Food: 3/5 (Decent, used to be better)
Service: 3.5/5 (Efficient despite lunch crowd)
Ambience: 2.5/5 (Food Centre - Very humid and crowded during lunch)
Price: 3/5 ($4 is affordable but I expected more ingredients)
Total: 12/20
Block 531A Upper Cross Street
, Hong Lim Food Centre
Singapore 510531

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