Last night, I suffered a temporary bout of insomnia. I just couldn’t sleep, despite lying there on my bed for at least two hours. I think it was due to the fact that my stomach was growling piteously, which resulted in my wandering mind planning what I will eat once I have recovered. And voila! Here’s a list of my top 10 most desired foods.
Chicken rice – Five Star, Boon Tong Kee or even Chatterbox(!)
I’m a Hainanese at heart. Give me the garlic and the oily rice cooked in chicken broth and I’ll give you a very satisfied and burpy girl.
Hainanese staples – Purvis Street
Purvis Street is opposite Bras Basah Complex. It’s also where I used to spend my Sundays, during my childhood. There’s a “Long Association” (Long being my surname, duh) there and my entire family (Dad’s side) belongs to it. Across the association’s headquarters is a very good kopitiam that serves delicious and authentic Hainanese fare, such as pork chop, mutton soup (can induce nose-bleeds one) and chicken rice. The boyfriend and I go mad there, ordering more food than we can finish because it’s just so tasty and affordable.
Char kway teow – Soy Eu Tua
Okay, I am feeling very resentful because I had wanted to chomp down on lardy char kway teow the Saturday before my surgery and we ended up eating porridge instead. Like I am not getting enough of that now. Anyway, Soy Eu Tua along Siglap serves a yummy plate of char kway teow topped with hum, lup cheong and lots of fried lard. And it’s only $2. Mmmmm.
Fish slice noodles – Peninsula Plaza food court
Ever since the food court at Clifford Centre shut its doors, the Popartgirl and I have despaired of finding a worthy replacement to the fish slice noodles stall that used to reside there. Luckily, my colleagues had introduced me to the Peninsula Plaza one, and it’s actually quite good. The soup may not be as flavourful but it does pack a punch.
Kway teow goreng pattaya – Simpang Bedok
I admit it, I am a kway teow girl. I absolutely hate the fat, slimey yellow noodles and mee pok does nothing to me. The kway teow goreng pattaya at Simpang Bedok is sinful. It’s oily and oily – fried kway teow wrapped in omelette. But it’s so addictive, I only eat that when I go to Simpang.
Kway chup is such a comfort food – the smooth kway, the fatty meats and the salty veggies. Unfortunately, I can’t recall when was the last time I ate a truly clean and delicious kway chup. Any recommendations?
Zhu zha tang (pig’s organs soup) – Kopitiam at Waterloo Street
This is another comfort food. When things go wrong and all you want to do is eat, this is what you need. I love the soup which is packed with enough flavour and pepper to spice up your deadened tastebuds. The most excellent thing about this Kopitiam is that it’s open 24 hours – my friends and I used to eat that all the time after partying.
Frog’s legs porridge – somewhere in Geylang
Wah! I love the yummy sauce used to stew the frog’s legs! It’s kind of spicy and salty and when you dump a whole spoonful of it into your porridge, the previously bland porridge turns into gold. Plus, the frog’s legs are tender and juicy. Just don’t picture Kermit’s murder in your mind when you eat and you will be fine.
Geylang beef hor fun
The beef hor fun is soooo delicious. The gravy is tasty and thick and the hor fun glistens with oil. The beef slices are not too thin nor too tough. My only quibble is that the proportion of beef and hor fun is horrendously skewed. More beef please!
Nasi lemak – Changi Village, Golden Shoe or Chong Pang
So sinful but oh-so-heavenly. I can imagine smelling the fragrant rice and biting into the crunchy fried chicken wings. And it’s cheap too, costing between $2 – $3. I always add on sotong cutlet and otak. Oh otak! How I have missed you.
Now, all I have to do is to wait for the gaping holes in my mouth to recover and I can finally eat!
But first, gotta teach the mouth to chew, it’s too used to slurping.