We visited this fabulous hawker stall in Singapore’s Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre with two new-found local friends – and it was fabulous. Everything was made fresh-to-order, providing us with some lovingly made classics and one new dish as well.
Broccoli with Scallops is a classic dish, even in Canada. While it’s fairly easy to find a place that does crispy, hot broccoli this version was incredibly infused with the flavours of the sauce. For a little added flavour it arrived served with green onion, mushrooms and carrot. The scallops were fresh and tender as well.
One might say a battered, deep-fried shrimp is just a battered, deep fried shrimp. Not so: the shrimp were extra plump and sweet; the batter was perfectly crispy; and, the seasoning in the batter was something special! Best version of this dish ever.
It’s always exciting to try something new, and our friends introduced us to Three Type Eggs with Chinese Spinach. This soupy stir fry is made using scrambled eggs, century egg and salted egg and comes in a delicious broth. Apparently it is quite popular with the Chinese communities in Malaysia and Singapore. The broth in this one was absolutely delicious and we made sure to spoon up every last drop. The peppers and shitake mushrooms also added a nice dimension to the dish.
The first egg is fairly simple – scrambled egg cooked in the broth.
The second is century egg, which we just love. These eggs are preserved using a combination of clays, wood ash, salt, quicklime and rice hulls for weeks or months to achieve the final product. The whites take on a jelly-like consistently and become a deep amber colour while the yolk turns black and creamy.
Lastly, salted eggs are made by being preserved in brine or by packing them in salted charcoal. This makes the yolk rich and buttery, adding umami to any dish they are added to.
Crispy Chow Mein Noodle is always a winner in our eyes! The sauce was a silky contrast to the crunch of the noodles, the veg were cooked to perfection and the chicken was juicy and tender..
Not pictured is the very tasty peppered beef. Sometimes we get tired of food blogging and we just want to eat!
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