So much about trying to blog about my trip while being in Singapore… Now, I am back in Montreal and it has been two weeks! While leaving Singapore and changing the biological clock of my body have been hard, being back in my cosy nest with my dear boy is comforting. The first week was spent recuperating from jet-lag and I found myself adjusting back to my routine in the second week. Inevitably, I had to start cooking once again. I am not complaining since I am starting to enjoy the process of stirring up dishes of my preference. However, I do get frustrated when my end product doesn’t satisfy my taste buds.
How can I cook the local yummy cuisines of Singapore and Malaysia? My cousin-in-law who is a chef and runs his own small Chinese restaurant told me as a matter of fact, ‘the food outside tastes great because of mono sodium glutamate (MSG)’.
Part of me refuses to acknowledge this fact of unhealthiness. Yet there is certain truth in the correlation of the tastiness of the food and the amount of salt and MSG found in it. Despite all that is being said, I still miss the food back home! I thought I should just reminisce these glorious food.
Top 10 food I miss in no order of preference:
1. Chilli Crab
This creature from the sea comes in different shapes and sizes. No doubt, the bigger and heavier it is, the more expensive it gets. Aside from cooking the crab with chilli sauce, you may have them served with black pepper, salted egg or even butter and milk. Put away the utensils because this dish is best eaten with bare hands. Tuck in!
You may order a plate of 8, 10, 12 etc. sticks of satay. These are skewered and seasoned meat which are freshly grilled and served when ordered. The common meat used is chicken, beef, pork and mutton. Enjoy this stick of meat with a special peanut sauce together with ketupat (packed rice) and diced onions on the side.
3. Hokkien Noodles
These are fried noodles cooked in Hokkien (Fujian) style. This dish looks simple but the smell is tantalizing and teasing even to the non hungry soul.
4. Chicken Rice
The rice gives off a wave of aroma which is enough to make one salivate. You can choose to have either steam or roasted chicken. Having a mix of both is an option too! In Malacca, instead of a plate of rice, you will be served balls of rice.
4. Char Kway Teow
This is a dish of stir fried flat rice noodles with light and dark sauce. Other ingredients include bean sprouts, Chinese chives, lap cheong (Chinese sausages) and cockles. Some people react negatively to the cockles because of the distinct taste and smell so do not take it if you do not like it.
6. Fried Oyster Omelette
The omelette consists mainly of small oysters cooked with a batter of starch and egg. The spicy chilli sauce mixed with lime juice is a must-have as it provides the intense taste.
7. Fried Carrot Cake
This is definitely not the carrot cake that we have at a café as a dessert with cup of aromatic coffee. Instead, it is made with radish cake, stir-fried with eggs, preserved radish and other seasonings. You can choose the ‘white’ or ‘black’ version. The latter is sweetened by sweet sauce.
This is one of the healthier dishes and the quantity is just right for females who are afraid of the extra calories. The thin layer of skin is made from wheat flour. The ingredients wrapped in it consist of stir-fried turnip with bean sprouts, French beans and lettuce leaves. If you like it spicy, request for chilli to be included.
9. Teochew Porridge
Being a teochew girl, I have always enjoyed a bowl of hot teochew porridge with side dishes to go with it. Teochew cuisine is known for its lighter cooking style hence the dishes are usually steamed for example steamed promfet and braised duck. I usually do not stopped until my second bowl of porridge!
10. Xiao Wan Mian (or mini hotpot noodles)
Nothing fancy about this dish as you can find them in almost any hawker centres but I just love it! It comes with a bowl of soup with meat, fish cakes, crab sticks and an egg in it. Is it important for the noodles to be cooked just right so that it has a chewy texture. Even though Singapore is freaking hot and humid, it doesn’t deter me from having this bowl of delicious hot soup and noodles!
Other must try food are fish soup noodle (with milk), roti prata, wanton noodles, ee-mian, century egg pork porridge and the list goes on. Those who are thinking of visiting Singapore and Malaysia, you may want to lose a few pounds before the trip as you will put it back on within matters of days.
Signing off with love,