Friday, July 11, 2008

Things I'm surprised I haven't eaten yet...

Even though it's been only a little over a week since I've been home, there are some things I'm almost outraged that I haven't gotten round to eating. I'm usually militant when it comes to hitting all my favorite food joints within a week of coming back, so the fact that I haven't yet consumed almost all of everything I've been dying to eat this past year is virtually sacrilegious...
1. Chicken rice (!): For the past few years, this has almost always been the first local food I eat when we return. For some reason, it's been 10 days, and I haven't even come close to a chicken rice stall. (Crossing this out thanks to my dearest dad and Yet Con Chicken Rice!)
2. Bak chor mee: When it comes to this dear humble noodle favorite, only the best will do. And nothing says welcome home like a bowl of vinegary, savory, springy noodles with pork and dumplings like Tai Wah does it.
3. Hokkien mee: Hello, where have all the good Hokkien Mee stalls gone?
4. Peranakan food: While it's fairly easy to find or recreate Chinese food back in A2, Peranakan food is a whole other ball game altogether. A fusion of Chinese and Malay cooking, the spices and ingredients of Peranakan cuisine are not only unique to the region, it also involves painstaking steps that are just a tad intimidating. But I do love it so and can't wait to have my fill before I miss it again for another year.
5. BBQ chicken wings: Ask Jude, nobody loves them BBQ chicken wings like Serene Koh :)
6. A good seafood meal from Palm Beach: And not just because it's family... Think delicious, succulent steamed prawns, the freshest fish lightly dressed in soy sauce, and the most luscious chilli crabs you will find this side of South-east Asia. I think I'm blogging myself into a virtual frenzy here...
7. Fish-head bee hoon and har jeong kai (shrimp paste fried chicken): This may not very appealing, but oh trust me, a more comforting combination of tasty soup noodles and greasy deliciousness you will not find.
8. My mom's hae cho (prawn and pork rolls): Ok, this just means I need to work my "but-I-haven't-been-home-in-a-year-and-I-do-love-you-so" wiles more :)

3 comments:

the terrible child said...

i brought my friends to eat yet con the night they landed in singapore. shiok la! eat the hainanese pork chop and the steamboat toooooo!

serene said...

My dear father "ta-pao"ed the chicken rice so no pork chop and steamboat, unfortunately... :( But there WILL BE a next time for sure! :)

the terrible child said...

we go to swa garden first yea? cold crab, braised duck, crayfish... oodles of teochew goodness.