[SG] Amoy Street Food Centre

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lor Mee

On a wet and chilly afternoon (yes, I know this is not common of Singapore's weather, but it is the monsoon season!), the stomach has a strong craving for a hearty bowl of thick gravy lor mee. With a Hokkien origin to the dish, the thick gravy is mainly of corn starch, varied spices and eggs and covers the thick flat yellow noodles underneath. It is not complete without the addition of ngo hiang (composition of various types of minced meat seasoned with five-spice powder, rolled inside a beancurd skin and deep-fried), fish cakes, pork dumplings and a portioned egg slice. With a soup spoon full of red chili and vinegar, every mouthful gives a flavorsome burst. 

(+) Thick gravy and not overly pungent with spices.
(+) The starchy yellow noodles fortunately do not exude that typical 'gi' (ammonia) smell/taste.
(+) Deep fried ngo hiang and fish cakes are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
(+) Every mouthful gives a very well balanced array of tastes, so you dont get overwhelmed by spiciness for instance.
(+) The well portioned amount of vinegar was a good acidic stimulation to your taste buds and senses.

(-) Closes early at about 3pm and thankfully we bought the last bowl!
(-) Ngo hiang and meat pieces are bite-size portions, and foodies always do not mind more. 
(-) Not recommended for those who prefers a stronger oomph.

Verdict: 8.0/10
Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee, #02-79/80
Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road
Singapore 069111

Tau Suan

Tau Suan is a lovely delicacy to warm the stomach on a rainy afternoon, especially during the high-tea time when the sweet-tooth craving kicks you in the gut. Prowling rows after rows of stalls at the food centre, each seemingly offering a good amount of calories for my buck, I took attention of one dessert stall in particular. Plastered with newspaper clippings and dessert offerings, I realized that it has the classic Teochew Or-Nee with gingko nuts. Unfortunately, it was sold out and I settled for tau suan. 

Sidetracking slightly, tau suan is different from the usual green beans which many conveniently associate with. It is actually made up of split green (mung) beans, also known as moong dal. It has been de-husked and split which explains the 'yellow-ness' of the delicacy. 

(+) Hearty bowl of beans, slow-cooked and boiled till tender and soft, simply 'melt-in-your-mouth'.
(+) Well balanced composition in each bite, beans to soup that is.
(+) Large pieces of freshly fried you tiao (fried fritters), giving a good crispy crunch to the soft beans.
(+) Subtly sweet, so it would not make you rush for some mineral water to cleanse your throat and tastebuds.

(-) Slightly overpriced compared to other hawker stalls which typically sells at $1/bowl. This costs $1.40.

P.S: The uncle at the stall walked quite a distance from where I was seated to ask if I left a small carrier at his stall cos I was the last customer he served and was full of smiles always. Not to mention his tireless explanation of each type of his dessert which he and his wife prepare with pride. Will definitely return to try their signature or-nee with gingko nuts. 

Verdict: 8.5/10
真姐 Desserts - Ah Balling, #02-113
Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road
Singapore 069111

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