Singapore Noodles

For the three people who read this blog…huzzah!

Rejoice for I have moved to Hollywood and there are many interesting and inexpensive restaurants around. 

It’s close to kway teow, with plenty of bak kwah pork tossed with shrimp and scallions and mung bean sprouts. The shrimp was cooked perfectly. It was one of the best Asian dishes I’ve had in California.
It was very good.

I added all of that chili oil which wasn’t that fiery.

Now I know that los palillos means chopsticks (筷子). 

I started off with a huge seaweed salad. 

I recommend Noodle World.
It’s only two (!!!) blocks from my new apartment!


Pollo Tai Fideos 

I like the idea of fusion restaurants. Sometimes fusion can be amazing. I want to support establishments which do something different, however sometimes such efforts fail as was the case with these Thai noodles with chicken.

As I was strolling through Zona Roma in Mexico City a couple of weeks ago my curiosity was piqued by an interesting menu at a small cafe.

I deduced that nueces de la India were cashews. This bowl of noodles with soy sauce, cilantro, chilies and ginger could have been good. I couldn’t detect any noticeable Mexican influence in this dish as cilantro and chilies are used in both Thai and Mexican cookingz 

The bell peppers were mushy and I only found one sliver of a chili and two cashews. 

The menu looked good and I wanted to love the food.

The ginger soda was good.

Hong Kong Noodles

It was the last week for a number of students so I agreed to have lunch with them at Plaza Singapura. Not only was it a few minutes away, but the students took their time perusing the menu and I had to have my lunch much later in a to-go box.

Spicy and savory, there was squid, shrimp and chopped scallions in the noodles. Even warm, it was pretty good. 

Pork Meatball Noodle Soup (猪肉丸面汤)

Last Saturday I went to the food court on the fourth floor of 313 Somerset. It’s a Food Republic, a chain of food courts which usually have better stalls than the basic food court.

In the soup were meatballs, bok choy, noodles, an egg as well as fried leeks and anchovies. These made the sweetish broth much more savory. I added the chilies and it was pretty good. 
I ended up not eating the pickled vegetables as the soup was pretty filling.

I watched the Suicide Squad afterwards. It wasn’t very good. I just can empathize with mass murderers. 

Char Kway Teow (炒粿条)

A classic Singaporean dish originally served to workers, I had this tasty and huge plate of noodles in the Food Republic at 313 Somerset.

Wikipedia says: 

kway teow, literally “stir-fried ricecake strips”, is a popular noodle dish in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia.[1] The dish is considered a national favourite in Malaysia and Singapore.

It is made from flat rice noodles (河粉 hé fěn in Chinese) or kway teow (粿条 guǒ tiáo in Chinese) of approximately 1 cm or (in the north of Malaysia) about 0.5 cm in width, stir-fried over very high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chilli, a small quantity of belachan, whole prawns, deshelled blood cockles, bean sprouts and chopped Chinese chives. The dish is commonly stir-fried with egg, slices of Chinese sausage and fishcake, and less commonly with other ingredients.[2]Char kway teow is traditionally stir-fried in pork fat, with crisp croutons of pork lard. In Penang, Char kway teow commonly served on a piece of banana leaf on a plate.[3]

The medium portion was huge and I couldn’t finish it.

Spicy Noodles in Peanut Sauce (辣面的花生酱)

I should be eating more Chinese food as I will miss it when I leave this archipelago.

I had this delicious dinner at Crystal Jade La Mien in Bugis Junction. 

The fine noodles sat in a bowl of an amazing peanut chili sauce. There was also garlic and Sichuan peppers in the sauce. I loved it so much I drank the sauce  after I finished the noodles.

Then I was served drunken chicken.

This was incredible! Served cold, in a sauce of rice wine, the mellow chicken flavors pleased me greatly. The wolfsberries added tartness to the sauce. 

Sichuan cucumbers were delicious.

Iced pomelo tea was refreshing.