This might have been the second time since I’ve had a papusa. A papusa is a flat spongy bread filled with vegetables or meat.
Originally from El Salvador, I’ve been noticing papuserias here and there.
I ordered the papusa with pork and cheese. It was served with salsa and guacamole.
I liked it.
The cucumber mint lemonade was very good.
I went to Manchester, a city near Long Beach for a job interview.
I saw this odd building across the street from the park where the farmers’ market was located.
One of my favorite Chinese dishes, this attempt did not measure up to my standards, but my parents liked it.
However, I know what I did wrong, so next time, the attempt will be successful.
For the broth in which to boil the pork I places a chopped up scallion and a small handful of Sichuan peppercorns.
Instead of using pork belly (which I should have used) I used pork loin which was way too lean. This recipe needs fatty pork. So I cooked the pork in the pot for twenty minutes.
Meanwhile, I had chopped up scallions, garlic, ginger and dried birds eye chilies.
I took the cooked pork from the pot.
Then I sauté the ginger and garlic in the wok. When the ginger began to turn golden brown I added the pork.
I then added chopped leeks, chilies and scallions.
At this point I should have cooked this down a bit. Instead I added bell peppers. I also added a mix of soy sauce and sugar.
It added too much sweetness to the dish. Twice cooked pork should be about spice and fat. It might have tasted fine, but I was disappointed. Next time I know what to do.
One of my last dinners in Singapore, well a week prior to my departure was a feast at a Northeast Chinese restaurant in Chinatown.
Cucumbers with garlic and vinegar came first.
Fried beans with pork and spicy chicken came next.
I loved the dou miao sprouts which were steamed with garlic. Twice-cooked pork was excellent as only bacon can be.
Grilled mutton and chicken hearts came next. The grilled meats were rubbed with cumin. The grilled bread was a little much.
It was an excellent dinner.
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.
In class I was singing the praises of Mexican food and I agreed to take the class to Señor Taco in Clarke Quay to try some 墨西哥菜.
I must admit, while not cheap, Señor Taco makes decent Mexican fare.
The two on the left were filled with pulled pick, cilantro, pickled onions and then topped with chicharrones (fried pig skin). The sour pickles complemented the rich and earthy pork. On the right was a carnitas taco and it was garnished with pickled onions and jalapeños.
In little more than a month I will be leaving Singapore for California, where good Mexican food abounds.
Last Friday I wanted to eat Chinese food. I was in Bugis after working out at the California Fitness that could close at any time. I mean go out of business.
On the second floor of Bugis Junction is a Hong Kong style-restaurant, Wong Kok Char Chan Teng, which I’ve never actually visited. Anyway, I ate there and this is what I ate.
Stir fried pork, instant noodles, bok choy and a fried egg that flew out of the kitchen.
I liked the corn soup which came out of the kitchen a minute after my order was taken.
The fried pork patties served with salted yolk sauce were delicious, salty and savory. This is how I fell in love with salted yolk sauce.
Salted lemonade is better than it sounds. It’s made with Sprite and salted lemon peel.
The menu was vast, yet the food was good. I’ll be leaving Singapore in six weeks and this place deserves another visit.