Friday, May 27, 2011

It just ain't the same

I have just returned from a trip from Singapore where, as usual, the itinerary consisted of the next destination to eat, the tight timeslots for snacking and a whole lotta satisfaction.

And whilst it can often be easy to forget the food that you miss whilst living in a different country to the one you grew up in, I have found with every visit a clear reminder that some things will always be better in Asia... full stop.

One of my favourite regular haunts of late everytime I am in Singapore is a coffeeshop just off the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. Whilst seemingly like just another of the many coffeeshops in Singapore on the outside, this eatery on a quiet street filled with loads of character boasts some of the most kickass char siew wanton mein (barbecued pork wanton noodles) ever... and I mean kick ass.

As a popular reality cooking show currently airing would describe, the "hero" of the dish here is without doubt the char siew. Perfectly sweet and caramelised with just the right amount of marbling in the melt in your mouth pork, this is truly something special that you realise will never be replicated in Australia.

The noodles here are also served al dente (which gets a big tick in my books) in a dark sweet soy sauce - perfectly balanced with a mild but savoury sambal chilli. The only let down would probably be the wantons here - not particularly memorable with not a whole lot of flavour... but then again, with the "hero" of this dish being so damn good - there'll be plenty to write home about before you return to your adopted country to realise, quite sadly, that some things will just never be the same.

Foong Kee Coffeeshop
6 Keong Saik Road


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