Posts Tagged ‘you tiao’
Before I left Singapore we had another Singapore Food Tour (seriously, you could probably have an infinite amount of these in Singapore – there are so many places to eat).
Actually, wait. I have a few, unrelated things to purge from my brain.
– Yesterday I found a dead frog on the table in one of the conference rooms at work. Dis.gust.ing. How did it get there? No one knows.
– I am totally obsessed with watching Top Chef All Stars. I DVR each episode and then watch it about 5 million times. No, not just because of Dale Talde. (Although it’s a nice bonus.) The challenges are freakin’ crazy this season and you got some pretty badass chefs on the show. Except for Jamie who keeps flying under the radar…
– My brother got me the Momofuku book for Christmas and now I really, really want to try the cereal milk custard and the ramen.
– I’m leaving for a trip to Asia in a few days and I’m not packed at all.
– I wore boots over my jeans for the first time 2 days ago. I’m still recovering.
– I hate this laptop.
Okay, I feel better. Where were we?
Singapore. Food Tours. Let’s talk about it.
My post-stomach flu weight loss was for naught since I spent all of last weekend indulging in some of the tastiest food I’ve had in awhile. From beer spiked with kalamansi and pandan to a late night supper of marmite pork ribs and moon hor fun (boo I forgot my camera, guess I’ll have to go again) to a Sunday brunch of dim sum, I was living the Singapore life last weekend.
I have to say, it was pretty nice.
Sunday brunch was not what I had initially intended. In fact, I told Sarah that I was down for lunch as long as it included pancakes or waffles. But theeeeeen, in between bites of pork ribs, I asked Vinny’s buddy, Anand, (he of butter crab fame) where I should have brunch the next day and he said Red Star Restaurant. And seriously. If someone takes you to butter crab and then introduces you to shrimp paste fried chicken, you’re gonna take his brunch suggestion to heart and throw those darn pancakes right out the window.
Homestretch now. Here’s quick rundown of other eats that are not quite full-post worthy but certainly not to be ignored.
Number 1: Korean Cartoon Horse Candy
If you go to Korea please get me some of this grape flavored, horse cartoon-stamped candy. I jacked this tube from Jlin. She didn’t seem to mind so much. They’re like Sweettarts except not chalky or tart. Lots of good artificial grape flavor.
Hypothetically, if you find yourself coming out of one of those 24 hour karaoke places in Taipei at 5:45 in the morning, you can go straight to breakfast.
You could even get Taiwanese breakfast – the kind that comes with you tiao aka oil sticks aka deliciousness and hot steamy soy milk in a bowl.
It would probably, most likely cost you a little over a dollah (just an educated guess). Hypothetically, you would enjoy, in that binging-after-a-long-night-of-debauchary kind of way, dipping the crunchy, donut-like, deep fried sticks in the yummy soy milk. You might have the entire meal on a few rickety stools on some random sidewalk. The other diners would probably be far more rested than you and eye you suspiciously. You would just continue with the slurping.
We rolled up to the Hong Kong YMCA (which btw is surprisingly nice) pretty late. Good thing we were with Jen who knows this part of HK like the back of her Cantonese hand. We ended up at Macau Restaurant which you can tell is a good choice since it was 10pm and still poppin with lots of locals pulling up stools.
I *think* this is a honey lemon drink. Although, I feel like it was more complicated than that. In any case, it’s listed as one of their specialties, I ordered it iced, and I thought it was nicely refreshing. Extra points that it was served in one of those old school metal diner cups.