Good Eats and Hidden Gems: Sin Ming Industrial Estate Food Trail
We continue our exploration into our industrial heartlands to uncover good food and hidden gems! In today's trail, we will uncover a coffeeshop where toast is still done over charcoal and where you can see poh piah skin being made by hand. We will also showcase a stall making blue pea mee hoon kway and a cafe that serves a mean lu rou fan! So hit the play button and let's go!
there are two different styles of satay in Singapore. One is the Malay style and the other the Chinese style. I love them both, although, I do feel that Hokkien mee goes better with the Hainanese style pork satay. The two styles differ not only in the ingredients used for the marinade, but also in how the satay is grilled.
Mee rebus hasn't quite been on my foodie radar for quite a while now. The last time I wrote about mee rebus was way back in 2008! My childhood memory of mee rebus was one which my mum used to buy from a macik selling from her flat in Toa Payoh Lor 7. Mee rebus has always managed to conjure up nostalgia but seldom any intense craving, hence the long interlude.
This famously popular briyani stall is one of the most reclusive as well. Most people refer to it as the briyani in the coffeeshop next to Golden Mile Food Centre. The stall doesn't have a signboard and most people don't even know that it is called "Koothurar" restaurant. If there is any stall in Singapore that doesn't need extra publicity, then this is it.
I just realized that I hardly know anything about Malay food. Sure, I am familiar with nasi lemak and there are several dishes at the nasi padang stall which I order regularly, but my knowledge of the history of our local Malay food is barely at the pre-school level. I met some Malay friends recently and had a very interesting conversation with them which sparked a new found interest in Malay cuisine.
Nasi lemak has got to be one of my top ten best breakfast idea of all time! It might seem like a simple dish of coconut rice, chilli, fried egg and ikan bilis, but a mouthful of fragrant rice mixed with the sweet chilli and a few slivers of ikan bilis is as tasty as any Michelin Star meal in my books!
At 50 cents each, you would be hard pressed to find a cheaper, more satisfying shiokness anywhere else. This simple snack of curried potatoes wrapped in a crispy shell and a cup of teh tarik might not make it as a course in a degustation menu, but no Singaporean would deny that it really does hit all the right gastronomic spots!
So far Cendol Melaka comes closest to the one I remember from Teochew Cendul in Penang. It is the type that is sold along the streets of Malaysia. Light, refreshing with just a pinch of salt to give it that rounded mouth feel. Nobody would ever dare say that it is as good as the best ones in Malaysia but it is certainly amongst the best that you can find here in Singapore.
There is nothing more satisfying than roti prata and teh tarik for breakfast. To have this at a roadside coffeeshop is the quintessential breakfast for me. Oh, I do love the American breakfast, wanton mee, black carrot cake, kaya toast and nasi lemak for breakfast too, but somehow, roti prata is just extra special. It […]