Archive for January, 2010
I love Katong Laksa, it has to be the one of the hawker food I have eaten the most since coming to Singapore. For me, having a good bowl of piping hot laksa with a can of ice cool Sarsi under a hot weather is a bliss. And it’s a great way to experience the common daily life of an average Singaporean too. I aim to try all the delicious laksa in the island before I head back to Malaysia, because it will definitely be on my list of missed Singapore food.
When it comes to popularity, without a shout of a doubt 328 Katong Laksa @ East Coast Road has it. The shop’s wall is full of photos of famous Hong Kong and Taiwan celebrities who have eaten here and given their share of thumbs up. However, famous as they might be, for me it’s only the taste that matters most.
In Klang, Taman Intan is no doubt one of the popular places to hunt for Bak Kut Teh. Aside being near to the toll exit (easy to find) it is also a concentrated area of Bak Kut Teh shops with some pretty good ones too like Fong Keow and Hok Lai.
Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh is also a crowd favorite at Taman Intan. From what I observed I feel it is the most popular around with the most customers. But it’s amusing to me that the shop is actually located at Taman Intan. The same applies for the other shops that claim to sell ‘Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh’ but the shop is just no where around Teluk Pulai!
So to satisfy my own curiosity I went to Teluk Pulai in search of an authentic Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh. And I found one called Klang Lek Bak Kut Teh. Established back in the 70s, it is one of the oldest surviving Bak Kut Teh shop around. The shop looked modest and simple, and what delighted me the most was perhaps the lack of crowd, or should I say no crowd at all – hence a very peaceful meal.
The huge yet tender chunks of meat were greatly appreciated and the soup was tasty with a signature Klang Bak Kut Teh taste. You would know exactly what I am talking about if you have had experience with Klang’s Bak Kut Teh.
If I had this in Klang Valley I would have praised it sky-high. But the fact is I was having it in Klang, birth place of Bak Kut Teh so I had to set the bar much higher. Because when I compared Lek with Ah Her Bak Kut Teh that we had later that day at Pandamaran, there’s simply no fight. But at least you will not be disappointed, that’s for sure.
Klang Lek Bak Kut Teh
27, Jalan Teluk Pulai,
Operating hours: 7:30 am to 9:00 pm
After spending hours researching for a good and affordable dim sum restaurant in Singapore, finally I chose to dine at Red Star Restaurant located at Chin Swee Road, somewhere near Chinatown. It was a tough decision really, because there are so many dim sum restaurants to choose from and all of them have their fare share of good and bad comments. And none seemed to stand out, well except those that are situated in a fancy hotel that is just too expensive for my blood.
Judging by the huge number of customers at an odd lunch hour, I felt I have made a good call in choosing Red Star. There were about one hundred big and small tables to accommodate high turnover. But there was still a bee line queue at the entrance.
Being an old restaurant, the ambiance at Red Star is traditional and oozed the 80s feelings. Push carts were still being used, said to be rare sight in Singapore nowadays. Each dim sum either steamed or fried was priced between $3 and $4, depending on its portion and specialty.
Starting with the nicest dim sum we had that day.. the Char Siew Sou had one of the flakiest pastry I ever tasted. You could really feel the puff pastry layers, so delightful! This is highly recommended, a must try.
The Egg Tarts were delicious too. Like the Char Siew Sou, they had a very nice flaky pastry as well. And being freshly baked, the egg tarts were aromatic with warm custard that tasted just right – not too sweet.
Steamed pork ribs had always given me an impression of being salty and bony but Red Star’s version was nothing like that. The flavor was just right with a hint of spiciness and the meat was tender albeit a little fatty.
Bel Pasto is an Italian restaurant in Kepong that is run by real Italian chefs. The restaurant in Kepong is actually Bel Pasto’s second branch, with the first established at Aman Puri not too far away. Initially, I thought Bel Pasto had something to do with pasta because of the word similarity but it actually means ‘nice meal’.
Being in an Italian restaurant, it’s only natural that we tried their pasta. After all, it is their staple food. Fettucini Salmone @ RM19.50 was faithfully prepared according to typical Italian recipe. The al dente pasta, generous chunks of salmon and Parmesan cheese made made it an enjoyable dish even though I am not a pasta fan. We felt the price was a little expensive though.
We also had a bowl of Mushroom Soup @ RM6.80 but personally, I didn’t like it because of the bitterness of the wild mushroom used.
The Hawaiian Pizza @ RM15.50 was great, baked thin crust just the way I like it with loads of cheese melted on top. There’s really nothing to complain about.