Posts Tagged ‘street food’

One of the best Satays (Sate) Ever!!!

In Eating out, Indonesia, Outside Dubai, snacks n bites on March 30, 2012 at 07:19

This is really one of south-east asian snacks that always makes it to my blog whenever I’m in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia or even Thailand. It is just something about that little skewer of meat/seafood/offal that has been seasoned and freshly grilled to be eaten with or without an accompanying sauce. This is comfort food on the most basic level and I guess the nostalgic or sentimental appeal would most probably be tracked back to grandma who is dearly departed but greatly missed.

Grandma was such a wonderful cook who had a great love for street food too. I guess that’s the origin of my love of the simple yet fulfilling street foods. Enough of the memories, time to get back to the point. scrumptious sate from Bali!!!

This little non-assuming stall in the corner of Seminkak serves one of the best and I really do mean one of the best versions of sate that I have eaten in a very very long time. Unlike other stalls, the meats are seasoned only when you make the order and the dip is also made fresh. So be ready to wait even if there seems to be on one in the queue. Apparently, the locals call in to order via phone before swinging by to pick up their sate.

There’s the sate that we packed away and enjoyed back home after our flight from Bali lolz … It was so good we returned every nite but we only managed to have it one more time before we left as the stall owners did not have fixed opening houses and they opened and closed the stall as they please!!!

I will definitely be back for more on my next trip to Bali … Ps that 50 sticks of sate only only be SGD$5 or AED14 what a bargain!!!


Indonesian Fav – Nasi Goreng Istimewa

In Eating out, Indonesia, Outside Dubai on March 17, 2012 at 12:28

A really simple but satisfying meal that can be found from the humblest street warung or stall to the very best restaurants with as many variations as there are family recipes. It is, after all, a dish that often makes use of leftover rice, meat, seafood and vegetables.

Nasi goreng, literally meaning “fried rice” in Indonesian, can refer simply to fried pre-cooked rice, a meal including stir fried rice in small amount of cooking oil, typically spiced with kecap manis, shallot, garlic, tamarind and chilli and accompanied with other ingredients, particularly egg, chicken and prawns.

This is found in a food court that is pretty near to the CGK airport but I can’t seem to recall the exact location. A fresh coconut is always a great match for the rice. A most satisfying meal that didn’t cost too much. But personally I would have preferred having the street version but my colleagues were not too keen to risk the streets 😦

Indian Butter Chicken with Garlic Nann

In Eating out, India, Outside Dubai on March 12, 2012 at 07:48

This is one of my all time favorite indian dishes, it is something that I can order whenever I get lost on what I should order when I’m in South-Asia! My old standby that has yet to fail me so far from the small little shack by the road to the poshest room service menu!

Butter chicken (or murgh makhani) is part of the Pakistani cuisine & Indian cuisine, popular in countries all over the world. The origins of butter chicken can be traced back to a Punjabi restaurant called Moti Mahal in Delhi. Butter Chicken is regarded to have been first introduced by Moti Mahal in Daryaganj, Delhi. It’s also believed that Butter Chicken has been eaten in India for more than a thousand years. Butter chicken is usually served with naan, roti, parathas, roomali roti or steamed rice.

Not so good news for my health as it is not the healthiest dish around with generous amount of butter in each serving! This one is off the streets from a famous little shack according to my host and yes we had to wait like 30 minutes for it and this was well worth the wait! The chicken was super tender and the spicy mix was divine! The only let down was that the garlic nann that was not as flavorful as it should be and was served to us cold!!! Thank god the chicken made up for it!

Soon Heng Rojak

In Eating out, Food from Home, Outside Dubai, singapore, snacks n bites on March 10, 2012 at 10:23

I have been away from home for way way way too long when I can stumble upon a famous hawker stall and not know how good it is till I take the time to check out on the stall name after I get home cos I had such good food that day.

This is the story for Soon Heng Rojak for me. I ended at Toa Payoh as I had some errands that landed me there. I noticed this endless queue and the curious ole me decided to join to queue to see what the fuss was about, the worst case would just be some overhyped food stall rojak, the best case would be yet another gem found. Not much to lose, since I had time to kill.

25 minutes of queuing later, I got what I had been waiting for. My very own plate of the Rojak! For SGD$5 it is a pretty generous plate of youtao, beancurd puff, cucumber, pineapple, cuttlefish, century egg, bean sprouts and kangkong that is smoothed in prawn paste and peanut sauce. The cuttlefish was a nice addition that was pretty much of a surprise as not many rojak places include this ingredient!

Was it worth a drive to the other side of the island? Well I wouldn’t make a trip just to have this but should I be in the neighbourhood, I wouldn’t mind queuing for this.

I scream for ice-cream prata!!!

In Eating out, Food from Home, Outside Dubai, singapore, snacks n bites on March 5, 2012 at 10:51

This is a place from my high school days, where we would hang out after school, Mr Prata on Evans Road.

The place has not changed much since those days and I’m glad that the prices haven’t changed all that much too! It is still a nice place to hang out and chill with good frenz.

This is the ice-cream prata … a tissue-like prata with sugar , sprinklers, chocolate sauce and strawberry ice-cream treat! Do we love it ? Yes we did, and yes we ordered seconds and yes we have made arrangements to come back for more!

Singapore Fried Noodles in Hyderabad

In Eating out, India, Outside Dubai on March 1, 2012 at 11:44

Yes, I’m back in india again! This time I’m in Hyderabad! Met some nice fun people on the course of work here and had a meal at the staff canteen before heading back to Dubai.

When my new friends realized that I was from Singapore, they ordered Singapore Fried Noodles for me as a surprise as they thought that I was probably sick of all the curry after 1 week there! It was really sweet of them to do that but I realized that most people don’t know that this dish doesn’t really originate from Singapore.

This was a bowl of rice noodles that had been stir fried with eggs, onions, carrots and cabbage. A refreshing change from the curries that I have been having.

Thai Basil Chicken with Rice – (Gai Pad Krapow)

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, thailand on February 16, 2012 at 12:00

Yet another simple meal in Thailand. I just love the simplicity of thai street food and would prefer this to a nice high end restaurant meal. Thai basil chicken is a spicy dish with ground chicken, basil leaves, and chilies. Basil chicken is great with rice is definitely best-bang-for-your-buck.

This dish is also from the BSA cargo canteen and costs only 25THB. Cheap, yummy and fulfilling, How much more can one ask for?

Room service @ The Park Lane Jakarta

In Eating out, Indonesia, Outside Dubai, snacks n bites on February 13, 2012 at 11:30

Yet another busy busy busy day that didn’t leave me with much time to eat. Back to back meetings have always been a meal-killer. What I always love to have in asia especially is the street foods that are plentiful, delicious and almost never disappoints. It’s sad to be in one of my favorite cities and not be able to enjoy their rich street food culture but as such is life. At least I get to snack on satay in my room lolz

Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup 成基黑鸡补品 Kidney Rice Noodles (yo ji mee sua)

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on February 6, 2012 at 12:26

This used to be one of our supper places of choice in the days when we still used to club a fair bit. With the crazy work and travel schedule, it is suffice to say that clubbing takes a backseat to the rest of the stuff that I have to do.

Seng Kee has been the place to go to when we need to get some of this yummy stuff known as Yo Ji Mee Sua. It sounds like something out of fear factor but infact if you are chinese, you would probably have no qualms about wolfing a whole bowl of this down.

It contains a mixture of pig organs and lean pork cooked in a yummy herbal soup … another item that I have to skip for now sobs

Ps if you happen to be early enough you might be lucky enough to score some of this yummy satay too!

BUMBU BALI Restaurant – Rijsttafels

In Eating out, Indonesia, Outside Dubai on February 3, 2012 at 10:41

The BUMBU BALI Restaurant is one Balinese institution that you should definitely visit if you are ever in the area. I know that detractors would say that the best food can be found at a fraction of the price on the street but if you have limited time and would like to have a snapshot of how Balinese food is like then this is the place to be. It has always been our family’s must visit list everytime we are in Bali!

They have been around since 1997 and has been known to serve Balinese food the way you find it prepared in Balinese homes or during traditional ceremonies so some pomp and ceremonies can be expected when you dine here. Aside from this, I love the fact that they are also a cooking school that arranges for visits to the local markets to join them to shop for the ingredients that they would be using for the day but be warned you need to really wake up early for this as all the shopping would be complete like by eight in the morning! Ps the hotel pick up was at five-thirty in the morning but I had so much fun that day that I forgot to take photos during my class.

If you have no idea of what to eat I would really recommend rijsttafel. The Indonesian rijsttafel , a Dutch word that literally translates to “rice table”, is an elaborate meal adapted by the Dutch from the Indonesian feast called nasi padang. It consists of many side dishes served in small portions, accompanied by rice prepared in several different ways. Popular side dishes include egg rolls, sambals, satay, fish, fruit, vegetables, pickles, and nuts. In most areas where it is served, such as Indonesia, the Netherlands, and other areas of heavy Dutch influence ), it is known under its Dutch name.

Despite that the dishes served on rice table are undoubtedly Indonesian, the rijsttafel’s origins were colonial. During their occupation of Indonesia, the Dutch introduced the rice table not only so they could enjoy a wide array of dishes at a single setting but also to impress visitors with the exotic abundance of their colony.

Rijsttafels strive to feature an array of not only flavors and colors and degrees of spiciness but also textures, an aspect that is not commonly discussed in Western food. Such textures may include crispy, chewy, slippery, soft, hard, velvety, gelatinous, and runny.