Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Good food and heritage at the Big Eat Out!
As pointed out by Kimberly's post titled Eat to your heart's content at Explore Singapore!, Explore Singapore! together with HungryGoWhere.com hosted its first charity event, HungryGoWhere.com Big Eat Out!, at The Peranakan Museum last Saturday, 22 November 2008. I have had quite a bit of fun sampling some good food and visiting the Peranakan Museum. Furthermore, I get to contribute a part to charity.
I dedicate this post to one of my friends, RL. May the sight of nice hawker food bring her delight and simple joy.
One particular food that I wanted badly to have at the HungryGoWhere.com Big Eat Out! was the Hill Street Char Kway Teow. Many years ago, when it was still operating at Hill Street, it was one of my favourite stalls to patronise whenever I happened to be nearby Hill Street. It brought me lovely sense of nostalgia when I could finally taste it at the Big Eat Out!. On a regular day, I won't make a special trip to Blk 16 Bedok South Road to eat it due to the lack of cost effectiveness. Yet, there was nothing to stop me from spending three coupons to treat myself to a nice, hot plate of Hill Street Char Kway Teow, that was fried with care and thought. Yummy! Can you smell the piping hot nice Char Kway Teow?
Hill Street Fried Kway Teow
Blk 16, Bedok South Road, #01-187
Opened for lunch till about 4pm. Then around 6pm till all he runs out of food.
Closed on Mondays
I had read about Kwong Satay but had not tried it before. So at the Big Eat Out!, I ordered a plate of Kwong Satay. Interestingly, Kwong Satay sells pork loin satay. I am biased. In general, I do not eat red meat, particularly pork, nowadays. As such, I did not enjoy the Kwong Satay as much as I had enjoyed the Hill Street Fried Kway Teow. To be fair, if I had enjoyed red meat, I would have love the satay for its tender texture.
396 East Coast Road
12pm to 9pm
Closed on Mondays
I have also heard raving reviews of the Peranakan dishes from PeraMakan. As such, I made it a point to sample its dishes. As I do not wish to eat red meat, the choice was clear for me to try its Ayam Buah Keluak. The serving that I was given had more chicken and had no Buah Keluak. While I was feeling a little disappointed not seeing any Buah Keluak, the sauce that was derived from the Buah Keluak made up for any disappointment. The sauce was great! That made the dish fabulous to the tastebuds.
Peramakan Level 3 Keppel Club
10 Bukit Chermin Road
Open for lunch and dinner
While enjoying my food, I walked about the fair. For every $5 spent at Explore Singapore! event, one would be given a chance to win a Subara Forester. That made me wonder why I wasn't given any lucky draw coupon when I was purchasing quite a number of coupons from the Big Eat Out! event. Anyway, the kind soul shall be blessed in other pleasant ways, I suppose?
Another must-try dish that I must have was the Kway Guan Huat Popiah. I can't figure out what makes it nice, just simply get one and try it for yourself.
Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat
Original Poh Piah Skin & Kueh Pie Tee
95 Joo Chiat Road
Open 10am to 8pm daily
Closed on Mondays
I was quite attracted to the Old Chang Kee's van. There were also many other delicious food available. However, by that time, I was too full to eat any more food. That was the disadvantage of attending such events alone: I had no one to share the food with. Anyway, I preferred being alone that day to have some time for myself. Perhaps it would be good for future such events to offer smaller servings? Then everyone can enjoy a bit of every kind of food available while contributing to charity. I was glad that I brought along ear-plugs that had helped to protect me from the deafening noises from the speakers. My sense of hearing is precious, so is yours.
Aside from enjoying the good food, I had the pleasure to visit the Peranakan Museum. The Mark Lee's tour was so popular that all places were reserved by the late morning. As such, yours truly had no privilege to be onboard Mark Lee's tour. Anyway, that was alright with me. I went on a tour of my own and was enjoying the company of myself. For now, let the photos tell the story of my visit to the Peranakan Museum.
For more about Explore Singapore! 2008, please visit http://exploresingapore.com.sg