Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Golden Mile Food Centre - revisit with pictures

with colleagues...past and present

I blogged about this Golden Mile Food Centre in a no-picture post earlier, and remarked that this was an interesting mix of old traditional hawkers, and new yuppie ( we still use this word?) hawkers. Mixed in the Hokkien Mee, Soup Tulang and Bak Chor Mee, are the Belgian Waffles, Pizza, Pasta and Ice Cream stores.

So I returned to eat and take pictures.

The Fried Hokkien Mee I blogged about last time was still excellent. Strong flavours absorbed into each strand of noodle provided this fried noodle some extra punch. Gravy-less, this was to be the Hainanese version. Note the bits which are slightly charred on the noodles.

The last time I was here, I saw the long queue at the Beef Hor Fun stall, but was too full to sample a plate. This time I did.

The look of the hor fun was promising...seeing the uncle cook it over the hot stove and they way he tossed the gravy increased the anticipation a few notches. However, a hint of disappointment was suggested when I saw that he used pre-fried hor fun, and only the gravy was fried on order. I am afraid to report, the result was nothing to write home about and was quite ordinary. I did not find the wok hei which is prevalent in the version served by Prince at Coronation Plaza (albeit more expensive). The beef was quite tender, but lacking in flavour. The gravy did not have the essential wat tan (the way an egg is whisked into the starchy gravy and allowed just enough time to barely cook, and form strands so typical in those found in KL).

I also stood in line of the a stall which has an article...forget what is the source proclaiming that this was the "Best Bak Chor Mee" stall in Singapore. They also have Lor Mee, but since they were unashamed with their advertised moniker, I ordered the Bak Chor Mee, dry with mee kia.

It looked fantastic. $3 buys one a large bowl full of ingredients...2 deep fried wanton, 2 slices of pork liver, minced meat, a whole baby chye sim, two fish balls in soup. But the taste was fairly ordinary. The black vinegar was lacking in punch as well as bite. The chilli was mild. Disappointing.

But finally, we had dessert. We had Belgian Waffles with ice cream and chocholate dip. This was a stall which operates over 3 different units in the Food Centre. One for selling, and two others acting as a kind of factory.

An old uncle attended to us. We had coffee and caramel ice cream, and the waffle was cooked in an iron griddle, and cut into bite sized portions. It came with a superb chocholate dip - the choc was rather bitter, the way I liked it, and warm enough to be viscous enough to nicely coat the waffle. Cut a small piece of ice cream and together into the mouth...excellent. The dessert saved the day.

Hainan Hokkien Mee
No 34 Golden Mile Food Centre
11am to 2pm 3pm to 9pm
Closed on Wed

Beef Hor Fun
Golden Mile Food Centre
Opened 9am till about 8.30pm.
Closed Fridays.

Tong Ji Mian Shi
505 Beach Road
Golden Mile Food Centre
Monday & Friday 0930 - 1500, Tuesday - Sunday 0930 - 1930,
Off Day: Twice a Month on Saturday

The Sweet Stone Parad Ice
Golden Mile Food Centre
505 Beach Road #01-76
11.30am to 9.30pm

Photonotes: I am deciding if I should keep the magnification constant, so the reader would have an idea of the size of the food...I realise some of my shots are macro or near macro, and some are full plate shots...for e.g. in this post, the Belgian Waffles looked so small compared to the rest, when in real life they are more or less similar size.
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