Economical Breakfast

I woke up at 5am this morning, got into my running gear (oh well, walking shoes, remember I got them when I had BlackBalls?) and waited for my buddy to call. Our appointment was at 6am but he had overslept. 7.45am and he’s finally here but there’s no time for our run as we had other commitments later in the morning so we went for breakfast instead. We drove to Tiong Bahru area, the place where I ate Wanton Mee a week ago. Tiong Bahru is an old neighbourhood and most hawkers have been there for decades. The consistency and quality (taste wise not necessarily hygiene) of their food are impeccable! We drove round and round looking for parking space but after 15 minutes, we gave up.

I used to attend primary school near this area and it hit me that I have never been to Beo Crescent Market, another old neighbourhood, for breakfast before. We managed to get there with the help of Lucy (our christianed GPS device), quickly found a parking lot at the top floor of the multi-storey carpark and it’s big breakfast here we come!

The Beo Crescent Neighbourhood where I had lots of primary school classmates living in this area.

The Beo Crescent Neighbourhood where I had lots of primary school classmates living in this area then. Perhaps they parents still do and I may bump into someone I knew. Well, I didn’t.

Newer HDB (government subsidised) flats sprung up around one of Singapore's oldest neighbourhood. Some of my primary friends may be living there. There's further subsidy when children move into flats near their parents.

Newer HDB (government subsidised) flats sprung up around one of Singapore’s oldest neighbourhood. Some of my primary friends may be living there. There’s further subsidy when children move into flats near their parents.

Big Breakfast.

You’ve probably had Big Breakfast at MacDonald’s before but a big breakfast in Singapore looks something like this.

I looked around for the longest queue among the stalls to cue me what to eat. What I had to order from the long queue wasn’t disappointing at all! In fact, it was good. Very good indeed! I will come again to try the other stalls.

Soybean Milk came first and after 10 minutes of queueing, the Economical Fried Bee Hoon arrived.

Soybean Milk was self-served so no waiting time. Next stop… after 10 minutes of queueing, the Economical Fried Bee Hoon arrived – also self service.

Economical Bee Hoon is actually rice vermicelli fried with light and dark soy along with some beanshoots (bean sprouts aka taugeh).

Economical Bee Hoon is actually rice vermicelli fried with light and dark soy along with some beanshoots (bean sprouts aka taugeh), eaten with pickled green cut chillies and chilli sauce.

But like I said, Singaporeans just love to eat and luxuriate their foods.

But like I said before, Singaporeans just love to eat and luxuriate their foods.

So here we have add-ons, haha... Deep-fried crispy silver baits,

So here we have add-ons, haha… Deep-fried crispy Silver Baits (top right), Otah Otah – a spicy fish paste, terrine-like in texture, charcoal grilled in coconut leaves (longish looking on the left), Fish Cake (whitish looking round, already sliced into 3 chunky bits) and Luncheon meat (bottom of picture).

And if you love to have variety like me, then one plate of food is never enough, right! What other food have I got there?

And if you love to have variety like me, then one plate of food is never enough, right! What other food have I got here? Kopi C which is actually Indonesian Coffee Beans roasted with butter and sugar, and the “C” in Kopi C stands for Carnation Evaporated Milk (Carnation is a brand name popular in Singapore). The sugar sachet was served on the side as most Singaporeans are very health conscious these days. Understanding hawkers try to accomodate and respect that lifestyle.

Plain porridge with boiled peanuts are normally eaten with plain fried economic beehoon but I couldn't find any that day so I settled for Chicken Congee with Alkaline Squid and Century Egg instead.

Plain porridge with boiled peanuts is normally eaten with plain fried economic beehoon but I couldn’t find any that day so I settled for Chicken Congee with Alkaline Squid and Century Egg instead.

Chinese Cruellers (You Char Kueh aka You Tiao), Fried Shallots, Shallot Oil and Spring Onions topped the congee as garnishings.

Chinese Cruellers (You Char Kueh aka You Tiao), Fried Shallots, Shallot & Sesame Oil and Spring Onions topped the congee as garnishings.

Happy meal now completed with happy face!

Happy meal now completed with happy face!
Ham Chin Peng, the “eyes” – right side is the 5-spiced savoury dough fritter while the left “eye” is sweet with red bean paste filling. The “nose” is Curry Puff with curried potato filling and bits of chicken meat and a quarter slice of hard-boiled egg. The “smile” is Banana Fritter known as Goreng Pisang locally.

I had a wonderful breakfast today! How’s yours?

Economic Beehoon.

Economic Beehoon.

Economic Bee Hoon Recipe (serves 2-3)
Ingredients:
225g Bee Hoon (Rice Vermicelli), soaked in warm water for 30 minutes or until fully constituted, drained and set aside.
1 heaped tablespoon minced Garlic.
1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil.
100g Beansprouts (optional), pluck off tails, rinse well, drained and set aside.

Soy Sauce Seasonings:
250ml Water.
1 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce, or according to taste.
1 tablespoon Dark Soy Sauce, more if you like darker.
A few dashes of White Pepper Powder, optional.

Method:
1. Heat the wok, add oil and sautee the garlic till pale and opaque in colour.

2. Add the bee hoon, fluff with chopsticks or tongs to mix well with oil.

3. Add the soy sauce mixture, making sure the noodles are well coated to get even colour and taste.

4. Cook till the noodles have soaked up all the water and is of a dry fluffy consistency, about 5 to 10 minutes on medium heat.

5. If using Beansprouts, add them into the wok 3 minutes before vermicelli is cooked. The seasonings and texture of noodles/sprouts are up to your desired taste. Add less/more and cook shorter/longer time accordingly. This is the beauty of Asian cooking – agak agak or guesstimation is a wonderful cooking term 🙂

Happy breakfasting 🙂

Beo Crescent Market - wet market and food centre under one roof.

Beo Crescent Market – wet market and food centre under one roof.

Beo Crescent Market & Food Centre
Block 38A Beo Crecsent
Singapore 169982.

Click here for map to Beo Crescent Market.

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Comments
6 Responses to “Economical Breakfast”
  1. lignumdraco says:

    That’s a very large breakfast indeed! And it looks tasty.

  2. Sofia says:

    Sorry do you usually get up at 5am to go jogging? Because if you do I truly admire you.
    Now I have a nother thing with you on our list of things to do: breakfast!

  3. renxkyoko says:

    Ah, I learned something. In the Philippines, we call the noodles bijon and the mung bean toge. I think I should start posting some food dishes. I so want to do that, but my blog does not have a theme. I’ll do that sometime in the future.

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