Indian Street Food – SiraJ
I could barely remember but the first time I ate Indian Rojak, it was probably in my pre-teens at Rasa Singapura Food Centre, now defunct. It was located in Tanglin Road at Tudor Court, near The Regent, Singapore. It’s also been long time since I tasted Indian Mee Siam, not since the demolition of Taman Serasi Food Centre located opposite Singapore Botanical Gardens.
I went to Albert Complex Food Centre unplanned and no fixed cuisine came to mind but it was a blessing in the end. I got the chance to eat all my favourite Indian street food from this stall named Siraj. I do not know if they were famous or not (during their days in Waterloo) as claimed but the dining experience was very enjoyable indeed.
There was no rancid oil smell in their fare nor were the “flour” oily. Judging from the long queues and high turnover of customers patronising from this stall, I could understand why the rojak pieces were so fresh. However, I found the peanut sauce too be a little on the sweet side. The viscosity of the gravy was runny and that’s bad. I felt the sauce could be slightly richer. I felt the sauce could be slightly richer. I am not a food critic nor connoisseur, perhaps this is the traditional recipe that is being adhered to and I am pouting modern taste.
The Mutton Soup was aromatic; the meat richly infused from the spices, was tender. There’s not much visible fats detected and no thick oily layer in the bowl either. My only complaint is that they should have garnished this soup with some chopped coriander.
Mee Siam (shakes head). My friend slurped everything leaving me only a drop of the gravy. Not a strand of rice vermicelli was available. Only some broken yolks were in the plate. I did not get a chance to taste enough to review this dish. To be fair, I did tell him he could go ahead and eat it but I thought he would leave some for me. Assumptions! Well, you know what happens when one assume. ~ Sam
I was running late. My appointment with Chi Sao and the boys were to be in the morning for some street photography before heading for lunch and do a food photography session. Mike Tang brought wifey and his newborn son along so I only caught a glimpse of the baby as they were leaving the food centre. But my running late as to do with doctor’s appointment so I was forgiven, at least I forgave myself 😉
The boys were very patient with me and so I need to apologise, “Sorry guys”.
We walked through the very congested Albert Complex Food Centre, a hawker centre near two very famous temples (one Chinese and one Indian) without knowing what food we’ll eat – there’ll be plenty to choose from. The place was so crowded that getting a table for 6 people to sit together then was top priority. It was my first visit here. Being a Saturday, I supposed the crowd must have doubled.
We walked in a single file pattern, the blind leading the blind until we reached the front or end row (depending on where you started, there are several entrances to this FC). This end of the FC (food centre) is where all the stalls sold halal food (halal – denoting or relating to meat prepared as prescribed by Muslim law). We decided to camp at this end where there’s some fresh air (the centre rows were simply too congested, hot and smokey). While waiting, I saw a stall at the end of the row having a long queue. Chi Sao and I scouted that stall. There and then I decided to buy all my food from this one particular stall. I reckoned that since we have to queue and it’s quite a long one, we might as well order everything they sold – Indian Rojak, Mee Siam and Kambing Soup. After all, there’s 6 of us and the food would not be wasted for sure.
The Mee Goreng was Chan’s lunch, I think but it didn’t matter who’s because whoever had it, you didn’t share with me 😦
There’s some difference in the Indian Mee Goreng and Chinese style. I don’t know how fry noodles the Indian way but you may want to give My Mee Goreng Recipe a try. Use stir-frying method in Chinese wok or flat bottom pan if you haven’t got the ActiFry machine. Substitute the meat with seafood like prawns and squid if you like, and oh yes, add mustard greens 😀
Albert Complex Food Centre
270 Queen Street,
Happy eating 😀
After we had finished eating, I saw Chan taking pictures of a black street cat. She looked heavily pregnant. You may not know but I am not too keen on cats. I am afraid of stray cats especially because I was nearly attacked by one that wanted food when dining al fresco one night. But the cats here seemed fat and lazy, so I decided to try my hand at it too. Here’s my first pictures on cats. I have even titled them. Hope you like it 😀