Maxwell Food Centre
Making 100 friends is not a miracle. The miracle is to make a single friend who will stand by your side even hundreds are against you. – Anonymous
I had two angels with me yesterday. We finished our project and went on our way to eat. Z had eaten a few hours ago at the same venue we were heading. As we strolled, he commented on a “unique” dish he had earlier at Maxwell Food Centre – fish ball soup but the fish balls were made with squid. Z is not local so I’ll forgive him on that, there’s such thing as sotong balls, ya know! 😉
Sotong (Malay for squid) is one of my favourite seafood so that’s what I’ll have, too. The trouble was, Z forgot which stall he ate from. “Somewhere near the front” was all he could offer. We walked into the food centre through the middle row and before we reach the front on the other side, I saw a Lor Mee (another of my fav hawker dish) stall. I found myself an excuse not go on a wild goose chase for the
fish squid ball soup. I’m tired and did not really have an appetite but Y already knew what he wanted… Braised Duck Rice and Oyster Omelet.
So I went to the Lor Mee stall and saw that they had other offerings like Fried Wantons, which I ordered also for Y’s sake.
Z did not partake in any food but he got freshly squeezed apple and pineapple juice from the stall opposite the Lor Mee for S$2.50.
I liked the Lor Mee from 老街麵擋 better than the famous one at Bukit Purmei but not as much as the stall from Tiong Bahru Market (I haven’t found a rival to this stall) even though the secondary ingredients given were so much more generous here.
The Fried Wantons were cooked-to-order (not sure if that’s the usual practice) but the uncle told me to go to my seat and he would bring them over. Hot and fresh from deep-frying, the wantons were indubitably crunchy and the pork mince filling moist and fragrant. S$3 for 9 pieces seemed value for money.
On first bite, the oyster omelet had nice wok hei but as the dish cooled, the taste became rather ordinary. The chilli sauce was a disappointment. I felt that for S$8, they should give us a bit more oysters. We asked Z to try some which he did and commented that he liked the one from Whampoa Market better.
I did not try Y’s duck rice but he wolfed down everything so it’s either delicious or acceptable. OR… Y’s simply famished! Yup, he told me he could eat a horse as we came over. I guess I’ll have to ask him what he thought about the duck rice another time as we were rushing off.
Maxwell Food Centre
Address: 11 South Bridge Road,
Happy eating 🙂
P.S. Y was supposed to send me pictures of the stalls he bought the duck rice and oyster omelet so I’ll update this post when I get them.
I’m very sure I did a few Lor Mee posts before but couldn’t find the links, bad blog housekeeping 😦