Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Saeb บะหมี่ แสบ X2 (Noodle+Khamoo Restaurant)

Eating like the locals  Singaporeans do.

It was already 1.45pm by the time we got to Phetchaburi Soi 15 just before Glow Pratunam Hotel. These guys have moved from a couple of streets down and their legion of adoring fans have moved along with them. All of Singapore was here.

This being my first time ever. And they had already sold out of the braised pork trotters by then.
The choice was clear then.
Wanton noodles or nothing, really.

They moved like clockwork. These two men and their agile hands. One dealing with the art of blanching the noodles and the other spearing wantons and random pieces of char siew for every bowl of noodle.

The wanton soup takes the shortest time to prepare since all these parcels were already wrapped and blanched, needing only a shallow cover of soup.

The filling was too little to be enjoyed.
The minced pork had an unmistakable sweetness to it that I didn't take very well to.

I was watching the family on the next table enjoying their wanton noodles, wondering what it would taste like.

It was only when I saw the man with glisteningly bright lips that I realised what was the thing that drew in all the crowds.


It's all about the lard.
Not the bass. 
Pun totally intended.

I couldn't resist.

Unlike our local wanton noodles with a soy sauce, ketchup or chilli base,
this version was just keeping it simple with the allure of pork lard.

The noodles were springy and had no taste of alkaline which I appreciated.
The servings were very manageable.
So much so that many have ordered an extra helping or two just to make for one complete meal.

For 50 baht, 
this was affordable but I could hardly understand the draw that it held for the Singaporean crowd besides the fact that it has been featured on one too many blogs, including this post.

Try it.
And then, try something else next time.

There's too much good food in Bangkok to be savoured elsewhere :)

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Almost like Disneyland

My love affair with the nondescript churro happened in Disneyland. The happiest place on Earth made perfect with a piping hot churro in the cold breeze of winter, all too long and much too quickly finished in the hands of an 8 year old and her cousins. Now that, to me, was love. :)

I've given up on the search for a churro that could come close to that experience. Especially after the initial excitement at seeing it in Universal Studios Singapore, it was found to be nothing more than a terribly tough to chew dough stick served lukewarm at best. :(

Well then, with hardly a mission in mind but always the best recommendations from my cousin, we headed from Chocolateria San Churro at Harbourside, Darling Harbour on our walk home from dinner. He didn't mention Disneyland, he just thought I should be trying these out.

They certainly don't come cheap as food often does in Sydney.


But when these arrived at our table...

My heart skipped a beat. 

And I restrained myself for just one photo before I just. HAD. TO. EAT. summadat! 


Was it the chocolate though?
*one more bite


This was it. 
Almost like Disneyland.

Churro sticks that were thinner, not as long but definitely hitting all the right spots on the taste index. 

Three each and two pots of milk chocolate. 
Devoured all too quickly. And enjoyed all too much. 
They've got outlets around Sydney but this was the one closest to home. 

And even better? 

They've got a Santa Fest special offer now on till Christmas Eve!
Ho! Ho! Ho! Indeed.
Eat up and enjoy! For me :)