Shrimp Dumplings & Wonton Soup
Shrimp Dumpling and Wonton Soup is well known in the Chinese cuisine and is often served as a complimentary side dish accompanying the main order of a bowl of dry noodles. It can also be ordered as a main soup dish on its own as well. The dumplings or wontons are made from a dough skin consisting of a mix of egg, flour and water and filled with stuffings of shrimp or minced pork. The fillings are marinated with salt, spices, garlic, spring onions and other ingredients such as mushrooms and salted fish, which are then boiled in a soup and served piping hot with some leafy vegetables.
Chwee kueh or “water rice cake” is a type of steamed rice cake that is a popular and favourite breakfast dish or snack among many locals. It is made up of a mixture of rice flour and water placed in aluminium saucer cup-shaped mounds and steamed. When cooked, the bowl-like shaped rice cakes are then topped and served with fried diced preserved radish or ‘chye poh’ and chilli paste. The saltiness and sweetness of the ‘chye poh’ complements the subtle flavours of the rice cakes.
Fish Meat Bee Hoon Soup with Milk
Fish Head/Meat Bee Hoon with Milk is a Singaporean soup-based noodle dish that uses either snakehead, pomfret, batang or garoupa cooked together with bee hoon or rice vermicelli in a rich and tasty broth. This dish is available in a choice of fried or plain fish head pieces or fish slices/chunks and served in a soup made out of fish stock derived from cooking fish bones for many hours. Other ingredients like vegetables, fried shallots, anchovies and Chinese wine are also added to the soup to enhance the overall flavour of the dish. For those who enjoy a more creamier soup texture, evaporated milk can also be requested to be mixed and cooked together with the soup.
Fried Oyster Omelette
Fried oyster omelette is a Chinese hawker centre dish of Teochew origin that is often a favourite among many locals due to its savoury taste. Egg batter is mixed and pan fried together with garlic, small oysters, potato or tapioca starch and chilli paste. The omelette-like mixture is fried until crispy, then garnished with spring onions and served with a side serving of spicy chilli sauce mixed with lime.
Frog Legs with Spring Onions & Ginger in Claypot
Frog Legs with Spring Onions & Ginger in Claypot is a delicacy of Cantonese origin but this version is particularly Singaporean. Chopped pieces of frog legs and meat are cooked in a claypot mixed with dark and sweet soya based sauces, ginger and topped with generous amount of spring onions and served bubbling hot. Due to the rich and salty flavours of the gravy, this dish is best eaten with a serving of plain porridge so that you would enjoy the overall balance of taste and texture.
Steamed Kai-lan With Oyster Sauce
This is a vegetable dish that is not only quick to prepare but also easy and nutritious. Because of its ease in preparation, it can be found at most stalls, namely those that sell chicken rice, Zhi-Char or claypot dishes. This fuss-free dish is prepared by serving steamed or blanched Chinese brocolli/kale or “kai-lan” drizzled with a mix of sesame oil, oyster and soy sauce and garnished with fried shallots and garlic.
Salted Vegetables & Duck Soup
This is a Chinese “giam chye ark” and Peranakan “itek tim” duck soup recipe that uses preserved salted mustard greens and duck meat as the main ingredients. The salted vegetables are firstly soaked to remove most of its salt content before being used. What gives this dish the exciting dimensions of flavours is that the soup is cooked for a length of time with a recipe of salted vegetables, Chinese preserved sour plums, tomatoes, tamarind slices, peppercorns, ginger and duck until its meat becomes soft and tender. The overall result is a tasty and refreshing soup that is sweet, salty, sour and peppery.