Thursday, July 30, 2009


In his usual vagueness, Julian mentions of some Chinese noodle place he's bringing us to. This place is at yet another Sino-Vietnamese district - more rough and tumble. The minimal non-existent decor it exudes befits its simplistic name. Our waiter (left photo) seems to be some character out of Bedrock, some Chinese neighbor that never got featured in the Flintstones. If the Health Dept. ever vets this place, I think, he'll be the one taken away for his unkempt hairdo and his 3-day old stub.

You may have heard a lot about Xingjian in the news of late
, and the food served in this restaurant is a representation from that region; but more from the Han inhabitants' perspective, as evident from the spicy pig's ear pickled salad (above).

When I order Kueh-Chap, pig's ear is one of the items I strike off the list, because it's hard to chew into. But this one is different; it's crunchy and not rubbery - nicely marinated with enough heat from the chilli bits and sour disposition from the pickled cucumber to make it one hell of an addictive snack food.

The fried julienned potatoes with dried chillies is not something you find on a Chinese daily diet. Surprisingly the potatoes are crunchy, much like the ear slices.

Yet another spicy flavored dish of a fried eggplant. The lamb skwers are very much like satay. We have half spicy hot and half potion with ordinary marinade. Cumin is the prominent spice here; hence, it's reminiscent of an Indian Whatyamacallit.

Its menu is an extension of its no flair demeanor; it calls a spade "a spade", like the noodle above. It's called a "Big Plate noodle" (the Chinese connotation says the same thing), as it come in one huge gigantic plate. It's so big that 7 of us can't even finish it. The noodle is looks like the flat rice noodle in its width, but it's flour based. It has chicken and potatoes. I guess it's their staple dish, which is meant to stuff one up. Like all the dishes, presentation is not in their vocabulary. It's all about empire of the tummy - the way to a man's heart is a filed tummy. And the big plate noodle certainly takes care of that.

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As the name implies, it's all about nothing! Kongkaying is like grasping in the air - more like hot air with occasional fartulence. Hopefully, something aromatic will come out of it! If not...

May the Farce be With You!


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