Thursday, January 21, 2010

Funny Char Siew & Fantastic Roast Pork @ Ulu Ulu!

When I heard a colleague mentioned that the path to today's lunch would be a 'treacherous one', I thought it was a joke. I mean, we live in Singapore. How treacherous can a path be?

But I was thrilled when I saw the following sight.

It felt so surreal. An empty grass patch. A trodden path. Green vegetation and bushes. Litter. Wobbly wooden planks. Small but steep slope. The railway track.

Was this a secret path used by illegal immigrants? Maybe not. But it sure felt like a mini adventure.

Anyway, my lab colleagues brought me to Tanglin Halt Road Market & Food Centre....where I chanced upon a very good roasted pork (aka siew yok aka sio bak).

It was a chance discovery because I had ordered Wanton Mee ($2.50) but as the Char Siew had been sold out, the stall lady suggested replacing it with Siew Yok. And what a suggestion it was!

The noodles were pretty nice with bite and the wantons were small but tasty. However these were superfluous in the presence of the Siew Yok. It spotted a good crackling with just a thin layer of fat beneath. The layers of meat and fat worked in harmony to produce delicious flavours that coated the palette upon gentle chewing.

When I returned on another visit. All that was left was Char Siew & Siew Yok Rice ($3). Again I was left with little choice. But it was a chance to try the Char Siew, which turned out to be a disappointment. There was none of that smokey, barbequed flavours. Instead, the super lean Char Siew tasted as if it had been boiled/baked. This was one funny Char Siew.

I'll definitely be back for the Siew Yok! Oh and did I mention that the Siew Yok portions are generous?!

I think I have just found my favourite lunch spot. The Tanglin Road Market & Food Centre is not the biggest but it brings the house down with a fantastic Siew Yok. The other reason being the sleepy neighbourhood with an old-world charm is such a breath of fresh air to the clusters of modern buildings in the Biopolis.

Here are my lunch kakis- Banana Girl, Xiao Lao Ban & Sweet Demoness (from back to front). More about the origins of Banana Girl coming soon!

Fa Ji Shao La
Stall 15
Tanglin Road Market & Food Centre
Block 48A
Tanglin Halt Road
Closed: Mondays

Chew On This: Most of the items sell out by around 1-2pm so go early to avoid disappointment!


red fir said...

Woa they're really generous with the siew yoke, a whole row at that! Maybe it's because you went really late so they gave you all that's left hehe. (:

MissyGlutton said...

ahh this is the stall i buy all my offerings for prayers!! :P

and they are really good.

financialfreedom said...

The roast pork from this stall is indeed good. The servings are very generous too!

The Hungry Cow said...

ice: I like generous siew yoke stalls! Hahaha. I went back earlier at about 12-ish and the portion was pretty much the same. Yay! :)

MissyGlutton: ^5! The God(s) must be pleased indeed.

financialfreedom: Yup, perfect combination. :D

Camemberu said...

Wow that is some good-looking roast pork!

The Hungry Cow said...

Camemberu: Amen! I'm making the most out of it while I'm still based in Biopolis for now. :D