Monday, 5 January 2009

oh, mee rebus...i have missed you...

Monday 5th January 2009
this trip to Singapore has been a lot about eating many of my favourite that i have craved and not always been able to find that easily in Bali. anyway, when i was growing up here there was a food centre called Taman Serasi that served great food. it ended up being closed down - which was such a shame. recently when the botannic gardens were under renovation, they rebuilt a more modern version of a food court and named it Taman Serasi, in the hope of bringing back people.

not so long ago, when visiting the food garden, i discovered an indonesian stall selling mee rebus - an absolute favourite local dish of mine. a little help from wikipedia might be needed here...

Mee rebus (literally boiled noodles in English) is a Malay inspired noodle dish. It is most popular in Indonesia where it is called Mi Celor, Malaysia and Singapore.
The dish is made of yellow
egg noodles, with a spicy slightly sweet curry-like gravy. The gravy is made from potatoes, curry powder, water, salted soya beans, dried shrimps, and peanuts. The dish is garnished with a hard boiled egg, calamansi limes, spring onions, Chinese celery, green chillies, fried firm tofu (tau kwa), fried shallots and bean sprouts.

the mee rebus at Taman Serasi is THE best mee rebus i have had in a long time...i have been back a few times during my trip here just to enjoy this dish...the gravy is particularly good...not too thick or thin (as is the case in some places), the noodles done perfectly, lots of fresh green chillies that give bursts of hotness in your's so good...truly! and at only $4.50...quite a steal!

another discovery at the same stall, was ayam panggang, which literally translates as roasted chicken. the chicken is roasted with a sauce made of special spices and served with rice, omelette and vegetables. the sauce that the chicken is roasted in is absolutely delicious...a little sweet but perfectly spiced and it has obviously been left to marinate in the sauce for some time, because the chicken is soft and succulent. i could have eaten a few platefuls of this...again at only $4.50, how can you say no?

Taman Serasi Food Garden,
1 Cluny Road,
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