Thursday, September 23, 2004


Gluttons Square

A couple of days ago, R. and I went out for dinner and a movie. (Btw, if you're looking for mindless entertainment and a good laugh, go catch Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story; it's really funny!)

These were the three dishes we shared:

Fried oyster omelette. Look at the plump oysters resting on the fried eggs. The latter is actually a batter of egg and tapioca starch. The result? A thick omelette that is soft and gooey on the inside, and crispy on the outside. Forget the astronomical amount of oil that goes into this dish. Sin first, repent later.

Mutton murtabak with curry gravy. Basically roti prata (hand-flipped pancake) with a meat and onion filling. This murtabak was good! The prata was thin, fluffy and crispy on the outside, while the filling was very generous. Another artery-clogging dish.

Close-up of the filling: heavily-spiced minced mutton meat with chopped onions. Very generous amount of filling indeed.

Popiah. After two sinful dishes, we needed something healthy to redeem ourselves. These are fresh spring rolls, filled with stewed turnip shreds, boiled beansprouts, fresh lettuce, boiled shrimp, chopped cooked egg, chopped roasted peanuts, sweet sauce and/or chili sauce.

Close-up of the popiah filling.

Here are some pictures of the popiah man at work.

First, spread sweet sauce on the wrapper.

Chili sauce for those who like it hot.

The works.

Finally, the main ingredient of stewed turnip. This has been cooked together with sauteed garlic and shallots and allowed to simmer till soft and sweet.

Roll and cut into slices. Voila!

This was where we indulged in our cholesterol fix (don't worry, we do this only once in a blue moon), under a romantic canopy of stars. Gluttons Square is currently a hot outdoor dining hawker experience right in the middle of Singapore's Orchard Road. This was supposed to be only a month-long event to mark Singapore's annual Food Fest in July, but it has proved so popular that it has been extended to Feb '05. So, visitors to Singapore, do check out this alfresco food square for a taste of Singapore's most popular local dishes.



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