A colleague tells me that not so long ago, it was relatively easy to find deep-fried oyster cake. Now, I can think of two places - one at Maxwell Road Food Centre and the other at Berseh Food Centre. Early one Sunday morning, I stake out Fu Zhou Poh Hwa Oyster Cake at Berseh and those crisp fritters ($1.80 each) really make my day. What makes them great is that they emerge from the deep fryer crisp and not oil-logged.
Chips flavoured so aggressively with salt and vinegar my lips pucker when I eat them. Kettle Brand's crinkle cut Dill Pickle Chips. Honey Roast Wiltshire Ham chips from Marks & Spencer. Extra Virgin Olive Oil chips from Torres. Unfortunately, they last but a moment on my lips and dwell forever on my hips. There has to be another way to savour the twin pleasures of salty and crisp without self-recrimination and self-loathing afterwards. My solution, baked zucchini chips, is not perfect.
The dog days of August seem to be giving us a miss and I am eternally grateful. Usually, this is a hot and humid month pretty much everywhere, except in the Southern Hemisphere. People desert cities and escape to cooler climes, the mountains, the sea. In Singapore, there have been rainy days and the sky is overcast a lot of the time. Not that I am complaining. The unseasonably cool weather has presented a great opportunity to make a stew I have been wanting to try out for some time – chicken adobo.
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Selecting a term
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