If you are a fan of Malaysia street food, head down to White Rose Cafe at York Hotel Singapore for its Malaysia Street Food Fiesta promotion. Taking place from 21 June to 7 July 2019, the Fiesta will feature a range of Malaysian street food, all prepared a la minute by the hawkers from Malaysia.
Apom Manis 4/5
With the sides as thin as tuile and the middle soft and fluffy, these freshly made Apom Manis will have you gobbling a few in one sitting. It will be wiser to start off your buffet with this before the queue gets longer towards the end of the buffet.
Klang Bak Kut Teh 4.5/5
I had 2 bowls of Klang Bak Kut Teh, and I regretted not going for a third serving! The soup was similar to a clear and deep-coloured herbal consomme that was richly flavoured by Chinese herbs, spices and pork bones. The pork ribs were tender, and the addition of pig's skins was a bonus.
Char Koay Kat 4/5
Char Koay Kat is a crowd pleaser with its dark, caramelised sauce that flavoured each and every element on the plate. The charred bits of chye poh and garlic were dangerously addictive, and especially so when fish sauce and garlic were added to boost its flavours. Lots of eggs in each plate, which made it even more satisfying.
Penang White Curry Mee 4/5
It was quite a rare opportunity to be able to try this Penang White Curry Mee. The coconut broth on its own surprised me with its depth of flavour. The chilli paste at the side was meant to be mixed in to complete the curry, but it was loaded with so much oomph that I used it as a dip for the ingredients instead, to enjoy it thoroughly.
Nasi Kandar 3.5/5
Nasi Kandar is a northern Malaysian staple originating from Penang, and my favourite element in this dish was the blend of fish and squid curry that was served over the perfectly steamed rice. From the look of it, I knew it would not be overly creamy, and I like how robust it was, with a gentle fieriness only kicking in at the end.
Ipoh Yong Tau Foo 3/5
Ipoh Yong Tau Foo is usually a simple dish that speaks volume with a broth that one craves every now and then. But the chilli here is quite different from the flavour that we are more familiar with. I reckon having the dry version with the soup at the side will give you the best of both worlds.
KL Hokkien Mee 2.8/5
Another dish that we are more familiar with is KL Hokkien Mee. It didn't have that alluring black coat of dark soy sauce, perhaps that was why it wasn't as satisfying as expected. But the chilli was superb.
Ipoh Chee Cheong Fun 3/5
I was elated to find Ipoh Chee Cheong Fun because I wanted to try it again after my visit to Ipoh. You could have it 2 ways - either with minced meat mushroom sauce or curry sauce. But I feel the best way to appreciate the lovely steamed rice noodle rolls is to have it with just the fried shallots and sesame.
Burbur Chacha 2.8/5
Nonya Kueh 2.8/5
For desserts, there are Burbur Chacha, Iced Jelly, an assortment of Nonya Kueh and Fruit Skewers. But nothing beats the freshly made Apom Manis!
Malaysia Street Food Fiesta
Date: 21 June to 7 July 2019
Daily: 12pm - 230pm, 630pm - 10pm
Weekdays (lunch and dinner): S$25 per adult | S$15 per child
Weekends (lunch and dinner): S$28 per adult | S$18 per child
Words and photos by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.
White Rose Cafe
21 Mount Elizabeth
Tel: +65 68301156
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)
Daily: 11am - 11pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Scotts Road towards Goodwood Park Hotel. At Goodwood Park, turn right and walk to the end of the carpark. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]