I was thinking whether to makan Old Master Q (Lao Fuzi)'s noodles or a malay food which I have deep cravings for today at the new Tanglin Halt Market. Knowing that the Laofuzi is a popular stall with long queues all the time, I cannot resist the temptation but the join the queue for the food. Unfortunately, that was going to be the last $2.50 I am going to spend on that over rated and ridiculous stall. I have a fetish for noodles all my life and I can safely say that is simply one of the worst Mee Pok I have tried. Besides the fishball that is quite acceptable, the noodle is overcooked and mushy! The sauce is viomit-inducing. Over rated. I cannot stand a 2nd bite.
I looked across the stall and saw Alimah's Kitchen, a stall which specialises in Mee Soto and Mee Rebus. Frustrated with my previous furore, I order both of them.A bowl of Mee Soto
A bowl of Mee Rebus
For Mee Soto, the base for this dish is a stock made from chicken. Pieces of shredded chicken are drowned in this aromatic and tasty soup, and topped with chopped spring onions and crispy fried onions. The dish is also served with the hot but extremely Sedap chilli condiment.
For most of the stalls, the preparation is about the same, what makes or break this Malay Cuisine is the chicken and the chili that accompanies it. In this stall, the soup go well with the chili so much so it tantalises your tastes bud and the chili is not so empowering until it is not possible to taste the sweetness of the chicken flavor.Yusof stands in front of his stall
Alimah's Kitchen is a stall which was passed on for 2 generations. The current owner, Yusof and his wife has been residing at Blk 78, a stone's throw from the hawker centre. Grew up in Tanglin Halt, he assisted his father in serving coffee before his father has decided to sell traditional Malay food. A unique feature of this stall is Roti Kirai, a type of pancake with lacy patterns that goes well with mutton curry. It is sold during the weekends.
He recalls the hay days of Tanglin Halt, where there are many flats around the area. As upgrading projects are carried out in the estates, many residents have moved out. His father was one of those itinerant hawkers who used a pushcart and sold food along the streets before the construction of the food centre. "The food centre had become more convenient, spacious, cleaner." He remained committed to his community, "I ought to serve cheap food. There are so many old folks around!"
Alimah's Kitchen at Tanglin Halt