street food would be good... no need fancy.. but want something really "out of this world" as in cannot get anywhr else
I thought red the moment I read her e-mail.
We loved the sup tulang (mutton bone marrow stew) at Haji Kadir. It was sweet, almost barbeque sauce-like. The bits of meat attached to the bones were addictively flaky, complete with some chewy cartilages for fun. One has to have the baguette to complete the tulang experience, the same way we have our man tous for chilli crabs. Extracting the bone marrow has got to be the most interesting part. We looked around for references and managed to suck out some of the greyish brown matter out of the bones, eventually. The regulars would grip the bones with all five fingers while basing the joints on their palms. This was followed by tilting of the bones before the suction begins, to allow a better flow. For me, it was truly an experience that reminded me of my virginal attempt at eating banana leaf rice with my bare hands.
If all else fails, just ask for a straw.
Red is a serious business here. Just take a look at the mee goreng and you’ll know what I mean. Before eww-ing and yuck-ing at it, I believe we should ask ourselves why some char siews are red in the first place. Anyway, the taste was really good, with just the right amount of char and salt.
The staff told us that no artificial colouring was used in the making of the red dishes as we showed him our stained fingers. It's all about our sambal, he said. But besides beetroot, I can’t really think of any natural ingredient that leaves a red stain. Heck, even haemoglobins turn brown as they deoxidise.
One of their recommendations, the mutton soup was rather dilute and powdery. Definitely pink in comparison to the ultra reds.
We had so much fun with the reds and even decided that these are the best Halloween dishes one can ever get. In a very delicious way, of course.
Red turned funky as we partied like there’s no tomorrow at St. James Power Station. It was retro night and between us, there were beers, a jug of absolutely throbbing long island tea, shots, and some other intoxication.
Thanks for visiting, Ciki.
Fun begins with you.
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And here for another good introduction to Haji Kadir’s tulangs.