Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thaksin Beef Noodle and Aung Myanmar Food

As I'm drafting this post, there's only half a container of arrowroot chips left in front of me. This has got to be one of the best versions I've had in a long time - crispy, THICK, golden, sweet and nicely dry. By the end of this draft, I'm quite sure I'd have emptied the whole container. To me, it also signifies the end of another lunar new year celebration. I'm missing the chips already. And the good times, of course.

Anyway.....

To chronologically explain the chain of events that led us to Thaksin Beef Noodle may take as long as the running of Friends (as in that Rachel and Ross sitcom) because it's just too intricate. It involves a closed claypot rice stall by the name of New Lucky, the sporadic case of a Burmese food stall that was also closing earlier that day, some bad luck, improper planning (my bad), a few preserved vegetable mooncakes and the indecisiveness at the food market. Nevertheless, our first ever gathering at Clementi was not in vain when our aunty-killer friend suggested this beef noodle stall.

Since then, I've been returning whenever I crave for some serious beef action. What's there not to like about a bowl of savoury soup containing all the tripe, tendons and briskets the bowl can fill? And when most cuts are well-softened, thanks to the long hours of simmering, you know it's worth a return. Just the sight of the huge pots brimming with hot, mocha-coloured soup and beef itself calls for instant salivation. Slightly sweet, the parts when eaten with a dip consisting of a mixture of vinegar, lemongrass and cili padi is contrastingly blissful. Not unlike any other typical Thai beef noodle setting, a bunch of basil leaves top the ensemble. My only suggestion is to power up the soup by making it more flavourful and aromatic. Add more spices!

And let's not forget the delightful mohingar from Aung Myanmar Food (the stall that closed earlier). What makes it different from the rest that I've tried is the addition of fried, crispy dhal. It certainly gives an interesting texture and some extra sweetness. The usual features of crunchy turnip slices and sourish stock are an addiction. Seriously, I can handle 3 bowls of these at once. I notice that they do serve mixed rice with Burmese dishes. Now, I might not need to travel all the way to Peninsular Plaza afterall.

There's so much good food to offer here at Clementi. The fact that most stalls are within walking distance from the MRT station makes it even more convenient to try. So, what's next? Definitely New Lucky. Not on a Wednesday though. Unbeknownst to me earlier, it's their day off.

Mohingar

The "supreme" version of Thaksin Beef Noodle.

Pad (that was not quite) Thai

Brother's Rojak - a famous stall in the same coffeeshop.

Popiah - another famous stall.

Aung Myanmar Food
Blk 431, Clementi Avenue 3

Thaksin Beef Noodle, Brother's Rojak, Popiah
Block 449 Clementi Ave 3
#01-211
Singapore 120449

17 comments:

Bangsar-bAbE said...

LOL...that pad thai doesn't look anything like the real deal! =P

*I got no more arrowroot chips left! Ate everything by the 2nd day of CNY. >.<

ice said...

I like the popiah from this stall too!

J said...

Thaksin beef noodles?
As in the (in)famous "Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra"?

(Interesting! Ooh, wanna visit Singapore soon....)

ladyironchef said...

haha we had this like how many months ago? :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

reminds me of the beef noodles i had in sg, it was awesome!

Selba said...

I'm intrigued by the arrowroot chips! It's a bit hard to find arrowroot these days and kinda expensive too, don't think I've tried the chips version, only the cookies version :)

Next time if I visit Spore, must give a try all these wonderful food! Bring me.. bring me.. bring me... ;)

wmw said...

I want 'em BEEF! :p

Simon Seow said...

iPad is the famouse pad now lol. Ah, I should save up for a trip to Down South again.

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

mimid3vils said...

why Thaksin?

qwazymonkey said...

really now of all the names there is in the world they chose to go with this one... did u ask them why?

Nic (KHKL) said...

bangsar-babe, hence, pad (no quite the) Thai..hehe. woah, 2nd day!!! you da bomb! ;D

ice, i've not finished exploring the food market also! lotsa good stuff there.

j, haha, not sure about the relation to the name but i guess there are lotsa "Thaksin"s in Thailand la. come, come! We go makan! ;D

ladyironchef, LOLOLOL! soon, i'll be talking about the infamous bkt! hehe.

joe, if you like beef noodles, i think you'll like this one. we go makan la, when you are in town!

selba, agree! luckily, i've gotten some good ones through my momma's friend at around RM15 per container, which is a good deal! :D yeah, do come to Singapore when you are free. i'll bring you around for food, of course! ;D

Nic (KHKL) said...

wmw, me too! some Thai food will be good after 15 days of Chinese food. hehe.

simon, hehehe, what's next i wonder? iCKT? iCCF? lol! come down for the food, bro! lotsa new stuff here!

anonymous, thanks so much! hope you enjoyed reading it. :D

mimi, not sure about the name of the restaurant but i don't think it's related to the former Thai prime minister. cos no logo of his face...hehe.

qwazymonkey, perhaps coincidental. or perhaps saja tumpang glamour in those days la..haha. i didnt ask them cos was too eager to eat! we can go there when you are down here. :D

Keropok Man said...

dato, kini dah tahun dua ribu sepuluh!

hehe....

Nic (KHKL) said...

keropok man, hahaha! ada banyak lagi. akan datang! :D

The Hungry Cow said...

thanks for the mei cai mooncakes!

Nic (KHKL) said...

the hungry cow, you're welcome! see ya soon! ;D