It was Sunday, it was hot, and we wanted to have some local food. We were wondering about Redhill, or Old Airport Road; in the end, we settled on Army Market.
It is called that because on the top floor of the building (i.e., Golden Mile Food Centre), there are many stores specialized in army supplies. We had a plan of attack – eat something first, shop at the Army Market, and then eat again. After all, we were there at around 4.30 pm, and we were in between meals.
Our chosen poison was 翠綠(上汤)炒粿条面, a different sort of fried kway teow. As the store name indicates (in parentheses), the kway teow is served in a (minimal amount of) soup. What sets it apart is also the fact that green vegetables and silvery fish are part of the dish. The cockles were very fresh, and we love the different textures in the dish – the kway teow mixed with noodles, the crunch of the bean sprouts, and the tasty bits of silvery fish. The vegetables are there so you can tell yourself it is healthy in one regard.
If you are interested in this alternative version of char kway teow, look for stall number #01-91.
We then took a walk upstairs. Other than army supplies, there are a number of what one might call “fashion shops”, as well as industries that take life from boys being conscripted, for example, shops offering sewing services (for name tags), shops that did embroidery for badges, shops selling Buddha paraphernalia. (We almost bought the plastic green mugs.)
Time for dessert! We won’t mention the 糖水店 (dessert shop) which served us something rather insipid, but we had a really good goreng pisang (banana fritters). And to top it, the stall also had a different kind of fritter – one that contained nian gao (glutinous rice cake). It was really an unexpected find, and a find that wins. You will have to try it for yourself to know how great it is. Coincidentally, the stall is right next to the fried kway teow stall.
If you have some time next weekend, go try the fried kway teow and fried nian gao at Golden Mile Food Centre!