Rojak and Carrot Cake@Clementi Wet Market

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Demona: After an hour’s swim at a sports complex nearby, we headed over to the Clementi Wet Market for a scrumptous breakfast.

Demona: This rojak stall, run by a man called Brother Rojak was given tons of brownie points by many food reviewers. He proudly displayed his framed certs above his stall. Dogma said that this stall was always filled with people queueing up for his rojak. Maybe we were early that day, and there was no queue at all. Hence, we took the opportunity to try Brother Rojak’s golden dish.

We added a SGD 3.00 piece of cuttlefish and a SGD 0.70 piece of stuffed tofu. There were a few varieties of cuttlefish available.

Demona: The bill came up to SGD 6.20. I found it pretty steep to pay that much for rojak. The charcoal barbaqued cuttlefish was pretty nice, even the stuffed tofu tasted good too. The sauce was definitely spicy, and I liked the groundnut bits combined in as well, but I found the sauce being too sweet for me. After a few pieces of rojak, I started to feel stuffed. I was glad that we had decided to share a plate, otherwise we would have wasted money as two plates would be too much for us to finish.

The rojak was quite nice alright, but I think there are several rojak stalls in Malaysia which could match up to what Brother Rojak had offered.

Demona: Dogma was preaching to me on the greatness of the carrot cake in the wet market since he first tried it by chance. The carrot cake here is totally different from the carrot cake in Malaysia.

The version in Malaysia comes in squarish cubes, fried with bean sprouts and eggs until they become fragrant and slightly burnt, pretty similar to a fried kuey teow, but in a squarish cube form instead.

I haven’t tasted many carrot cakes here to be able to give a fair judgement but this one tasted pretty interesting. I liked it but not as much as Dogma did. Maybe my tastebud is still accustomed to the Malaysian version.

Demona: The carrot cake had a very strong “WOK HEI” locked in it. I thoroughly enjoyed the crunchy burnt ends of it, and it was very spicy indeed because Dogma asked the cook to add an extra chilli kick! He raised his white flag half way through due to the over spiciness of the dish and the chilli gobbler ended up wiping the plate clean! If the carrot cake was slightly more salty, it would have tasted even better. A satisfying decent meal for only SGD 2.50. For RM 2.50, you can’t even get a decent meal in KL.

Pandi@Seksyen 11, PJ

Pandi has always been our frequent hangout for lunch in KL. Besides being near our pad, the main draw has always been it’s heartwarming, good value, consistent indian food . These guys has several branches in KL, probably we should do a parallel tasting of each branch soon!fFried Bitter Gourd@RM1 per plate: What more could you ask from this chewy fragrant bitter gourd that was fried to perfection. It is in a style different from Raju’s, which was fried with the seeds and crunchier. Pandi’s bitter gourd is more moist chewy and a heavier fragrance of indian leaves. It is perfect with a mug of ice cold beer!
Fried Eggplant@rm1: Again, another RM1 winner here which was chewy and crunchy at the same time. The fried batter provided the crunch while the sliced, semi dry eggplant gave it a chewy texture. Marvellous! This is what cheap good food is all about!
Homemade Potato Chip@FOC: Demona used her charm and gotten this plate of potato chips free! Thinly sliced and fried till extra crispy, this is definitely in a different style from your Ruffles or Pringle Crisp. Lightly salted and ultra crispy, this is darn good! I wonder how would the market respond to vacuum packed Indian potato chips? Just pack them in a fancy packaging and priced it at half of Ruffles price ( RM11) and you might just hit the jackpot!

PS:I suspect sweet potato might be used in this chips. Anyone care to verify?

Fried Fish Roe@RM4: This was my first time having this. There is no fishy smell here, but it was also lacking in any flavour/taste to really captivate me. The fish roe is basically just a so-so dish but i am always attracted to eggs in all form! On a second note, the chutney of Pandi paled in comparison with Raju’s. It did not have the minty, pronounced fragrance of Raju’s chutney.

Egg Thosai: A good reliable egg thosai. SImple and pleasurable.
Plain Roti Canai: Lacking in structure and body. I would prefer it to be chewier! The chicken gravy was excellent though, with a good dosage of spices and thick real chicken stock… slurp!

Fried Chicken@RM4: An average fried chicken today which lacks a little in the fiery spice department and a tad dry in the inner meat.

The total bill is 13.10 for 2 of us which was a ultra goood value lunch. Only after we left we realized that they did not charge us for the 2 plates of fried bitter gourd and eggplant. If you are reading this Mr pandi, thank you very much. We shall return to you soon!