How you want it…

I had the Foochow fried noodles, wet (with gravy)…

…for the first time at Stall No. 13…

here that day and the gravy was not dark-coloured.

I did blog about it a long long time ago that at some places, the sauce/gravy, probably because of the absence of dark soy sauce, will be in a lighter shade like this. Otherwise, it will be dark like this…

Some people prefer the braised or what we call the “moon” version in which case the noodles will be fried first and then, the gravy/sauce will be cooked. Once ready, the noodles are thrown back in to simmer for a while – some will insist that this way, the taste will go into the noodles, making them nicer and others will tell you that the noodles will be softer, not as firm. Of course, precision and perfect timing is essential here (like cooking pasta and getting it al dente) because if overdone, the noodles will be over-soft or soggy, not so nice anymore.

In the past, I would prefer the dark or the moon version and ever so often, I would ask for freshly-cut chili in dark soy sauce to eat together with the noodles. I would have to do without that these days as upon my doctor’s advice, I must reduce my intake of salt (and sugar) so I am fine with the gravy/sauce being light coloured. After all, once you toss everything together well, you will reveal the dark noodles…

…and that will darken the gravy/sauce a bit. More importantly, the noodles must be fried really well so that you will get to enjoy the lovely wok hei fragrance. Yes, I did enjoy the special I had that day, RM7.00 only with a whole lot of added ingredients, all those shrimps and fish cake slices and yes, I loved how generous the guy was with the green vegetables.

I can’t say I shall be back soon for this because parking around here is a pain as well. I was lucky that morning because I saw a lady getting into her car (probably having finished her marketing) so I waited behind her vehicle for her to vacate the space…right across the road from the food garden. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have this kind of luck every day. LOL!!!

KHOO PENG LOONG FOOD GARDEN (2.286751, 111.827785)…

…is located along Jalan Khoo Peng Loong, commonly known around here as Pulau Babi, facing the former express boats wharf where the one I took from Kanowit in the late 70’s and early 80’s would berth.