Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Silver Linings

After the abortive attempt to procure Chinese visas, I picked up Laurel from her parents house and we went to one of our favourite hole-in-the-walls to eat. Cafe D'Lite on West Broadway (right next to the Bon Ton, and across from the old Hollywood theatre) is an unassuming little family-run Malaysian/Singaporean place, just the kind that Laurel and I love. You could drive by it a million times and never even think to go inside. Without question, they do the best Hainan Chicken Rice in the city (the national dish of Singapore), and also the best greens and oyster sauce Laurel and I have ever eaten. My personal fave is the Hainan Chicken Laksa, which combines the famed Hainan chicken with two types of noodles, bean sprouts, deep fried tofu, and the most amazing Laksa broth, which consists of chicken broth, coconut milk, and a paste made from dried shrimp, rau ram, garlic, chilis, and a host of other yummies. Laurel prefers the Fish Ball Laksa. If you've never had a laksa, you owe it to yourself to check this place out. Don't tell too many people, or I'll be pissed if I can't get a table next time we visit! The pic I've supplied is not actually from Cafe D'Lite, but it's very very close! We can't wait to get back to Singapore in December so that we can sample as many variations on this amazing dish as we can. Last time we were there, we had a clam laksa for 2 bucks that blew our minds....

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