Mee goreng at Singapore's banana leaf
still pretty darn good.
It's alright, but (alright I got this Chowhounder thing down, you have to be hyper-critical, and the more negative you are the more hardcore Chowhounder you are, right? :)) I was slightly disappointed. I've been to Singapore twoce and *loved* the food there (You can literally have a complete meal for the equivalent of $4 USD). The noodles are good but I don't recall real Singaporean Mee Goreng with potatoes (?!). But other than this my only other Singaporean fix here in the US is Straits Cafe in SF, which is truly awesome (my favorite restaurant in Frisco) but as a fan of the Singaporean hawker stalls (the semi-outdoor food court-type establishments found all over Singapore), Straits Cafe is much too upscale to be considered authentic.
One thing that SBL has going for it is that it's in the perfect location - Farmer's Market, which is pretty much the Los Angeles version of hawker centres.
I wished they served Hokkien Mee or Char Kway Teow. I did have the roti paratha which did remind me of Singapore.
re: Normal Garciaparra
haha -- no, I think it's just that this forum permits the expression of strong opinion. Isn't it nice not to hear that passive-agressive put down "Oh, tell us what you *really* think!"
I haven't yet tried the Mee goreng, bc I always go for the excellent Beef Rendang or the Laksa. BUT does anyone else feel the noodles they use are not authentic? (Which seems odd, bc everthing else there is authentic.) I love noodles, but the ones in their laksa are not great...
i agree with kevin. the mee goreng never dissapoints- especially if you eat it indo style with the fried egg on top and two sticks of chicken sate with fresh peanut sauce drizzled on top. i must go there for lunch today now.
OH my, I am going there ASAP for rendang and/or mee goring Indo/Malay style!!!!! My "tuckychico" is going to be thrilled that I saw this post. Thanks a ton. We've spent many months in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, and have been anxious to find something "authentic."
We found Banana Leaf to be ok compared to Yazmin. Yazmin is more like Malaysian style home cooking, which is what I prefer. Also, Belacan in Redondo Beach is good, but they are pricy compared to these two. We dropped $75 for two adults and two toddlers before tip - that's alot of money for Malaysian-Singaporean food. My in-laws from Malaysia were aghast when we told them we spent that much on satay, two noodle dishes, nasi goreng, and roti canai. "Hah - I could eat like a king for a week on $75 US!"
And as for what should be in this or that dish, IMHO, there really are no cut-and-dry rules. You will be hard pressed to find a cuisine that is more integrated than food from these two countries. Ate enough food in Singapore and Malaysia to realize that every great hawker has his or her own spin on what the best mee goreng, Hokkien noodles, or wonton noodle soup should include and the steps involved in preparing them, which often times are closely held secrets. And where do Singaporeans go for the best food? Ask any Singaporean - Malaysia.