Singapore - Fried Carrot Cake at Food Village, Takashimaya
My fave item from Takashimaya Dept Store's sprawling Food Village on Basement 2 - fried carrot cake - the version with sweet dark sauce (the same stall also offers the paler version, fried with lots of eggs).
The dark-sauced version here consisted of cubes of delicate-textured "carrot" (rather "daikon" or radish) cake, fried with pickled radish (what we call "chye poh" in Singapore) & eggs, then topped with finely-chopped scallions before serving. Simple, yet delicious comfort food for many of us here.
Of course, you can find better renditions at Newton Food Centre or the one by the old man at Tanglin Halt - but nothing, IMO, beats eating hot, fried carrot cake in an air-conditioned environment, compared to sweating like a hog in Singapore's steamy food centres.
Fried Carrot Cake Stall
Food Village, Basement 2
Ngee Ann City
391A Orchard Road
LOL! A symbol of longevity then.
BTW, thousands of Taoists are on vegetarian diet today in observance of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Emp...), and the start of the 9th month of the Chinese Lunar calendar.
Huge festival in places with large Fujianese communities in Singapore, Johore, Penang (Malaysia), Phuket (Thailand), etc., but not in KL where the Chinese are mainly Cantonese.
Fascinating. I admit I drew a mental blank on this festival, until I pulled up the Wiki article and saw the Cantonese term "Kow Wong Yeh" for it. Oh, of course. However, I don't remember thinking about it (or even observing it at all) much and casting my mind back my recollections about it seem to be just hearing some of my Father's buddies mention it, or maybe some of my aunties (who were, I suppose, Taoists-Buddhists)... As you say, KL is largely Cantonese, but I wasn't aware it was more of a Fujianese/"Fook Keen" tradition.
After some quick searching, I like this article too: http://weecheng.com/singapore/9eg/ind...
Hmm, seems they just had a celebration at the Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Ampang in KL... http://9emperorgods.wordpress.com/tag...
Well, I imagine this fried "carrot" cake is an eminently good dish for the festival, assuming no lard was used, of course! From reading some blog pages the strictness of the "vegetarian" definition reminded me of kashrut laws for cooking utensils. :-)