05 January 2008

With Oil Prices Hitting US$100 Or More Per Barrel... (1)

Pek Kio Food Centre at Blk 41A Owen Road does not have a turtle soup stall but it is one of my favorite food centres.

(Pek Kio means "white bridge" in Hokkien. Probably in the olden days, there used to be a bridge painted in white in this area. Since in the vicinity, there is a Cambridge Road, Pek Kio's English name could very well be Cambridge. Therefore it follows that if you studied in Cambridge University like our MM did, you would have graduated from Pek Kio University. Hahaha... oops, sorry I digressed.)

I had breakfast there this morning. Food sold in this food centre is cheap and yummy. Take for example this carrot cake stall:


I don't know what secret "good spice" the cook puts in his carrot cake but it certainly got the people queueing for his food:


With oil prices hitting US$100 or more per barrel, one wonders how on earth he could keep his prices this low, especially when he uses so much oil:



With prices so low and carrot cake so tasty, who needs to make his/her own carrot cake?

But you better hurry. A few years ago, the old owner made an attempt to retire. There was a young man (his son?) whom he taught the skills and secrets to frying carrot cake. The young man took over the stall for a while but business obviously suffered (because there was no queue). Next I knew, the old man was back at the stove.

If eating carrot cake is fattening, frying it is obviously not:




It sure looks like fatty pork, doesn't it? But I assure you that it is not half as oily and only half as unhealthy.

18 comments:

Firehorse said...

I luv carrot cake, bling me there, bling me there :P

Victor said...

FH - Can, can. Come to S'pore lah. $1 I can afford.

Lam Chun See said...

I luv char tau kueh but nowadays have to abstain becos of the fats. No long young and fit NS boy with plenty of physical training you know. But if you ask for less oil then doesn't taste nice anymore so what's the point. Same for roti prata.

etel said...

waa... i just fried carrot cake last week ley.. lol

Btw GD, there is a orh kio (Black bridge) hawker center you know? lol

tigerfish said...

Just a matter of incorrect translation of the Mandarin character, me thinks! Hahha!

Now can re-use used cooking oil for other purposes even to power a vehicle in the future. Ho! That may bring petrol prices down (keep dreaming).
Hmmm...maybe the fats of fatty pork also will be so precious in future. :P

Victor said...

Chun See - Agreed. At our age, home-cooked meal is best. But not everyone is lucky to have home-cooked meal or even maid-cooked meal.

Victor said...

GNE - Orh kio tau you mean? The area near to Havelock Road and Lower Delta Road?

Victor said...

Tigerfish - In S'pore we already have hybrid cars powered by petrol/batteries and taxis powered by CNG so no need to use cooking oil. If not, Malaysia's crisis of cooking oil shortage lagi teruk. Haha.

Laokokok said...

Shouldn't have read this post in the early morning...my cholesterol level....oh no!

Yes, there are still some places selling at lower prices like
$1.50 chicken rice, etc.

etel said...

GD, orh kio tao was my childhood place lol.. But no.. near, but not there.

and I got the name wrong. Its not orh kio, is dey kio i think, the hawker centre behind Bukit Ho Sweet Pri sch, which used to be my pri sch lol

fr said...

Is there a big prawn mee stall at the centre?

Lam Chun See said...

Ipoh char tau kueh very interesting. They pack it into a conical shape container like our kacang puteh of old days, only bigger. Smells good but I don't like becos don't have sweet black sauce and chye poh. They also use a lot of bean sprouts.

Lam Chun See said...

In our kampong days, we had a stall selling this type of black ctk. We can bring our own egg!

Victor said...

LKK - In these days of high inflation and rising food prices, we really need to suss out places that charge nostalgic 1990s prices for hawker fare. Where on earth is this $1.50 chicken rice stall?

Victor said...

GNE - How is "dey kio" written in Chinese?

Victor said...

Fr - Yes, there used to be a big prawn mee stall and a small prawn mee stall. The latter is still there but I am not so sure about the former.

Victor said...

Chun See - Ahh... that's right. In the good old days, you could bring your own egg for char kway teow and chai tau kway. They would then be packed in orh peh leaf (bark of the betel nut palm?)

etel said...

dey kio is earth.. .地球, GD :p