Savour rare hawker dish while you can
SATAY bee hoon, though popular, is one local dish that you rarely find at hawker centres these days.
It may seem like a simple dish, but getting the consistency and flavour of the satay sauce right; blanching the ingredients so they are just cooked; then draining them to leave a sufficient amount of liquid, is truly a fine art. Not to mention that the sauce, when made from scratch, is laborious and takes hours to cook.
Jin Li Satay Bee Hoon at Beauty World Centre has all these processes down pat. The bee hoon is soft, but not overly so, while the cockles and cuttlefish still have bite to them. The lone fresh prawn is peeled and the slices of pork are tender, with some bite.
The rice vermicelli is slathered with a generous amount of hot and nutty housemade satay sauce, and tucking into this dish is like entering a wonderland of textures.
I also like that the artfully blended sauce is well-balanced and only mildly spicy. It is not too rich either. It has the consistency of a thick gravy and mopping it up with the bee hoon is a must.
A plate of satay bee hoon starts at $4.
The once common dish is one of a handful that are in danger of vanishing. Savour it while you can.
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JIN LI SATAY BEE HOON
Beauty World Centre, 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, 04-40
11am to 7pm (Thursday to Monday), closed on Tuesday and Wednesday