Today I came back to my old stomping ground at Raffles Place to meet up with former colleagues. Wow, I've been away from work just little over a year and so much has changed! New buildings, food court facelifts and new shops taking over stale old ones (yay, at least two Delifrance outlets have died!).
Anyway, back to food...I remembered some good briyani at Market Street Food Centre (also known as Golden Shoe carpark food centre). I hoped it was still the same. I wanted to see how it would compare to Hamid's at Geylang Serai. Despite being early (before noon), I still had to queue and wait a while - people were packing takeaways by the half dozen - must still be good.
Most people go for the chicken briyani (a whole drumstick and thigh slapped onto beautiful yellow rice). But I always prefer mutton when it comes to briyani. They also have a nice crispy fried chicken. Oh which one to have? I chose both. Mutton briyani (S$3.50) with a piece of crispy chicken (S$2.50 - ouch, pricey!).
OK, they got the texture right. The rice was fluffy yet firm without being too greasy (I caught Hamid's at a bad day when his rice was soggy). But I have to say the mutton (more like rendang than curry) was not as fall-away tender as Hamid's (which I actually found just a wee bit too soft and mushy that day). And tastewise, although Nur's is stronger and spicier, Hamid's is more fragrant and savoury. Ah, middle ground between both would be just perfect! Hmm, I think I'm expecting too much. Anyway, I do want to go back to Hamid's another day to see if the rice can be better.
Bonus dish! This is what my friend had from the stall which is a branch of the famous Tiong Bahru roasted meat specialist - roast duck and roast pork on rice. Looks good with all that gravy. She said the duck was so-so but the pork lovely, warm and crispy! The skin was delicious. This stall is at the other end of the food centre from Golden Nur's.
#02-02 Market Street Food Centre
50 Market Street
P.S. omigod, the briyani refuses to digest! it's been six hours and it's still sitting in me!