There are mainly 2 things that I keep hankering for, every now and then. And they actually belong to 2 extreme ends of the spectrum.
Fast food. Or vegetables.
Sometimes I merge a little of the 2 together, like veggies in my burger or a bowl of salad (where available) instead of some greasy carbs.
However, when I say that I want my veggies, I want a whole portion of them. Like a bowl of salad. Or ulam (raw, tropical greens - eaten with sambal). Or urap/keluban (Javanese salad, eaten with spiced grated coconut).
And the week after Hari Raya, after all that greasy, meaty dishes and those carbs - my body was deperately calling for something a little more light, healthy and packed with fibre (not that I was really constipated or anything).
Hence, I suggested some decent Yong Tau Foo at Bagus.
Homemade barley drink
Healthy, yeah. But I chose this because of its 'cooling' nature. To help remove some accumulated body heat.
Yong Tau Foo 'Dry' w/ beehoon
Okay, so this isn't exactly a healthy one. I had thought of the soup version all day and yet I quite unexpectedly chose to have the dry one when I placed my order.
Well, at least this comes with a small bowl of soup on the side.
Can't resist those fried food items (which they re-fried, prior to serving, gah!). But of course I balance it with a fair share of the healthier food items like some lean tofu, fresh whole chilllies, stuffed capsicums and 2 bunches of leafy greens, namely the Choy Sum and Bok Choy. Almost took a smaller bunch of another type of greens but I held back.
Last time I took 3 different type of green vegetables, I never finished my bowl of food.
Cuttlefish Kangkong $6
Had always wanted to order this and I almost did that day. However, my muddled mind mistook this for the Satay Beehon (what was I really thinking?!) and right that moment, the idea of having anything with satay sauce was a big NO-no.
My colleague got it anyway, for us to share.
When this arrived, I was really taken in by the presentation of this simple rojak of-sorts. The multiple ingredients were put together in the same dish but they weren't mixed in. Right on top were some young cucumber slices, julienned but unfinished at the edges. Below that were these really light, airy and crispy tau pok which managed to impress my Chinese foodie colleague.
After that were the blanched taugeh (green bean sprouts) and kangkong (water spinach/convolvulus). And lastly, the boiled cuttlefish. The spicy, tangy sauce was pretty nice with not too much hae ko/petis (shrimp paste sauce). And they were generous with the crushed peanuts and toasted sesame seeds.
And on that same week, I still feel the need to stuff myself with some greens (yes, just like a goat).
Mix of salad greens, sweetcorn kernels, black olives, sun-dried tomato, boiled egg, croutons and honey mustard sauce. Yum!
PS: And no, this post wasn't sponsored by HPB (Health Promotion Board), if you're wondering.