Somewhere in the eastern side of Singapore lies a tze char restaurant called Le Wai Tian. I would have never paid attention to that kopitiam, or eaten there if not for the Makansutra forum, who organised a session there. And boy was I glad I went.
The company was great, as I would have expected, but the food was really pretty good too! I collaged what I felt were the highlights, not that the other dishes were bad or anything.
The curry fish head was interesting because the gravy was thick and lemak, when I had expected it to be the more generic and thin. The gravy itself was power - I could actually make out the rempah (a combination of spices pounded into a paste, with a very specific texture).
The black pepper crab was one of my favourite dishes. The crab was fresh, meaty and cooked just nice til its flesh remained juicy and succulent. The black pepper sauce was spicy but not overwhelming and there was a bit leftover on the plate that would have been mopped clean if there were actually some bread available.
The KL-style hokkien mee was oh-so-addictive despite being served towards the end and my stomach was crying for me to stop. But I could not resist the thick noodles that had absorbed all the flavour from the stock, seafood and lard that it was fried together with.
Believe it or not, our meal should have ended after the noodles but our appetites seemed to have revitalised that we went on to order ala carte, another hor fun and 2 types of fried rice. The lady stall owner did a double take and thought we were joking. She could not believe that came from people who just went through 9 courses!
While the hor fun was passable, both the fried rice were delicious! They were not heavy and had sufficient wok-hei that made them taste soo good.
Le Wai Tian Restaurant
324T Changi Road
(Junction of Changi Road & Telok Kurau)