Happy Roast World – A World Where One of the Best Roasted Pork Bellies Truly Exists
Although Happy Roast World has been taken over by Edward (the 3rd generation),his father still comes down to the stall to hang around and help out if necessary.Apparently,they usually sell out by 2pm.I was impressed that they have a roasted meat set that comes with a side dish and a bowl of soup for just $6.
However,I was disappointed by the amount of roasted meat (char siew and roasted pork belly),especially the roasted pork belly which was a measly portion.The chap chye (cabbage with tang hoon and beancurd skin) was,on the other hand,quite a bowl for 1 pax.
I requested for fragrant rice instead of white rice,and I'm glad that I was not charged more for that.I realised that the fragrant rice looked pretty dark,and asked immediately: "Is it me or is your fragrant rice quite dark?"The female staff explained that Edward has been trying to modify the fragrant rice to something better but did not reveal what was the change that caused the dark colour. I also ordered a plate of shredded chicken dry hor fun (flat rice noodles) to try.
The rice was fragrant and the dark sauce made it even more palatable.Every grain was firm and not mushy or sticky at all,meaning that the right amount of water was used to cook the rice.Great start to the meal for me!
The cabbage was sweet and soft.Both my friend and I agreed that this reminded us of primary school times where the canteen cai fan auntie always scoops this simple but comforting dish onto our plates.
The char siew was on the leaner side,and sweet on its own.Thankfully,there was a fatty piece which tasted better than the leaner pieces.
Now,the roasted pork belly was what impressed me the most,even though I was taken aback by the measly portion at first.It is one of the most savoury ones I've eaten,yet not overly salty at all.The pork belly skin was extremely crispy even though it was left out for awhile.I will never grow sick of this.
By the time I finish trying the rest of the food,I wanted to come back to this for more,but my friend ATE IT ALL.I am not kidding when I say I got angry when I realised it's all gone because my friend did not even leave behind a last piece for me.That being said,there were only 6-7 uneven cuts of the pork belly (mostly thin cuts).My friend merely said: "It's sooooo good!"You bet I died a little inside.
Alright,let's move on.While stirring the horfun,I realised that it was really smooth and did not break easily.However,the sauce lacked some depth and flavour.Fortunately,the chilli saved it as it was not overly spicy and added some sweetness to the noodles.The braised mushrooms also added an earthy flavour to the dish.So far,the condiments from Happy Roast World are better than I expected,especially the chilli paste and citrusy chicken rice chilli (which went well with the shredded chicken).
All in all,I grew to like Happy Roast World more by the end of my meal,solely because of its roasted pork belly.I hope that the serving size of the roasted pork belly would be bigger.I will be back for the roasted pork belly for sure,because I've been craving for it ever since I had it.And yes,I am still bitter that my friend finished all of it without leaving even a piece for me.
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