Friday Favorites: Oyster Mee Sua

I had this for dinner three days in a row, which is a good indicator of how much I love it. It's a good reminder to try out something new once in a while. See, I'm pretty much set in my ways. Whenever I find myself in Plaza Singapura (which happens more often than I care to admit) it's either that sausage sandwich place, a nice juicy burger at Carl's Jr., or crepes and seafood chowder at Saybon's. I was craving for the latter on that fateful day, and rushed to Plaza Singapura after work only to find the store closed for renovation. The horror. But I was starving, so I walked around a bit, found this snack shop with one empty seat, and decided to just go for it.

So the store is called Snackz It. I know, right. 
But I was hangry. Yes, hangry. Hungry and angry (at Saybon's for renovating) and must. have. food. 

Oyster Mee Sua

Thankfully I was happily slurping away just a few minutes later. I don't even know why I ordered Oyster Mee Sua when I'm not really fond of oysters. But thank heavens I did! It's a thick, gloopy soup with thin wheat noodles (mee sua), shredded chicken, fried shallots, chopped cilantro, and a generous helping of chili paste and Chinese black vinegar. Oh, and oysters. Perfect for a rainy day, or any day with air conditioners at full blast.

It came with (okay, I ordered) a side of spicy fried mushrooms. Not the best thing in the world, but good enough for when you want to pause from the soup slurping (to prolong the moment, see). 

The very next day I tried out the more popular Taiwanese snack chain Shih Lin at 313@Somerset.

The oysters figure more prominently, and taste a wee bit fresher (but what do I know, really). However, no fried shallots. Boo. 

Their plum-flavored sweet potato fries are good, though. Just make sure to step back from the counter while they're making them, because the seasoning is just all over the atmosphere. I don't know how the kuya manages to stay there without sneezing. 

On the third day, having run out of nearby Oyster Mee Sua food carts to try, I went back to Snackz It. 

Asked for extra vinegar for some added kick. And what do you know, I still wiped the entire bowl clean. I am officially addicted.

Disclaimer: I haven't tried Oyster Mee Sua in Taiwan (where it presumably originated) so I don't know if this is the real deal or not. Hopefully I'll get to visit real soon and find out. ^^

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