Chan’s Rojak

Rojak is a very special kind of salad that has its own unique blend of fruits, vegetables and “croutons”. Of course, the “dressing” is also very special. Foreigners may find the “dressing” a little too pungent, but it’s pretty much an acquired taste. Once you’re hooked, your hooked for life. Check out this rojak stall at Kovan. The addicts … I mean customers often wait for 30 mins to get their rojak fix.

Those who can’t tolerate the wait (and the seller’s arrogance) can actually DIY. The only problem is, preparing the ingredients can be quite time-consuming if you’re just making a small portion. It only make sense to prepare a family size serving. You won’t believe how cheap and simple it is.

The ingredients used in my rojak are turnip, pineapple, kangkong (cooked), bean sprouts (cooked). For the sauce, we have prawn sauce, sugar, lemon juice, sambal, peanut butter. Grated peanuts are not shown. I couldn’t find any ginger bud, otherwise the falvours could be greatly enhanced.

Kunlun Snow Chrysanthemum

This translates roughly as Kunlun Snow Chrysanthemum and it looks a bit like wild chrysanthemum. Upon brewing, it gives out a bit more colour than flavour. The common Hangzhou chrysanthemum tastes better, but it’s not bitter like wild chrysanthemum, so sugar is optional. It actually tastes a bit like honey.





昆仑雪菊 is rather pricey. That’s because it is rare, difficult to harvest and believed to have some therapeutic effects, lowering blood pressure, blood cholesterol and also cools and detoxifies. Don’t throw your medicines away. The health benefits are probably exaggerated.

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Yummy Durians

Here comes the king of all fruits. Yummy Red Shrimp durian from Malaysia. $13 per kilo.

© Chan Joon Yee