Ramsay vs. Hawker Heroes : A Dream Rematch, Supper Edition.

Posted: July 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I didn’t manage to catch the showdown that happened over the weekend between Gordon Ramsay and our local hawker heroes. As much as I felt that tinge of patriotism as the results were in favor of the hawkers, I can’t help but notice that the competition felt somewhat, inadequate.

There were some hawker dishes that I felt were very much left out of the competition and didn’t fully da boa-ed the whole essence of what our hawker dishes are like. However, it’s beyond impossible for me or my waistline to be able to fit every dish in one short article.

Here are my picks for Ramsay to take one if he ever does get back here. In fact, lets not have just any Hawker Heroes challenge. Let’s have a Supper Challenge. You wouldn’t see Chilli Crabs on my list. Who eats that for supper anyway?

1. Prata

Some people don’t even jio their friends for supper. They jio them for prata. Be it at Mr. Prata down by Evans Road or Jalan Kayu or even Upper Thompson, Prata to me is the undisputed king of suppers.

Roti Prata

Roti Prata (Photo credit: Marco Ooi)

From the texture of the Prata itself to the curries that they are served with, Ramsay is going to have to slog to get a thousand of these greasy morsels out. Time for him to really put in some elbow grease.

2. Satay

In 2010, Ramsay was interviewed on a steak that was served in his restaurant. I beg to differ. Meat needs to be cooked well done especially so if it comes to Satay, the humble skewered meat we are all too familiar with.

Singapore-style Satay at Lau Pa Sat's Satay Club

Singapore-style Satay at Lau Pa Sat’s Satay Club (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These skewered sticks not only require a good control of heat and the coals in which they are grilled over but just as important would be the peanut sauce. The combination of succulent grilled meat and the crunch and spice of the peanut sauce is a formula for a taste explosion in the mouth that is not easily replicated.

3. Nasi Lemak

This dish of warm coconut milk, sambal paste, fried egg and complemented with either chicken or fish, is the jack of all trades in the list. This is due to its suitability for any of the three meals of the day and supper, of course.

Nasi lemak

Nasi lemak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This can be attributed to the multitude of ingredients that you can now order with it. It would be really interesting to see what type of proteins that Ramsay will serve with this humble rice dish. Foei gras in place of a fried chicken wing?

4. Drinks

Milo Godzilla

Milo Godzilla (Photo credit: 22n)

What would a supper experience be without drinks? Milo Godzilla or a Teh Cino Ice as a pairing to the heart-stopping food? I’d like to see him top a Milo Godzilla using hot chocolate.

Needless to say, it might seem that I’m on the side of our local heroes. Then again, what would a competition be without a challenge? Ramsay, your move.


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