Tried a new stand at the Saturday farmers market in Santa Rosa this morning. Singapore Food of Love and Joy made its second appearance here. It's a new business operated out of Novato by Ann Lovejoy, who is from Singapore and married to an American. She tries to use organic when possible and has many vege items. When I ordered my popiah ($3.50), described as vegetarian on the menu board, I couldn't have been happier when she asked me if I wanted "meat" on it. She also asked me if I was from Singapore. While I explained that I was not, I did tell her that I'd been there many times, and when it came time to put the chili sauce on my food, she said she'd do full strength for me.
Here's the shot of her assembling my popiah to order,
While I was waiting for her to prep my order, she put a trayful of bite-size samples in front of me. Not so hot on the rice noodles or mango pudding. Nothing wrong with them, just not that distinctive. The bubur cha cha was very good and fresh tasting with some chew still to the tapioca. I also liked the chicken satay and teriyaki chicken which had a strong ginger signature. She uses Rocky chickens.
The popiah's "meat" was a few thin slices of Chinese sausage (lop cheong). The filling also had jicama, egg, crunchy romaine lettuce, and full-bodied spicing. Even though I unwrapped it immediately to eat, some of the delicate roll wrap was wet from the chili sauce and stuck to the paper. The price is high for this, but having had bad popiah too many times in the Bay Area, I guess this is what you have to pay for good quality. It was delicious, wholesome, and spanking fresh.
And, a photo of the booth, tucked into the back corner,
Singapore Food of Love and Joy
2232 Laguna Vista Dr, Novato, CA
Veterans Memorial Building & Community
1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, CA