And now back to our regularly scheduled Chowtour of L.A.s farmers market
When we left off, our group of sacrificial hounds had stepped up to the plate to enjoy the BEST of what the L.A.s original Farmers Market had to offer. We did this so that when your out of town in-laws drag you down to the Grove this summer, you can at least console yourself by surrounding yourself with some excellent grub. And so, we continue with an epic visit with one of the most well know stands and one of the most unknown stands...
Singapore's Banana Leaf:
* Beef Rendang (spicy) $8.95: Yes, this is the restaurant you often run by on your way to the Starbucks. They have a small row of tables out in front, and noticeable lack of steam stables out in front. Instead its run like a restaurant, they even has a kindly worded sign that says that everything is made to order and things may take a bit.
Well among those posts that do talk about this great place, the one thing that came up over and over was the Beef Rendang. While the beef was a little on the tough side, the curry was GREAT. It was much more complex in spicing than any Thai Curry Ive ever had. It served as a great change of pace from the typical chicken or duck curries I get.
The Gumbo Pot:
* Gumbo YaYa (Large) $7.50: One of the most popular stands in the market so we had LOTS of must tries. Of course, we started with the Gumbo
I admit, in the past, I really didnt have a Cajun/Creole food standard. Ive never been to New Orleans nor had even been to many Cajun/Creole restaurants around town. Originally, I thought the Gumbo Pots Yaya was pretty darn tasty. But after having the version at Brennans Jazz Kitchen, this time it seemed a bit watery and bland. Ah well..
* Fresh Louisiana Oyster Po'Boy $6.75: These were TORN apart by the time I got to the table. So sadly I didnt get a chance to try, but there were folks who liked it a lot. Their oysters are fried wonderfully in a perfect corn meal batter.
* French Quarter Muffelata $9.50: This I did get to try because they were so HUGE. The bread was insanely dense and it was stuffed with lots of meat and a good amount of olive spread. Other folks who had more experience with New Orleans Cuisine said it didnt even hold a candle. I still thought it was darn tasty tho And although pricer than the PoBoys, it can easily be cut to feed two
* Fried Catfish Plate $7.50: Going in, this was one of my favorite meals at the Farmers Market, so I was overjoyed to hear all the raves about it. The fish was just perfect, moist, flavorful, fresh and as I mentioned, that Corn Meal Crust is stellar. One of the best corn meal batter Ive had. Blows away Uncle Darrows, and other fried catfish places Ive had.
* Beignets $2.50: I also got a chance to try real Beignets at the Jazz Kitchen, and honestly was unimpressed there so, I wasnt too impressed with these either, they were a bit tough and didnt have much taste aside from the powdered sugar. Gimme a donut anyday! :
And now we find ourselves on the home stretch current count 7 Stands and 18 dishes with more to come