The first night, we decided check out the Longkang Siham, loosely translated as blood cockles by the drain. This is a back alley that is famous for cheap and fresh seafood, where patrons sit on tiny stools along long steel tables, accompanied with whiffs from the drain.
There were 2 stalls here, and we opted to try out the Capitol Seafood 佳必多祖传海鲜小吃 first. We ordered Lala (RM2 per portion), Kerang (blood cockles, RM2), Bendi (lady’s fingers, RM2), and Sotong Kangkong (RM7).
While we were initially a little apprehensive, we were pleasantly surprised that the seafood tasted fresh and sweet 🙂 The seafood and lady’s fingers were just boiled with water, and came with accompanying sauces; so simple, yet so memorable. In particular, we could even choose how well cooked we want our cockles to be; normal worked well for us.
It’s the last day of 2013 and we were looking for a place for lunch. Ended up in Toa Payoh, and since we were looking for some light food, we strolled to Toa Payoh garden and visited Oasis Taiwan Porridge!
It has been quite a while since we visited and we have always been a fan of the Taiwan porridge here because it serves cockles! This bloody (literally) shell delicacy goes so well with the plain smooth porridge! And also because this place is never crowded, has a great view of Toa Payoh Lake, and most importantly, has air-con! You see, when you eat piping hot porridge, you don’t want to be in a air-con-less place because that makes you sweat profusely and its uncomfortable.
This place has a great ambiance and the tables are not cramped together, which gives patrons enough ‘breathing space’. There are not too much parking space though so for those who drives, you may have to park at the nearby Toa Payoh Stadium, and take a short walk.