Rojak, a common Malay term for the meaning of “mixture”, is a combination of cucumber, pineapple, tau-pok (deep-fried tofu) and you-tiao (deep fried chinese fritters), etc, dressed with shrimp paste and crushed peanuts. I remember when I was younger, I love to have my fishball noodles without fishballs and prawn noodles without prawns. Now that I have grown out of this habit for the noodles, surprisingly my habit for Rojak never changed. I eat Rojak only when there are you-tiao, dressing, and crushed peanuts, that’s all. I don’t fancy the vegetables and fruits. What I like about Hoover Rojak is its special blend of shrimp paste together with its secret recipe of ingredients(which I suppose that is one) that brings out the sweet and savoury taste of the rojak sauce. I suppose that’s how Hoover Rojak is famous for its name. The only pitfall that lies is that the you-tiao is not grilled to its crispiness. When the you-tiao is not crispy and the sauce settles upon it, they become soggy and what you will be having is some soft cold you-tiao in a rojak dish. Well, I suppose you can justify the excellent sauce to make up for the soggy you-tiao, but somehow that leads to imperfection in a good name. Hoover, perhaps you can try improving on that ! ^-^
Balestier Road Hoover Rojak is located at :
Blk 90 Whampoa Drive
Whampoa Food Centre, Stall 01-06
10.30am to 9.30pm daily
Tuesdays 10.30am to 6pm
My name is Joyce, author of Eat What Tonight. Spending time in the kitchen has been one of my greatest therapeutic passion thus far even though I couldn't do it on a more often basis than I wish I could. I do not prized myself as a great cook or baker, after all I am a one-woman show in the kitchen and blogging scene. Nevertheless, I hope this little space of mine can aspire anyone like myself to appreciate and enjoy the best of oneself's efforts in every single home made dish.