We here at the Arriviste are no lovers of amateur food photography. (And by “we” I mean “me”, because, after all, there’s only one person writing this blog. “We” does add an air of authority, though, and it seems to be a fashionable pronoun on the blogs these days, so I thought I'd try it out. Anyhoo.) More often than not, non-professional, non-styled food photographs are utterly unappetizing.*
So I realize I’m taking a risk posting the above photo of rou jia mou, aka a “Chinese burger”, at the Lau Pa Sat hawker center, but its sheer deliciousness demands that it have its own picture. I’m also about to festoon this post with clichés as I describe the said "burger", but that can’t be helped either. These little sandwiches are bursting with flavor: piping-hot diced pork and herbs, drizzled with a light, savory sauce, and packed into a soft, floury bun. They are now on regular rotation on this arriviste's weekday lunch lineup.
Buyer beware: obsession may ensue. Buyer also beware: If you get there at 1:30pm, they may be sold out and you’ll have to come back for the evening round.
Jia Xin Kitchen, #76 Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, 18 Raffles Quay
MRT: Raffles Place