Geylang Laksa: Old School Laksa since the 40′s!
Finding a stall like Geylang Laksa is like landing a 600kg Bluefin tuna. In order to grow to that size, the tuna had to be able to siam (escape) the millions of hooks in the ocean which has managed to ensnare 96% of its compatriots over the years. With a net as wide as the […]
Peng Restaurant Catering Services: Teochew food in the Teochew Heartlands
The food is quite good in general but as with most restaurants that make it to this blog, there are a few dishes which I felt really stood out. The first is the oyster omelette which is done in a style that is quite different. This is more like an orh nerng (oyster egg) rather than an orh luak (oyster omelette with crispy chewy fried potato starch). The omelette is done very well and they managed to get the eggs to a nice, fluffy texture over which they blanket with a mound of fresh oysters and tasty oyster infused sauce. It certainly is a healthier, less oily version!
A Sensational Dining Experience with George!
If you are a fan of MasterChef Australia, you would no doubt be already watching Season 6 on LifetimeAsia (StarHub TV Ch 514). The award winning Australian competitive cooking show has won thousands of fans, one of whom is my dear mom who sent me a whole season on DVD. (Maybe she’s trying to tell me something?)
Fishball Story: The economic reality of Gen Y hawkers
Douglas Ng (23) loved fishballs, especially the ones that his grandma makes. But the problem was that grandma only makes them twice a year and he wanted so much to eat them more often! So, soon after NS, he started his own fishball stall after a short stint doing fusion Cze Char. If there is […]
Hau Chu Seafood (Chop Lian Hin): Old School Cze Char in Teban Gardens!
There is nothing more old school than a coffeeshop with a black signboard with carved chinese characters painted in gold. It’s so old school that it is slowly becoming fashionable again! Coffeeshops like Chop Lian Hin which still have the original black and gold signboard seem to have that kind of positive vibe which sends […]
The Famous Kitchen: Unique Teochew/Cantonese Fusion Seafood!
Famous Kitchen is run by a brother and sister team. Jeffrey had spent a number of years and China and tries to infuse his dishes with tastes that he has picked up in his travels across China. One of the dishes that he had come up with is the salted vegetable fish which is based on the Sze Chuan steamed chilli fish but with the chillies taken out to make it more palatable for the local palate. This dish would go very well with a nice big bowl of plain Teochew porridge!
Japanese Cheesecake Recipe: Almost everything you need to know!
So why another Japanese Cheesecake recipe? Well, I wanted to pen down everything I learnt over the last few months of cake baking so that you don't have to make the same mistakes that I have made. Cake baking is more of a science than an art. For non-bakers like myself, I have had to learn the hard way that there is a difference between using a non-stick pan vs an aluminum pan. Such things are seldom discussed in the myriad of recipes online, so I had to do a lot of research, reading up on cookbooks as well as seeking tips from professional bakers such as Chef Yamashita
Hotplate Tofu Recipe
Hotplate tofu is one of the most popular dishes at the Cze Char. It actually works very well as a home dish as it really goes well with rice. If you don't have a hotplate, you can simply fry the eggs in a pan and then lay it on the plate and pour the tofu sauce over. Of course, the hotplate adds to the extra-dimension of smell and sound to heighten the anticipation of the dish!
Cendol Melaka: Authentic Kampong Style Cendol!
So far Cendol Melaka comes closest to the one I remember from Teochew Cendul in Penang. It is the type that is sold along the streets of Malaysia. Light, refreshing with just a pinch of salt to give it that rounded mouth feel. Nobody would ever dare say that it is as good as the best ones in Malaysia but it is certainly amongst the best that you can find here in Singapore.
Oh’ Farms: Support Local Farms, Look for the GAP-VF logo!
Food security is a major issue for Singapore. Most of us probably don't think much about it because we haven't had a food shortage for as long as I can remember. But just consider this: We now import over 90% of our food. If anything should happen to hinder our ability to import food into Singapore, we would be in big trouble. Say for instance, the Singapore dollar tanks for whatever reason. Suddenly our buying power is diminished and countries which normally sell food to us would divert it to somewhere else! Or, if our sea lanes were blocked for whatever reason, we would soon find our supermarket shelves empty in a very short time!
5 Great Cafes in Singapore: The ieat Cafe Crawl!
I put the word out on our facebook page and got a long list of popular cafes from which I specially selected 5 which are owned and operated by young Singaporeans which served a great cup of coffee plus good food. I specially chose the homegrown ones because I wanted to encourage them to develop a cafe culture that is unique to our little island. Granted that inspiration would come initially from great coffee cities like Melbourne and Rome, but over time we should see a coffee culture that can be easily recognized as Singaporean.
Fragrant Garden: Superb Teochew Cuisine
For us foodies, finding hidden gems like Fragrant Garden is as exhilarating as someone pulling a jackpot or hitting a hole in one. It is what we live for. To find it, eat it and tell the world about it -- that must be the Gospel according to St Gastronomique.
Singapore’s Top Ten Hawker Dishes:The Ultimate Food Trail!
I know what foodies visiting our island want. They are here for two or three days, and they just want a short list of the best hawker food that our island can offer. I know because when I visit other countries, that is the kind of article I need. It's too much work to look through hundreds of blog posts to plan a food trail. Just tell me 10 of the best places to eat so that I can get an overview of Singapore food. Alright, after scouring the island for the last 8 years and having published two guide books on Singapore food, viz The End of Char Kway Teow and Only The Best, here are the 10 places which I would bring visitors to when they visit the island.