Heavenly Snacks: Hipster Muah Chee!
It is good to see hawkers thinking out of the box and making traditional foods like muah chee (glutinous rice cakes) more hip and attractive to the younger generations! It is also heartening to know that our food culture is deeply embedded inside the belly of every true blue Singaporean. I say this because the video […]
Soon Lee Loh Mee: Old School Flavour!
It’s sometimes very difficult to put your finger on why you like a certain dish. Some dishes just taste better. Others might evoke a sense of nostalgia. When you find a dish that can do both, that is when you can’t help but tell everyone about it. My first impression of this lor mee stall at Circuit […]
Chui Xiang Kitchen: Wok Power!
Discovering places like Chui Xiang Kitchen is really what this blog is all about. I really like these small eateries where the owner is also the chef. Chef owner restaurants are more common with cafes and Western eateries, but when it comes to Zi Char and local cuisine, you often find hired hands in the kitchen. Sometimes the owner doesn't even know how to cook! But when you find a small restaurant where the owner happens to be the chef, chances are that the food is going to be a little more special.
Yang Epok Epok: Simple Shiok Food
At 50 cents each, you would be hard pressed to find a cheaper, more satisfying shiokness anywhere else. This simple snack of curried potatoes wrapped in a crispy shell and a cup of teh tarik might not make it as a course in a degustation menu, but no Singaporean would deny that it really does hit all the right gastronomic spots!
Creamy Salted Egg Prawn Recipe
Here is my way of making salted egg prawns at home which is guaranteed to be less oily. The sauce is made by first making a roux and then incorporating the salted eggs yolks. This results in a creamy sauce where you have time to adjust the taste to suit your own preference
An Ji Crispy Beef Noodles and Fish Head Bee Hoon!
I am sure that readers who grew up during the time when sang meen was really popular would have a pavlovian response to the photo of the crispy plate of thin egg noodles with a mound of slice beef on top. I mean who wouldn't like noodles that are fried to a crispy crunchy texture? It's like eating "Mamee" except much better!
Xiao Chen Handmade Bao Dian: Cheap Coffeeshop Dim Sum
It’s incredible how expensive dim sum is nowadays. When I started the writing about food 10 years ago, a basket of siew mai at a typical dim sum restaurant was around $3.50. Nowadays it is around $5.50 and even $6 in some places! It is no wonder that over the last 10 years we are […]
The Catch: No Catch, Just a Good Catch
We have a group of makan kakis who meet every week to eat. Our goal, (which really is the goal of every foodie) is to find the next taste sensation, the next restaurant of resonance, the next mesmerising makan, to add to our resume of epic eats. This task is not as easy as it seems.
Hakka food of Miaoli, Featuring Onsen Papawaqa and ChooArt Villa
If you need an excuse to visit Taiwan, then Onsen Papawaqa is surely it. Rockett Girl and I fell in love with the place the moment it came into view along the mountainous road. The minimalistic wood and concrete building is located in a valley right next to a river and looks as if it had just grown out of the riverbank. It is one of many eco-friendly places in Taiwan where one can go to escape the stresses of city life.
Wangji Seafood Zi Char: Another one for the list
This week's recommendation came from Francis Andre who wrote in to alert me to this hidden gem in Sims Drive serving cheap and good food. After our makan session, our kakis also agreed this is certainly one of the better neighbourhood Zi Chars around!
Best Food in Taoyuan Part 2, Zhongli Night Market
The night markets are one of the big tourist attractions of Taiwan. I could spend the whole night just hopping from stall to stall looking to discover new taste sensations! Like our own hawker centres, each market will have its own specialities even though most of the popular items like fried chicken, oyster omelette, and stinky tofu will be available at most markets. Our reason for visiting Zhongli night market is for a particular stall that sells Mala Stinky Tofu.
Best Food in Taoyuan, Featuring Chiang Fu Yan
Do you remember the Master Chef featured in the Taiwanese movie, “Eat, Drink, Man, Woman?”. The opening scene of the movie absolutely enthralled me. What seemed like a series dishes prepared for a banquet ended up being the everyday meal for a family of four! In the movie, the protagonist was a semi-retired Master Chef of Taipei’s Grand Hotel who has been responsible for showcasing Chinese cuisine to local and foreign dignitaries for decades. The movie went on to tell the story of his three daughters garnished with lavish food scenes in between.
Ponggol Seafood: Back where it began!
Ponggol Seafood was founded by Mr Ting Chong Teng in 1969. At the time, he was working as a foreman at a sauce factory and driving taxi part time. One day he drove all the way to Ponggol point and saw a place for rent and decided to go into the restaurant business. With the knowledge gleaned from his experience working at the sauce factory, he managed to come up with different sauce recipes for his seafood dishes. In the beginning, it was quite difficult and one by one, his partners all exited the business. But Mr Ting persevered and the rest, as they say, is history!