I first met Aston when he opened “Astons Specialties” along East Coast Road back in Aug 2006. At the time, he had just taken the bold step of moving from his western food stall in the corner coffeeshop into his own shop space. I would never have imagined that Astons Specialties would grow to become […]
I have driven past this particular coffeeshop along Tanjong Katong on many occasions en route to the carpark and have always noticed that it was quite crowded. But it wasn't until my friend Johnny told me about their char siew that I made an effort to drop in to give it a try. Johnny specifically said that I needed to ask for the fattier charred cuts to truly experience their char siew!
The fish soup is excellent and it has a good combination of a deep flavour with a luxurious mouthfeel that is well balanced and not overly rich so that you can easily finish a whole bowl of it without feeling guilty.
Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak – Simple and Satisfying Nasi Lemak for $2.50!
In this day and age, it is hard to find something for less than $3 at the hawker centre and still hope that it is made with passion and quality ingredients. But here it is. The Nasi Lemak at Lor Ah Soo Market must be the holy grail of the economic-gastro pilgrim seeking the sacred chalice […]
Although it lacks the sexy leopard spots of a Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN), the new pizza crust is a huge improvement over the one I last tasted. It is made with Italian 00 flour and left to rise for 6 hours before it's punched down and left to ferment overnight. It is then stretched by hand and baked in the 280 degree C wood fired oven for 4mins. It won't qualify for VPN status but it is as good if not better than 95% of the pizzas I have eaten at Italian restaurants here in Singapore.
My friend Aston of Aston Specialties really understands the heart of Singaporeans. Singaporeans are Kiasu (afraid to lose out) and a natural manifestation of this trait is that whenever we buy anything, we want it “Cheap and Good”. Nothing is worse that buying an item at what is thought to be a good price and […]
I don’t know what you think of Lor Mee, but my first thought is always “Heavy”. Lor Mee is not the kind of food you would eat if you are going for something light. However, if you are a coolie who has been working hard, carrying sacks of rice off the bumboats at Clarke Quay […]
Places like Grub are really hard to come by in Singapore. If you are the type that imagine the perfect weekend brunch to be sitting in the park enjoying sausage, eggs, pancakes toast with your weekend tablet, then you would know that you either have to pay through your nose for it or end up […]
Food centres within industrial estates are great places to discover food that is cheap and hearty. However, such places often remain out of the radar of the general public as most of them are more difficult to access. I hardly get recommendations from readers about such eateries and so I was quite surprised that Blk […]
Ristorante Italiano Pietro: Yet another Ulu Italian Eatery!
Back in 2009 I wrote about Cacio e Pepe which was a story about an Italian restaurant in an “Ulu” (remote) location serving pretty decent Italian food. Cacio e Pepe has since moved to yet another ulu location on the other side of the island and from last I heard, they are still doing quite […]
La Pizzaiola: Affordable Pizza for the whole Family!
Have you ever adopted a restaurant before? You know, that’s when you are so happy with everything at a particular restaurant that you tell yourself “Ahh!! From today onwards I am going to come here whenever I feel like having……!” Well, our family just adopted La Pizzaiola as our Pizza restaurant! The kids are always […]
There are several hawker genres that should do well in Singapore and Dim Sum is one of them. The reason is very simple. Every customer will spend more than $3-4 per pax. If you survey the current hawker scene, you will see Bak Kut Teh stalls springing up all over the place. That is because […]