Xinghua Delights: Authentic Putian food in Sembawang!
When I first wrote about Putien restaurant in 2006, there were but four restaurants in Singapore selling Heng Hwa cuisine. At the time, it was such a novelty to have prawns served in a bamboo case and to experience the unique texture of the extra fine Heng Hwa bee hoon. Since then Putien Restaurant has […]
Yun Nans might have a fancy set up to show you how they steam the chicken in special Jianshui pots for 4 hours but if the chicken is just an ordinary broiler that you can find at the supermarket, then it is simply a waste of steam. Thankfully, the owners of the first franchise restaurant outside of China has really put in the effort to procure good quality chicken, so the end product really is a pot of the proverbial "chicken soup" for the soul.
After coming back, I find myself craving for Teochew muay more than before! But where can you find a good Teochew porridge nowadays? I mean a really good place where you get quality fish and authentic ingredients like the aged chai poh (pickled radish) and Puning fermented soya beans that was featured in the series?
Aston Soon, has in many ways lived the Singapore dream. Starting with just a hawker stall in 2005, he has built an empire with 11 different F&B brands ranging from Western food, fried chicken, steamboat hotpots, Japanese food, and even a Japanese steakhouse. I have been a big supporter since blogging about the first Astons […]
Majestic Restaurant: Chef Yong’s new Flagship Restaurant
I just realized that this will be the third time I am writing about Chef Yong Bin Ngen! The first was my review of the now defunct The Majestic, back in 2007. The next story was about his new coffee crabs at Majestic Bay Seafood in 2013. At the time I thought he might […]
I have known about Chef Tonny since I have started writing this blog but somehow never got to eat at his restaurant till recently. Chef Tonny is one of those few Chinese chefs which are known by their names. When you eat at most Chinese restaurants, you probably won't know who is cooking your food. But at Tonny's, you can be assured that Chef Tonny is in the kitchen preparing your food!
The man behind the wok is Chef Austen Ong who started his cooking career as a 13 year old apprentice of the legendary Chef Tham Mui Kai (One of the Four Heavenly Kings). Since then, he has worked in Chinese kitchens around the world, spending almost two decades with the Hyatt group. In 2005 and 2007, he led the Singapore team to victory in the world culinary contest held in Taipei which eventually earned him the title of "god of the kitchen". 厨神
Helmed by local born, Chef Martin Foo, the restaurant menu is a culmination of his many years of experience at Lei Gardens and Tung Lok group and his penchant for creativity and esoteric ingredients. What's more, Chef Martin keeps a spreadsheet on his customer's preferences so that he remembers what type of fish you like and how it is prepared!
This restaurant chain used to be known as Paradise Inn but had recently had a makeover. Instead of stools, now there are proper chairs and the dishes are now a little more refined but they are still dishes that you would expect to order at the zi char. More importantly the prices of most dishes are between $8 to $22 which is on par with zi char prices!
I must have walked past Lee Do Restaurant countless of times whenever I visit the Automobile Megamart, but it had never occurred to me that this austere looking eatery is one of the last guardians of Fuzhou cuisine in Singapore! I was equally intrigued to learn that they were the ones responsible for making cold crabs the popular dish that it is today!
Classic Singaporean style Teochew food! One taste and you know you are onto some really good stuff. This kind of Singaporean heartland restaurants are a real gem and are, in my opinion, the type of restaurants that should really be included in the Michelin Guide so that tourists can have a taste of solid Singaporean cuisine.
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.