You can always judge a Teochew restaurant by the quality of its pomfret. If it is anything less than super fresh, you will be able to pick up its fishy odour since it is always served either steamed or in a simple clear soup! That is why passionate restaurateurs like Jimmy Koh, 67, make the effort to buy their fish direct from Senoko every day!
As you may know I have been looking for the perfect charsiu rice for a while now. For a “perfect” charsiu rice, the trio of charsiu, chicken rice and charsiu sauce must all come together in sublime symphony! So far, I haven’t found a stall that excels in all three. Most charsiu rice places don’t […]
The adage “Teochew lang haolian” (Teochews love to boast) never fails to validate itself whenever I meet with a (good) Teochew hawker. This time it’s Mr Tay Ah Liat, 73 who has been selling kway chap for almost 50 years! He started his craft as a young 20 something year old at the now defunct […]
Singapore’s Top Ten Zi Char Dishes: The Ultimate Zi Char Trail
Previously I took you on a Food Trail for ten iconic hawker dishes, this time we are going to visit 10 zi char stalls for 10 signature dishes! These are some of the most memorable dishes that I have eaten over the last 12 years while writing this blog. If you wanted a whirlwind tour of the Singapore zi char scene, you could hop on a cab and just visit each stall for the one dish and it could all be done in a day!
Of late, I have started re-visiting some of the hawker stalls which I have written about years ago. When I first wrote about Chey Sua back in 2009, it wasn’t that easy to interview hawkers. In those days, social media was a relatively new and so an inquisitive blogger was greeted which much suspicion. Nowadays […]
Remember the old school Hainanese Coffee House? It’s a place where you can get western food, Hainanese pork chops, hor fun and a good cup of sock brewed coffee! They were operated by Hainanese chefs who wanted to give Singaporeans a cheaper alternative to European restaurants in the old days. In Hong Kong, they have […]
Picture this scenario: You have some important guests in town and you want to bring them somewhere to taste some local Chinese cuisine. Your first choice is your favourite zi char place, but you want somewhere a little more clean and comfortable. You could bring them to one of the many Chinese restaurants around, but […]
Ah Ter Teochew Fishball Noodle Bar: Forerunners of Hawker Cuisine!
Our hawker cuisine has been undergoing a period of maturity in the last decade or so. In the 70’s and 80’s we witnessed the progression of hawkers from pushcarts to hawker centres. Then in the 90’s and 2000s, some of the famous ones moved into the food courts and franchising began. In the last decade or so, we have seen how certain dishes like wanton mee have gone on to open their own specialty restaurants.
Dingtele: Shanghai Sheng Jian Bao and other dim sum!
There are a couple of dumplings which are very good at Dingtele. I Their shen jian bao were very good, though I would have liked the skin to be just a tad sweeter. Lewis tells me that they use fresh Indonesian pork and it's flavourful and soupy without any off-putting porky stench. You have to be careful when eating the bao because they literally burst when you bite into them. I had soup all over my hands and my pants!
Our featured hawker today is Dickson Fong, an ex- Tunglok chef who decided to sell prawn mee after spending a few years doing business in China. His modern approach to prawn mee has won him many fans since he opened his stall months ago.
Nam Sing Hokkien Mee: The History and Origins of Hokkien Mee!
In this year’s National Day Rally speech, our Prime Minister announced that our hawker culture being nominated for inscription into Unesco’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This, he says, will “help to safeguard and promote this unique culture for future generations”. Well, I am all for our hawker culture to be […]
My friends at Daddy's Kitchen are now serving their delicious peranakan dishes at the basement of Hong Leong Building right next to Lau Pa Sat! That's really good news for people working around the area who want to have a delicious bento box filled with dishes that still have that home-made quality about them!