When I first wrote about Gen Shu (Uncle Kun) back in 2009, it really caused quite a stir amongst the internet foodies. Gen Shu had been a Hong Kong masterchef for many years with his last stint before retirement as the Executive chef of Mouth Restaurant. However, he soon got bored staying at home and decided to come out of retirement to open his own hawker stall in Toa Payoh Lor 4.
When we first dined at Restaurant JAG last year, I predicted that Chef Jeremy Gillion’s passion for exotic European herbs and vegetables would surely win him a Michelin Star and indeed, that premonition came to pass later that year! The good news is that even after winning a Michelin Star, prices of their degustation menu […]
Botan Japanese Restaurant: Chef Thomas’ Special Signature Set!
Fans of veteran Chef Thomas Kok will know that our gallivanting chef has moved five times since I first wrote about him at Hokkaido sushi in 2011. And, I am not even his oldest fan, I’ve even met customers who have been following him since his Nanten days in the 80’s! Having been in the […]
There is nothing more satisfying than some eggy noodles covered with a yummy sauce to start the day! That is why this next gen hawker couple gets to their stall at 3am in the morning to start cooking the charsiu and frying the pork lard so it is ready for their customers by 5.30am!
Chaoniu Beef Hotpot: A slice of Chaoshan cuisine in Singapore!
I first came across this beef hotpot when I visited my ancestral village in Chaoshan (Teochew) last year. It was so good that I remember thinking that someone should start a beef hotpot in Singapore! Well, someone must have read my thoughts and the restaurant was opened soon after I came home! You might be […]
When my friend first invited me for lunch at Soul Food, I really wasn't expecting much. The usual reason for visiting such social enterprises are to offer support for their cause rather than to specially go there for the food. That has so far been my experience.
Seng Hock: The Butterfly Fritter: You Char Kway’s lesser known sibling!
I've been re-awakened to the simple pleasures of the butterfly fritter (beh hei ji) lately. I have always enjoyed them, but they have never really shared the same limelight has their older sibling, the youtiao. I guess it's because youtiao is much more versatile, as it appears in other dishes like rojak, pork porridge and tau suan whereas, the butterfly fritter is a standalone snack.
It might be "The End of Char Kway Teow" but other dishes like prawn mee are enjoying a culinary rennaisance! While a lot of hawker dishes are still struggling to break out of the $3-$4 straightjacket, Singaporeans are willing to pay anywhere from $3 to $20 for a bowl of prawn noodles.
Did you know that there are not one, but two famous Hill Street char kway teow stalls? The more well known one is located at Bedok which has been taken over by the son of the original hawker. The other one, which doesn't get as much publicity, is located at Chinatown Complex Food Centre.
In 2010, I published my pandan chiffon cake recipe after months of trials and failures. It's satisfying to know that the effort didn't go to waste as the recipe is still the most popular on the internet. What I didn't realise was the far reaching impact of that recipe until when I met with Mark Ng, the owner of Pure Pandan.
Hokkien Man, Hokkien Mee: Fine Dining Chef turned Hawker
Xavier Neo created quite a stir on social media when he left his job as a fine dining chef to take on the humble Hokkien mee. He created even more of a stir when it became known that he opens for only four hours a day (10am to 2pm) and has often had to turn […]