Hawker centres have traditionally been the place where Singaporeans can find cheaper versions of restaurant food. In the 60's, it was the Hainanese who brought Western dishes like steaks, pork chops and chicken chops out from the expensive restaurants and into the heartlands. In the 90's the same thing happened with Italian pastas. The trend continues with the latest being a slew of gourmet hamburger stalls to hit the neighbourhood.
In recent years, there seems to be an increased number of restaurant chefs who have decided to leave their restaurant jobs to become hawkerpreneurs. That is a very encouraging trend, especially if its a western trained chef who have decided to go back to his/her culinary roots. These new stalls invariably attract lots of attention on the […]
Sin Ming Prata: 60 year old family run prata stall!
Roti prata is one of Singapore’s favourite food which you can find everywhere and with many of them opened 24 hours, you can also eat it anytime! However, you do have to sacrifice quality for convenience as many of these 24 hour shops use factory made dough and so the prata usually tastes very generic. […]
I started this journey because I wanted to get a snapshot of the state of the Hainanese pork satay on our little island. There has been much written about satay as a whole but no one has actually zeroed in on Hainanese pork satay which I feel is very unique to Singapore and parts of Malaysia like Malacca where there is a sizeable Chinese population.
In 2010, I published “The End of Char Kway Teow” which was a clarion call for us to do something about beloved hawker dish whose popularity has been waning in recent years. Back then, I had already observed that the we only have a handful of Char Kway Teow masters left and most of them are nearing retirement […]
Yong Seng Satay: Still going strong after 70 years
This stall in Bukit Timah food centre is one of the oldest satay stalls in Singapore which has been around for over 70 years. Ask anyone out West where's a good satay and the name Yong Seng would invariably pop up.
Happy Congee: Hong Kong style Chee Cheong Fun and Porridge!
Those of you who have been thinking of trying the Hong Kong Style Congee and Zha Leong after watching our ARC 380 video would be happy to know that they have just opened two branches - - one at 56 Upper Changi Road and the other at Blk 681 Hougang Ave 8! So now you don't have to brave the long queues at the original stall!
There are two satays stalls listed in the Michelin Guide (Michelin plate) and this stall in Chinatown Complex Food Centre is one of them. Now I do think the inspectors do a fairly good job at reviewing fine dining establishments, but when it comes to local hawker food, I think they just don’t do enough […]
This stall, tucked in one corner of Old Airport Road Food Centre is the most underrated stall that we have uncovered during our Satay Trail. The most famous satay stall at the Old Airport Road is Chuan Kee where you may sometimes have to wait an hour before you would be served your satay. In contrast, there was hardly a queue at Chye Seng.
When I posted the our mission statement on Facebook recently, I was greeted with a few comments about why we even needed to do that since Satay has always been great, why is there even a need to make it "Great Again"?
Char Kway Teow might be facing an uncertain future, but for Hokkien Mee, the future looks promising. In recent years we have seen next generation hawkers like Xiao Di, Hokkien Man and Liang Ji enter the fray. Today, we showcase our youngest contender, Andre Ong, 22, who started his Hokkien Mee stall at Golden Mile […]
Updated 26 Mar 2021 When I last wrote about Chai Ho Satay in 2013, the satays were going for 38 cents each! They have since increased to 50 cents but are still one of cheapest satays you can find! Not only are they cheap, I think the satays are actually better than the last time […]