Tiong Bahru Lien Fa Shui Jing Pau (Teochew Crystal Dumplings) :Last of the Artisans
This unassuming little hawker stall at Alexandra village food centre is probably the last of its kind in Singapore that is still selling Teochew crystal dumplings or what is we Teochews call chwee jia bao. What characterises these dumplings is the chewy, see through skin which is made from tapioca flour. The skin is rather […]
Hidden within an industrial estate in Pasir Panjang is this unassuming little restaurant that makes a very unique shabu shabu broth accentuated with yuzu. I didn’t think much about it when the owners emailed me early last year, but it caught my attention again when I visited to present them with the SPH Food Masters […]
Here is a list of some of the places we visited during our family trip to Osaka and Kyoto last December. It wasn’t a dedicated food trip so I didn’t get to eat all the stuff I would have wanted to, but there were a few good places that I can recommend. For a more […]
Bacchanalia by Chef Vianney Massot: Michelin Makeover
Fans of Joel Robuchon will be quite happy to know that the Executive chef at the now defunct L’atelier, Chef Vianney Massot, is now helming Bacchanalia. L’atelier had been my go to place for French cuisine even before it earned its two Michelin stars and I felt rather dissappointed when they decided to close last […]
Have you ever eaten at someone’s house and found the food so delicious that you wished they would just open a restaurant so that you don’t always have to find an excuse to invite yourself over for dinner? Well, that is roughly how Empress Porridge came to be. Actually they started by making their porridge […]
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. Ecc 1:9-10 That is sometimes how I feel […]
Alma by Juan Amador Review – Modern European with Asian influence Michelin Star Restaurant
Nestled in Singapore's Goodwood Park Hotel on Scotts Road is Alma by Juan Amador, who managed to hold down their One-Michelin star status for three consecutive years since its Michelin debut in Singapore in 2016. No doubt, we had high expectations when we were invited to experience their new 3rd anniversary dinner menu. We came away with mixed feelings. The meal went off on a very promising start but but failed to hit the crescendo at the end.
I first met Chef Thomas Kok in 2011 when he was the head chef at Hokkaido Sushi which was named "Best Japanese Restaurant" under his watch. At that time, I was starting to write my "Sushi Files" and it was with his help that I managed to document the different seafood used in sushi!
I recently discovered a young wok master in Toa Payoh! His name is Jeremy, he's Singaporean and he is 38 this year! As you know, Singaporean born zi char chefs are rarer than the Northern hairy nose wombat, so to be able to find one who can infuse serious wok hei into a plate of hor fun is quite a find!
You've probably heard of craft beer, but have you heard of craft beef? Craft beef is the latest trend to hit the steak industry. Steak connoisseurs are no longer satisfied with commodity beef, ie beef from cattle raised in mega feedlots. Now we want to know where the steak comes from, how the cattle was raised, what it was fed and how the meat was aged after slaughter.
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 […]
Chef Kang Noodle House: Michelin Star Chef Wanton Mee
What can you expect when a Michelin star chef makes a humble dish like wanton mee? Well, you would expect that every component of the dish to be meticulously sourced and prepared. The noodles, for instance, are specially imported from Hong Kong. They are full egg noodles with very little “kee” smell and when cooked […]