What makes this a "Teochew" Steamboat? When I was growing up, I don't remember ever referring to steamboat as "Teochew" or "Cantonese" or "Hainanese". Steamboat, or as we say in Teochew "juang lou" literally means "anything pot" which really is what a Chinese steamboat is all about -- you start with a pot of chicken stock and you put in anything you like! So, I guess a Teochew steamboat is anything that a Teochew would put into the pot!
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"?
When I wrote about Ah Hock Hokkien mee back in 2008, the story was about how Mr Ng Hock Chuan, 73 had decided to come out of retirement to fry Hokkien Mee again! That was 13 years ago and I am glad to report that the old man, who is even older now, is still […]
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse: 13th Best Steakhouse in the World!
When you mention "steakhouse", what I immediately think of is the typical American steakhouse with dim lighting, dark wood furniture, booth seats and of course, a menu that screams Beef, Beef, and more Beef!
Heng Kee Curry Mee: Why aren’t there more stalls selling this?
You can't talk about curry mee without referring to the two stalls at Hong Lim Food Centre. The one on the ground level is Heng Kee Curry Mee which started operations there in 1979. Before that the original hawker, Mr Tay Yong Heng was selling this curry noodles from a push cart along Synagogue Street since the 60's.
Simpang Bedok is a Mee Pok Tar warzone. Everywhere you look, there seems to be a mee pok tar claiming to belong to Ah Lim or Lau Lim or linked to Jalan Tua Kong. But, if you step out of the crossfire and into Wanton Noodle House, you will find yourself in an oasis of calm to enjoy old school wanton mee accompanied by some really nice side dishes.
Keef the Beef: A Hole in the Wall Place for Excellent Steaks!
You don't need fancy white tablecloths and a big hole in the pocket in order to experience a seriously good steak (at least not a BIG hole). In fact, some of the best steaks I ever had where at a friend's BBQ or even in my own home! All you need is to get your hands on a great piece of meat and know how to cook it properly!
A Teochew style Hokkien Prawn Mee? Prawn mee is traditionally a Hokkien dish. So, Chaoyang (Teochew) Prawn Mee might seem like a misnomer. But then again, we also have Teochew Meat Puff, which really is Fuchow Oyster Cakes made by Teochew man. In case you think we Teochews are the only ones usurping other dialect […]
Goong Ob Woon Sen, (prawns baked with vermicelli) is one of my favourite Thai dishes. It can be found in the menu of most Thai restaurants here. However, in Bangkok, there are restaurants like the very popular Somsak Pu Ob that actually specialises in the dish.