Discovering places like Chui Xiang Kitchen is really what this blog is all about. I really like these small eateries where the owner is also the chef. Chef owner restaurants are more common with cafes and Western eateries, but when it comes to Zi Char and local cuisine, you often find hired hands in the kitchen. Sometimes the owner doesn't even know how to cook! But when you find a small restaurant where the owner happens to be the chef, chances are that the food is going to be a little more special.
I am sure that readers who grew up during the time when sang meen was really popular would have a pavlovian response to the photo of the crispy plate of thin egg noodles with a mound of slice beef on top. I mean who wouldn't like noodles that are fried to a crispy crunchy texture? It's like eating "Mamee" except much better!
Char Siew is not easy to define. When you see it, you know it. But if I were to try to describe it in terms of its attributes, it would not be so easy. It’s most basic description might be that of sweet strips of pork that is sliced crosswise and served. That is just […]
Prince Coffee House: Careful, that plate might be older than you!
Coffee Houses were all the rage back in the 70’s. Those were the days when “Western” food simply meant steak with baked beans and potato chips. The good old Coffee House is a term that you seldom hear of nowadays. I think for many Singaporeans of my generation, the term “Coffee House” would conjure up […]
Garlic Prawns with Vermicilli $36/kg When I started writing the blog four years ago, it was a one man show for a couple of months before readers started to write to me about wanting to join me during the blogging sessions. Soon, I had a couple of kakis who would accompany me during the week […]
Hin Fried Hor Fun: Hor Fun with Prawn, Beef and sliced Fish
Beef Prawn and Fish Hor Fun $5 Fried Hor Fun is one of those dishes that you tell whether it is good or not by smelling it. Amazingly, there are not many foods like that in our hawker centres. Let’s see, Mee Pok, Chicken Rice, Char Siew Rice, Fish Soup, Poh Piah, Rojak even Hokkien […]
Nam Seng Wanton Mee: Is This Singapore’s Oldest Hawker Legend?
Mdm Leong, 80, founder, owner and operator of Nam Seng Usually I would put the photo of a dish as my first picture, but as I started to write this post, I began to feel that this story is more about Madam Leong rather than the Wanton Mee which she has been dishing out since […]
With Camemberu, Keropokman and AmagadaHuay La Ban Mian $5 You would be forgiven if you thought that this was a blog about Italian food. This is not a plate of Pasta con Vongole. It might look like Vongole and maybe taste a little like Vongole but Vongole it is not. Instead, it is a Fried […]
Beef Hor Fun $8.80 They should make this little Hainanese Coffeeshop in Coronation Plaze a Heritage Site! If you really want to re-live the good old days, this is the place to be. It was good that pchong wrote in to tell me about this Beef Hor Fun or I would have really missed the […]
Beef Delights: What do you do when you found something good to eat?
With iwatch_uest, liverpool, Tag and smart When you found something good to eat, do you: Keep it all to yourself so that the place will not get crowded and the food quality won’t drop Rush home and post it up on the internet so that the world will know Ring up all your friends and […]
With smart, iwatch_ueat and introducing fashionfoodie My last post on Beef Hor Fun drew quite a few comments about how the Geylang Lor 9 Beef Hor Fun’s standards have dropped. ahbeR and some others wrote in to suggest this Cze Char Stall which was opposite the Thomson Medical Center. Strangely no one actually remembered the […]
Geylang Lor 9 Beef Kway Teow: Still hits the spot!
With iwatch_ueat and carnineviand $5 – smallest portion you can get This Hor Fun has a special place in my heart. I first laid tongue (and eyes) on it over 10 years ago when I was still a Medical Officer working in the General Surgery unit at Changi General Hospital. I remember it was one […]