Chin Mee Chin: Where does the Soul of an Eatery Reside?
There are not many culinary institutions left in Singapore, much less those that can boast of an almost 100-year history. So when Chin Mee Chin shuttered its gates in 2018, I am sure that fans of the old-school confectionery must have been crestfallen. However, back then, there was talk of a possible resurrection, so we all held up hope that the gates would open again someday soon.
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.
Good Eats and Hidden Gems: Alexandra Village Industrial Estate Food Trail
I am doing a series of food trails into the industrial estates to uncover good eats that might have escaped your foodie radar. I think there is a general idea that food centres located in industrial areas cater mainly for workers in the estate so most of us won't think about venturing into an industrial estate just to find food.
Katong Sin Chew Confectionery: Old School Curry Buns!!
My friend, Cactuskit, has been wanting to introduce me to this old school bakery for the longest time! I don’t know why it took me so long before I finally got to visit, but when I finally held the soft, fluffy and warm buns in my hands, I knew I was holding something special. The […]
I thought I was cured of my pizza fixation when I finally published my homemade pizza recipe in 2012. I had spent quite a lot of time researching and experimenting with my pizza dough which culminated in procuring a specialized pizza oven at home. At the time, I thought that that was it. Apart from […]
With Singapore progressing so rapidly in culinary sophistication, it is amazing to see Jane’s Cake Station still holding its own with just its two signature cakes whose recipe hasn’t been changed for ages! But ask around about where to buy Singapore’s best chocolate fudge or durian cake and Jane’s Cake Station would invariably pop up. […]
Pine Garden’s Cakes: HDB Sponge for the Next Generation!
Don't go to Pine Garden's expecting the type of cakes that cost $6-$10 which you find at upmarket French sounding bakeries. What you will find there are the simple down to earth cakes which come in many flavours that are built on the familiar old school HDB sponge cake template.
It’s amazing how our neighbourhood bakeries have changed over the years. When I was growing up in the 70′s, the neighbourhood bakeries used to sell butter cream cakes, chicken pies and sausage rolls. Then one day a bakery opened up at Blk 233, Toa Payoh Lor 8 and I was introduced to the soft buns. […]
There are few places that I blog about twice and even fewer that I give a 4.75/5 rating. These are places where I go back again and again because I simply find the food so addictive that I think about eating it at work, at church, on the bowl, in the bath, when I get […]
Dong Po Colonial Cafe: Traditional Cakes to go with Kopi!
Singapore’s very own coffee culture has come a long way since Ya Kun started the ball rolling by ushering in the concept of Kopi Cafes in the 90′s. Before that, Singaporeans were only able to enjoy Kopi and Kaya Toast at individual kopitiams. So if you wanted Ya Kun’s kopi you had to head to […]
Fans of Nonya cuisine would be very happy to learn that Peramakan, (my favourite Peranakan restaurant) has just opened a deli along East Coast Road where they fill their pies, buns and sausage rolls with their delectable dishes! Can you imagine the reaction you get from your unknowing house guests when they bite into a […]
Tong Heng Confectionary: Runaway King of Egg Tarts
When you talk about egg tarts in Singapore, most people will point you to Tong Heng Confectionery for their iconic pastry. In our recent facebook survey, it comfortably garnered 47 out of 90 votes which is quite a feat considering the next runner up only had less than 10 votes! I think Tong Heng’s popularity […]