You probably heard about Roast Paradise, the upstart Cantonese Roast stall at Old Airport Road started by two young men that quit the nightclub scene to pursue a hawker’s life. They managed to quickly attracted long queues to their stall soon after their opening and within a year became well on their way to hawker stardom. […]
Choon Kee Roasted Delights: Undiscovered Roast Master – ieat Food blogs started to really take off in the early 2000′s. In 1999, there were but 23 blogs in existence, by 2006, there were 50 million. In Singapore, there were just a handful of food blogs when I started ieatishootipost in 2006. Nowadays, we have already […]
Good Eats and Hidden Gems: Kampung Ubi Industrial Estate Food Trail
This is the 2nd in a series of food trails where we try to uncover good eats hidden in our industrial estates! These areas are often overlooked as places to go for food because we just assume that they cater only to the workers in the estate. But if you dare to go in and […]
Fook Kin Roasted Meat: Hipster Hawkers Cantonese Roasts
The last decade has been an interesting time for the evolution of Singapore cuisine. Our hawker food is gradually moving out of the hawker centres into their own standalone eateries and our next generation of Singaporean hawkers are doing it in style!
Shi Mei Roasted: Good Charsiu up North – ieatishootipost As you may know I have been looking for the perfect charsiu rice for a while now. For a “perfect” charsiu rice, the trio of charsiu, chicken rice and charsiu sauce must all come together in sublime symphony! So far, I haven’t found a stall that […]
We are all very familiar with the basic dim sum items like har gao, siew mai and char siu bao, but how many of us really know what to look for in a good har gao or what makes one siew mai better than the next? We sat down with Hua Ting's Chef Lap Fai to discuss these questions!
I am on the hunt for good charsiu again. In the past, I have always focused mainly on the quality of the charsiu. But this time round, I am looking not just for good charsiu, but I am also focusing on the sauce and the rice.
The reason I am thinking about charsiu rice this way is because of unagi don. In the past year, I have written quite a bit about unagi don and to me charsiu rice is very similar to unagi don. Both are grilled meats on rice with a sweet sauce. The big difference, aside from the fact that one is a fish and the other, a pork, is the quality of the sauce that goes with it.
The restaurant is named after Mr. Kam Shui Fai who founded the world famous Yung Kee Roast Goose in 1942. The venerable restaurant hit the headlines in recent years when a family feud drove it to the brink of closure. It was during this time that third generation Mr Hardy Kam opened Kam's Roast Goose which earned a Michelin Star within a few months of its opening.
Leslie’s Char Siu Recipe: Finally perfected it after 9 years!
After 9 years of research, trials and failures, I have finally succeeded in making charsiu at home. This is, by far, the most frustrating and difficult dish to get right. I started experimenting in 2008 with a recipe from Fatty Cheong whose charsiu is still the gold standard for me. The tender, bouncy and juicy meat melts in your mouth and melodiously melds with the sweet crimson lacquer!
It is good to see our two young hawkerpreneurs, Kai and Randall doing so well at Roast Paradise one year on. When I initially posted their story on Facebook in Oct last year, they had just opened their stall and though the char siew was promising, I felt that it needed more fine tuning before I would recommend it on the blog.
I have driven past this particular coffeeshop along Tanjong Katong on many occasions en route to the carpark and have always noticed that it was quite crowded. But it wasn't until my friend Johnny told me about their char siew that I made an effort to drop in to give it a try. Johnny specifically said that I needed to ask for the fattier charred cuts to truly experience their char siew!