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!
Fatty Cheong ABC Char Siew Rice: The Next Generation!
This stall is closed Fatty Cheong’s has been one of my favourite places to eat at since I first discovered his sublime char siew back in Nov 2006 when the blog was only in its infancy! Since then, his char siew has been the gold standard for which my kids compare all the other char […]
There is one memory of Cantonese Roast that has been ingrained in my mind and that was of Jia Le Roasted Meats when they were still at Suntec City Republic Food Court. It wasn’t just the glistening reds and stunning bits of char on the charsiew that mesmerized me but the variety of roasted critters […]
There are five components in a plate of wanton mee. 1. Noodles, 2. Char Siew, 3 Wanton, 4, Sauce, 5 Chilli and ok lah, 6 if you count the soup. So far, I have yet to find a stall that gets all 6 components right. I have endeavored to find that elusive stall in the past […]
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 […]
Mei Mei Roast Meats: This little Sister Roasts a Mean Duck!
There are not many Roast Meat joints which are headed by a lady boss. The one that most people know about is Kay Lee who became even more famous when news broke out last year that she is going to retire and letting go of her business for a cool $3.5 million. As far as […]
Tao Xiang Kitchen: Hong Kong Style Roast in the Coffeeshop
So which is better? Hong Kong Style Char Siew or Singapore Style Char Siew? What’s the difference? I hear you ask. Well, compare a chunk of Char Siew from Fatty Cheong with one from Crystal Jade and you will understand what the difference is. Our local Char Siew tends to be much sweeter than the […]
Foong Kee has been battling an identity crisis ever since they were featured on Straits Times as the best Wonton Mee in town. I admit that even I made the same mistake when I wrote about them as part of my quest to find the best Wonton Mee back in 2007. When I went back […]
Soy Sauce Chicken $32 each (2.5kg chicken) Think about it. If you told someone who hasn’t tasted chicken rice before that you’re going to bring him to eat a dish of boiled chicken, he’d probably tell you that he has to go see a man about a dog. I think in general, most people would […]