If I asked you what is the quintessential Singaporean dessert, would you have picked chendol? Probably not. In fact, when I did a poll in 2008 to pick Singapore’s favourite dessert, bean curd come up tops, followed by cheng tng and orh nee. Ice kachang, which used to be the posterboy for Singaporean desserts only […]
There is certainly some positive trends in our hawker scene. We are seeing many new hawkers bringing back traditional foods but infusing them with new ideas! This stall in Golden Mile Food Centre has only been opened for a few months, but I think they are on the track. They have brought back the traditional […]
Soon Heng Hot and Cold Desserts: Hawkers we grow up with
I get a lot of different reactions whenever I pull out my DSLR camera. Some hawkers ask why I am taking photos. Others continue to work as if I wasn't there. But when Mrs Yang saw my camera, she quickly struck up her kawaii pose!
Jin Jin Desserts: Ultimate Mao Shan Wang Durian Cendol!
To make the Ultimate Cendol, I managed to pull together two very passionate individuals. Calvin Ho from Jin Jin Desserts at ABC Brickworks makes, what I consider one of the best, if not the best Cendol in Singapore. I love his thick, treacle like gula melaka and fresh coconut milk which is always a joy […]
Hougang 6 mile Famous Muah Chee: Artisanal Muah Che; The Last One Standing
Muah Chee $2, $3, $5 Did you get to eat freshly made Putu Mayam before it finally disappeared from the streets of Singapore? I didn’t, and just like the Tasmanian Tiger, the artisanal Putu Mayam man its now extinct. (But just like the Tasmanian Tiger, I always hear rumors that there might be one still […]
When I was young I remember my Teochew grandma (actually both grandmas where Teochew) loved ginkgo nuts. We would use the stone pestle to crack open the seed and then use a toothpick to remove the greenish embryo because it was the part of the seed that gave it its bitter taste. We called them […]
Xi Le Teng Dessert Stall: 70 year old lady, 70 cents dessert
Red Bean Soup – 70 cents Red Bean Soup always reminds me of my kindergarten days at the PAP. It’s nostalgic in a sort of a bad way ‘cos I always remember it is the worst red bean soup in the world. Rather than having whole beans or even half beans, it’s just the shell […]
Bee Garden: The Making of a Buzzing Cashier Episode
For the benefit of those who have never watched Channel 8’s Buzzing Cashier, the basic premise of the show is that the hosts go about Singapore identifying hawkers who are usually in financial difficulty and help them with a stall makeover. The show attracts a million viewers every week and after each episode, crowds will […]
Annie’s Peanut Ice Kachang: The Original Peanut Ice Kachang?
Do you think that Ice Kachang is the quintessential Singaporean Dessert? When you think of a typical Singaporean dessert, does Ice Kachang immediately come to mind? I think it is, even though I seldom order Ice Kachang nowadays, preferring Cheng Tng or Tau Suan. But if you should ask me to draw a Singaporean dessert, […]
Dove Desserts: Heavenly Chendol, Traditional Cheng Tng
With smart, liverpool, bashfulhunter, iwatch_ueat, damien and PowerAunty I have never considered this question before until now. Maybe you haven’t too. This is the question: How should Chendol be taken? With shaved ice like the one in the picture or as a soup-drink with crushed ice, like the ones they serve by the road side […]
As dusk sets in, the disco music starts up and Finding Nemo starts playing on the LCD screen in front of the stall. The audience start lining up as this Ice Kachang Man starts his nightly breakdancing routine. Oh yes, some stalls have got good food, some stalls have good service, but this stall has […]
Fancy a bowl of really nice Tau Suan? Head down to the Tampines Round Market and you will find a nice couple selling some of the best traditional desserts. The Tau Suan here is very good. The beans are steamed just nice so that they have some bite but still become powdery when you actually […]