This week's recommendation came from Francis Andre who wrote in to alert me to this hidden gem in Sims Drive serving cheap and good food. After our makan session, our kakis also agreed this is certainly one of the better neighbourhood Zi Chars around!
Ponggol Seafood was founded by Mr Ting Chong Teng in 1969. At the time, he was working as a foreman at a sauce factory and driving taxi part time. One day he drove all the way to Ponggol point and saw a place for rent and decided to go into the restaurant business. With the knowledge gleaned from his experience working at the sauce factory, he managed to come up with different sauce recipes for his seafood dishes. In the beginning, it was quite difficult and one by one, his partners all exited the business. But Mr Ting persevered and the rest, as they say, is history!
Thai style Zi Char was quite the rage in the 90’s. I remember a particular Thai Zi Char place in Bedok where I used to frequent with my surgical registrar when I was still working at Changi General Hospital. It can best be described as Zi Char with Thai inspired flavours. In those days, authentic Thai food wasn’t as widely available and so this was our local version of Thai food.
Chef John is quite adventurous and is always game to try new things, so when you go there to have a Zi Char meal, you are bound to taste something that is just a little different from your usual Zi Char place, and I mean that in a good way!
Chef Wayne of Keng Eng Kee, or KEK as it is known nowadays, has opened a new Zi Char stall in Pandan Gardens where he is serving progressive Zi Char using some of the new ingredients that are now available in Singapore. The second generation Singaporean born Chef was given full permission by his father to serve his nouveau Zi Char cuisine at his new place, something that he had to keep under wraps at the old restaurant.
Malaysia Famous Fried Porridge: Yes, fried porridge!
I am guessing you probably have the same reaction I had when I first heard of the term "fried porridge". It's the kind of gastronomic oxymoron that is in the same league as "fried ice cream" or "claypot ice kachang"
Crab at Bay only started operations a few months ago but seafood lovers are already discovering the Crab Bee Hoon whose flavour is reminiscent of the Ming Kee of old! It is no wonder since the chefs from Ming Kee are now over at Crab at Bay who is owned by one of the ex-partners of Ming Kee.
This is a very competent Zi Char in the Bedok area that is worth checking out. The standard is much better than your average neighbourhood Zi Char. Milton is quite particular about his food, so the dishes are well curated. He also happens to own a wine shop and wine-lovers will appreciate the fact that corkage is free and you are welcome to bring a few bottles of your own!
It’s amazing how time flies! My last blog post on Cheng’s Delicacies was back in Nov 2007! Wow, 8 years went by just liddat (like that)! I can still remember the last visit there and how impressed I was with the Hokkien Mee and pork belly! I am not sure why I haven’t been […]
Cafe de Hong Kong or should I say Zi Char de Hong Kong
Cafe de Hong Kong was discovered by one of our makan kakis (ijeff) back in 2009 at the height of the Hong Kong Cafe scene. Since then, it has been one of the regular places to eat for some of our kakis. They started off as a restaurant that served authentic Hong Kong food at […]
I have never been to Pulau Ubin for seafood as a kid, so I can’t really tell you how good the seafood there really was. But I was told that there was a person by the name of “Ah Guang” who was quite well known for his seafood. That Ah Guang came back to the […]
Good Chance Popiah: Another Next Gen Zi Char Chef!
Good chance popiah has got a few things going for it. Aside from the fact that it is opened by a 3rd gen Singaporean chef who is super passionate about food, they also have a few items which are unique to their restaurant which is difficult to find elsewhere. There are also very few restaurants […]