Mei Ji Fishball Noodles: #OurHawkerCulture The Kampung Spirit!
The kampung spirit is still alive and well in our hawker centres! I met with Philip Tan recently who has been selling fishball noodles at Bukit Merah Food Centre since 1980 and he related some fascinating stories of how the hawkers, about half of whom have been there for almost four decades, behave almost like one big extended family.
We have not eaten much Thai food we returned a 2 year stint in Thailand years ago because we never found anything that suits our palate here. However, my wife and I finally found a restaurant we don’t mind going back to. The restaurant is located in a sleepy shopping centre in Yishun and from its name, you might imagine it to be some sort of Thai food court. But, it is actually a family run Thai restaurant opened by a Singaporean and his Thai wife.
Do you all remember the ice cream man who would go around the neighbourhood ringing his bell? “Cling cling, cling cling ……” Everyone will know the ice cream man was around and us kids will start clamouring for ice cream. But what is a housewife to do when you live in a flat with three […]
Tiong Bahru Lien Fa Shui Jing Pau (Teochew Crystal Dumplings) :Last of the Artisans
This unassuming little hawker stall at Alexandra village food centre is probably the last of its kind in Singapore that is still selling Teochew crystal dumplings or what is we Teochews call chwee jia bao. What characterises these dumplings is the chewy, see through skin which is made from tapioca flour. The skin is rather […]
Hidden within an industrial estate in Pasir Panjang is this unassuming little restaurant that makes a very unique shabu shabu broth accentuated with yuzu. I didn’t think much about it when the owners emailed me early last year, but it caught my attention again when I visited to present them with the SPH Food Masters […]
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. Ecc 1:9-10 That is sometimes how I feel […]
I recently discovered a young wok master in Toa Payoh! His name is Jeremy, he's Singaporean and he is 38 this year! As you know, Singaporean born zi char chefs are rarer than the Northern hairy nose wombat, so to be able to find one who can infuse serious wok hei into a plate of hor fun is quite a find!
I first met Aston when he opened “Astons Specialties” along East Coast Road back in Aug 2006. At the time, he had just taken the bold step of moving from his western food stall in the corner coffeeshop into his own shop space. I would never have imagined that Astons Specialties would grow to become […]
Chef Kang Noodle House: Michelin Star Chef Wanton Mee
What can you expect when a Michelin star chef makes a humble dish like wanton mee? Well, you would expect that every component of the dish to be meticulously sourced and prepared. The noodles, for instance, are specially imported from Hong Kong. They are full egg noodles with very little “kee” smell and when cooked […]
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!
If you are a fan of Dian Xiao Er’s herbal roast duck, then you should be happy to know about this little hawker stall in Golden Mile food centre which serves a similar herbal roast duck! If you have never tried herbal roast duck before, then now you can have a small portion served with […]
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 excels in all three. Most charsiu rice places don’t […]