If you are Hakka, you would surely know about Plum Village restaurant. It is one of only a handful of specialty restaurants serving Hakka cuisine and certainly the oldest. Founded 52 years ago, by Mr Lai Fak Nian's father in partnership with a Hong Kong Hakka chef, it was originally located at Blk 94 Toa Payoh Lorong 4 before it moved to its present location in 1984.
Heng Kee Curry Mee: Why aren’t there more stalls selling this?
You can't talk about curry mee without referring to the two stalls at Hong Lim Food Centre. The one on the ground level is Heng Kee Curry Mee which started operations there in 1979. Before that the original hawker, Mr Tay Yong Heng was selling this curry noodles from a push cart along Synagogue Street since the 60's.
Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know that my all time favourite hawker dish is fried Hokkien Mee. It is, in fact, the subject of my very first blog post which I wrote, way back on August 2, 2006!
Makan House by Ollela: Excellent Bika Ambon and other kuehs!
I spent several months perfecting my Bika Ambon recipe back in 2017. It must be one of the most frustrating kuehs to get right. The key to the kueh lies in the way it is baked. You really can’t do it properly in an ordinary oven, not matter what some blogs say. In the end, […]
Fancy a restaurant with the audacity to call itself “The REAL Peranakan!” Being such a close knit community, I am sure the other Peranakan restaurants must be rather riled at the impudence of the brand new upstart! What, you mean to say the rest of us are “Bluff” Peranakan is it? But as you well […]
There is a Hole-In-The-Wall zi char located right next the Hole-In-The-Wall steak house I wrote about recently. I guess it comes as no surprise that if you have two eateries next to each other and one is a “Hole-In-The-Wall”, then the other must be occupying another hole in the same wall! What is surprising is that […]
Simpang Bedok is a Mee Pok Tar warzone. Everywhere you look, there seems to be a mee pok tar claiming to belong to Ah Lim or Lau Lim or linked to Jalan Tua Kong. But, if you step out of the crossfire and into Wanton Noodle House, you will find yourself in an oasis of calm to enjoy old school wanton mee accompanied by some really nice side dishes.
A Teochew style Hokkien Prawn Mee? Prawn mee is traditionally a Hokkien dish. So, Chaoyang (Teochew) Prawn Mee might seem like a misnomer. But then again, we also have Teochew Meat Puff, which really is Fuchow Oyster Cakes made by Teochew man. In case you think we Teochews are the only ones usurping other dialect […]
If you are looking for a silver lining in this whole Covid 19 situation, then this is one of them. We would never have the chance to eat this old school grandma bak chang if not for the fact that the virus has forced some individuals to make abrupt career switches! Such is the case […]
Attended the media preview of Luke’s Lobster which will be serving their famous lobster rolls this Wed 23 Sep at the entrance of Isetan at Shaw Centre. I am sure some of you here would have lined up for their lobster rolls in Tokyo and NY before.
Restaurant Home: Big, Fluffy, Ugly Paus like those in Johor!
I had my most memorable Pau encounter years ago when my friend David brought our family to Wee Hoi kopitiam for the “grandma” pau. The paus were big, fluffy and rustic looking — something you would expect grandma to make. We arrived at the kopitiam at 12.30pm, sat at the table and waited. There was […]