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 […]
I have been to Waku Ghin several times in the past and the experience has always been quite extraordinary. This should be expected of any two Michelin star restaurant, especially when you have to fork out almost $1k for a dinner for two. This is the kind of restaurant that one goes to to celebrate special life events or when you really have impress a significant other.
Of late, I have started re-visiting some of the hawker stalls which I have written about years ago. When I first wrote about Chey Sua back in 2009, it wasn’t that easy to interview hawkers. In those days, social media was a relatively new and so an inquisitive blogger was greeted which much suspicion. Nowadays […]
Remember the old school Hainanese Coffee House? It’s a place where you can get western food, Hainanese pork chops, hor fun and a good cup of sock brewed coffee! They were operated by Hainanese chefs who wanted to give Singaporeans a cheaper alternative to European restaurants in the old days. In Hong Kong, they have […]
Ah Ter Teochew Fishball Noodle Bar: Forerunners of Hawker Cuisine!
Our hawker cuisine has been undergoing a period of maturity in the last decade or so. In the 70’s and 80’s we witnessed the progression of hawkers from pushcarts to hawker centres. Then in the 90’s and 2000s, some of the famous ones moved into the food courts and franchising began. In the last decade or so, we have seen how certain dishes like wanton mee have gone on to open their own specialty restaurants.
Nam Sing Hokkien Mee: The History and Origins of Hokkien Mee!
In this year’s National Day Rally speech, our Prime Minister announced that our hawker culture being nominated for inscription into Unesco’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This, he says, will “help to safeguard and promote this unique culture for future generations”. Well, I am all for our hawker culture to be […]