Biryani is found all over India you can't have a serious conversation about the dish without the mentioning Hyderabadi dhum biryani. Biryani is synonymous with Hyderabad just like Malaysian bak kut teh and Port Klang.
Hawker centres have traditionally been the place where Singaporeans can find cheaper versions of restaurant food. In the 60's, it was the Hainanese who brought Western dishes like steaks, pork chops and chicken chops out from the expensive restaurants and into the heartlands. In the 90's the same thing happened with Italian pastas. The trend continues with the latest being a slew of gourmet hamburger stalls to hit the neighbourhood.
Good Eats and Hidden Gems: Alexandra Village Industrial Estate Food Trail
I am doing a series of food trails into the industrial estates to uncover good eats that might have escaped your foodie radar. I think there is a general idea that food centres located in industrial areas cater mainly for workers in the estate so most of us won't think about venturing into an industrial estate just to find food.
Aston Soon, has in many ways lived the Singapore dream. Starting with just a hawker stall in 2005, he has built an empire with 11 different F&B brands ranging from Western food, fried chicken, steamboat hotpots, Japanese food, and even a Japanese steakhouse. I have been a big supporter since blogging about the first Astons […]
Singapore’s Satay Culture: Satay by the Sea! #OurHawkerCulture
Satay holds a very special place in Singapore food culture. It is the only hawker dish where you can find many stalls at the same place, selling the same dish. You don’t find chicken rice clubs or bak chor mee clubs or roti prata clubs, but you can find Satay Clubs which are a throwback […]
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 […]