I have been blogging for twelve years now and I thought I had seen it all. In the early days, a lot of hawkers were highly suspicious whenever I try to interview them, but as blogging and social media marketing got more popular, many hawkers have become media savvy and it has been easier to […]
there are two different styles of satay in Singapore. One is the Malay style and the other the Chinese style. I love them both, although, I do feel that Hokkien mee goes better with the Hainanese style pork satay. The two styles differ not only in the ingredients used for the marinade, but also in how the satay is grilled.
I don't know about you, but if I were given a choice, I would always choose to dine at the counter. Not only do I get to eat, but I also get to be mesmerized when ingredients get magically transformed into tasty tidbits in hands of the chef. It's alimentary alchemy that gets even better when the pyrotechnics get thrown in.
The hawker mindset is slowly but surely changing, and we have the internet to thank! Gone were the days when people had look for a master to teach them how to cook certain dishes. Millennial hawkers now learn to make charsiu via the internet! This was the case for our three hawker heroes today who based their charsiu on my charsiu recipe which I spent 9 years perfecting!
Dynasty Ipoh Seafood: Fried Porridge Chef finally opens his own place!
It’s been a rocky road for Chef John, our fried porridge maestro. Barely a few months after he opened Royal J’s premium, it was shut down due to some disagreements with his business partner. I have been following John on his stall hopping trip since Dec 2015 when he first left Ipoh to set up shop at Macpherson, then he moved to bigger premises in Lavender before moving to the last location at Bishan. Now he has finally ventured out on his own, so hopefully he will stay put at his present location for some time.
The California roll was created over five decades ago in Los Angeles by Chef Ichiro Mashita who substituted tuna with avocado during the tuna off-season. He thus started the American sushi revolution which soon gave rise to sushi rolls named after the other states. In Seattle, they made their rolls out of smoked salmon and called it, surprise surpise, the Seattle roll. The Philadelphia roll had cream cheese in it and in New Mexico the sushi roll gets spiced up with chillies!
The formula for success in hawkerpreneurship can be summarized thus: Good(taste + quality + price) = Success Bai Nian is a fine example of how this formula works. In just three short years, Andy Pang went from the timber business to running three busy yong tau foo stalls and an entire food court! How did […]
Sin Kee Seafood Soup: Something’s brewing up North!
Crayfish has been enjoying a surge of popularity in recent years with the increasing number of stalls serving seafood white beehoon. It was once considered the poor man’s lobster, but something that used to cost $12/kg just 5 years ago is now commanding $17/kg and this blog post isn’t helping to put a damper on the […]
If you like Yong Xiang's style of yong tau foo but hate to queue, then an alternative would be this stall situated in a coffeeshop which has managed to escape being transformed into a hipster cafe in Tiong Bahru.
I was on a treasure hunt one day after receiving a heads-up from The Silverchef about a certain char kway teow man in an old coffeeshop around the area. Unfortunately, he didn't give me an address nor did I remember who it was that told me about it at that time. I just remembered vaguely that someone had told me about an old school char kway teow man in a coffeeshop close to Sungei Road Laksa and The Beef House.
Ang Mo Kio 107 Carrot Cake: Friendliest Hawker Award!
So what do you do when the boss just won't get off your back, the goldfish is starting to swim sideways and you just found out that your brand new smartphone has just gone missing? Well, it's time to look on the bright side of life, get something good to eat and let yourself be infected with a contagious smile.