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.
Zheng Ling Char Kway Teow: There is hope for Char Kway Teow!
Things are certainly looking up for Char Kway Teow! When I published my first book in 2010, it was titled "The End of Char Kway Teow" because at the time, I observed that all the best Char Kway Teow stalls in Singapore were manned by wok masters who qualify for the Pioneer Generation Package. I am glad to see that since then, there are not just one, but a few young Char Kway Teow hawkers who have decided to take on this very popular Singaporean dish.
Istimewa Nasi Padang: Curry is Nice but it’s a Fried Chicken Paradise
My kakis who brought me to this Nasi Padang place couldn’t stop raving about it. They told me that it is among the top three Nasi Padang in Singapore, which is their way of saying that it is really the best in their books but it would be too presumptuous to make such a claim […]
Sio Bak (Roast Pork Belly) Sio Bak, so simple, so primal, so shiok. Sio Bak really celebrates the pure flavour of pork since it is simply pork that has been salted and roasted. The beauty of Sio Bak is that with one bite, you can taste the nutty flavours of the meat combined with the […]
Shen Cheng Char Kway Teow: The last of the Char Kway Teow Men!
Char Kway Teow $2.50 My book, “The End of Char Kway Teow, and other Hawker Mysteries” will be published soon (mid Dec). I have been working on the book for the last six months and now we are just putting the finishing touches on the cover. The title of the book is derived from my […]