Chin Sin Huan: Tanjong Rhu Pau gets a next gen makeover
The top three pau shops in my books used to be Tiong Bahru Pau, Teck Kee Pau and Tanjung Rhu Pau. Unfortunately, Teck Kee Pau is not more and Tiong Bahru isn't as great as before. Tanjung Rhu Pau, is the only one left which I am still buying from regularly but overall, the quality of paus in Singapore has really been quite meh over the last decade or so. Sure, we are seeing quite few new brands coming into the market which advertise themselves as 手工包 (handmade pau), but so far, I haven't really found a bao which has come close to the kind of pau I enjoyed while growing up in the 70's.
In 2010, I published “The End of Char Kway Teow” which was a clarion call for us to do something about beloved hawker dish whose popularity has been waning in recent years. Back then, I had already observed that the we only have a handful of Char Kway Teow masters left and most of them are nearing retirement […]
Nasi Lemak is not complicated. At its most basic, all you need is a fragrant rice, an addictive sambal tumis, crunchy ikan bilis and peanuts and a perfectly fried egg with crisp edges and flowing egg yolk. The Malaysians will insist that it has to be hard boiled to be authentic, but for me, a perfectly fried egg beats a hard boiled egg any day. The other stuff, like fried Ikan Kuning, chicken wings, luncheon meat etc are bonus extras. Again, some might insist that the fried fish or fried chicken wing is essential or that luncheon meat should not even be mentioned. That's fine! You are free to choose whatever you like so long as you feel shiok after eating your nasi lemak.
Have you ever tasted a siew mai or har gow that is so good that it just blows all the others out of the steaming basket? I haven’t. In my experience, there is good siew mai and there is bad siew mai. There is good and very good siew mai, but I have never, ever […]
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.
This week's recommendation came from Francis Andre who wrote in to alert me to this hidden gem in Sims Drive serving cheap and good food. After our makan session, our kakis also agreed this is certainly one of the better neighbourhood Zi Chars around!
Let me give you the bottomline right here at the top. If you love Sio Bak, you must head down to this particular stall to try their Sio Bak and then write to me if you know of any hawker stall that can make a Sio Bak better than this stall.
There are few hawker stalls that are as polarizing as Kok Kee. Some people love it, some just cannot stand it. The people who love it would patiently stand in line and order their noodles with the respect and demeanour of a primary school student asking for teacher's permission to go to the toilet.
I am beginning to realize that there are, what I call, mid-life hawkers who are playing a significant role in keeping our hawker traditions alive. Mid-life hawkers are people like Nick Soon, who turn to selling food after spending many years in their first career.
Hui Wei Chinese-Thai Cuisine: On the Cze Char Trail
Unlike some of our other hawker dishes, Cze Char is thriving in Singapore. The reason is simple. Whereas you pay only $3 for a plate of Char Kway Teow, you can end up paying $10-$15 eating at the Cze Char, making it economically attractive. In addition, a lot of families don’t cook at home nowadays. […]
This stall is closed but online ordering is available: https://nasibawean.cococart.co I have been wanting to blog about Nasi Bawean from the very early days of the blog but somehow I didn’t manage to get around it until recently. The problem is that the stall is so popular that it often sells out by the time […]
Hainan Chicken Rice Balls: Necessary Pilgrimage for any Chicken Rice Fan
Chicken Rice Ball 30 cents each I have blogged almost forty chicken rice stalls in Singapore and I must say that it is getting harder to find one that can stand out from among the rest. I must say that there are many good Chicken Rice Stalls in Singapore and no one can dispute that […]