What makes this a "Teochew" Steamboat? When I was growing up, I don't remember ever referring to steamboat as "Teochew" or "Cantonese" or "Hainanese". Steamboat, or as we say in Teochew "juang lou" literally means "anything pot" which really is what a Chinese steamboat is all about -- you start with a pot of chicken stock and you put in anything you like! So, I guess a Teochew steamboat is anything that a Teochew would put into the pot!
It might be "The End of Char Kway Teow" but other dishes like prawn mee are enjoying a culinary rennaisance! While a lot of hawker dishes are still struggling to break out of the $3-$4 straightjacket, Singaporeans are willing to pay anywhere from $3 to $20 for a bowl of prawn noodles.
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 […]
I have always enjoyed our local Da Pau much more than the Hong Kong version that you eat at Dim Sum restaurants. I like it when you tear off the piece of paper and the bottom comes off, releasing the steam and aroma of the juicy pork within. I like it even more when you […]
Making Popiah in Joo Chiat since 1938 I have to let you know about my friends Zita and Vicky at Kway Guan Huat Poh Piah. When I approached them 3 months ago to help me with the Ultimate Hawker Fest, they agreed without hesitation because they knew that it was a charity fundraiser and they […]
Ocean Kingdom Seafood Restaurant: Of Foodies and Deadly Dishes
This restaurant is closed Humans have an innate fascination for novelty. I think I speak on behalf of most foodies here that one of the really exciting things about being a foodie is being able to taste something new. Actually, a foodie is like a collector of sorts. Some people collect stamps (I don’t know […]
This restaurant is closed Situated along Joo Chiat Road, you might just mistake this small little Japanese restaurant as a massage parlor if you didn’t know any better. Maeda has been around for almost two years and occupies the shophouse where Aston Prime used to be. So it is a location I am most familiar […]
I have been on a bit of a pau craze lately. It all started with me trying to make the perfect pau skin at home. I had tried it a few times before, but without much success. Those of you who have tried it before at home might empathize with me. My pau skin always […]
I have wanted to try Roti Babi ever since I read about it in our forum. The most famous place for this dish of bread stuffed with pork is at a Cze Char called Yut Kee in KL which is on my list of places to visit one day. So when I heard about this […]
Ok, maybe you might wonder if Fish Head Curry is indeed a Singaporean invention. It is said that Fish Head Curry is not found in India and that it was resulted as a fusion between the Chinese love for Fish Head and an Indian Curry King's incredible Fish Curry. The Malaysians of course will dispute that and claim that it is yet another dish that they invented that Singapore had stolen.
Macaroon Snowman Can’t believe how time flies. I first wrote about Gobi Dessert back in 2007, since then, they have opened a store at Central where they were for 3 years and now they are back in the Katong area in a shophouse in Joo Chiat! I have been looking at Gobi Desserts again because […]
Sin Heng Claypot Bak Koot Teh: Herbal and Pepper Bak Kut Teh 24 hours a day
Herbal Bak Kut Teh Even though the Teochew style peppery Bak Kut Teh is more popular in Singapore, the response from our Facebook Fanpage showed that there are a significant number of foodies who are looking for the Hokkien Herbal version. So our kakis set off to look for one and ended up in Joo […]