Ye Lai Xiang Tasty Barbeque: Classic Hainanese Western Food!
You can find all sorts of authentic Italian, French and American cuisine in Singapore nowadays but back in the 70's when I was growing up, western food meant Hainanese chicken and pork chop and steaks served on sizzling hot plates.
Ho Guan Satay Bee Hoon: Pioneer Generation Hawkers!
Satay Beehoon and cuttlefish kangkong belong to that category of hawker food which may be best described as "niche". Some hawker dishes like chicken rice, roti prata and carrot cake are so much a part of the Singaporean identity that one really cannot be considered a true blue Singaporean if you have tried these dishes in your life. (Ok lah, vegans excepted) But I am very sure that there will be some readers here who have never eaten Satay Beehoon before, right?
Teck Seng Soya Bean Milk: Handmade Heritage Beancurd
If you visit Tiong Bahru food centre in the mornings, you will notice a few stalls with long snaking queues. One of them would be a stall selling beancurd. On the face of it, this looks like a typical beancurd stall that you can find at any market. So, what makes this stall so special that people are willing to queue up for half and hour for a bowl of bean curd?
Hong Heng Fried Sotong Mee: Michelin Guide Hawkers!
The Michelin Guide has put Singapore’s hawker food on the world gastronomy map with the announcement of 2 One Michelin Star Hawkers this week, viz Hillstreet Tai Hwa Bak Chor Mee and Hong Kong Soy Sauce Chicken. Now we can boast that Singapore is the cheapest place in the world where you can eat at a Michelin Star establishment! Two dollars! Yes $2 is all you need to eat a Michelin Star meal!
It’s sometimes very difficult to put your finger on why you like a certain dish. Some dishes just taste better. Others might evoke a sense of nostalgia. When you find a dish that can do both, that is when you can’t help but tell everyone about it. My first impression of this lor mee stall at Circuit […]
I am sure that readers who grew up during the time when sang meen was really popular would have a pavlovian response to the photo of the crispy plate of thin egg noodles with a mound of slice beef on top. I mean who wouldn't like noodles that are fried to a crispy crunchy texture? It's like eating "Mamee" except much better!
Dancing Char Kway Teow man of Circuit Road Food Centre
It is good to find a Char Kway Teow man who seems to have fun fun at work. Mr Chee Wei Liang, 60 tells me that he doesn't have time to exercise, so he incorporates a dance routine when he fries his kway teow in order to work up a sweat. I am sure that the heat and steam from the wok also helps to complete the sauna treatment.
This story follows my previous story about Lim’s Fried Oyster. both of these stalls are located in the same area of Berseh Food Centre. I was alerted to it by my friend Damien who told me about a masked couple selling satay which he felt was very well grilled such that it was slight charred on the […]
Our pioneer hawkers are simply amazing! These are the Singaporeans who have laboured tirelessly to feed a generation of nation builders and they embody a work ethic that has propelled our country to what it is today. Although they have lived through the development of a nation from third world to first, they are still very much the gatekeepers of a nation’s past.
Armenian St Char Kway Teow: It’s Really The End of Char Kway Teow
I'm telling you: It's REALLY The End of Char Kway Teow!
I have been sounding the alarm about the impending demise of Char Kway Teow for quite a few years now. It's fate was encapsulated in the title of my first book "The End of Char Kway Teow" which was published in 2010. Since then, not much progress has been made and my recent interview with the owner of Armenian Street Char Kway Teow seems to be only adding more nails to the coffin of this iconic Singaporean dish.
Have you ever been asked what would your last meal be? I have been asked this many times and I have also come across other people’s responses. I think that the given answer is not really what the questioner is after because most people would pick a dish of nostalgia; like the kueh that grandma used to make or the porridge that mum cooks on a rainy day.
If you made a list of the top ten most popular hawker foods in Singapore, there is no doubt that wonton mee will be on the list. Wonton mee is comfort food for many Singaporeans and there are many competent stalls around. It is not easy to make a list of the top 10 wanton mee in Singapore because when it comes to wanton mee, different people have different preferences.