Once upon a time, there was a man who ran a very successful restaurant serving traditional Cantonese style food. This man, Mr Chai Kok Hoong, had two sons and he brought them up in the kitchen. He taught one son how to use the wok and the other how to steam the food. Each son was to specialise in his own area of the kitchen and wasn't allowed to encroach on the other's territory.
I must have walked past Lee Do Restaurant countless of times whenever I visit the Automobile Megamart, but it had never occurred to me that this austere looking eatery is one of the last guardians of Fuzhou cuisine in Singapore! I was equally intrigued to learn that they were the ones responsible for making cold crabs the popular dish that it is today!
Classic Singaporean style Teochew food! One taste and you know you are onto some really good stuff. This kind of Singaporean heartland restaurants are a real gem and are, in my opinion, the type of restaurants that should really be included in the Michelin Guide so that tourists can have a taste of solid Singaporean cuisine.
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.
Chef Kang’s Kitchen: The Return of the Canton Wokman!
Fans of Chef Kang of the defunct Canton Wok will be ecstatic to know that our favourite Cantonese Chef is back and this time he means business! After a short hiatus, Chef Kang has opened a little boutique restaurant which seats only 40 pax and doing what he does best — sparring with the wok! It […]
Good Chance Popiah: Another Next Gen Zi Char Chef!
Good chance popiah has got a few things going for it. Aside from the fact that it is opened by a 3rd gen Singaporean chef who is super passionate about food, they also have a few items which are unique to their restaurant which is difficult to find elsewhere. There are also very few restaurants […]
Dong Po Colonial Cafe: Traditional Cakes to go with Kopi!
Singapore’s very own coffee culture has come a long way since Ya Kun started the ball rolling by ushering in the concept of Kopi Cafes in the 90’s. Before that, Singaporeans were only able to enjoy Kopi and Kaya Toast at individual kopitiams. So if you wanted Ya Kun’s kopi you had to head to […]
Sik Wai Sin: Old School Cantonese Style Homecooked Dishes!
I have always felt that there are too many restaurants in Singapore offering too many things on their menu. Restaurants really only need to have a few signature dishes which are outstanding and the fans will just line up outside the place just for those dishes. Think about the last time you went to Jumbo […]
I last blogged about Famous Islamic back in 2007 when the blog was barely six months old. Since then, they have moved further up North Bridge road, dropped the “Famous” from their name, and the given a much needed makeover. There has been very mixed reactions to this Biryani. Some people, especially those from overseas […]
Liang Kee Teochew Restaurant: Teochew Chef behind the Wok!
Address updated: 27 Feb 2016 I always get excited about restaurants where the Chef also happens to be the owner of the restaurant. I get even more excited when I find out that the Chef happen to be a 2nd generation owner who has been wokking for the last 30 years. That usually means that […]
It’s true that the press likes to sensationalize things. There is no better way of getting readers to buy papers then to have headings like “Let’s yee sang for another round of food fight” (1) and then following it up with “Cyberwar of words over dish” (2). But just who is waging the war? I […]
Spring Court Restaurant: The Oldest Chinese Restaurant in Singapore
Did you know that Spring Court Restaurant is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Singapore? I admit that I never knew it until I visited Spring Court recently. Perhaps those Gen Xers and Baby Boomers might recognize it by its old name, “Wing Chun Yuen” which was THE place for Chinese Weddings back in the days […]