There are three types of roast duck in Chinese cuisine. The most famous is Peking duck where the emphasis is on the crispy skin that is eaten with pancakes, spring onions and cucumber. The most common is roast duck which is the one we find at most Cantonese roast stalls. Here the emphasis is on […]
Singapore Next Generation Durian Culture: 99 Old Trees, Durian Story, Spike Empire, Bao Jiak
We are in the middle of a durian revolution spearheaded by next generation durianpreneurs that are redefining the durian culture in Singapore! When I started writing about durians in 2012, most durian sellers were known by "Ah" something. So, we met durian uncles like Ah Loon, Ah Seng and Ah Kok. In the last few years however, we are seeing a new wave of durianpreneurs who go by modern English names!
The stall was started by Mr Sim’s grandfather who sold bak chor mee from a push cart along the streets of Chai Chee years ago when it was still a real kampung. Mr Sim himself has already been helming the stall for 32 years!
Most of the “roasted chicken” sold at our hawker centres are not actually roasted but deep fried or at least bathed in hot oil in order to produce that beautiful, bronzed skin color! I actually prefer roasted chicken to white chicken and if given a choice, I would choose it over white chicken anytime! […]
Time flies! Nov 8, 2006 was when I first published my story about Joo Chiat Prawn Mee while they were still at 15 Crane Road. At the time I had just picked up a 2nd hand Canon 500D and was starting to develop my own style of street food photography. There were only a handful of food blogs then and no Instagram or Facebook and the only way of finding out where the best prawn mee are was to look at forums or ask your friends!
I must admit that lor mee has always been on my B list of things to eat. It wasn’t a dish which my parents were particularly fond of, so I never got to eat much of it growing up. But lately I have been experiencing a lor mee renaissance. I re-discovered how delicious lor mee […]
White House Teochew Porridge: Ultimate Comfort food!
Teochew porridge is my ultimate comfort food and I am sure it is for many Singaporeans too! Just imagine sitting down a few salty, spicy, sweet dishes washed down with a bowl of piping hot porridge! It's the ultimate remedy for a rainy day!
Hawker centres have traditionally been the place where Singaporeans can find cheaper versions of restaurant food. In the 60's, it was the Hainanese who brought Western dishes like steaks, pork chops and chicken chops out from the expensive restaurants and into the heartlands. In the 90's the same thing happened with Italian pastas. The trend continues with the latest being a slew of gourmet hamburger stalls to hit the neighbourhood.
Good Eats and Hidden Gems: Alexandra Village Industrial Estate Food Trail
I am doing a series of food trails into the industrial estates to uncover good eats that might have escaped your foodie radar. I think there is a general idea that food centres located in industrial areas cater mainly for workers in the estate so most of us won't think about venturing into an industrial estate just to find food.
Hwa Xing Bak Kut Teh: #OurHawkerCulture Pork Bone Tea!
The word "culture" can be defined as "the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society" If you are still wondering if our hawker culture is indeed so unique that it should be recognized by UNESCO, then come with me to Yuhua hawker centre and then to Pek Sin Choon tea merchants to explore the relationship between pork bone soup and gongfu tea.
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.