I have always loved satay. As a kid, satay was the easiest, tastiest thing to eat. In those days, it seemed to be a regular feature at every coffeeshop you visit. So, aside from selling kopi and teh, each coffeeshop would make their own pau and there will be someone grilling satay along the pathway […]
Redring Wanton Mee: PhD Wanton Mee & Mid Life Hawkerpreneurs
This Stall is Closed I have always lamented the fact that I can’t get the perfect wanton mee in Singapore. I know that some people only go for the noodles, while others place more emphasis on the charsiew or wanton. But why can’t I have it all? Good noodles, good sauce, good charsiew and good […]
A Noodle Story: Is this what the nex gen Singapore Noodles looks like?
Is this the future of Singapore’s hawker food? A bowl of Wanton Mee that has elements of both Japanese Ramen and traditional Wanton Mee? Some might applaud it for being innovative, perhaps the next stage in the evolution of our heritage hawker food. Others might consider it a cheap and poor imitation of the Japanese […]
Here is the episode of Frontline first aired on Ch 8 on 3 May 2013 at 10.30pm. Thanks to Sen for the video upload! Here are two of the stalls that were featured: 1. Xiao Di Hokkien Mee2. Heaven Putu MayyamHere is the bottomline: If we want to be able to eat good, traditional hawker […]
Preserving our Hawker Heritage: How about Migrant Hawkers?
I was in Tanjung Pinang recently for a fishing trip. While we were sitting in a nearby coffeeshop, I spied this hawker who was working non-stop, making their version of wanton mee. The way he placed a plastic bag into the plastic mug for takeaway orders was a real blast from the past. I am […]
Legendary Bak Kut Teh @ Rangoon: 2nd Generation Hawkerpreneurs!
This restaurant was previously known as “Founder” There has been a lot of talk about preserving our hawker heritage recently. The main worry is about the lack of younger Singaporeans wanting to enter the hawker profession. This is certainly a big concern for certain dishes like Char Kway Teow. The problem lies in simple, basic […]
Xiao Di Hokkien Mee: Next Gen Hawker Master in the Making
Foodies all over Singapore are keenly aware of the lack of new generation hawkers to take over from the old hawker masters. I am glad that some of our Gen Y Singaporeans are taking the initiative to try to save our hawker heritage. Two such projects have been under taken by NTU students last year. […]
When I wrote about Heaven’s Indian Curry in 2011, I spoke with the stall owners about my dream of eating freshly made Putu Mayyam in Singapore. At the time, Letchmi told me that it was certainly possible and all they needed was a good location for another stall. Fast forward to Nov 2012. I was […]
The upcoming Ultimate Hawker Fest has given many hawkers the opportunity to dream. Many hawkers, like Gunalan from The Prata Place have visions of the ultimate version of their specialty dishes but are usually hampered by the need to keep prices at a level which they think their customers are willing to pay. But with […]
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh @ UE Bizhub East: The Future of Hawker Fare!
I met up with Mr Yeo Hart Pong, the 2nd generation boss of Song Fa last week at his brand new restaurant in Changi Business Park. As you know, Song Fa is coming up with the Ultimate Bak Kut Teh for our Ultimate Hawker Fest on 20 October and we are talking about how to […]
Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh: Every day is a Good Day for Bak Kut Teh!
If I were to pick a dish to represent Singapore, my choice would be Bak Kut Teh. It might seem strange that I should choose Bak Kut Teh over hot favourites like Chicken Rice and Chilli Crabs but after pondering upon this question for the last few years, I have come to the conclusion that […]