Singapore’s Top Ten Hawker Dishes:The UNESCO Hawker Food Trail!
Today is a new day for Singapore's hawker culture and for our hard working hawkers who have been faithfully serving us their hawker delights over the years! It's official! Singapore's hawker culture is now listed on Unesco's representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity, which is a phrase that I can never remember correctly as it has more words than the number of ingredients on a plate of Char Kway Teow!
I put the word out on our facebook page and got a long list of popular cafes from which I specially selected 5 which are owned and operated by young Singaporeans which served a great cup of coffee plus good food. I specially chose the homegrown ones because I wanted to encourage them to develop a cafe culture that is unique to our little island. Granted that inspiration would come initially from great coffee cities like Melbourne and Rome, but over time we should see a coffee culture that can be easily recognized as Singaporean.
I have been asked on many occasions by overseas visitors for suggestions on what to eat when they visit Singapore. After writing this blog for the last eight years and having published two books, I feel that I am ready to pen some thoughts on 10 things that any visitor coming to Singapore must eat.
1. Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Crispy Roti Prata This is a personal favourite of mine. This stall is run by an Indian couple in an old traditional coffeeshop where you can sit on the five foot way to eat your prata and watch time ticking by. The prata dough is handmade and the prata is […]
I am often asked which my favourite hawker dish is. This is a hard question to answer because like most people, I go through phases and crazes. But over the years I have been asked so many times that I have decided to give the standard answer as “Hokkien Mee”. Yes, I do love Hokkien […]
Today we pay tribute to the humble carrot cake. This is a dish which has its roots in Southern China where it started off as rice cakes. When it arrived in Singapore, the rice cake was fried with sweet black sauce which is a popular condiment in South East Asia. Then someone gave it a […]
It’s been another year of wonderful food discoveries! Here are my top ten highlights for the year! 1. Heaven’s Putu Mayyam Resurrection The year started with the resurrection of freshly made Putu Mayyam! This was very exciting as freshly made Putu Mayyam has disappeared from the streets of Singapore for decades! The young man who […]
One of the most common questions I get asked whenever I meet new friends is “Where is the Best Char Kway Teow in Singapore? Or for that matter “Where is the Best Hokkien Mee, Laksa, Yong Tau Foo etc etc”. Of course I direct them to this blog where they can read about the various […]
It is the end of another year of blogging and as I look back on another memorable year, I would like to highlight what I think were my 10 best posts of the year. So without further ado, here they are: 1. Mr & Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Prata Since its discovery, this has become […]
The End of Char Kway Teow: The ieatishootipost book will be officially launched on 18 December!
I am glad to announce that the ieatishootipost book will be officially launched on 18 December 2010 and you are invited to attend our very first book reading event! The book is essentially a celebration of our Singaporean Hawker Heritage and will contain the stories that I have collected from talking to the hawkers over […]