Royal J’s Premium Taste: Fried Porridge and more
It's not everyday that you find an adventurous cook like chef John. Our mid week makan group has been on the zi char trail for the last two years and our experience has been that most zi char places will offer the usual, tried and tested selection of dishes like fish head curry, salted egg sotong, cereal prawns, sambal kangkong, etc. Not many are willing to take a risk by offering something a little out of the box.
Peranakan Khek: Nonya Kueh for the Next Generation
It is good to know that there is a new generation of Singaporeans who are passionate about traditional cuisine and striving to bring it to the next level. Leading the charge is Chef Malcolm Lee who won a Michelin Star for Candlenut restaurant last year. But winning the Michelin Star was more than just a personal achievement, it also brought international recognition for peranakan cuisine.
Aunty Oh Bama’s Homecooked Indian Curries on HCOOK App
Now you don't have to be envious of anyone who likes to brag about their own mother's cooking! With the HCOOK App, you can have access to hundreds of other people's mother's and grandmother's cooking!
Mango Sticky Rice Recipe
It’s mango season! So make the most of it by making some sticky rice to go with some beautiful mangoes! It is actually quite easy to make, but in order to make it right, you do need to make the extra effort of steaming the glutinous rice so that you get individual grains of rice […]
Nasi Lemak Specialist: Basmati Rice!
The idea of using basmati rice for nasi lemak is not new. Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak at Adam Road Food Centre had built its reputation upon it and even managed to win the patronage of the Sultan of Brunei! What is surprising is that aren't more nasi lemak stalls capitalising on Selera Rasa's idea after so many years.
Neo BBQ Seafood: Origins of BBQ Stingray
My quest for the origins of Singapore hawker dishes has brought me to this BBQ seafood stall at Yuhua Village Food Centre where I met the lady who claimed to be one of the first hawkers to serve BBQ Stingray in Singapore!
Fish Soup Recipe: Chef Kang’s Secret Ingredient
One of the most memorable fish soup I have ever had was at Chef Kang’s kitchen. I must have had it three times already and it never fails to satisfy. I wanted very much to learn how to make it at home and Chef was happy bring me into the kitchen to explain to me […]
Bakery Brera: The Evolution of HDB Bakeries
I still remember the bad old days in the 70's when there was only one type of bread. Those were the days before Gardenia introduced sliced white bread which was "so good you can eat it on its own". In those days, when mum told me to go buy bread, it meant running down to the kek ai (grocery store) to pick up a loaf of traditional kaya toast bread which the lady would slice on the spot.
Eat First! 食之為鮮 A Tale of Two Brothers
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.
Charlie’s Peranakan Food is Back!
You really can’t keep a good cook out of the kitchen for too long! When I last wrote about Charlie’s Peranakan in 2009, he was already planning to retire citing that rentals was getting too high and he was getting tired. He went on to close Charlie’s Peranakan a few months after my story was published and disappeared from the Singapore food scene for a while.
Tomato egg recipe: 10 min meals
Lots of people have requested quick and easy recipes that they can put together after a hard day's work! So here is something I often cook when I am tired but still need something yummy to eat with rice!
Yong He Bak Chor Seafood Noodles: Surf and Turf
Bak chor mee has always been an understated Singaporean dish. At least it was until last year when Hillstreet Tai Hwa Minced Pork noodle become one of the first street foods to be awarded a Michelin Star! Suddenly, this beloved Singaporean dish which had never quite been a poster-boy for Singapore food is thrown onto the world stage.