Chef Chik: Restaurant Quality Hawker Food!
Discovering stalls like Chef Chik is the Holy Grail of every gastronome. I mean, finding really good food is actually not difficult. Just go to a reputable restaurant and pay top dollar for it and you will most likely get a very good meal. But the real trick is to be able to find the […]
The Beef Station: Family Style Beef Kway Teow
Mention beef noodles and the first stall that comes to mind was the one that used to be at Scotts Picnic food court. The beef noodle there was one of the main reasons for visiting that particular shopping centre. If that memory has evoked a Pavlovian response, then you should quickly wipe off your saliva […]
Good Eats and Hidden Gems: Gourmet East Kitchen Food Trail
Today we take you on a most interesting industrial estate food trail. Rather than visiting the usual hawker stalls we take you to Gourmet East Kitchen in Bedok which houses many central kitchens which manufacture food for hotels and other eateries. I’ll bet many of you would have never even thought of visiting a place […]
Black Pearl: Family Friendly Steak House
If you are after a family friendly steak house in the East, then the Black Pearl might just be what you are looking for! When I first wrote about them in 2007, they had just started business and it was more of a fine dining concept. (The name was more French too — Perle Noir). […]
Weng Kiang Kee Porridge: Hotel Chef Porridge
A hot bowl of Hainanese style pork porridge is the quintessential comfort food for a lot of Singaporeans but for some reason, it isn't as hot (pun definitely intended) as some of the other hawker dishes like prawn mee or char siu/sio bak. As a result, the number of stalls where you can get a really good bowl of traditional Hainanese style porridge can be numbered by a toddler.
Luka Italian: Pizza Perfection
If you have been following my blog for a while, you’d probably know that pizzas are one of those things that have a very special place in heart (or belly in this case). I love many different kinds of food, but when it comes to pizza, I not only enjoy eating it, I have actually […]
PUTIEN: Live Eel Season!
One thing that sets PUTIEN apart from a lot of other Chinese restaurants is the meticulous sourcing of produce and ingredients direct from the Putian region in China. Regular patrons of the restaurant would wait in anticipation of seasonal ingredients such as DUOTOU clams and Oysters which are specially sourced from the region. The uniqueness, […]
Good Food in Bangkok: 2019 Trip
We made a short family trip to Bangkok this year and being a family trip, the kids get to choose some of the things they want to eat. So, this is just a short list of the eateries that I picked. We lived in Bangkok for 2 years almost 20 years ago and the one […]
Old Amoy Chendol: Truly Artisanal Chendol
If I asked you what is the quintessential Singaporean dessert, would you have picked chendol? Probably not. In fact, when I did a poll in 2008 to pick Singapore’s favourite dessert, bean curd come up tops, followed by cheng tng and orh nee. Ice kachang, which used to be the posterboy for Singaporean desserts only […]
The Ultimate Singapore Durian Guide
The durian scene is very different from when I was a kid. Durians used to be just durians. We never used to have special names attached to them. Then around the late 2000's, D24 appeared on the scene which started the age of the durian cultivars. The D24 Sultan dominated the scene for a few years before the throne was usurped by the Musang King who currently reigns supreme!
Tree Coconut: Next Gen Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak is not complicated. At its most basic, all you need is a fragrant rice, an addictive sambal tumis, crunchy ikan bilis and peanuts and a perfectly fried egg with crisp edges and flowing egg yolk. The Malaysians will insist that it has to be hard boiled to be authentic, but for me, a perfectly fried egg beats a hard boiled egg any day. The other stuff, like fried Ikan Kuning, chicken wings, luncheon meat etc are bonus extras. Again, some might insist that the fried fish or fried chicken wing is essential or that luncheon meat should not even be mentioned. That's fine! You are free to choose whatever you like so long as you feel shiok after eating your nasi lemak.
Eat 3 Cuts: Cantonese Roast featuring Pipa Duck!
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 […]