Sushi Ayumu: Edomae Style Sushi
The space vacated by Hashida sushi now occupied by Sushi Ayumu. It is still under the same ownership but its direction has shifted from Hashida’s progrssive style back to its Edomae roots where the emphasis is on teasing out the natural flavour of the produce rather than on creativity of the chef.
Tiong Bahru Lien Fa Shui Jing Pau (Teochew Crystal Dumplings) :Last of the Artisans
This unassuming little hawker stall at Alexandra village food centre is probably the last of its kind in Singapore that is still selling Teochew crystal dumplings or what is we Teochews call chwee jia bao. What characterises these dumplings is the chewy, see through skin which is made from tapioca flour. The skin is rather […]
Yuzutei: Shabu Shabu with Yuzu twist
Hidden within an industrial estate in Pasir Panjang is this unassuming little restaurant that makes a very unique shabu shabu broth accentuated with yuzu. I didn’t think much about it when the owners emailed me early last year, but it caught my attention again when I visited to present them with the SPH Food Masters […]
Best eats in Osaka and Nara
Here is a list of some of the places we visited during our family trip to Osaka and Kyoto last December. It wasn’t a dedicated food trip so I didn’t get to eat all the stuff I would have wanted to, but there were a few good places that I can recommend. For a more […]
Bacchanalia by Chef Vianney Massot: Michelin Makeover
Fans of Joel Robuchon will be quite happy to know that the Executive chef at the now defunct L’atelier, Chef Vianney Massot, is now helming Bacchanalia. L’atelier had been my go to place for French cuisine even before it earned its two Michelin stars and I felt rather dissappointed when they decided to close last […]
Din Tai Fung style pork chop and egg fried rice recipe
It’s hard to imagine that Din Tai Fung has been in Singapore for 15 years already and by now I think most of us are familiar with their pork chop on egg fried rice. It is a favourite, especially amongst the kids and I am sure there are many parents out there who want to […]
Empress Porridge: Healthy Homecooked Tasty Food!
Have you ever eaten at someone’s house and found the food so delicious that you wished they would just open a restaurant so that you don’t always have to find an excuse to invite yourself over for dinner? Well, that is roughly how Empress Porridge came to be. Actually they started by making their porridge […]
Claypots Full Circle: From St Kilda to Singapore
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. Ecc 1:9-10 That is sometimes how I feel […]
Alma by Juan Amador Review – Modern European with Asian influence Michelin Star Restaurant
Nestled in Singapore's Goodwood Park Hotel on Scotts Road is Alma by Juan Amador, who managed to hold down their One-Michelin star status for three consecutive years since its Michelin debut in Singapore in 2016. No doubt, we had high expectations when we were invited to experience their new 3rd anniversary dinner menu. We came away with mixed feelings. The meal went off on a very promising start but but failed to hit the crescendo at the end.
Kyuubei: Japanese Sushi and Sashimi in the East
I first met Chef Thomas Kok in 2011 when he was the head chef at Hokkaido Sushi which was named "Best Japanese Restaurant" under his watch. At that time, I was starting to write my "Sushi Files" and it was with his help that I managed to document the different seafood used in sushi!
Hao Kee Seafood Deluxe: Toa Payoh Wok Master
I recently discovered a young wok master in Toa Payoh! His name is Jeremy, he's Singaporean and he is 38 this year! As you know, Singaporean born zi char chefs are rarer than the Northern hairy nose wombat, so to be able to find one who can infuse serious wok hei into a plate of hor fun is quite a find!
Origin Grill and Bar: Beef from Around the Globe
You've probably heard of craft beer, but have you heard of craft beef? Craft beef is the latest trend to hit the steak industry. Steak connoisseurs are no longer satisfied with commodity beef, ie beef from cattle raised in mega feedlots. Now we want to know where the steak comes from, how the cattle was raised, what it was fed and how the meat was aged after slaughter.