We were featured in the first issue of Health No.1 Magazine. 12/2009.
Here is the Translation: Thanks very much to Kenny Ter and Holybro!
(Picture)Beneath the doctor’s robes, Dr Leslie Tay is a food blogger.
Doctor Blogger Leslie Tay Loves Unique Delicacies
Many doctors and Singaporeans alike love to eat and also enjoy good food. Mention about a doctor who loves to eat, one candidate will come to mind; who is Dr Leslie Tay. Dr Tay not only loves to eat, but after taking off his doctor’s robes, will be seen carrying a camera at various spots scouting for delicacies. Hence, a food blog was started 2 years ago to share his dining experience with everyone.
This issue of Health No. 1 invited Dr Leslie Tay to recommend his 3 favourite restaurants.
Taking Off The Doctor’s Robes To Be A Food Blogger
Before my friends went out to dine every time, they would log on toieatishootipost.sg. He told me that the information the blog has on local delicacies is quite detailed. The owner of the blog Leslie Tay, is a doctor by profession. When having a lunch break during his clinic’s lunch hours, Dr Leslie Tay will bring a camera and go all over Singapore looking for nice food.
Dr Tay said “I’m interested in the local food, so I will log on to the internet frequently in order to look for highly rated chicken rice, char kway teow, hokkien mee etc. but I realized most of the websites do not provide photos for reference. Even if the reviews in words are very good, it will still not be convincing enough without the images.”
As both eating and photography are his personal hobbies, Dr Tay started his own food blog by eating, snapping pictures and blogging it out. Unexpectedly, his blog garnered favourable reviews from around the globe and even won the “Most In-Depth Blog” in the “Singapore Blogs Awards” organized by omy.
Don’t think that Dr Tay forgets about his health as he is always on the lookout for good food.
He says “My daily diets are very healthy, for example I take vegetables and fruits frequently. I also drink milk as the body requires Omega-3.”
Dr Tay also said that although he blogs on a regular basis, he does not stuff himself with food. He said “I planned my schedule, to limit myself to only eat good food 2 to 3 times a week. And I also take note closely of my calories intake to make sure it’s within the healthy range.” Because of self-control, no wonder Dr Tay’s health is still in good shape and he also has a healthy skin tone as well.
Preference Over Hawker Fare
A lot of people think that food bloggers like to go to big restaurants to enjoy a big feast. But Dr Tay said that unless there are new restaurants opening or recommendations by friends or relatives, he will still prefer to patronize hawker stalls. He said “Hawker fare has local delicacies, portray the daily lifestyle and culture of the locals and through the recommendation via the blog, we can let people across the world know more about our dining culture and also to attract them to come forth to taste it themselves.”
As a food blogger, Dr Tay has tasted various delicacies in the past 2 years. Therefore, I asked him to recommend 3 of his favourite restaurants. He recommended the following without any hesitation. Why?
He said “I found out that not only their food is delicious but they are also unique, which made me want to go back for the taste again, becoming a returning customer.”
1. Cuigini Pizzeria
The unique point about this Italian restaurant is that all the ingredients used are imported from Italy, and the chefs will only cook upon receiving orders to ensure the freshness of the dishes. For example; the pasta, the chefs use top grade ingredients to ensure every aspect of the taste is well taken of.
What good stuff?
Seafood soup, Seafood Pasta, Squid Ink Pasta
Address:87 Club Street #01-01
Contact Number: 622 3791
Operating Hours: 11am – 2.30pm; 6.30pm – 11pm (Closed on Saturday lunch times)
2. 双喜菜馆(Double Happiness Restaurant)
The friendly lady boss is a culinary expert. Her skills are the restaurant’s live advertisements. The passion she has for cooking has never dimmed, for the many years in the line, she has invented new recipes and dishes. This is the reason why the restaurant is always serving up great tasting food. “Fragrant Prawns” is her latest new dish. The prawn meat is succulent. The taste is hot, sour and sweet, very appetizing. And the prices are very reasonable as well.
What good stuff?
Prawn Paste Chicken, Luo Han Fruit Spare Ribs, Crispy Prawn Rolls, Fragrant Prawns
Blk 89 Zion Road #01-137
Contact Number: 9736 4067
Operating Hours: 11am – 10.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
3. 早安南洋(Good Morning Nanyang)
The coffee and kaya toasted bread are the locals’ favourite breakfast choices. But having the coffee with the kaya toast Ciabatta generates what kind of taste? The Ciabatta here is toasted on the spot, added with a spread of uniquely Nanyang kaya and with the coffee together, is an enjoyment.
What good stuff?
Baked Scones, Coffee and Ciabatta, Coffee, Teh C
Address: 133New Bridge Road #03-01 Chinatown Point
Contact Number: 8133 1882
Operating Hours: 8am – 7pm (Mondays to Fridays), 10.30am – 7pm (Saturdays and Public Holidays)(Closed on Sundays)