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August 7, 2015

Seated along Syed Alwi Road, opposite the bustling Mustafa centre and smack in the heart of Little India, is the unsassuming Chindian restaurant Copper Chimney. Yes you read that right, I did just say Chindian. It is exactly as it sounds, essentially Chinese Indian cuisine that originated from the Northern Eastern part of India bordering China....

March 11, 2015

 

"One plate of roast duck rice please."

"Braised duck."

"Oh yeah yeah braised duck!"

 

That about makes up half the conversations typically carried out at Hup Seng. While most stores sell their duck roasted, Hup Seng specialises in the Teochew-style braised duck. The store owner thus explained how a slip of the tongue results in many people asking for...

February 13, 2015

Chinese cuisine generally centers around one refined carbohydrate, either rice or noodles. Growing up my fondest memories are of coming home from a long hard day at school, to a bowl of piping hot noodle soup or fragrant fried rice. I could never stop at one.

 

Unfortunately growing up also meant I now understand how bad refined grains are for ou...

January 6, 2015

 

It's interesting to observe the trend of traditionally hawker local favourites being reinvented, then sold in air-conditioned, English-speaking restaurants, what more at a higher price. Such is what's happening with Momma Kong's Crab Shack, where a 650g crab retails at a hefty sum of S$48++. 

 

Founded by the Kong brothers and their cousin...

December 19, 2014

I love good food; proper food. Well thought out and skillfully executed. Because of that I've grown to dislike coffee shop's Western food stalls that dishes out frozen meats cooked in copius amounts of oil and further served with processed sauces and sides. 

 

So it comes as no surprise that I have not tried, or even heard of, Tenderfresh and it's nu...

December 16, 2014

One of the biggest local favourites, it's hard to find a Singaporean that does not like bak kut teh. Thanks to that there has never been a shortage of bak kut teh stalls, with the bigger names like Ng Ah Sio and Songfa BKT having multiple outlets across the island.

 

Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha is one such stall. A big name in the local bak kut teh scene for d...

November 23, 2014

Around since 1986, Beach Road Prawn Noodle House serves arguably the best prawn noodles in Singapore. Serving up a recipe that has been passed down in owner's Lee Chee Wee's family for generations, it is no wonder it's popularity is widespread among locals.

 

With their signature Jumbo Prawn Mee going at $10.80 a bowl, it's far from being affordable...

June 4, 2014

I stumbled across this gelato shop on Facebook awhile back, and I was first drawn to its location. Nestled within the HDB estates of Bedok, I was extremely elated at its proximity. Finally somewhere claiming decent gelato around the East! Yet I felt a little worried for the shop. With that many artisan ice cream shops setting up over the island (30...

January 12, 2013

I tell you who doesn’t like chilli crabs. Me. The mention of it sends shivers down my spine, with images of starchy, sweet, boring ol’ chilli crabs flashing across my eyes. I don’t know when the benchmark for good crabs became the chilli crab, but it has ruined what it meant to sell a good crab. A good crab is not simply one that is draped in a ubi...

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