Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Truly Curry Rice - Young Hawkers in Telok Blangah

You hear people lamenting about how the hawker culture will die and the young ones are unwilling to take over all the time. The current hawker generation is also facing problems of high rentals and expenses to survive.

So, it is with this backdrop that I was introduced to the hawker duo of Joel and Deniece that took me totally by surprise. They both quit their daytime jobs to take over a curry rice stall.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe, Delicious Thai Cuisine in Aljunied

Ron was someone I knew from my days in IT, and he and his partner ran an SI company that supported me and my company for over a decade. And that is the thing about working with reliable vendors, there is a sense of trust and confidence.

So, when Ron decided to start a Thai zhe char styled kopitiam in Aljunied, there wasn't a sense of trepidation. For I know, knowing how he and his partner work, they will always deliver the goods, and then some.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Mr and Mrs Mohgan's Super Crispy Roti Prata - The Beautiful Prata

A prata is a prata is a prata. A simple dish, but really, very hard to master and get it perfectly done. I have had a few pratas in my lifetime, and even the best like Sin Ming Prata has dipped somewhat in standards in recent times.

Personally, my favorite prata stall is largely an unknown one, and that's because it is hidden away in one corner of Seletar Hills, destined not to be discovered. But I shall let you in on another one for everyone's benefit.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Saigon Vietnamese Delicacy - A Taste of Authentic Vietnam Fare in Geylang

Since my October trip to Hanoi, I have been desperately seeking for some authentic Vietnamese fare, and it has been a rather hard search. Thankfully, dashtaz managed to find me one in Geylang.

It is located just a few doors from Rochor Beancurd House and is very humbly decorated. Boon Kiat, who is the owner here, is also very soft spoken and almost borders on the shy side.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Streets of London at British Hainan - Where the Old Ushers in the Young

It was just past 11 in the morning when our trio of yummicraft, smartcard and myself reached the exterior of this very rustic looking eating house.

Greeting us was a similar trio of young bosses, getting ready for lunch service as we intruded upon their prep time. Despite this, the warmth and smiles never relented.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

No Name Cheng Tng - A Comforting and Cooling Sweet Broth

Cheng Tng is a classic Chinese dessert that hails from Techoew origins. I used to remember one of my early memories of a child, was to have a bowl of this comforting sweet broth near my dad's working place at Mohd Sultan Road, where UE Square is now.

Back then, it used to be just warehouses, and rows of hawkers were lined up just outside selling their food. This and a bowl of sweet potato soup were the things that brought us great joy when you were young.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

How to Make a Simple and Delicious Potato and Onion Gratin at Home

It's been awhile since I posted a recipe, so today I am gonna share with you one of the simplest things you can do at home, provided you have an oven.

It's cheap, only has a few ingredients, and even a noob can pull it off successfully, unless you are really that bad that you cannot tell when something is burning.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Mr Bean - Savory Bean Curd, Unique and Refreshing

Founded by 2 best friends way back in 1995, and launching their humble first outlet in People's Park Hawker Centre, Mr Bean has since then, mushroomed into a 60 plus outlet phenomenon, employing over 600 staff.

It all started when the 2 founders saw a soya bean milk making machine at an exhibition, and realized that it could make soya bean milk very swiftly and efficiently.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Lin Si Tong 林思彤 - Singapore's New Generation of Singers/Songwriters

Looking sunny and chirpy, Lin Si Tong looks ready to dig into the food that is in front of her. She has been talking about her journey into the music industry and it has not been an altogether simple nor straightforward one.

For the Singapore music industry is almost a non-existent one. In a country where the creative arts is not a natural profession, making a living out of making music is an arduous road to take.