Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Chikusen Japanese Restaurant - An Oriental Affair

Nestled away among the shophouses of Tanjong Katong is this cozy Japanese restaurant that is almost inconspicuous to everyone but the most ardent of observers.

Inside, the decor is cool and elegant, with a sense of tranquility and serenity. The owner of this joint is an effervescent man, clearly in love with all things Japanese and is a sake fanatic.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Kimdo BBQ - Lord of the Culinary - The Fellowship of the Triangle Chicken Wing

Legend has it that deep within the concrete jungles of Johor, there exists this mythical and magical gastronomic delight that is the Triangle Chicken Wing.

Long known to be lost, it has recently resurfaced in a puff of BBQ smoke in the streets of Taman Sentosa. This wondrous and magical dish is said to only appear at night, teasing and tantalizing the hordes of hungry travelers that pass by there everyday.

BOSCH Master Gourmet Launch at My Private Pantry

Located among the row of shophouses along Tanjong Pagar is My Private Pantry, a nicely furnished kitchen cum training facility for budding chefs.

Co-owned by Chef Stephen Zoisl, it is a perfect place for would be cooks to spend a weekend learning the finer points of cooking from Chef Zoisl as well as other illustrious chefs who teach there.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Uncle Chicken - The David Niven of Chicken Rice

I grew up eating the famous Margaret Drive Chicken Rice, otherwise known as Sin Kee Chicken Rice. That chicken rice place has since closed, along with the equally famous hawker centre housing it.

The uncle that used to run the stall has also passed away, but his legacy remains. His elder son, runs a new Sin Kee outlet at Mei Ling Road, whilst his younger brother is operating another outlet at Alexandra Village.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Moonlight Cake House in Johor Bahru - Of 3D and Rainbow Cakes

It was another one of those special trips with Tony that I got a chance to drop by one of the Moonlight Cake House outlets in Johor, and this one was near Sutera Mall.

From the outside, it looked like most upmarket cake houses you would find in Singapore, but step inside and then there is a world of difference.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Traditiional Haig Road Putu Piring - A Lost Dessert

It is a sign of the times when it gets harder and harder to find some of the traditional desserts that we used to eat when we were growing up. And Putu Piring is one such tradition.

Although we can still find the Chinese variant of this beautiful sweet in the form of Kueh Tutu in a number of places, the Malay version is getting more harder to locate.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Peranakan Classics at Orchard Cafe's Straits Cuisine Buffet

Let's face it. Peranakan and Nonya food is simply not easy to make. It is difficult cuisine. And when it is served, it does not necessarily has that 3 Michelin star look about it.

And yet, Nonya food is becoming something of a lost art. Out of the diversity of food you can get on this island, Peranakan cuisine is not something that you can find in every hawker center or food court.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pondok Jawa Timur - Javanese Comfort Food

It was surprising to find an eatery in the heart of Wilkie Edge that is serving traditional Javanese fare, as the building is known to cater to a younger audience due to the education centers nearby.

Nevertheless, Pondok Jawa Timur serves as an example of good classic Javanese food in town, and makes a welcome change from the usual selection of hipster cafes that are nearby.