Archive for the 'Food' Category

May 27 2014

Eating around Balestier Road

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Bread, bread, everywhere...

Named after Joseph Balestier, the first US Consul to Singapore, Balestier Road runs alongside what used to be his sugar-cane estate. While no traces of sugar cane remain, Balestier today is a great spot to wander and sample a range of traditional Singaporean dishes. Strap in! At 432 Balestier Road you’ll find Rochor Beancurd House, which sells soy … read the full post

May 01 2014

Singapore’s old-style cafes

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Ding Dang candy, anyone?

Singapore’s traditional breakfast of kopi or teh with kaya butter toast and eggs has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with local chain Ya Kun even branching out abroad. If you’d like to get nostalgic and take a step back into Singapore’s culinary past, where should you head? Local coffee chains include Ya … read the full post

Jan 27 2014

Singapore hawker dishes: Teochew porridge

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Teochew porridge or ‘muay’ is so healthy that it doesn’t seem like a typical hawker dish — in fact, it’s likely as close as one will get to home-cooked food outside your home. Pretty much every food court or hawker centre in Singapore will have an ‘economy rice’ stall — a smorgasbord of meats, fish … read the full post

Jan 20 2014

Singapore hawker dishes: Kway chap

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A bowl of 'Kway' - flat rice noodles in a soy-based broth.

So you really want to try a classic Singaporean hawker dish? Kway chap isn’t for beginners, and will perhaps only suit those brave enough to lust after, say, haggis in the West, but it’s well worth seeking out for its rich soy sauce-based gravy, delectable flat noodles and tender pork offal. Forget newfangled nose-to-tail dining; this … read the full post

Jan 06 2014

Singapore hawker dishes: Fish-head steamboat

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There are steamboats — and then there are fish-head steamboats. If you don’t already know, a steamboat is an Asian hotpot of a simmering stock in which one cooks meat and vegetables. While the steamboat scene in Singapore is a hodgepodge of Thai, Sichuan, Japanese and Korean buffet varieties in restaurants, the classic Singapore hawker … read the full post

Jul 09 2013

Singapore hawker dishes: Lor mee

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Lor mee tastes much better than it looks - don't be deceived by the black gooey appearance.

Lor mee is a hawker dish of Hokkien heritage. The lor or gravy is simmered for hours, with spices, meat stock, egg whites and corn starch to give it its sticky consistency; served with flat yellow noodles and some crunchy additions, it’s dish worth seeking out while you’re in Singapore. (You’ll also find lor duck, … read the full post

Jun 19 2013

Zi char: The hearty food of Singapore’s kopitiams

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A new zi char favourite, prawns, squid or chicken fried and coated with a salted egg paste.

Kopi and Tiger beer flow as Singaporeans sit back and loosen their belts after a day’s work. The auntie-in-charge hustles about, spare change clinking in her fanny pack. Sizzling ‘wok breath’ fills the air as white-clad chefs saute with an agility that rivals the pro footballers on the house TV. The drink stall may be … read the full post

Jun 06 2013

Review: Hock Lee fishball noodles

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Hock Lee's fishballs in its delicious soup.

Fishball noodles are a Singapore staple found in almost every hawker centre and coffee shop. The simple combination of noodles in soup or chilli oil and balls of minced fish means that there is little variation for a stallowner to make their dish a cut above the rest. Hock Lee Fishball Noodles, however, has made that … read the full post

May 27 2013

Review: Kway Guan Huat Popiah, Singapore

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A single perfect popiah.

In most cases Singapore’s delicious hawker food is best enjoyed at open-air hawker centres, but there are rare exceptions to this rule. One of them is Kway Guan Huat, a simple shop in eastern Singapore that has been following the same family recipe to make their popiah for more than 70 years. Kway Guan Huat … read the full post

May 21 2013

Review: Pasir Panjang Food Centre, Singapore

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BBQ stingray with lots of chilli - our favourite!

If you consult a Singapore travel guide to find out which hawker centre serves the best seafood it will likely recommend Newton Circus, which is also known for touting and overcharging tourists. Instead, ask a Singaporean living on the west coast and they’ll point you in the direction of Pasir Panjang Food Centre where you … read the full post

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