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Bring Back the Orchard Hawkers
Should there be a new “Orchard Hawker Centre” as part of the new plans now being devised to revive our fading Orchard Road. That was what I asked a few remaining hawkers from the defunct Orchard carpark hawkers (1966 to 1978, where Orchard Central now sits). Everything in that once...MORE
Tribute to Anthony Bourdain
He always lit up when we spoke about the extra-ordinariness of normal folks- their struggles, culture, joys and humble successes. I have known him for 17 years and met up both on and off the screen on his, and my TV show. I can unreservedly tell you he is a...MORE
Sticking to Ramadan Traditions
I don’t understand why the Ramadan market season each year, grows to be more like some fancy pop-up market like I see in Europe and New York. Someone definitely overpaid for the rights to operate that sidewalk market space in Geylang Serai ( reportedly $2.2 million) which means a desperate...MORE
Penang: Not just about Char Koay Teow
Penang is not just about the usual Char Koay Teow, Kueh Kak, Nasi Kandar, Assam Laksa, Cendul etc.. There’s a range of local cze char and restaurants that many residents flock to and only smart travellers join in on. These places have over 100 years of history between them and...MORE
A Warteg in Singapore
In my makan field trips to Indonesia, I noted that one of the more popular eating establishments is the Warteg- a local stye kopitiam, chap chye, cze cha stall, all rolled in one. The name is a combination of warung (small shop) and Tegal (a town in Java) - a...MORE
Woh Hup: Hup there with the best.
More so than ever, in whatever ways I can, I will not let such old forgotten hawker icons fade into the moonlight. By next month (June 18”) it would be their 50th year in the business. This street side Cantonese style cze cha stall began in the old Chin Chew...MORE
Circa 1912: Old World Ugly Delicious
The idea behind the restaurant was to hark back to an era where deliciousness was about boldness and simplicity, food for the palate and tummy, not for the eyes- nothing really fit for Instagram. So David Yip rewound back to 1912, with a culture of forgotten great flavours in the...MORE
Upper West Side, New York
This is the real New York, not Times Square nor Hell’s Kitchen. This is where great minds, some bordering on madness and genius, reside, work, get inspired and gave the world one of the greatest culture- creativity, freedom of mind and diversity. It’s the inspiration behind those great nothing moments...MORE
Have you tried Pupusas?
It was touted as one of the most diverse street food festival “on earth”. With 102 pop up food stalls coming from US based vendors hawking comfort street fare from Indonesia, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Philippines, China, India, Portugal, El Salvador, Trinidad Tobago, Italy, Spain…among many others. The World’s Fare was a...MORE
Top Best Chinese Cuisine: A Vanishing Cze Cha Master
I feel I am rehearsing a eulogy for this breed of street food chefs and professionals, with this article. Not any I know, are coming up with such stalls, like those 30 to fifty dish chap chye or scissor cut curry rice stalls, let along this mind blowing menu cze...MORE
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