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“Humble” Prawn Mee and Laksa
It is a very humble kopitiam or hawker dish, but trust me, making a prawn mee soup to achieve “humble” and comforting status with our fussy Singapore palate, is way more complex than you think. This Hokkien noodle dish, of course, has roots in Fujian, China and to once think...MORE
The Hawker’s Knife


You may marvel at how top Japanese sushi masters revere their knives and honour it with dedication and respect it with a mind bending handling skill honed over years of practice. But take a closer look at our...MORE
Steamy Good
The first thing the curious aunty said as I was about to devour the steamed sea bass, was “is it fresh?”.  One usually get these kind of comment from fish experts- they know that only fresh fishes can be steamed. You deep fry or grill them if they have sat...MORE
Fried Chicken Wings War
The best wars to fight in this world, hands down, is a food war. Because, there are no losers in a food war. When a competitor or a neighbouring country compares or yips about your food or culinary culture, the whole country or the world looks on, salivating, waiting to...MORE
What if we flunk that Unesco Award
But first, what if we score that Award. “Singapore Hawker Food Culture is recognised as Unesco Intangible Heritage of Culture”, says the headline. Then the game changes. Folks, and I mean bigger chunk of the curious 17 million visitors worldwide, will want to check out what this is all about....MORE
Fire, Fire, Pans on Fire
You hear it often, “I can taste the fire in the dish”. Whaaat, is that, you say. But most of us have been quietly and often unknowingly been enjoying this element of heat in many dishes and bites we’ve had...MORE
The One Laksa Hawker
This is a shoutout and a standing ovation to the hawkers who offer just one dish- the one dish entrepreneurs. In our very fickle food nation today, crowded with new players every day and noisy with all sorts or promotional gongs and drumbeats, it’s hard to actually hear your own...MORE
Comforting Penang Cha Kway Teow
A recent international online report ranks Malaysian food a few whiskers lower than Singapore’s and of course it set off a flurry of angry and resentful comments from across the Causeway. There was even one that said the majority Malaysian only liked their own food, and it did not come...MORE
Purple Grain.. Purple Grain.
The claims of benefits of blue pea flower or extracts are wonderful and mind boggling. It is said to have high antioxidant properties, is a great night cap, cleanses the skin from within etc… I am not a big fan of savoury food that looks blue or purple but when...MORE
Potato Crisps or Potato Thins

When you chomp in on that piece of potato crisps and go “mmm”, are you enjoying a shaved slice of fried potato dusted with flavour or the, wait for it… crrrriiiisps!. Do you even care it’s lightly salted, spicy,...MORE
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