Food Reviews

Famous Nasi Padang River Valley to close by end March

After selling nasi padang for 57 years, the famous Nasi Padang River Valley at Zion Road will close its doors on March 28. Co-owner Hariz Pua, 57, cites the lack of manpower, rising rental costs and high food costs as the main reasons for the closure. He also admits on a sombre note that this closure had been pending for some time now, especially since the dinner period has been "quiet". For the past few months, the outlet closed two hours earlier at 7pm instead of the usual 9pm. Mr Pua runs the stall, which is popular for its beef rendang, curry chicken and sambal sotong, with the second-generation owner of the outlet, Mr Zulfa Hamid, whose mother started selling nasi padang in River Valley back in 1957.

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The best of hawker stall western food

But there’s also a new generation of hawkers who are trying new things. Some are following Damien D’Silva’s cue when he set up the now defunct Big D’s Grill almost six years ago to become one of the first places to bring Wagyu beef to the coffee shop, while introducing fine-dining ingredients such as truffle oil or iberico chorizo into the heartlands. Others are well-travelled and keen to introduce novel cuisines or flavour profiles at affordable prices. There was also Chef Kenneth Lin who took his French fare hawker business from Queen Street to Holland Drive, and in a breakout move, into a bistro space on the corner of Prinsep Street late last year. Some might even remember a chef-owner Xavier Le Henaff who shook things up early in the game when the Brittany-native opened The French Stall in a food court on Victoria Steet a decade ago, which progressed to a bigger space on, of all streets, Serangoon Road, just off Little India. Bizarre? Well, maybe a tad. Inspiring and delectably enabling? Most definitely.

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Top Zhi Char Restaurants In Singapore – Best Zi Char Places

Zhi Char (aka Zi Char, Cze Char, Tse Char or 煮炒) is basically a Chinese food stall with the capability to whip up a huge variety of a la carte dishes on demand! They usually start small in coffee shops and slowly grow (if they are good) to become the anchor tenant or even command the entire space. Besides the usual atas restaurants and cafes, Singaporeans also love to gather and feast with beer at popular Zhi Char joints.

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[REVIEW] WAWAWA BISTRO BY THE RESERVOIR

While batman’s greatest enemy is a two faced schizophrenic, we’re head over heels in love with WaWaWa’s 2-in-one Pizza ($17.80) that allows you to choose 2 of your favourite pizza toppings on one huge crust. Feeling adventurous, we went for the Tom Yam Seafood Pizza as well as the German BBQ Pork Ribs Pizza that although sat on the opposite ends of the flavour spectrum, managed to settle amicably upon our palates.

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Uncle Kun Delicacies (根叔美食世家) @ Toa Payoh Lorong 4

The foodie friends, Ian and Philip recommended me to Uncle Kun Delicacies (根叔美食世家) at block 74 Toa Payoh Lorong 4 Food Centre one weekend. Arriving at the food centre, the food centre was already buzzing with crowds for breakfast and it was not hard to spot Uncle Kun's stall with the long snaking queue. Uncle Kun used to be the chef at Shang Palace and Mouth Restaurants before opening this stall 8 years ago offering restaurant standard food at food centre/hawker centre.

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Young hawker closes stall because of labour crunch

Seetoh criticised how Singaporeans do not want to take up such manual jobs, even when the pay is above what the market is paying. “Employers in this field are already paying more, a lot more than government recommendations, yet, they know deep in their hearts, no Singaporeans will take up such professions and jobs, no matter how desperate they are. They often have a handout mentality.” “I say, give these jobs to people around who wants it,” he posted on his page, “not protect it for Sgprns who can’t be bothered. Blink on this n yr kids will be stuffing machine made food including burgers (cos there’s lotsa funding available for souless , non artisanal food craft) in their face and wonder if all this makan culture really existed, when they grow up.”

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FONG’S KITCHEN: LONTONG RECIPE

Lontong, a mixed vegetable curry dish, is my all-time favourite Malay food. The bright orangy gravy may look spicy, but it is actually very mild, slightly sweet and has a lovely coconut milk aroma. This is also a complete one dish meal, as lontong is usually served with compressed rice, which is yummy to eat with the flavourful lontong gravy. For a healthier version, you can either put lesser coconut milk or replaced partial/all the coconut milk with evaporated milk.

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FLAVOURS OF SINGAPORE: SOTO AYAM

This is my family recipe for the Singapore Chicken Soto Soup. The traditional way of Soto soup is normally serve with either rice cakes (lontong) or vermicelli or yellow noodles. Once serve with vermicelli or yellow noodles it is no longer a Chicken Soto Soup but we call it Mee Soto. ("mee" as in noodles- Soto Noodles). First blend and purify the 3 ingredients together garlic, ginger and onion. Pour into a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Mix well. Heat a non-stick pot with 4 tablespoon of sunflower oil. Add all the cinnamon, star anise, cloves and cardamoms. Fry for 3 minutes on medium heat.

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5 Must Try Filipino Foods in Singapore

Coined as the “next big thing”, Filipino food is quickly becoming part of international food jargon. Food connoisseurs, chefs, and avid foodies are fervently making an effort to explore Filipino cuisines. The fact that these foods are known to be a collection of diverse cultures and insights from different periods of time is just remarkable. True enough, to feel, taste and comprehend the intense flavors of the Filipino grub itself is something worthy to be added one’s bucket list.

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7 SUPPER PLACES IN THE WEST

And thank god for me that I have friends just as sleep-chronologically messed up as me, so we end up on bikes and cars across the West (we are after all hungry, not unlazy) in search of food and good conversation. So now, after long nights of wandering and sourcing for food worthy of midnight-fat-amassing here are my top 7 places to have supper in the West.

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