Food Reviews

Swee Choon Dim Sum, Singapore

finally managed to head down to the famous swee choon dim sum recently for a mega dim sum feast! headed there after an intense wednesday at work and was tricked by google maps into thinking that it was really near to lavender mrt station; it was not very near after all and by the time we spotted the big red swee choon sign, we were starving and dying to eat. unsurprisingly, there was a queue

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[Food] Supper Hotspots

At the Beer Market, beer prices move according to demand as with a stock exchange. Their interesting concept aside, they serve a wide variety of beer from all over the world and a tantalising palette of finger foods, pizza and pasta! They’re open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Mondays to Thursdays, and 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays to Sundays.

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Xiao Di Fried Prawn Noodle @ Serangoon North Ave 1

So I have finally made my way down to Xiao Di Fried Prawn Noodle to taste this young hawker's Fried Hokkien Mee. The young hawker Xiao Di or Terrence has been getting quite a bit of media coverage and even my friends who have tried his fried hokkien mee has beeen raving about it. Even to the extend that some of them have proclaimed it as probably the best fried hokkien mee.

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Siam Society: Modern Authentic Thai Food

My favourite Thai dishes come from the Esarn region of Thailand which is essentially sticky rice with Som Tam (raw papaya salad) served with grilled dishes like Khaw Mu Yang (grilled pork neck). That was the kind of food that my fellow Thai students used to bring me to eat for lunch when I was doing my MBA at Sasin GIBA. The presence of sticky rice at any Thai restaurant in Singapore is one of my gauge for the authenticity of the food being served.

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International Nasi Lemak: Alamak, which Nasi Lemak!

International Nasi Lemak was the king of the Nasi Lemak stalls there in the old days. They were the one with the longest queue and the other two stalls opposite them where the ones I would go to because the queue at International was way too long. But when the queue was short, I would buy from International because I always found that they used better grade jasmine rice and so the texture of the grains were better, unlike the airy, starchy Malaysian type rice that is used by the other two stalls.

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SINGAPORE: NG AH SIO BAK KUT TEH

This dish is a renounced across the Asian palate. It is also one of Singapore’s celebrated breakfast food. Nestled in a typical Singapore shop house, near Little India, is one of the nations favorite bak kut teh seller: Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh. However, besides their legendary bak kut teh, they have also had their fair share of bad publicity when they refused to to open beyond its usual operating hours to serve then Hong Kong Chief Executive, Donald Tsang in 2006

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An Introduction to Singaporean Kopi Culture

For the most part, Singapore is a city that has been rushing fearlessly into the future, with several islands and 700,000 new housing developments set to be constructed by 2030. As a result, it holds a significantly higher standard and cost of living than many of its Southeast Asian neighbors. However, one aspect of the nation that has held onto old-time tradition despite this rush forward is its kopitiam culture (where “kopi” translates as the Malay word for “coffee” and “tiam” translates as the Hokkein word for “shop”). Even just the word “kopitiam” and its multilingual translation reflect Singapore’s diverse cultural history.

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Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar.

Old, run-down, hardware shop facade, with an air-conditioned, limited seating interior, and the coffee counter parked at the center of the space, this slightly more than a year old cafe receives full marks for being a hipster brunch place. It really isn’t all that hard to get to from Lavender MRT, just straight down Horne Road till you hit Tyrwhitt Road; you’ll be there in 10 minutes.

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