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Chinatown Food Street – Top 5 favourites

Have you checked out the newly rejuvenated Chinatown Food Street by the Select Group? The new Chinatown Food Street is now fully pedestrianized, with a high-ceiling glass canopy shelter and a built-in cooling system! Now you can have local hawker food with the nostalgia of eating right on the streets itself, minus the sweltering heat! And you will soon be able to enjoy free Wifi along all the Chinatown Streets come 28 March 2014.

There are 24 street hawker stalls, 6 shophouse restaurants and ad hoc street kiosks and the operating hours will be from 11am all the way to 11pm daily. Speciality dishes from all major Chinese dialects and different ethnic groups will be featured here from Hakka Yong Tau Foo to Cantonese Dim Sum. And who can forget Indian Roti Prata and Malay Satay, staples of any street side dining?

Chinatown Food Street (4)

Here’s a quick guide on the top 5 favourite dishes we sampled at Chinatown Food Street so you know where to focus when you get there.

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Two Chefs Eating Place (Commonwealth)

I kinda spoke too soon when I said I hardly visit new cze char places because this post will also be about a cze char place we discovered last night. I’d heard about Two Chefs Eating Place a while back when they were featured on TV. I hadn’t quite gotten the address but I knew it was somewhere in the West of Singapore. In fact, I had thought it was in Clementi, so when we were cruising around in Commonwealth looking for a place to eat, I casually mentioned it, and it was such a surprise that the next thing we saw was the Two Chefs Eating Place!

Two Chefs Eating Place (7)

I love how old school the place looks. Seldom find single storey eating places like these except in the oldest of HDB estates. Tiong Bahru’s another area where you can find them. It was about 9 pm when we got there yesterday (Saturday), so we managed to get a seat immediately. I’ve heard that if you go during peak hours, you will have to wait in line.

Two Chefs Eating Place

The food at Two Chefs Eating Place is really affordable. At the Commonwealth outlet that we patronised, there was a huge Straits Times article with the header stating “High Class Dishes, Cze Char Prices”. I wouldn’t say that the dishes are “high class”, because they are certainly not presented nicely like what you would expect in restaurants, but the dishes are definitely affordable alright. One of the cheapest cze char places we have been to! We ordered 3 dishes (all small) plus a soup and the total bill came up to $40!

Two Chefs Eating Place - Butter Ribs $8

Butter Ribs $8

Not the prettiest of dishes, the butter ribs are definitely a must order if you visit Two Chefs. In fact, this dish was what caught my eye during the TV programme! Nearly all the tables had ordered this butter ribs dish so it’s hard to go wrong there. I’m not too sure where the butter comes into play, because the white powdery stuff you see in the picture is milk powder mixed with a good dose of sugar. I’ve never had anything quite like this before and I must say it was very enjoyable.

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Fatt Choy Mui Seafood Restaurant

Contrary to what the title may imply, the next post will be about a cze char stall at a coffee shop. Loyal readers to my blog will know that I seldom post photos of hawker food or cze char. It’s not that I don’t eat hawker food, it’s that I don’t actively search for the best hawker food or cze char in Singapore. My parents being health fanatics, they do not find hawker food to be healthy. Orh Luak, Char Kuay Teow, Kuay Chap, Chai Tow Kuay, they steer clear of it! Hence there is little opportunity for me to cover such cuisine. As for cze char, we seldom hop around too because once a “heathier” cze char stall is found, we seldom veer from it.

This review that I am doing on Fatt Choy Mui Seafood Restaurant, is probably one of the precious few that you will be reading on my blog, unless I decide to venture out with the Partner or with friends. People living near Cassia Crescent probably know about this cze char place, especially since there is a huge tent set up next to the block to cater for the many more diners that can fit under the roof of the coffee shop.

Cassia Avenue Cze Char

These are basically all the dishes we had that night, together with my 3rd Uncle’s family. My parents and my cousins had all dined here together previously, and had raved about it. Apparently on the 3rd occasion that I joined them, the food was not spectacular for some reason. Which is saying something, since I had already thought the food to be above average.

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What to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens – Food Canopy

The weather has been crazy this past week! It’s not even November or December yet we have been having torrential thunderstorms nearly every day. It may be very inconvenient, especially if the deluge is during the morning or evening commute hours. My colleague was forced to literally hang up his shoes, to dry! But one thing good that comes out of all this rain, is the cool weather we’ve been enjoying! I don’t even have to sleep with the fan on, let alone the air-conditioner! If the temperature in Singapore remains in the 25 degree range everyday, life would be so wonderful!

I’ve been making full use of this weather by visiting our National Parks. Yesterday I visited Pasir Ris Park. If you’ve never been there, you really ought to go. It’s such a tranquil and beautiful park. Similar to East Coast Park, it is flanked by a body of water, the Johor Straits I believe, but totally unlike East Coast Park, you can walk or run and jump about without bumping into a thousand other people there. There are huge rain trees with ferns growing on the trunks. Pasir Ris Park reminds me a little of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, kinda like a mini Botanic Gardens of the East. More pictures of Pasir Ris park next week, but first, let me show you where to eat at the Botanic Gardens without bursting your wallet.

Did you know that apart from some restaurants and cafes, there is a food court at the Singapore Botanic Gardens? Nope, it’s not the one underground, that closed down quite some years ago. I’m talking about the food court called Food Canopy at Evans Road.

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“Right Here” marks the spot of Food Canopy

I don’t think many people know about Food Canopy because it’s off the beaten track and you won’t see it if you’re just driving along. You have to walk right out of the gates of the Botanic Gardens actually, but there should be signs so keep your eyes peeled. If you’re driving along Evans Road, you’ll have to turn in at the carpark gantry next to the CCAB swimming pools.

Food here is pretty decent, and prices are affordable too. Apart from familiar favourites like the Prata Stall and Mixed Rice, there is even a Western Stall where you can get rib-eye steak and brunch items on the weekends! Do check Food Canopy out when you’re next at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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The food court is very airy and one of the prettiest food courts in Singapore if I may say so. It has a green roof, and lots of plants and flowers surrounding the foodcourt. It’s really befitting of a food court at the Botanic Gardens. There is a return your own tray policy here, which people do abide by. It’s interesting to note that if most people are abiding by the return your own tray policy, you’d feel awkward and embarrassed if you don’t

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Singapore Favourite Food 2013

This July, food lovers can look forward to the Singapore Favourite Food Village (SFF Village) that is held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Singapore Food Festival. Taking place from 12 to 21 July 2013 at Bayfront Avenue (Marina Bay), this 10-day festival organised by the Singapore Food & Beverage Alliance (SFBA), celebrates Singapore’s unique food heritage and pays homage to local culinary heroes.

Singapore Favourite Food 2013 will showcase Singapore’s favourite dishes such as chilli crab, carrot cake, rojak, laksa, roti prata and tau huay, and bring together a selection of popular hawkers and eateries for this one-time celebration. Check out this link for the entire list of all the nominees http://sg.openrice.com/info/sff/nominees.html, however only 20 favourite vendors will be showcased at the eventual Singapore Favourite Food Village.

I had the privilege to have a quick sample of some of Singapore’s favourite local dishes a few weeks ago. Scroll down to see pictures of rojak, oyster omelette, satay, bbq chicken wings, sting ray and local iced desserts!

Ri Ye Xiang Rojak

Rojak – Personally, I thought this was really rather ordinary, with the dough fritters being extremely hard (and I don’t mean crispy). But kudos to Mr Koh, who has been toiling at this job for the last 48 years!

Rojak, which means ‘mixed’ in Malay is a fine example of the cultural diversity of Singapore for incorporating both Chinese and Malay elements among the ingredients. One of the oldest surviving rojak stalls in Singapore, Ri Ye Xiang Rojak which now boasts 48 years of history, was set up in 1965. The stall owner, Mr. Edward Koh, has been preparing rojak since the age of 20 and takes pride in using freshly ground peanut bits and preparing a special prawn paste for the dish.

Ri Ye Xiang Rojak
Blk 450 Clementi Avenue 3, Kopitiam, Singapore 120450
Open daily: 3pm to 11pm
Stall owner: Mr Edward Koh

Ri Ye Xiang Rojak (2)

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Leng Kee BBQ - BBQ Chicken Wings (2)

BBQ Chicken Wings – This version from Leng Kee is slightly sweeter and less crispy.

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