Archive for the ‘1.6 Kopitiams / Hawker Centres’ Category

Di Wei Teochew Restaurant at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Did you know that there is a food court / coffee shop at the Singapore Botanic Gardens? No I’m not talking about the underground one at the front of the Botanic Gardens near Gleneagles Hospital (that closed down several years ago!), I’m talking about the one that’s nearer to the Nassim Gate.

I’ve written about Food Canopy foodcourt before. Since then, a couple of stalls have changed hands. The Thai stall has moved out and in its place is a new cze char/ zi char stall called Di Wei Teochew Restaurant. Although you might be wondering if it is too lofty for a cze char stall to be calling themselves a restaurant, but that’s because I was told the chef, Chef Chew was formerly head chef at Guan Hin Teochew Restaurant where he worked for 30 years! This is Chef Chew’s first venture out on his own. His signature dishes include cold crab, yam ring, yam paste, braised duck and hor fun. Speaking of the cold crab, if memory serves me right, it costs only $15, and a couple of my colleagues have even ordered this as takeaway to enjoy at home.

Di Wei Teochew Restaurant (1)

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Changi Airport T3 Kopitiam REVAMPED!

The Kopitiam food court at Changi Airport Terminal 3 basement (non-transit area) has reopened after a long renovation and it is a far cry from its previous version! The Kopitiam food court seems much more exciting now. It’s brighter, it seems to have more stalls and there’s just a better buzz to it. The only bad thing is, it’s even more crowded now with all the exciting stalls to try out. Previously you could also probably push your luggage trolley into the food court, forget about that now. as the place is packed with tables catering to the swarming crowd. Btw this is different from the Changi Airport Singapore Food Street located in the transit area of Changi Airport.

I was there at 7.30 pm last Saturday, which was the peak of the peak hour crowd! We had eagle-eyed people breathing down our necks hoping that we’d eat faster and vacate our seats. Queues of 5 people or more at the more popular stalls. Your best bet is to come after 9 pm or before 6pm if you don’t want to have to wait for a seat. Photos below were taken around 9.30pm! Prices are pretty similar to other food courts around Singapore.

Changi Airport T3 Kopitiam (10)

Changi Airport T3 Kopitiam (1)

Many interesting stalls. Nearly every manner of Singapore’s favourite local dishes are represented at this Kopitiam food court. I was torn between wanting to try the kway chap, the Taiwanese cuisine and the Japanese bento!

Tourists, if you’re looking for a good place to try out all these local dishes in air-conditioned comfort, you don’t even have to leave Changi Airport! It must be a really uniquely Singapore feature that our international airport functions not just as an airport but as a food enclave and mall of sorts too.

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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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