Posts Tagged ‘Cze Char’

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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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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Naïve

There are precious few vegetarian restaurants around, much less those which are good. I’m so glad to report that one such vegetarian restaurant exists and it is located in the East, specifically East Coast Road! It’s the row of shophouses just opposite 112 Katong, but for some reason, I always walk past it without noticing it’s there. There are a lot of nice eateries located along that stretch, ranging from Peranakan to Indian, to Vegetarian to even cupcake stores. Bet many of you also know Saveur the French restaurant, it once used to be located at the Ali Baba Eating House at the junction of East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road!

Anyway, enough of other restaurants. Today I want to just focus on my latest find, Naïve! My mother originally wanted to go to Dann’s Pescetarian Cafe for their fantastic warming fish soup but it closes early at 7pm. Since I’m the food blogger, everyone expects me to be the walking directory. I have this secret weapon called Google but if you try googling “Organic or Vegetarian restaurants in the East, Singapore”, you would probably not find anything useful. We’re really not into the vegetarian mock meats kind of thing either. So I was really so glad when after 10 minutes of searching, I found out about Naïve. I was a little apprehensive since the review was done a few years ago. I called up and luckily the restaurant hadn’t gone kapoot!

Naive Restaurant -

Pretty self explanatory why the restaurant is named so…

Seriously, to cut to the chase, all of us loved the food at Naïve! It’s really a shame that we haven’t chanced upon it earlier! Naive does vegetarian food in Chinese Cze Char style, but in a nice modern looking type of restaurant. They also serve some Western dishes but we didn’t try any. All the Chinese dishes we tried were great! The food was tasty, not oily or greasy like alot of lousy Cze Char places are apt to be, and refreshing tasting! I totally didn’t feel like I wasn’t eating meat. I’ll put a disclaimer up front though, I am more used to not eating meat than the average person because my father is a pescetarian. But I would think that if you’re keen to try out cze char dishes without meat, Naïve is certainly a good restaurant to do so.

Naive Restaurant - Olive Brown Rice $8

Olive Brown Rice $8

I think brown rice has suffered from a bad reputation for quite a long time. I recall 10 to 20 years ago, the only type of brown rice one could get in Singapore would be the rather reddish kind. It had a very rough texture and of course when compared to white rice, wasn’t as nice to eat. These days, there are quite a variety of brown rice available to the consumer. Seriously, if I hadn’t told you so, would you have noticed that this above was brown rice? This dish tasted like olive fried rice. Tasty and fragrant!

Naive Restaurant - Mango Tofu Cake with Thai Sweet & Sour Sauce $11.90

Mango Tofu Cake with Thai Sweet & Sour Sauce $11.90

This tofu cake was fried to a crisp, and was a delight to eat. It was very crispy on the outside, and a little bouncy on the inside as it’s made of folds and folds of Tau Kee. The green shreds above are mango in sweet and sour sauce, which added a tanginess to the tofu. Very delicious.

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