Posts Tagged ‘local eats’

Sinpopo Brand

It’s interesting how cafes are falling over themselves trying to come up with the quirkiest and most “non-cafe” kind of names you can think of. The latest to join the bandwagon of wacky names are cafes such as Relational Goods, Penny University (okay this one has grounds) and Sinpopo Brand. And don’t even get me started on Chye Seng Huat Hardware, which has got nothing to do with hardware with the exception of coffee machines!

And what’s weird with Sinpopo Brand did you say? Well, for those of you old enough to know, Sinpopo used to be the name of a notorious nightclub along Tanjong Katong road! According to my father, it probably closed around the late 80s. I can’t remember a thing about Sinpopo but somehow the name sounds familiar. My grandparents used to live around the Geylang area, so they might have mentioned Sinpopo in their conversations previously.

I have to admit, it’s a great name for an old-school themed cafe that Sinpopo Brand is, as the name does evoke thoughts of yesteryear. Name aside, the menu, serving dishes, decor and even the music has been carefully selected to bring us back to days gone by.

Sinpopo Brand (4)

This is the main entrance that greets you, I recall having a TV with sliding doors, already disused by the time I was aware of things, it served as a nice side table! Old school biscuits that are still quite easily available in Singapore if you know where to look. Sinpopo Brand gives these out to kids for free.

Sinpopo Brand (3)

Ice Bor $3.90

This is the reason why I really wanted to visit Sinpopo. I’ve never in my life ever seen an ice ball up until now, and I really wanted to try it. I’ve no idea if this is authentic or not, can someone tell me? According to my mother, the ice ball man will just pass you the ice ball and you eat it off your hands, no paper no plastic no plate! This version from Sinpopo, called ice bor, has some redbeans squashed into the centre, and for some reason, crushed peanuts at the top.

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Best Chee Cheong Fun from Fan Play Savouries

…I have ever eaten to date that doesn’t come from a restaurant! There is this little secret hidden gem called Fan Play Savouries. It occupies one of the stalls right inside Carrefour Supermarket at Suntec City, near the vegetable section. I tell you, it’s worth the long walk through the mall to find this hidden gem. This is the best chee cheong fun I have eaten in a very long time too.

**Fan Play Savouries has moved from Suntec City Carrefour and Tanjong Pagar! Address at the bottom are their new addresses.

Fan Play Savouries sells Ipoh Chee Cheong Fun. I am told, Ipoh is famous for its Chee Cheong Fun and noodles because of the special qualities in the water that is readily available there. Apparently, even if the rest of your Chee Cheong Fun recipe ingredients are the same,as long as the water is different, the final product will exhibit a taste and texture that is quite different! The Chee Cheong Fun is sourced from one of the top Chee Cheong Fun manufacturers in Ipoh. During the research phase, the Boss of Fan Play made numerous trips down to the various manufacturers in Ipoh before finally deciding on the best one.

I have to agree that Fan Play’s Chee Cheong Fun is so silky smooth and soft, it just slides and glides so easily down the throat. The texture is simply amazing. And the interesting thing is, it doesn’t look like Chee Cheong Fun. If I hadn’t known any better, I would have thought that it was Kuay Teow I was eating. Strictly speaking, Kuay Teow is broader and thicker, but who cares? A rose by any other name smells as sweet!

Fan Play Savouries - Sar Kok Liew (Stuffed Yam Bean)

Sar Kok Liew (Stuffed Yam Bean) – $0.50 per piece

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365days2play goes local!

As you must be well aware if you’ve been following this blog, that most of my posts centre around restaurant and cafe visits. This is because on the weekends, I like to relax and enjoy my time by hanging out at such places. Recently, a colleague mentioned that I may be able to garner more readership if I put up more recommendations of places with good local food. He may have a point. After all, the Singaporean taste bud ultimately hankers after simple local fare. And that’s really what we eat on a daily basis, not steak, lamb chops, fries, cake.

Unfortunately, I have to admit that I’m no expert when it comes to Singaporean local food. I don’t know where to find the best Satay, I don’t know where to find the best Mee Pok, and I most certainly don’t know where to find the best Kuay Chap, although I could possibly tell you where to find relatively good Kuay Chap. As much as I want readership, I have to direct you to Ieat.Ishoot.Ipost for the best local eats in Singapore. Dr Leslie Tay has documented local food options so extensively that it would take months (or years!) for me to even catch up with him, if I started today.

Meanwhile, here are some photos I took over the last year. Yes I do go to hawker centres and kopitiams, especially with my parents.

Fishball Mee Pok

Rojak (1)

Breakfast Fried Yellow Mee

Hokkien Mee

Changi Airport T3 Foodcourt - Carrot Cake

Old Airport Road Food Centre - Tau Suan (2)

Old Airport Road Food Centre - Best Red Bean Soup

Popiah

More coming up….

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