Johor Kaki Travels for Food

Tony Boey johorkaki@gmail 🇸🇬 Singapore based food history researcher

Ah Kong Wa Kuih @ Chinatown Complex • Rare Traditional Hokkien Steamed Rice Cake in Singapore 阿公碗粿 • 福建碗粿


Wa Kuih is a rare dish in Singapore, whether at home or in hawker centres. It is a humble dish originally from China's Fujian province. Today, it is mostly associated with Taiwanese street food.  Ah Kong Wa Kuih in Chinatown Complex is one of the rare few (five?) Wa Kuih stalls in Singapore.

Stall name: Ah Kong Wa Kuih 阿公碗粿

Address: 335 Smith Street, stall #02-116, Singapore 050335 (Chinatown Complex Food Centre)

Nearest MRT: Chinatown station

Hours: 7:30am till 12:00 noon

Thai Crab Omelette Conquers Singapore and the World 🇹🇭 🌎


You know, when you go to a Thai eatery, sometimes they may not have pad Thai, some don't have tom yam, not all have som tam, but I don't remember a Thai restaurant that doesn't have Thai omelette. There will always be Thai omelette. Not one but often a few Thai omelette dishes 😄💪 

Warm Up Cafe 🇹🇭 Hunt for the Best Thai Crab Omelette in Singapore


I love Thai crab omelette and have been on the look out for the best in Singapore. Wilbur of AroiMakMak pointed me to Warm Up Cafe at Mackenzie Road. Thank you for your recommendation 🙏

Restaurant name: Warm Up Cafe (Authentic Thai Cuisines, Boat Noodle & Mookata)

Address: 110 Mackenzie Road, Singapore 228708

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Little India station

Tel: 8723 2332

Hours: 12:00 noon - 3:30am

Beer Thai House • No Frills, Affordable, Authentic Thai Cuisine in Little Thailand @ Golden Mile Complex 🇹🇭


Golden Mile Complex may be past its prime but it is still the go to place for authentic, good value Thai cuisine in Singapore. Beerthai House, one of the restaurants from Golden Mile Complex's heyday is still going strong today, thanks to its delicious, affordable dishes.

Restaurant name: BEERTHAI House 1

Address: 5001 Beach Road, #01-94/96 Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588

Nearest MRT: 5 minute walk from Nicoll Highway station

Tel: 6297 7644

Hours: 11:00am - 9:30pm

Pao Fan, Hokkien Fried Rice & Mui Fan @ Si Chuan Dou Hua PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road

Hokkien Fried Rice

Continuing our rice culture research, today we went to the 
Si Chuan Dou Hua outlet at PARKROYAL Hotel on Kitchener Road. We had the now in vogue Pao Fan 泡饭, Mui Fan 烩饭 and seldom heard Hokkien Fried Rice 福建炒饭.

Yesterday, we had three different types of puffed rice 锅巴饭 dishes at Si Chuan Dou Hua's PARKROYAL on Beach Road outlet.

Restaurant name: Si Chuan Dou Hua 四川豆花饭庄

Address: 181 Kitchener Road, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, Level 3, Singapore 208533

Nearest MRT: Across Kitchener Road from Farrer Park station

Tel: 3138 5359

Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm | 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant • We Enjoyed their Traditional Puffed Rice Menu 四川豆花饭庄


I am doing a research project on Chinese rice culture and buddy suggested that I check out the "Crispy Rice Bubble" dishes at 
Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant (we went to the PARKROYAL Beach Road outlet). It was a delicious and fascinating experience.

Restaurant name: Si Chuan Dou Hua 四川豆花饭庄

Address: 7500 Beach Road, PARKROYAL Hotel on Beach Road, Singapore 199591

Nearest MRT: 5 minute walk from Nicoll Highway station

Tel: 3138 6711

Hours: 11:30am - 10:30pm

Chuan Ji Bakery Hainanese Delicacies • Menu & Food Review • Flavours of Old Singapore Hainanese Favourites


Chuan Ji is a little Hainanese cakes and food joint tucked away inside 
MacPherson Mall. Relatively low profile, Chuan Ji has its own loyal following who love their artisanal, traditional Hainanese cuisine and flavours.

Restaurant name: Chuan Ji Bakery Hainanese Delicacies 川 记

Address: 401 MacPherson Road, MacPherson Mall #01-17, 368125

Nearest MRT: Mattar station

Tel: 9835 3779

Hours: 12:00 noon - 6:00pm (Tues, Thurs, Sun off)

Prawn & Mee @ Bedok Central 216 • New Gen Hawkers Bridging Traditional & Contemporary with New Twists on an Old Comfort Dish


Back today at Pasar 216 Bedok Central, one of my favourite food centres in Singapore with lots of hawker gems. One of the well established stalls here with a constant queue is Prawn & Mee run by new generation hawkers Gladwin Yap and Raphael Sim who are Culinary Institute of America degree graduates.

Stall name: Prawn & Mee

Address: 216 Bedok North Street 1, stall #01-45, Singapore 460216 (Pasar 216 Bedok Central)

Hours: 9:30am - 2:00pm (Mon off)

Tiong Bahru Jian Bo vs Bedok • Which is the Better Chwee Kueh?


The chwee kueh scene in Singapore is dominated by two large chains - Tiong Bahru Jian Bo and Bedok chwee kueh. There are still a few independent chwee kueh stalls but most are in their last legs (their owners retiring soon).

Tiong Bahru Jian Bo and Bedok franchisee stalls are found in hawker centres across the island, sometimes together in head to head competition. I was at Albert Centre food centre and stumbled upon the competitors together. So, I decided to do a comparison of the two leading chwee kueh brands in Singapore. (Chwee Kueh or Teochew steamed rice cakes is a dish that can be mass produced in a central kitchen, distributed through outlets far and wide, and still taste good.)

MONTI A CASA • Italian Approved Cuisine Delivered to your Home


MONTI is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Singapore with a picturesque panoramic view of Marina Bay.

Restaurant name:  Monti @ 1-Pavilion Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar

Address: The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327

Nearest MRT: Raffles Place station

Tel: 6535 0724 (reservations required)

Hours: 11:00am - 3:00pm | 5:00pm - 10:30pm (opens at 9:00am on Fri & Sat)

Earth Kitchen Tasty Prawn Noodles @ Level 2 International Plaza • No Frills Traditional Hawker Fare in the Heart of the Financial District

Buddy showed me a simple no frills, little eatery in International Plaza at the heart of Singapore's financial district serving traditional fare at affordable prices.

Stall name: Earth Kitchen Cafe

Address: 10 Anson Rd, International Plaza, unit #02-28, Singapore 079903

Tel: 9071 9177

Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm (closed at 3pm on Sat | Sun off)

195 Pearl Hill Cafe Upped the Game with Bu Jian Tian Satay • Blown Away by Iberico Pork Belly Satay 珍珠山咖啡栈


It's been one year since I came to 195 Pearl Hill Cafe at the former Combined Operations Room. A lot happened in a year - Pearl Hill satay set a new satay benchmark for many satay lovers, the legendary wait list ran to over 6 months, and Ah Pui the Tiong Bahru satay man behind Pearl Hill satay left to join Select Group to open a restaurant at Smith Street.

Stall name: 195 Pearl Hill Cafe

Address: 195 Pearl's Hill Terrace, #01-56, Singapore 168976

Ordering number: 9748 9904

Hours: 11:00am - 5:00pm (Sun off)

Four Characteristics of Hawker Culture in Singapore • Multicultural, Urban, Community & Artisanal Hawkers


In its 2019 submission to the United Nations for inclusion of Singapore hawker culture in the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Singapore highlighted four key characteristics of Hawker Culture in Singapore.

Singapore hawker culture is multicultural in nature, set in an urban setting, hawker centres provide social glue as common eating spaces for Singapore's diverse communities, hawkers and their craft are the lynch pins of Singapore hawker culture. 

Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang @ Yishun Park • Famous Lombok Specialty now in Singapore


The first time I had ayam taliwang was in Lombok island back in 2014. Had it again in 2019 in Batam island. This is my third ayam taliwang - right here in Singapore at Yishun Park Hawker Centre. All three ayam taliwang tasted quite different 🤔

Stall name: Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang

Address: 51 Yishun Ave 11, stall #01-33, Singapore 768867 (Yishun Park Hawker Centre)

Tel: 8750 5240

Hours: 7:00am - 6:00pm (Ayam taliwang available from 8:30am | Monday off)

Green Chili Chicken Rice @ Sims Vista Hawker Centre • Surprise Bonus of Red Sambal 🌶


Finally came to try the famous green chili chicken rice at Sims Vista hawker centre. The queue was at least 10 deep despite social distancing measures (only takeaway or max 2 persons per table allowed).

Stall name: Green Chili Chicken Rice

Address: 49 Sims Place, Singapore 380049 (stall #01-09, Sims Vista Market & Food Centre)

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Aljunied station

Hours: 10:30am - 1:30pm (Fri off)

Hokkien Street Bak Kut Teh @ Hong Lim Food Centre • Menu & Food Review 福建街肉骨茶


Singapore bak kut teh is synonymous with the cloudy-clear, peppery soup type commonly called Teochew bak kut teh. There are a handful of Hokkien bak kut teh stalls which sport a dark soup of herbs and black soy sauce but these are the last remnants from the Hokkien BKT heyday of 1960s Singapore.

Stall name: Hokkien Street Bak Kut Teh 福建街肉骨茶

Address: 531A Upper Cross Street, stall #01-66, Singapore 051531 (inside Hong Lim Food Centre)

Hours: 8:00am - 7:00pm

Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow • Best Char Kway Teow in the East? 如切坊炒粿条


You know, these days with unabating Covid numbers, I won't go out unless I really have to. Today, despite my cardiac rehab appointment (after my operation in July) and the blistering hot weather, buddy insisted that I really must try 
Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow. "Old school, lah", "peel their own see hum, lah", "powerful wok hei, lah", "hidden gem, lah", "underrated, lah" aiyah I go pay the stall a visit at his insistence 🙄 My annual char kway teow quota is two (plus one), so I am CKT miserly 😂

Stall name: Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow 如切坊炒粿条

Address: 59 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427783 (stall inside Dong Cheng Eatery directly across the road from Guan Hoe Soon Peranakan restaurant)

Hours: 11:00am - 8:00pm (Weds off)

Taman Jurong Feng Zhen Fish Lor Mee • West is Best? Or Best in the West? 鳳珍鹵麵


Stalking Taman Jurong Food Centre, it was obvious that Feng Zhen Lor Mee on level 3 is one of the most popular stalls here judging by the constant queue. I am told that the queue pre-Covid was much longer as busloads of Malaysians would drop by for the famous fish lor mee here. Nowadays, waiting time is within 15 minutes.

Stall name: Feng Zhen Lor Mee 鳳珍鹵麵

Address: Taman Jurong Food Centre, stall #03-146, 3 Yung Sheng Road, Singapore 618499

Hours: 5:00am - 3:00pm (Sun & Mon off)

Bak Kee Satay Bee Hoon @ Redhill • Famous Stall Serves Vanishing Singapore Hawker Dish Since 1960s


Satay bee hoon, not a pretty looking dish, is an invented in Singapore dish reflecting our combined Malay / Indonesian, Indian and Chinese heritage. There are not many stalls left serving satay bee hoon - one of the most popular is Bak Kee Teochew Satay Bee Hoon in Redhill Food Centre.

Stall name: Bak Kee Teochew Satay Bee Hoon 峇记潮洲沙嗲米粉

Address: 85 Redhill Lane, stall #01-40, Singapore 150085 (inside Bukit Merah Food Centre)

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Redhill station

Hours: 5:30am - 4:00pm (Weds off)

Seri Muslim Food @ 399 Food Court • Taman Jurong Shopping Centre • Hidden Gem Nasi Lemak Better than Some Famous Brands


Stumbled upon this queue inside 399 Food Court while stalking Taman Jurong Shopping Centre for good food. Not sure what the stall was about but I quickly got in line anyway, before the queue got longer 😱

Stall name: Seri Muslim Food 

Address: 399 Food Court, 399 Yung Sheng Road, Singapore 610399 (inside Taman Jurong Shopping Centre)

Hours: 9:30am - 9:00pm

MadASS @ Raffles Place Change Alley • Menu & Food Review • Rebel Against Unhealthy Fast Food


You know, in the heart of the busy Central Business District, it is a challenge to get an affordable quick bite. So, we often ended up with BFF - not best friends forever but unhealthy Big Fast Food. 

A new little eatery, MadASS just launched a Gourmet Social Movement - a rebellion against unhealthy fast food. Launched by the folks behind Mad About Sucre, MadASS stands for Mad About Sucre Social. It serves tasty, healthy meals at affordable plus prices in Change Alley Mall, the iconic core of Singapore's CBD.

Restaurant name: MadASS

Address: 01-11, Change Alley Mall, 30 Raffles Place, 048622 (inside Chevron House)

Tel: 8764 9818

Hours: 11:00am - 9:00pm (Sat & Sun off)

Taman Jurong Chwee Kueh 水粿 • Freshly Made Artisanal Teochew Rice Cakes by Octogenarian Hawker Master


Stumbled upon the famous Taman Jurong chwee kueh stall - I read about this stall many times but this was my first time here. The stall doesn't really have a name - the signboard simply states 
水粿 (Chinese for chwee kueh), the humble Teochew dish which uncle Peng Ah Bah has been making and selling for the past 30 years.

Stall name: 水粿

Address: Stall #02-67, Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre, 3 Yung Sheng Road, Singapore 618499

Hours: 6:00am - 1:00pm

Ng Kee Teochew Fish Ball Kuay Teow Mee @ Taman Jurong • 1 Hour Invisible Queue 黄记潮州鱼圆粿条面


This week's hawker centre stalking target is Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre. I was zeroing in on 
Ng Kee Teochew Fish Ball Kuay Teow Mee which was recommended to me a few years back 😅 I finally made it today (Jurong a bit far for me lah 😅 ). But, my attitude in life is "better late than never" 😂 

Stall name: Ng Kee Teochew Fish Ball Kuay Teow Mee 黄记潮州鱼圆粿条面

Address: Stall #02-64, Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre, 3 Yung Sheng Road, Singapore 618499

Hours: 6:00am - 2:00pm (Sat, Sun, Mon off)

Evolution of Singapore Hawkers • From Plying the Streets to Hawkerpreneurs


The hawker profession in Singapore went through three distinct stages, from plying the streets to running a hawker centre stall to being an entrepreneur, dubbed h

Ah Tee Ko Ko Mee @ Kelantan Lane • Old School Nostalgic Sauce Noodle 亞弟叩叩面


Ko Ko Mee actually isn't a type of noodle dish. It refers to the knocking sound hawkers make when they strike a broad flat strip of bamboo with a bamboo stick. When I was a child in 1960s Singapore, the ko ko sound made by noodle sellers can be heard all day. 

Stall name: Ah Tee Ko Ko Mee 亞弟叩叩面

Address: Blk 27 Jalan Berseh, Gourmet Street coffee shop, Singapore 200027

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Jalan Besar station

Hours: 5:30am - 1:30pm (Sun off)

632 Yishun Chef Kin HK Wanton Mee • Is it Worth the 2 Hour Queue?


Recently, a wanton mee stall at block 632 in Yishun took the social media world by storm with two hour queues for their authentic Hong Kong style duck egg noodles. Its main selling point is owner chef Kin was formerly with the Crystal Jade chain of restaurants. As a wanton mee lover, I was curious and eager to give it a try.

Stall name: Chef Kin HK Wanton Mee

Address: Blk 632, Yishun Street 61, Singapore 760632

Nearest MRT: 15 minutes walk from Khatib station

Hours: 7:00am - 8:00pm

What is Unique about Singapore Hawker Centre Culture?


In 2018, when Singapore submitted its hawker culture for inclusion in the 
UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, murmurs were heard questioning "What is so Unique about Singapore Hawker Culture"? Afterall, all of Singapore's Southeast Asian neighbours have vibrant street hawker cultures. Every countryman or woman can rightfully argue that their own country's hawkers are the best, so why is Singapore jumping the gun on UNESCO recognition? Malaysia even proposed a joint submission.

I shall try to answer that question from my own perspective as a Singaporean who also loves the street food of neighbouring countries.

Can Singapore Hawker Culture Survive?


The future of Singapore's UNESCO recognised hawker culture is sometimes doubted and often debated. There are factors for and against its survival - it is good that the issue is often spotlighted, suggestions voiced, solutions implemented and the public engaged.

As Singaporeans are passionate about their hawker food, everyone has opinions on both sides of the fence. The picture is not all doom and gloom. In fact, I am pretty optimistic.

The Fortune Cookie Restaurant 🥠 Muslim Owned HALAL Chinese - Western Fusion @ Kampong Glam


Today's lunch at The Fortune Cookie at the historic Kampong Glam 
🥠 TFC serves interesting Halal Chinese & Western fusion dishes. 

Restaurant name: The Fortune Cookie

Address: 11 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199432 (in Kampong Glam)

Nearest MRT: Bugis station

Tel: +65 9009 7345

Hours: 11:00am - 11:00pm daily

Pang's Hakka Noodles @ Sprout Hub. The Best Hakka Mee in Singapore? 小彭客家面


As chef Benny slurped up his noodles noisily across the table, I can smell the aroma of the blend of lard, shallot oil and juices from sautéed pork which transported me straight to Seremban, home of my favourite Hakka noodles. Thanks to chef Pang, now we can have it right here in Singapore. Better still, chef Pang's version comes with delicious accompanying yong tau foo and soups.

Stall name: Pang's Hakka Noodles 小彭客家面

Address: 102 Henderson Rd, Singapore 159562 (inside Sprout Hub)

Hours: 10:30am - 7:00pm

Kheng Fatt Hainanese Beef Noodles @ Golden Mile Food Centre 瓊发海南牛肉粉


Went to Golden Mile Food Centre for lunch after my medical appointment. Famous, old school 
Kheng Fatt Hainanese Beef Noodles (established 1978) just opened for the day, so I settled for it.

Stall name: Kheng Fatt Hainanese Beef Noodles 瓊发海南牛肉粉

Address: Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, stall #01-89, Singapore 199583

Hours: 11:30am - 7:30pm (Weds off)