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History of the Oldest Mosques of Singapore River

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Some of us may have noticed and wondered about the four old grand mosques around Singapore River, especially as there is no sizeable Muslim community living near to the mosques today.


Sarawak Delicacy Laksa & Kolo Mee @ BLK 204 Bedok Singapore

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Sarawak Delicacy Laksa & Kolo Mee was one of the stalls recommended by Johor Kaki friends. So, I came down to BLK 204 in Bedok to give it a try 😄 It's very easy to locate the stall at Shi Wei Tian 食为天 kopitiam, just 5 minutes walk from Bedok Interchange.

History of Singapore's River of Life & Food. From Working River to River of Leisure

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Today, from Boat Quay to Clarke Quay, Singapore River is a river of leisure where the world come to dine and party. Italian, Spanish, American, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Sichuan and other international cuisine jostle for the tourist and lifestyle dollar.

Singapore River had humbler beginnings. 


Food Legacy & History of Singapore's Lost Years 1398 - 1819

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Singapore's trajectory from its founding by Sang Nila Utama in 1299 to the metropolis that it is today was not a straight line. There were 430 lost years between 1389 and 1819 before Raffles first stepped foot on the proverbial fishing village. What happened during the 430 lost years, and since this is a food blog, did they leave any food legacy for us today?

Haig Road Sarawak Kolo Mee. If You Can't Go To Kuching, the Cat City Comes to You in Singapore

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Asking my friends on Facebook where to get good Sarawak kolo mee in Singapore, several buddies pointed me to the Lin Yu Mei 林玉梅 stall in Haig Road Hawker Centre. In fact, Lin Yu Mei was the most mentioned stall, so I am starting my Sarawak kolo mee exploration in Singapore here.

LAUT Restaurant Review & Menu @ Historic Stanley Street in Singapore

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Met up with buddies to chill over drinks and some grub at LAUT NOA gastrobar @ 17 Stanley Street. Not the top of my mind type of joint initially but turned out it's really cool and I enjoyed it.

Chulia Pioneers of Singapore River. History of Tamil Muslim Biryani in Singapore

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Growing up in Singapore, I am accustomed to and very fond of the briyani here. While tracing the origins of Singapore hawker food, I was surprised that briyani in Singapore is connected to the Singapore River and birth of the Port of Singapore.

Top Secret Dinner @ MiMi Restaurant Review @ Historic Clarke Quay River House 涟漪轩的秘密

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We had a nice dinner at MIMI *秘密 Chinese restaurant at historic Riverhouse which is the oldest restored building in Clarke Quay by the Singapore River.

*秘密 means secret in Chinese.

Hokkien Bak Kut Teh First? or Teochew First? Son of Singapore River or Son of Chu Kang?

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In Singapore, idle men chilling over Nanyang tea and bak kut teh, sometimes argue over whether it was Hokkien first or Teochew first, especially on slow news days.

Singapore Four Heavenly Kings of Pineapple 🍍 Tan Tye, Lim Nee Soon, Tan Kah Kee, Lee Kong Chian

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Singapore was in the early 1900s, the world's largest cannery and exporter of canned pineapples. If you go to Clarke Quay by the Singapore River, you can still see two historic pineapple cannery buildings which are conserved 🍍

99 Years of Singapore Food History under the 5 Kings of the Lion City (1299 - 1398)

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I try to sketch out the possible food of Singapore during the 99 year reign of the The Five Kings of Singapura (1299 - 1398). This is just the beginning of an exploratory culinary journey to our long past.

Warming the Cockles of Singapore Hearts 💗

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Cockles, see hum 螄蚶 (in Chinese) or kerang (in Malay) have a special place in Singaporean tummies, and therefore our hearts.

History & 10 Best Hawker Stalls @ Old Airport Road Food Centre

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Old Airport Road Food Centre is one of Singapore's most popular and famous hawker centres with over 100 hawker stalls open at anytime.

Good Hotpot Lunch @ Imperial Treasures Steamboat in 111 Somerset Singapore

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Today, met up with buddies at Imperial Treasures Steamboat @ 111 Somerset for lunch. This was my first dining out since Circuit Breaker* was imposed on 7 Apr 2020.

*Circuit Breaker was a set of social distancing measures the government implemented on 7 Apr 2020 to stem the spread of COVID-19 pandemic infections. CB entered phase 2 on 18 Jun 2020 with some measures eased including dining in allowed at restaurants (with necessary precautions).

History & Origins of Mooncakes & Mid Autumn Festival

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The Mid Autumn festival, also called the Mooncake festival, is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Chinese communities around the world. The Mid Autumn festival is the second most important Chinese festival after Chinese New Year.

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How did the Mid Autumn festival and the practice of eating mooncakes on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month come about?

History of Ellenborough Market. Lest We Forget Singapore River's Teochew Market


The site where the gleaming Central Mall @ Clarke Quay now stands over the shimmering ripples of Singapore River, once stood the heart and soul of the river. Boat Quay and Clarke Quay were where people make a living. But, here at Teochew Market or Ellenborough Market area was where most people of the river eat, sleep, and live their daily lives.

Source of Singapore River is Boh Beh Kang. No Tail Port Village 无尾港

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Most people know where is the Singapore River mouth* - it is at the heart of Singapore's Central Business District and a world class entertainment hub. Fewer people know where is its riverhead, where is its source.

Curious?

Let's look for it together.

*Technically, with the damming of Singapore River with the Marina Barrage in 2008, there is no river mouth as it is now a reservoir.

History & 10 Best Hawker Stalls @ Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre

For list of 10 recommended food stalls, scroll straight down to the pink section👇
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Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre is one of the most famous in Singapore with many popular food and market stalls here. It is also one of the oldest and historic of Singapore hawker centre.


History of Youtiao & Why I Only Call it You Cha Kway or Yau Cha Kwai

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When I was a child in primary (elementary) school in 1960s Singapore, I remember my teacher told us about the legend behind you cha kway 油炸粿. It scared me a little when I was small.