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Huat Huat 80 小厨 Zhi Char · Menu & Review · Chinatown Green Zone #02-80


Continuing our exploration of zhi char stalls in Chinatown Complex, today we ate at Huat Huat 80 小厨 and were pleased with our delicious, affordable lunch 👍

Stall name: Huat Huat 80 小厨

Address: 335 Smith Street, stall #02-080 (Green Zone), Singapore 050335 (inside Chinatown Complex)

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Chinatown station

Tel: 9873 7995

Hours: 10:30am - 2:30pm | 4:30pm - 8:00pm (Weds off)

Less Known 58 Minced Meat Noodle @ Taman Jurong Shopping Centre · Top 10 in my Singapore Bak Chor Mee List


A long time ago, 2016 to be exact, I posted about 58 Minced Meat Noodle in Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre. Buddy Niven commented then that I should also try the boss' sister's stall across the road at Taman Jurong Shopping Centre. I finally did this morning, over half a decade later 😆, and man it was good. One of my top ten favourite bak chor mee in Singapore, in fact. Thank you Niven 🙏

Stall name: 58 Minced Meat Noodle 五十八肉脞面

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

Nearest MRT: 15 minutes walk from Lakeside station

Hours: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Cheng Heng Kway Chap & Braised Duck Rice @ Holland Drive Food Centre 進興粿汁鹵鴨飯


Cheng Heng Kway Chap & Braised Duck is an institution here at Holland Drive Food Centre. Stalking the popular hawker centre for breakfast, the tables around Cheng Heng were occupied by their uncle-auntie type fans. I just got pulled in unconsciously, like old birds of a feather.... 😅

Stall name: Cheng Heng Kway Chap & Braised Duck Rice

Address: 44 Holland Drive, stall #02-05, Singapore 270044 (Holland Drive Food Drive)

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Buona Vista station

Hours: 7:30am - 2:30pm (Thurs off)

Ah Heng Duck Rice @ Hong Lim · Thong Chai Heritage Braised Duck Trilogy 同濟前阿興鴨飯


This is part three of a Singapore lor ark trilogy, successors of the legendary braised duck stall at the Old Thong Chai Medical Institute. Ah Heng Duck Rice has three successor stalls - a disciple at Heng Gi in Tekka Market, brother-in-law at Hup Seng in Sin Ming Estate, and this stall Ah Heng in Hong Lim Market.

Stall name: Ah Heng Duck Rice 同濟前阿興鴨飯

Address: 531A Upper Cross St, stall #02-64, Singapore 050538 (inside Hong Lim Market & Food Centre)

Nearest MRT: Chinatown

Hours: 6:30am - 4:00pm (Mon off)

Chezcake Bistro · Joo Chiat's Well Kept Secret · Singapore Cheesecake Wonderland


After our lunch today in Joo Chiat, we adjourned for our usual coffee and cakes. Walking down Joo Chiat road, we stumbled upon Chezcake Bistro and quickly stepped inside to escape the stifling humidity and heat outside.

Humble Chezcake Bistro is right next door to trendy Common Man Coffee Roasters. But, it turned out that low profile Chezcake Bistro is a "hidden" cheesecake paradise for cheesecake lovers (me included).

Restaurant name: Chezcake Bistro

Address: 189 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427460

Tel: 6346 6466 ☎ 9755 6697

Hours: 12:00 noon - 10:00pm (Mon off)

Tekka Braised Duck · Heng Gi Goose & Duck Rice 兴记鸡鸭饭


Every time I post something about lor ark or braised duck, there's a good chance that a fan or two of Heng Gi will reach out to me and ask if I have tried their favourite duck rice stall. I finally did recently. I like it because it's an old school lor ark reminiscent of 1960s Singapore.

Stall name: Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice

Address: 665 Buffalo Road, stall #01–335, Tekka Centre, Singapore 210665

Nearest MRT: Little India station

Tel: 6396 0969

Hours: 8:00am - 3:00pm (Sun off)

Goro Japanese Cuisine in a HDB Block @ 43 Holland Drive near Buona Vista MRT


We met up at Goro Japanese restaurant located in block 43, Holland Drive which is just beside Holland Drive Hawker Centre. Overall, we had a good time and I would go back, especially for their unagi and maki. Next time, I would also like to try their other dishes, including omakase.

Stall name: Goro Japanese Cuisine

Address: 43 Holland Drive, #01-49, Singapore 270043

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Buona Vista station

Tel: 6358 3959

Hours: 11:00am - 2:30pm | 5:30pm - 10:00pm

MUM's Recipe Ngoh Hiang · Homemade Hokkien Pork & Prawn Roll in Singapore


My friend Janet and mum recently launched their home based Hokkien style ngoh hiang. I dropped by at their home in Ang Mo Kio to see how the ngoh hiang (pork and prawn rolls) are made and to taste some 😄

Immigrant Roots of Singapore Hawker Culture · Thai, Indonesian & Chinese Chicken Rice

Lau Pa Sat, Singapore's first market is a thriving food court today

Singapore hawker culture is a delicious blend of all the food cultures of people who come to live and work in the Singapore melting pot since 1819. There's cuisine from the ancient civilisations of India and China, and neighbouring countries Malaysia and Indonesia. Slightly further afield, we have dishes from Indochina, and beyond, from Europe.

Curry Puff at Heap Seng Leong Coffee Shop


You know, when I happen to be in the North Bridge Road / Golden Mile area and have time on my hands, I enjoy chilling out at Heap Seng Leong coffeeshop with their bulletproof coffee and a curry puff. There's something about the charm of gritty Hainanese or Foochow coffeeshops whether in Singapore, Malaysia or the Riaus of Indonesia. (Heap Seng Leong coffee shop was founded by Hainanese and current owners are Foochow.)

Stall name: No name curry puff stall in Heap Seng Leong coffee shop

Address: 10 North Bridge Road, #01-5109, Singapore 190010

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Lavender station

Hours: 6:00am - 3:00pm

Beach Road Chuan Kee Duck Rice & Roasted @ Luk Lu Eating House 全記鸭饭烧腊


Walking along Beach Road on my way to Golden Mile Food Centre today, I stumbled upon Chuan Kee Duck Rice & Roasted 全記鸭饭烧腊. I must have past this way hundreds of times but today I noticed that a few tables at the coffee shop had plates of braised duck and pork. Curious, I went inside to check.

Stall name: Chuan Kee Duck Rice & Roasted 全記鸭饭烧腊

Address: 341 Beach Road, Singapore 199567 (stall inside Luk Lu Eating House)

Nearest MRT: 10 minutes walk from Bugis station

Hours: 7:00am - 2:00pm (Sun off)

Seah Street, Purvis Street & Middle Road · History of Little Hainan · Birthplace of Singapore Chicken Rice


Three streets, Seah Street, Purvis Street and Middle Road once formed the historic Hainanese enclave of Singapore. This is the birthplace of Singapore chicken rice and other Hainanese hawker or coffeeshop staples which are now deeply engrained in Singapore hawker culture. Indirectly, the glamorous Singapore Sling was also conceived in these gritty streets.

History of Lau Pa Sat · Telok Ayer Market · Singapore's First Market 老巴刹的历史


Singapore's first market, known today as Lau Pa Sat 老巴刹 has its roots in the riverside fishermen's market when Raffles landed at Singapore River in 1819. A lot has changed in the last 200 years.

Its entire surroundings is transformed beyond recognition imagination - Lau Pa Sat is today, nestled in the shadow of gleaming, looming glass towers that sprouted up all around it. The old market has undergone great physical changes and its character has also morphed from a fish market to a festival market to today's buzzing hawker food centre.

Lau Pa Sat 老巴刹

Address: 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Raffles station exit F (Market street)

Tel: 6220 2138

Hours: 24/7

Hidden Thai Chicken Rice in Golden Mile Complex by Ah Liang from Hat Yai


There may be something to this thing call "Law of Attraction". I mean, I was researching the different types of chicken rice dishes in Singapore, and buddy Wilbur of AroiMakMak's post on a low profile chicken rice shop in Golden Mile Complex caught my attention. 

Stall name: No name Thai food shop

Address: Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, unit #01-15B, Singapore 199588

Nearest MRT: 10 minutes walk from Lavender station

Hours: 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Surprising History of Nasi Ayam Penyet · Iconic Chicken & Rice from Indonesia


The Indonesian dish, nasi ayam penyet is found throughout the vast Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, in what is known as Nusantara (an old Javanese term referring to the realm of the Majapahit empire). One might have thought that the ubiquitous dish that conquered Nusantara should be as old as the Majapahit empire (1293 - 1527). Actually, it was created recently, in the 1990s 🤔