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Fruitsome Asia Thai Maha Chanok Mangoes Sweet & Fragrant 🥭

When I go to Thailand, I always ended up trying to eat as much mangoes as possible as they are so sweet and fragrant 😋 But I am also too lazy to carry the mangoes back home, so I stuffed myself with mangoes while there 😬 🤭

Kopiloco Fuzhou Style Prawn Noodle Fridays ● Ultra Umami Bomb 💣

One of the most memorable dishes from my trips to Miri, Sarawak is Fuzhou or Hock Chew prawn noodle which I cannot find in Singapore or Peninsula Malaysia. I was pretty much resigned to the fate that I have to travel to Sarawak if I want to taste this dish again (not that I mind going to Sarawak again 😁 🕺 It's a most fascinating place).

But today, I found out that I can get it in Johor Bahru, right at our doorstep 😁

Restaurant name: Kopiloco by 1993

Address: 64 & 65, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru

Tel: +6017 764 6412

Hours: 7:30am - 5:00pm

Karu's Banana Leaf Curry Fish Head @ Upper Bukit Timah ☏ 67627284

When it comes to Indian style curry fish head (one of my favourite Singapore dishes), Karu's Banana Leaf is one that comes to the top of my mind. Another is Samy's. Both have something in common - they are near my old workplaces 😁

Restaurant name: Karu's Indian Banana Leaf Restaurant

Address: 808/810 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 678144

Nearest MRT: 10 minutes slow walk from Cashew station

Tel: 67627284

Hours: 10:30am - 10:00pm (Mon off)

Mongol Invasion of Java 1292 ● Rise of Majapahit Empire

The Mongolian Yuan dynasty ruled China from 1279 to 1368. The Mongol empire covered the whole of China from the Mongolian steppes to the south seas and its vassal states stretched even further beyond. Any state that did not submit to the Khan was invaded - Vietnam, Myanmar, Japan were invaded and Java's turn came in 1292.

Chola and Srivijaya Sea Battle 1025

The Chola empire based in Cholapuram on the Coromendel Coast of southeast India lasted from 300BC to 1279. The Srivijaya empire based in Palembang in south Sumatra lasted from 601 to 1300. The contemporaneous empires from India and Indonesia respectively both straddled the Maritime Silk Road between Song dynasty China (960 - 1279) in the east and the Fatamid Caliphate (909 - 1171) in the west.

Old Bugis Kway Chap since 1973 @ Kopitiam Square Sengkang Sq

Stalking the 20 odd stalls at Kopitiam Square at Sengkang Square, I decided to settle for Old Bugis Kway Chap. Kway chap and the images of old Bugis Street in my mind probably did me in 😬

Stall name: Old Bugis Kway Chap

Address: 10 Sengkang Square, Singapore 544829 (stall inside Kopitiam Square)

Nearest MRT: 10 minutes walk from Buangkok station

Hours: 7:00am - 1:00am 

Cheng Hui 72 Handmade Wanton Noodle @ Seletar Hills Estate

Had this Malaysian style black sauce and lard wanton mee at Seletar Hills Estate decades ago. Stumbled upon it again while on my way to Seletar Hills Restaurant, so jio-ed buddy to come back for it today.

Stall name: Cheng Hui 72 Handmade Wanton Noodle 成輝 72 手工雲吞麵

Address: 2 Jalan Selaseh, #01-04, Singapore 808433

Hours: 7:00am - 3:00pm (Tues off)

Havelock Food Centre Covent Garden Prawn Noodle 哥文园虾面

Arrived at Havelock Food Centre before 8am and the longest queue today was at Covent Garden Prawn Noodle. So I lined up first and think later 🤭

Stall name: Covent Garden Prawn Noodle 哥文园虾面

Address: 22B Havelock Rd, Singapore 162022 (stall #01-24 in Havelock Cooked Food Centre)

Nearest MRT: 10 minutes walk from Tiong Bahru station

Hours: 6:00am - 1:00pm (Sun off)

Huang Kee Wanton Noodles with Unique Sauce @ 266 Sengkang Compassvale Bow 黄记

I am hunting for food in Sengkang and buddy Jordan suggested Huang Kee 黄记 Wanton Mee at Compassvale Bow.

Stall name: Huang Kee Wanton Noodles  黄记

Address: 266 Compassvale Bow, Singapore 540266

Nearest MRT: 10 minutes walk from Buangkok station

Hours: 9:30am - 6:00pm

Tanjong Pagar Fish Ball Noodle ● Mee Stall with the Longest Queue @ Maxwell Food Centre

There are about half a dozen fishball noodle / bak chor mee stalls at Maxwell Food Centre. The one with the longest queue ironically has the lowest social media visibility 🤔

Stall name: Tanjong Pagar Teo Chew Fishball Noodle - Maxwell Food Centre

Address: 1 Kadayanallur St, stall #01-74, Singapore 069184 (stall inside Maxwell Food Centre)

Nearest MRT: Doorstep of Maxwell Food Centre

Hours: 7:00am - 4:00pm (Sun off)

Review & Menu of Trattoria Nonna Linna @ 61 Cantonment Road ● Italian Answer to Crab Bee Hoon

Buddies who are decade old regulars of Trattoria Nonna Linna jio-ed (invited) me to join them for dinner there. I've never been to Italy before but the cooking here made me feel as close to being there as I ever felt.

Restaurant name: Trattoria Nonna Linna

Address: 61 Cantonment Road, Singapore 089757

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Outram Park station

Hours: 12:00 noon - 2:30pm | 6:00pm - 10:30pm (Mon off)

Review of Kopilicious Molek Sentosa Johor Bahru

Kopilicious is one of the several popular traditional Nanyang coffee joints in modern cafe settings in JB now.

Restaurant name: Kopilicious Molek

Address: 18, Jalan Molek 2/2, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru

Tel: +6011 1141 6718

Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Review of Bak Chor Mee @ Jalan Mulia / Upper Aljunid Road Lian Bee Coffee Shop

Buddy Allan highly recommends this no name bak chor mee stall at Lian Bee Coffee Shop at Jalan Mulia off Upper Aljunid Road. So, here I am 😬

Stall name: Bak Chor Mee stall (no name)

Address: 375 Upper Aljunied Rd, Singapore 367860 (stall inside Lian Bee coffee shop)

Nearest MRT: 15 minutes walk from Mattar station

Hours: 3:00am - 1:00pm (Mon off)

Review of Big Prawn Noodle @ 205D Sengkang Compassvale Lane


First time food hunting in Sengkang, I was a little lost and didn't see anything that catches my attention at first sight. Ranted about my early morning predicament on Facebook and friends came to my rescue 🙏

Don Leow shared a list of his Sengkang favourites and it included Big Prawn Noodle which is near to where I was at that time.

Stall name: Big Prawn Noodle

Address: 205D Compassvale Lane, Singapore 544205 (stall inside P12 coffee shop)

Nearest MRT: 10 minutes walk from Sengkang station or Buangkok station

Hours: 8:00am - 6:00pm (Thurs off)

The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Singapore Bak Kut Teh

Bak kut teh is commonly found in Singapore. There are around 70 bak kut teh stalls or restaurants across Singapore today (2023). Not quite as ubiquitous as chicken rice, bak chor mee, nasi lemak or roti prata.

Brief History of Singapore Chili Crab ● Origins of the National Dish

Singapore chili crab

There are several different types of spicy crab dishes in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. There is Singapore chili crab, Malaysian chili crab, Malaysian kam heong crab, Indonesian / Malaysian ketam balado, etc.

Tanglin Halt Original Peanut Pan Cake, Mei Jia Fried Bee Hoon and Cafe Kopi

Tanglin Halt Market & Food Centre may be small but it is one of my favourite hawker centres in Singapore. It is less than five minutes walk from Commonwealth MRT station, the building has a unique airy eye catching design, the stall mix is mostly heritage type dishes which I like, prices are retiree pocket friendly, and there's a warm kampung spirit here. It is a hyperlocal example of Singapore hawker culture, a UNESCO endorsed heritage of mankind.

Tanglin Halt Market & Food Centre

Address: 48A Tanglin Halt Road, Singapore 148813

Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Commonwealth station

Review of Soon Kee Duck Rice @ Springleaf MRT Exit 2 ● Upper Thomson Road

Haven't been back at the area around Springleaf MRT for a decade already. I was first here in the 1980s. It's an ulu (outback) place but people were already coming here for the "Ampang" yong tau foo stalls (they are still here today).

Stall name: Soon Kee Duck Rice

Address: 08H Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 787114

Nearest MRT: At the doorstep of Springleaf MRT station exit 2

Tel: 997 68 9925

Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Review of Teochew Beef Kway Teow Noodle ● Under Rated Heritage Stall @ Amoy Street Food Centre

Looking for brunch before the office crowd descend on Amoy Street Food Centre, I noticed a quiet Teochew beef noodle stall at a corner run by an elderly couple. Picked this for today's food "adventure" because I haven't had a beef noodle I like for a while.

Stall name: Teochew Beef Kway Teow

Address: 7 Maxwell Road, stall #01-23, Singapore 069111 (stall in Amoy Street Food Centre)

Nearest MRT: 10 minute walk from Maxwell & Telok Ayer stations

Hours: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Review of Alankar Kerala Restaurant @ 4 Norris Street Little India ● Kerala Parotta & Chatti Choru

We met up at Alankar Kerala Cuisine in Singapore's Little India. Jasmine said we are going to have "thread prata". I wondered what that is? 🤔

Anyway, four of us, we had great fun together. Tried just a sampling from Alankar's quite extensive menu. We liked the food, were all well stuffed but I kept saying we shall be back for more dishes throughout the meal 🤭

Restaurant name: Alankar @ Norris Road

Address: 4 Norris Road, Singapore 208249

Nearest MRT: 10 minutes walk from Tekka station

Tel: 9339 5729

Hours: 11:00am - 10:00pm