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Curious Origin of Kueh Pie Tee or Top Hat


I love kueh pie tee which is a common dish in Nyonya restaurants and homes. But, I always thought it a bit odd as the crispy cup or top hat as it is sometimes called doesn't seemed to be an Asian or Southeast Asian thing. The fillings are similar to Hokkien popiah and the sambal is clearly from the Malay archipelago. But, where did the crispy cup come from?

I have been wondering how kueh pie tee became a quintessentially Nyonya dish. 🤔

Coffee & Toast @ Yong Peng • Maxims Snack Shoppe 大胡子面包小食

We pulled over at Yong Peng town on the way to Malacca. Haven't eaten anything nor had any caffeine since we woke up and left Singapore. I suggested we pull over at 大胡子面包小食 - I've been here a few years ago, liked it and wanted to come back to try more things before writing about it.

Nanjing Chef Queen Xiao Chu Niang Huaiyang Restaurant • Tasty Introduction to China's State Banquet Cuisine of Choice 小厨娘淮扬菜 机场宾馆店

Huaiyang along with Yue (Guangdong), Sichuan, and Shandong are considered the top four cuisines of China. Huaiyang cuisine is the Chinese government's preferred choice when hosting foreign dignitaries at state banquets.

Jia He Grand Chinese Restaurant • Traditional & Innovative Dim Sum & Dishes for the Family 家和

I've been to Jia He Chinese Restaurant twice so far and enjoyed myself with their dim sum and signature dishes. It's one of the restaurants in Singapore that come to my mind when asked where to go eat dim sum in Singapore.

History & Origin of Tempura 天ぷら • Japanese Changed a Portuguese Dish to their Taste

Most of us have tasted tempura, the iconic Japanese fried vegetable, fish, and seafood dish. Many of us like it but some of us may be surprised that the Japanese learned to prepare this dish from the Europeans, Portuguese specifically.

And, it was fairly recently in historical terms. 

Just some 500+ years ago. 

Poh Cheu Soon Kueh & Ang Ku Kueh • Traditional & Modern Chinese Snacks & Desserts 宝洲笋粿红龟粿

Poh Cheu founded in the 1980s as an illegal mobile street stall is in the third generation now.

Poh Cheu is the name of the founder, grandfather of the current owner Jerome who has an accountancy degree. 

Top 73+1 Handmade Fishball @ New Century Coffee Shop in 151 Bishan

A reader who prefers to stay anonymous messaged me about Top 73+1 handmade fishball noodle stall at block 151 Bishan.

If you google Top 73+1, you will realise that it has a rather high social media profile but that stall is at block 532 Ang Mo Kio. 

Lucha Loco • Mexican Cocina Y Mezcaleria @ Duxton Hill on Cinco De Mayo Fifth of May 2024

Brenda jio-ed us to meet up at Lucha Loco at Duxton Hill for their Cinco de Mayo celebration.

The annual Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico's defeat of France in the Battle of Puebla on 5th May 1862. It is celebrated by Mexican communities around the world.

Kaunta Singapore Kaisendon & Omakase @ Onze Tanjong Pagar

Kaki kaki jio-ed to meet up at Kaunta at Onze building in the Tanjong Pagar area. Kaunta is a red hot place now for their signature kaisendon or rice topped with chopped sashimi. 

The Kaisen Donburi dish was recently made famous by the Tsujihan chain outlet at Nihonbashi, Chuo City in Tokyo (near the Imperial Palace).

What Does Sea Tilapia Taste Like? SZ Kitchen @ d’Arena

Actually, I am not a big fan of Tilapia. I grew up with it as it was a cheap protein source but it has an off-putting earthy taste. 

Nevertheless, I always liked the soft tender moist texture of Tilapia fish and its underlying sweet taste. So, I still enjoy it in preparations which masked or neutralised the earthy taste e.g. with lots of garlic, ginger, chili pepper, curry powder, etc. 

Kim Loong Curry Fish Head • Backstreet Hidden Gem 金玲咖喱鱼头

Kam Long Ah Zai Curry Fish Head along Jalan Wong Ah Fook is without doubt the most famous CFH in Johor. Like it or not, there is always a long queue of people waiting to try the curry fish head.