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Peng’s Catering: A Teochew Hideout in Hougang
Hougang is known to be a Teochew enclave, harking back to the old Kangkar wharf days (now a part of Sengkang) where the old Teochew community once thrived in a fishery business. They were known for their unique south Chinese cuisine. But today, ironically, that identity is beginning to thin...MORE
Dear Next Manpower Minister.. Please do not deprive us of manpower oxygen
I know it’s a long read, but it’s also a long standing problem and each one here is a long time sufferer of the archaic rule. We seriously need a big rethink on manpower strategies, especially with jobs Singaporeans clearly shun. I had been poking on this issues for a...MORE
The Difference with Sri Lanka Curries
When you saunter about Tekka hawker centre, it’s hard to tell the various Indian rice stalls apart. They all look stunning and is either red, orange or brown, or all of it. Whether it’s Chettinadu or Kerala snacks, it assail your senses if, like me, you are not a Class...MORE
Why eateries succeed and fail in Covid season

Why do some eateries and hawkers struggle and some are seemingly Covid proof? Many of them are losing up to 60% of business from pre-Covid days. For starters, a good recipe is not the full solution to good business. It’s also the demographics like location (and it’s more than about NSEW, Central...MORE

8 million meals a day needed

Perhaps 1.5 million amongst us may cook all month and eat at home during this “circuit breaker” month till 4th May, which leaves 4 million needing at least 2 decent meals a day, every day. The delivery companies cannot meet the demand and they only carry those few stalls that signed up with...MORE

Pink Candy: Korean Hawker and the Great Outdoors

Stay calm and eat on, or rather stay calmly away from crowds, and eat on at “safer” places, where practical and safe measures are implemented, in this virus pandemic. Open and airy spots are such options and if they offer a “stress relief” menu, carry on munching. This old and eclectic little roof...MORE

The Hue to Go..
Finally, I made it to Hue (read: Hway), the northern, former ancient capital of Vietnam. I’ve always known it would stand head over shoulders above the other usual suspect cities there, by way of experiences. Hue is the food capital of Vietnam and I often wondered why. More noodles, rice...MORE
The Combo-Nonya Restaurant

It would be insane to lock yourself up in this coronavirus situation and deprive yourself of any life. I say, stay alert, be wary and take all the necessary precautions that you already know by now..wash the hands, stay away from crowds and people that don’t look too well...MORE

Fatty Weng Meets the Dr Chef.

What happens when two makan icons, from different lands, that have never met, get together. One is a household family cze cha name that harks back to the Albert Street hawker days last century (that’s how legendary they are) and...MORE

It’s time for “Cheng”

It’s about now that we think of eating “cheng-cheng” or soupy, less complex meals to counter and calm the Chinese New Year feasts we tore into last week. Not forgetting the the bak kwa and the jars or snack and...MORE

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