How would you define “Unique Hawker Food?”
There’s a fine line between unique and bizarre. Would the unique interpretations deter too far away from the quintessential hawker food that we all grew up on and love?
Partly, I agree that all hawkers are unique in their own ways –unless they are exact duplicates. But, tremendous uniqueness comes from something that’s innovative and out of the box, standing out from the rest –something that intrigues and leaves an impression.
I never thought I’d encounter something so truly unique, but this bowl of Fruit Juice Mee Siam from Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa emerges as so.
Fruit Juice Mee Siam with Crayfish ($6)
The owner takes pride in cooking the gravy from scratch, insisting on using only the freshest ingredients he obtains from the wet market daily.
What sets this Mee Siam apart from others is the secret blend, of several fruit juices that yields a light and refreshing taste. The commixture of fruit juices imparts a familiar tangy flavour that we associate Mee Siam with, but without the heaviness, oiliness and cloyingness of the accustomed version. There’s also a subtle sweetness coming through the tangy notes, which I suspect comes pineapple juice. I couldn’t discern the other ingredients he’d added, but the grittiness commonly encountered in Mee Siam (from the addition of shrimp paste) is not present. Continue reading
Located in one of Asia’s busiest hubs within the Marina Bay precinct and Central Business District, Suntec City Mall spans over 7 million square feet of space, replete with an international convention and exhibition centre, five office towers, and a four-level shopping mall that boasts over 300 retail outlets, 50 pushcarts and a multitude of dining establishments.
Injecting new life to the Fountain Terrace, Food Republic Suntec’s White Garden theme is awash with a minimalist contemporary design, swathed in white.
For a taste of local flavours, hungry shoppers and convention delegates can head over to Food Republic for affordable options. Recently reopened after a major makeover, this iconic food atrium occupies a space approximately 16,000 square feet. Offering high quality food in a comfortable, chic and inviting environment, the line-up of 18 stalls and 3 mini restaurants offers a diverse range of cuisines to cater to a wide audience. Continue reading
Last Saturday, a multitude of tweets and instagram photos were uploaded with the #SgMemory hashtag, adding to the library of over 5000 photos (now 8,900 and counting). Five bloggers, armed with cameras, smartphones, and a ravenous appetite, set out on a Nostalgia Tour to some of the most enduring food establishments in Singapore with rich histories to boot. Even the gray skies and threats of thunderstorm could not dampen our high spirits.
The #SgMemory hashtag can be used on anything Singapore-related, and need not feature anything ‘retro’ or dated. The purpose of this hash tag is to establish a gallery of images for the future generations to look at, and for us to look back on. Continue reading
Nestled along the stretch of Balestier Road – where the ample choices of local food allure you with the wafting fragrance exuding through door-less coffee shops – a juxtaposingly ravishing dining option awaits at the comforts of Days Hotel Singapore.
Stroll in to 21 on Rajah, where a soothing sanctuary provides you with the cooling comfort of air conditioning to beat the excessive humidity and heat. Dine leisurely and unhurriedly in the spacious and modish setting that accommodates to large crowds during peak hours, beating the overwhelming masses at the neighbouring sweaty joints.
This restaurant is one-of-its-kind at the Balestier precinct. The number “21” in its appellation represents the 21 Mediterranean countries; its menu is immensely inspired by Mediterranean flavours and local favourites, highlighting the concept of “family communal dining”. Continue reading
Toast Box unveils a new promotional menu in conjunction with a charity drive to raise funds for ABLE (Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations Ltd).
ABLE is a charity organisation that strives to enable and empower the physically challenged community to be reintegrated into the mainstream society in Singapore to live a productive, meaningful and independent life.
We are often overwhelmed by materialistic desires or little hurdles in life – such as scrimping and saving just to buy the latest gadget, splurging on the newly launched limited edition Chanel handbag, or struggling to meet demanding bosses’ expectation, worrying about not paying the bills on time, et cetera – that we have forgotten that there are many others out there who need our love and care.
With the “LIM KOPI for a Cause” campaign, you can delight in Toast Box’s new Thick Toast offerings – that are available at all Toast Box outlets island wide – while at the same time do your part for charity, without having to carve time out of your hectic schedules and commitments.
French Toast Butter Kaya
Toast Box gives back 30 cents towards raising funds for ABLE with the sale of every set in the following selection, all of which customers would enjoy promotional prices:
- French Toast Butter Kaya / New Hebi Hiam Thick Toast + Kopi @ $3 (U.P. $3.50)
- French Toast Butter Kaya / New Hebi Hiam Thick Toast + Kumquat Jelly @ $4 (U.P. $4.50)
- Curry Chicken + Kumquat Jelly @ $6.30 (U.P. $7.30)
Katong, already a food haven, has now a new addition to the family –Food Republic sets up a new outlet at 112 Katong, hosting a plethora of Singapore’s favourite local delights under one roof, in the comforts of air conditioning and a clean environment.
Food Republic is known for their individualistic themes. The 112 Katong Food Republic, for instance, features a present-day contemporary theme, while the Food Republic Beer Garden features a nostalgic theme adorned with rustic furniture.
Check out my experience at the Food Republic Beer Garden here: http://melicacy.com/?p=3401
This is an image-heavy post.
Yong Soon You Tiao
You Tiao ($0.90 per piece)
Have breakfast anytime of the day at Food Republic; You Tiao (dough fritters) is a popular breakfast item, usually paired with porridge or soya bean milk. Yong Soon You Tiao renders it just the way I like it –crispy, not too greasy, and not too chewy. It is best eaten hot.
The dough fritters are certified Halal to cater to the Muslim crowd. YAY!