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Singapore - Joel Robuchon Restaurant, Sentosa

I'm not surprised the restaurant is losing money, we Singaporeans have moved away from theatrical, overpriced places in the past couple of years. Robuchon, Iggys, Les Amis or Andres have always depended more on foreign visitors or expats with corporate expense accounts, than Singaporeans who're celebrating a special occasion, etc.

Report on 3 days in SIN by a San Francisco hound

River Valley Nasi Padang's landlord is tripling the rent: scandalous! How sad that we are losing another one of our food legends.

Commonly mispronounced foods

I'm not sure where you're coming from. I'm Cantonese and we say "tim sum". In fact, it used to be spelled "tim sum" until the influence of China's hanyu pinyu got in the way and "dim sum" became the common spelling. Of course, we still pronounce "dim" as "tim", just as we also pronounce char-siu "bao" as char-siu "pao". To solve that, just look at the Chinese characters 點心, where it's "t" rather than "d".

As a matter of interest, do you say char-siu bao or char-siu pao?

Jan 22, 2014
makanputra in Food Media & News

David Thompson coming to Singapore

Singaporeans can look forward to David Thompson's new restaurant in June this year. He is taking over the space at MBS from Guy Savoy who will be closing on 3 Feb http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/premi...

Help from my dear singapore fellow-hounds please!

Try Immigrants at Joo Chiat Road
http://www.immigrants-gastrobar.com/

Chowfind: An authentic tasting 'Instant' Singapore Laksa Noodle La Mien good enough for Chowhounders!

I'm glad that you Canadians have finally discovered one of our Singapore food treasures. I think this product was first mentioned by Singaporean Chowhound, klyeoh, in his "Katong Laksa Wars" posting in March 2012 :-
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8392...

Kampar, Malaysia - Chicken-curry-in-a-bun from Yau Kee

This one in Singapore is better!
http://www.goldenpillow933.com.sg/

Boon Lay Metro Station

Jurong Point mall is next to Boon Lay MRT station: there are enough eateries there (burger joints, patisseries, bakeries, Chinese, French, Indian, Japanese, Malaysian, Korean, Italian, Indonesian ) to feed your husband for a year :D
http://www.jurongpoint.com.sg/store-l...

He can buy virtually any grocery items from the supermarkets there as well. There's a Fairprice Xtra supermarket in Jurong Point:
http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wc...

2.5 days in Singapore+1 day in Hong Kong, where to eat?

No diff in taste. I think that auntie has mastered the recipe well.

2.5 days in Singapore+1 day in Hong Kong, where to eat?

That Heng Kee curry mee in Hong Lim. I don't know why the late owner's son always claim to want to take over from his late father. I never see him but there is one old auntie who helped his late father.
Last week I went down there and this old auntie was cooking and serving at the stall all by herself. I never ever see the son also! I think he only takes the credit from someone else's labour.

Singapore targets Hongkongers with new food guide

Wah lau, greasy goodness!

Best Hainanese chicken rice in Singapore - your choice?

I always hear people say Tian Tian at Maxwell market. My favourite is Nam Kee in Thomson Road which I think is better. Interested to hear what's yours.

Singapore - "The Other" Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa

I've always chosen to eat at Chiew Kee owned by the younger brother. Chew Kee is owned by the older sister. I think Chiew Kee's dish is tastier, especially the soysauce chicken which is sweeter.

Singapore - South Indian vegetarian at Komala Vilas

My two favourite Indian restaurants in Singapore are Komala Vilas and Tandoor at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre (http://www.tandoor.com.sg/)

Penang - Hainanese-style coffee and kaya toast at Toh Soon Cafe

Amazing. Pity that we don't have places like this in Singapore anymore. That traditional way of toasting bread so close the the backstreet surface will never pass our Ministry of Health's hygiene guidelines. LOL!

Singapore - Fabulous Kachchi Biryani and Bengali cuisine at Fakruddin, Desker Road

My two-cents' worth, the three dishes you shouldn't miss in Singapore are:-

1) Katong laksa. The best one is at Roxy Square which is from the original Janggut laksa.

2) Chili crab. The last time I had one was at Dempsey Hill's Long Beach. It's more expensive than the one at UDMC East Coast but is more centrally located.
http://www.longbeachseafood.com.sg/

3) Hainanese chicken rice. There are many places in Singapore which serves great chicken rice. The most famous one is ironically in Chatterbox, Mandarin Hotel Orchard. It's expensive compared to other places in Orchard Rd. You can also get good chicken rice from the food court at Centrepoint shopping centre, ION Orchard's Food Opera, and Wisma Atria's Food Republic.

Singapore - Traditional "Red Tortoise Cakes"/Ang Ku Kueh ( 红龟粿) from Ji Xiang Confectionery (吉祥食品)

I liked Jacinta Abisheganaden's Mum's Not Cooking in the 1990s which is probably the first local food guide on TV!

Singapore - Traditional "Red Tortoise Cakes"/Ang Ku Kueh ( 红龟粿) from Ji Xiang Confectionery (吉祥食品)

I really like this place also.

Singapore - The Perfect Bowl of Noodles at Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee (驰名源春卤面)

This one is very nice, but must go early. Still the best in Singapore, I agree.

Singapore: Jamie's Italian opening in summer of 2013

I'm also very disappointed with Jamie Oliver. After waiting so long, turned out to be ordinary restaurant with lousy cooks and lousy dishes - taste worse than British school lunches! I thought JamieOliver got a crusade to replace horrible lunches in British schools? Looks like he brought those horrible lunches to Singapore instead.

Lucky the service staff (all Filipinos?) are very friendly and good.

Singapore - Modern-Nyonya cuisine at Candlenut, Dorsett Residences (Outram Park)

I tried this yesterday. Very bland cooking! But I agree that they source their ingredients very carefully. The shrimps in the kueh pie-tie are big and visible. In other Nonya restaurants, you won't see any shrimps at all but only the turnips.

Their ayam buah keluak has thick black buah keluak paste but not enough chillies and other spices! No red colour which I'm used to. I also think they should cook chicken and pork-rib together for buah keluak, which is found in Malacca but not in any Nonya restaurant here.

Singapore - Superb Hainanese Pork Satays from Chuan Kee (选记沙爹王)

Old Airport Road's stalls have very erratic opening hours. Sometimes, I go for Nam Sing Hokkien mee and they are closed. Sometimes they open late, sometimes they close early.
http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/...

Singapore - Traditional Chinese vegetarian lunch at Zen Fut Sai Kai ((佛世界)

You MUST try their curry! I think it's the best dish there, but only available on weekend or Sunday ( have to check with them). My mum's favourite restaurant when she visits us from HK.

Singapore - A rare taste of Hainanese cooking at Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice (剪刀剪咖哩飯)

The other good one is Maxwell Road food ctr. Their curry is very nice, tastier and also not sticky like this one.
http://foodiefc.blogspot.com/2011/09/...

Singapore - Best Teochew-style Cold Crabs from Liang Kee, Whampoa West.

Did you try the leatherjacket fish with bittergourd and salty black beans? My favourte dish from Liang Kee.

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle – Great Bak Chor Mee in Singapore

I think every chef has an off day. Maybe Tai Hwa's chef is thinking of horse races :)
Many chefs in HK are into horse racing as a stress reliever. Cooking is a stressful job, working long hours in uncomfortable conditions. At least hawkers get to see the sky and sunlight. In many restaurants, the kitchens are windowless and people work 12-18 hours a day.

Any recommendations for a "stand out" meal in KL? Is Restoran Greenview in PJ still a great place to go?

Whoahh!

Singapore: Boss Wants Chinese

Define "decent". Is he okay with mid-priced Chinese restaurants like Din Tai Fung?

Singapore: Shinji by Kanesaka?

What do you think Hashida does well?

Kuala Lumpur - A taste of Hainanese chicken rice at Satellite Restaurant (卫星餐馆)

I didn't know that Ipoh hor fun is Hokkien-influenced. I'd always thought Ipoh's restaurant trade is dominated by the Hainanese and Cantonese. Am I missing something?